Par for the Corpse

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 6f

When novelist Alexandra Ellis throws a party at her Catskills retreat, no one expects a blizzard to strand everybody nor do they suspect there's a killer amongst them until one guest is poisoned at the party! There are plenty of laughs but the main thrust is for the audience's nerve-endings with more shrieks of terror than of hilarity especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot-twists.

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Par for the Corpse

by  Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

When novelist Alexandra Ellis throws a party at her Catskills retreat, no one expects a blizzard to strand everybody nor do they suspect there's a killer amongst them until one guest is poisoned at the party! Desperately, the others try to figure out not only who did it but more mystifying how it was done. They're baffled by a seemingly impossible crime till one guest thinks of a ruse to reveal the killer, but is stabbed before the unmasking. Everyone even the hostess is a suspect, and a number of murky motives emerge during the night's strange events. And just when another guest thinks he knows the culprit, there's another murder the suspected killer couldn't possibly be responsible for! There are plenty of laughs but the main thrust is for the audience's nerve-endings with more shrieks of terror than of hilarity especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot-twists. No one will ever be able to guess the shocker of a surprise-ending!

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Keywords

Betrayal, Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Alexandra Ellis's rustic-but-expensive retreat in the woods of the Catskill Mountains.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • 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, 6f

ALEXANDRA "ANDY" ELLIS - a successful novelist
GERT HARTMAN, Andy's longtime general factotum
MARK TAGGERT - a stage star and friend of Andy's
HAZEL CORLIAN - a rather discontented wife
RICK CORLIAN - Hazel's not-too-happy husband
THELMA ALBAN - Hazel's very concerned mother
DANIELLA JESSUP - a famous fashion model
BETTINA REDMOND - a not-so-dumb jet-setter
JED STEBBINS - an elderly general handyman
LIONEL CHANNING - a rather unscrupulous broker

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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