Death by Chocolate
by Paul Freed
Full Length Play, Comedy / 6m, 6f
Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement. It’s up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause and the murderer.
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: The Meadowbrook Health Resort, a converted mansion in Upstate new York. The Eve of the resort's Grand Re-Opening after several weeks of dormancy following the death of Henry Meadowbrook. All scenes take place in the Main Office which is a converted drawing room inside the converted mansion.
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
DYSLEXIA - Lady Riverdale's assistant and long-suffering secretary.
JOHN STONE - the new manager of the Meadowbrook Health Resort (and how he got there, no one knows). He is quick-witted and finds almost everything absurd (a basic cynical sort of person).
RALPH DEADWOOD - the Gym Manager and all-around cad. Knowing all about Lady Riverdale's past, he has used that knowledge to get whatever he can from her.
MARGARET DANIELS - a very attractive woman who is trying to write a feature story on the resort for a leading gossip magazine.
ALFRED MELLOX - he is in charge of the janitorial staff and maintenance for the resort (a position given to him only because he was the trusted companion of the late Henry Meadowbrook). He is very stiff, rigid, and typical "butler-type" with a clipped British accent.
EDITH CHILES - the Head Chef. She is a rather large, buxom sort of woman with a jovial personality and New England Matronly manners (whatever that means).
"SWEET PEA" MEADOWBROOK - daughter of the late Henry meadowbrook. Extremely overweight, she seems to be trying to eat herself to death because of the trauma of losing her father. Her mouth is always full of food and no one can understand her without the help of Alfred Mellow.
DICK SIMMERING - the Aerobics Instructor. Always garbed in a jogging outfit, he is a bright, hyperactive, effeminate person.
ANNE - the resort nurse who tends to panic at the slightest injury.
ED PARLOR - guest of Lady Riverdale's, he is a writer with a cheery disposition and enjoys the opportunity to try and solve the mysterious deaths by chocolate.
HENRY MEADOWBROOK - the founer of the Meadowbrook Health Resort, he is never seen since he dies in the opening moments of the play.
- Ensemble cast