Ever wonder what goes on at a small-town city council meeting? In Hendricks, they're looking for a murderer. Mayor Kathleen Lyles boldly announces that the meeting will be more like a coroner's jury than the usual round of arguments. Not only was a man murdered, but he was an employee of the IRS. "Somehow I don't feel that bad!" Carl Johansen says, as the sheriff clamps the cuffs on him, making him the prime suspect. Slowly it becomes apparent the entire city council had seen the man, and each of them seems to be hiding something. Who murdered the stranger? Was it Cora Sedgewick, who was still dizzy at the time from stepping on a rake and being thumped in the face with its handle? Or newspaper editor King, who's right on the spot to report the facts, if he could only find a pencil? Or maybe the mayor herself, who was doing her laundry in the back of city hall? This easy-to-stage intrigue is chock-full of small-town characters and hilarious dialogue. And, as an added bonus, it can be produced as an audience participation mystery where the audience can not only see the scene of the crime but also question the suspects.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code D60000
- Cast Size 9
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Senior Theatre | Touring Group | Dinner Theatre
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9780871294098
- "Our middle schoolers were able to present the dinner theatre with great success. A complicated plot and juicy characters made this our favorite show so far. Only one table was able to guess correctly."
- Review by Keela Smith, Marion Middle School, Marion, Va.
- "Death and taxes are two things everyone worries about. Add to that a murder mystery, and you've got a show! Cool, quirky characters, easy to stage, audience participation easily included, set/props/costumes no problem at all ... and fun for actors and audience."
- Review by Angel West, Wor Wic Community College, Salisbury, Md.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "To make the character of Mattie sillier, we put her in hair curlers. We couldn't find a gun to use for the character of Wesley, so we hooked him up with a maglite flashlight to add to the craziness of the play. To spice up the character of the drama teacher, we had her wear a different type of hat each time she came on stage."
- Tip by Eric Fulton, Amateur Community Theatre of Rowlett, Rowlett, Texas