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Don't Mention My Name

Don't Mention My Name
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Fred Carmichael
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 94
Pub. Date: 1993
ISBN-10: 0573694508
ISBN-13: 9780573694509
Cast Size: 5 female, 3 male

About the Play:

Don't Mention My Name is a full-length mystery comedy by Fred Carmichael. Recently concussed, the hero of Don't Mention My Name stumbles into an off-season bed and breakfast suffering from temporary amnesia and doesn't even know his name. Fortunately, everyone else in the play does; the problem being it's five different names for five different reasons, none good.

Don't Mention My Name is about a person who has suffered temporary amnesia. He stumbles into a bed and breakfast that is off season, only to find that he was expected for the week end. The attractive real estate lady calls him by one name and the housekeeper by another. A business executive and his secretary appear with a confirmed reservation and call him by another name. The executive's wife surprises them all and calls the hero by a different name, and a nightclub singer enters with her hearty boy friend and recognizes him by yet another name. As the amnesiac and the real estate lady band together to solve the mystery, it develops that people are not who they seem and even though each works for a different government agency, they all have the identical purpose. The plot becomes more and more hilarious until all questions are answered, including who the hero is and what the crime is with a surprising twist ending. This combination of intriguing laughter, romance, and mystery provides a delightful evening.

Don't Mention My Name is a delightful, fast paced comedy that remains a popular choice for high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 5 female, 3 male

About the Playwright:

Fred Carmichael (1924-2009) was an American playwright and actor. After years of touring and summer stock theatre, he and his director wife decided to have their own theatre and moved to Dorset, Vermont in 1949 and began a long running relationship with the Dorset Players until 1976, producing a full season of summer theatre. From the early 1950s through the mid-1990s, he wrote over 50 comedies and murder-mystery comedies many of which premiered at the Dorset Playhouse. It was once said about his plays that "Fred Carmichael is a deft plotter – crucial to the mystery form – but his light touch turns standard whodunits into comedic soufflés."