A note from the playwright:
The original concept for our new murder mystery called “Playwrights on a Train” appeared as the result of a conversation James Lundy and I had about a year ago, where he provided me feedback on a script I’d written for last year’s Fringe Festival (The Non-Producers). During our conversation, we came to two mutual conclusions: 1) There would be some great material to write about if only we could use our own families as the basis for our stories. 2) That would probably get us into some serious hot water with the relevant parties if we did so. What followed was the suggestion that perhaps he and I should swap family stories for script ideas, since then neither family would be the wiser. That idea then lead us to the notion of “criss cross,” which naturally opened the door to a discussion about our favorite Hitchcock films.
While it’s true Hitchcock’s classic film “Strangers on a Train” created a jumping off point for our play, this story goes down an entirely different track. In many ways, however, we’ve stayed true to the traditional murder mystery format, while at the same time creating a new trope by asking the question “What kinds of stories would Hitchcock tell today, if he were still alive?
I'm very excited to be working with some old friends again on this production (Jim, Sara, Bill, Scott, Anna, Tim & Martha) as well as making some new ones (Caroline, Maggie, Jack & Greg). We all hope you will have as much fun with this new production as we did in putting it together.
— Kevin Bowen, Playwright/Producer
A little background information:
The oath of the Detection Club:
Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them and not placing reliance on nor making use of Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence, or Act of God?
According to Wikipedia: “The Detection Club was formed in 1930 by a group of British mystery writers, including Agatha Christie. There was a fanciful initiation ritual with an oath probably written by either G. K. Chesterton or Dorothy L. Sayers, and the club held regular dinner meetings in London. In addition to meeting for dinners and helping each other with technical aspects in their individual writings, the members of the club agreed to adhere to a code of ethics in their writing to give the reader a fair chance at guessing the guilty party. These fair-play "rules" were summarized by one of the members, although they were never intended as more than guidelines, and not all the members took them seriously.
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Readers; Megan Bones, Graham Waltz, Lynn Bowen, Linda Waltz. Fight Choreography: Professor Greg Parmeter, UW La Crosse. St. Peders Lutheran Church. Photography by http://www.istockphoto.com . Sound effects by http://www.freesfx.co.uk . Videography: Chris Deutsch, Carson Brooks and of course, the Volunteers and Staff at the Minnesota Fringe Festival!