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Project Murder - The Elimination Challenge, Or Murder on the Runway - Full Length Play, Comedy

Project Murder - The Elimination Challenge, Or Murder on the Runway

Don Zolidis

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 3f, 2m or f

ISBN: 9780573706400

A murder mystery whodunnit that parodies fashion design challenges on reality TV.
Acting Edition
Large Print
Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Seveal locations over the course of Detective Carol-Ann Perkins investigation of a murder suspect on Project Design.


Audience Participation/Interactive

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes


Strong Language


Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

The police are tipped off that a murder is about to take place on the live TV show Project Design. Detective Carol-Ann Perkins wants a shot to catch the culprit and become a famous star. To do that, she not only has to overcome her own bumbling tendencies; she has to go undercover and compete against some of the top designers around. At the end of the first act audiences are polled to see who they think commited the crime, and with seven different endings, you’ll never know who is the real source of the Elimination Challenge.


3m, 3f, 2m or f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting


In my mind, President is African-American and Ifez is Hispanic, but any of the roles may be played by an actor of any race or ethnicity.

The Detective:
CAROL-ANN PERKINS - middle-aged, a total mess, clumsy, but intense

The Contestants:
ANNIE - good-natured, daffy, a little bit older, 50s-60s
SHIVA (F) - goth, vicious, terrifying, 20s-30s
PRESIDENT GENERAL POPE JOHNSON (M) - fabulous, probably wears amazing glasses, he might wear shoes that have wheels in them and roll around the stage, 20-30s,
IFEZ (M)- from an indeterminate foreign country, he does his own thing, might wear a boa or heels, probably has exotic facial hair, 20s-40s LUKE, sweet, kind of dumb, good-looking, 20s

All other roles may be played by one male and one female actor. Most of the roles below are gender neutral.
CHIEF BAILIHEW - police chief
DETECTIVE MOSLEY - probably female, a high-ranking officer
OFFICER JONES - a police officer (played the actor playing Chief)
OFFICER NIGELA - a police officer (played by the actor playing Mosley)
ALIANA - a supermodel, host of the show (played by the actor playing Mosley)
TOSCA - elegant, immaculately coiffed advisor to the contestants (played by the actor playing Chief)
PIETER - Norwegian fashion designer, judge (played by the actor playing Chief)

Don Zolidis

Don Zolidis is a former high school and middle school theatre teacher, and is the most-produced playwright in American schools. His more than 100 published plays have been produced more than 11,500 times, appearing in every state and 63 countries. He holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in playwriting from the Actor’s Studio Program at the New School University. Honors ...

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