Jack of Diamonds

by  Marcia Kash, Douglas E. Hughes

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 4f

"Fast-paced and funny [Jack of Diamonds] elevates silliness to art." - Hamilton Spectator

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Jack is a former jeweller who made his living buying and selling diamonds via late-night TV ads. He lives in a rather luxurious, privately-owned retirement home along with his fellow residents: the visually challenged techno-wizard Rose, the artistically gifted but forgetful Flora, and the narcoleptic beauty Blanche. Unbeknownst to the four of them, however, the man to whom they’ve entrusted their life savings - a smooth-talking financial advisor named Barney Effward - has been arrested for bilking his clients out of their savings through a Ponzi scheme. Faced with financial ruin, the four suddenly find themselves confronting the author of their miserable fate when Effward is unexpectedly delivered among them – along with several million dollars in diamonds. Pandemonium ensues as the four retirees try to find a way to exact their revenge, recoup their losses, and keep the authorities from discovering their plans.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Fast-paced and funny [Jack of Diamonds] elevates silliness to art." Hamilton Spectator, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The common room of Transitions Retirement Villa, an old folks' home in an urban center.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 4f

JACK
ROSE
BLANCHE
FLORA
WILF / MORTIMER 
NURSE HARPER
BARNEY

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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Marcia Kash

Marcia has eleven shows to her credit including For This Moment Alone, Discovering Elvis and five plays with long-time collaborator Douglas E. Hughes. Their first play, Who’s Under Where? has been translated into six languages and is currently enjoying its first Polish language translation in Warsaw. Their comedy Too ...

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Douglas E. Hughes

As well as the five plays he’s written with his cohort Marcia Kash, Doug has written two short plays for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Debussy: At Sea and The Talking Cure; a one-act comedy - Taken For Granted, three screenplays - Hearing Trouble, Star Struck and A Different Corner, and a novel - a comedy/thriller c ...

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Jack of Diamonds premiered at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, ON in October 2015 under the direction of Ron Ulrich.

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