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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.”


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)


TALBOT
A dark, severe, androgynous, being.
Dresses in black and wears dark spectacles.
Age unknown – Somewhere between 50 and 80.
.

MR. CROSBY
A friendly lawyer in his 50’s or 60’s.


HARRISON BLYTHE
A tall, handsome male model with an amazing body.
Mid 30’s to early 40’s.


MARY ROBERTS
A stately, well-dressed, bitter old woman.
She appears to dislike everyone and everything.


ASHLEY HOPWOOD
A pleasant, nail technician from the South.
Late 20’s or early 30’s and not too bright.


CHARLES WILLARD
A charming, mild mannered realtor, in his 40’s.


PAUL JONES
A sweet, gentle accountant in his late 20’s or 30’s.


HUNTER WEST
A nice, charming young hairdresser, in his late 20’s or 30’s.


RINEHART
A hospital guard in his 30’s or 40’s. Big, strong and can be brutal.


DR. AVERY
A friendly doctor in his 60’s or 70’s.




NOTES


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.




WRITTEN BY

MARK A. RIDGE


Based on works by John Willard, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood.


AWARDS & COMPETITIONS

PRODUCTIONS & STAGED READINGS

TIME AND SETTING

The Vultures takes place over the course of one dark and stormy September evening of the current year.



MULTIMEDIA

CAST OF CHARACTERS

STORMY NIGHT PROMO

MEET THE VULTURES - VIVALDI

THE VULTURES - THE WILL

MEET THE VULTURES

ACT ONE

The Library at Westmount Manor


ACT TWO

The Master Bedroom at Westmont Manor


ACT THREE

The Library at Westmount Manor




OPENS AUGUST 29, 2019 - MADISON, MAINE

LAKEWOOD THEATRE

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Jewel Box Theatre

Oklahoma City, OK

Winner

2018 New Play Competition


Branch Community Theatre

Coldwater, MI

Runner Up

2018 Robert J. Pickering Award 

Khaos Company Theatre

Indianapolis, IN

Finalist

2018 New Play Competition



Rover Dramawerks

Plano, TX

Top Five Finalist

2018 New Play Competition

ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition

2018 National Contest

Quarter Finalist



August 2019 (Pending)

LAKEWOOD THEATRE

Madison, Maine

FULL PRODUCTION



May 2019

EVOLUTION THEATRE

Columbus, Ohio

FULL PRODUCTION





January 2019

THE DOWNEASTER THEATRE

Lansing, Michigan

STAGED READING




December 2018

KHAOS COMPANY THEATRE

Indianapolis, IN

STAGED READING




October 2018

THE FLORENTINE PLAYERS

Omaha, Nebraska

FULL PRODUCTION




JULY 2018

THREE CAT PRODUCTIONS

Chicago, Illinois

STAGED READING

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