ACT OF GOD
MURDER AS A FINE ART
SEASON IN HELL
Murder as a fine art
An eight-character, two-act play with a single set.
Synopsis : Murder As A Fine Art is a murder mystery set in the high-stakes world of art collectors, dealers and art thieves where death imitates art. Denys St.Ives has been summoned to Starfall, the home of the wealthy and mysterious Simon deWinter and the site of one of the world's finest private collections of modern art, to catalogue the deWinter Collection – or so he thinks. Simon deWinter is a reclusive and eccentric man who lives on a diet of Pop Tarts and cottage cheese and who has not left his home or spoken with a stranger in over fifteen years. Konrad Lucan, a powerful international art dealer, does everything he can to get Denys to leave Starfall immediately. Simon deWinter's wife, Christina, finds Denys attractive and appeals to him to stay, while Alexis Mandeville, a security expert, is furious at discovering that there is an unexpected visitor at Starfall. A policeman arrives to warn them that an international art thief known as Gideon is on his way to Starfall to rob the deWinter Collection. Simon deWinter appears and tells Denys he knows Denys is the art thief, Gideon. Despite Denys' denials, deWinter demands Denys steal the most important works from the collection. Meanwhile, paintings begin to disappear and it becomes clear that nobody at Starfall is what, they seem, including the fact that the world's most famous collector of modern art is blind. Treachery and murder follow.
Murder As A Fine Art was produced by Source Theatre in Washington, D.C. in January/February, 1993. This production featured David Bolton Marsh, Richard Salamanca, Matt Walker, Roxanne Fournier, Estrallita Jones, Ed Johnson, Steve Games and Dean Avery. Directed by Stephen Jarrett.