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Christmastime mystery will be solved Dec. 16

By Michelle Kinsey


A Christmas Eve party. A missing ring. A down-on-his-luck private eye.

It’s a combination that has all the makings of a perfect mystery. Or should we say, “Chris-Mystery?”

Join IPR on Dec. 16 for this year’s holiday Radio Drama, presented live from Sursa Performance Hall on the campus of Ball State University.

Written by local Radio Drama veteran Michael Kleeberg and produced by Jennifer Blackmer, with
direction from David Little and musical direction from Michael Elliott, “A Chris-Mystery” will also
be streamed live on Indiana Public Radio (and at indianapublicradio.org).

Smitten suitor Dashiell Hammer had planned to propose to Daphne Du Lessier at her parents’
lavish Christmas Eve party. Hammer has left the ring in the care of Mrs. Du Lessier, who keeps it
under lock and key. But the ring disappears! Private eye Phil Barlow and his unorthodox partner,
Bogie, hasten to the luxurious Du Lessier apartment on Park Avenue, determined to solve the theft.

Upon arrival, the duo finds no shortage of potential thieves. Who stole the ring? Was it Dr.
Arthur Du Lessier, who chases Daphne’s suitors away with profanity and pointy sticks? Was it
Mrs. Du Lessier, who cannot bear to see her one and only child fly the nest? Was it Shirley Jakes,
Daphne’s best friend, who once had her cap set for Dashiell Hammer? Could it have been the slimy
Chandler Ray, Daphne’s former suitor?

These are only a few of the suspects, but with the crafty Bogie by his side, Barlow turns up the heat on the entire household, ensuring that the culprit will sweat despite the Yuletide temperatures outside. 


Tickets to attend the live performance are $15 for general admission and $5 for students/children, on sale now at the College of Fine Arts Box Office at Sursa Hall. Purchase online, or starting one hour before the performance at Sursa Hall.

For more information, contact Audience Development Director Angie Rapp at arapp@bsu.edu. 

A Chris-Mystery is sponsored by Michelle Walker Thrivent Financial and The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory.