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Bone Chiller! - Full Length Play, Comedy

Bone Chiller!

Monk Ferris

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 7f, 2m or f

ISBN: 9780573619854

Thirteen people gather on Friday the 13th at the Travers mansion in New York for the reading of Josiah's will. The audience will have a ball trying to untangle the puzzle faster than the hapless characters. By the final act, revelations are exploding as surprise piles upon surprise and gasps alternate with howls of laughter.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The parlor/library of the Travers family mansion in New York City.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive

Cutting Approved for Competition

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TAGS

Death

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Thirteen people gather on Friday the 13th at the Travers mansion in New York for the reading of Josiah's will, which is a wall chart rendered in the form of a rebus (a part word, part drawing puzzle) that almost defies solution. Instead of designating an heir, it offers the estate to anyone who can solve the will! The lights keep going out and people keep getting murdered. The audience will have a ball trying to untangle the puzzle faster than the hapless characters. By the final act, revelations are exploding as surprise piles upon surprise and gasps alternate with howls of laughter.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 7f, 2m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

CASTING NOTES

ADLER can be changed to a woman, into ADDIE, and LUCRETIA can be changed into a man, into LUCENTIO.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

JERRY DELVIN - a soon-to-be groom...with an odd job
CONNIE TRAVERS - his soon-to-be terrified fiancee
BUZZY BURDETT - their very baffled buddy
THEODOSIA TRAVERS - Connie's stepmother
FLAME FONDUE - a kindergarten teacher?!
ZITA VAN ZOK - a very unorthodox lady's-companion
MAUVINS - the Travers' family butler
ADLER SHERIDAN - the Travers' family lawyer
KISSY TRAVERS - Connie's excitable teen-aged sister
ELOISE AINSLEY - Theodosia's highly agitated sister
PIPPI - the Travers' family maid
LUCRETIA - the Travers' family cook
"DAN DENTON" - a friend of Flame's...or is he?

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Monk Ferris

Monk Ferris 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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Stephanie Reese 1/5/2016 9:46 AM
This play is slightly difficult to produce, but can be done with an inventive crew and cast! Taxidermy props can be tricky/expensive to find, but a trip to Goodwill or a plea to the right people usually makes it work.

The mysterious will can be printed in programs so the audience can join in the fun. If working with young actors, remind them the show is a parody; taking the characters too seriously can often ruin the fun (and miss the point).

John Banks 9/26/2015 11:15 AM
Neither a funny farce or a funny play! Yes full of twists and turns but none that enhance the action or story. More than disappointing and hard to produce unless you have a large well equipped theatre and lots of money.  I guess if you love all American humour then its right for you and your audiences!
Nathan Wyman 6/2/2014 1:07 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bone Chiller!  It was a lot of fun. It was full of surprises and humor.  One thing that deterred us from from producing it was some difficult prop requirements; specifically the taxidermy eagle that opens up to have a safety deposit box inside full of cash!  I wish Samuel French would provide resources to how other companies have handled some of the things on the prop list.  Perhaps one day I will have an epiphany and change my mind about this one!

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