Rice Theatre to present Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ with performances opening Oct. 20

Rice Theatre is bringing Agatha Christie’s longest-running play “The Mousetrap” to campus.

HOUSTON — (Sept. 15, 2023) — Rice Theatre is bringing Agatha Christie’s longest-running play “The Mousetrap” to campus.

Rice Theatre is bringing Agatha Christie’s longest-running play “The Mousetrap” to campus.
Elena Carmichael (left), senior at Hanzsen College, plays the role of Mollie. Matthew Alter (right), senior at Wiess College, plays the role of Trotter.

Audiences can partake in the action by picking up clues while following actors navigate a complex set in trying to solve this murder mystery.

After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. A police detective arriving on skis interrogates the suspects: the newlyweds running the house; a spinster with a curious background; an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef; a retired Army major; a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift; and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate. This record-breaking murder mystery features a brilliant surprise finish from Christie, the foremost mystery writer of her time.

The production will be directed by Skye Bronfenbrenner, a fight director, intimacy director, choreographer and actor who has worked with several institutions around Houston, such as Houston Grand Opera, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages, Rec Room Arts and Catastrophic Theatre as well as both the theater and music departments of the University of Houston and Rice. She has taught movement and stage combat at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, UH and Rice and is also a teaching artist with the Alley Theatre.

Mark Krouskop, lecturer and production manager for the Rice Theatre Program, is the set designer. Krouskop designed the outdoor set for Rice’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the raining elevator for “Eurydice” as well as the set for last year’s production of “Pride and Prejudice.”

The costume design is by Heather Breikjern, lecturer and costume shop manager, who recently designed the Victorian world of “The Importance of Being Earnest” as well as Rice’s recent production of “Pride and Prejudice.”

Performances will take place on two weekends: Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 26-28 at 8 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets will be $5 for students, $8 for senior citizens and $10 for general admission. Performances are at Hamman Hall, entrance 21 off Rice Blvd. Tickets are available for reservation by emailing hamman@rice.edu. For more information, visit facebook.com/RiceTheatre or theatre.rice.edu or call the box office at 713-348-4005.

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