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Sterling Blog: It’s a Mystery!

When you think of the best-selling novel of all time … you might think of certain wizarding school. You’d be wrong. Instead, you need to go to the mystery aisle of your favorite bookstore and pick up Agatha Christie. Over more than 50 years, Christie wrote 66 mystery novels, which sold more than two billion copies. She also wrote a number short stories collections.

One of her first short stories was published in a small periodical, “Flynn’s Weekly,” in 1925 called “The Witness for the Prosecution.” In 1953, Christie took it upon herself to turn it into a play, which opened in London. Just five years later, with Marlene Deitrich in the lead, the film version hit the screens.

On April 21, this famous play comes to Sterling with the help of our own Sterling Playmakers. Directed by a certain friendly neighborhood columnist of your acquaintance and starring Park View graduate, Kirk Windsor, the play will keep you on the edge of your seats until the last twist.

Set in 1950s London, Leonard Vole (Windsor) has been accused of murdering Emily French. When his wife, Romaine, (Dina Soltan), changes her story and testifies for the prosecution, it seems all is lost for the defense. Will Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Phil Erickson) be able to set his client free—or has Romaine’s testimony doomed Leonard to the gallows? You’ll just have to find out.

The show is at Seneca Ridge Middle School, 90 Seneca Ridge Drive, on April 21; April 22; April 28; and April 29; at 8 p.m. and also April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or you can buy them online at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com. You can also learn more at their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/sterlingplaymakers. After the show on April 23, there will be a special talk-back discussion with a representative from the Loudoun commonwealth’s attorney’s office and mystery author Josh Pachter.

Just a reminder that our new amazing library opens this coming weekend. Personally, I’ve been spending my time drooling over the pictures online and wanting to play in the makers’ room, which will have sewing machines, a serger, a 3-D printer and a recording studio. The unveiling takes place at 10 a.m. April 15, and then you can dive into the books, the natural light, and the study cubicles.

The opening will be followed by a town hall meeting hosted by our Supervisor, Koran Saines. Also in attendance will be State Dels. John Bell (D) and Jennifer Boysko (D), as well as Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall (D).

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