The Lyceum's season continues with a thrilling courtroom drama from the grand dame of mystery

Friday, July 25, 2014

Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution" opens Saturday, July 26, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 2.

The fourth production of the Lyceum's 2014 Season, Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution," follows the trial of Leonard Vole, a shiftless drifter who is accused of murder. He claims innocence and his wife can prove it, but will she? With the help of Sir Wilfrid Robarts, an arresting courtroom drama ensues. Passion and greed, lust and lies, mix to make "Witness for the Prosecution" the edge-of-your-seat fun that only Agatha Christie can supply. The many twists and turns will keep you guessing until the very end.

An icon of Kansas City's professional theatre scene, Gary Neal Johnson makes his Lyceum debut as Sir Wilfrid Robarts, queen's counsel for the defense. Johnson's numerous credits include his annual portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge for Kansas City Rep, Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," Mushnik in "Little Shop of Horrors" and Harry Truman in "Give 'Em Hell, Harry."

Returning to The Lyceum stage after appearing in the 2008 production of "Proof," Gail Rastorfer plays the wife of the accused, Romaine. Based out of Chicago, Rastorfer's work has been seen at Northlight, CST and the Goodman. Gail's many theatrical credits include "You Can't Take It With You," "The Heidi Chronicles" and "The Game's Afoot." Television appearances include "Chicago Code," "Boss," "Crisis" and a wide range of national commercials.

In his eighth season at The Lyceum, Jeffrey C. Wolf plays the accused murderer, Leonard Vole. Previously at The Lyceum, Wolf has been seen in many productions including Mortimer in "Arsenic and Old Lace," Willum Cubbert in "The Nerd" and Professor Bhaer in "Little Women: The Musical."

Warren Kelly, seen earlier this season as King Arthur in The Lyceum's production of "SPAMALOT," plays Mr. Myers, Queen's Council for the prosecution. Other Lyceum credits include Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird," Robert in "Boeing Boeing" and the title role in "The Unexpected Guest." Mr. Kelley will be seen later this season in "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Around the World in 80 Days."

The cast also includes Merle Moores (Janet MacKenzie), Harold Hynick (Mr. Mayhew), Michael Iannucci (Carter), Britian Seibert (Greta), Todd Berkich (Inspector Hearne), Alex Reitze (Clerk of the Court), Yvonne Rennolds (Court Stenographer), Michael Brennan (Warder), Rich Lawson (Myers' Assistant), Ken Blair (Barrister), Howard Southard (Barrister), James Woodland (Mr. Justice Wainwright), Quin Gresham (Dr. Wyatt) and Mary Beth Donahoe (The Other Woman).

"Witness for the Prosecution" will be directed by Lyceum veteran Michael Rothhaar. Rothhaar served as the artistic director of Pennsylvania's Allenberry Playhouse from 1987 to 1992 where he directed 40 productions. Also an actor based out of Los Angeles, Rothhaar has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in various films and television shows including "Bones," "True Blood" and "Parks and Recreation."

The production team for "Witness for the Prosecution:" Ryan J. Zirngibl, scenic designer; Randy B. Winder, lighting designer; Stephanie LaFontaine, costume designer; Marion Ayers, sound designer; Tony Dearing is the production stage manager and Emilee Buchheit is assistant stage manager.

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