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

FULL-LENGTH: Side hustles. It’s 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’s 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 (OR, YOUR SIDE HUSTLE IS KILLING US) is an of-the-moment story about capitalism, feminism, work-life balance, and pop culture told using parody podcasts, emoji-strewn dialog, 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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  • Steven G. Martin:
    11 Mar. 2019
    Bavoso dramatizes how we lose out when our primary passion in life is our career. Felicity and Minerva push through huge obstacles to improve their lives through new jobs, but at the cost of losing a whole lot more. Bavoso has done his research: this is a finely plotted, strongly detailed script with terrific roles especially for women actors.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    12 Jan. 2019
    With scathing views of capitalism, Bavoso aims this dark comedy at MLMs, the Mormon church, urban ennui, products, sales, modern technological information exchange, and macabre fascinations, for a frighteningly fair version of the American Nightmare. Discussions of outsourcing, formative life events like private school childhood, feminist affairs, the burgeoning need and fear to create something of one's own, spousal disappointment, and much more, navigate a tale of domestic sabotage, treachery, and myth making. Variously witty, polemical, astute, the drama takes wild, progressively daring turns when two characters' desperate, hyper ambitions take personal offense. A play that keeps upping the ante.
  • Bryan Stubbles:
    3 Jan. 2019
    YES, YES, HELL YES!!! This is one funny, trippy and oddly truthful ride. This is Bavoso's magnum opus and holy hell y'all should read it. Prescient, bright and notorious. Incredibly well-plotted but also funny with fantastic characters. A grand slam. Woot woot woot!!! Utah should make this their state play. I swear.

Character Information

  • Felicity Evanston
    30s,
    White
    ,
    woman
    A white woman in her 30s. 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
    30s,
    any but white
    ,
    woman
    A woman of color in her 30s. 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
    30s or 40s,
    White
    ,
    Male
    A white man in his 30s or 40s, 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
    30s or 40s,
    Any
    ,
    woman
    A woman of any race in her 30s or 40s, 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 color who plays a variety of characters (the FOUNDER, COWORKER, YOUNG FELICITY, BIANCA, AMBER, OFFICER, etc.).

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    NextStop Theatre Company
    ,
    2019