A New Style for Murder

by  Thomas Hischak

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  2m, 9f

Ladies gather at Cassie and Dee Nolan's beauty salon in Lilac Junction to hear the local gossip and, incidentally, get their hair done. Today they've really got something to get their tongues wagging Hannah Carlson, the high school principal's wife, dies under the hair dryer murdered! Who did it?

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A New Style for Murder

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Ladies gather at Cassie and Dee Nolan's beauty salon in Lilac Junction to hear the local gossip and, incidentally, get their hair done. Today they've really got something to get their tongues wagging. Hannah Carlson, the high school principal's wife, dies under the hair dryer – murdered! Who did it? And how was the dastardly deed accomplished? Lt. Elizabeth Roberts, assistant to Inspector Trigg from St. Louis, thinks she has a few clues. She does not want for suspects since nearly everyone in town detested the victim, including her husband. A delightful whodunnit for a mostly-female cast.
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Keywords

Death, Friendship

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A beauty salon, neither large nor very up-to-date. The general atmosphere of the room should be one of worn, comfortable familiarity.
  • 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

2m, 9f

CASSIE NOLAN - a middle-aged woman who runs the salon with her sister; friendly, outgoing, and very talkative
DEE NOLAN - Cassie's spinster sister; quiet, pretty in a faded way, observant
LENORE DAVIS - Assistant Principal at the high school; demanding, humorless
HANNAH CARLSON - wife of the Principal; a cold, superior person
JOLEEN KESTER - a math teacher at the school; innocent and a bit dense about anything but numbers
MRS. CULVER - a wealthy old woman; stubborn, difficult, commands attention
ALICE CULVER - her granddaughter; a lively, adventurous high school girl
BRANDY EASTMAN - a student at the high school; a quiet, intelligent high school girl
SHERIFF PETERSON - the local sheriff; friendly, down to earth, easy going
INSPECTOR TRIGG - detective from St. Louis; a solemn businesslike man, nobody's fool
LT. ELIZABETH ROBERTS - his assistant; a knowing woman in her 30s, quiet but alert

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the J ...

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