A Wing and a Prayer

Book By: Craig Sodaro
Play #: 8343
Pages: 47 pgs
Cast: 2 m, 6 w

Rev. Longacre is gathering a small group of church members together at a potluck supper to broach the subject of starting a building fund. Duty-bound Hazel arrives first to set up everything and tell the Reverend she hasn't yet found out who's been sending him anonymous love letters. Several others arrive including Annie, the church secretary who is hiding something under her coat, and Lillian, the richest woman in town who seldom attends Sunday services. Before Rev. Longacre is able to give his two-hundred-plus reasons for the drive, Lillian startles everyone by announcing she is giving the church $1.5 million in jewelry so there won't even need to be a fund drive. All are stunned. But when Lillian's purse is retrieved from the cloakroom, it is empty of jewels. Well-versed from reading so many mystery novels, Rev. Longacre begins an investigation that leads his church members - and your audience! - to reveal the culprit. A complete description of clues for the audience to find is included at the end of the script. This comedy is ideal for your own dinner theatre.

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Productions

FUQUA SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FARMVILLE, VA 5/10/2019
MOSTLY THEATRE COMPANY 1 Performance(s)
EL CENTRO, CA 1/19/2019
WINDING RIVER PLAYERS 4 Performance(s)
TOWANDA, PA 5/17/2018
SCOTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LAURINBURG, NC 5/2/2018
TRI-COUNTY SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
KARLSTAD, MN 11/17/2017
ALCORN CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GLEN, MS 10/15/2017
A A PRODUCTIONS 1 Performance(s)
MUNCY, PA 10/13/2017
JRUMC PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
STOCKBRIDGE, GA 4/29/2017
PORTSMOUTH WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WEST PORTSMOUTH, OH 4/28/2017
LINN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
LINN, MO 11/19/2016
OCHOCO PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
PRINEVILLE, OR 11/6/2016
OCHOCO PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
PRINEVILLE, OR 10/29/2016
GRABILL MISSIONARY CHURCH 3 Performance(s)
GRABILL, IN 5/12/2016
HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
BYRAM, MS 5/15/2015
WINDSOR PLAYERS 2 Performance(s)
THE WOODLANDS, TX 3/13/2015
MADISON AREA COMM. BETTERMENT 1 Performance(s)
MADISON, MO 2/15/2015
MOSTLY THEATRE COMPANY 1 Performance(s)
EL CENTRO, CA 1/31/2015
MAJESTIC THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
MANCHESTER, NH 12/31/2014
MCKNIGHT UNITED METHODIST CHUR 2 Performance(s)
PITTSBRUGH, PA 11/14/2014
MARTIN COUNTY WEST HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SHERBURN, MN 10/4/2014
COMM THEATER 1 Performance(s)
PLAQUEMINE, LA 6/15/2014
ST. MICHAELS OF MAPLE GROVE 3 Performance(s)
NEW LOTHROP, MI 2/7/2014
ST. JOAN OF ARC CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
ASHEVILLE, NC 1/25/2014
ST. DAVID 3 Performance(s)
HANOVER, PA 10/18/2013
MONROE YOUTH THEATRE 1 Performance(s)
TOMPKINSVILLE, KY 11/17/2012
PAO SOCCER SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
GLEN CARBON, IL 11/2/2012
HCCA 2 Performance(s)
MADISON, AL 8/25/2012
TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MONTGOMERY, AL 4/15/2012
OKEECHOBEE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
OKEECHOBEE, FL 2/18/2012
UPSTAGE ARTS BOARD 2 Performance(s)
UPSALA, MN 1/28/2012
THE RAIN CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
WARNER ROBINS, GA 9/11/2010
CALVARY CHAPEL DOWNEY 1 Performance(s)
DOWNEY, CA 4/19/2010
MARGARETTA HIGH SCHL 2 Performance(s)
CASTALIA, OH 2/5/2010
THE LITTLE COMMUNITY THEATER 2 Performance(s)
WESTMINSTER, MD 11/16/2009
BLUFFTON HS DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
BLUFFTON, OH 11/6/2009
JOHN OS DINNER THEATER 6 Performance(s)
BROOTEN, MN 10/16/2009
THEATRE GROUP 2 Performance(s)
OAK FOREST, IL 6/19/2009
THE LITTLE COMMUNITY THEATER 4 Performance(s)
WESTMINSTER, MD 5/1/2009
WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NEWARK, OH 5/1/2009
UPPERMAN HIGH SCH 3 Performance(s)
BAXTER, TN 4/15/2009
CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CHESTER, PA 11/15/2008
DEERSVILLE COMMUNITY PLAYERS 6 Performance(s)
CADIZ, OH 10/23/2008
THEATRE GROUP 3 Performance(s)
LISBON, OH 8/15/2008
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH 3 Performance(s)
READING, OH 4/25/2008
IROQUOIS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
IROQUOIS, SD 4/4/2008
LICKING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
NEWARK, OH 3/1/2008
DANVILLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DANVILLE, VT 2/16/2008
PHOENIX PLAYERS 2 Performance(s)
SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WI 11/16/2007

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG SODARO

TALKS ABOUT "A WING AND A PRAYER"

 

Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A.: I have to admit, this idea didn't originate with me. Nancy, one of the editors at Eldridge, asked if I'd write an audience-participation play which could be used for both their religious and general markets. I don't know which of us came up with the covered-dish dinner for the setting, but what would be more appropriate? And with such a setting, since the audience is treated as guests at the event, they're instantly involved.

 

Q.:WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY?

A.: My favorite part of the play is near the end when Lillian's boyfriend is revealed and almost made a scapegoat. Even though the audience member ed won't have to say a thing, if the right man is chose, this will be a really funny moment.

 

Q.: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A.: Usually my characters are not based on people I know because people we know are so complex, and in a fairly large-cast, fast-moving play, I can't build too many layers on a character. However, I do know people like Rev. Longacre, and what group doesn't have a busybody like Hazel?

 

Q.: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT IT?

A.: I hope cast and audience members have a lot of fun with this play. I wanted to create something funny and very easy to produce.