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Dead Man's Hand

Seymour Matthews

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573016189

"A teasing, very theatrical play which dares to laugh at itself and its genre until the Dead Man shows his hand." - East Essex Gazette

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play -

Although the action takes place in 'an Italian villa', the set is described in the text as having been adapted from an old set 'left over from some other play'. This should leave the designer's options very open and 'fun to do' as well as inexpensive to build.

Costumes should be anything suitable for an Italian summer.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Special Effects

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups

This captivating thriller employs a play within a play theme in a singularly exciting manner. At first, it seems to be the usual "Agatha Christie" type play two couples lured to a remote Italian villa to be murdered one by one. It is only when this play is well advanced that we learn we are watching actors rehearsing their own murder mystery. It is shortly after this, when two of these actors have been murdered in the same manner as the characters in their own play, that the twists and turns begin to tease the audience. Who is the murderer and what do those about to be murdered have in common? Yet even this ploy is not what it at first seems! An intriguing final twist unravels the real reason for the whole charade. All in all, an enticingly clever piece of work!

"A teasing, very theatrical play which dares to laugh at itself and its genre until the Dead Man shows his hand." - East Essex Gazette

"The play is well written and exceptionally well constructed...from first to last the attention is firmly held." - Essex County Standard

First performed in 1984 at Frinton Summer Theatre, Frinton, Essex by Jack Watling Productions Ltd.

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3m, 3f

CASTING NOTES

There are no special casting notes.

All essential character traits are contained within the script.

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Seymour Matthews

Seymour Matthews

Normal 0 0 1 229 1309 10 2 1607 11.1539 0 0 0  Seymour Matthews is an actor and playwright. His career began with three seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Co, where he performed in over a dozen productions, and he was a founding member of the Young Vic Co. when it opened in 1970, where he stayed for three years. ... view full profile

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