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Lady Cries Murder, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Lady Cries Murder, The

John William See

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

11m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573619120

"It is 1938. A successful radio producer has purchased a detective story from a writer named Raymond Chandler. Chandler is incensed that the producer is rewriting and distorting the story but seems powerless to do anything. With that as a background,…

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - New York City. 1938. In the house of the famous American writer, Charles Sartone.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

Placed in 1938, the story is a classic detective tale of the period, cram-packed with twists.  See's plot plays on three levels: First, there is radio scripter, Sartone, who has developed a popular detective series; second, there are the actors playing the characters in his scripts; and, finally, there are characters who think they are real.
"It is 1938. A successful radio producer has purchased a detective story from a writer named Raymond Chandler. Chandler is incensed that the producer is rewriting and distorting the story but seems powerless to do anything. With that as a background, the playwright segues into one of the slickest, smartest, funniest spoofs of the hard boiled detective genre ever to hit the boards." - Los Angeles Weekly

"The best written of its genre and certainly the wittiest." - Los Angeles Times
"One of the more successful spoofs of the hard boiled private eye yarns of the 30s." - Los Angeles Magazine

THE LADY CRIES MURDER was first presented at the San Diego Repertory Theatre in 1980. Directed by Christopher R.
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CASTING

11m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

CASTING NOTES

The following are combinations are suggested for double casting:
MIRIAM/ANGEL
KRESKIN/SWORDFISH
DELORES/EMMA
WADSWORTH/ANNOUNCER/WAITER
RAOUL/IAN
CHARLES/JASPER

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

PHILIP DIAMOND - a tough, sincere, hardboiled detective
ANGEL LA TOUR - his tough, sincere, harboiled secretary
MILES SWORDFISH - Diamond's deceased partner
MARSHA SHORTHAND - a red herring dressed in green
EMMA SHORTHAND - a rich dowager
WADSWORTH - her butler
SHANGHAI SUE - a luxurious Asian woman
ERNIE BONE - a piece of muscle
RAOUL JAMAICA - a dangerous lady's man
LIEUTENANT GROG - a tough cop
SERGEANT DUNK - a tough cop's partner
JASPER GRUNT - a corporate bloodsucker
CHARLES SARTONE - a famous novelist
DELORES SARTONE - Charles' batty wife
IAN LATABY - Charles' chauffeur
WILLIAM KRESKIN - a concerned lawyer
MIRIAM BROOKS - Charles' secretary
RAYMOND CHANDLER - a writer of wrongs
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VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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