“The Mousetrap” is a tightly-crafted murder mystery about real people in remarkable circumstances.
In the winter of 1947, England remained devastated by World War II. Food was rationed. Electric stations closed for lack of coal. People no longer knew or could count on their neighbors.
In that year, Agatha Christie penned “The Mousetrap,” based on the 1945 brutal murder of a young English boy in foster care and the failure of the local agencies to prevent the death.
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“DFT believes that theater is a powerful vehicle for intellectual, emotional and ethical human growth, and that by telling good stories together we realize the highest vision for community,” director Jenny Justice said. “We envision Durham as a beacon of the new American South, providing a context for diverse communities to purposefully bridge cultural barriers through creative collaboration.”
As for “The Mousetrap,” the suspense of the play unfolds in the hidden layers of its eight characters, Justice said, with all of them hiding something and “one of them a murderer seeking revenge.”
Performances are Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, 20 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St., downtown. Shows are at 8 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m show Nov. 16. For ticket information, go to durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com.