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Out of Sight... Out of Murder

by Fred Carmichael, directed by Doug Bergstein

Jan. 17-Feb. 2, 2020


Out of Sight... Out of Murder was the first Vermont Playwright's Award winner, produced in 1983. The play was subsequently published by Samuel French, and the Acting Edition bears the names of the original cast at the Valley Players.


The story revolves around Peter Knight, an author who is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion where another author was murdered years before. A weird electrical storm effects a cosmic snafu and his characters come to life. There's the lovely ingenue, the trusty butler, a feisty character woman, a dauntless hero, a fascinating "other woman," the always pregnant serving girl, and the wily lawyer waiting for midnight to read the will. Peter loses control of his characters and there is a murder; the intended victim is Peter. Other murders follow and the culprit is among characters who, having also worked for other authors, know a great deal about the subject. Can Peter find the killer before the killer gets his author? Is romance with the ingenue leading anywhere? Where is the fortune mentioned in the will? All is solved ingeniously with romance, suspense and cosmic wit.

The cast of the 1983 production

Photos by Alison Duckworth


The Cast

Peter Knight - Jesse Putnam (Warren)

Minna - Charlotte Robinson (Warren)


Lydia - Rachel Natvig (Northfield)


Cogburn  - Brent Adams (Warren)

Kay Kelsey - Aimee Clement (Warren)


Fiona Babcock  - Ruth Ann Pattee (Fayston)


Addie - Marci Robinson (Warren)


Dick Stanton - Louis Bronson (Warren)

Jordan Dillingham - Sal Spinosa (Waitsfield)


The Crew

Director: Doug Bergstein

Stage Manager: Mikki Nucci

Lights/Sound: Jasper Mayone

Set Construction: Jay Seekins

Set Design/Props:

         Andra Kisler Krushenick

Costumes: Patty Smith

Front of House:

      Betty & Jim McCaffrey

Photography: Alison Duckworth

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