BLT’s ‘Love from a Stranger’ premieres Thursday night

Published 7:57 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A British mystery based on Agatha Christie’s book, “Love from a Stranger” will open a weekend run Thursday evening, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.

It is directed by David Nelson, assistant professor of history at Bainbridge State College, who says it has an alternate take on her plays. One reason may be that the play was not written by Christie, but by an actor, Frank Vosper, who based the play on her book. It is a lesser-known work, and Nelson predicts the audience will discover “a hidden gem in this show. They won’t guess the ending.”

Nelson, who confesses he is a big anglophile and a big Christie fan calls the play “a hoot.”

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The plot: Jenna Chambliss plays the lead of Cecily Harrington whose fiancé (Austin Rowe) is away traveling in the Sudan when she wins a big prize in a sweepstake and decides to postpone her wedding to spend a portion of the money on a European trip. During her travels, she meets Bruce Lovell (Richard Whitehead) who sweeps the romance-craving Cecily off her feet, marries her, and takes her to his out-of-the-way cottage in the country. As it turns out Lovell is not the charming gentleman he appears to be. Instead, he is a homicidal maniac of the most eerie, repulsive type, and is resolved to murder his new wife, just as he has murdered several other women before her. When a series of circumstances leads Cecily to realize the ghastly fact, she finds herself caught like a rat in a trap, unsure of how she will escape.

Other cast members are Ida Cooksey who plays Cecily’s Aunt LuLu; Courtney Martin, Cecily’s best friend, Mavis; Robert Ingram who portrays the gardener Hodson; Michaelia Crawford is Ethel the maid and Andrew Cooksey takes the role of Dr. Gribble.

The show continues its run Friday and Saturday evenings and concludes with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available from or by calling 246-8345.