The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 11, 2013

Valley Players rehearse mystery-comedy ‘Art of Murder’

SUNBURY — The Valley Players Community Theater Group is 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.

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 required by contacting 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.