The Mystery of Miz Arnette

by  Alan Bailey, Ronnie Claire Edwards

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 3f

“If future productions are as rewarding as this one, Miz Arnette should repeat the success of Wedding Belles, the first Bailey/Edwards collaboration.” - Theaterjones.com

Set in Oklahoma’s devastating Dust Bowl in 1934 when Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd along with their gangs roamed the territory. Out of the desolate nowhere arrives Miz Arnette to rent the room that had been advertized and leased four months ago.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

Additional Info

The Mystery of Miz Arnette is set in Oklahoma's devastating Dust Bowl. The time is 1934 when Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd along with their gangs roamed the territory. Out of the desolate nowhere arrives Miz Arnette to rent the room that had been advertised and leased four months ago. With the family farm at stake and desperate for the additional income, young Floy Kate strikes a deal and takes in the intriguing stranger that would forever change her life. 
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Reviews

"If future productions are as rewarding as this one, Miz Arnette should repeat the success of Wedding Belles, the first Bailey/Edwards collaboration.”" - Theaterjones.com

“The play captures an era that laughed at corny jokes and used quaint words like ‘chiffarobe’ and ‘counterpane’… But even without the nostalgia factor, The Mystery of Miz Arnette is a sweet, original comedy… Regaling the girl with tales of world travels, plus dramatic re-enactments of the more colorful chapters of the Old Testament, Miz Arnette livens up a dull household.” - The Dallas Observer

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A farmhouse kitchen in remote Hardesty, Oklahoma. 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m, 3f
FLOY KATE LANDERS - an innocent 14-year-old farm girl
REUBEN LANDERS - taciturn farmer, 40 to 50
OLETA - sassy waitress at the local beer joint, 35-45
SHERIFF TROTTER - commited but sympathetic local lawman, 40-55
MIZ ARNETTE - Flamboyant, literate, eccentric, adventuress, 45-55
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Alan Bailey

Alan Bailey co-authored one of the country’s most frequently produced musicals, Smoke on the Mountain, which ran more than five hundred performances at the Lamb's Theatre in New York, garnering award nominations from the ...

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Ronnie Claire Edwards

Ronnie Claire Edwards is an accomplished actress, author and playwright. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the unforgettable Corabeth Godsey in The Waltons which ran for ten years on television. She was also a regular and guest on a number of television series and had a recurring ...

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The Mystery of Miz Arnette was first produced by by One Thirty Productions in cooperation with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs at the Bath House Cultural Center Dallas, Texas, in May 2011.

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