Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed! With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills – with the help of his silent partner, Lou. But whodunit? Did Dahlia Whitney, Arthur’s scene-stealing wife, give him a big finish? Is Barrette Lewis, the prima ballerina, the prime suspect? Did Dr. Griff, the overly-friendly psychiatrist, make a frenemy? Marcus has only a short amount of time to find the killer and make his name before the real detective arrives…and the ice cream melts!
About the Playwrights. Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair – Kinosian taking lead on the music, Blair taking lead on the lyrics, wrote the book for Murder for Two. The dynamic duo met in 2008 while attending the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop in New York. Kinosian studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, while Blair studied at Chapman University to earn a BFA in Film Production. After randomly meeting at BMI, the two decided to team up to write their first musical, first aiming for an incredibly large cast and orchestra, then realistically changing their minds once they took note of the decline in the economy. The realistic challenge they gave themselves was to write a musical with as little as possible, and that musical turned out to be the hilarious Murder for Two.
Production History. Murder for Two was developed at The Adirondack Theatre Festival and 42nd Street Moon. Its World Premiere debuted in 2011 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, later moving to NYC at Second Stage Uptown before transferring to New World Stages. Since its original opening, it has also been produced at the Pittsburgh CLO in October 2014, right before it’s National Tour beginning in November of that same year.
Our Weston Production. Our production of Murder for Two boasts an outstanding collaborative group. Directed by Weston’s Steve Stettler, we are proud to welcome some of the people originally associated with the murder mystery musical farce. Standing by Steve as Choreographer and Associate Director is the incredible Wendy Seyb. Wendy has worked on Murder for Two since it opened in New York, choreographing the Off-Broadway production and the National Tour. Also joining us are actors Ian Lowe (Marcus) and Kyle Branzel (The Suspects). Lowe has played Marcus at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret, as well as on the National Tour. Branzel also joined Seyb and Lowe on the National Tour.
Show Notes Compiled by Kristina Riggans, Arts Administration Intern