Murder Me Once

by  John Rustan, Frank Semerano

Short Play  /  4m, 3f

A slime-ball named Coins Fontaine has cashed in. When his account is closed, there's evidence of foul play. Who would want to kill Coins? Everybody! The fingers of suspicion especially point to Coins' hot young widow, a woman with the kind of shape that makes two great first impressions…

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    4m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Period

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A slime-ball named Coins Fontaine has cashed in. When his account is closed, there's evidence of foul play. Who would want to kill Coins? Everybody! The fingers of suspicion especially point to Coins' hot young widow, a woman with the kind of shape that makes two great first impressions. Then there is Coins' two beautiful grown daughters, one with a Girl Scout fixation; and the other with a head for figures, perched atop a pretty good figure of her own. Watch out, Spuds, danger is everywhere! An affectionate homage to the hard-boiled private dicks who could handle guns and bodacious babes with equal aplomb. This play could make a fun companion piece to the authors' THE TANGLED SNARL (see title for complete description).

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  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Setting: The study of the Los Angeles mansion of "Coins" Fontaine. 1940s.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 3f
SPUDS IDAHO - a private detective.
GRIEVES - the Fontaine's butler.
LIEUTENANT ANGUS BROGUE - a plainclothes detective for the city.
MYRA FONAINE - widow and accused murderer of her husband, "Coins" Fontaine.
CHANTEL FONTAINE - eldest daughter of the late "Coins" Fontaine.
SAPHRON FONTAINE - younger daughter of the late "Coins" Fontaine.
A THUG - enforcer for a local crime boss.
A UNIFORMED OFFICER - non-speaking.
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  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

John Rustan

John Rustan, PhD is an actor, director, teacher, dialect coach, and the co-author of the following Samuel French plays: THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF PEGGY SWEETWATER Original Equity Waiver Production: Los Angeles Repertory Theatre (6-month run) THE TANGLED SNARL (The original Spuds-Idaho Mystery) Original Equit ...

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Frank Semerano

Frank Semerano

Murder Me Once was first presented at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, California on May 1, 2004. It was directed by James Reynolds.

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