Evil Fan

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Who's haunting whom?

Dolores del Valle writes to the ghost of Beauregard Johnson, a fan she believes she killed in self-defense after one of her concerts. Francesca and Dr. White, hired by Beauregard’s twin, Conrad, try to bring Dolores to sanity so she can stand trial for murder. As Dolores questions the truth of her memories, bodies start to fall. Can Dolores...
FULL LENGTH

Who's haunting whom?

Dolores del Valle writes to the ghost of Beauregard Johnson, a fan she believes she killed in self-defense after one of her concerts. Francesca and Dr. White, hired by Beauregard’s twin, Conrad, try to bring Dolores to sanity so she can stand trial for murder. As Dolores questions the truth of her memories, bodies start to fall. Can Dolores save herself before she falls victim to a now love-struck spirit?

An homage to old-time melodramas, set in the present with anachonistic characters, with a feminist twist.

Three-act structure. About 80 minutes plus optional intermission. Some effects.

This play has had three unrehearsed readings and one staged reading, directed by Dan Wilson.

This play passes the Bechdel test with Act I Scene 3.

Advisory: No offensive language. Supernatural murders. References to extramarital affairs.

Evil Fan is unproduced and unpublished.
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Evil Fan

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  • Patricia Milton:
    19 Oct. 2018
    I evaluated this play for a reading and found it fun and campy - a real audience pleaser. The characters are all clearly delineated, and the suspense is delicious. Great for Halloween, actually!

Character Information

  • Dolores del Valle
    30s-60s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    I see Dolores as female. While in theory Dolores could be female-appearing non-binary, I would be concerned about the character who is initially "evil" being the only non-binary character in this play and probably would not approve that; Francesca would provide an opportunity for there being a second non-binary character. I would similarly be concerned if Dolores was the only actor of color; in this case, any other character is an opportunity for further diverse casting.
  • Beauregard Johnson
    30s-60s,
    Any
    ,
    Cisgender Male
  • Dr. White
    30s-70s,
    Any
    ,
    Cisgender Female
  • Francesca
    20s-30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights' Center of San Francisco
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Pacifica Table Readers
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights' Center of San Francisco
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Pacifica Table Readers
    ,
    2011

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