Dark Rituals

by  Thom Bennett

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 2f, 1m or f

"Dark Rituals is a thriller like no other you've ever seen. It brilliantly combines seduction, betrayal, and a dozen 180 degree plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat." - North Star

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Dark Rituals

by  Thom Bennett

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Deep in the northern woods, world famous anthropologist Anne McCauley is researching the dark rituals of America's first nations. Aided by local Shaman Vernon Rivers, she is learning the spine chilling tale of Windigo, a legendary cannibal creature. Suddenly her son and despised daughter in law return to her secluded cottage. A series of diabolical events is triggered that brings the audience and Anne McCauley face to face with the darkest fears that lurk in all of us: that territory where the supernatural blends with murder and ritual death. Don't be fooled by names in the cast list, for no one is what he or she appears to be and everyone is wearing a mask of deception. Dark Rituals is a contemporary thriller of revenge and family conflict, spiced with a delicious seasoning of black humor.
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Accolades

  • Thom Bennett is a winner of the Canada 125 Award!

Reviews

"Dark Rituals is a thriller like no other you've ever seen. It brilliantly combines seduction, betrayal, and a dozen 180 degree plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat." - North Star

"An exciting and devilish cross between Deathtrap, Psycho, and Basic Instinct." - MCTV

"Thom Bennett skillfully blends authentic First Nations' legends and beliefs with an inventive story of murder and intrigue." - Clarkston Village Players

"Dark Rituals" is a thriller with many twists...just when you think you finally have everyone figured out, the plot shifts yet again."- The Muskokan

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Set in the present. The action of the play takes place in a well appointed summer home on the shores of Waubano Bay, somewhere in the heart of cottage country.
  • Additional Features: Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • 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

2m, 2f, 1m or f

ANNE MCCAULEY -  writer; mid to late 60s
VERNON RIVERS - First Nations male; 35 - 55
HARRISON MCCUALEY -  Anne's son; 29
DOROTHY MCCAULEY -  Harrison's wife; 25
DR. D. MURRAY -  physician; mid-30s  

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Drag performance
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Dr. D. Murray may be played by a man or a woman.

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Authors

Thom Bennett

Thom Bennett divided his time between careers in the theatre and in education, until a few years ago. As a teacher, he held a Ph.D. in Educational Systems Development, authored numerous journal articles, and served on the Ontario Ministry of Education's Advisory Committee on the Arts. He taught all ...

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Dark Rituals was first performed at the Rainbow Theatre in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada on July 27, 1993. It was directed by Simon Joynes.

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