Flemming (An American Thriller)

by  Sam Bobrick

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  5m, 3f

Bored by his privileged but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective. The play is a spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940's and 50's.

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Flemming (An American Thriller)

by  Sam Bobrick

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Bored by his privileged, but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective.

On his very first case, and to the horror of his wife, Karen, and his two crazy neighbors, Suzy and Stan, the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Karen is further annoyed when one of them turns out to be her father. Even though Henry keeps showing up at home every day more disheveled and beaten up, he couldn't be happier. Henry is convinced he's found his life's work and Westport, Connecticut is safer for it.

The play is a spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940's and 50's.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: TIME: The present.

    PLACE: The entire play takes place in the living room of the Flemming's well-to-do large suburban home in Westport, Connecticut.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 3f

HENRY FLEMMING - Our hero. An unassumming man in his mid-forties.
KAREN FLEMMING - Henry's wife. In her late thirties.
STAN SPENCER - The Flemming's pain-in-the-neck neighbor. Mid-forties.
SUZY SPENCER - Stan's long suffering wife. Mid-thirties.
WALTER LARSEN - Karen's father. In his mid-sixties.
LIEUTENANT DAVIS - A plainclothes cop. In his late thirties.
MISS HAVENHURST - A sweet young thing who's had a tough life. Late-twenties.
VITO MARDIGIAN - A tough, threatening hoodlum. In his late thirties.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Sam Bobrick

Sam Bobrick( www.sambobrick.com ) has written and co-written over forty plays, most of them performed throughout the world, which include: Norman, Is That You?, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, Weekend Comedy, Remember Me?, Death in England, Passengers, Are You Sure?, Baggage, Get ...

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