LUST & LIES (full length)

Based on true history. In 1831 rural Pennsylvania, a doctor is murdered. Who did it? His wife, a pioneer in education for women, whom he is forcing to abandon her school in Philadelphia? A magical, sexy, itinerant Cuban who claims to rub shoulders with the rich and famous? Or did Dr. Chapman take his own life? The Cuban is ultimately hanged and the wife goes free... but the truth is up for grabs. Based on the...
Based on true history. In 1831 rural Pennsylvania, a doctor is murdered. Who did it? His wife, a pioneer in education for women, whom he is forcing to abandon her school in Philadelphia? A magical, sexy, itinerant Cuban who claims to rub shoulders with the rich and famous? Or did Dr. Chapman take his own life? The Cuban is ultimately hanged and the wife goes free... but the truth is up for grabs. Based on the best-selling novel "The Murder of Dr. Chapman" by Linda Wolfe, the story contains many parallels to life today.
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LUST & LIES (full length)

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    3 May. 2019
    How I love a murder mystery! And I love going back in time. Exceptionally well written and full of intrigue, I was on the edge of my seat. Adored!
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    24 Nov. 2017
    I'm happy to recommend this gem of a 3-hander period piece that 29th Street Playwrights Collective just produced as a rehearsed reading because it is a compelling story with a very brave and outspoken female protagonist fighting for agency in a world where women were not given much freedom. The play has some beautifully theatrical moments, humor, and tension between the characters. I also enjoy the tension Rice provides that adds to my anticipation for what will happen.

Character Information

  • Lucretia Winthrop Chapman
    43.,
    White.
    ,
    Female.
    43. White. American. Handsome. A teacher. Founded a school for young girls. Wants influence and a voice in the new America. Starved for physical affection. (A real person.)
  • Dr. William Chapman
    53.,
    English. White.
    ,
    Male.
    53. Native of England. Husband of Lucretia. Corpulent. Wants recognition and fame. Wants to discover a cure for stuttering. (A real person.)
  • Carolino Estradas de Mina
    22.,
    Cuban.
    ,
    Male.
    22. Cuban. Charismatic. Very fit and sexy. Magnetic. Energetic. Poetic. Passionate. Mysterious.

Development History

  • Reading
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    29th Street Playwrights Collective (NYC)
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    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    League of Professional Theatre Women (NYC)
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    2014