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Killings Tale: An Original Mystery, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Killings Tale: An Original Mystery, The

W. A. Frankonis

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Full Length Play, Drama

12m, 3f, 1boy(s)

ISBN: 9780573627903

"Murder most entertaining...[with] some wonderful wordplay that captures Shakespeare's metaphor rich speech." - Metroland
"A richly layered show...that appeals to the senses and tickles the imagination. You'll be caught up in a good old fashioned murder mystery...Offers a unique sense of what it might have been like to work at the old Globe." - Daily Gazette

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$8.95
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - London, during the span of nine days in 1606.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Special Effects

Interior Set, Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Death

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, Outdoor

London, 1606. Murders that mirror and interrupt Shakespeare's plays are afoot in the Globe Theatre and everyone is a suspect, even Shakespeare. Some suspect a ghost. It is up to puritanical High Constable Colin Makepeace to sort through the dead ends and false trails to find the truth and the killer. Along the way, the straitlaced constable finds he is falling in love with Nell Dancer, the spirited tavern owner who is Shakespeare's London girlfriend.

"Murder most entertaining...[with] some wonderful wordplay that captures Shakespeare's metaphor rich speech." - Metroland

"A richly layered show...that appeals to the senses and tickles the imagination. You'll be caught up in a good old fashioned murder mystery...Offers a unique sense of what it might have been like to work at the old Globe." - Daily Gazette

"A nifty show, full of intrigue...with a very tight plot that is not afraid to poke clever fun at the times while maintaining suspense." - Northeast Public Radio

The Killings Tale: An Original Mystery was first produced by the New York State Theatre Institute.
Characters

CASTING

12m, 3f, 1boy(s)

CASTING NOTES

Whatever the actual ages may have been for the historical figures (save Shakespeare), the ages noted have been assigned.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

COLIN MAKEPEACE - 38, a High Constable of London
WILL SHAKESPEARE - 42, actor, playwright, producer
NELL DANCER - 26, an Irish tavern owner
WILL KEMPE - 45, actor
JANE PORTER - 19, Kempe's niece
RICHARD BURBAGE - 44, actor and partner in the Globe theatre
URIC STRANGWIDGE - 28, clown actor
GATES - 60, the Globe's aged caretaker
MISTRESS GATES - 59, his wife
DARBY FIELDS - 13, boy actor
HENRY CUFFE - 52, former secretary to Lord Essex
RICHARD FARRIER - 26, an actor
CRANSTON - 21, an actor
THOMAS STONE - 25, an actor
HERBERT PORTER'S GHOST
2 CONSTABLES (who double as a bloody-sheeted figure, various bodies, Herbert Porter's Ghost and other characters as they turn up)
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
W. A. Frankonis

W. A. Frankonis

William A. Frankonis(1937-2008) was a professor at both Empire State College and SUNY Albany, and finally, deputy producing director of the New York State Theater Institute where he mentored, guided, and inspired a community of creative individuals. A successful director with NYSTI, he was also author of numerous novels and plays, including Myrln, A Killings Tale, and A Tale of ... view full profile

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