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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

When: Fri., April 24, 8 p.m., Sat., April 25, 8 p.m., Sun., April 26, 3 p.m., Thu., April 30, 8 p.m., Fri., May 1, 8 p.m., Sat., May 2, 8 p.m., Sun., May 3, 3 p.m., Thu., May 7, 8 p.m., Fri., May 8, 8 p.m., Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. and Sun., May 10, 3 p.m. 2015

Based on Charles Dickens’ final, unfinished novel, the Footlight Players will bring The Mystery of Edwin Drood to their historic theater for its Charleston premiere. The play focuses on the uncle of Edwin Drood, John Jasper, a choirmaster/opium addict who falls in love with his student Rosa Bud (who’s also his nephew’s fiancee). Things get complicated with the arrival of Neville Landless, another of Rosa’s suitors. The two suitors’ tense rivalry grows tenser with Edwin’s mysterious disappearance. With the original story incomplete, members of the audience will be given the chance to play the roles of author and playwright and decide the show’s ending and other plot twists. “There are well over 500 possible endings for each performance,” says director Maida Libkin. “And our brilliant company of actors is prepared to do each and every one of them.” Charleston native Sara Coy will play the part of the play’s namesake, Edwin Drood, describing him as a “walking contradiction [yet] incredibly human, vacillating from being monstrously sincere and considerate one moment, to a brazen boor the next.” There’s sure to be plenty of surprises, mystery, and melodrama — with loads of musical numbers, of course.

Viraj Naik

Price: $25-$35

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