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 is an of-the-moment dark comedy about capitalism, feminism, work-life balance, and pop culture told through parody podcasts, emoji-laden 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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  • Asher Wyndham:
    7 Sep. 2019
    Ridicuously funny and campy, but also smart and serious at the same time.
    It's a dark comedy with strangulation by leggings that's also a critique of late-stage capitalism and its negatives effects on stay-at-home and working women.
    This will appeal to anyone -- not just women - who are working a dead-end job meeting metrics and deadlines, those post-college disenchanted 20-30 somethings that want more out of life, who wants to follow their passions.
  • Darcy Parker Bruce:
    17 Aug. 2019
    John's work is hilarious, and builds slowly in a way that takes the audience by surprise. This play is so funny and poignant. I had the pleasure of getting to know John and his work at the 2019 LAMBDA literary conference, and John is absolutely someone you want in the room. Beautiful work, beautiful person.
  • 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.

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