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Death by Chocolate

 by Craig Sodaro





September 17, 18, 24, 25, 2010

Faith United Church of Christ

Nick Noir, private eye, has fallen on hard times. His botched last case has cost him whatever jobs may have come his way. Now he’s at the end of his rope and is forced to fire his devoted secretary Selma. That is, until a call from Coco Purvis offers a tantalizing case that just might pay off for Nick.

Coco and her sister, Bonbon, run Precious Perks Coffee Shoppe, which is known for its signature drink, Death by Chocolate. Unfortunately, the name came all too true for a fellow named Vinnie the Leech who died while drinking it one month earlier. Now, business has fallen off and the shop might have to close unless somebody figures out what happened to Vinnie.

Nick is immediately confronted by some pretty strange characters. Bobbie Sue, the waitress, warbles like a country singer who can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Bonbon is a sour, bitter woman who doesn’t like to stir things up. Her “twin” sister, Coco, is the exact opposite, a bubbly, homespun treasure. Henry, an old man who wears cross-trainers and hasn’t a wrinkle on his face, sits and watches all the action. Francois, more French than a bottle of Bordeaux, hides behind his newspaper. And who’s the woman dressed in black, including a veil that hides her face? A dowdy bag-lady type turns out to be a restaurant critic and a perky twenty-something suddenly starts paying attention to the old man. All these characters were sitting in these exact spots the night Vinnie the Leech fell over dead.

Though he fired her, Selma keeps showing up at opportune moments with tidbits of background information that help him piece together the puzzle, though he often gets the pieces in the wrong way. After a second death under the same circumstances as Vinnie’s (which had been caused by poison), and the disappearance of Bobbie Sue, Selma plays a psychic who—with the help of her ever-present Blackberry—reveals some deep secrets.






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Did You Know?


Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate every day. It was thick, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers.

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.
Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.
Cole Porter got a kick from fudge. He had nine pounds of it shipped to him each month from his hometown.
In the United States, approximately seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year.
The average person will consume 10,000 chocolate bars in a lifetime.
In 1579, English pirates raided a Spanish ship. Upon finding its cargo of precious cocoa beans they burned the whole ship--they mistook the beans for sheep dung.



Production Staff


Rosie Peterson


Dominic Lentz

Stage Manager

Marilou Davido

Lighting Designer

Matt Carr

Lighting Crew

Barbara Lynch

Stage Crew

Josh Klingman

Set Construction

Paul Weir


Properties Crew

Judy Lee Tarbox


Bob Kafka

House Staff

Tina Davis

Lloyd Dreger
Evvie Smith

Judy Lee Tarbox



Nick Noir

Clarence Aumend


Megan Reuter

Bobbie Sue Cash

Jessie Barr

Bonbon Purvis

Marcia Skarie

Coco Purvis

Rosie Peterson


Francois Lepew

Larry Beckley

Yolanda Lamb

Deanna Champan

Harry Higgins Hickenbottom Dan Wanezek
Georgia Gore Donna McMaster
Juniper Berry Jesica Wahl

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