At the end of the 1940s an old theatre building is about to be torn down. As the theatre’s acting troupe is packing up the props, costumes and set pieces, an old magician’s trunk is wheeled onstage. Suddenly, members of the company are turning up dead. Margaret, the director’s assistant, is the only witness to these crimes, and no one will believe her! Can she solve the mystery, or at least convince her fellow cast and crew about the sinister happenings, before the entire company is doomed? And when ghosts from the past mysteriously return, will former victims turn into new killers themselves? This thriller has plenty of twists, turns, and terror, and you never know who will end up in the “Murder Box.”
Also see the one-act version of the show #2144 Murder Box.
PLAYWRIGHT REID CONRAD TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY MURDER BOX
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: Initially, I simply wanted to see how many people I could kill off on stage. This evolved into of how many different ways, and finally, I was able to kill them off again in the second act!
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY?
A: It may sound morbid, but a favorite moment occurs when Louis and Binky think the two girls are playing a prank on them and begin animating their dead bodies. I find audiences enjoy this as much as I. What does this say about our senses of humor?
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: No real people are imitated in this play, although inspiration may subconsciously come from Danny Kaye movies.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: Mixing death and humor.