The Asshole Murder Case

by  Stuart Hample

10 Minute Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

Three college students must write and perform a dramatic scene for a theatre class – but what in the world is there to write about that a modern audience can connect with? Assholes. Follow along in this Dadaist exploration of power and youthful rebellion against those who wield it.

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The Asshole Murder Case

by  Stuart Hample

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Three college students must write and perform a dramatic scene for a theatre class – but what in the world is there to write about that a modern audience can connect with? Assholes. Follow along in this Dadaist exploration of power and youthful rebellion against those who wield it.

Published in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 1.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: Double room in a college dorm
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 1f
SEYMOUR – full of rage at authority, feels deep alienation. Uses his humor to hide this.
NELSON – the opposite of Seymour; he accepts life and approves of it. Roommate of SEYMOUR.
EMILY – a fellow drama major. Fascinated by SEYMOUR.
EPSTEIN – acting and playwriting instructor.
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Teens
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Stuart Hample

Stuart Hample

The Asshole Murder Case was first produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville on February 18, 1981. It was directed by Radha Delamarter.

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