Where There's No Will

by  Leon Kaye

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 2f

It's a 1930s everyone-wants-the-money play. There's a will. It's not signed so the direct descendent gets all the money even though that wasn't the intent of the deceased. But what if they believe she isn't dead after all?

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Where There's No Will

by  Leon Kaye

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Second place/play contest in Texas (Back Door?)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

When an old woman dies without signing a will, her greedy daughter and son-in-law expect to inherit everything. But when it turns out that Mom was simply in a coma, they face a dilemma: if they want the money, they're going to have to kill her off before she can bequeath her fortune to someone else!

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Videos

  • Where There's No Will - Part 1
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Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: 1930s Albany, NY. Entire play is in the living room.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 2f
HAL WILSON - About 50, a rather aimless delivery truck driver. Although his dream is to own the business, he doesn't really want to do much work.
EMMA WILSON - About 45, a harried homemaker that's grown very tied of Hal's act. She is a doer and will undertake unpleasant tasks.
MR. JACOBS - About 50, a proper, upstanding, educated man -- all that Hal is not. Also rather spineless.
NICK - Hal's friend, 40s, a transplanted New Yorker, and a two-bit criminal...with a few mob ties.
AUNT LIZ - 75 years old, and is a tough as nail, but respectable
PLUMBER - A Swedish immigrant, and a decent person.
DOC MORRIS - Very old doctor that's forgot much of what he learned in medical school, but he doesn't seem to notice. Known as a buffoon to everyone, he's still treated respectfully, and his advice is met with a courteous nod and unbelieving smile
DOM - About 45, real wiseguy with a thick New York mob accent
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The character of DOC MORRIS can double as DOM.

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Authors

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye has written several short plays published with Brooklyn/Heuer and Playscripts. His three published full lengths are with Samuel French.  Check out the articles on the breaking-character site.   http://www.samuelfrench.com/breakingcharacter/?p=1124  http://www.samuelfrench.com/breakingcharacter/?p=1136 Murde ...

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