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November 3, 2016
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Roger T. Sermon Community Center
201 N Dodgion St
Independence, MO 64050 United States
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(816) 325-7370

Written by: Don Nigro

Directed by: Michael Masterson

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This psychological drama is a thinking person’s Gothic thriller, a dark comedy that is both funny and frightening. On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase.

He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women: Marcy, the beautiful Viennese governess with a past; Mrs. Ravenscroft, the flirtatious lady of the manor; Gillian, her charming but possibly demented daughter; Mrs. French, the formidable and passionate cook, and Dolly, a terrified maid.

They lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick’s demise and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft. There are ghosts on the staircase, skeletons in the closet, and much more than the Inspector bargained for. His investigation leads into his own tortured soul and the nature of truth itself.

You will not guess the ending, but you will be teased, seduced, bewildered, amused, frightened and led to a dark encounter with truth or something even stranger.

Performance Dates: November 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 2016


  • Inspector Ruffin: Dave Fullerton
  • Marcy: Jenny Halterman
  • Mrs. Ravenscroft: Larie Nelson
  • Gillian: Megan Reed
  • Mrs French: Stephanie Flanagan
  • Dolly: Hannah Bezona
Ravenscroft is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.