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Drop Dead! - Full Length Play, Comedy

Drop Dead!

Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore

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Full Length Play, Comedy

7m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573693090

by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
"A nonstop physical comedy that turns the world of theater on its head!" - Variety
"Pick of the Month" - L.A. Magazine
A cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers in "Drop Dead!," a potboiler murder mystery directed by "Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage" Victor Le Pewe (a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac). But when the murders and mysteries exceed those in the script - these thespians must save the show and their careers as well as their lives!
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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - An Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway theater

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

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

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

A cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers in "Drop Dead!," a potboiler murder mystery directed by "Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage" Victor Le Pewe (a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac). At the dress rehearsal the set falls, props break, and the producer and an actor are murdered. During the opening night performance, the murders continue. The remaining thespians must save the show and their careers, solve the mystery and stay alive for curtain calls.
"A nonstop physical comedy that turns the world of theater on its head!" - Variety

"The audience laughed at everything!" - Los Angeles Times

"Pick of the Month" - L.A. Magazine

"Drop Dead! will make your jaw drop and your head spin almost simultaneously, but you will be laughing the whole time!” - Peru Tribune

A wacky slapstick comedy that will have you laughing out loud!” - KBIG

“Critic’s Choice. Totally ludicrous and heartily entertaining!” - L.A. Reader

“Flatout frenzied fun! Hilarity and craziness prevail! Unabashed foolish fun!” - Dramalogue

“Oh, how the audience loved it!" - The Augusta Chronicle

Drop Dead! first opened at The Cort Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on August 16, 1991. It was produced by Mitch Nedick and Edward P. Vogels. It was directed by author Billy Van Zandt.
Characters

CASTING

7m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

VICTOR LE PEWE - the director
SOL WEISENHEIMER - the producer
PHILLIP - the stage manager
ALABAMA MILLER - the playwright
MONA MONET - the TV star
BRENT REYNOLDS - the method actor
CHAZ LOONEY - the apprentice
CANDY APPLES - the ex-porno-start
CONSTANCE CRAWFORD - old stage star
DICK SHALIT - Gene Shalit's brother
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)
Billy Van Zandt

Billy Van Zandt

Billy Van Zandt is a writer, director, producer, actor, and comedian. After starring in a series of his own plays (If you've never seen this clown at work, you should be ashamed of yourself - Asbury Park Press), Billy made his feature film debut in Jaws 2.  The success of his comedies (written with partner Jane Milmore) brought him to the attention of Bob Newhart, who hired him as a writer ... view full profile

Jane Milmore

Jane Milmore

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughley’s, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also appeared in the television movies If Things Were Different, Desperate Lives, A Cry for Love, and the film A Wake in Providence. Jane ... view full profile

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