The Swan Song. A Study in Terror

by  Mike Johnson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 4f

A depraved tale of mystery, murder, magic, madness, and hideous revenge, The Swan Song details the events of a single day from early afternoon to midnight. This shocker is crammed with harrowing suspense and the conclusion is guaranteed to scare the daylights out of your audience.

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The Swan Song. A Study in Terror

by  Mike Johnson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A depraved tale of mystery, murder, magic, madness, and hideous revenge, The Swan Song details the events of a single day from early afternoon to midnight. Olivia returns with her fiance to the creepy family manor after the funeral of her murdered parents. Miles desperately tries to get her away from the house and the eerie influences of her secretary, her ever tipsy aunt, a hidebound lawyer, a genuinely scary swami, and a kindly old housekeeper whose nervousness is contagious. Olivia won't leave until she contacts the spirit of her mother at midnight to learn who committed the ghastly murders. This shocker is crammed with harrowing suspense and the conclusion is guaranteed to scare the daylights out of your audience.
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Keywords

Death

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 parlor of Hebdon Manor.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • 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

3m, 4f

OLIVIA HEBDON - a recently bereaved heiress
MILES JARVIS - her fiance
RHAMAT SINGH - an East Indian mystic
GARY KRAGER - an attorney
ALETHA DRU - Olivia's personal secretary
LOLINDA HEBDON - Olivia's aunt
EMMA THORPE - the Hebdons' housekeeper

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnsonis 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 w ...

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