Murder Box

Play #: 2144
Pages: 37 pgs
Cast: 4 m, 8 w

At the end of the 1940s an old theatre building is about to be torn down. As the theatre's acting troupe is packing up the props, costumes and set pieces, an old magician's trunk is wheeled onstage. Suddenly, members of the company are turning up dead. Margaret, the director's assistant, is the only witness to these crimes, seeing with her own eyes how Eve was strangled, Madigan bludgeoned, and Stan shot. Yet no one will believe her, especially when there is no trace of any of the bodies! This edgy, film noir-style mystery earned straight superiors from the judges at its premiere performance at the District III Thespian Festival. Ideal for community theatre as well.

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Productions

RHINEBECK PERFORMING ARTS, INC 2 Performance(s)
RHINEBECK, NY 12/1/2018
CHS THEATRE 4 Performance(s)
BISMARCK, ND 2/8/2018
CALCO BOE ON BEHALF OF CHS 2 Performance(s)
PRINCE FREDERICK, MD 1/20/2018
SAPULPA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAPULPA, OK 11/25/2017
CENTER STAGE THEATRE COMPANY 4 Performance(s)
WEST NEWBURY, MA 10/27/2017
METRO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
TULSA, OK 10/24/2017
THE PRODUCERS CLUB 2 Performance(s)
SEAL BEACH, CA 6/8/2017
DRAMA 4 Performance(s)
ORDERVILLE, UT 3/31/2017
FREMONT ROSS HIGH SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
FREMONT, OH 10/29/2016
WAKE FOREST MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WAKE FOREST, NC 10/24/2016
DILLARD DRIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RALEIGH, NC 4/29/2016
GLENWOOD SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO 4/25/2016
MASSABESIC HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
WATERBORO, ME 3/5/2016
WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CHARLES TOWN, WV 2/13/2016
ALMA PUBLIC SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
ALMA, NE 11/15/2015
GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
GREENVILLE, SC 10/30/2015
MADISON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
REXBURG, ID 5/15/2015
MAPLE LAKE HIGH SCH 3 Performance(s)
MAPLE LAKE, MN 1/15/2015
ELC HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ESTHERVILLE, IA 4/2/2014
KIMBALL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
KIMBALL, NE 11/25/2013
WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE 1 Performance(s)
JONESBORO, AR 11/15/2013
GARRISON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GARRISON, ND 11/13/2013
GARRISON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GARRISON, ND 11/7/2013
MADISON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
REXBURG, ID 5/20/2013
WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
JONESBORO, AR 4/26/2013
CHANDLER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CHANDLER, OK 3/25/2013
DAVID PROUTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SPENCER , MA 3/2/2013
WHS SPEECH AND DRAMA 4 Performance(s)
IMPERIAL, MO 3/1/2013
WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
AVONDALE, AZ 11/20/2012
RANDOLPH-MACON ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
WINCHESTER, VA 5/20/2012
WHETSTONE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, OH 2/9/2012
BILLINGS WEST HIGH 1 Performance(s)
BILLINGS, MT 2/3/2012
MILLER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 Performance(s)
MILLER, SD 1/20/2012
AUGUSTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
AUGUSTA, MT 12/15/2011
SALISBURY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SALISBURY, MO 11/17/2011
HYLTON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WOODBRIDGE, VA 1/15/2011
MANDAN SENIOR HIGH 2 Performance(s)
MANDAN, ND 5/7/2010
KITTY HAWK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
UNIVERSAL CITY, TX 4/30/2010
FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FORT MYERS, FL 4/29/2010
MANDAN SENIOR HIGH 2 Performance(s)
MANDAN, ND 3/22/2010
PALO VERDE MAGNET HS 2 Performance(s)
TUCSON, AZ 2/19/2010
NEW UNDERWOOD SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NEW UNDERWOOD, SD 12/12/2009
SANDHILLS PUBLIC SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
DUNNING, NE 11/15/2009
GOODRICH PUBLIC SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GOODRICH, ND 11/12/2009
WEST POINT HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
WEST POINT, VA 11/5/2009
DELAND HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DELAND, FL 4/30/2009
MOORER MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
EUFAULA, AL 4/16/2009
JAY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
JAY, ME 3/15/2009
WASSON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 2/7/2009
PALO VERDE MAGNET HS 2 Performance(s)
TUCSON, AZ 12/15/2008

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT REID CONRAD

TALKS ABOUT "MURDER BOX"

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: I was intrigued by the idea of seeing how many characters I could bump off in a short space of time. That's where the concept of "Murder Box" began. Also, being a fan of magic I thought incorporating a magician's trunk might add to the mystery and provide good visuals.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: Near the end of the play, after the company has surprised Margaret with her birthday party, the mood suddenly takes a macabre twist. My favorite moment of the play is when the audience realizes that something is about to happen.

 

Q: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART IN CREATING THIS WORK?

A: The most difficult part was timing the murders and removing the bodies from the stage so that there would be no evidence for the next actors on stage.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: We tried to create a true 1940's film noir style of presentation, complete with manual sound effects, much like some of the old black-and-white mysteries on late night television.