The Butler Did What?

By Daniel V. Brugger | Playwright
Butler poster
Genre Comedy
Type Play
Subgenre Mystery/Horror/Thriller
Time Period 1961-1990
Male Actors 5
Female Actors 3
Undefined Actors 0
Length Full Length
Set Complexity intermediate

Summary

This sardonic send-up gleefully mocks many trite murder mystery conventions and is set in the 1980s. Impossible movie star and resident bitch Candice Peregrine hosts a Halloween party with the help of her browbeat husband and their butler, a convicted murderer out on a prison work-release program. Soon, the security system malfunctions and everyone is locked inside. When the clueless victims start dropping, it is up to the verbose correspondence school private detective to figure things out. If only they could phone for more help. [Full-length. Two Acts. 91 pages. Unit set.]

Characters

Benedict

Gender male
Age 50 - 60 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Dark Dry Witty

Description A butler and ex-convict out on a work-release program

Candice Peregrine

Gender female
Age 25 - 35 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Condescending Cruel Dominant

Description An arrogant movie star

Frank Peregrine

Gender male
Age 35 - 45 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Calm Diplomatic Friendly

Description Candice’s bland husband, a lawyer

Mime

Gender female
Age 20 - 30 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Bubbly Cute Quirky

Description Hired entertainer

Jean-Paul Valet

Gender male
Age 30 - 40 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Flamboyant Funny Sassy

Description A renowned hair stylist

Wanda Mull

Gender female
Age 40 - 50 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Heavyset
Personality Heavyset Sensitive Sweet

Description A middle-aged Southern prostitute

Rev. Squires

Gender male
Age 65 - 75 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Funny Guarded Stoic

Description A nearsighted old minister

Det. Butler

Gender male
Age 30 - 40 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Clumsy Confident Stupid

Description A correspondence school private detective

Special Considerations

  • Real Food
  • Weapons
  • Dialects

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