The Other Shoe by Michael Armstrong
Vancouver in 1959 is a refuge for Hollywood stars seeking an escape from the press. Late one night, a private detective heading home from work finds the body of a young woman murdered in a downtown alley. That same night, somewhere else in the city, Errol Flynn dies of a heart attack. What do the two have in common with one another? Nat Williams and his sometime lover, the intrepid reporter Bernie Walters, need to know. What unfolds is a dark tragedy sprinkled with bodies and the crisp dialogue of classic noir; full of heartbreak, corruption and betrayal. You’ll be on tenterhooks waiting for The Other Shoe to drop.
“Gentlemen, I understand there’s been a murder.”
Keywords: noir, detective, mystery, murder
Run time: 110 minutes
Content note: There are several deaths depicted in the play, both murders and suicides. The text refers to child sexual abuse and its lasting after effects.
Cast size: 6 actors
Male roles: 3
Female roles: 3
Casting note: This play contains 16 characters, many parts can be doubled.