The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 17, 2013

Tickets available for Valley Players’ mystery-comedy 'Art of Murder'

SUNBURY — The Valley Players Community Theater Group is currently rehearsing its summer dinner theater production, “Art of Murder” by Joe DiPietro. The show will be performed July 26-27 and Aug. 2-3 at the Packer House, 24 N. 3rd St., Sunbury.

The story centers on Jack Brooks, an accomplished and eccentric painter portrayed by David Lauer of Selinsgrove, who is awaiting the arrival of his flamboyant art dealer, Vincent, played by Bob Taylor of Turbotville. Because Jack feels the art dealer has wronged him, Jack plans to kill the man. Jack’s wife, Annie, portrayed by Tara Deljanovan of Sunbury, the Brooks’ housekeeper Kate, played by Lauren Rambo of Selinsgrove, and Vincent himself are involved in double- and triple-crosses that make for a puzzling and hilarious murder mystery based in the often-unpredictable art world.

“Art of Murder” is the 2000 Edgar Award Winner for Best Mystery Play, presented by the Mystery Writers of America.

“What drew me to this script is that truly, no one is who you think they are at the beginning of the play,” said director Joyce M. Hendricks. “The twists and turns were truly surprising, and it’s difficult to find that in a mystery these days. I also like that it is a traditional murder mystery play, not an audience participation production, so our patrons can sit back, have a wonderful meal from The Packer House, relax and just enjoy the show.”

The dinner menu includes entrée choices of Grilled Tropical Chicken Breast, Grilled Citrus Pork Loin and Grilled Portobello Pesto Penne, with chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert. All performances are BYOB.

Reservations are required. Contact Joyce M. Hendricks at or (570) 898-5450 to receive a ticket order form. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, show and gratuity.

The Valley Players Community Theater Organization is a non-profit organization, and has produced musicals, comedies, dramas and interactive murder mysteries throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley since its founding in 1971.

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