DEATH BY DESSERT
ISBN: 978-1-61588-029-4
Types: Full Length, Dinner Theatre
Genres: Comedy, Mystery
Themes: Dinner Theatre, Audience Participation
Duration: 75 minutes
Speaking Cast: 6-8 females, 6-7 males, 1 either (13-16 total cast)
Flexibility: 2-20 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible
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.
Shiloh Middle School
Shiloh, IL
Grapeville Christian School
Climax, NY
Mrs.
Bear, DE
Howard W. Blake School Of The Arts
Tampa, FL
Fleming Island High Theatre
Fleming Island, FL
SmartyPants Productions
Greenfield, IN
"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."
By William Brown - TeacherDirector - Santiam JrSr High School
"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 Lisa Paxton - Fundraising Chair - New Tech Institute
"This was a wonderful play, I thought it was easy for the cast to memorize lines. We did the dinner theater and had a great response from the community, it was a lot of fun."
By Kelly Hague - Director - Highmore-Harrold School
by Nathan Hartswick
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Petaluma High School, Whodunnit?
MATERIALS & PERFORMANCES
Product Price Qty Total
Script
$8.50 $0.00
Notebook Script
$16.75 $0.00
Performance Royalty
$75.00 $0.00
Video Rights
$30.00 $0.00
Artwork Download
$30.00 $0.00
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