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The Bad Seed sprouts at Teatro La Quindicina

Psychological thriller based on best-selling novel
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Lilla Sólymos (Rhoda) and Nicola Elbro (Christine) star in Teatro Quindicina's new production, The Bad Seed, running at Varscona Theatre from July 11 to 27.

Teatro La Quindicina is veering in a new direction with its second show of the season. Usually, it offers light, frothy comedic material.

This year it presents a dark psychological thriller based on William March's best-selling novel, The Bad Seed, adapted by Maxwell Anderson into a 1954 Broadway play.

The storyline is about evil, specifically a child killer. And the big question the production asks is, “Is evil caused by nature or nurture?”

In The Bad Seed, a cute, rather innocent looking eight-year-old girl Rhoda, appears to lead a perfect life. That is until her rival wins a school penmanship medal and drowns, and Rhoda is found in possession of the coveted medal.

Stewart Lemoine directs Teatro’s biggest cast of the season featuring Mark Bellamy, Mat Busby, Cathy Derkach, Kristin Hansen, Jeff Haslam and Andrea House. Debuting at Teatro in starring roles are Nicola Elbro as Christine Penmark and Lilla Sólymos as the tormenting Rhoda.

The Bad Sees runs July 11 to 27 at Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave. in Edmonton. Tickets start at $25 at

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