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Par for the Corpse - Full Length Play, Comedy

Par for the Corpse

Jack Sharkey

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573623936

When novelist Alexandra Ellis throws a party at her Catskills retreat, no one expects a blizzard to strand everybody nor do they suspect there's a killer amongst them until one guest is poisoned at the party! There are plenty of laughs but the main thrust is for the audience's nerve-endings with more shrieks of terror than of hilarity especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot-twists.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Alexandra Ellis's rustic-but-expensive retreat in the woods of the Catskill Mountains.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TAGS

Betrayal, Death

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

When novelist Alexandra Ellis throws a party at her Catskills retreat, no one expects a blizzard to strand everybody nor do they suspect there's a killer amongst them until one guest is poisoned at the party! Desperately, the others try to figure out not only who did it but more mystifying how it was done. They're baffled by a seemingly impossible crime till one guest thinks of a ruse to reveal the killer, but is stabbed before the unmasking. Everyone even the hostess is a suspect, and a number of murky motives emerge during the night's strange events. And just when another guest thinks he knows the culprit, there's another murder the suspected killer couldn't possibly be responsible for! There are plenty of laughs but the main thrust is for the audience's nerve-endings with more shrieks of terror than of hilarity especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot-twists. No one will ever be able to guess the shocker of a surprise-ending!

Characters

CASTING

4m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

ALEXANDRA "ANDY" ELLIS - a successful novelist
GERT HARTMAN, Andy's longtime general factotum
MARK TAGGERT - a stage star and friend of Andy's
HAZEL CORLIAN - a rather discontented wife
RICK CORLIAN - Hazel's not-too-happy husband
THELMA ALBAN - Hazel's very concerned mother
DANIELLA JESSUP - a famous fashion model
BETTINA REDMOND - a not-so-dumb jet-setter
JED STEBBINS - an elderly general handyman
LIONEL CHANNING - a rather unscrupulous broker

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) 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 served at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a Special Services worker. He wrote, produced, ... view full profile

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