Design for Murder

by  George Batson

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 6f

"A swell chiller. A couple of juicy killings and the identify of the culprit well concealed." - New York Mirror

"A fast moving, highly tensed whodunit." - London Stage

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Design for Murder

by  George Batson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller

Additional Info

Tallulah Bankhead toured in this exciting play. The story concerns Celia Granger, her son David and her efforts to maintain the traditions attached to her family and home, a magnificent old mansion on the Hudson River. Suddenly a young maid is killed and Celia finds herself living in a violent present. The detective on the case, a rugged self made man, is revealed to have admired Celia and brings a touch of romance to her life. When the chauffeur who had stumbled upon information linking David and the slain girl is also brutally murdered suspicion falls on every member of the cast. The climax finds Celia alone in the house and the murderer ready to strike again. Comedy is supplied by two women friends who also figure among the suspects.
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Reviews

"A swell chiller. A couple of juicy killings and the identify of the culprit well concealed." - New York Mirror

"A fast moving, highly tensed whodunit." - London Stage

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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The Granger home along the upper Hudson. The present.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 6f
MORENO
DAVID
LOUISA CORTLAND
MARTHA BRAND
KATHY
CELIA
MRS. HAMILTON
CARLIN
NORA TAYLOR
BRENT
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