Our Spring 2013 Production will be “Agatha Christie Made Me Do It,” a very funny 3-act audience participation mystery-play by Eddie Cope.
Produced by arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois
Director: Francine Davis
Producer: CherylAnn Welch
Synopsis of Play:
In this 3-act spoof of murder-mysteries, police officer Hootspah, tired of being a cop, decides that the quickest way to riches and a life of ease is to write a murder-mystery play. Using Agatha Christie’s methods as his model, he starts out. Despite his ineptness for the task at hand and the fact that his characters sometimes take over, Hootspah manages to put together a play that is both funny and suspenseful. He blithely ignores a number of facts of life and law in developing his plot, but this doesn’t deter him; he’d put it down to “poetic license,” if he knew the term.
Hootspah’s play revolves around Monte Brainard, a wealthy young man, who wakes up from two days of “sleeping it off” to discover that he now has two wives and a fiancé, has assaulted his butler, and trashed a nightclub. He doesn’t remember any of this, or so he says. Meanwhile, a murder has been committed. Who did it? And why does the corpse keep disappearing - and where?
We have found an actress to play the role of “Jo-Jo LaMotte.” Thanks for all the interest!
Police Officer Hootspah
Male, 40-60, a pleasant “dese-dem-and-dose” type
50+, Monte’s butler; very proper, very superior, with an English accent; dour; much put-upon, but patient; funny in a dead-pan sort of way
30-60, chambermaid in the apartment building where Monte lives; intelligent and observant; a slap-ya-on-the-back type
25-40, a wealthy young man; instantly likeable; a fumbler; an American Bertie Wooster-type
25-40, Monte’s business associate, former college roommate & old friend; pleasant on the surface, with underlying jealousy of Monte; murder victim
25-40, a stripper and Monte’s new bride; brassy; stripping not required! ** This part has been cast. Thanks for all the interest! **
20-35, a worker in a chocolate factory and Monte’s new bride; working-class; tough
50-70, Monte’s attorney; an epicurean
20-30, Monte’s fiancée; appealing; sweet and fresh, elegant and refined; ingenue type
Female, 30-50, Monte’s greedy cousin; drips with insincere charm; well put-together, but over the top
35-50, Jenny’s “brudder”; taxi driver and tough hoodlum