Who Dunit?

by  C.B. Gilford

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 7f

One of the most original comedy-mystery plots of all time. It first ran as a short story in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and was later a hit on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," translated into a dozen foreign languages, reprinted in several anthologies...

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

One of the most original comedy-mystery plots of all time. It first ran as a short story in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and was later a hit on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", translated into a dozen foreign languages, reprinted in several anthologies. What happens when a famous mystery writer is murdered, goes to Heaven and discover's that not even St. Michael knows who murdered him? There's only one answer: Saint Michael sends him back to earth to relive the past twenty-four hours of his life in order to solve the murder before it is committed. The writer discovers everybody he knows has a good reason to kill him! And then - is he just going to sit there and let it happen a second time? So the writer must outwit both the murderer and the Archangel Michael.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The scenes in Heaven are played in front of the act curtain, without scenery. The main setting represents the study of Alexander Arlington.
  • 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

5m, 7f

ALEXANDER ARLINGTON - a mystery writer.
MURIEL - an angel.
ISABELLE - an angel.
MICHAEL - the archangel.
ANNIE - the cook and maid.
HARRY - the butler and gardener.
MISS JENKINS - Alexander's secretary.
ANDREW - Alexander's nephew.
VIVIAN ODELL - Alexander's fiancee.
GEORGE BREWSTER
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C.B. Gilford

C.B. Gilford

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