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Next of Kin

STORY

A sickly patriarch’s last wish is for his family to gather for what could be their last time together* before he passes on. He must decide who will be the beneficiaries of his vast estate. Everyone who wants his money is quick to honor his dying wish.

*The gathering can be for a birthday party, anniversary or any celebration; make the guest(s) of honor Big Daddy’s dearest friend or relative.

This is a great theme for a first-timers. Everyone has the same motive: They all want Big Daddy’s money.

Requires 7 to 8 people to play the prime suspects.
For groups of 20 or more people.

EIGHT PRIMARY SUSPECTS:

Hamilton "Big Daddy" Sugarbaker

A very, very, very rich man from Atlanta, Georgia who moved to (your state)  after the disastrous failure of his second marriage to Savannah Sugabaker.

Savannah Sugarbaker

Big Daddy’s neurotic (insane?) second wife.

Bobbie Joe Butler

Big Daddy’s nurse, confidante, and friend (can be played by a male if necessary).

Philly (Philomena) Sugarbaker

Big Daddy’s jailbird sister who has no problem leaching off of him (or trying to).

Ashley Sugarbaker

Big Daddy’s youngest son. He’s a struggling poet–a lousy one at that–who’s embittered by his lack of success, but who still believes, despite his failures, that he’s a true “artiste”. Big Daddy and Ashley can be played by the same actor. The script will provide instructions.

Rhett Sugarbaker

Big Daddy’s oldest son. He’ll do anything to make money-anything.

Scarlett Sugarbaker

Rhett’s wife. She comes from the wrong side of the tracks and it shows.

Melanie Sugarbaker

Ashley’s supportive but very eccentric wife. An “interpretive dancer”.

SECONDARY SUSPECTS:

EVERYONE will be actively involved in this mystery because it will be their job to solve the case and because you’ll be encouraging them to come in costume and in character.  Use any or all of these secondary suspects if you have “extra” cast members you want to use or if you have some guests who want to take on a character but not take on the full responsibility of a primary suspect.  Give them their secondary suspect instructions (included) and let them run with it. 

FOR LARGE GROUP MYSTERIES (75 OR MORE):  We suggest you cast your secondary suspects. During the mystery it will be the secondary suspects’ “job” to act as general support for the primary suspects. They’ll roam the room gossiping about the goings-in, quiet the audience down during a main action, answer questions, bring primary suspects to tables for questioning and make sure your guests have seen the physical clues that have been revealed.

Mercy Bloomer

Big Daddy’s accountant.

Cornelius Bliss

Big Daddy’s ex-foreman at his Acme Bottle Capping company in Atlanta. Ex because he was caught doing something he shouldn’t have.

Dr. Billy Kildaire

Big Daddy’s doctor.

Ms. Beula Busty, Esq.

Big Daddy’s lawyer.

Wilbur Ernest Fudge

Big Daddy’s milkman and witness to his will.

RATED: PG

CONTAINS:

Murders. Reference to an affair. A man who is confused about his sexual identity.

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVES:

You can easily remove any reference to the man being confused about his sexual identity and any reference to the alleged affair. Neither are motives for murder.

Corporate adaptation

This can be adapted to have Big Daddy become a partner in your company or be best friends with your CEO.

*Disclaimer: The game content outlined here does not reflect our position on any topic or issue. They are mentioned solely to give the reader and potential buyer an overview of content contained in the game to warrant a PG rating.

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