Christine Carter as Karen Daniels, Kathy Ohlhaber as Monica Welles, and Wilson Paine as Leo Gibbs in Reston Community Players' whodunit Rehearsal for Murder/Credit: Traci Brooks Studios

The Reston Community Players’ new production of the whodunit Rehearsal for Murder opens Friday at Reston Community’s Center’s CenterStage.

Rehearsal for Murder is the story of Alex Dennison, a successful playwright who, one year earlier, lost his fiancé, Monica Wells, a movie-star turned Broadway leading lady, in what police ruled as a suicide. Convinced it was actually murder, Dennison invites five acquaintances from the original production to read scenes from his new play. These scenes reveal surprising connections to the original death.

The play is produced by Jay Stein, who also plays Lloyd Andrews, the director of Alex Dennison’s ill-fated play, Chamber Music.

“The most interesting thing about being in a whodunit is being part of the process of confounding the audience, yet also knowing there are enough clues for them to figure it out if they are paying attention,” Stein said in a release.

Rehearsal for Murder is directed by Jessie Roberts. Producers are Jocelyn Steiner and Jay Stein. The cast includes Ian Brown (Alex Dennison), Kathy Ohlhaber (Monica Wells), Kevin Walker (David Matthews), Jay Stein (Lloyd Andrew), Joan Zeigler (Bella Lamb), Wilson Paine (Leo Gibbs), Christine Carter (Karen Daniels), Heather Miska (Sally Bean), Steven Palkovitz (Mr. Santoro), Matthew Wise (Policeman), Wayne Jacques (Frank Heller), Meg Miller (Policewoman), Carol Watson (Loretta), and Matt Cederholm (Ernie/Lt. McElroy). D.D.

Rehearsal for Murder is based upon the teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link for the 1982 film featuring Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave.

Rehearsal for Murder runs weekends, Jan. 16-31, 2015. All performances are at 8 p.m. with the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 25.

Tickets are $20 ($17 for seniors and students) and can be purchased through or by calling the CenterStage box office at 703-476-4500 x 3.

Photo: Christine Carter as Karen Daniels, Kathy Ohlhaber as Monica Welles, and Wilson Paine as Leo Gibbs in Reston Community Players’ Rehearsal for Murder/ Credit: Traci J Brooks Studios


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