Who Dunit … and to Whom?

Central Campus Playmakers bring a play within a play to the stage

Submitted Photo Character Detective Grip, played by Camden Gifford, questions the mysterious Anytime, played by Molly Kostek, in the upcoming Central Campus Playmakers show “Who Dunit...and to Whom?”

A writer struggles to finish his newest play while problems at home start to take over. With each new day, it gets harder and harder for him to finish and it falls onto his characters to save their story.

The Central Campus Playmakers will be performing their rendition of Robert Frankel’s “Who Dunit…and to Whom?” started Thursday and will run through Saturday at Central Campus Theater. Each performance will start at 7:30 p.m.

The play makes use of 19 actors on stage and an additional 12 students working behind the scenes to put the show on. Students are running all aspects of the play from lights and sound to costumes and props with director Chad Gifford and his theater assistant, Brenda Pfau, overlooking their efforts.

According to Gifford, his goal was to choose a fall play that involved as many students as he can and that would work to develop their skills.

The play will follow an aspiring author named Harold, played by Dylan Fosburg. He is struggling to decide whether to follow his dream of being a writer or settle for his day job. His wife wants him to quit writing and help her out around the house. As the story goes on, his struggle to write gets worse and it falls down onto his characters to try and save the play.

Submitted Photo Here Camden Gifford continues on as Detective Grip as he threatens writer Harold, played by Dylan Fosburg, with a water pistol while other characters cheer him on.

“This particular play has a bevy of strong characters to stretch the actors as well as a number of technical challenges including building a secret door on stage,” Gifford explained.

The play has more characters than actors, allowing for many actors to get to experience different acting techniques over the course of the play with different accents, mannerisms and costume changes. This is something Gifford thinks the audience will enjoy.

“Audiences should enjoy the changes they see the characters undergo throughout the play,” he explained, “as well as the idea of what our thoughts get up to when we leave them alone.”

One character named Christina, played by Molly Kostek, has an alter ego and a different name because each character in Harold’s play have separate personalities of their own when they aren’t “acting” in Harold’s thoughts.

“Even the hero detective Grip, played by Camden Gifford, is also known as Bob Smith, but as the plot evolves, he is sometimes viewed as the villian,” Gifford said.

The play is appropriate for all ages. The doors will open each day at 7 p.m.