A Deadly Habit, or The Superbowl Massacre

by  Tom Chiodo

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  6m, 5f, 2m or f

"Super Bowl Sunday was never like this!! Great fun for sports fans and foes." - New York Newsday

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A Deadly Habit, or The Superbowl Massacre

by  Tom Chiodo

A Deadly Habit, or The Superbowl Massacre

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 5f, 2m or f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A sports widow is "mad as hell" and she's not going to take it any more! The football commissioner mysteriously resigns. A cheerleader stages her own kidnapping. A referee is up to his ears in drug deals and bad calls. This deadly game goes into overtime for an intricate scheme of revenge and cover ups that invites a lot of audience participation.
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Reviews

"Super Bowl Sunday was never like this!! Great fun for sports fans and foes." - New York Newsday

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Setting: 1989.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

6m, 5f, 2m or f
SHEELA SLUTSKY - aggressive housewife from the Bronx. Anti-sports. Pro-bitch and moan. Late thirties.
JIM "PORKY" NASIUM - referee. Former Steeler's football coach. Boisterous. He sports a big paunch and carries a little whistle.
BUNNY "BLEACHERS" NAGURSKY - wild cheerleader in pigtails and pompoms. Man in drag. 40 years-old. From Pennsylvania.
MADAME SHUSHATSKI - wrinkled French ballet mistres. Speaks broken French and German. Carries a ballet baton at all times. Whacks people and objects with baton to emphasize statements. 40 years-old. Plays ancient.
MRS. "CHICKY" KNUTE ROCKNE - penniless cocktail waitress. Adorable and foul mouthed. Wife of the late Knute Rockne. Secretly bitter since losing her husband's pension from the professional football league. 70 years-old.
MRS. TESS BUMBLEGARDNER - a food editor for BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS. She is a sharp, organized writer. She knows about family life, food and politely advises people on how to run their lives. As a food editor, she knows the ingredients to everything, including murder. She never misses a trick and always has a note pad in hand. Colorful and quirky dresser. Large woman. Jessica Fletcher type.
COMMISSIONER DANFORTH BUSH - National Football League commissioner. He started out in the minor leagues and sleazed his way up to the top. Plays tough and conservative with all but himself. 60 years-old.
BOBBY "THE BUNS" BUTKIS - handsome football player.  Expected to this year's #1 draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys, the lowest ranked team this past season. Plays quarterback. Ballet dancer.
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Cast Attributes

  • Drag performance

Casting Notes

BUNNY "BLEACHERS" NAGURSKY and MADAME SHUSHATSKI are both drag roles played by the same man.

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Authors

Tom Chiodo

Tom Chiodo

A DEADLY HABIT - THE SUPERBOWL MASSACRE was first performed at the United States Military Academy's Hotel Thayer in West Point, New York in Februrary, 1989. Directed by Tom Chiodo.

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