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“Passage Into Fear” at Escondido’s Patio Playhouse Theatre through May 1

The noted repertory theater group North County Players (northcounty­ is bringing the historical stage thriller, “Passage Into Fear,” to Escondido’s Patio Playhouse Theatre through May 1.

“Passage Into Fear” is inspired by noir classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes” and “Strang­ers on a Train” and Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

The play, set in 1917 is being pre­sented in conjunction with a series of the 100-year observances of the Great War taking place not only in the San Diego area but across the globe.

“The early twentieth century is further brought to life by period cor­rect music, sets, props and costumes, along with computer-controlled light­ing and sound effects. As a result many attendees tell us the experience feels as much like a movie as it does a play,” said playwright Charles Carr.

The cast and crew include John Aviles, Marsi Carr, Shannon Linder, Betsy Toker, Jacob James, Peter Bunn, Audrey Linder, Laura Makey, Amber Stroyer, Julio C. Mas, Jeff Makey, Milburn Stevens, and Pamela Wise.

This is the same production group which brought last year’s hit pro­duction of “Scrooge” (“Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens”) to the San Marcos Civic Center.

“Passage Into Fear” is set on­board a transcontinental passenger train in 1917 during the waning days of World War I. An elderly woman, Miss Lillian Merriweather, boards the train insisting she knows of a plot on an international scale, then promptly disappears.

Other characters include a young American woman on a final fling in Venice before returning home to be unhappily married, a pugnacious 8-year-old war orphan, a Member of Parliament and his wife, an elderly Gypsy who has wandered the conti­nent homeless for more than 50 years, a handsome young Swiss doctor hid­ing an immense secret, and a ruthless German countess bent on achieving her evil ends no matter who gets in her way.

The solution to Miss Merriweath­er’s disappearance ultimately has it roots in understanding the very causes and history of the War itself.

One-hundred percent of proceeds benefit area nonprofit organizations. A grant from the Supervisor Bill Horn has made it possible for ticket prices for “Passage Into Fear” to be a frac­tion of what attendees would expect to pay for a production of this qual­ity —$12 general, $8 for children/ seniors/military.

One-click tickets, info, and direc­tions at

Call 760-749-8229 to learn about special pricing for groups.

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