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One-Act Play (~40 mins.)
Cast: 16 either gender.
Look out, our band of lovable yet impossibly inept thespians are onstage again in "All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Murder Mystery."
Last time, we saw our collection of bad actors and actresses in "All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play." In that comic disaster, they butchered "Romeo and Juliet," performing the timeless classic by Shakespeare in a Starbucks while wearing potato sacks and bowler hats. This time, our terrible troupe takes on the genre that will not die—the murder mystery! Follow along—if you dare—as our misguided performers attempt to nail down those devilish British accents, understand what a red herring is, and figure out how to die onstage without looking all gross and stuff.
Meanwhile, the director and stage manager, who really love dealing with the egomaniacs and lunatics in the cast, wouldn't really try to murder someone during the murder mystery. Would they?! Chaos rules the day as time is running out for cast and crew to sort out this mess. Safe to say, you will never look at a whodunit the same way again as "All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Murder Mystery" brings up the curtain on bad accents, murder and laughs.
Simple set. Approximate Running Time: 40 minutes.
About the Author
Werner Trieschmann is a writer, director and theatre instructor. He was writer and director for the world premiere production of Mozart: Revealed and Schubert: Revealed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Fort Wayne, Ind. His numerous plays have been produced across the United States, Canada and, most recently, England, Australia and Japan. His plays including Failing the Improv, You Have to Serve Somebody and Disfarmer have been staged by Moving Arts in Los Angeles, Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, The New Theatre in Boston, Mobtown Players in Baltimore and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. His full-length comedy, You Have to Serve Somebody, is published by Dramatic Publishing, and his plays Failing the Improv and It's Not You, It's You are published by Playscripts. His monologues have appeared in The Best Women's Stage Monologues 1999 and Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s, published by Smith & Kraus. In 2013, Trieschmann was awarded an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts: Playwriting. His play Lawn Dart won first prize in the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans New Play Competition. He was the first playwright to receive the Porter Prize, an Arkansas literary award recognizing outstanding achievement by an Arkansas writer. He has an MFA in playwriting from Boston University. He is married and has two young boys, who are wilder than wild.