Original stage play inspired by The Raven and The Black Cat.
Lukas Leonards, the brash arrogant banker to the gangsters of 1920s New York, gets what he deserves.
Depending on the production, this play script is suitable for theatres and production groups staging horror shows, as well as Halloween community theatre and high school productions.
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven and The Black Cat, this modern script involves the themes of evil and punishment for crimes, violence and bad behaviour.
Characters: 25 (9 speaking - 7 male, 2 female, 16 non-speaking)
Run time: 50 minutes
Setting: 1920's New York
The play features two dance scenes, several scary dramatic scenes and some enlightening moments.
Lukas Leonards is the brash arrogant banker to the gangsters of 1920s New York. He’s sure he’s going places; he’s successful and invincible. He uses and discards people without remorse. But, Lukas has dark fears and, as the Devil conjures up a demon rat to haunt him, Lukas becomes frantic with fear and is driven to the depths of insanity and despair. The Devil offers Lukas a deal and Lukas accepts the price: his soul. The Devil keeps his word...
LEONARDS: Hi, Honey... What’s eating you? Okay, so I forgot Jimmy’s birthday. I’ll take him to the Red Sox game. He’ll forgive me. Listen I can’t make it home this weekend: I’m just going to have to work all weekend. I need to meet with some important clients. You understand, Honey... Honey? (Slowly lowers the phone.) It’ll cost me a diamond ring this time.
NARRATOR: I cared about money and power. I didn’t care about my family. I certainly didn’t care about the 42% Americans below the poverty line. I was invincible... Until Hell came scurrying for me.
(KNOCKING on the door...)
LEONARDS: Sure, Janette. (Leonards starts to prepare a sandwich.)
NARRATOR: ‘Sure, Janette’. Lukas Leonards doesn’t fix sandwiches. My emotions were a violent maelstrom: from blind panic to anger in 30 seconds. I was going to call Madden: Flint had some more work on his capable hands. My conscience had now evaporated. I don’t make sandwiches.