The Premature Corpse

by  Mike Johnson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 3f

This masterfully plotted show has so many twists and turns that we're going to tell you only the bare minimum of the story so you can enjoy the surprises when you read the script. On the surface, it's a "love triangle" tale: State's witness Evan Jorris, under a government protection program after te…

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The Premature Corpse

by  Mike Johnson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This masterfully plotted show has so many twists and turns that we're going to tell you only the bare minimum of the story so you can enjoy the surprises when you read the script. On the surface, it's a "love triangle" tale: State's witness Evan Jorris, under a government protection program after testifying against the mob, has a wife, Francine, who along with her lover, lawyer Larry Craig contrives to do away with her husband, confident that Evan's protector, federal agent Bert Marshak, will assume logically, that the mob did the deed, and never suspect the two of them. This deceptively simple setup, however, is not at all what it seems. By the end of the first act, you may smugly think you can second guess the play's outcome but in the second and final act, you'll ruefully discover that you not only don't know what's what you don't even know who's who! The author of that super stunner THE PERFECT MURDER has so many shocks and surprises up his insidious sleeve that you'll be downright popeyed as they explode into life, in this show that's a surefire way to dazzle and delight your audience. We'll say no more. Just get this show, quick! You and your audiences are in for the time of your lives!
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Keywords

Betrayal

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: Contemporary, Present Day, 1990s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The entire action takes place in Room 213, The Seabreeze Motel, in Norwich, Connecticut.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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, 3f

EVAN JORRIS, a tax consultant

FRANCINE JORRIS, his wife

LARRY CRAIG, their attorney

BERT MARSHAK, a federal agent

THALIA BRODERICK, a medical specialist

ANGIE HOFFMEIER, a motel maid

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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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