Any Key Productions



Written and Directed by KENNETH HEATON


Blue Heron Arts Center

123 E. 24 St., NYC

Tickets: (212) 206-1515 or



April 3 May 11, 2003


Set Designer - Donyale Werle

Costume Designer - Bobby Frederick Tilley II

Composer, Sound Designer - Shane Rettig

Lighting Designer - Robert Perry

Stage Manager - Kathleen Maura McGarry

Press Representation by Shirley Herz Associates



Christopher Mattox Detective Michael Luz

Romi Dias Detective Robles; vendor

Mark Sage Hamilton Detective Bert Herman

Charles Paul Holt Skip

Johnny Sparks Young Man; dead body

THE ONTOLOGICAL DETECTIVE takes the audience on a weird, psychologically philosophical ride to places we do not, initially, expect to go. What starts as a tale of police investigating altered suicide crime scenes soon turns into an examination of the inner workings of one of the key players. Different, dark and moody, this odd play takes twists and turns reminiscent of a dreary, bad dream.

We meet the jaded Detective Luz, assigned to the latest suicide case. An extremely troubled man who can only seem to sleep on the subway, he laments the loss of his wife, a probable suicide, and drinks too much to drown his sorrows. He imagines that partner Robles is his late wife, adding to his problems, and finds himself the prime suspect of the crime he has been sent to investigate.

As a counterpoint to the depressing Luz, THE ONTOLOGICAL DETECTIVE introduces two quirky characters, Young Man and Skip, who are representative of their monikers, and eerie with unfettered expression. The Young Man is elusive about his profession, but Skip, a man of mysterious origins, is the ontological detective Luz is searching for. Arriving before the police do, he examines, photographs and poses those who have committed suicide in an attempt to discover something about who they were.

Yes, this is a strange play, and in the end, although I think I got it, for most theatergoers THE ONTOLOGICAL DETECTIVE will require precise attention to every detail. I would doubt that most people want to "work" when seeing a show, but for those who love a heavily psychological theme, this is the play for you.

- Kessa De Santis -