Danny Issa and Kaity Cookson perform in “Something to Hide.” Photo courtesy of Mason Players.

Successful writer Howard Holt wakes up one not-so-special day to his normal life with his normal job and wife. The next thing he knows, someone has been murdered outside his home. The police are asking questions and Holt is the prime suspect.

This is the story told in the Mason Players’ production of “Something to Hide,” a murder mystery full of intrigue, deceit and suspense.
The play opens with an introduction to Holt, an English writer who keeps a few secrets. One fateful night, his wife Karen has an accident that sends both their lives spinning out of control.

Tensions rise and relationships are put to the test when Inspector Davies, the local detective, begins to ask questions and put the pieces together.
“The genre is very exciting to watch,” said director and senior theater major Baron Pugh. “The plot of this play is very captivating.”

The Players don’t often perform murder mysteries. Still, the cast has been working hard, putting in extra hours reading and analyzing the text.
“It’s a very intense show,” said senior theater major Janet McGraw, who stars as Karen Holt. “It took so long to just figure out what was happening, who is lying to whom.”

The cast works together, using a noticable stage presence to communicate the nuances of the plot.

“It’s a rewarding challenge,” said sophomore theater and global affairs major Wesley Meekins, who plays the lead role of Howard Holt. “I like all the twists and turns. The audience really has to pay attention.”

“The show is really heavy so it’s been really nice to have such a fun cast with a fun and playful relationship,” said McGraw.

The chemistry between the cast members is radiant, lending itself to the onstage give and take that is an integral part of the characters. The action is intimate and the actors do well bringing the audience into the tone of the play.

“My expectations have been exceeded from the very beginning,” Pugh said. “This whole process has been exciting. My actors are amazing and everything is coming together very well.”

The Players’ production of “Something to Hide” is not to be missed. The drama will thrill and captivate audiences. At the end, it will leave them still talking about the ins and outs of the plot. It is the community’s last chance to check out the expertise of the Mason Players until the spring semester.

“Something to Hide” opens Thursday and runs until Sunday. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office.