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February 13, 2015

Great Lakes Theater Dials Up Thriller DIAL "M" FOR MURDER at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

CLEVELAND, OH - Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland’s Classic Company, commences the second half its 2014-15 season with Frederick Knott’s murder mystery masterpiece, Dial “M” for Murder. The production will be performed in the company’s intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, February 27 – March 22, 2015. Charles Fee, GLT’s Producing Artistic Director, directs the production. Dial “M” for Murder is presented through special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Great Lakes Theater is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Season support is also provided by The Cleveland Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Media sponsors for GLT’s 53rd season are The FORM Group, Ideastream (WCLV 104.9 FM and WCPN 90.3 FM), Northeast Ohio Media Group and WKSU 89.7 FM.

Deception, betrayal, passion and greed prove potent ingredients for a perfect mystery in this intense and darkly gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock. Ex-tennis professional Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for her money. Now he plans to kill her for the same reason, convinced that she is having an affair. When his precise murder plot goes awry, can he improvise an equally deadly plan B? The exciting ending of this erotic and psychologically suspenseful story has thrilled audiences for decades.

For Great Lakes Theater, Dial “M” for Murder’s director Charles Fee
most recently directed critically acclaimed productions of Ira Levin’s Deathtrap (2014) and Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit (2013). Other GLT productions include Romeo and Juliet (2012), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2011), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2010), Twelfth Night (2009), The Comedy of Errors (2009), Macbeth (2008), All’s Well That Ends Well (2008), Hamlet (2003), Hay Fever (2007), The Importance of Being Earnest (2004), Arms and the Man (2003)and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (2004 & 2011). Fee holds a unique position in the American theater as producing artistic director of three independently operated, professional theater companies: Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002), Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991) and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Lake Tahoe, Nevada (since 2010). His appointments have resulted in a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the companies, in which 50 plays have been shared since 2002.

Great Lakes Theater’s award-winning home at the Hanna Theatre features a visionary“Great Room” inspired design that integrates the artist and audience experience into a single unified environment. Hanna patrons select from a variety of seating opportunities including traditional theater seats, club chairs, lounge/bar seats, banquette couches and private box seating. Arranged in an intimate 550-seat thrust configuration where the audience surrounds the stage, no seat is further than 12 rows from the performance.

Great Lakes Theater offers patrons a robust series of Experience Enhancement Programming that is organized by day of week. The series highlights the Hanna’s unique amenities and affords access to artists.
 
---“Salon Thursdays” feature an engaging pre-show discussion/presentation beginning one hour before curtain with a Great Lakes Theater artist. (Offered: Mar. 5, 12, 19)

----“Happy Hour Fridays” afford audience members the opportunity to gather, socialize and enjoy appetizers or beverages for sale in the Hanna’s bar and lounge beginning ninety minutes before the performance. (Offered: Mar. 6, 13, 20)

----“Nightcap Night Saturdays” are designed to encourage audience members to stay after the evening performance and mingle with the GLT artistic company in the Hanna’s lounge. The Hanna’s bar is open ninety minutes after Nightcap Night Saturday performances. (Offered: Mar. 7, 14, 21)

----“Ice Cream Social Sundays” offer patrons the opportunity to enjoy a London theatre tradition brought state-side. Audience members are invited to purchase a cool, personal ice cream treat before the show or at intermission. Ice cream will be offered at every performance in Dial "M" for Murder's run, but on “Ice Cream Social Sundays,” the treat is half price. (Offered: Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22)

----“Director’s Night” offer audiences the opportunity to take part in a lively pre-show discussion with GLT’s Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee before the Friday preview performance. (Offered: Feb. 27)
 
----"Playnotes Pre-Show Discussions” inform patrons with illuminating introductions to the content and history of each play in GLT’s season presented by a guest scholar before Saturday matinee performances. (Offered: Mar. 7, 14, 21)

Great Lakes Theater will continue to afford patrons extraordinary access to its artists and production process at every Hanna Theatre performance of
Dial “M” for Murder. The Hanna always opens its doors ninety minutes before each performance allowing patrons to observe the complete pre-show preparation process of GLT’s actors and technical staff. Elements traditionally hidden from audiences such as stage combat rehearsals, dance calls, prop/scenic pre-sets, technical cue rehearsals and actor warm-ups will be conducted in full view of patrons, offering GLT audiences an unprecedented glimpse into the theatrical process.

Great Lakes Theater will also renew its New Deal pricing initiative this spring - designed to increase accessibility for audiences.
As part of the program, adult tickets begin at $15 and student tickets for any seat at any performance are $13 - making GLT one of the most affordable entertainment options in the region.

The Opening Night (also Press Night) performance of Dial “M” for Murder
is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th. A preview performance is scheduled for the preceding Friday night evening (February 27th). Curtain times for all evening performances will remain at 7:30 p.m., with a 1:30 p.m. curtain time for Saturday matinees and a 3:00 p.m. curtain time for Sunday matinees.

Single performance tickets range in price from $15-$70 (Student tickets are $13) and are available by calling (216) 241-6000, by ordering online at GreatLakesTheater.org or by visiting the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office. Groups of ten or more receive discounts of up to 25% by calling (216) 241-5490 x302.

Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland’s classic company, has brought the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience since 1962. The first resident company of PlayhouseSquare, GLT celebrates its 34th year in downtown Cleveland this season. On its main stage and through its extensive education programming, Great Lakes Theater positively impacts the lives of over 100,000 adults and students annually.

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