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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

And Then There Were None: A Mystery without a Detective 

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is the highest-selling crime novel of all time, with over 100 million copies sold since it was published in 1939. (In fact, It’s one of the ten highest-selling novels ever). Its publication cemented Agatha Christie’s spot as one of the world’s most successful novelists. Nevertheless, And Then There Were None deviates from Christie’s iconic formula: the central detective character is absent.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

And Then There Were None: A Note from Agatha Christie

I had written this book because it was so difficult to do, and that idea fascinated me. Ten people had to die without it becoming ridiculous or the murderer being obvious.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Island Intrigue: The Isolated Setting of And Then There Were None and its Impact on Whodunits

Agatha Christie's iconic whodunit, And Then There Were None, throws ten strangers onto the desolate Soldier Island. This isolated location isn't just a picturesque backdrop. It's a chosen element that fuels the suspense and drives the narrative.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Uplifting Powerful Voices

Explore compelling stories that celebrate the African American experience written by some of America’s most influential playwrights.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Finding Herself: Why Jane Eyre is More Than Just a Love Story

Jane Eyre is widely recognized as one of the greatest romance novels ever written. Since the time of its publication it has entered mainstream media, quickly becoming one of the most frequently adapted novels of all time. In the vast majority of adaptations, the emphasis is placed on the fraught courtship of Jane by her employer, Edward Fairfax Rochester. Although this is arguably the central relationship in the novel, it’s interesting to note that it only encompasses about half of the actual text.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Charlotte Brontë: The Woman Behind Jane Eyre

In the enchanting world of literature, few works are as profound as Charlotte Brontë's classic, Jane Eyre. While the novel's narrative brilliance and compelling characters have captivated readers for generations, a closer look at Brontë's personal life will reveal how her own experiences impacted Jane's story.

Monday, March 11, 2024

THE WORLD IS NOT SILENT Playwright’s Reflections

I've always been interested in space and astronomy and remember stargazing as a kid in Nebraska.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Unraveling Scrooge: A Tale of Redemption and Reflection

In Charles Dickens' timeless novella, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ebenezer Scrooge emerges as a character embodying the change from a miserly loner to a benevolent benefactor. David Rainey, a seasoned member of the Alley Resident Company who has portrayed Scrooge multiple times, reflects on the character's complexity.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Christmas Ghosts of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A Christmas Carol is a timeless tale that has captured the hearts of readers and audiences for generations. At its heart, the story is a journey of self-discovery, compassion, and redemption. The visits of ghosts guide Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. These three Christmas ghosts reveal the effects of one's actions and the potential for change.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Tiny Tim of ‘A Christmas Carol’ might have suffered from rickets, tuberculosis, or cerebral palsy, UTHealth Houston physicians say

We put it to the experts at UTHealth Houston to help us sort out what Tim might have had and how Scrooge could have changed the course of his life.