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Web of Murder

Web of Murder
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Jonathan Troy
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 59
Pub. Date: 1964
ISBN-10: 0822212277
ISBN-13: 9780822212270
Cast Size: 5 female, 4 male

About the Play:

Web of Murder is a full-length comic mystery by Jonathan Troy. Murder, mystery, and mistrust, set in an isolated mansion owned by an irritable, ailing heiress who makes the lives of her daughter, housekeeper and live-in doctor miserable. Fearing imminent death, she calls together her potential heirs for the advance reading of her will. But not everyone will survive the weekend, and as the body count rises, the will disappears, and a diabolic plot is revealed.

Web of Murder is a clever suspense-filled murder mystery who-dunnit in the style of Agatha Christie. The scene is set in a brooding Victorian mansion high atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Having been confined to a wheelchair for many years, the ailing and irritable Minerva Osterman has turned her desolate mansion into a virtual prison not only for herself but for her spinster daughter, Stephanie, her long-suffering housekeeper, Nora, and her personal physician, Dr. Adler. Fearing that her death may be imminent, Minerva has drawn up her will and summoned her two nieces, Mary and Belle, so that she may confront all her possible heirs in person and watch their reactions as the will is read. She asks her nieces to come alone, but they arrive with their respective fiancés, whom Minerva grudgingly allows to stay. Before revealing the contents of her will, however, she has the mysterious Dr. Adler put her into a hypnotic trance, during which she picks up a deck of cards and turns over the three of clubs – the card of death. Her prediction is that someone in the room will die before the weekend is over – a prediction that comes true when she herself dies of a spider bite. After that, more bodies turn up, and fear and suspicion grow among the remaining. The will mysteriously disappears before it was ever read. In the end, the murderer is unmasked – in a chilling, exciting climax that is held off until the final perilous moments of the play.

Web of Murder premiered in 1968 at the Glendale Center Theatre (GCT) in Glendale, California. It has been a long-standing favourite of college and community theatre groups and high school drama clubs.

Cast: 5 female, 4 male

About the Playwright:

Jonathan Troy is an American playwright and dramatist. Among his plays are the bewitching comedy All Because of Agatha, the mystery Web of Murder, and the romantic comedy A Handful of Rainbows.

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