Customer Service available Mon - Fri 9am to 6pm EST

Making a Killing - Full Length Play

Making a Killing

John Nassivera

Customer Rating: starstarstarstarstar (Rate this!)

Full Length Play

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573608476

"A magnificent mystery thriller . . . wonderful entertainment." - Bennington Banner.

"Absorbing," - Schenectady Gazette.

More Information Below:

Description | Characters | Rental Materials | Author | Reviews
: Acting Edition
: Large Print
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A cottage in Vermont and in the small office of a West End Avenue apartment in Manhattan. The present.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes



A Broadway playwright, his conniving producer and his actress wife hatch a plot to guarantee their new play will be a success; they fake the suicide of the playwright on opening night! They then high tail it up to Vermont where the playwright hopes to disappear, as he hates the public spotlight anyway. However, after a few weeks the playwright decides he no longer wants to participate in the scheme. Maybe his wife and his producer who are having an affair will have to kill him for real! Also on the scene is the playwright's feisty agent, who uncovers the plot and then helps her client deal with his most difficult artistic challenge: foiling his producer and wife!
"A magnificent mystery thriller . . . wonderful entertainment." - Bennington Banner.

"Absorbing," - Schenectady Gazette.

MAKING A KILLING was first produced by the Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset, Vermont on August 2, 1984. Directed by Anthony McKay.


2m, 2f


N/A (Not a musical)

ESTELLE - thirty-five going on forty-five. Sophisticaled, beautiful, well dressed, well spoken, well heeled. A consummate actress, on stage and off - in fact, she's never off. Feelings shown would seldom be her real ones - if she has any real ones.
MARTY - forty-five. Working on almost as many ulcers. A pathological achiever. A successful businessman, but you would never know it by his attitude toward himself or others. Terribly hard-nosed and to the point, but not obnoxious in any way. The kind of roll-up-the-white-sleeves, get-down-to-business, pushy manner that passes for nice in New York.
TED - thirty-five to forty. The polar opposite of Marty. Terribly insecure, self-decrecatory, and almost an emotional parasite. Alcoholic, or so close to it he might as well be. A burden to himself and his friends, and yet there is still something - something way down that makes him likeable. A fine sense of humor has survived, and there's still a bit of sparkle left in the eyes - just abit, and not always.
MARGE - thirty-five to forty-five. A two fisted New York businesswoman with a mouth like a sailor. Very aggresive, very quick - scares off men, animals, and trucks when she wants to. The kind of person who freely finishes your sentences for you. All this, but with a proverbial heart of gold. She has preserved her calm, warm side as well - but uses it sparingly, to say the least.
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)


Other John Nassivera titles:

Now Playing

You May Also Like

See all

Customers Also Bought