We are pleased to announce our renewed title sponsorship with Vertigo Theatre for the 2019/2020 season. BD&P has been a sponsor of Vertigo Theatre since 2006 and assumed an expanded title sponsorship role since the 2013/14 season.
Vertigo Theatre is nestled in the base of the Calgary Tower and has been entertaining Calgary audiences with high quality mystery theatre productions since 1978. As a registered charity, Vertigo looks to the public for some of its fundraising, and both the uniqueness of the mystery genre and the widespread appeal of its entertainment struck a chord with most of us at BD&P. Two of our longstanding partners, Cal D. Johnson, Q.C. and Cheryl C. Gottselig, Q.C. have been very involved as Past Chairs of the Board, and partner Stuart Money currently sits on the Board.
Being the only exclusively mystery theatre in Canada, Vertigo has mastered the whodunit and delights audiences who have fun practicing their skills as amateur sleuths. The 2019/2020 BD&P Mystery Theatre Series productions are in the able hands of Artistic Director Craig Hall and Vertigo Theatre's team of award winning performers and technicians.
Vertigo enhances Calgary’s community in other ways besides its pure entertainment. It presents workshops for students and educators, builds the audiences of tomorrow with its Access for Young Audiences program, supports emerging talent through internships and mentorships, and hires over 200 actors, creative artists and technicians.
Our BD&P guests will receive detailed information about how to RSVP to performances throughout the 2019/2020 season.
Performances for the upcoming season are listed below.
Strangers on a Train - Tuesday, October 8, 2019
A play by Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith
Directed by Anita Rochon
Two strangers. One conversation. The perfect murder.
A fateful encounter takes place between two strangers in the dining carriage of a train. Guy is a successful businessman with a nagging jealousy; Charles is a cold, calculating opportunist with a dark secret. A daring and dangerous plan develops from this casual conversation setting in motion a chain of events that will change the two men’s lives forever. Based on the celebrated novel by Patricia Highsmith made famous by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, this high-stakes thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.
Sherlock Holmes and the Raven's Curse - Tuesday, December 3, 2019
By R. Hamilton Wright
Directed by Jenna Rodgers
The world's most famous detective returns and this time it's personal.
Sherlock Holmes is summoned to his childhood home to investigate the mysterious death of his favorite Uncle, and to uncover the truth about an ancient family curse. Along the way he is reunited with his long-lost cousins; an heiress apparent with a dark secret, and her adopted sister who may just be Sherlock’s intellectual superior. With danger lurking, Holmes and his loyal sidekick Watson must get to the bottom of this mystery before the Raven’s Curse claims another life. A World Premiere from the playwright of SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE AMERICAN PROBLEM.
Whispers in the Dark - Wednesday, February 19, 2020
By Anna Cummer, based on A Pair of Hands by Arthur Quiller Couch.
Directed by Simon Mallett
Every house has secrets...
Miss Elizabeth Le Petyt, an aspiring author, ventures to Cornwall to escape her hectic London life. The cottage she chooses has a mysterious past, and seems like the perfect inspiration for her writing. However, misplaced items, inexplicable events and whispers in the dark disrupt her solace, and have her questioning her sanity. Is this her own past coming back to haunt her, or is she getting too close to discovering the cottage’s secrets? WHISPERS IN THE DARK is a haunting tale inspired by Victorian ghost stories.
Cipher - Wednesday, April 15, 2020
By Ellen Close & Braden Griffiths
Directed by Craig Hall
A body. A secret code. A conspiracy that will change their lives forever.
In 1956, a man’s body is discovered on the coast of British Columbia. A secret code is found sewn into his clothing. For decades no investigation has revealed his identity, his killer, their motives or even their methods, and the cipher remains unsolved. Forensic toxicologist Grace Godard thinks her scientific approach is leading her close to an answer, closer than anyone has come before. But when she meets Aqeel, a young man with a personal stake in the mystery, their efforts to crack the case have consequences neither of them could have imagined.
Clue - Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, additional material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin, and Eric Price
Directed by Mark Bellamy
Who did it, with what and where?! A madcap comedy that will keep you guessing.
On a dark and stormy night, six mysterious guests assemble for a very unusual dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy. When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Join the iconic oddballs Ms. Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard as they race to find the murderer among them before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, CLUE is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.