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Murderers (a reading)

by Jeffrey Hatcher

May 16th

Oil Lamp Online! presents a virtual reading of Murderers by Jeffrey Hatcher. You must reserve a seat to attend this performance as seats are limited. There is no charge to attend the reading, however, donations or support of any kind are greatly appreciated. For more details on the reading view the image below OR visit:

THE STORIES: THE MAN WHO MARRIED HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW is Gerald Halverson’s confession of an elicit love and a plan to shelter five million dollars from the IRS. When Gerald’s mother-in-law, Spiffy, finds out she hasn’t long to live, Gerald concocts a plan to keep her estate “in the family.” But when they move down to Florida to wait out Spiffy’s death sentence at Riddle Key, old friends and new faces threaten to spoil the scheme, and a surprise twist throws a wrench into Gerald’s plans unless he can pull off the perfect murder.

MARGARET FAYDLE COMES TO TOWN is about Lucy Stickler, the long-suffering wife of Bob, a septuagenarian who used to have a roving eye. Bob’s been on his best behavior for the past twenty years, but when Margaret Faydle, the still-glamorous femme fatale who stole him from Lucy when they were young, takes up residence at Riddle Key, Bob goes back into action. So Lucy constructs a diabolical plan to get rid of her cheating spouse and his AARP inamorata once and for all.

MATCH WITS WITH MINKA LUPINO stars Minka Lupino, Riddle Key’s ever-sunny, ever-helpful receptionist. Minka is a fan of crime novels who becomes an avenging angel on a mission to rid the retirement community of its predators: the conniving heirs, the sticky-fingered health-care workers, the salesmen and contractors and Bible thumpers who prey upon helpless senior citizens. But when Minka comes face to face with her idol, a famous mystery novelist who has retired to Riddle Key, she knows she’s met her match. In the end, only one of them will survive.

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CAST & Bios

RJ Cecott : RJ is an award-winning actor and proud graduate of Illinois State University (’17) with a B.S. in Acting. Some may recognize him from previous Oil Lamp shows, such as 2017’s Par for the Corpse (Mark Taggert) and Mass Appeal (Mark Dolson). Favorite credits include columbinus (Eric Harris), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Satan), Angels in America (Prior Walter)and Evil Dead: The Musical (Ash). Film/Television: House of Whores (Horror Society Award – Best Actor) and Chicago Med (NBC). RJ will be returning to Oil Lamp in 2021, with their production of Now and Then!

Mackenzie Williams: Mackenzi is ecstatic to be part of her second production in collaboration with Oil Lamp Theatre. You might recognize her from Oil Lamp’s production of Murder on the Nile (2019) where she portrayed the coquettish and vivacious French maid, Louise. Williams received her BFA from New York University(2014) before moving back to Baltimore where she received her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling(2019). Her past theatre credits include: Source Theatre(DC), Roundhouse Theatre(DC), and the historic Arena Players in Baltimore, MD. She hopes that you sit back and enjoy this murderous ride with the cast.

Julie Mitre: Julie is delighted to return to Oil Lamp Theater for the second time performance of Murderers. Most recent credits include Black Ballerina (Fleetwood-Jourdain), Beau Jest and Jest A Second (Oil Lamp Theater), The Abuelas (U/S performances Teatro Vista), Old Ringers (2nd Act Players and James Downing Theatre). Film and TV credits include Chicago Med (NBC), The Visits (Independent Short) and Thanks A Latte Web Series (Hike Creative). Julie has danced the role of Grandma in The Nutcracker (Ruth Page Civic Ballet) for the past 8 years. She is an Artistic Associate with Akvavit Theatre, Chicago.

RJ Cecott
Mackenzie Williams
Julie Mitre