Dark Rituals

A Thriller

The North Star

"Dark Rituals is a thriller like no other you've ever seen. It brilliantly combines seduction, betrayal and a dozen 180 degree plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat"

Dark Rituals

Dark Rituals

Deep in the northern woods, world famous anthropologist, Anne McCauley, is researching the dark rituals of America's First Nations. Aided by local shaman Vernon Rivers, she is learning the spine chilling tale of Windigo, a legendary cannibal creature. Suddenly, her son and despised daughter-in-law return to her secluded cottage. A series of diabolical events is triggered that brings the audience and Anne McCauley face to face with the darkest fears that lurk in all of us: that territory where the supernatural blends with murder and ritual death. Don't be fooled by names in the cast list, for no one is what he or she appears to be, and everyone is wearing a mask of deception. Dark Rituals is a contemporary thriller of revenge and family conflict, spiced with a delicious seasoning of black humour.


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Play Description

Full-Length Play
Dark Comedy
90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Set in the present. The action of the play takes place in a well-appointed summer home on the shores of Waubano Bay, somewhere in the heart of cottage country.

Stage Combat, Special Effects

Interior Set, Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Gun Shots

Betrayal, Parenting/Family Conflict, Revenge

Adult, Senior, Mature Teens

College Theatre, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


2m, 2f, 1m or f

ANNE MCCAULEY - writer; 60-70
VERNON RIVERS - First Nations male; 35 - 55
HARRISON MCCUALEY - Anne's son; 29
DOROTHY MCCAULEY - Harrison's wife; 25
DR. D. MURRAY - physician; mid-30s

Color blind casting, Minority casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

Dr. D. Murray may be played by a man or a woman.

N/A (Not a musical)

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