Gothic Thriller Ravenscroft at Notre Dame de Namur University

Fun-filled mystery for Halloween season at Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre, 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont from October 13–21

For Immediate Release (10/6/2017)

Belmont, Calif.— “When is an English drawing-room murder mystery not an English drawing-room murder mystery? Or perhaps playwright Don Nigro’s Ravenscroft is not even a murder mystery,” comments Dany Margolies, Los Angeles Daily News theater critic.

Ravenscroft is presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance at NDNU and directed by Professor R. Dutch Fritz. He is also serving as the production scenic designer and technical director. Fritz has directed and designed numerous stage productions at NDNU and local regional theaters, including the Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City and Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay.

The cast for Ravenscroft includes four current NDNU theater students: Treci Fields, Andrea Rosewicz, Tatiana Ochoa, and Ariana Sanchez. They are joined by alum Seamus Donohoe and local actress Abigail Warren. Juan Pascual is the stage manager for the production.

Summary: Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women: Marcy, a Viennese governess with a past; Mrs. Ravenscroft, the flirtatious lady of the manor; Gillian, the charming but demented daughter; Mrs. French, the formidable and passionate cook; and Dolly, the terrified maid. They lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of the demise of Patrick and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft.

The NDNU Theatre Department production of Ravenscroft features a variety of special events, including a post-performance reception after the October 13 opening night, a 10:00 p.m. to midnight performance on October 19, a creepy movie festival following the October 14 performance, an October 20 Steampunk/Victorian/Goth costume contest, and nightly giveaway drawings for gift certificates provided by local merchants.

Admission to all performances is free. Seating is open and no reservations are required. Theatre doors will open one hour before each performance.

Show times:

Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 19 from 10:00 p.m. to midnight
Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.


Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 48-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit


Professor R. Dutch Fritz, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance
Notre Dame de Namur University
(650) 703-1131