Joan Jones plays Mrs. Rogers, housekeeper in the island home where the murders take place. / Back Alley Contributed Photo

If you go

› What: “And Then There Were None”

› Where: Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Georgia

› When: 8 p.m. July 12-13, 19-20; 3 p.m. July 14 and 21

› Admission: $16 and $13

› For more information: 706-621-2870

some text Cynthia Hubbard portrays the self-righteous Emily, one of the many murder suspects. / Back Alley Contributed Photo

Back Alley Productions opens Agatha Christie's classic whodunit "And Then There Were None" for six performances beginning Friday, July 12.

As the murder mystery opens, eight people, all strangers to each other, have been invited to Indian Island, off the English coast.

Vera Claythorne, a former governess, thinks she has been hired as a secretary; Philip Lombard, an adventurer, and William Blore, an ex-detective, think they have been hired to look out for trouble over the weekend.

Dr. Armstrong thinks he has been hired to look after the wife of the island's owner. Emily Brent, General MacArthur, Tony Marston and Judge Wargrave think they are going to visit old friends.

When they arrive on the island, the guests are greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, the butler and housekeeper, who report that the host, someone they call Mr. Owen, will not arrive until the next day.

some text Gavin Russell plays Gen. MacArthur, who is haunted by a dark and sinister past. / Back Alley Contributed Photo

That evening, as all the guests gather in the drawing room after an excellent dinner, they hear a recorded voice accusing each of them of a specific murder committed in the past and never uncovered.

As the guests begin to be systematically murdered, the ones remaining are left to discover if the murderer is the mysterious Mr. Owen or someone among them.

"I have always enjoyed a good mystery, and it is a joy to bring such a classic to the stage with this level of talent and commitment," says director Keegan Westra. "In 'And Then There Were None,' we see strangers, all with a secret and a mystery murderer out to kill them one by one. The problem is they don't know who the killer is."

"We are excited to bring the audience this thought-provoking thriller with a touch of comedy," Westra adds. "Whether you are a longtime fan of Agatha Christie or new to the murder-mystery genre, you are sure to be captivated from the second you step foot on the secluded island to the second you depart," Westra says.

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