Guilty Conscience

by  Richard L. Levinson, William Link

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

"The playwrights have a dandy time manipulating us into believing one thing, then switch on the lights and merrily exclaim, 'Surprise!' ... Wonderful dialogue and satiric jabs at criminal justice." - Miami Sun Sentinel

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A brilliant and ruthless criminal attorney plots to kill his wife and tests each scenario in the courtroom of this mind. He creates an imaginary prosecutor and he pits himself against this alter ego in a series of witty, sometimes hostile exchanges. Again and again he is frustrated, unable to formulate the ultimate alibi. He is shocked when he learns that his wife and someone else are simultaneously planning to kill him.
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Reviews

"The playwrights have a dandy time manipulating us into believing one thing, then switch on the lights and merrily exclaim, 'Surprise!' ... Wonderful dialogue and satiric jabs at criminal justice." - Miami Sun Sentinel

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s
  • Setting: The Jamison townhouse in New York City. May.
  • 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

2m, 2f
ARTHUR JAMISON
LOUISE JAMISON
PROSECUTOR
JACKIE WILLIS
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Richard L. Levinson

Richard L. Levinson

William Link

William Link and Richard L. Levinson began a 43 year-long friendship in 1946, on their first day of junior high school. Both were avid Ellery Queen fans from boyhood and enjoyed mental puzzles and challenges, a characteristic that would spill over into their work. Beginn ...

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GUILTY CONSCIENCE first appeared at the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on April 22, 1980. Directed by Donald Driver.

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