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Now Playing: “The Mousetrap,” Produced by the Stern College Dramatics Society

Only two performances left, tickets selling fast!

Brimming with intrigue, sophisticated humor and surprising twists, Agatha Christie's iconic murder mystery—about a group of strangers trapped during a snowstorm—is now playing at the Schottenstein Theater on the Wilf Campus: Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at TicketLeap.

“We were looking for a play that fits with our YU values, that is fun and entertaining, and with an ensemble cast that gives actors a chance to develop interesting characters,” said Elisheva Hirsch ’23S, president of the Stern College Dramatics Society (SCDS), who stars as the Sherlock Holmsian Detective Trotter. “The Mousetrap”—the world’s longest-running play—fits the bill, and includes the involvement of over 40 Stern College students, from acting to set design, tech production and costumes. The show is directed by Leah Gottfried ‘14S, Stern’s first film major and the creator of the comedic web series “Soon by You” and founder of production company Dignity Entertainment.

While SCDS had its first post-Covid show in 2021, this year’s production showcases a truly rebuilt theater company—one that has been giving Orthodox women a stage since the 1950s. Indeed, SCDS prides itself on its professionalism, and “The Mousetrap” connects Stern students—and audiences—to the show’s rich history. “The surprise ending is one of the most well-kept secrets in the theater world,” Hirsch said. At the end of each show, the person revealed to be the murderer steps forward and tells the audience to “‘keep the secret of whodunit locked in your heart,’” she explained. “We ask that, too.”

Where: Wilf Campus Schottenstein Theater, 560 West 185th Street New York, NY 10033

When: Dec. 14 and 15 at 7:30

Admission is open to all audiences, and ticket prices start as low as $5 for students. Ticket revenue goes directly to supporting the Stern College Dramatics Society and its productions, events and programs. Support is greatly appreciated as it allows Orthodox Jewish undergraduate women to do what they love without compromising on their religious values or artistic professionalism.

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