A Party to Murder

by  Marcia Kash, Douglas E. Hughes

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"Enough to turn Dame Agatha green with envy." -The Oxford Press

"Rather stunning." -The Cincinnati Post

Six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage. Secret passageways, incriminating letters, hidden compartments, bodies in the window seat and a twenty five year old unsolved mystery twist and turn toward the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage. Invited by writer Charles Prince, they appear set for a weekend of fun until ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings and it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. The game takes on a sinister dimension when guests begin to die and the remaining players realize that they are playing for their lives. Tension rises. Secret passageways, incriminating letters, hidden compartments, bodies in the window seat and a twenty five year old unsolved mystery twist and turn toward the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.

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Reviews

"Enough to turn Dame Agatha green with envy." -The Oxford Press

"Rather stunning." -The Cincinnati Post

"Brilliant, even better than Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None." -The Saskatoon Free Press

"Cheeky and skillfully crafted mayhem." -The London Free Press

"Thrills, Christie fashion....A superb climax."- The Kentucky Recorder

"Christie meets Deathtrap [with] a lot of style." - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Keywords

Betrayal, Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A cottage on an island, in the middle of a lake, somewhere in North America. Present.
  • Additional Features: Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • 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

3m, 3f

KONRAD/CHARLES - a successful mystery novelist; English, 40s to 50s; urbane, intelligent, well bred; the ultimate host
ERNIE/WILLY - former football player; big, friendly, gregarious, good sense of humour; around 40
EVELYN/MCKENZIE - fashion model, late 20s; witty, extroverted, with a tough exterior; Elwood's girlfriend
MRS. MCKNIGHT/VALERIE - early to mid-40s; Henri's older sister; smart, savvy, used to getting her own way; very well turned out
O'KARMA/HENRI (pronounced "Henry") - late 20s, Valerie's younger sister; shy, easily intimidated, dresses conservatively
FATHER GERRY MERRYWEATHER/ELWOOD - mid-50s, corporate CEO type; confident, friendly, powerful, and he knows it

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

Casting Notes

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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 a one-act comedy—Taken For Granted, three screenplays—Hearing Trouble, Star Struck and A Different Corner, and a novel—a comedy/thriller called The Poor Player. Doug has also been a professional actor since 1979. To date, he has spent ...

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A Party to Murder was first produced at Kawartha Summer Theatre in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada in August, 1996. It was subsequently produced at the Ensemble Theatre in Cincinnati in September, 1996.

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