Wining and Dying

Written by:

Katherine Albers

Cast Size:
11

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 11
  • Men: 3
  • People of Colour: 11
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Mystery
Parody

Themes:

Love
Revenge

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2019

Synopsis:

When the unpopular spouse of an award-winning vintner is found dead in the wine cellar, very few tears are shed for him. But as the extent of his unscrupulous deeds becomes clear, the number of suspects grows. Who hated him enough to kill him — and what will they do to get away with it?

Characters:

– 4f, 3m, 4 either f or m

AIMEE (or AMY) MARTIN (f), late thirties. Co-owner, with her husband Chuck, of Martin Estates Wineries. The responsible one.

DESIREE DUFOUR (f), Aimee’s extravagant older sister. The trollop.

BEATRICE BUTLER (f), Aimee’s middle-aged housekeeper. The pessimist.

DAMON CHANDLER (m), co-owner of Double D Catering. The hunk.

JORDAN RENDELL (m or f), winemaker at Martin Estates. The whiner (no pun intended).

ANTOINE DUMAURIER (m), a snobby wine critic from France. Revealed to be trans. The mystery man.

CELIA NESBO (f), early twenties, niece of Beatrice Butler. The ingenue.

MACKENZIE JAMES (MAC) (m or f), business manager of Martin Estates (m or f). The upbeat one.

ALEX DOYLE (m), rival winery owner with designs on Aimee. The Don Juan.

DETECTIVE JULES CHRISTIE (m or f), officer investigating the death (m or f). The keen-eyed detective.

MS/MR X, various roles (m or f): Constable, Coroner, Musician, Journalist, (m or f). Dressed completely in black, only adding small costume
items such as a hat to differentiate each role. It should be extremely obvious it is the same actor every time.

First Produced:

An earlier version was produced in 2003

Resources:

The play can be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet https://www.canadianplayoutlet.com/products/wining-and-dying

Warnings:

Brief mention of unwed pregnancy and of possible suicide