Ken Ludwig's Postmortem

by  Ken Ludwig

Full Length Play  /  4m, 4f

"Zestfully trots out all the classic murder mystery devices: shots in the dark and darkly held secrets, deathbed letters, guns and knives and bottles bashed over the head, ghosts and hiders behind curtains and misbegotten suspicions..."

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Ken Ludwig's Postmortem

Ken Ludwig's Postmortem

by  Ken Ludwig

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this mystery/thriller which has delighted audiences nationwide, it is April 1922 and the cast of William Gillette’s latest Broadway revival of "Sherlock Holmes" has assembled for a weekend of relaxation at his magnificent medieval castle on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. For entertainment, actor-manager, playwright and heart-throb William Gillette, best known for his 30-year portrayal of the famous crime sleuth Sherlock Holmes, has arranged a séance. Now the scene is set for his greatest role. Someone is trying to murder Gillette and he suspects it is one of his guests. Intrepid, eccentric and wildly romantic, Gillette plans to solve the case himself à la Sherlock Holmes.
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Reviews

"Zestfully trots out all the classic murder mystery devices: shots in the dark and darkly held secrets, deathbed letters, guns and knives and bottles bashed over the head, ghosts and hiders behind curtains and misbegotten suspicions. There are moments when you'll jump. Guaranteed." - The Telegraph

"A Sherlock Holmes whodunnit kind of mystery packed with suspects and tinged with suspense and laughter." - The London Times

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  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: In the living room of "Gillette Castle," home of William Gillette, in southern Connecticut. April 1922.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 4f
MACREADY - a butler
BOBBY CARLYLE - an actor and man-about-town
MAY DISON - an ingenue
MARION BARRETT - an actress, Gillette's sister
LEO BARRETT - Marion's husband, plays Professor Moriarty
WILLIAM GILLETTE - writer and star of Sherlock Holmes
LILLY WARNER - Gillette's aunt
LOUISE PARRADINE - a former actress
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Authors

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than thirty countries and over twenty languages. He has written twenty-four plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His Tony-winning play Lend Me A Tenor, was called " ...

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PostMortem was first presnted at  the American Stage Festival in Miford, New Hampshire in July, 1983. Directed by Larry Carpenter.

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