This show is being performed in connection with ArtReach who received a grant from the NEA for the Big Read. The book they’ve chosen? The Maltese Falcon - another murder mystery. “ArtReach sees the NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley as an opportunity to create multi-disciplinary art programing around an incredible piece of literature,” says Heather Rutledge, ArtReach St. Croix executive director. “Theatre provides an opportunity for audiences to experience literature in alternative way.”
Director Rachel Kuhnle shares that the actors have found real joy embracing the dramatic side, but that only adds to the humor. "It's very funny for a murder mystery. Also, it's thrilling to be doing this show in our space at the Franklin Square Black Box - we're making the show fit the space in a way that puts our audience right in the middle of the action. I don't know of a Murder Mystery quite like this one - that's ever been done this way."
The Stillwater Trolley will be providing a free shuttle to the opening night performance of The Real Inspector Hound, on Saturday, April 8. The shuttle will depart from ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater at 6:15pm with stops in Marine on St. Croix and Scandia. Reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please call ArtReach at 651-439-1465.
Free vignette performances of The Real Inspector Hound will also take place at River Falls Public Library and Bayport Public Library as part of NEA Big Read. Please note these will not be full performances.
- Thursday, April 13 at 6:30pm
- Saturday, April 22 at 1pm
Opening night is April 8th and the show runs through April 30th. With limited capacity in the Franklin Square Black Box, patrons are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13.50 for students (ages 5-25) and can be purchased at FestivalTheatre.org, emailing email@example.com or by calling the box office at 715-483-3387.