Heir to a Misfortune – a short two act farce

comedy farce

HEIR TO A MISFORTUNE – A SHORT TWO ACT FARCE

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In this short two act farce, Arthur Aldenbrooke has recently passed away leaving behind his three daughters and a large fortune.  His oldest daughter, Violet, is sweet and innocent, while his younger daughters, Christa and Lynn are greedy trouble-makers.  Nigel Wentworth, Arthur’s attorney, shows up with the sealed will of the late millionaire with instructions to read it in front of a small handful of people.  One of those people being Arthur’s secret lady friend Gabriella, who is evil to the core and only wanted Arthur’s money right from the start.

Gabriella brings her idiot boyfriend Guy along for support in her scheming.  As soon as everyone arrives Christa and Lynn plot to steal the real will and replace it with a false one.  Meanwhile, Guy and Gabriella have their own intentions of stealing the will.  The only problem is that since the will was in a sealed envelope, Hazel, the delightfully unintelligent maid mailed it.  And to make matters worse, Erica, a young woman with a vendetta against the late Mr. Aldenbrooke shows up with a gun demanding money for her own father’s death which she claims Arthur was responsible for.

Author: Michael Maxwell

Genre: Comedy

Type: short two act farce (alternatively one act farce with 3 scenes)

Length: Sixty 60 minutes

Suitable for: All ages

Ages of actors: Early twenties to any age

Number of actors: Eight, 8  6F 2M

Set:  The Aldenbrooke Estate. The main entrance is on the stage left wall. A hallway leading to other parts of the house is on the stage right wall. There are stairs leading up and off stage right on the center stage back wall. There is a couch center stage and a chair stage right of that. There is an end-table stage left of the couch. Other furnishings are up to the director.

Level of  difficulty:  7/10 – achieving the element of farce

This show was produced and performed at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, California in 2001 and was presented as a dinner theater show.  Read about playwright Mike Maxwell.

Best selling plays by Mike Maxwell include Jack Masterson and the case of absurdity, Missing the Mark and other plays including I should tell you and The Wandering Bard’s Tale. Screenplays include Once a Pirate and 2093,”  and Darkest Before Dawn.

Read a sample of the script




Cost is $6

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries relating to Heir to a Misfortune

Copyright 2001 Michael Maxwell Off The Wall Play Publishers

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