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A woman stands with a phone to her ear and a shocked look on her face. A man stands behind her threateningly, holding a stocking.
A woman stands with a phone to her ear and a shocked look on her face. A man stands behind her threateningly, holding a stocking.
NOVEMBER 30, 2023 - JANUARY 7, 2024

Dial M For Murder

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the original by Frederick Knott
Directed by Georgette Verdin

Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for money, and after discovering her affair, he’s willing to kill her to get it. In his meticulous planning of the perfect crime, Tony spins a web of suspicion and deception that will ensnare them both. Alfred Hitchcock stunned audiences with the film masterpiece. Now experience the suspense onstage in a smart, new, edge-of-your-seat adaptation of the classic thriller!

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approximately 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission

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CAST

Lucy Carapetyan

MARGOT WENDICE

Ryan Hallahan

TONY WENDICE

Elizabeth Laidlaw

MAXINE HADLEY

Nick Sandys

INSPECTOR HUBBARD/BBC VOICE

PRODUCTION

Jeffrey Hatcher

PLAYWRIGHT

Raquel Adorno

COSTUME DESIGN

Eric Watkins

LIGHT DESIGN

Christopher Kriz

ORIGINAL MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN

Katie Klemme

STAGE MANAGER

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Margot Wendice

Lucy Carapetyan

Lucy previously appeared at Northlight in You Can’t Take It With You. Some favorite Chicago credits include The Writer, First Love is the Revolution, Earthquakes in London, Linda (Steep Theatre, where she’s an ensemble member), Right To Be Forgotten and Nice Girl (Raven), Animal Farm (Steppenwolf). Lucy works as a motion capture actor for Injustice and Mortal Kombat video games. TV: Fargo season 4, Somebody SomewhereChicago FireProven Innocent. Film: Brooklyn 45Departing Seniors. She is represented by Paonessa Talent.

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Felipe Carrasco

Felipe Carrasco is excited to here at Northlight Theatre for Dial M for Murder. Recent credits include: Twelfth Night (St. Louis Shakespeare Festival), The Cherry Orchard, Sweat (Goodman Theatre), The Wizards (Concrete Content), The Madres (Teatro Vista), Harbur Gate (16th Street Theatre), The Adventures of Robin Hood, Reprise (Adventure Stage Chicago), Othello: The Moor of Venice (Invictus Theatre), Waiting for Godot (Tympanic Theatre Co.), Bomb-Itty of Errors, Cyrano (Riverside Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Undermain Theatre), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Theatre Three), A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theatre Center.) Felipe is part of the performance duo, Daughter Boywho recently performed their original piece Demons at the Bay, in Physical Theater Festival Chicago’s ‘Scratch Night’.

Tony Wendice

Ryan Hallahan

Ryan Hallahan makes his Northlight debut. Selected Chicago credits include Pass Over, Straight White Men (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Last Match, Witch, The Real Thing, A Streetcar Named Desire (Writers Theatre), Dial M For Murder (Northlight Theatre), Pericles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cyrano De Bergerac (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The Body Of An American (Stage Left; Jeff Award Nominee- Actor In A Principal Role), Posh (Steep), Octagon (Jackalope Theatre), and A Doll’s House (Definition Theatre), as well as work with The Goodman, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens, and Broken Nose Theatre. Regional work includes The Rainmaker, Write Me A Murder, and Ripcord (Peninsula Players.) Film and television include Pass Over (dir. Spike Lee), Working Man, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med. He is the author of the plays Off The 77The Grand Opening of the Chino Valley Death House, and Anna Lee.

Maxine Hadley

Elizabeth Laidlaw

Elizabeth Laidlaw has worked as an actor, producer and director in Chicago and regionally since 1993, appearing at Court Theatre, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Writer’s Theatre and many, many others. Recent film: The Sin Eater, Good Guy With A Gun, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, Into The Wake. Television: “The Red Line”, “NCIS” (CBS), “Chicago Med” “Chicago PD” and “Crisis” (NBC),“Betrayal” (ABC), and “Boss” (Starz), and “The Chicago Code” (FOX). She received her BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University, and  studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, UK. She is currently the voice of Dr. Eva Graff in, and a producer of, the critically acclaimed speculative fiction podcast Derelict (derelictpodcast.com). Ms. Laidlaw is a proud union member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity.

Inspector Hubbard/BBC Voice

Nick Sandys

Nick Sandys is delighted to return to Northlight, having previously appeared in Mr. Dickens’ HatDr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and Pride & Prejudice, and choreographed combat for several other productions. Other local on-stage appearances include: Frankenstein, Pygmalion, An Inspector Calls, The Chimes, The Goat, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo); Jeeves IntervenesCaptain Blood, A Turn Of The Screw, Twelfth Night, Blithe Spirit, Much Ado About Nothing (First Folio); The Tempest (Notre Dame Shakespeare); The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Mercury Theatre); plus productions at Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, and Light Opera Works, as well as regionally and Off Broadway. Nick has received some 22 Joseph Jefferson Nominations for acting, directing, fight directing, and producing, as well as a 2018 APA Audie Nomination for his audiobook narration of Dracula, and a 2011 Achievement Award from The Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts.

Playwright

Jeffrey Hatcher

Jeffrey Hatcher is an American playwright and screenwriter. He grew up in Ohio before attending New York University to study acting. After a brief career on stage, he turned his hand to writing. His many award-winning original plays have been performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally across the United States, and abroad. Hatcher has also written the screenplay for Casanova for director Lasse Hallstrom, as well as screenplays Secretary and Boys Don’t Cry directed by Kim Pierce.

Director

Georgette Verdin

Georgette Verdin is a Cuban-American freelance director, the Associate Artistic Director of Northlight Theatre and a member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. Recent directing credits include: the revival of Night Watch (Raven Theatre); the U.S. premiere of The Writer (Steep Theatre); the world premieres of A Mile in The Dark (Interrobang Theatre Project/Rivendell); Enough to Let the Light In (Teatro Vista); Chagall in School (Grippo Stage Company); and Spay (Rivendell). Georgette is a three-time Jeff nominated director and was the 2022 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at Goodman Theatre. She was profiled in NewCity Magazine’s 2023 “Players: Who Really Performs for Chicago Right Now” and in Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2022.” Georgette is an associate member with Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. For more, visit georgetteverdin.com.

Set Design

Mara Ishihara Zinky

Mara Ishihara Zinky is thrilled to be back at at Northlight, where she most recently designed The Porch On Windy Hill, and has worked as a carpenter. Other recent design credits include Night Watch (Raven Theatre), Last Hermanos (A Red Orchid Theatre), and Routes (Remy Bumppo Theatre). BFA in Scenic Design, The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Costume Design

Raquel Adorno

Raquel Adorno (Costume Design) NORTHLIGHT: Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at PemberleyIntimate Apparel; CHICAGO: Measure for Measure, I, Banquo; (Chicago Shakespeare); Wife of a Salesman (Writers); The Island, The Tragedy Of Othello, The Moor of Venice (Court); Mies Julie (Victory Gardens); Unelectable You (The Second City); D.O.A.(Strawdog Theatre Company); Murder Ballad, CARRIE (Bailiwick Chicago). REGIONAL: The Tempest, Intimate Apparel (Utah Shakespeare Festival); A Raisin in the Sun, The Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline, A Doll’s House, A Doll’s House, Part 2 (American Players); EDUCATION: MFA Northwestern University. AWARDS: The Michael Maggio Award 2022, The Michael Merritt Academic Achievement Prize for Collaborative Design 2019. raqueladorno.com

Lighting Design

Eric Watkins

Eric Watkins works as a lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance across the country and occasionally around the world. Just before the pandemic he was in eastern Europe on tour of the world premiere piece Song of Home produced by Theatre Lumina. CHICAGO (selected): EthiopianAmerica (Definition Theatre Company); Sugar in Our Wounds and Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies (First Floor Theater); Machinal (Greenhouse; Jeff nomination); In The Blood (Red Tape); A Swell In The Ground (Gift); The Man Who Was Thursday (Lifeline); Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Pegasus); Punk (New Colony); Fish Eye (Dandelion) The Safe House (City Lit); Bomber’s Moon (Williams Street Rep); Fallen (Mozawa); Porcelain (Prologue; Jeff nomination); The Property (Lyric Unlimited) a commissioned klezmer opera. REGIONAL/ INTERNATIONAL (selected): Mrs. Harrison (Indiana Rep); Don Pasquale (Fort Worth Opera); Show Boat,  Falstaff (Dallas Opera); A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Santa Barbara and Kentucky Opera); The Rake’s Progress (Merola Opera); Barber of Seville (Lithuanian National Opera). Eric received his MFA from Boston University and is a proud member of USA829, the theatrical design union. ericwatkins.com

Original Music & Sound Design

Christopher Kriz

Christopher Kriz is a composer and sound designer based in Chicago and is pleased to return to Northlight having previously designed Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas At Pemberley (Jeff nomination for Original Music), Mothers and Sons4000 MilesThe Whipping ManBlack Pearl Sings!, and Eclipsed. Chicago designs include: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Court Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Victory Gardens, Timeline Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, The Gift Theatre, and many others. Regional: Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Players, Crossroads Theatre, Montana Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and others. A winner of five Joseph Jefferson Awards, Kriz is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829. To hear more of his work, please visit christopherkriz.com

STAGE MANAGER

Katie Klemme

KATIE KLEMME is pleased to return to Northlight where her credits include Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at PemberleyIntimate Apparel, Mr. Dickens’ Hat, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, Landladies, and You Can’t Take It With You. Recent credits include Villette (Lookingglass), Tiger Style!, Wife of a Salesman, and Into the Woods (Writers); Mamma Mia! and Much Ado About Nothing (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival), Hamilton: An American Musical (Chicago, Sub); Sorin: A Notre Dame Story (National Tour); If I ForgetIndecent (Victory Gardens); Mr. BurnsThe Realistic Joneses, others (Theater Wit); Mother and Me (Geva Theater Center, Rochester, NY). She was resident production stage manager at American Theater Company from 2008-2018 where highlights included the world premieres of Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize), The Project(s), and columbinus (Chicago and ArtsEmerson, Boston). She is on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.