In the vein of And Then There Were None, Clue and Murder by Death, The Vultures puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/ mystery genre.
The story takes place at Westmount Estate, on the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West. As his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will, the mysterious housekeeper declares, “The relatives are swooping in like a wake of vultures ready to pick the carcass clean.”
When the will is read, Hunter West is named as the sole heir, on the condition that he doesn’t suffer from an insanity curse that has plagued the family. If Hunter is declared of unsound mind, a second envelope of the will must be opened, and it will designate an alternate heir.
Who will ultimately inherit the fortune? Will it be the charming realtor, the handsome male model, the dimwitted nail technician, the bitter old woman, the gay hairdresser, or the mild mannered accountant?
Throw in a priceless pocket watch, an androgynous housekeeper, an escaped mental patient, and a pair of reunited lovers and the result is murder, with a hefty dose of laughs.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
(In Order of Appearance)
A dark, severe, androgynous, being.
Dresses in black and wears dark spectacles.
Age unknown – Somewhere between 50 and 80.
A friendly lawyer in his 50’s or 60’s.
A tall, handsome male model with an amazing body.
Mid 30’s to early 40’s.
A stately, well-dressed, bitter old woman.
She appears to dislike everyone and everything.
A pleasant, nail technician from the South.
Late 20’s or early 30’s and not too bright.
A charming, mild mannered realtor, in his 40’s.
A sweet, gentle accountant in his late 20’s or 30’s.
A nice, charming young hairdresser, in his late 20’s or 30’s.
A hospital guard in his 30’s or 40’s. Big, strong and can be brutal.
A friendly doctor in his 60’s or 70’s.
To avoid any confusion amongst the audience, double casting is not recommended.
The role of Talbot may be played by a male or female actor; however the character is a female and must be played as such. The role should not become a “man in drag” performance, one in which the audience is anxiously awaiting the moment he removes his wig and is revealed as man. Talbot is a person of mystery. Ideally, the audience should leave the theatre never really knowing the sex of the actor, even if this requires the curtain call to be taken in character, or an ambiguous listing in the program.
For companies concerned about the marijuana usage in the play, alternate pages are included in the back of the script.
The Vultures takes place on two unit sets,
a library and a Bedroom.
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MARK A. RIDGE
Based on works by John Willard, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood.
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The Vultures takes place over the course of one September evening of the current year.
STORMY NIGHT PROMO
MEET THE VULTURES - VIVALDI
THE VULTURES - THE WILL
MEET THE VULTURES
The Library at Westmount Manor
The Master Bedroom at Westmont Manor
The Library at Westmount Manor
Jewel Box Theatre
Oklahoma City, OK
Winner of the 2018 New Play Competition
Branch Community Theatre
Runner Up for the 2018 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwrighting Excellence.
Khaos Company Theatre
Finalist in the 2018 New Play Competition
Top Five Finalist in the 2018 New Play Competition
2018 ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition