Murder By the Book (Hischak)

by  Thomas Hischak

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 9f

The Billings Falls Ladies Literary Society seems to be a harmless enough group, meeting monthly to discuss the world's great authors and to argue about refreshments. But on the evening when Isabel Robertson gives her Christopher Marlowe presentation, something seems odd.

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Murder By the Book (Hischak)

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Literary pursuits can be deadly. A small town ladies literary club seems harmless enough. Then there is a murder that can only be solved by looking at a very old classic piece of literature. Many surprises and chills await you in this gripping whodunnit with a mostly-female cast of intriguing characters.
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Keywords

Death, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A small town in the American Midwest. The sitting room of the Victorian mansion, Gurney House - once the home of a wealthy local family, now restored as a museum and home to the local historical society.
  • 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, 9f

ISABEL ROBERTSON - a talkative woman in her 40s; sly and not as foolish as she seems
HELEN MCLEAN - a sarcastic, belligerent woman in her late 30s; more sour than enjoyable
JANET FARBER - a superstitious woman in her late 40s
CANDICE WEBB - an elderly woman with a friendly but distracted air about her; extremely deaf
DARLENE HALLAM - a pleasant, patient woman in her fifties; a peacemaker at heart
NEDA SCOTT - a cool, argumentative woman in her 30s; a confirmed feminist
ELEANOR GILLETTE - a cultured woman of good family and education; in her 50s but seems to come from an even older generation
ALLISON GASSNER - a quiet and somewhat shy woman in her 50s; not unintelligent but very reticent
AMANDA GASSNER - her sister, about the same age and very similar in temperament; the two of them could be twins and always dress alike
MERLE GATES - a middle-aged cuonty sheriff; folksy and slightly uncouth but not a fool
ROGER HEMINGWAY - an urban police detective in his early 30s; intelligent, personable, and efficient

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of over forty published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Jul ...

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