Westfield Playhouse: “Art of Murder”

In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, famous artist Jack Brooks awaits the imminent arrival of his art dealer. But, the visit is not a standard one, for he is intending to kill the man. “Art of Murder” by Joe DiPietro, 2000’s Edgar Award Winner for best mystery play, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 7, 8, 14 and 15 and 2:20 p.m. March 9 and 16 at Westfield Playhouse, 1836 Ind. 32 West. The show is directed by Jan Jamison. 

“This is a great script. I love the way this is written,” she said. “The audience will enjoy the twists and turns of the over ‘murder plan’ throughout the play.”

Jamison said she enjoys DiPietro’s productions and he is one of her favorite authors.

“It took me at least three readings of the play to figure out the ‘murder plan’ and how it was orchestrated by the characters. I loved the nuances and knew I wanted to put this script to life,” she said.

The cast includes Monica Reinking as Annie Brooks, Syd Loomis as Jack Brooks, Thom Johnson as Vincent Cummings and Addison D. Ahrendts as Kate.

“This cast has been amazing to direct and I thank them for their hard work and dedication to me and this production. I cannot find the words to express the enjoyment I find from building a production from the auditions, through the blocking and the character development, to the final production. This cast has expounded on that joy,” she said.

Jamison warns that show includes loud music, screaming and gunshots throughout the show. For more information, call 896-2707 or visit http://westfieldplayhouse.org.