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Dear Boss: An Investigation of Jack the Ripper

Dear Boss: An Investigation of Jack the Ripper
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Eric Woolfe
Publisher: Scirocco Drama
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 110
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 1897289065
ISBN-13: 9781897289068
Cast Size: 1 woman, 2 men

About the Play:

Dear Boss is a full-length drama by Eric Woolfe. Culled from fact, Dear Boss brings together the American Charles Fort (an inveterate chronicler of the Unexplained) with the Elephant Man (Joseph Merrick) to deal with the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. They try to find the serial killer and cross paths with everyone from the society surgeon and possible suspect Sir William Gull to Lewis Carroll, at one time a suspect as the Ripper.

Dear Boss: A Fortean Investigation of Jack the Ripper centres around uncovering the identity of the shadowy figure whose vicious murders of five prostitutes earned him the moniker Jack the Ripper. He was never caught. Set in the bleak atmosphere of the poverty-stricken slums of London's Whitechapel in the autumn of 1888, Eric Woolfe's unique style uses live actors combined with puppets, simple stylized special effects, humour, and horror. Named for the greeting at the top of Jack the Ripper's letters, Dear Boss is a murder mystery and a romantic horror story comprised of three actors, Mary Kelly, the final canonical Ripper victim; her lover, an unemployed fish porter named Joseph Barnett and the American Charles Fort, famous for his writings about such phenomena as spontaneous combustion, raining fish and frogs, ghosts and flying saucers, and other weird phenomena. The cast is completed by thirty puppets representing several historically accurate characters, including the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick; the Physician to the Queen and high-ranking Freemason Sir William Gull, who was suspected of a connection to the murders; the late 19th century's most famous and notorious mystic, occultist, and medium, Madame Blavatsky; and Lewis Carroll, represented by some of his characters from the Alice books, which were perused for anagrams thought to be the author's confession of his crimes.

Dear Boss premiered in 2004 at Artword Theatre in Toronto and received 4 Dora Nominations, including Outstanding New Play. This cult favourite was remounted in 2005 at Vertigo Mystery Theatre in Calgary.

Cast: 1 woman, 2 men

What people say:

"A terrific Ripper play and a unique piece of theatre." — Ripper Notes Quarterly

"Dear Boss renders Woolfe's thorough research into a Ripping yarn." — The Toronto Star

"Jack the Ripper was one of the world's most horrific serial killers – horribly violent, sadistic and unrepentant. So it is surprising a play based on the notorious serial killer, bloody hilarious…dark and disturbing, but surprising it is also extremely humorous and witty ...One of the year's 10 best." — Calgary Sun

"Dear Boss is a trippy, witty, intelligent play that utilizes many fresh approaches to theatre, and thought." — The Medium

About the Playwright:

Eric Woolfe is a Canadian actor, playwright, puppeteer and magician, and the Artistic Director of Eldritch Theatre, a Toronto Company specializing in horror plays using puppetry, live actors, and parlour magic. His works often explore a myriad of themes and often incorporate elements of the uncanny or supernatural. These plays seek to develop innovations in staging, including the extensive incorporation of various forms of puppetry, mask and a post-Brechtian approach to staging the fantastic. He is a three time nominee for the prestigious KM Hunter Memorial Award. The World Encyclopedia of Puppetry lists him as one of Canada's exciting new wave of notable puppeteers.

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