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Wed
Apr 12 2017 11:00am

Crime and Theatre

Read this exclusive guest post from M. L. Rio about theatre and crime, and then make sure to sign in and comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of her stunning debut, If We Were Villains!

In Shakespeare’s day, live theatre was believed to be so emotionally affective that people watching a play might uncontrollably holler out their own sins if they saw something similar performed onstage. “I have heard,” Hamlet says, “That guilty creatures, sitting at a play, / Have by the very cunning of the scene / Been struck so to the soul that presently / They have proclaim'd their malefactions.” So the idea for the infamous play-within-a-play, The Mousetrap, is conceived. 

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Tue
Apr 11 2017 1:00pm

If We Were Villains Cast List

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The Fourth-Years

Alexander Vass: The Villain
Filippa Kosta: The Chameleon
James Farrow: The Hero Type
Meredith Dardenne: The Femme Fatale
Oliver Marks: The Loyal Sidekick 
Richard Stirling: The Tyrant
Wren Stirling: The Ingénue
 

The Faculty

Camilo Varela: A Swordsman
Frederick Teasdale: A Scholar
Gwendolyn Oswald: a teacher
 

Others

Joseph Colborne: A Detective

 

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M. L. Rio has worked in bookstores and theatres for years, and is currently pursuing her MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London. If We Were Villains is her debut novel.

Wed
Apr 5 2017 9:00am
Excerpt

If We Were Villains: New Excerpt

M. L. Rio

Intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed, If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio is a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words (available April 11, 2017).

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Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail—for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.

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Mon
Mar 27 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

If We Were Villains: Audio Excerpt

M. L. Rio

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio is an intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed debut novel—a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words (available April 11, 2017).

Listen to an exclusive audio excerpt from If We Were Villains, and then follow the link below to sign up for a chance to win a free digital download card for the audiobook!

Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.

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[Listen to an exclusive early audio excerpt!]