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Stage Coach presents ‘Rope’

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Unaware there is a dead body in the chest, Leila (Justyna Palasiewicz) and Raglan (Sean Henson) chat as a cagey Brandon (Josh Smith) listens in this scene from Stage Coach Players' production of "Rope," which opens today.

Stage Coach Players will open Patrick Hamilton’s “Rope,” a suspenseful play set in London circa 1965, today.

Directed by Scott Morris, the story concerns two wealthy graduate students, Brandon and Granillo, who strangle their “inferior” classmate Ronnie to prove their superiority by committing the “perfect” murder. They hide the body in a large antique chest, then invite Ronnie’s friends and family for a seemingly normal dinner party – directly over the dead body.

Emotions run high and tensions rise as Ronnie’s mysterious absence is questioned and Brandon’s subtle hints lead the conversation to a discussion on the art of murder. It’s surprisingly cheery stuff until a drunken guest begins to unravel Brandon and Granillo’s carefully laid plans.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 17, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Stage Coach Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb.

Tickets are available online or by phone at 815-758-1940.

For more information, visit www.stagecoachers.com.

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