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Explore the case files of hardboiled gumshoe Justin Thyme of the F.B. I, the Fictional Bureau Of Investigation. Thyme takes on the toughest, dirtiest cases in English literature from Hamlet and Macbeth to Count Dracula and Cinderella.

"Alias Cinderella"


With a only a sexy, high heeled shoe to go by, hard boiled gumshoe Justin Thyme, goes in search of a mysterious girl who charmed a certain prince and then left him high and dry. In the course of his search Thyme encounters an egotistical Prince who ain't that charming, a tough talking shoe maker whose nose grows when he lies and an old flame by the name of Anna Reksic who Thyme suspects may be mixed up in a plot to scam the Prince and a lot more. Along the way our tough talking shamus suffers a crisis of confidence that threatens his career, his inflated sense of self importance and his well endowed ego.

5 Males, 3 Females
45 minutes

"The Case Of The Prince Formerly Known As Hamlet" 

It's Hamlet as you've never seen it before, told through the eyes of one tough talking, hardboiled detective named Justin Thyme. Summoned to Elsinore by King Hamlet, Thyme finds the old man dying and promises to help Hamlet, the king's son, avenge his death. The problem is Thyme doesn't know who zotzed the old man. In his search for the killer Hamlet meets Gertrude, the King's widow, who can't wait to bury the old man and marry his brother Claudius who, in turn,  can't wait to bury Thyme. Then there's  Prince Hamlet who doesn't know what he wants as well a  dame named Ophelia who wants everything including Thyme..

15 Men, 3 Women
Many males roles can be doubled and tripled
One hour or more depending on the staging

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CASTING NOTE: While this plays seems to have a large cast, all, but the lead roles of Thyme, Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude, can be double or triple cast with actors playing multiple speaking roles as well as filling in as members of the royal court, the pirate crew and soldiers. Claudius, King Hamlet and the Ghost can, and probably, should be played by the same actor.

"The Case Of The Tale Told By An Idiot" 

Justin Thyme, the hard boiled fictional detective, gets burned by an old flame by the name of Lady MacBeth, when he's hired to find out who zotzed the King of Scotland in this hilarious one act send up of Shakespeare's famous play.

6 Men, 6 Women
30 minutes

"The Case Of The Really Big Dog Of The Baskervilles"  

Justin Thyme, fictional detective, heads to Sherlock Holmes country to find his client frightened to death by a four hundred year old hound the size of a Buick and a list of suspects that includes the slow witted heir to the murdered man's fortune, his butler, a butterfly collecting twit and a beautiful woman who immediately casts her spell over our detective.

5 Men, 2 Women
30 minutes

"The Case Of The Count Formerly Known As Dracula"

Thyme travels to Transylvania to find out why the country has experienced a sudden shortage of virgins. No sooner does he arrive then his old friend Igor tells him him that the man who summoned him is dead. That's when Thyme meets the delicious Molly, takes refuge in an eerie castle, meets its master Count Dracula, gets locked in a cell, loses Molly, goes on a bender, recovers only to find Molly has become an undead bride of Dracula. Will Thyme defeat the immortal vampire? Will he rescue Molly? And will our intrepid gumshoe escape a fate worse than death when Molly proposes they marry and move to the suburbs?

7 Men, 3 Women
+ several undead women (flexible)
35 minutes


"The Big Snooze"

Did Humpty Dumpty fall or was he pushed? Hardboiled gumshoe Justin Thyme travels to a Peppermint Bay, a fairy tale land that ain't what it seems to be. Where, a missing dame may or may not want to stay missing. Where a murder may or may not have been a murder. And, where the only possible suspects may or may not have committed a murder that may or may not have been a murder. Solving a murder is hard. Solving a murder that may not have been a murder is even harder.

5 men, 5 women
40 minutes
 

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