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Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3f, 7m

by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore

"A nonstop physical comedy that turns the world of theater on its head!" - Variety
"Pick of the Month" - L.A. Magazine
A cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers in "Drop Dead!," a potboiler murder mystery directed by "Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage" Victor Le Pewe (a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac). But when the murders and mysteries exceed those in the script - these thespians must save the show and their careers as well as their lives!
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 7m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
A cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers in "Drop Dead!," a potboiler murder mystery directed by "Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage" Victor Le Pewe (a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac). At the dress rehearsal the set falls, props break, and the producer and an actor are murdered. During the opening night performance, the murders continue. The remaining thespians must save the show and their careers, solve the mystery and stay alive for curtain calls.
History
Drop Dead! first opened at The Cort Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on August 16, 1991. It was produced by Mitch Nedick and Edward P. Vogels. It was directed by author Billy Van Zandt.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Gun Shots
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: An Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway theater
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3f, 7m
Cast Attributes
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
VICTOR LE PEWE - the director
SOL WEISENHEIMER - the producer
PHILLIP - the stage manager
ALABAMA MILLER - the playwright
MONA MONET - the TV star
BRENT REYNOLDS - the method actor
CHAZ LOONEY - the apprentice
CANDY APPLES - the ex-porno-start
CONSTANCE CRAWFORD - old stage star
DICK SHALIT - Gene Shalit's brother

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Materials

Scripts

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Press

"A nonstop physical comedy that turns the world of theater on its head!" - Variety

"The audience laughed at everything!" - Los Angeles Times

"Pick of the Month" - L.A. Magazine

"Drop Dead! will make your jaw drop and your head spin almost simultaneously, but you will be laughing the whole time!” - Peru Tribune

A wacky slapstick comedy that will have you laughing out loud!” - KBIG

“Critic’s Choice. Totally ludicrous and heartily entertaining!” - L.A. Reader

“Flatout frenzied fun! Hilarity and craziness prevail! Unabashed foolish fun!” - Dramalogue

“Oh, how the audience loved it!" - The Augusta Chronicle

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Authors

Billy Van Zandt

Billy Van Zandt and writing partner Jane Milmore are two of the most often-produced playwrights in the world. “These two people are a riot!” – New York Times.Billy and Jane met at a high school drama competition in their home state of New Jersey. They have written and starred in twen ...

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Jane Milmore

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughleys, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also app ...

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