This is a Dark comedy, a Noir farce, a tribute to all those who find the holidays a little to sugary for their liking.
Sam Chase is a software developer dead set on going to Vegas for the holidays, that is until he's named as a suspect in his ex wife's murder. Since she was bludgeoned to death with a giant candy cane, and Sam's finger prints are all over the candy, the cops are happy to pin the blame on him. Now he has just few days to find the real killer so he can make that trip to Vegas.
Assisted by his trusty side-kick Part-Time, he pulls back the curtain on the nefarious Christmas underworld in Seattle. Together they navigate wicked winter land, dodging reindeer muggers, feuding Christmas carolers, and a mad bomber determined to eliminate all the caroling in the Emerald City.
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, (25-30) musician
CONNIE Hanson, Female (20-25) Bookish composer
JESSICA Holly, Female, (25-35), owner of the Yule Time Singers, femme fatale
NORMAN Ivy, Male, owner of the Olde Towne Carolers
The FAT MAN, Male, the kingpin of Christmas Crime
Security GUARD, Male
MUGGER ONE, MUGGER TWO, MUGGER THREE,
MEDIC ONE, MEDIC TWO, MEDIC THREE, MEDIC FOUR
CAROLERS (at least four), dressed in traditional Victorian costumes.
The play can be performed by 12 actors (and 4 singers), using this plan for double-casting:
Jimmy, Cop, Guard
Myrna, Goldie, Frankie, Medic 4
Jason, Mugger 1, Medic 1
Nathan, Mugger 2, Medic 2
Connie, Shopper, Mugger 3, Medic 3
Four Carolers (may be distributed among cast members, if casting permits)
SETTING: Seattle, multiple locations. The present.