The Spider or The Fly

by  Sam Bobrick

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

"Absorbing. Keeps us on the edge to its chilling denouement.''-LA Weekly

"Scintillating and tantalizing. Drama and sensationalism at a surrealistic level with a mind-bending plot.''-Tolucan Times

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The Spider or The Fly

by  Sam Bobrick

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this unique psychological thriller, two stories unfold simultaneously in the same space but in different time frames.Maura and Scott, a couple in their early-mid thirties, meet while serving on jury duty for a murder trial and get romantically involved with each other. As their relationship develops, they discover they adamantly disagree on what the verdict thould be. They also realize that each is not the person the other thought they were.

At the same time and in the same space that their story is being played out to its frightening climax, Jan and Tom, another young couple who have just met, weave through their unsual relationship that strangely enough has ties to the same murder case. Formally titled The Stanway Case.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Absorbing. Keeps us on the edge to its chilling denouement.''-LA Weekly

"Scintillating and tantalizing. Drama and sensationalism at a surrealistic level with a mind-bending plot.''-Tolucan Times

"Lively, entertaining and intelligent. A delectable and delicious play with some genuine surprising twists.''-NoHo LA

"Wonderfully crafted...Delectable.''-Valley Star

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: TIME: The present and the past

    PLACE: Except for the Prologue, which takes place in a dimly lit space on stage, the entire play takes place in Maura Finley's one-room New York City apartment.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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

2m, 2f
MAURA - A woman in her early-mid thirties

SCOTT - A man in his early-mid thirties
JAN - A woman in her early-mid thirties
TOM - A man in his early-mid thirties

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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

The characters are all in their early-mid thirties.  The actors playing TOM and JAN can play the two unidentified characters that appear in the Prologue.  Care should be taken so that their faces cannot be seen.

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Authors

Sam Bobrick

Sam Bobrick 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, Getting Sara Married, The Spider or the Fly, and - without Willia ...

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THE SPIDER OR THE FLY was first presented under the title THE STANWAY CASE by Tree Trunk Theatrical Company at the Horseshoe Theatre in Van nuys, California in February 2003.  The production was directed by Aaron J. Bronsal.

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