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DEATH BY DESSERTAdd to Cart
By: Nathan HartswickAdd to Wish List
DEATH BY DESSERT
Script: $8.50
Notebook Script: $16.75
   (8.5 x 11 3-ring binder with large margins for notes)
First Performance Royalty: $75.00
Each Additional Performance: $75.00
Limited Video Rights: $30.00  (See FAQ for full description.)
Limited Streaming/Broadcast Rights: $50.00  (See FAQ for full description.)
Extra Streams: $0.50
   (Valid with purchase of Limited Streaming/Broadcast Right. See FAQ for full description.)
Types: Full Length Play, Interactive Theater, Community Theatre
Genres: Comedy, Mystery
Themes: Dinner Theatre, Audience Participation
Running Time: 75 minutes
Speaking Cast: 6-8 females, 6-7 males, 1 either, 13-16 total cast
Flexibility: 2-20 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible
ISBN: 978-1-61588-029-4
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Customer Comments:
By Carolyn Nelson - Director - Wheatland High School
This play was so fun!! The audience loved it and the student cast and crew enjoyed it. The special effects were simple and funny. The stage was not difficult to assemble. Our small high school performed it very well.
 
By Kara Lacouture - Director - Mauriceville Middle School
I have directed this play twice now (a few years apart, once with high school students, and once with middle school students) both times, the students are excited and anticipate their chance to be on stage. The characters are comical and the audience also provided positive feedback each time! A great show and group fundraising opportunity.
 
By Jennifer Clayton - Little Flock Christian Academy
My 8th-grade class performed this play as a dinner theater and it was a hit! It was easy to stage and costume on a limited budget. There were roles for students that wanted speaking roles, and I was able to include a few others as non-speaking 'extras' by having them be waiters and waitresses. We were able to incorporate chocolate cake into our dinner. The audience loved it!
 
By Ingrid Stengler - Director - McBride Secondary School
Death by Dessert is hilarious! My grade 11 and 12 students loved working on the production. They struggled suitably with the accents, but were able to capture all the comedy. The central idea of two Italian families fighting was both familiar and enjoyed in our community.
 
By William Brown - TeacherDirector - Santiam JrSr High School
We performed this play as a Dinner Theatre and received a very positive response from the audience. It was fast-paced, very fun, and fit perfectly with the theme. We also a featured a deadly dessert. The poster pdf was very helpful.
 
By Kelly Hague - Director - Highmore-Harrold School
This was a wonderful play, I thought it was easy for the cast to memorize lines. There was a little confusion at first because of the boys and girls parts being so much alike but after that it was easy to feed off each other and add lib. We did the dinner theater and had a great response from the community. During the intermission while the guests were eating we played violin music and had a couple kids pretending to play in the crowd and the other kids mingle through the crowd asking if they knew who did it. All in all it was a lot of fun.
 
By Lisa Paxton - Fundraising Chair - New Tech Institute
This offbeat comedic mystery will delight the audience with its fast pace and entertaining story, and engage performers with its host of colorful characters.
 
By Anna Chosak - Director - Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Our audiences LOVED this show! We sold out a dinner theater performance for adults which was a huge success. Two days later we repeated the play only for the high school and middle school. You could have heard a pin drop...except when they were laughing! Both audiences said it was the best school play yet.
 
Synopsis
It's dinnertime, and you're invited to a meal so good, it's to die for! In New York's little Italy, the Donnaducce family and the Duccedonni family have been feuding for a generation, while operating two competing Italian restaurants that share a common wall. At rise, the building's landlord is dead at center stage, and everyone is suspect – from the old-world Italian grandmother and mafia don grandfather to the passionate chefs and bumbling waitstaff.
 
Flashing back in time, the story is told by its victim, who alternately narrates and participates in the action. As customers in the restaurant, the audience is served a delectable meal, but they don't just sit back and watch; each table must cast their vote for whodunit! Will the murderer be ferreted out? Will the feud ever be reconciled? What are the hidden truths about what happened all those years ago?
 
This offbeat comedic mystery will delight the audience with its fast pace and entertaining story, and engage performers with its host of colorful characters. The play's interactivity makes it ideal for fundraisers, and it can be played with or without the dinner theatre element. Single set is simple and requires no connecting backstage space.
 

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