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The Thirteenth Chair
The Thirteenth Chair, written in 1916, takes place during a party at the home of the wealthy Crosby family. The entertainment for the night is a séance conducted by an Irish medium.
But the séance turns out to be the scene of a very real murder. Once the lights are all turned on, everyone discovers that the person in the 13th chair has been murdered. All the doors and windows are locked and the murder weapon can’t be found. How will the real murderer be uncovered?
The play, which is presented as a whodunit, has strains of deeper social issues that still resonate today. By setting up Rosalie, the Irish immigrant medium, as a foil to the police Inspector Donohue, Veiller touches on issues of sexism, classism, prejudices and the way police dismiss immigrant populations – even ones they may be part of.
Ghostlight presents a staged reading of the original 1916 play over three nights. There is a suggested donation of $10 for this event.