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Last June, Theatre [502] debuted the first installment of the serial play “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn” by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds. Since then the company has performed a new 10-15 minute episode every month during First Friday Trolley Hops. 

If you missed it altogether, or if you missed some episodes, you’ll have the chance to see the play in its entirety next month; in fact, you’ll have five chances to see all 10 chapters and “the epic conclusion,” according to a news release.

In “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn,” 15-year-old Louisvillian Bonnie Burke discovers a book created by the long-dead magician, Ludlow Quinn, in her great-grandmother’s attic. As she explores the deep mysteries of this book, Bonnie uncovers a plot that appears to implicate her great-grandmother and Ludlow Quinn in the death of Harry Houdini. In her quest to clear her family’s name, Bonnie gets swept up in a century of Louisville lore and legend.

Theatre [502] commissioned the Louisville-centered play from Grisanti and Moulds, whom recently were named Theatre [502]’s Playwrights in Residence for the company’s next season. The playwrights will oversee the next yearlong series of plays for Trolley Hops titled “Ludlow Quinn presents.”

More than 200 people saw each of the 10 episodes. It’s important to purchase tickets in advance, as The Baron’s Theatre is small. Tickets are $15.

The complete saga features Zachary Burrell, Eli Keel, Jessica May, Robert McFarland, Gil Reyes, Leah Roberts, Jay Schwandt, Alex Sweat, Becca Willenbrink and Catherine Young, and is directed by Amy Attaway, co-artistic director.

The production is April 2, 4, 18, 19 and 21 at 8 p.m. at Baron’s Theatre, 131 W. Main St.