D. Richard Tucker, Playwright

The Last Noel by D. Richard Tucker

 

A Christmas Comedy in Two Acts

A spoof on the Film Noir genre, our story finds Sam Chase framed for murder when his ex-wife is bludgeoned to death with a giant candy cane.  Attempting to clear his name, Sam is launched into the mystery of the Christmas Hymn of Malta, and the blood thirsty Christmas carolers anxious to find it.

SETTING: Seattle, multiple locations. The present

Dramatis Personae

SAM, Male, (30 – 40), software engineer, a modern day Humphrey Bogart

PART TIME, Female, (18-24), a barista, Sam’s sidekick

Detective FELDMAN, Female, (30-45), no nonsense cop

Uniform COP, Male

JASON, Male, neighbor, flamboyantly gay

TRACY, Female, (22-30), musician, beautiful, soon to be Sam’s new love interest

MYRNA, GOLDIE, FRANKIE King, Sisters, Female, (30-45), music antiquities specialists, all played by same actor.

JIMMY, Male, informant

NATHAN Nicholas, Male, musician

CONNIE Hanson, Female (20-25) Bookish composer

JESSICA Ivy, Female, (25-35), owner of the Yule Time Singers, femme fatale

NORMAN Holly, Male, owner of the Olde Towne Carolers

The FAT MAN, Male, the kingpin of Christmas Crime

Security GUARD, Male

MUGGER ONE, PARAMEDIC ONE

MUGGER TWO, PARAMEDIC ONE

MUGGER THREE, PARAMEDIC ONE

SHOPPER

PARAMEDIC FOUR

CAROLERs (at least four)


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The play can be performed by 12 actors (and 4 singers), using this plan for double-casting:

Sam

Part Time

Tracy

Detective Feldman

Fat Man

Jimmy, Cop, Guard

Jessica

Norman

Myrna, Goldie, Frankie, Paramedic 4

Jason, Mugger 1, Paramedic 1

Nathan, Mugger 2, Paramedic 2

Connie, Shopper, Mugger 3, Paramedic 3

Four Carolers (may be distributed among cast members, if casting permits)


The Last Noel

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