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Nothing to Die for – Dark Comedy Play about Murder and Revenge

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

Read a Sample of the Script

 

 

Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

Contact Off the Wall Plays with any queries about Nothing to Die For

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

Like this play? Others like it:

The Play’s the thing – one act play about staging the perfect murder
Prelude to Murder. British Whodunit. Convicted of a crime that didn’t happen…
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PLAY ABOUT MURDER

Human Rat Lab – Hit Comedy Script about an Unconventional Private Eye

hilarious hit comedy script

HUMAN RAT LAB – HIT COMEDY SCRIPT ABOUT AN UNCONVENTIONAL PRIVATE EYE

Extorting big business? Yes! Writing ‘them’ a damning blackmail letter? Of course!
Demanding hundreds of thousands from this ‘seedy’ corporation? Naturally, it should be easy. But that is not the case when Valerie Ann Bennett, head of said company, hires a
private detective to find the culprit before he brings her pharmaceutical empire down to its knees. Unconventional, unconvincing, and un- everything really, Charles Picket would not be
Ms. Bennett’s first choice for a P.I. were it not for the discretion he organically provides.
Throw in his cleaner, and a struggling stuttering actor as his associates and this case looks like it could very well implode in Ms. Bennett’s face. In fact it does indeed implode. But not
in a way she ever suspected in this hilarious hit comedy script.

Human Rat Lab has had a successful run and received rave reviews in France. This is a burlesque comedy in the lines of Lucille Ball and Jerry Lewis in their best days.

“You have a staggeringly good ear for dialogue. The words fairly crack along. And you have a good eye/mind for the “memorable scene” – I mean things like the marvellous Spanish nurse scene, and the crazy Viagra fuelled scene.” – Robert Jarman, Co-founder and director of Hobart’s highly successful Blue Cow Theatre and recipiendary of the Federation Medal for his services to Performing Arts in 2002.

FURTHER PRODUCTION HISTORY

Playmasters Theatre-workshop, PA, USA – 2018

Read about author Bruno Lacroix. Other comedies (Lofty Larceny – a two act comedic farce) by Bruno. Bruno Lacroix is a member of the playwright’s guild of Canada. 

HUMAN RAT LAB – HILARIOUS COMEDY SCRIPTS

Author: Bruno Lacroix

Type: Two-act comedy

Genre: Hilarious hit comedy script

Cast: 2M 2F

Ages of the actors: Adult actors

Suitable for: Suitable for all ages

Length: 90 minutes long

Set: A private detective’s office. On the garden side (stage left), there is a door that opens into a kitchenette. The main entrance is in the middle. On the hallway side (stage right), there is a window, and a bathroom door.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – character driven script

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Cost is $7.50 for this previously produced play with a successful run

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Human Rat Lab

Copyright © 2014 Bruno Lacroix

HRL-Canada 2015

HRL-Canada-201

HRL-France 2015

Like this play? Other crime scripts for you to enjoy:

Ralph – a one act funny whodunit
The Investigation – award winning drama whodunit
The mysterious death of Christine Wilde

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