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Who Killed Joan Crawford?

Island City Stage presents the play Who Killed Joan Crawford? written by Tony Award nominated playwright-director Michael Leeds.  “I remember reading something about Joan Crawford, which wasn’t very flattering, and for some reason I thought of the title Who Killed Joan Crawford?”, says Leeds, “I liked it so much, I decided to back it up with a play!”   “I’ve never written a comedic mystery before,” he continues, “but I’ve always been an Agatha Christie fan, and I still have all of her books in paperback.  I especially love her classic And Then There Were None (aka Ten Little Indians), so that was a major influence here.”

Leeds, though better known as a director in South Florida, created the Tony Award nominated musical Swingin’ on a Star.  He also wrote the highly acclaimed play First Step, produced at Empire Stage several seasons ago.  And he co-wrote the screenplay (with Linda Yellen) for The Last Film Festival, Dennis Hopper’s final film, which also stars Jacqueline Bisset.  He’s recently created two new musical revues with choreographer Kevin Black that have been (or soon will be) staged at the Broward Stage Door Theatre: What’s New Pussycat and Pompadour.

On a dark, stormy night five men arrive at a cabin for a soap opera star’s surprise birthday party.  Each guest has been asked to dress as the birthday boy’s favorite movie star, Joan Crawford, in one of her signature roles.  And the results aren’t pretty.  As they wait for the star to arrive, the five would-be Joans begin drinking and dishing, and dark secrets emerge.  Soon there’s one less Joan.  … Who killed Joan Crawford?

The play will begin a month-long world premiere run at Island City Stage in Wilton Manors, featuring a cast that includes Barry Marcus, Kevin Reilley, Andy Rogow, Troy Stanley and Christian Vandepas, under the direction of Leeds. This production also features the Island City Stage award-winning design team of Michael McClain (sets), Peter Lovello (costumes), Preston Bircher (lights) and David Hart (sound), with wigs designed by Ellis Tillman.

Who Killed Joan Crawford? runs January 14th to February 14th in the company’s new home at 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL  33305. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 5:00 PM.  For tickets or more information, call 954-519-2533 or visit