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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a solve-it-yourself musical murder mystery with hundreds of possible outcomes. No performance is ever the same! Following the disappearance of young Edwin Drood, the audience votes on a datchery (detective) to solve the case, who committed the vile act, and even a pair of fated lovers. 

Blank's 2019 production was met with enthusiastic audiences who picked every possible outcome over the course of the run. We enjoyed bringing back this modern classic for a stupid, good time.

Presented in December, 2019


The Chairman: Dustin Rothbart*

Edwin Drood: Maisie Rose

John Jasper: Chase Heinemann

Rosa Bud: Phoebe Moore

Princess Puffer: Katherine Dalin

Helena Landless: Simran Bal

Neville Landless: Nathan Karnik

Reverend Crisparkle: Bob Sanders

Bazzard: Brian Warner

Durdles: Aaron Mann*

Deputy: Bryce Ancil

Ensemble: Alexandra Alontaga, Grace Bobber, Sophie Vitello

Understudies: Deric Gochenauer, Brian Pember, Aurora Penepacker

Production Team

Director: Danny Kapinos*

Music Director: Aaron Kaplan

Choreographer: Britta Lynn Schlicht

Stage Manager: Liza Alrutz

Lighting Design: Liz Cooper

Costume Design: Colin Bradley Meyer

​Fight Choreography: Tony Pellegrino

Dialect Coach:Jason Fleece

Asst. Stage Manager: Olivia Zapater-Charette

Dramaturg: Sophie Vitello

Producer: Dustin Rothbart*

Producer: Alisée Cattebeke

*Denotes Blank Theatre Company Member


Piano: Evelyn Ryan
Bass: Leo Finan

Rehearsal Accompanist: Anna Wegener



Chicago Reader – Highly Recommended

Chicago On Stage – Recommended

Chicagoland Musical Theatre – Recommended

“The results are as surprising as they are entertaining—these kids really do have the chops to pull it off.”

– Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader


“This is one musical in which the audience is encouraged to have as much fun as the actors, and Danny Kapinos’ very talented cast clearly is having a great time. So will you.”

-Karen Topham, Chicago On Stage

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