Murder on the Whistler Express 

What: Specter

Where: MY Place

When: Friday, April 11

Did somebody scream "Murder"?

Maybe or maybe not, but this suspense and secrecy is all in the name of art and culture. Two professional stage and screen actors, moonlighting as local Whistler theatre teachers, Neil Schell and Diana Pavlovská, have combined forces to bring you a play full of mystery and intrigue called Specter .

The heart-pounding production, written by Don Nigro, goes straight for the jugular. He has a gift for language and a real sense of poetic writing. He defies expectations; nimbly playing cat-and-mouse with such contemporary concerns as paranoia, male/female angst, and eerie urban myth. In Nigro's world, men are not from Mars, women are not from Venus: they are both (depending on your gender or point or view) from heaven and hell. You will laugh and cringe, be filled with excitement and be repulsed, but not for one moment will you be bored.

In Specter, a man driving down a deserted road during a rainstorm swerves to avoid hitting a woman who has suddenly appeared from nowhere. His car ends up planted in a ditch, and she winds up in his front seat. Do they plan to make love, kill each other, or both?

Both of the actors in this exciting play have extensive experience on the stage and in front of the camera. Schell has the credit of being the founder and original artistic director of the Actors Working Academy in Vancouver. He has appeared in various feature films, TV series, commercials and stage plays.

Pavlovská recently completed filming a feature film entitled The Delicate Art of Parking. She plays the lead female role in this comedic Canadian independent film that will be released in theatres next winter.

In addition to her many film and TV credits, Pavlovská has an extensive background on the stage including classical Shakespeare.

"We are pleased to present and inject this piece of culture and excitement into the Whistler community," she said.

Tickets to Specter are $17 for adults and $12 concession, The play’s rating is recommended at PG-13.

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