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The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen
by Emily SchwartzDirected byJimmy McDermott
VENUE #6: Connelly Theater 

The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen

by Emily Schwartz
Directed byJimmy McDermott

VENUE #6: Connelly Theater 

August 2014
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The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen

by Emily Schwartz
Directed byJimmy McDermott

VENUE #6: Connelly Theater 

August 2014
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The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen

by Emily Schwartz
Directed byJimmy McDermott

VENUE #6: Connelly Theater 

SUN 17 @ NOON  

 MON 18 @ 9   

THU 21 @ 4:15   

SAT 23 @ 9:30  

SUN 24 @ 4:30  

August 2014
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The Strange Tree Group 

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August 2014
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"Oh, Dr. Crippen! Oh, what have you done?"

"Oh, Dr. Crippen! Oh, what have you done?"

August 2014
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October 22nd 1910: Dr. Crippen convicted

On this day in 1910 Dr. Crippen was convicted of poisoning his wife. He was then hanged at Pentonville Prison in London. Crippen was an American doctor who killed his wife in order to be with his mistress. Upon being questioned about her disappearance he fled with his lover to Brussels. The police then searched his house and found human remains under the basement floor. The captain of the ship taking the fugitives to Brussels recognised them and sent a telegram to the police. Crippen was confronted by disguised police officers on the ship and arrested.

August 2014
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"Have strong suspicions that Crippen London Cellar Murderer is among saloon passengers…"

The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen

by Emily Schwartz
Directed byJimmy McDermott

VENUE #6: Connelly Theater 
SUN 17 @ NOON   MON 18 @ 9   THU 21 @ 4:15   SAT 23 @ 9:30  SUN 24 @ 4:30  

July 2014
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Coming to FringeNYC and

THE CONNELLY THEATRE

220 E 4th St, Manhattan, NY

SUN 8/17, 12:00 - 1:30 pm / MON 8/18, 9:00 - 10:30 pm / THU 8/21, 4:15 - 5:45 pm / SAT 8/23, 9:30 - 11:00 pm / SUN 8/24, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Tickets available July 18th!

July 2014
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FringeNYC, we are coming for you….

July 2014
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Notorious poisoner Dr. Harvey Crippen

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Dr. Harvey Crippen emigrated to London in 1897 with his wife Belle to begin a homeopathic medical sales career. However, one day in 1910, Belle “disappeared”. An inquiry into Belle’s disappearance revealed that Dr. Crippen purchased five grains of the poison hydrobromide of hyoscine at the neighborhood pharmacy just before his wife’s disappearance. Hyoscine, of the poisonous nightshade family, was at the time used in very small doses to treat the “violently insane”. Eventually, police started digging in Crippen’s cellar and found the body of Belle, which contained both a gunshot wound and traces of hyoscine.

Biography

Hawley Harvey Crippen (September 11, 1862 – November 23, 1910), usually known as Dr. Crippen, was an American homeopathic physician hanged in Pentonville Prison, London, on November 23, 1910, for the murder of his wife, Cora Henrietta Crippen. He was the first criminal to be captured with the aid of wireless communication.

Poisoning

After a party at their home on January 31, 1910, Cora disappeared. Hawley Crippen claimed that she had returned to the US, and later added that she had died, and had been cremated, in California. Police first heard of Cora’s disappearance from her friend, but began to take the matter more seriously when asked to investigate by a personal friend of Scotland Yard Supt. Frank Froest

During four searches of their house the police found the remains of a human body, with traces of the calming drug scopolamine.

Trial and execution

During Dr Crippen’s trail the pathologist for the prosecution said they had found large quantities of the toxic compound hyoscine in the remains, and Crippen had bought the drug before the murder from a local chemist.

After 27 minutes of deliberations, the jury found Crippen guilty of murder and he was hanged at 9 a.m. on November 23 at Pentonville Prison, London.

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Possible motives for the murder

A theory which was first propounded by Edward Marshall Hall was that Crippen was using hyoscine on his wife as a depressant or anaphrodisiac, but accidentally gave her an overdose and then panicked when she died. It is said that Hall declined to lead Crippen’s defence because another theory was to be propounded.

In 1981, newspapers reported that Sir Hugh Rhys Rankin claimed to have met Ethel Le Neve in 1930 in Australia and that on that occasion, she told him that Crippen murdered his wife because she had syphilis.

The Crippen murder was featured in a popular song:

Dr Crippen killed Belle Elmore


Ran away with Miss le Neve


Right across the ocean blue


Followed by Inspector Dew


Ship’s ahoy, naughty boy!

June 2014
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The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen by Emily Schwartz

Photography by Tyler Core (www.tylercoreshootspeople.com)

June 2014
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Who wore it best?

Scott Cupper as Private Crippen

Kate Nawrocki as Cora Crippen

The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen coming this August to FringeNYC

June 2014
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Help us take our award-winning tale of music halls, forbidden love, and poison to the New York Fringe Festival!

In 2011, Strange Tree Group presented a world-premiere play by Emily Schwartz, The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen, at the Steppenwolf Garage Rep. The production was a runaway success, selling out almost every performance and garnering critical raves. The script won that year’s Jeff Award for Best New Work; director Jimmy McDermott won the Jeff for Best Director of a Play; and the performers were nominated for Best Ensemble. (Many of the same actors, as part of another Strange Tree ensemble, won that award anyway, for King Phycus. It was a good year.)

Now we’re bringing the show back. Jimmy and all the lead performers are returning. We’re adding live music. We’re adding more gore. And the whole thing is going to New York for a whirlwind five performances at the New York Fringe Festival

What We Need & What You Get

To do this thing right, we need $5,000. The set is minimal, modular, and inexpensive. We’re staying with friends in NYC to keep lodging costs down. But we do need to build new set pieces; to provide per diems for 20 people; to transport cast, crew, set, gear, and musical instruments from Chicago; and to do all the promotion and marketing that’ll help this show get the audience it deserves. 

Your donation, of any size, makes an impact. In return, you can get 

  • handmade Strange Tree gear
  • tickets to an exclusive Chicago preview performance (donating is the ONLY way to get tickets)
  • NYC souvenirs
  • your name, smuggled ever so stealthily into the show itself (please note, you must donate by July 25 to receive this perk—it takes some planning and design work)
  • all the thrills, joy, and name-dropping cachet of helping produce one-of-a-kind theater

The Impact

Individual donors are the lifeblood of Strange Tree Group. Because of our tiny operating budget and irregular production schedule, we don’t qualify for a lot of grants. Our shows exist almost entirely because of the generosity of our audiences. They have demonstrated that generosity time and again—for example, in last year’s successful campaigns for a crowdfunded time machine and bandit caravan. Each donor really is important to us—that’s why we sneak their names into design elements. You’re literally part of the show.

Other Ways You Can Help

Tell people! Help us spread the word on Twitter and Facebook.

Tell your friends in New York! 

Visit our Indiegogo page for more information and to donate for THINGS. EXCITING THINGS.

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Behind the Scenes/In the Caravan

Photography by Emily Schwartz