MLM is for Murder (Or, Your Side Hustle is Killing Us)

FULL-LENGTH: Side hustles. It seems like everybody has at least one these days. For Minerva Ross, the way to escape the doldrums of her graphic design job in Washington, DC, is to write and narrate her own feminist true crime podcast about how and why women commit murder. Meanwhile, across the country, Felicity Evanston, a Mormon stay-at-home wife and mother—and Minerva’s high school nemesis—has just started...
FULL-LENGTH: Side hustles. It seems like everybody has at least one these days. For Minerva Ross, the way to escape the doldrums of her graphic design job in Washington, DC, is to write and narrate her own feminist true crime podcast about how and why women commit murder. Meanwhile, across the country, Felicity Evanston, a Mormon stay-at-home wife and mother—and Minerva’s high school nemesis—has just started selling ridiculously patterned leggings for the multi-level marketing company Linen & Fate, as much as a way of having something that’s just hers as to supplement her husband’s income. The two haven't crossed paths in years, but when the bubbly and unassuming Felicity snaps and realizes the only way to get ahead in a rigged pyramid scheme is to literally start killing off the competition, both women suddenly experience the kind of overnight success they’ve been so desperately craving—but risk losing their families, freedom, and very souls in the process.

MLM is for Murder is an of-the-moment dark comedy about capitalism, feminism, work-life balance, and pop culture told through parody podcasts, emoji-laden dialogue, Facebook Live videos, and polyester-spandex murder weapons. It begs the question: How much are you willing to give up to get everything you’ve ever wanted?
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MLM is for Murder (Or, Your Side Hustle is Killing Us)

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  • Samantha Baird:
    4 May. 2021
    The script is hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing at the amazing absurdity of this script. It probably has to do with my connection to the LDS church and the accuracy of the MLM effect on the church members (they all lose their minds just a bit). I like the idea of two seemingly separate stories that end up coming together. This is a really well-written script. I hope I get to see it performed someday.
  • Nick Grosso:
    26 Mar. 2021
    A strikingly original, poignant, and morbidly hilarious story told through an infectiously charming cast of characters (each of whom is an absolute GOLDMINE for any actors lucky enough to portray them), MLM is for Murder provides an entirely new perspective on "women in the workplace" that is as madcap and absurd as it is gut-wrenchingly real and necessary. This is easily one of the best plays I've read in a long while, and is a an absolute must-experience for all fans of comedy and enemies of capitalism alike.
  • Kim E. Ruyle:
    9 Nov. 2020
    Fast-paced, funny, and thought-provoking. MLM is for Murder illuminates and strikes at the heart of pyramid schemes, cult behavior, and the angst of educated stay-at-home moms. Highly recommended.

Character Information

  • Felicity Evanston
    20s to 40s,
    White
    ,
    woman
    A white woman. Stay-at-home Mormon mother and the latest independent fashion consultant for Linen & Fate. Outwardly bubbly and mild-mannered, she was very popular in high school. Despite her big family and community, she feels isolated and adrift.
  • Minerva Ross
    20s to 40s,
    any but white
    ,
    woman
    A woman of color, the same age as Felicity. Never fit in in her small, Utah hometown and is proud of how far she’s come—even if she desperately wants out of her ‘career.’ Easily obsessed, she’s searching for her passion.
  • Jason Evanston
    20s to 40s,
    White
    ,
    Male
    A white man, Felicity’s husband. An unassuming but well-meaning man who’s happy acting out the script that’s been written for his life. Is more than a little wary of his wife’s new business venture.
  • Sienna Ross
    20s to 40s,
    Any
    ,
    woman
    A woman of any race, Minerva’s wife. Has a time-consuming job she loves, but works to find some balance. Encouraging of her wife’s passions to a point, but also concerned about how they threaten to consume her.
  • Woman
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    woman
    A woman actor of any age and race who plays a variety of characters (the FOUNDER, COWORKER, BIANCA, AMBER, etc.).

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    American Stage
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    The Wine Box Players
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    NextStop Theatre Company
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Midland Center for the Arts/Center Stage Theatre
    ,
    2022

Awards

Winner
,
NewPlayFest 2022
,
American Association of Community Theatre
,
2021
Winner
,
21st Century Voices
,
American Stage
,
2020
Semi-Finalist
,
Plays with Strong Female Leads
,
Southwest Theatre Productions
,
2020
Finalist
,
Playwrights’ Week 2019
,
The Lark
,
2019
Semi-Finalist
,
In-Progress New Play Reading Series
,
,
2019