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A Trap Full of Monsters:
The Return of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre

October 7th, 2021

“It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognize out of a number of facts which are incidental and which are vital.”

The above advice comes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and the father of modern detective fiction. And it will be good advice to keep in mind as Prime Stage Mystery Theatre launches its third season today (Tuesday, October 7) with an all-new five-part mystery titled “A Trap Full of Monsters.”

Here’s the synopsis:

Crucial pieces of stage equipment are missing from the Frankenstein set at the New Towne Theatre.

Some players suspect the culprit is the New Towne ghost or some other malevolent presence lurking in the shadows beneath the stage.

Fortunately, master sleuth August LaFleur is in town to record a documentary about the New Towne’s previous mysteries. Unfortunately, he wants you to solve this new puzzle … and he expects you to do it while the documentary crew records.

And so … as camera’s roll, you must set about following clues that involve trap doors, a devil’s portal, and a roster of eccentric characters – some of whom may not be what they seem.

Twists and counter-twists ensue, ultimately leading to a surprising revelation that will once again prove “stories are everywhere.” 

As with the previous seasons, each episode will conclude with a question or story challenge, and you are invited to “practice the art of detection” by chiming in via the contact page at the Prime Stage website.  Alternately, you can respond to posts that that Prime Stage and I will be placing on Facebook and Twitter … or by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.

As with past seasons, episodes of “A Trap Full of Monsters” will feature some of the responses we receive along with behind-the-scenes info on Prime Stage’s upcoming productions: Karloff and Frankenstein.

[Click here to read about Prime Stage’s decision to move the premiere of Frankenstein to fall 2022.]

New episodes of “A Trap Full of Monsters” will be released each Thursday through November 4, the day before Prime Stage presents its preview of Karloff: The Man and the Monster at Pittsburgh’s New Hazlett Theatre.

Click the player below to start the mystery. I’ll meet you there!