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Deadly Murder - Full Length Play, Drama

Deadly Murder

David Foley

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573698309

“A challenging puzzle that draws us closer and happily keeps us on the edge of our seats. A madcap journey of intrigue and duplicity and … occasional wry hilarity.” - The Oregonian
"A nerve shredding, intricately plotted thriller, full of twists, turns and double crosses...[a] refreshingly modern thriller. – Worthing Herald

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Manhattan, the present. The living room of a converted Soho loft. The room is furnished in what might be called High Soho Modern with a preference for distressed surfaces, exposed pipes, and dark metallic shades. The walls are painted a textured bronze. Center right a doorway leads to a vestibule and the elevator. Just above it, part of the kitchen can be seen. A breakfast bar sheathed in beaten copper thrusts into the room with a couple of tall stools in front of it. Left of the kitchen, a hallway leads to the guest bedroom, bathroom, and other rooms. Another doorway, up left, swagged in heavy olive drapes, leads to the master bedroom. Between the two doors, up center, is a steel dining table with six chairs placed precisely around it. Above the table is an abstract expressionist painting. In the left wall, two windows give out on the street, but the drapes are drawn. A small table with a drawer stands between them. Center stage are a sofa whose sweeping asymmetrical curves are upholstered in copper silk and a couple of dark red armchairs. For the rest there are bookshelves and bibelots, paintings and art photographs, and in the center of the dining table, an ebony and bronze clock in the shape of an elephant.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Stage Combat

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

Nominee! 2008 Edgar Award for Best Play

Camille Dargus has fought her way up from humble beginnings to a glittering Manhattan lifestyle. She has beauty, brains, wealth, and a successful career as a jewelry designer for the leading lights of New York society. She also has a penchant for attractive young men. One night at a society gala she meets Billy, a handsome young waiter, and brings him back to her Soho apartment. But there's more to Billy than meets the eye, and Camille finds herself held hostage at gunpoint by a man who seems frighteningly familiar with the past Camille has struggled to forget. Over the course of one explosive night, Camille must use all her wits and cunning to save her life--and to prevent the dark secrets of her past from destroying everything she's worked for. Full of twists and turns, bluffs and double bluffs, this brilliantly intricate thriller will be one step ahead of you all the way!

"DEADLY MURDER is a delicious 3 hander with more intrigue twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel... thoroughly entertaining, darkly comic..." UK Theatre Network

"Akin to a game of chess, tantalising the audience with every twist and turn." The Stage (UK)

"Between curtain-up and climax there are enough twists, bluffs, and blind alleys to satisfy the most demanding aficioanado fo the genre." The Publc Reviews (UK)

“A challenging puzzle that draws us closer and happily keeps us on the edge of our seats. A madcap journey of intrigue and duplicity and … occasional wry hilarity.” - The Oregonian

"A nerve shredding, intricately plotted thriller, full of twists, turns and double crosses...[a] refreshingly modern thriller. – Worthing Herald

"Witty and macabre." – This Is Gloucestershire

"Masterly...thrilling!" –Eastbourne Herald

"Crackling tension." –Kronenzeitung

DEADLY MURDER was first performed, under the title IF/THEN, at the International Mystery Writers' Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 14, 2007.  It was produced at the Theatre Workshop of Owensboro by Zev Buffman and the RiverPark Center. Directed by Kelley Elder.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CAMILLE - 45-60; attractive; sophisticated; smart; strong-willed.
BILLY - 20s; handsome; charming. 
TED - 30s-40s; on the rough side. 

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

David Foley

David Foley's thriller Deadly Murder has been translated into French, Italian, German, Czech, Greek, and Russian and has been produced across the United States, Europe, and the UK. It was nominated for a 2008 Edgar Award after it premiered at the first International Mystery Writers' Festival. His other plays include Nance O'Neil and Paradise, produced by Blue Coyote Theater Group in New York; The ... view full profile

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Gary Shrader 7/1/2015 4:49 PM
I liked this one a lot. I liked the ingenious plotting, and the wit and intelligence of the writing. Without sacrificing pace or humor or suspense, David Foley gives us a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on loneliness, desire, cupidity. And, it seems like it would be really fun to be one of the actors in it, with so many twists and operatic grand moments to play!
Farley Whitfield 6/28/2015 4:35 PM
If you like a play that draws you in and keeps on surprising you when you think you've figured everything out, then you're going to love this!  Only three actors and a single set, this is easier to produce than most modern plays.
Alan Shearman [W] 6/27/2015 8:50 PM
I had the pleasure of directing a very successful production of Deadly Murder in Lake Oswego, Portland, Oregon. I was blessed with a dream professional cast - all magnificently talented - and a fully supportive producer. It was a first class production that rightfully earned excellent critical reviews.

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