On this episode, Rob Dunkelberger of The Stages of MN chats with acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher.
They discuss Glensheen and the perils of writing about real crime, why there were no prop guns in The Defeat of Jesse James, and his collaborations with Chan Poling. Along the way, they discuss murder, mayhem, and local history as well the endless appeal of murder mysteries. AND an episode of Columbo (Ashes to Ashes) that Hatcher wrote!
Glensheen runs from July 8 through July 23, 2023 at the History Theatre. From their website: "1977. An heiress, kind and generous, is found dead in her bed. Her night nurse, lying lifeless on the staircase. A robbery? A clumsy break-in? A conspiracy? A scandal! The Congdon family tragedy splashed across the headlines of every newspaper in Minnesota. But what really happened on that fateful night at the Glensheen Mansion? Whodunit? Witness this dark musical that tackles the tale with wicked dialogue and evocative music."
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