HAMBURG — Marc Ruffino of Hamburg will be featured in “Towards Zero,” the next production from Aurora Players, which will open at the Roycroft Pavilion in Hamlin Park on Oct. 18.
The detective mystery, set in a coastline estate in Cornwall, is based on Agatha Christie’s 1944 novel. Ruffino will return to the Roycroft stage as Neville Strange.
Ruffino, a high school English teacher at Hamburg, has directed 14 plays at the local school. “I’ve always been interested in drama, because there is a special bond between performers and audience,” he said. “I feel it’s the most personal medium in which to tell a story.”
Ruffino was featured in Aurora Players’ production of “Dial M for Murder,” this past spring.
He said, “I have had the great fun to direct three Agatha Christie plays: ‘The Mousetrap,’ ‘The Hollow’ and ‘Witness for the Prosecution.’ ‘Towards Zero’ is another well done play – although perhaps not as well known – with fun characters, all of whom seem to be guilty and innocent at several points, during the play. It’s always satisfying to find out who done it.”
Also featured in this production are Catherine Burkhart, David Canfield, Joe Cassidy, Brendan Cunningham, Mary Eckstein, Brooke Bartell Goergen, Mary Ann Reisdorf, Christopher Rimes, Curtis Rose and Michael Starzynski.
David Hall will direct. His local shows have included “Out of Order,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” as well as a “Readers Theater” presentation of “The Long Weekend.” Hall has performed in and directed many theatre productions throughout Western New York.
The Medici House on Main Street will host an opening night pre-show dinner.
Opening night for “Towards Zero” is Oct. 11. The show will run for three weekends. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances will begin at 2:30. Reservations may be made by calling 687-6727. For more information, visit www.auroraplayers.org.