Nothing to Die for – Play about Murder and Revenge (dark comedy/drama)

PLAY ABOUT MURDER AND REVENGE

NOTHING TO DIE FOR – PLAY ABOUT MURDER AND REVENGE

Tom is a struggling writer who’s facing a prolonged spell of writer’s block. His frustrations have exaggerated his obsessive-compulsive disorder, and both have exasperated his wife, Carla.  Carla, not given to wallowing in self-pity, has taken Tom’s best friend, Brad, as a lover. Brad, an aspiring actor, has been quite willing to play the part in this play about murder and revenge. 

When Tom’s writer’s block appears to give way, Tom invites Brad over to share an inspired idea he has for a play. The lovers then plan to steal some time for themselves, with the unwitting, but quite willing help, of their new neighbor, Nancy Chapman, a desperate divorcee.  

When Tom’s idea for a play turns out to be one that so closely mirrors the reality of Carla and Brad’s affair, they begin a long night, of acting parts of the play out to help Tom with his writing,  while wondering if they’ve been caught, or worse are about to be killed. The lovers never seem to agree on what is going on in Tom’s mind, except they’re both certain Tom would never get blood on the carpet!

Author: Michael Miller

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Drama, or played as a dark comedy, a “Will he do it?”

Cast: 2M, 2F

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: PG 12

Length: 120 minutes – 2 hours

Set: In an immaculate modest house there is a dining area adjacent to the front room. The dining is RS and the front room is LS. The front room extends past the upstage wall of the dining area. Implied beyond the dining area’s upstage wall is the front porch. The front door opens from this unseen porch into the front room. In the left stage wall is the hallway opening. In the same wall, upstage of the hallway entry, is a narrow window. In the dining area is a small table and four chairs. A kitchen hatch sits against the upstage wall of this area.

In the right stage wall is a door. In the front room there is a small couch or love seat, with two comfortable chairs on either end of a small coffee table; other furnishings, a small end table, with a drawer, and lamp.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – building tension to the end of the play

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © May 2019 Michael Miller and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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