‘Suspicion’ based on the movie ‘Under Suspicion’ and on the novel of John Waynewright ‘Brainwash’ brings light to the ramifications of a guilty conscience and blurs the lines between what is true and what is not. The play unfolds to reveal two grisly murders, a tough suspect and a skilled, confident interrogator in a tangle of dangerous secrets and assumptions. This however will not be one of your average whodunit mysteries, but an intense psychological thriller that will explore performance art through the performativity of two media platforms: film and theatre. And as the languages of these media combine, the audience will travel deeper and deeper into the twisted mind of the characters.
The action takes place over the course of one night, as Captain Victor Benezet attempts to verify the alibi of Henry Hearst, a prominent tax lawyer, during the time of the rape and murder of two 13-year-old girls. Both Benezet and his fierce subordinate, Detective Felicia Owens are convinced that Henry is guilty of the two rape-murders, but to prove it they have to pry into Henry’s troubled marriage with the much younger and uncanny wife Chantal.
The trick is to get the suspect to admit at least the possibility of his guilt. To con him. To carefully channel his answers until he is prepared to step aside from himself, make-believe that he is a third party and agree that, as this non-existent third party, he might be guilty. – Ed McBain Blood Relatives