16 characters. 11F, 5M; 28 pages in length. Approximately 25-30 minutes running time. A kidnapping mystery for teens written by Carolyn Nur Wistrand.
The Case of the Lost Lavakian Princess is a mystery set in 1895. When the Lavakian Princess is kidnapped in London, the Baroness of Slovakia solicits the services of Sherlock Holmes’ niece to find her. Sherina Holmes and her sidekick Winifred Watson head for Hobble Row, in London’s crime district, where they discover underworld petty criminals involved in an international plot. Things go awry after Miss Watson is taken hostage, leaving Miss Holmes to solve the case before time runs out! A fantastic mystery for teens!
Carolyn Nur Wistrand is an award winning playwright. Her plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Savannah, and New Orleans. Her plays are published with Contemporary Drama Services, Coachella Review, One Act Play Depot, Africa World Press, and Carmel Publishers. Carolyn is an Assistant Professor of English at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
MISS SHERINA HOLMES – Private Detective; Female
MISS WINIFRED WATSON – Assistant to Miss Holmes; Female
ATTY – Maid to Miss Holmes; Female
BARONESS – SLOVAKIA Wealthy noble woman; Female
INSPECTOR – Scotland Yard officer; Male
SUGAR FINGERS – Petty criminal; Male
CHANTEL – Maid to Baroness; Female
BERTHA – Street Vendor; Female
BLIND BELINDA – Street Beggar; Female
SYLVIA – Street Vendor; Female
ROSY – Street Vendor; Female
COCKROACH – Petty Criminal; Male
MARINGO – Petty Criminal; Male
TARANTULA – Petty Criminal; Male
PRINCESS LENKA – Kidnapped princess; Female
QUEENIE – Red Fox Inn Proprietress; Female
PLACE & TIME: London, England, 1895
Scene One: Parlor of Miss Sherina Holmes, 3:00 P.M.
Scene Two: Hobble Row, 11:00 P.M.
Scene Three: Red Fox Inn, Midnight
3:00 P.M., London, England, 1895.
Parlor of MISS SHERINA HOLMES.
MISS WATSON stands at teacart pouring tea. MISS HOLMES is seated at table writing a letter with feather pen. Sound of a bell chime is heard.
MISS HOLMES forcefully puts pen down.
MISS HOLMES always took tea at 3:00 P.M. No interruptions, no conversation, simply tea and crumpets.
Uncle Sherlock had taught me this. One must take an hour in the afternoon for oneself. Three sugars, Miss Watson.
Certainly, Miss Holmes.
(taking out her calling card) This was my card. “Miss Sherina Holmes” “Private Detective for cases requiring complete privacy.”
No callers between the hours of three and four.
A little more jam on my crumpet, Miss Watson.
Certainly, Miss Holmes.
I had just solved the case of the diamond Buddha necklace.
Will you send your final report to Scotland Yard today?
I suppose. One would hope the gentlemen would pay for my services.
But it was England, 1895.
Miss Watson, may I remind you this country has been under the rule of a woman for quite some time. I believe the name is Victoria. Now where were we?
You had just solved the case of the diamond Buddha necklace.
We were planning a trip abroad to the French Rivera.
(ATTY, MISS HOLMES’ maid, rushes in.)
ATTY! How dare you interrupt Miss Holmes at tea time!
Miss! A woman just entered the house.
That will be all, ATTY.
But Miss! What should I tell her?
That at 4:00 P.M. I shall see her.
(BARONESS, an imposing woman attired in black with a veil covering her face, enters.)
Which one of you is Holmes?
Madam! It is tea time! Miss Holmes sees no one!
She will see me now!
Then uncover your face.
Only in England would such a command be given!
Madam, this is not Lavakia.
How do you know my country?
You are wearing an Italian hat, 1894, made exclusively by Sophia for an Eastern European baroness. The cape lined in silk you purchased on the Montparnasse in Paris. Your shoes were crafted in Austria by Hungarians who market size 12 shoes. You are the only baroness in Europe with such large feet!
How do you know these things?
Baroness Slovakia, it is my job. Please join me for tea.
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