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2017 Season
Murder in Green Meadows
by Douglas Post
Directed by Bob Monson
Show Dates: Oct 26-29 and Nov 2-5

"This psychological thriller centers on Thomas Devereaux, a successful architect and local contractor, and his lovely wife, Joan, who have recently moved into their dream house in the suburban town of Green Meadows, Illinois. They are soon visited by their new neighbors, Carolyn and Jeff Symons, and a friendship develops between the two couples. But underneath the cool, middle American exterior, something is truly rotten. A previous sexual relationship between Joan and a teenage lawn-boy is revealed, as is the fact that Thomas learned of the infidelity and may have murdered his wife’s lover. To make matters worse, an affair develops between Joan and Jeff. One summer evening, following the Symons’ departure after a friendly game of cards, Thomas lets Joan know that he is aware of this new deception, and his violent nature takes hold. He makes two demands of his wife: one, she must stop seeing Jeff. Two, she must kill him. What follows is a diabolical plot that continues to thicken through the final showdown between a murderer and an aggrieved widow. Steppenwolf Theatre Company and WMAQ-TV first produced this thriller as a one-act teleplay in 1986. It was nominated for six Emmy Awards including one for Individual Achievement in Writing. The full-length version of the play received its world premiere at The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, England in 1992. The American premiere took place at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in 1995. Since then, the play has had over eighty productions around the world. "A thoroughly satisfying thriller on all points." - WMAQ-TV. "A wonderful evening of sleuth and murder." - Near North News. "It spins a web of deception, sex, murder and mind games as two suburban couples discover their darker sides." - Chicago Tribune. "A screaming hit...a tautly constructed plot...the people are the action." - Portsmouth News. "This tale of lust and death in the 'ideal' home is certain to become a classic." - Southampton Daily Echo."