I Shot My Rich Aunt

by  Mark Chandler

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 5f

This rollicking romp is a melange of off the wall farce and near murder mystery. Every role is a gem. Guests are due at Lady Valonia's stately manor (a castle with a weird history) the announcement of her nephew Dustin's engagement to Judy Blake. Unluckily, Dustin's former flame also arrives to find…

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I Shot My Rich Aunt

by  Mark Chandler

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

Additional Info

This rollicking romp is a melange of off the wall farce and near murder mystery. Every role is a gem. Guests are due at Lady Valonia's stately manor (a castle with a weird history) for the announcement of her nephew Dustin's engagement to Judy Blake. Unluckily, Dustin's former flame also arrives to find out why Dustin dumped her while Judy's brother is persuaded to go shoot at starlings. The family solicitor is on his way to change Valonia's will (out of Dustin's favor) and Judy's school chum Gwendolyn is coming to ensnare Dustin's cousin, a humble curate. A stray bullet enters the library and Dustin finds Valonia with a hole in her blouse oozing warm red liquid. By the time he gets help, the body has vanished. Meanwhile, the picketing cooks' and maidservants' unions have raised the drawbridge, entrapping everyone as night falls. The solicitor's wife thinks he's having an affair with Gwendolyn and arrives with horsewhip in hand on the incoming fire engine who said the place was on fire? Endless belly laughs precede the utterly insane finale.
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Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The library of Wendrew Hall/Manor, a vast and stately residence just a short drive from London.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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, 5f
VALONIA WINDREW, a titled British lady
VIVIAN REXFORD, a very sexy opportunist
ELOISE, Valonia's unappreciated maid-of-all-work
DUSTIN WINDREW, Valonia's nephew, a nice nincompoop
JUDY BLAKE, Dustin's lovely addlepated fiancee
BINGO BLAKE, Judy's brother and Dustin's chum
NIGEL WENDREW, Dustin's cousin, a mousy curate
HENRY MAYHEW, a solicitor and lord of the realm
GWENDOLYN NATTERLY, a rollicking school chum of Judy's

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college ...

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