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Dark Rituals - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Dark Rituals

Thom Bennett

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 2f, 1m or f

ISBN: 9780573694974

"Dark Rituals is a thriller like no other you've ever seen. It brilliantly combines seduction, betrayal, and a dozen 180 degree plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat." - North Star

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Full Length Play

Dark Comedy


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Set in the present. The action of the play takes place in a well appointed summer home on the shores of Waubano Bay, somewhere in the heart of cottage country.


Stage Combat, Special Effects

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Gun Shots


Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Thom Bennett is a winner of the Canada 125 Award!
Deep in the northern woods, world famous anthropologist Anne McCauley is researching the dark rituals of America's first nations. Aided by local Shaman Vernon Rivers, she is learning the spine chilling tale of Windigo, a legendary cannibal creature. Suddenly her son and despised daughter in law return to her secluded cottage. A series of diabolical events is triggered that brings the audience and Anne McCauley face to face with the darkest fears that lurk in all of us: that territory where the supernatural blends with murder and ritual death. Don't be fooled by names in the cast list, for no one is what he or she appears to be and everyone is wearing a mask of deception. Dark Rituals is a contemporary thriller of revenge and family conflict, spiced with a delicious seasoning of black humor.
"Dark Rituals is a thriller like no other you've ever seen. It brilliantly combines seduction, betrayal, and a dozen 180 degree plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat." - North Star

"An exciting and devilish cross between Deathtrap, Psycho, and Basic Instinct." - MCTV

"Thom Bennett skillfully blends authentic First Nations' legends and beliefs with an inventive story of murder and intrigue." - Clarkston Village Players

"Dark Rituals" is a thriller with many twists...just when you think you finally have everyone figured out, the plot shifts yet again."- The Muskokan

Dark Rituals was first performed at the Rainbow Theatre in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada on July 27, 1993. It was directed by Simon Joynes.


2m, 2f, 1m or f


Non-Traditional casting, Drag performance, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors


Dr. D. Murray may be played by a man or a woman.


N/A (Not a musical)

ANNE MCCAULEY -  writer; mid to late 60s
VERNON RIVERS - First Nations male; 35 - 55
HARRISON MCCUALEY -  Anne's son; 29
DOROTHY MCCAULEY -  Harrison's wife; 25
DR. D. MURRAY -  physician; mid-30s  

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Thom Bennett

Thom Bennett

Thom Bennett divided his time between careers in the theatre and in education, until a few years ago. As a teacher, he held a Ph.D. in Educational Systems Development, authored numerous journal articles, and served on the Ontario Ministry of Education's Advisory Committee on the Arts. He taught all grades from kindergarten to grade 13 inclusive, as well as Dramatic and Theatre Arts at the college ... view full profile

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