ISBN: 978-1-61588-226-7
Type: Full Length
Genres: Comedy, Mystery
Themes: Detectives/Sherlock Holmes, Food
Duration: 75-85 minutes
Speaking Cast: 6 females, 5 males, 5-41 either (16-52 total cast)
Flexibility: doubling possible, gender flexible
SYNOPSIS: Arrogant James Casanova Valentino Bond is in the middle of judging a cooking contest when he (after a dramatic and quite theatrical death scene) falls over with a thud. It seems he's been unmercifully poisoned. Each contestant is suddenly a suspect with a motive for wanting this man dead. When Detective Biddle shows up out of nowhere, he begins his investigation immediately. As he questions the suspects, their stories come to life on stage thanks to a reenactment team that has been provided for entertainment value.
Once all the stories are told and the detective is ready to place his arrest, an unexpected suspect is brought to light and questioned as well. A guilty party is taken away, another murder occurs, which causes another detective to show up out of nowhere. Then he falls dead. A zany comedy chock full of puns, sight gags and ridiculous situations that one could only hope for in a parody murder mystery.
The Benjamin School
North Palm Beach, FL
New Life Christian Academy
Kimball, MI
Lewis County High School
Hohenwald, TN
Cedar View Christian School
Kingsport, TN
Santa Fe Trail Middle School
Olathe, KS
Manistee Area Public Schools
Manistee, MI
"This play was a lot of fun and my students really enjoyed it! It was nice and simple since we didn't have to really do a set, just brought on different set pieces for each reenactment. I split all of the reenactment parts between our many students (6-12 theatre program) and they enjoyed it!"
By Amanda Feyen - Director - Manistee Area Public Schools
"Our cast and audiences all loved this show! The positive comments are still coming in from community members who were able to attend! I would highly reccomend it!"
By Annie Keupp - Director - AHSTW Community School
"Fast paced, funny and fun! Cooking Can be Murder has a very flexible cast as the reenactment team is also the audience for the cook off. With a quick change of costume and lighting, the reenactment players set the scene for why the contestants would have wanted to kill Mr. Bond."
By Heather Carlson - Director - Barnum Public Schools
It's okay to cast genders in a way that works best for your needs. For example, Detective Biddle can be played by a female, and how funny would it be to see Ella Mentry played by a guy in a blond wig? For that matter, the entire play could be played by an all male or all female cast. It's all about having fun.

With that said, this play can be produced with as few as 16 cast members or as many as 52.

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Manistee Area Public Schools, Suspects with Whiffer in front (rehearsal pic)
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Manistee Area Public Schools, Jane Smith reenactment scene (rehearsal pic)
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