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Party to Murder, A - Full Length Play, Comedy

Party to Murder, A

Marcia Kash, Douglas E. Hughes

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573626753

"Enough to turn Dame Agatha green with envy." -The Oxford Press

"Rather stunning." -The Cincinnati Post

Six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage. Secret passageways, incriminating letters, hidden compartments, bodies in the window seat and a twenty five year old unsolved mystery twist and turn toward the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A cottage on an island, in the middle of a lake, somewhere in North America. Present.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Stage Combat, Special Effects

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots

TAGS

Betrayal, Death

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage. Invited by writer Charles Prince, they appear set for a weekend of fun until ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings and it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. The game takes on a sinister dimension when guests begin to die and the remaining players realize that they are playing for their lives. Tension rises. Secret passageways, incriminating letters, hidden compartments, bodies in the window seat and a twenty five year old unsolved mystery twist and turn toward the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.

"Enough to turn Dame Agatha green with envy." -The Oxford Press

"Rather stunning." -The Cincinnati Post

"Brilliant, even better than Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None." -The Saskatoon Free Press

"Cheeky and skillfully crafted mayhem." -The London Free Press

"Thrills, Christie fashion....A superb climax."- The Kentucky Recorder

"Christie meets Deathtrap [with] a lot of style." - The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Party to Murder was first produced at Kawartha Summer Theatre in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada in August, 1996. It was subsequently produced at the Ensemble Theatre in Cincinnati in September, 1996.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

CASTING NOTES

See below.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

KONRAD/CHARLES - a successful mystery novelist; English, 40s to 50s; urbane, intelligent, well bred; the ultimate host
ERNIE/WILLY - former football player; big, friendly, gregarious, good sense of humour; around 40
EVELYN/MCKENZIE - fashion model, late 20s; witty, extroverted, with a tough exterior; Elwood's girlfriend
MRS. MCKNIGHT/VALERIE - early to mid-40s; Henri's older sister; smart, savvy, used to getting her own way; very well turned out
O'KARMA/HENRI (pronounced "Henry") - late 20s, Valerie's younger sister; shy, easily intimidated, dresses conservatively
FATHER GERRY MERRYWEATHER/ELWOOD - mid-50s, corporate CEO type; confident, friendly, powerful, and he knows it

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)
Marcia Kash

Marcia Kash

Marcia has eleven shows to her credit including For This Moment Alone, Discovering Elvis and five plays with long-time collaborator Douglas E. Hughes. Their first play, Who’s Under Where? has been translated into six languages and is currently enjoying its first Polish language translation in Warsaw. Their comedy Too Many Cooks has played all over North America as well as in a French translation ... view full profile

Douglas E. Hughes

Douglas E. Hughes

As well as the five plays he’s written with his cohort Marcia Kash, Doug has written a one-act comedy—Taken For Granted, three screenplays—Hearing Trouble, Star Struck and A Different Corner, and a novel—a comedy/thriller called The Poor Player. Doug has also been a professional actor since 1979. To date, he has spent a combined 16 seasons at the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, and has worked ... view full profile

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Reviews
John Ellaway 12/27/2015 8:03 AM
A clever murder mystery for 3 men and 3 women. Could be a little confusing to begin with as it starts as a pretend play and then the characters switch to their proper roles. Rather macabre in places but the action is continuous. Needs a cigarette lighter gun as well as a proper one. One set. I can recommend this one.

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