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The Final Reveal:
Act V of A Knavish Piece of Mystery

October 29th, 2020

You’ve explored the mystery, assembled the clues, dismissed the red hearings. Now it’s time for the final reveal. If you’ve been with us through the previous episodes of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre, you’re ready to move on to the final scene. You’ll find the link to that episode here. Otherwise, you’ll want to access the library of previous installments. After all, a good mystery should be about the entire journey.

One of the fun aspects of working on this series has been including stories from listeners in the introductory segments. Check out the haunted-potty story featured in the opening to Act 4 and the locked-door solution recounted in the intro to today’s episode. The latter is especially interesting in how it validates one of the twists presented in Acts 3 and 4. That trick really works!

I’m currently in touch with Prime Stage about a possible second season of Mystery Theatre, which could launch as soon as late February or early March. If that happens, we hope to continue featuring comments and stories from listeners as a way to underscore how the story’s second-person narratives are designed to put you in the story.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll help spread the word about Mystery Theatre by inviting your friends to join the investigations. In addition, please consider becoming a supporter of Prime Stage Theatre. Your contributions are vital in helping bring theatre to your home during these days of physical distancing.

And speaking of theatre in the home, be sure to get your tickets for the Prime Online production if Einstein, A Stage Portrait, directed by Wayne Brinda and staring Matt Henderson as the physicist who changed the way we look at the universe.

Einstein streams live on November 13 at 8:00 PM ET, with a recorded link available for purchase thereafter. Ticket sales begin today. You won’t want to miss this one.

For now, get out those spyglasses one more time and join us for the conclusion of A Knavish Piece of Mystery. Click the player. It’ll take you there.

Greg Hall on Mystery Theatre

October 23rd, 2020

I once said that if Greg Hall didn’t exist, the horror genre would have to invent him. That’s still true. He’s one of a kind. An improve comic who became an internet radio pioneer who went on to write stories and books leavened with equal dashes of horror and outrageous humor. He’s a versatile guy, but he’s perhaps best known for his alter ego The Funky Werepig, a podcast host who is to Greg Hall what Tony Clifton was to Andy Kaufman.

Over the years, The Funky Werepig podcast has interviewed some of the biggest names in horror.

Among the Werepig’s guests have been Joe R. Lansdale, Lisa Morton, F. Paul Wilson, Lucy Snyder, Thomas F. Monteleone, and many more. If you have a favorite genre writer, chances are they’ve done the Werepig.

Greg’s podcast has moved around a bit over the years, starting with a good run on BlogTalk Radio before moving to TMV Cafe and then to the now-defunct ParaMania Radio. It’s currently available on YouTube.

This week, you can also catch Greg appearing as a special guest on Prime Stage Mystery Theatre, where he helps introduce Episode 4 by recounting his story about living in a house with haunted plumbing. He shared the tale on my Facebook page in response to one of Prime Stage’s posts about the ghostly sounds depicted in A Knavish Piece of Mystery, and he dropped by the show to share the tale.

You can hear that story as well as the latest installment of A Knavish Piece by clicking the link below. Or, if you’re new to the series, by accessing the full episode directory here.

Either way, we’ll meet you there!

Prime Stage Theatre Presents:
A Knavish Piece of Mystery – Act II

October 8th, 2020

Strange things are afoot at the New Town Theatre!

Two actors are missing. Another has run off to hide in a water closet. And the New Town players are struggling to open a locked room that may harbor a terrible secret.

But August LaFleur holds back. An expert at devising and solving mysteries, he’s convinced that the real answers may lie deeper within the theatre’s renovated rehearsal space.

And so begins an exploration of a haunted brownstone — a windowless building with few exits … and ample places for mysteries to hide.

It all happens as A Knavish Piece if Mystery continues today at Prime Stage Mystery Theatre, and you can hear it all by clicking the player above or — if you missed the previous installments — by visiting the Mystery Theatre podcast library here. It’s all part of the virtual season of new performances being released under the banner Prime Online.

Other performances in the series will include a Zoom performance of Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine’s National Book Award winning novel (adapted by Julie Jensen), and live-stream performances of Williard Simms’ Einstein, A Stage Portrait and an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

It’s all part of Prime Online’s mission of bringing theatre to you at home.

Also coming up is a virtual preview of Prime Stage’s 2021-22 season of live performances, which will kick off in November 2021 with my all-new adaptation of Frankenstein.

You can hear Prime Stage’s Operations Director Tina Cerny talk about these shows and more in the introduction to this week’s installment of A Knavish Piece.

Click the player at the top of this post. We’ll meet you there.

Prime Online Presents:
A Knavish Piece of Mystery

October 1st, 2020

Something strange is afoot at the New Town Theater. A dressing room is locked. Two actors are missing. And You are there to join the investigation as a cast and crew confront a mystery in which nothing is as it seems.

Get out your spy glasses and notepads … and prepare to take part in a behind-the-scenes adventure that explores the intersection of life and storytelling — an investigation in which You will discover that mysteries are everywhere.

To that end, after you finish listening, be sure to join the investigation by visiting the Prime Online Comments and Suggestions page, then plan to join us next Thursday as the mystery continues with Episode 2 of Prime Stage Theatre’s A Knavish Piece of Mystery. I’ll meet you there!

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