Moose Murders

by  Arthur Bicknell

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 5f

The wealthy heirs of a wealthy but ailing old man named Sidney Holloway have purchased the Wild Moose Lodge in the Adirondacks as a place for daddy to live out his last days. During an innocuous game of "murder" suggested by one of the clan, mousey young Lorraine Holloway is murdered for real. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

The wealthy heirs of a wealthy but ailing old man named Sidney Holloway have purchased the Wild Moose Lodge in the Adirondacks as a place for daddy to live out his last days. During an innocuous game of "murder" suggested by one of the clan, mousey young Lorraine Holloway is murdered for real. Who done it? Could it have been the legendary "Butcher Moose" which haunts the mountains? Or, is it a member (or members) of the eccentric Holloway family itself? Before dawn breaks, there are a series of disclosures which lead to the murder of more than one of the cast of loonies as well as to the awful truth behind the "Moose" murders. Produced to infamous acclaim on Broadway starring Holland Taylor.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The WILD MOOSE LODGE in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains; end of summer, the present year. 

Music

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

Song Samples

Arthur Bicknell's Interview for Dave's Gone By
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Casting

4m, 5f
SNOOKS KEENE - lead, 40-45, half of "The Singing Keenes," off-key and overly enthusiastic, tough, funny. 
HOWIE KEENE - 40-45, Snooks' husband, sings ok, blind, warm, gentle, comic timing. 
JOE BUFFALO DANCE - 50s, a mock American Indian. 
NURSE DAGMAR - 30 and over, big, powerful, beautiful, gorgeous body, exotic. 
HEDDA HOLLOWAY - lead, 50-55, impressive WASP matriarch, the "eye of the storm," alwaysi n control, disarmingly eccentric. 
NELSON FAY - lead, 30s handsome, ingratiating, manipulative yet appears trustworthy. 
STINKY HOLLOWAY - 18-20, Hedda's son, quite a bit grotesque, "in lust" with his mother, should be physically striking; chubby or very skinny. 
LAURAINE HOLLOWAY FAY - 30s, Nelson's wife, plain and not very bright, dead pan. 
GAY HOLLOWAY - 12, Hedda's youngest child, precocious tap dancer; Shirly Temple clone. 
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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children

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Authors

Arthur Bicknell

Arthur Bicknell

Moose Murders was originally presented by Force Ten Productions Inc. at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York. It was directed by John Roach. 

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