“How would you murder me?”

Jeffrey Hatcher, Playwright
"Nice, unexpected turns... clever ways of making the sneaking and hiding work on an arena stage"
Pat Launer
Times of San Diego
"Gradual build of suspense... information and key players are disclosed at a deliberate pace"
E. H. Reiter
"Arima brought elegance and charm"
Kathy Carpenter
Splash Magazines
"Strategically moves the play’s characters... like smartly dressed chess pieces"
Pam Kragen
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Director's Note

I’ve been so fortunate to have cut my teeth as a director at the Old Globe in San Diego. My first job there was directing a new musical called Ace in 2007, followed by the out-of-town production of Allegiance in 2012, then five years later the play Red Velvet, and, most recently, “Dial M.” 

Having never worked in their intimate second space (which is in the round), I was perplexed and transfixed by the challenge of directing a thriller/mystery with an audience surrounding the action. This brand-new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher was ingenious and gave this new production a rich flavor that the company of actors and designers brought to life with fierce commitment.

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting



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Production Credits

Original Play: Frederick Knott

Adaptation: Jeffrey Hatcher 

Sets: Anna Louizos

Lighting: Amanda Zieve

Costumes: Ryan Park

Sound: Leon Rothenberg

Producer: The Old Globe

Theatre: Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre