Down Art Avenue: Mike Stedham’s mystery play to be presented March 22 and 23
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Journal
Another imagined murder with another interesting twist has taken place in the mind of playwright Mike Stedham. He never seems to run out of ideas for his mystery plays, and now his cast for “Murder by the Book” is in rehearsal. The performance dates are March 22 and 23 at the Anniston Country Club. It is a fund-raiser of the Junior League of Anniston/Calhoun County, Inc. and tickets are selling fast.

Stedham is Manager of Student Media at Jacksonville State University.

This is Stedham’s sixth play. In this plot, a group of murder mystery writers gather at Buggs’ Bed and Breakfast for a conference. Little do they know that a real murder will happen during their stay. But instead of horrifying them, it delights them and they are motivated to solve the puzzle.

Someone on stage is the murderer and it’s up to the audience members to guess who the bumbling police detectives haul off to jail.

Veteran cast members of Stedham’s plays welcome Jacksonville State University graduate Lana Hurst to the company. Her role is “Jessica,” a well known author who, with “Jane” portrayed by Pati Tiller, takes perhaps a little too much pride in being well-to-do and an established writer. Hurst is a member of the Junior League of Anniston/Calhoun County, and works at Anniston Army Depot. She received her Master’s of Business Management from JSU in 2010.

The writers like staying in the beautifully restored bed and breakfast home in a southern town. They find it interesting that “ Janet”(Hervey Folsom) keeps mentioning her husband “Charlie” but there’s just one problem with that: nobody in town has seen “Charlie” (Bob Folsom) for years. Does he still exist? He’s just shy, Janet explains. He just keeps to himself.

Get in on the fun by purchasing your ticket now. Tickets are $50 each and are being sold at Farmers& Merchants Bank in Anniston and Oxford, Tyson’s Fine Wines and Things in Anniston, and the Chamber of Commerce. Members of the Junior League are selling tickets or get them online at www.jlanniston.org. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner and the play will be at 7 p.m. Also, bring cash for clues and photos. For more information, contact Maryann Gendron at 256 835-1188.
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