Murder at the Grey's Hound Mansion

by  Maxine Holmgren

Short Play, Comedy  /  3m, 5f

This is a mysterious comedy (or a comical mystery) that will have everyone howling with laughter.

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Murder at the Grey's Hound Mansion

by  Maxine Holmgren

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A mysterious comedy (or a comical mystery) that will have everyone howling with laughter.

The eccentric owner of Grey's Hound Mansion has been murdered. The cast gathers at the gloomy mansion for the reading of the will.  Lightning lights up the stage as thunder and barking dogs greet the wacky characters that arrive. Each one is a suspect, and each one suspects another. Mixed metaphors and alliterations will have the audience barking up the wrong tree until the mystery is solved.

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Business, Death


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The gloomy Grey's Hound Mansion.


3m, 5f
PHYLLIS - Private Secretary to the late Earl Grey of Hound Mansion. A middle-aged woman, who wear red shoes.
COUSIN EARLENE - Cousin to the late Earl Grey. She is as eccentric as he was. A graduate of an interior decorating correspondence course, she wants to decorate the mansion in shabby chic. She has a habit of mixing metaphors.
BEA - An arthritic, grey haired housekeeper and cook.
WILL - A middle aged man, in good physical shape. He was Earl's personal trainer. He is dressed in sweat pants and a sweat shirt.
ANNA - A pleasant woman, professional in appearance. She is a dog trainer and has competed and lost in dog shows to the deceased Earl.
VICTORIA - A not too bright eccentric socialite who had her sights set on the Earl and his money.
CAINE NINE - A dog trainer who worked for Earl. Loves dogs. May be played by a female actress (in this instance the name should be changed to Kay Nine).
OFFICER OCCIFER - A detective.
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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

The role of Caine Nine may be played by a female, and the name changed to Kay Nine.



Maxine Holmgren

Maxine Holmgren is a writer, playwright, actress, and director. She has worked with local theatre groups in Wisconsin, Arizona, and California. She is the founder of Maxine's Mystery Tea Party Plans and has written over sixteen mystery party plans to be performed during the serving of a tea party, ...

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Originally performed by the Sun City Players Club in 2008 in Sun City, CA.

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