Murders of 1940, Theatre Production, Fall 2019

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Student Directed by Emily Delgado

WhenFriday, April 17, 2020, 7:30 PM,
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 2:30 PM,
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 7:30 PM,
Sunday, April 19, 2020, 2:30 PM,
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:30 PM,
Friday, April 24, 2020, 7:30 PM,
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 2:30 PM
LocationTheatre 21
ContactAmy Lee at (562) 903-4804 or

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Ticket Prices:

$18.00 General Admission
$15.00 Faculty, Staff, Alumni
$12.00 Student, Military, Senior Citizen
$10.00 For Groups of 6 or More

$15.00 General Admission
$12.00 Faculty, Staff, Alumni
$10.00 Student, Military, Senior Citizen
$8.00  For Groups of 6 or More

Please be advised that this event has been cancelled.

Second Stage Presents:
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
by John Bishop
Directed by Student Emily Delgado

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a Germain maid who is apparently four different people- all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again-and again.  As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare for their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directs. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked-but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.

An ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher." "…a kind of crossbreeding of Charles Ludlam The Mystery of Irma Vep and Terrence McNally It's Only a Playseasoned with a soupcon of NOISES OFF." —NY Times.

"…enormous fun…Its strength comes in part from the sheer diamond wit and diamante showbiz glitter of Bishop's writing. Even his corn is succulently served." —NY Post.

"…Bishop gives us a nakedly silly and relentlessly convoluted murder-mystery plot, with twist piled on twist till you have to give way and start laughing at the silliness…it's hugely enjoyable." —Village Voice.

"MURDERS is the intelligent person's kind of nonsense." —NY Magazine.

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