STONINGTON — To commemorate the 63rd anniversary of one of the most notorious unsolved murders in the country's history, Mystic Playwright Anna Maria Trusky has written a new play, "Annie and Bette," which make its debut this weekend in the form of a staged reading.

The readings will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The role of Agness will be read by Emma Palzere-Rae — a local actor who for many years served as the executive director of the Chorus of Westerly — and the role of Elizabeth Short will be read by Amanda Flynn Rumney. Stage directions will be read by Susan Hackett.

A talk-back will be held after each reading with Trusky and the cast members.

Trusky said the 63rd anniversary of the murder, which is still considered the most notorious unsolved murder in our nation's history, was Jan. 15. 

Penny Thorne from Black Dahlia baking company will create some customized treats for the occasion. 

There are no tickets, reservations or admission, but a suggested donation of $10 per person will be accepted, Trusky said, adding that the play is suitable for those 17 and older.

For more information, call call 860- 535-2300.

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