This "Tony Award Winning, Choose
Your Own Ending, Murder Mystery" ran for two weekends in April 2002.
It was preformed by Ram's Head Theatrical Society
at Memorial Auditorium, Stanford, California.
Based loosely on the unfinished
Charles Dickens novel of the same name, The Mystery of Edwin Drood takes
place in late Nineteenth Century Cloisterham and recounts the story of the
Young Edwin Drood, his fiancee the fair Miss Rosa Budd, Drood's Schizophrenic
Uncle Mr. John Japser, who is in love with Rosa. In addition there are the Landless Twins, Helena and Neville who
have been put under the care of the Reverend Crisparkle. And then there is the mysterious Princess
Puffer, who runs the opium den in London where John Japser seeks treatment.
However, in the musical version by
Rupert Holmes--of "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" fame--we witness the The
Mystery of Edwin Drood as presented by the Victorian acting troop of the
Music Hall Royale. Therefore, the is a
great deal of fluidity with the fourth wall, as the members of the acting troop
often break character to interact directly with this audience. This is a trademark of the show.
It also helps set up the ending...
As the Mystery of Edwin Drood was
never completed, the murderer's identity remains a mystery to this day. Therefore, the audience votes on who they
think the murder is and the actors perform that ending.
For more detailed plot description
please see synopsis.