Murder on West Moon Street
by Rob Urbinati
Full Length Play, Comedy / 4m, 4f
Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy – just down from Oxford and engaged to be married – when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder.
"Oscar Wilde's short story Lord Arthur Savile's Crime is a clever mystery, written to indict the fate industry with whom late-19th-century aristocrats seemed so enthralled. The writer Rob Urbinati has molded the story into a briskly paced comedy of manners true to its author's greater spirit. A complete delight!" - The New York Times
"Urbinati's adaptation is deft, using the source material to its fullest and beautifully fleshing out several minor characters only alluded to in the original story." - Backstage
"Rob Urbinati has done a truly marvelous thing: He's turned an infrequently read Oscar Wilde short story into a play that improves on the original. A Wilde ride indeed!" - The New York Blade
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1900-1910
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: Murder on West Moon Street takes place in various locations in London, England in 1900.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
LORD ARTHUR SAVILE - a gentleman. Naive
LADY WINDERMERE - his confidante. Grand
SYBIL MERTON - his betrothed. Clever
CHARLES - his valet. Devoted
LADY CLEM - his elderly aunt. Irritable
JANE PERCY - his cousin. Enthusiastic
MR. PODGERS - the cheiromantist. Mysterious
HERR WINCKELKOPF - an anarchist. Artistic
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Drag performance
- Parts for Senior Actors
The role of Lady Clem can be played by a man.
Murder on West Moon Street was originally produced by Prospect Theater Company (Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director; Melissa Huber, Managing Director) at the Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, April 21- May 20, 2007, under the director of Davis McCallum.
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