Welcome to the Bonus Materials section for the Colony's latest production, Accomplice. To help you enjoy the rich background of the play, the Colony has compiled some historical information and trivia. Enjoy!

An abbreviated history of the classic stage thriller

The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Opened August 23, 1920 at the Morosco Theatre, Broadway

Rinehart's 1920 mystery features a remote country house filled with suspects, a forbidden romance, a cache of hidden money, and a mysterious killer known only as The Bat.

Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton

Opened December 5, 1941 at the John Golden Theatre, Broadway

Drawing on the traditions of Victorian popular theatre and the newer naturalism of the 1930's, playwright Patrick Hamilton attempted and succeeded in melding the two. It was a unique theatrical offering for its time – resulting in a hugely successful Broadway run and its subsequent making into the award winning movie Gaslight, directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman in an Oscar-winning performance. But, more important, Angel Street spawned a whole new generation of stage thrillers that re-invigorated the old form and injected it with a psychologically-fueled adrenaline. The next generation of stage thrillers included such intense classics as Dial M For Murder, Wait Until Dark, and The Bad Seed. These plays rely less on plot and the theatrical machinations of Victorian thrillers and more on emotionally charged interplay. Angel Street blazed the way for this revolutionary shift in stage thrillers.

Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie

Opened June 27, 1944 at the Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway

Dame Agatha Christie's most famous 'locked room' puzzle, it tells the story of 10 people, strangers to each other, who gather at a house party at the invitation of a mysterious host.  Critics praised the intricate plotting and innovative technique, noting that Christie added new twists to the mystery genre.

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

Opened November 25, 1952 in London and is still running!

Again, in her own inimitable style, Agatha Christie creates an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner....

Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer

Opened November 12, 1970 at the Music Box Theatre, Broadway

"I understand you want to marry my wife?"  Detective novelist Andrew Wyke invites seducer Milo Tindle to his country house in Wiltshire for a chat, and so begins one of the most exciting cat-and-mouse thrillers ever to hit the stage.

Deathtrap by Ira Levin

Opened February 26, 1978, at the Music Box Theatre, Broadway

One of the longest running thrillers in Broadway history: A playwright suffering from extreme writer's block hatches a plot to steal a protégé's script. Alternating intrigue with humor, and throwing in more than one mind-reeling plot twist, Ira Levin's masterpiece is a classic of the genre.

Compiled by Sandy Schuckett.

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