Murder (Comedy) in Space! by Ed Shockley

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About The Play

Comedy.  45-55 minutes.  Flexible ensemble of 9-30 actors.  Suitable for middle school and older. 

Murder (Comedy) in Space!
was developed under its original title of 2071 (A Moral Mystery) as part of a residency at Lower Merion Middle School.  Students suggested the theme and plot settings (a moon of Saturn, the surface of Mars), and author Ed Shockley created a unique play utilizing these conditions.

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In a zany homage to Inspector Clouseau, with a plot created by middle school students, a bumbling detective and his laser happy cohorts teleport across the galaxy to investigate the death of a futuristic champion of non-violence.  The trail leads to the badlands of Mars, where the characters—and the audience—must decide if they will reveal the truth and destroy a fragile intergalactic peace or collaborate in a well-intentioned deception…

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