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Who was Agatha Christie: A Woman of Mystery

Author: Lauren Pelletier

When you hear the name Agatha Christie, you immediately think of whodunnits. Christie has become a legend in the genre for her captivating plots, iconic characters, and just enough clues to make the audience think they have solved the mystery right before serving an unforgettable plot twist.

The Emporium and the American Department Store

Author: Lauren Pelletier

By Anikka Lekven Thornton Wilder’s The Emporium, completed by Kirk Lynn, is a portrayal of one man’s journey to obtain employment at the eponymous department store. It is interesting to consider the rise of department stores and how their economic and cultural growth in America aligns perfectly with the journey of the main character, John. John’s … Continued

Specialty Cocktail: Thornton Wilder’s The Emporium

Author: Lauren Pelletier

If you enjoyed the specialty cocktail for The Emporium, here is your chance to make it yourself at home. The Prologue INGREDIENTS 1oz Agricole Rhum (sugarcane) 1oz Beyond Coconut Rum 0.5oz Blue Curacao 1.25oz Coconut water 2oz Lemon Juice 0.5oz Simple Syrup (2:1 ratio) INSTRUCTIONS Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker tin. Shake … Continued

What does it mean to present an unfinished Thornton Wilder play?

Author: Lauren Pelletier

By Bradley Michalakis, Alley Theatre Head of Dramaturgy   This Spring, Alley Theatre will be presenting the first-ever production of an unfinished play by renowned American dramatist Thornton Wilder. But what does it mean to present an unfinished play? How is it possible that nearly 50 years after Wilder’s death, The Emporium will finally appear before … Continued

Behind the Scenic Design of Dial M for Murder

Author: Lauren Pelletier

By Scenic Designer Marcelo Martínez García  Welcome to The Wendice Flat. Grab a drink, get comfortable, and let’s talk about MURDER. You are now looking at a slice of an old Victorian city house in Maida Vale that has been recently renovated into a fabulous, ground floor, mid-century duplex flat. Complete with a sunken living room … Continued

Painting the Wall of Jane Eyre

Author: Lauren Pelletier

By Michelle Fullerton, Alley Theatre Charge Scenic Artist Painting the Paneled Wall Mural for John Coyne’s Scenic Design for Jane Eyre was a fun and challenging project that required a unique combination of techniques. In most cases, a large-scale landscape like this would be produced as a full-stage backdrop. For a show in the Hubbard Theatre, … Continued