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Postmortem (Ludwig)

  • Ken Ludwig
  • Full Length Play, Mystery/Thriller, 1920s
  • 4M, 4F
  • ISBN: 9780573691331

Zestfully trots out all the classic murder mystery devices: shots in the dark and darkly held secrets, deathbed letters, guns and knives and bottles bashed over the head, ghosts and hiders behind curtains and misbegotten suspicions. There are moments when you'll jump. Guaranteed.

The Telegraph

  • Full Length Play
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre
In this mystery/thriller which has delighted audience nationwide, it is April 1922 and the cat of William Gillette's latest Broadway revival of "Sherlock Holmes" has assembled for a weekend of relaxation at his magnificent medieval castle on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River.

For entertainment, actor-manager, playwright and heart-throb William Gillette, best known for his 30-year portrayal of the famous crime sleuth Sherlock Holmes, has arranged a séance. Now the scene is set for his greatest role. Someone is trying to murder Gillette and he suspects it is one of his guests. Intrepid, eccentric and wildly romantic, Gillette plans to solve the case himself à la Sherlock Holmes.

REVIEWS:

Zestfully trots out all the classic murder mystery devices: shots in the dark and darkly held secrets, deathbed letters, guns and knives and bottles bashed over the head, ghosts and hiders behind curtains and misbegotten suspicions. There are moments when you'll jump. Guaranteed.

The Telegraph

A Sherlock Holmes whodunnit kind of mystery packed with suspects and tinged with suspense and laughter.

The London Times
Premiere Production: PostMortem was first presented at the American Stage Festival in Miford, New Hampshire in July, 1983. Directed by Larry Carpenter.
  • Casting: 4M, 4F

  • MACREADY - a butler
    BOBBY CARLYLE - an actor and man-about-town
    MAY DISON - an ingenue
    MARION BARRETT - an actress, Gillette's sister
    LEO BARRETT - Marion's husband, plays Professor Moriarty
    WILLIAM GILLETTE - writer and star of Sherlock Holmes
    LILLY WARNER - Gillette's aunt
    LOUISE PARRADINE - a former actress
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    This clever thriller by the author of Lend Me a Tenor and Sullivan & Gilbert has delighted audiences nationwide. Actor manager and playwright William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in his hugely successful adaptation of Conan Doyle a popular play available from Samuel French, has invited his sister and the cast of his latest revival of the play for a weekend at his magnificent pseudo medieval castle on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. For entertainment Gillette has arranged a seance. Now the scene is set for his greatest role. Someone is trying to murder William Gillette and he suspects it is one of his guests. Intrepid, eccentric Gillette plans to solve the case himself a la Sherlock Holmes.

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