Slipstream the sleuth in summer theatre’s “Bicycle Noir”

Western Today Staff
  • Aubrey Sage as "Lou" and Kyle Stella as "Wednesday" in "Bicycle Noir." Photo by Karen Hoelscher

Contact: Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or

BELLINGHAM – The Department of Theatre & Dance will present a unique murder mystery with action taking place throughout town and the audience and actors following the play on bicycles.

Director Rich Brown’s “Bicycle Noir” performs nightly at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-19 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 20. The play is free and open to the public, and arrangements can be made for those needing access to bikes, or those unable to ride.

To participate in “Bicycle Noir,” meet at Café Velo at 120 Prospect Street at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Then, follow the action of the lead detective as she solves multiple murders by biking through downtown, along the South Bay Trail to Boulevard Park, and returning downtown – approximately five miles round trip. Participants will remain mounted on bikes as they follow the clues, stopping briefly to check in on the action at various locations.

The riders will return to Café Velo for the conclusion of the play. The play will last approximately two hours. Email director with questions -- arrangements can be made for those unable to ride a bike. For those lacking access to a bike, a limited number of bikes will be available to rent for $5, first come, first served.

“Bicycle Noir” is part of Western Summer Theatre – which also features “Angel Food Cake” Aug. 23-27 and a concert staging of “The Secret Garden, the musical” Sept. 1-3. More information at

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