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Postmortem (Ludwig) - Full Length Play

Postmortem (Ludwig)

Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573691331

"Zestfully trots out all the classic murder mystery devices: shots in the dark and darkly held secrets, deathbed letters, guns and knives and bottles bashed over the head, ghosts and hiders behind curtains and misbegotten suspicions..."

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Description

Full Length Play

Mystery/Thriller, Period

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play - In the living room of "Gillette Castle," home of William Gillette, in southern Connecticut. April 1922.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

In this mystery/thriller which has delighted audiences nationwide, it is April 1922 and the cast of William Gillette’s latest Broadway revival of "Sherlock Holmes" has assembled for a weekend of relaxation at his magnificent medieval castle on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. For entertainment, actor-manager, playwright and heart-throb William Gillette, best known for his 30-year portrayal of the famous crime sleuth Sherlock Holmes, has arranged a séance. Now the scene is set for his greatest role. Someone is trying to murder Gillette and he suspects it is one of his guests. Intrepid, eccentric and wildly romantic, Gillette plans to solve the case himself à la Sherlock Holmes.

"Zestfully trots out all the classic murder mystery devices: shots in the dark and darkly held secrets, deathbed letters, guns and knives and bottles bashed over the head, ghosts and hiders behind curtains and misbegotten suspicions. There are moments when you'll jump. Guaranteed." - The Telegraph

"A Sherlock Holmes whodunnit kind of mystery packed with suspects and tinged with suspense and laughter." - The London Times

PostMortem was first presnted at  the American Stage Festival in Miford, New Hampshire in July, 1983. Directed by Larry Carpenter.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

MACREADY - a butler
BOBBY CARLYLE - an actor and man-about-town
MAY DISON - an ingenue
MARION BARRETT - an actress, Gillette's sister
LEO BARRETT - Marion's husband, plays Professor Moriarty
WILLIAM GILLETTE - writer and star of Sherlock Holmes
LILLY WARNER - Gillette's aunt
LOUISE PARRADINE - a former actress
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Author
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

KEN LUDWIG has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s ... view full profile

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Rachel Svec 7/9/2015 12:41 PM
Nan Nawrocki 6/25/2014 8:08 AM
A thoroughly intriguing mystery, great characters, a very nice balance between action and dialogue.  Complex to stage and costume, but the more you can do, the better for this show.

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