Synopsis

Manuscript

$9.99

Paul Grellong

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 1 Female

In the bedroom of a Brooklyn Heights brownstone, three ambitious college freshmen confront the discovery of an unpublished manuscript that can guarantee success

It's winter break, the parents are out of town, and David is the host of this gathering

His best friend, Chris, is coming over with his new girlfriend from college, Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a famous author and David an aspiring one and they've come to party before a fancy holiday ball

But when Chris makes a run to get their drugs for the evening it becomes clear that David and Elizabeth have a secret history

To make matters worse, Chris returns with shocking news and a stack of pages that will change their lives forever - it appears that their supplier, a famous and famously reclusive author, has died of a drug overdose

After discovering the body, Chris managed to salvage the only copy of his final work from the scene

As the bright young things scrap over what to do with the manuscript, their plotting is by turns hilarious and startlingly cruel. They spin out of control on their manipulative quest for fame and, ultimately, revenge

Little is what it seems, and no one can be trusted as plot twists pile up, and the play hurtles towards a surprise ending

"A twisty dark comedy about ambition and ruthlessness, with a fancifully elaborate Hitch-cockian revenge plot up its sleeve" ~ Variety

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