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“Dead in the Water: A Play Noir for Three Hams”

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Stratford, Aoise (American-Australian playwright, 1968-____), “Dead in the Water: A Play Noir for Three Hams,”

a 15-minute black comedy in English, set in America, 2003,


; • © 2003 by Aoise Stratford; • in Aoise Stratford’s Dead in the Water: A Play Noir for Three Hams (Pasadena, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Aoise Stratford, 425 South Oakland Avenue, #5, Pasadena, California 91101, U.S.A., e-mail aoise@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 626-844-7128. • Cited by Aoise Stratford via ftp September 25, 2003; Stratford says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Andrew (m), 30, her dead love and a male chauvenist pig; Penny (f), 30, a femme fatale with a pig fetish; Detective Paula Wise (f), 30, a cop (read pig) hot on the trail.

§ Synopsis “In this darkly-comic spoof of The Three Little Pigs, Penny is accused of murdering one Andrew Wolf. She denies it, of course, claiming that she’s never heard of him. But Paula Wise is not convinced. And when Andrew himself speaks up, Penny has to rework her story. Penny will do and say anything to stop the police from huffing, puffing and blowing down her house of cards . . . but what really happened? And will she get away with it?

§ Comment “Easily produced with simple furniture (one set). Requires some costuming and is best done with the ability to use light shifts and some sound. • This play has been produced twice in San Francisco (Best of Fringe 2001, Unidentified Theatre Company's One Act marathon 2002) and once in Australia (Shorts in Winter Festival 2003).”

  §  Themes accusation, animal, crime, fairy tale, murder, mystery, noir, police, revision, The Three Little Pigs.

See also Aoise Stratford’s

  • Population Growth,” a 25-minute romantic comedy in English, set in a cafe, 2003, 2m2f

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