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Spider, The - Full Length Play, Melodrama

Spider, The

Fulton Oursler, Lowell Brentano

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Full Length Play, Melodrama

21m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573615672

Fulton Oursler and Lowell Brentano
A magician and his assistant are doing a trick on the stage. Suddenly the lights go out. When they go on again, a man, Carrington, is found murdered in the audience. Other characters in the play pop out of the audience: doctors and policemen. Carrington turns out to be an unsavory character and head…

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Description

Full Length Play

Melodrama

Mystery/Thriller

Time Period - Contemporary, 1920s

Settings Of Play - The Tivoli Theatre - a vaudeville theater.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

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A magician and his assistant are doing a trick on the stage. Suddenly the lights go out. When they go on again, a man, Carrington, is found murdered in the audience. Other characters in the play pop out of the audience: doctors and policemen. Carrington turns out to be an unsavory character and head of a narcotic ring. Suspicion falls on the magician, his assistant and others. Theatrical devices abound. House lights go on and off and at last the guilty scoundrel is discovered in the audience.
The Spider was first presented at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. Directed by Albert Lewis.
Characters

CASTING

21m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Room for Extras

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

MONSIEUR CHATRAND - tall, good-looking, rather foreign in appearance, and suave in manner. 30-35.
ALEXANDER - a slight, boyish figure. He stands rigidly erect, as if in a cataleptic condition. The voice and manner of his speaking are in the themselves weird and uncanny. There is a slow and terror-stricken rhythm in his tone, and that contracts against the calm and strong poise of Chatrand.
JOHN CARRINGTON - a man who advertises his prosperity and his importance. About him here is a slightly belligerent air. He is perhaps 55, red-faced, and grey-haired, with a well trimmed, iron grew mustache.
BEVERLY LANE - truly beautiful and about her there is an air of wistful sadness. She is not more than 20 years old. She is soft and gentle, and evidently timid of the arrogant man who is her escort. Upon her features there is written a genuine refinement and intelligence.
DOCTOR BLACKSTONE - middle-aged physician of distinguished appearance.
MRS. WIMBLETON - buxom, flightly, talkative. About 35 or 30.
MALONEY - a stage electrician. Age 30.
MR. YOUNG - an alert theatre manager. Age 40.
SERGEANT SCHMIDT - rather stout and of German extraction. Age 35.
BILL
DICK
INSPECTOR RILEY - a big, dominating plain-clothes officer. Age 50.
ESTELLE -  a beautiful French girl.
TOMMY - a man of Japanese descent
OFFICER DOUGHERTY
REPORTER
OFFICER BURKE
OFFICER SIMPSON
OFFICER SHAYNE
OFFICER MYER
OFFICER JONES
OFFICER THORNTON
DR. STERLING
ALBERT HENRY SMITH
MAN WITH A GOLD CARD
VAUDEVILLIANS, STAGE HANDS, ETC.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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