Marco Island troupe debut with MIHS Key Cat murder mystery
The Marco Cat Key is:
a. A rare pre-Columbian artifact
b. Object on loan from the Smithsonian Institution to the island where it came from
vs. The elusive central figure in a romance-murder-mystery play
D. All the foregoing
Reply: D. We could even add a e. Answer: The impetus behind the creation of a third theater company on Marco Island.
The new Shark Eye Theater Company produces “The Golden Charm of Marco Island”, Thursday through Sunday February 27 through March 1. Its nonverbal star is the 6 inch tall artifact, with its Mona Lisa mystique. it’s staged in the Rose Auditorium of the Marco Island Historical Museum, where the real Key Marco Cat is now on display, on loan from the Smithsonian.
Marco’s resident, Mitch Eil, is the playwright and one of the founders of the Shark Eye Theater. (In the case of a true belief in his product, he also directs and produces his first work.) The theater company has grown, Eil said, after he found none of the enthusiasm to be successful. existing organizations, Marco Players and The Island Theater. Society.
Friends and local acquaintances who took it for a roundtable reading a year ago told him to move on.
“I wrote it some time ago,” said Eil, who had been fascinated by the artefact’s imprint on the history and traditions of Marco Island. “It kind of languished for a few years. I showed it to a few friends. They got excited. Then I had a roundtable with actor friends about a year ago and there was a lot of fun. ‘enthusiasm.”
So Eil’s fantasy of Marco’s story will have its public trial this weekend. Eil describes it as “a little bit of history, a little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance and a little bit of comedy”.
The premise: There is another Key Marco cat, this one made of pure gold. He’s on his way back to the great-granddaughter of the one who unearthed him when the porter, an art dealer, is murdered after arriving on Marco.
Both good and bad have their eyes on the artifact, but even after its recovery, the mystery remains: who murdered the art dealer? Who is now the rightful owner of the cat? And with its historical value, should it enter a rich collector’s vault?
Although the story is fictional, the facts behind it are carefully studied. Eil verified the details of his story with Austin Bell, curator of the museum,
“He was very helpful,” Eil said. “He kind of kept my nose in the right place to find historical facts.”
Well-known Marco Island spots – Hideaway Beach, Caxambas, Marco Island Yacht Club, SS Jolley – are getting cameos in the room. Eil said he thought it was the first complete play on the island and that he found Marco’s story intriguing.
“Most of the people who come here know a little about its history, but they don’t know much,” he said. “I divide it into ‘before air conditioning’ and ‘after air conditioning’.
“It was that second period that the Mackle Brothers (a land development company) made such an incredible transformation in such a short period of time here.”
He hasn’t been to the theater lately; A native of Westchester County, New York, studied theater at university in hopes of becoming an actor. But during his graduate studies, Eil moved on to what he calls “real world” studies and became a stockbroker. He is still an independent portfolio manager, he said. This gives him enough freedom to live on Marco Island eight months a year, with a summer stay in the Albany, New York area.
He wrote one-act plays that were produced and a complete play that became a theatrical presentation for readers in San Francisco and North Carolina. “The Golden Charm of Marco Island” is Eil’s first to become a fully staged play.
He hopes it’s the cat’s meow.
Harriet Howard Heithaus covers the arts and entertainment for the Naples Daily News / naplesnews.com. Contact her at 239-213-6091.
What: Murder mystery romance story with comedic elements, by Marco resident Mitch Eil, produced by Shark Eye Theater Company
Or: Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday February 27-29; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday March 1
Tickets: $ 25, $ 15 students
To buy: Available at FCI Model Homes, Speakeasy Restaurant or online at brownpapertickets.com and type in the room name
More information: There is a Shark-Eye-Theater-Company Facebook page