Nora Swan: Murder Most Personal, A Small Cast Drama Murder Mystery Play Perusal



A Dramatic Play, Murder Mystery.  A World War II-era car accident almost destroys Nora by leaving her blind and her husband dead.  In 1951, Nora learns several things about her husband and their accident which send her, with her husband’s friend Dempsey, toward the revelation of long-kept secrets.


FINALLY! We NOW know the truth about the origin of Mankind! It all began in a Petri Dish at the Genome Observation Department!… WHO KNEW?

THAT’S RIGHT! It seems that, per the “Boss’s” instructions, an experiment was conducted that yielded a split result. The Subject divided into a positive and negative of itself, requiring careful introduction to each other in order for the experiment to continue. Relabeled “Man” and “Woman”, the subject matter was
poured into a Petri Dish and the experiment observation was begun.

We see the differences in the two “Subjects” as we follow them through their introduction, their growth in getting acquainted, their ultimate joining, and, of course, procreation. (The procreation part got a little ugly at the actual moment of birth, but, luckily, they survived it.)

Unfortunately, the whole thing was supervised by two rather unorthodox Lab Technicians, one of whom is a severe hypochondriac and worries constantly. Against explicit instructions, the Lab Techs can’t help tampering. They really should have left well enough alone, but they felt so bad because “Man” seemed to be at a definite disadvantage in several situations.

In the end, the two “Subjects” grow to maturity and have to acknowledge that, even through the rough spots, the whole thing was quite worth it because, in fact, they grew to love each other very much.

This is a touching and funny play that involves only four cast members. The set is simple and the message is a happy one. Everyone in the audience will be able to relate to what they watch unfold on the stage before their eyes.

Cast of Characters

  1. LAB TECH #1: (MALE or FEMALE) Nerdy type. Wears a lab coat and constantly writes things down on his clip board. Is a tedious record keeper and very nervous and unsure. As a result, s/he is a hypochondriac.
  2. LAB TECH #2: (MALE or FEMALE) More of a “Regular Guy/Gal”. Wears a lab coat. Works a little more “Off the cuff”. Messy.
  3. MAN: Handsome, well-built young man wearing a full black body suit.
  4. WOMAN: Beautiful, well-built young woman wearing a full black body suit.

Script Sample

Director’s Notes

There are only two sets. The main set is of NORA’S Park Avenue Apartment (Described in the script). The sub-set is of a table setting at a Posh New York Restaurant in 1951.

NORA wears her #1 glasses in the beginning and changes to her #2 (more stylish) glasses when she is at the restaurant with Marjorie. When she is at home, unless specified, she takes them off.

The materials package comes with all the scripts, both pairs of glasses as well as a PRESS PLAY CD that contains all the needed sound effects.

The Director should feel free to contact J&G Unlimited any time in order to speak with the authors regarding any questions or to request any needed changes.

Materials Package

Your Materials Package Includes:

  • 12 Scripts
  • 1 Press Play CD of Sound Effects

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