Cases of Mistaken Identity

Book By: Tony Howell
Play #: 8349
Pages: 72 pgs
Cast: 10 m, 15 w, extras

It's the late 1800s and various travelers are boarding a train for their trip West, including young lovers who are being kept apart by her parents; a secret agent in-training; an elderly woman; a group of showgirls; and a couple who have just pulled off their first jewel heist. Many of the travelers have identical suitcases which are accidentally switched. As the passengers mingle, some cases are intentionally switched, and then switched again. While the thieves frantically try to keep track of their jewels, the novice agent ends up dressed as a showgirl, thinking it's his disguise. Meanwhile, name switches convince several of the young women that they're all in love with the same fellow. By the time the train makes its first stop, the rookie porter learns that on this train, all the adventure is just a typical case of mistaken identities! Full evening.

Product tags
Sample Now
Perusal Only
Delivery Method
All orders with downloads must be paid by credit card
Single Copy for Perusal Only - $9.95
Purusal copies are limited to one per customer.
Buy Now
Delivery Method
All orders with downloads must be paid by credit card
Production Script - $9.95 each
Must order at least one per performer.
Royalty Licenses - $75.00
Royalty Licenses are required even if you do not charge admission.
Performance beginning date

Productions

PEORIA COOPERATIVE ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
MORTON, IL 11/21/2019
LEC DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
ELIZABETHTOWN, PA 11/15/2019
GKB SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
GARRETT, IN 4/12/2019
MUSCOGEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, GA 3/1/2019
NORTHWESTERN DRAMA CLUB 3 Performance(s)
ALBION, PA 2/1/2019
WEST YORK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
YORK, PA 11/1/2018
MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
NEW FRANKLIN , OH 10/20/2018
DURAND HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DURAND, MI 5/18/2018
VALLEY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CERRITOS, CA 5/11/2018
HEARTS FOR JESUS CHRIST 4 Performance(s)
MEDINA, OH 5/3/2018
POWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LITTLETON, CO 4/19/2018
THEODORE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
THEODORE, AL 3/28/2018
DESERT SANDS SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
LA QUINTA, CA 3/15/2018
SALT LIGHT DRAMA 3 Performance(s)
BEAVER FALLS, PA 3/7/2018
WOODSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CL 4 Performance(s)
WOODSTOWN, NJ 11/15/2017
MARYSVILLE H.S. THEATER DEPT. 5 Performance(s)
MARYSVILLE, MI 11/15/2017
AGWSR HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ACKELY, IA 11/10/2017
BISHOP LUDDEN JRSR HIGH SCH 3 Performance(s)
SYRACUSE , NY 8/4/2017
GLEN A. WILSON HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA 4/20/2017
GLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL THEATER 4 Performance(s)
SPRINGFIELD, MO 4/6/2017
WOLF POINT SCHOOL DISTRICT 2 Performance(s)
WOLF POINT, MT 3/24/2017
SULLIVAN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SULLIVAN, IN 3/10/2017
SUSAN B ANTHONY MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
MANHATTAN, KS 2/15/2017
THOMAS JEFFERSON CHARTER 2 Performance(s)
CALDWELL, ID 1/13/2017
BLUEGRASS UNITED 2 Performance(s)
NICHOLASVILLE, KY 12/5/2016
BLUE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WESTMORELAND, KS 11/30/2016
ST. EDWARD CENTRAL CATHOLIC HS 3 Performance(s)
ELGIN, IL 11/4/2016
WEST NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LIGONIER, IN 9/30/2016
NORTHWEST GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
GREENSBORO, NC 4/21/2016
FOREST LAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 6 Performance(s)
AUBURN, CA 4/14/2016
ELKHART HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ELKHART , KS 11/13/2015
MASON HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
MASON, MI 10/12/2015
BLACKFORD HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
DUNKIRK, IN 5/14/2015
FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RAMSEUR, NC 4/16/2015
THOMAS W PYLE MS 3 Performance(s)
BETHESDA, MD 4/15/2015
HAXTUN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HAXTUN, CO 3/15/2015
LUVERNE SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
LUVERNE, MN 10/24/2014
PARRY MCCLUER HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BUENA VISTA, VA 10/15/2014
OAKDALE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
OAKDALE, TN 4/26/2014
OAKDALE SCHOOL 6 Performance(s)
OAKDALE, TN 4/21/2014
COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 6 Performance(s)
PORTLAND , OR 11/11/2013
POUGHKEEPSIE DAY SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 5/30/2013
ENNIS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ENNIS, MT 4/15/2013
POSTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
POSTVILLE, IA 4/15/2013
CARLISLE HIGH DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
CARLISLE, OH 3/2/2013
CAMPUS MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO 11/29/2012
BRIGHTON HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
BRIGHTON, CO 11/8/2012
BEECH HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HENDERSONVILLE, TN 5/15/2012
WELD RE-9 SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
AULT, CO 5/10/2012
OOSTBURG HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
OOSTBURG, WI 4/12/2012
MESA MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CASTLE ROCK, CO 4/12/2012
WESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MANSFIELD, TX 4/12/2012
LIBERTY CHARTER SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
NAMPA , ID 3/16/2012
IDA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
IDA, MI 3/16/2012
ANIMAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
ANIMAS, NM 11/15/2011
RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
PEORIA, IL 10/21/2011
COYOTE CREEK ELEMENTARY 2 Performance(s)
SAN RAMON, CA 4/27/2011
VALLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MONTGOMERY, NY 4/15/2011
KITTITAS SCHOOL DISTRICT 2 Performance(s)
KITTITAS, WA 5/17/2010
BROOKS WESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MANSFIELD, TX 5/14/2010
FORSYTHE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI 4/24/2010
WELLESLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WELLESLEY, MA 2/15/2010
MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
EVANSVILLE, IN 1/23/2010
MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
EVANSVILLE, IN 11/21/2009
CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 11/19/2009
MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
EVANSVILLE, IN 11/12/2009
UNION JR SR HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MODOC, IN 4/24/2009
MOORMAN TRAIL COMMUNITY ACTORS 2 Performance(s)
HUMESTON, IA 4/3/2009
NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 3/26/2009
OAKLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
OAKLEY, ID 3/15/2009
HEMINGFORD HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
HEMINGFORD, NE 3/5/2009
PLEASANT RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
OVERLAND PARK, KS 2/12/2009
BUAC DRAMA CLASS 1 Performance(s)
LEXINGTON, KY 12/5/2008
HEARTLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GRAND ISLAND, NE 11/22/2008
NORTH CAROLINE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RIDGELY, MD 11/21/2008
SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EDMONTON, AB 5/14/2008
MRACHEK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
AURORA, CO 5/7/2008
MRACHEK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
AURORA, CO 5/7/2008
UNION GROVE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
UNION GROVE, WI 5/1/2008
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CHEYENNE, WY 2/28/2008
CENTRAL NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ALBION, IN 2/23/2008

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT TONY HOWELL TALKS ABOUT

"CASES OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY"

 

Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A.: I wanted to write a comedy for my large drama group. As I tried to think of a story, I remembered that old farcical trick of the mistaken or switched luggage. So, I decided to take that to the extreme with not just two or three identical suitcases, but twelve of them. In one of my drafts there were actually sixteen cases, but that turned out to be too much and so some characters and subplots were cut to the final number of twelve. This led to the title, and so I tried putting in several kinds of mistaken identities, from wrong names, to wrong assumptions about characters, to disguises.

 

Q. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A.: I'm very fond of the moments where the three girls all think they're in love with Seton Oberholtzer. The motivation for Seton's two friends to use his name instead of their own is strong, and the girls' reactions are very normal, so we end up with the audience aware of the truth, but the characters completely in the dark, and that's a fun thing to be part of...if you're the audience.

 

Q.: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A.: I rarely base characters on people I know. Usually, my characters are influenced in one of two ways. Either their name, or a need in the story line. For example, I wanted some showgirls headed west. Then, I had to figure out how to make them all separate characters so they didn't blend into each other. If they didn't have individual personalities, they would be no fun to play, so their distinctive character traits were born, chosen to make them stand out from each other. The names came from their character traits. Sometimes, though, it works in reverse and I end up with a great name that completely defines the character.

 

Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A.: I like to give my young actors a chance to play people different from themselves. High school actors don't do theatre to play high-schoolers, but because they want to be someone else for a while. So, I tried to create fun characters that would make them forget about being teenagers, such as secret agents, super villains, dance hall girls, police detectives, suffragettes and jewel thieves.

 

Q.: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT IT?

A.: I love watching a high-school cast leaving play practice exhausted from running around, fighting, and chasing each other. So, I try to create high-energy shows that utilize that boundless energy people have at that age. The show should be fast-paced, larger than life and full of that kind of electricity. Reserved emotions, intense pauses and the Stanislavsky method have little to do with "Cases." Instead, this show is all about broad farcical acting, lots of enthusiasm and physical stamina.