Web Exclusive: The original dinner play production of 'FRAMED' Murder Is Art opened to an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 128 at Hempstead Hall on Thursday night, and it will continue for a second on Friday night, starting at 6 p.m.

The original dinner play production of 'FRAMED' Murder Is Art opened to an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 128 at Hempstead Hall on Thursday night, and it will continue for a second on Friday night, starting at 6 p.m.
The two-hour production, presented in two acts with a 20-minute serving intermission, has an all-star local cast of familiar faces teamed with UA student newcomer Mario Valdez in a storyline bringing two crimes together in a series of secrets and revelations with a comedic edge.
A laid-back atmosphere with a delicious served meal, salad and dessert makes the production, a joint presentation of UA-Hope and the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council, a perfect way to spend an engaging evening.
Directed by John Gladden, and written by John Hollis, both of the University of Arkansas at Hope, the dinner play brings many of the same qualities, quirks and audience participation as a similar production two years ago, also written by Hollis in 2016, called "Til Death Us Do Part.”
Seating is limited to 160 with tickets still available for Friday night’s performance. Tickets for the dinner and show are $35 and can be purchased online (hempsteadhall.com) or at Hempstead Hall on the UACCH campus.
In addition to Valdez as Police Investigator Marloe Phillips, the cast includes Brad Parker as Wyeth and Warhol Andrews; Jane Purtle as Manet Edwards; Kathleen Hignight as Sella Frank; Matt Dickerson as John Jaspers; Jerry Pruden as Caesar Borja; Twyla Pruden as Lucrezia Borja; Amanda Lance as Dolly Salvador; and Lisa Rhodes as Ida Tarbell, the newspaper reporter.