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Murder By the Book (Hischak) - Full Length Play, Comedy

Murder By the Book (Hischak)

Thomas Hischak

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 9f

ISBN: 9780874407310

The Billings Falls Ladies Literary Society seems to be a harmless enough group, meeting monthly to discuss the world's great authors and to argue about refreshments. But on the evening when Isabel Robertson gives her Christopher Marlowe presentation, something seems odd.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

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

Settings Of Play - A small town in the American Midwest. The sitting room of the Victorian mansion, Gurney House - once the home of a wealthy local family, now restored as a museum and home to the local historical society.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Death, Memory

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

Literary pursuits can be deadly. A small town ladies literary club seems harmless enough. Then there is a murder that can only be solved by looking at a very old classic piece of literature. Many surprises and chills await you in this gripping whodunnit with a mostly-female cast of intriguing characters.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting, Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

ISABEL ROBERTSON - a talkative woman in her 40s; sly and not as foolish as she seems
HELEN MCLEAN - a sarcastic, belligerent woman in her late 30s; more sour than enjoyable
JANET FARBER - a superstitious woman in her late 40s
CANDICE WEBB - an elderly woman with a friendly but distracted air about her; extremely deaf
DARLENE HALLAM - a pleasant, patient woman in her fifties; a peacemaker at heart
NEDA SCOTT - a cool, argumentative woman in her 30s; a confirmed feminist
ELEANOR GILLETTE - a cultured woman of good family and education; in her 50s but seems to come from an even older generation
ALLISON GASSNER - a quiet and somewhat shy woman in her 50s; not unintelligent but very reticent
AMANDA GASSNER - her sister, about the same age and very similar in temperament; the two of them could be twins and always dress alike
MERLE GATES - a middle-aged cuonty sheriff; folksy and slightly uncouth but not a fool
ROGER HEMINGWAY - an urban police detective in his early 30s; intelligent, personable, and efficient

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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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