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Anatomy of a Murder

Elihu Winer

Full Length Play, Drama  /  17m or f

By Elihu Winer
Based on Robert Traver's novel

Defeated for re-election as District Attorney, Paul Biegler isn't looking forward to becoming a defense attorney, but his first case is sensational: a lieutenant is accused of murdering the bartender who allegedly raped his wife. 

Anatomy of a Murder

by  Elihu Winer

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    17m or f
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description

Defeated for re-election as District Attorney, Paul Biegler isn't looking forward to becoming a defense attorney, but his first case is sensational: a lieutenant is accused of murdering the bartender who allegedly raped his wife. It’s a high-stakes battle of wit and determination, as Biegler uses every device to save the officer's neck.

Considerations

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

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The recent past.

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

17m or f
Cast Attributes
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

PARNELL MCCARTHY
PAUL BIEGLER
LT. FREDERIC MANION
LAURA MANION
PAQUETTE
MITCH LODWICK
CLAUDE DANCER
GROVER GLEASON
CLOVIS PIDGEON
JUDGE WEAVER
DR. HOMER RASCHID
WARREN BURKE
DET. SGT. JULIAN DURGO
DR. W. HARCOURT GREGORY
DR. MATTHEW SMITH
JURY FOREMAN
MR. LEMON
(EXTRAS, JURY MEMBERS)

Casting Notes

Doubling parts can reduce cast size from 17 to 9.

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Press

"Touching on home truths about justice and the law […] most audiences […] may overpraise it because it reminds them of older, better movies. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see a modern version of […] (a much sturdier small-town courtroom drama) Anatomy of a Murder?" - Time Magazine

"Anatomy of a Murder […] a riveting thriller." - What’s On Stage

"The production is gripping […] characters hurl witty insults at each other during the court case scenes […] performance ends brilliantly." - The Stage

"Elihu Winer’s explosive courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder […] Based on the bestseller turned into the critically acclaimed film starring James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, and Lee Remick." - Broadwayworld.com/UK

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