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June 1. 2013 - April 18. 1999
Sadly Jack Vance, an award-winning mystery, fantasy and science fiction author who wrote more than 60 books, has died last May 26. As one of the ghostwriters he is part of the Ellery Queen legacy. Jack Vance, whose legal name was John Holbrook, published most of his work as Jack Vance, but he also wrote 11 mysteries as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen. These three Queen novels: The Four Johns, A Room to die In and The Madman Theory will all be available in their original titles: Strange She hasn't Written and Death of a Solitairy Chess Player (1962) and The Man who Walks Behind (1964?). Jack was 96.
May 7. 2013
OFF BROAD STREET PLAYERS PRESENT:
Off Broad Street Players (OBSP) will pay tribute to the classic mystery writer, Ellery Queen, with the production of two 1940's era radio shows starring the popular amateur detective. The radio shows will include prominent guests in the audience who will participate as “armchair detectives” and be asked to offer their opinion on whodunit and why. That feature was part of the 1940s radio shows as well and will be included in the OBSP productions. Real-life mystery writer Michael Nethercott will be in the audience as an armchair detective on May 8th. Other 1940s era celebrity guests will be portrayed by OBSP members Trudee and Chris Rice, Mike Cirre, and other community notables.
OBSP has chosen to feature their work because of local connections to the writers and their families.
Permission to produce the original radio scripts
has been given by The Frederic Dannay Literary Property Trust and The Manfred B. Lee Family Literary Property Trust. Cast members, directed by
Sharon Wood, are Brian Bevacqua,Mary Carter, Mike Grace,Kara Lee, Meredith Lewko, Scott Magnuson, Stan Marro, Eric Peirce, Julie Richardson, Arthur Vidro and Dori Yacono. Show dates are Wednesday May 8 at 7
pm and Saturday May 11 at 2pm and 7pm at the First United Methodist Church, Sullivan Street, Claremont.
Admission is by donation, with $10 suggested but all donations welcomed.