Win Tickets ($36): Bag&Baggage Presents Patrick Hamilton’s ROPE @ The Venetian Theatre | Murder – Just For The Fun of It, Thriller Inspired by “The Perfect Crime”

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Bag&Baggage Presents Patrick Hamilton’s ROPE @ The Venetian Theatre. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 12.

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The Venetian Theatre
253 E Main Street, Hillsboro 97123

“A superman,” wrote Nathan Leopold at the age of 19, “is exempted from the ordinary laws which govern men.” Leopold was writing to his 18 year old lover, Richard Loeb, as the two contemplated one of the most shocking and horrific crimes of the 20th century. Together, the two men murdered a young classmate and buried his body by the side of a road, all in the desire to commit “the perfect crime.”

Patrick Hamilton denies that his 1929 play Rope was inspired by the Leopold and Loeb murder, although how that could be the case is inconceivable. In Rope, two young men conspire to murder a fellow student…for the fun of the thing…and then invite their victim’s friends and family to a dinner party where they serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres off a trunk containing their victim’s body. Rope is a chilling story of deception, arrogance, violence and guilt; a story that was so gripping it inspired one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest cinematic triumphs.

Bag&Baggage, Hillsboro’s resident professional theatre company, presents an excruciatingly suspenseful production of this classic thriller throughout October at The Venetian Theatre in downtown Hillsboro. Directed by Guest Director Rusty Tennant (Artistic Director of Portland’s Fuse Theatre Ensemble) and starring a cast of celebrated Portland actors, Rope is the second terror-noir production presented by Bag&Baggage to celebrate Halloween, following on from last year’s critical smash Dial “M” For Murder.

“I am fascinated by so many aspects of this play,” said Tennant. “Hamilton’s use of time, the looming grandfather clock ticking down the seconds like some kind of time-bomb, the constant heightened tension, and the fact that the audience knows who committed the murder from the very first moment; all of these things combine to create a truly powerful and haunting night of suspense.”

Rope was written in 1929 and was the author’s first theatrical success. The play had some relative success in the West End and on Broadway but it wasn’t until 1948 when Alfred Hitchcock famously adapted the play to the screen that Rope truly became recognized as a classic of the thriller genre.

“It isn’t just the Hitchcock film that encouraged us to take Rope on,” said Scott Palmer, B&B’s Artistic Director. “Rope truly is one of the great works of the murder mystery genre and has been an inspiration to generations of writers, directors and filmmakers for nearly a century.”

The production stars Trevor Jackson (recently seen as the Prince of York in B&B’s Richard III) as Brandon and Nathan Dunkin (last seen with B&B as Slim in Of Mice and Men) as Granillo, the two masterminds of the so-called perfect crime. They are joined by B&B newcomers Victoria Blake as Mrs. Debenham, Alec Lugo as Sabot, Joel Patrick Durham as Kenneth, Signe Larsen as Leila, Phillip Rudolph as Sir Johnstone and Michael Tuefel as Rupert Cadell (the role played by Jimmy Stewart in the Hitchcock film). Bag&Baggage Resident Artists Melissa Heller

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40 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): Bag&Baggage Presents Patrick Hamilton’s ROPE @ The Venetian Theatre | Murder – Just For The Fun of It, Thriller Inspired by “The Perfect Crime”

  1. Matt H October 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    I love the theatah!

  2. Alan Scally October 5, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    “Rope truly is one of the great works of the murder mystery genre and has been an inspiration to generations of writers, directors and filmmakers for nearly a century.”

    I’ve seen the Hitchjcock movie a couple of times, and marveled at the brilliance both of the director (Hitchj.) and the actors.

    There was a production of “Rope” in a classic Victorian mansion in West Linn, which is a city owned site open for visitation, This was in about 1988 or so. The setting was so appropriate for the building of suspense. The audience moved from room to room..

    So my interest in this production is to see how the play ia presented in a classic theater setting.

  3. Cassandra October 5, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    Looks interesting

  4. Aleksandra October 6, 2015 at 8:19 am #

    I would love to see this! Perfect for October.

  5. Stormii October 6, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    How fun! I recently went to a murder mystery dinner theatre and had a blast!! This looks even better!!

  6. Bianka October 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Ooo I would love to see this.

  7. Perry October 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    This sounds wicked fun. Murder and cocktails my FAVORITE

  8. Jake October 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Looks fun, they didn’t have these types of things where I’m from.

  9. Christina October 7, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    My fingers are crossed!! I want to win this more than anything!

  10. Danielle October 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    I want to see as many plays as possible.

  11. Alex October 7, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    A long time watcher of Bag & Baggage, I’d love to see what they have to show me this time!

  12. Nestor Flores October 8, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    I have had lunch here a few times but have not seen a show. This looks like great fun in a town I grew up in!!

  13. Danielle October 8, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    Excellent! How perfect to set the mood for Halloween. I’ve been looking for a good creepy experience like this one that doesn’t involve teenagers in face paint popping out from bushes.

  14. Edie Greenough October 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    A classic story told with drama and suspense — would love to see this version

  15. Nick October 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    One of my absolute favorite suspense movies! I would love the chance to see a stage adaptation

  16. Tah-lia Miller October 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    I have never been to the theatre in Portland and would love for this to be my first time!

  17. Rachel M. October 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    I love the Venetian theater and have seen a few Bag&Baggage productions. This sounds like it will be a great show! Would love to see it!

  18. Emmy C October 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Sounds like fun!!

  19. Ed October 8, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    The perfect time of year ,
    for a play about the perfect crime

  20. Ed October 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    The perfect time of year
    for a play about the perfect crime
    October 17/
    My birthday would be a great time to treat a date to a play.

    Would that make it a play date?
    Sorry, I Don’t deserve the win just because of that.
    Had to do it anyhow. Ha

  21. Sean October 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Just for the fun of it.

  22. mauraborealice October 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    This is a genre that is rarely done in theatre. Would enjoy a fine production.

  23. Kimberly October 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    This would be an amazing show to start out the Halloween season!

  24. Emily Zarr October 8, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    If you love Hitchcock, you have to see this classic murder show. Ive only heard and read about it. Crossing my finger

  25. johanna October 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

    Yes I would love to go.
    Thank you

  26. Claire Alexander October 8, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed every drama I’ve seen at Bag and Baggage, so this one probably will also be great.

  27. Lani October 9, 2015 at 12:24 am #


  28. Natalya Christle October 9, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    I have never been in this theater, I would like to win tickets! Я хочу билеты!

  29. david October 9, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    love the hitch version of this and his use of entire reels of film to keep it feeling very theatrical. would love to see the play!!

  30. Mike October 9, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Perfect time of the year for the perfect crime…this would be perfect!! :-)

  31. Lynn Elsdon October 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    This sounds like a great play! We would love to go!

  32. chris October 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    This is going to be a blast i love it!

  33. Nik October 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Would loove to see any play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock!

  34. Kelly October 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    This sounds like a play my husband would actually like, which is a rarity! He loves horror’s! I love going to plays and used to be in many myself…It has been too long!

  35. Alycia October 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Would like to see this play…sounds perfect for the Halloween season!

  36. panda October 10, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    total swoon, i love the scary stuff!

  37. Liz October 11, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    This play looks AWESOME! I’d love to go see this play!

  38. Maureen October 12, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    This is one of my FAVORITE Hitchcock films. I’d LOVE to see this adaptation in person. Such a great event for this Halloween time of year!

  39. Josh V October 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    I need tickets!

  40. Josh VanLandingham October 12, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Gimme tickets. Visiting Portland.

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