On stage in a play, the script calls for one actor to shoot another. But the gun is loaded and the actor killed. The actors are stunned. The play must be stopped. Police investigate as the audience “remain seated”. Everyone has a motive to swap the ammunition. Whodunit? But not everything is as it seems. Has the script allowed a real murder to occur? Can the police crack the case? Can you? There’s a real sting in the tale/tail.
2 acts, thriller/murder mystery, 1 set, 8 roles [5F], 90 minutes
“Mystery thriller to keep audiences guessing to the very end.”
Piggery Lane Players
Remain Seated is a challenging play for both actors and audiences. The final scene is a real cliffhanger. Kingsport Players
Every actor plays two characters or two personalities
COLIN DOUGLAS - middle-aged, self-made, self-educated, successful businessman, owns his own business, not a slob but lacks sophistication, no flair, not a film-star
ROGER GRIFFITH - the actor playing Colin, flashy, sophisticated, self-indulgent, a touch over-the-top, if there is such a thing as a stereotype thespian - he's it
SHIRLEY DOUGLAS - Colin's wife, middle-aged, lacks style or class, not common but down-to-earth, loud, gives as good as she gets, enjoys a drink and a laugh
LOIS FENWICK - the actor playing Shirley, mature, generally quiet and polite
GARY DOUGLAS - Colin and Shirley's son, young adult, immature, too big for his boots, self-indulgent, pushy, chauvinist, impolite, wise guy
PETER REYNOLDS - the actor playing Gary, caring, sensitive, quietly-spoken
DENISE DOUGLAS - Gary's wife, young adult, quiet, timid, insipid, suffers in silence
CARRIE ALMOND - the actor playing Denise, independent, strong, articulate
TERRI FENTON - stage manager, could be young  or older [up to 50], loves live theatre, gets on well with actors, good at her job, good at her work, a professional
SUE TROMPP - young/middle-aged woman who works in the local theatre company
LENA FRANCIS - Colin's accountant, 30ish, sophisticated, intelligent, attractive, well-dressed, successful businesswoman, independent, decision-maker, slight foreign accent
ROBERT BURTON - middle-aged policeman, detective-sergeant attached to homicide-squad, dedicated, industrious, an average, ordinary, battling copper
LOUISE DRAUF - policewoman, constable, youngish, inexperienced, quietly spoken, good officer, dedicated, career policewoman likely to succeed
Note: The first ten characters require only five players.
12.5% of Box Office. Plus Licence to photocopy the script.