Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play - The play takes place in the sitting room of the Barnsley Inn, a dilapidated eighteenth century inn somewhere in New England. The furnishings are old, worn and stained. The plaster is cracked and has patches that are discolored and flaking.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Gun Shots
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
The first Grace and Doris Mystery Comedy is perfect for Halloween, or any other spot in your season. This delightful comedy features a cast of zany characters, a near-sighted, knife-throwing poltergeist, a Ouija board of doubtful veracity, thunder and lightning, screams in the dark and a satisfying body count.
Murder Inn is set in New England, at the Barnsley Inn, a dilapidated eighteenth century inn, which is supposedly haunted by Marco, a knife-throwing poltergeist. A group of tourists, on a tour-Ghosts and Ghouls of New England-is forced, by a storm, to make an unscheduled stop at the Barnsley. What looks to be an unpleasant and uncomfortable detour soon turns into a night of mayhem and madness as knives begin to pop up… in the most unexpected places. As the storm builds and the body count rises, the survivors try to figure out who done it. And even more important- who’s likely to have it done to them next?
“Murder Inn…features wonderful dialogue, a colorful, kooky cast of characters and a good dose of humor. Plus, it appears that everyone involved is having a grand time, judging from last weekend’s opening performance...Murder Inn was written specifically for community theater, and this production’s mix of talent-experienced actors and several first-time performers-works well...Two of the characters who delighted the audience most were Grace and Doris, the gray-haired, energetic senior citizen duo of the tour. Believers in the ‘when I grow old, I can say just about anything I want’ school of behavior, they do just that. Whether bickering back and forth, or coming back with a purse full of knives after scouring the manor, their astute and quirky observations of every situation could give Seinfeld a run for his money.” – The Everett Herald
Murder Inn was first produced in Spring 2000 by Off the Wall Theatre, Monroe, Washington.