Los Angeles, 1933. Washed-up PI Frank Ellery takes on the strangest case of his life. A hack literary agent has been gruesomely murdered, and the four suspects are the agent’s remaining clients: wildly eccentric writers for different pulp magazines.
Frank dives into the mystery, and his world turns upside down as life begins to imitate literature. In this genre-bending, comedy, whodunnit, the plot swings from laughs to chills as science fiction, romance, adventure, and horror combine with one down-on-his-luck gumshoe who’s about to learn what really lurks between the lines.
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere from the author of Know’s 2015 hit, All Childish Things.
10 words or less: A genre-bending literary noir comedy.
directed by Andrew Hungerford
scenic & prop design by Sarah Beth Hall
lighting design by Andrew J. Hungerford
costume design by Noelle Wedig
sound & video design by Doug Borntrager
Darnell Pierre Benjamin* as Bradley Rayburn
Justin McCombs* as Walter Kingston-Smith
Maggie Lou Rader as Desiree St. Clair
Paul Riopelle* as Frank Ellery
Dylan Shelton as R.A. Lyncroft
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association under a Special Appearance Agreement.
“Zettelmaier is a wonderfully facile storyteller…But savvy plotting and clever repartee don’t go far unless you have a cast capable of inhabiting it all effectively. And Hungerford has it.” – David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer
[Zettelmaier’s Script] is a wonderful playground for Hungerford and his talented cast.” Critic’s Pick – Rick Pender, Cincinnati CityBeat
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