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Bride of Brackenloch! A Ghastly Gothic Thriller?, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Bride of Brackenloch! A Ghastly Gothic Thriller?, The

Rick Abbot

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 8f

ISBN: 9780573690617

In this cheerily goofy spoof of all those gothic novels where the heroine is brought to the ancient manor by her handsome, brooding groom, new bride Daphne is brought to Brackenloch the day after her husband Jabez Thorngall lost his first bride to the family curse: any bride at Brackenloch Manor is doomed to die on her wedding day. Suspicion and danger are omnipresent and audeinces love every minute of this thriller.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - The parlor of Brackenloch Manor, in a desolate area of the Scottish moors about the mid-1800s.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TAGS

Love, Marriage

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

In this cheerily goofy spoof of all those gothic novels where the heroine is brought to the ancient manor by her handsome, brooding groom, new bride Daphne is brought to Brackenloch the day after her husband Jabez Thorngall lost his first bride to the family curse: any bride at Brackenloch Manor is doomed to die on her wedding day. At the bottom of the bracken fringed Scottish loch which gives the manor its name lurks "Bracky" who is not a monster to take lightly. The murder of Jabez's father six years earlier remains unsolved and family disappearances create further mysteries. Also missing is the Strong Wong, a Hong Kong tong gong thong which used to hang above the crossed claymores above the fireplace. Potential suspects include the housekeeper, the maid, the sister, the cook, the handyman, the aunt, the sexy female neighbor, the cast off sweetheart of Jabez who thought she would be the new bride. Suspicion and danger are omnipresent and audiences love every minute of this thriller.
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CASTING

3m, 8f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

JABEZ THORNGALL - moody young Lord of Brackenloch Manor
DAPHNE DIXON - his sweet young innocent unsuspecting bride
COMFORT GRODY - Jabez's former fiancee, a houseguest
GLYNIS PRESCOTT - Jabez's "widowed" sister
LADY ALICIA GODDARD - Jabez's maternal aunt
MAVIS BEAUFORT - chatelaine of adjoining estate
JANET MAGLEESH - housekeeper at Brackenloch
MANOR FANELLA - a timorous housemaid
MRS. MOUSELY - the family's longtime cook
WILBUR YARDLEY - a chief inspector of the Glasgow Police Force
ANDREW MACHANFORD - the gardiner/handyman
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Rick Abbot

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He ... view full profile

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