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A Flair for Murder / The Dinner Party Murder


"A Flair for Murder" is conceived and produced by Val McFatter.
"The Dinner Party Murder" (begins at 6:38) is conceived and produced by Maggie Rocha.

Program Notes: A Flair for Murder

  • Conceived and Produced by Val McFatter
  • Written and Directed by Valarie McFatter
  • Podcast Production by Valarie McFatter and Alyssa V. Gomez/Co-op Productions

Host Val McFatter and Guest Maggie Rocha

Director’s Notesby Val McFactter

I was washing the dishes and listening to a true crime podcast when I got my idea for A Flair for Murder. Podcasts seem to be popping up everywhere nowadays, especially with quarantine forcing us to move our communications online. I’ve dabbled in podcast work before, but I haven’t done a full podcast episode before Capstone. And I’ve always wanted to. I saw this as an opportunity to try my hand at something I have admired for years now. I hope you all enjoy the harrowing tale in A Flair for Murder!

Program Notes: The Dinner Party Murder

  • Conceived and Produced by Maggie Rocha
  • Written and Directed by Maggie Rocha
  • Videography and Editing by Maggie Rocha

Val McFatter as ‘Sarah Sterling’
Layla Nabavi as ‘Amelia James’
Caleigh Davis as ‘Jane Parker’
Edmée Marie Faal as ‘Helen Marlowe’
Deanna Reimertz as ‘Molly Bradbury’
Julia Mann as ‘Patricia Lynn’

Director's Notesby Maggie Rocha

In this scene, a group of women in 1936 come together due to a local politician putting out a personal ad for a focus group of women to discuss women’s rights and other political ideas. I wrote, directed, and designed this murder mystery scene that incorporated the time period of the FTP and was relatable to a modern audience. Throughout the process, I was interested in the roles of women in society, how class status affects personal beliefs, and what it means to be a woman in theatre today.