WHAT: City Theatre of Independence presents the mystery “Widdershins,” by Don Nigro (2007), directed by Emerson Rapp and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

WHERE: Powerhouse Theatre at the Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Jan. 18-19; 2 p.m. Jan. 20. Dinner theatre is 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15. Purchase at the door or reserve by calling 816-325-7367 or visiting citytheatreofindependence.org/events/widdershins. Dinner theatre tickets are $30.

WHAT'S THE SHOW ABOUT: Set in Britain just at the beginning of the 20th century, Inspector Ruffing, the troubled hero of several previous works by Nigro (including another recent City Theatre production, “Ravenscroft”) returns in this baffling story. In a peaceful house on the Welsh border, an entire family has vanished suddenly one evening without a trace – with supper still on the table and no apparent violence. Ruffing's attempt to understand what's happened to a couple and their two daughters leads him deep into his own dark soul. The only clue is a piece of paper left on a desk with the word “Widdershins” written on it. Beautiful women, dark secrets, the Impressionists and the Druids all figure in this unusual, thought-provoking play (from samuelfrench.com).


Character: Actor

Inspector Ruffing: Eli Biesemeyer

Constance: Lauren Brown

Felicity: Megan Carter

Mr. English: Richard Burt

Mrs. English: Mary Morris

McGonigle: Michael Daniels

Ned: Stephen Howard

Old Betty: Kristi Hibschman

Jenny: Landis Merrill

Ann: Lindsay Weaver


– Compiled by Mike Genet