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New Style for Murder, A - Full Length Play, Melodrama

New Style for Murder, A

Thomas Hischak

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Full Length Play, Melodrama

2m, 9f

ISBN: 9780573692956

Ladies gather at Cassie and Dee Nolan's beauty salon in Lilac Junction to hear the local gossip and, incidentally, get their hair done. Today they've really got something to get their tongues wagging Hannah Carlson, the high school principal's wife, dies under the hair dryer murdered! Who did it?

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Description

Full Length Play

Melodrama

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - A beauty salon, neither large nor very up-to-date. The general atmosphere of the room should be one of worn, comfortable familiarity.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Ladies gather at Cassie and Dee Nolan's beauty salon in Lilac Junction to hear the local gossip and, incidentally, get their hair done. Today they've really got something to get their tongues wagging. Hannah Carlson, the high school principal's wife, dies under the hair dryer – murdered! Who did it? And how was the dastardly deed accomplished? Lt. Elizabeth Roberts, assistant to Inspector Trigg from St. Louis, thinks she has a few clues. She does not want for suspects since nearly everyone in town detested the victim, including her husband. A delightful whodunnit for a mostly-female cast.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

CASSIE NOLAN - a middle-aged woman who runs the salon with her sister; friendly, outgoing, and very talkative
DEE NOLAN - Cassie's spinster sister; quiet, pretty in a faded way, observant
LENORE DAVIS - Assistant Principal at the high school; demanding, humorless
HANNAH CARLSON - wife of the Principal; a cold, superior person
JOLEEN KESTER - a math teacher at the school; innocent and a bit dense about anything but numbers
MRS. CULVER - a wealthy old woman; stubborn, difficult, commands attention
ALICE CULVER - her granddaughter; a lively, adventurous high school girl
BRANDY EASTMAN - a student at the high school; a quiet, intelligent high school girl
SHERIFF PETERSON - the local sheriff; friendly, down to earth, easy going
INSPECTOR TRIGG - detective from St. Louis; a solemn businesslike man, nobody's fool
LT. ELIZABETH ROBERTS - his assistant; a knowing woman in her 30s, quiet but alert

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Julie Harris Playwriting Award (Beverly Hills, California) for The Cardiff Giant ... view full profile

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