Little Theatre Presents "Murder at Cafe Noir"
The Little Theatre of Danville, Inc.
"Murder at Cafe Noir"
Directed By: Michelle Cahill
Josh Lucia as Rick Archer
Liz Cervantes as Sheila Wonderly
Kristy Davis Payne as Madam Toureau
Sadé Fountain as Marie LaRue
Eric Heath Smith as Simon Gutterman
Andy Jones as Anthony Cairo
Ernest Galindo as Thursby, Vangilder, & Rigfield
February 9-10 & 16-17 at 7:30 p.m.
February 11 & 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Performances held at:
Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History
975 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
Admission $20.00 includes coffee and dessert.
Museum Member Admission $17.00 (Tickets must be purchased at Museum.)
Cash bar will be available, with the proceeds supporting The Museum
Advance tickets available at The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 975 Main Street, Karen's Hallmark, Danville Mall, and Brewed Awakening. 610 Craghead St.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door for each performance.
About the performance:
This 1940's detective story comes to life featuring Rick Archer, P.I., who is out to find a curvaceous runaway on the forgotten island of Mustique, a place stuck in a black-and-white era. The owner of the Cafe Noir has washed ashore, murdered, and Rick’s quarry was the last person seen with him. Rick employs his hard-boiled talents to find the killer. Was the murderer the French madame and club manager, the voodoo priestess, the shyster British attorney, the black marketeer, or the femme fatale? The audience votes twice on what they want Rick to do next, and these decisions change the flow of this comic tribute to the Bogart era.
The characters depicted in the play are as follows:
RICK ARCHER - a private eye who's always wanted to be Bogart or Mitchum in one of those 40s film noir movies, and has not gotten his chance.
MADAM TOREAU - a lady who's seen it all while managing the Cafe Noir - where everything is for sale.
SHEILA WONDERLY - her real name is Sheilda Schickelmeier. Once a spoiled rich girl, she took a job at Cafe Noir and learned about life the hardest way of all, becoming hardened in the process.
ANTHONY CAIRO - a dealer in the black market working Cafe Noir to avoid the St. Vincent police. He has two scars, one on either side of his face.
MARIE LARUE - the Creole illegitimate daughter of a Voodoo priestess and a St. Vincent's political figure. She sells spells and fortunes at Cafe Noir.
SIMON GUTTERMAN - a British barrister who lost his standing when he became implicated in a scandal of having affairs with wealthy female clients. He now caters to the clientele of Cafe Noir. Simon is always looking for a quick way to make it to the top.
THURSBY - a two bit gun runner.
VANGILDER - a Dutch blackmailer.
RIGFIELD - a British cop from St. Vincent.