Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

Bloody Murderby Ed Sala

Bloody Murder

Performance Dates & Tickets

January 14 - February 5, 2011
Friday & Saturday nights at 8 PM
$16 regular, $12 students and seniors
Call 440-247-8955 (Mon-Sat, 1-6 PM)


About the Play

It’s a sign of fresh, intelligent writing when a playwright succeeds in totally messing with his audience’s minds. (In a playful way, that is.)
-Akron Beacon Journal


Directed by Douglas Farren

Playwright Ed Sala offers up a twisted, fourth-wall-breaking, whodunit/spoof in Bloody Murder, a play that turns the murder-mystery genre on its head.

The wealthy Lady Somerset has assembled an unlikely group of guests for a weekend at her lavish countryside estate. The attendees represent the usual murder-mystery suspects; we meet a middle-aged maid, a far-too innocent ingenue, an enigmatic and well-preserved countess, a self-glorifying Major, the ne'er-do-well nephew and an actor of former acclaim.

Sure enough, one of these people meets a mysterious and violent end. But Lady Somerset takes an unusual turn by refusing to call the authorities (although the bumbling police chief eventually arrives) and she insists that she and her guests are simply characters in a mystery story who must rebel against their author. The players and their writer enter into a wild battle of wills that delivers plenty of laughter and a surprising end!

Bloody Murder made its world premiere at Akron's Weathervane Playhouse in January, 2009.


Steve Ryan, Rollin DeVere, Linda Ryan, Eric Oswald, Lisa Tarr, and Tari Lyn Bergoine

About the Playwright:

Ed Sala holds an MFA in playwriting from Virginia Commonwealth University. His plays have been produced across the country, from Los Angeles to New York City, from Chicago to Ocala, Florida. As an actor, he's performed on Broadway in "The Scarlet Pimpernel," Off-Broadway in "Johnny Guitar," "Elvis People" and "The Perfect Crime," and at Carnegie Hall in "Robert Fulghum and Friends." He was the original "Ed" in "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." He's had featured roles in movies such as "Blair Witch II" and "The Contender" and has appeared on TV in "Law and Order," "Homicide" and in several episodes of "Matlock." He's always been a big fan of murder mysteries, and wishes to thank Chagrin Valley Little Theatre for this production of "Bloody Murder."