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Murder With Grace - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Murder With Grace

Leon Kaye

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

5m, 5f

ISBN: 9780874403329

Two young women plot to kill one of the young women's potential sister in law. The girl is horrible and has a high pitched laugh that can make you shudder.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Period

75 Minutes

Time Period - Victorian (British and American), 19th Century

Settings Of Play -

1800s England. The era of Jane Austen.


Interior Set

Period Costumes




Love, Marriage


Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre

Set in the early 19th century, Murder with Grace tells the story of Grace, who is horrified when her brother is betrothed to Naomi, a shallow, silly girl whom Grace cannot stand to be around. She is loath to think that Naomi will soon be her sister-in-law, and so she and her good friend Beth devise a plan to manipulate Naomi by convincing her that another, much more affluent, young man named Henry is interested in marrying her. They set the plan in motion before they have actually met Henry, and it works too well - when Grace finally meets Henry, she falls head over heels for him! To make matters worse, Henry returns Naomi's attentions! It seems that Grace's only alternative would be to murder the wretched girl - that would not be very mannerly... but what alternative does she have? A dark comedy that will have even the most stoic of audiences in giggles.


MURDER WITH GRACE: A Jane Austen Inspiration
by Leon Kaye
November 2, 2014

Breaking Into a Premiere
by Michael Williams Jr.
October 16, 2014

Check out these photos from the Southern Union State Community College production of Murder with Grace in February 2014.

Murder With Grace premiered with Southern Union Community College in Alabama on February 26, 2014. The second production was at GOOD HOPE Country Day School in November 2014.



5m, 5f


Ensemble cast, Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

GRACE NEVILLE - Grace, seventeen, cannot withstand impropriety or imperfection. While an idiotic comment may run off others like rain water, it gnaws at Grace, causing her much vexation. Smarter than anyone around her, she feels she can manipulate and outwit all to achieve her goals; peace and tranquility.
BETH HOBBS - Taller, prettier, and just as smart as Grace, Beth, nineteen, is Grace’s accomplice and even mentor in deception. But Beth is more ruthless and seems to have no conscience.
HENRY HUNTINGTON - An enigma. Henry, twenty-five, tall and handsome, seems gallant and sociable. But it is a learned behavior, a mask Henry wears the few times he is in public. His emotions run deeper, and immaturity remains from his lack of interaction. Thus, he gets easily hurt, often walking out of the room or loudly proclaiming his opinion.
NAOMI TOURNEAU - Beautiful and thin, Naomi is as shallow as a rain puddle, and not as intelligent. Her interests are; money, jewelry, clothing, and home furnishings.
ELEANOR HUNTINGTON - Eleanor, fifteen is the typical gawky, plainlooking, approval-seeking teen. In Grace, she finds a sisterly figure and role model, seeks desperately for Grace’s close companionship.
COLONEL HUNTINGTON - The Colonel, fifties, has seen everything and nothing could really shock him. Though he looks every bit his age, he relishes the company of young women, complimenting them at every turn.
JOHN NEVILLE - John, twenty-one, fair but expressionless, seems to have no emotions at all. He too is not exceptionally bright.
MR. NEVILLE - Although an attorney, Mr. Neville, late forties and amiable, does not seem overly educated. The home’s patriarch, he seems very comfortable in his position.
MRS. NEVILLE - Mrs. Neville, forties, delights in John’s future bride probably because she is even more dim-witted, if that is at all possible. She is either elated or wretched with despair. There is no middle ground.
CONSTABLE - A very precise, clear thinking man in his fifties. He dislikes the aristocracy, and worst of all -- those who manipulate the system.
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye has written several short plays published with Brooklyn/Heuer and Playscripts. His three published full lengths are with Samuel French.  Check out the articles on the breaking-character site.   http://www.samuelfrench.com/breakingcharacter/?p=1124  http://www.samuelfrench.com/breakingcharacter/?p=1136 Murder with Grace premiered at Southern Union Community College where it broke we all ... view full profile

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Lauren Ray 10/12/2016 11:22 AM
Ginger Hubbard 2/27/2014 4:21 PM
I had the privilege of attending the world premiere of Murder with Grace, performed at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, AL., where our daughter played Eleanor.  She has performed in many plays over the years, but I can honestly say, this was by far my favorite. Murder with Grace was gripping from the start. Charmingly clever and well-scripted, this witty, dark comedy had the entire audience in stitches. It is beyond me why Murder with Grace has not already become a full blown national sensation. I’ve seen MANY shows on Broadway that paled in comparison. Hat’s off to playwright extraordinaire Leon Kaye, Director Michael Williams, who recognized and capitalized on the brilliant potential of this play, and an outstanding cast that did this work the justice it deserved.
Ginger Hubbard
Best-Selling Author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms and Guiltless Living.

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