Cutting the Leash
by Steven Bergman
Cast of Characters
SAMMY MAESTRO17, delinquent high school student
JIMMY UNCOLUKAS16, typical high school student, a follower.
looks up to Sammy
LIAM CHEWTlate 30s, preppie teacher
MRS. DELILAH FRANBERRY50s, angel dressed as a hippie
GINNY CHEWT40ish, Liams wife
ELAYNE CHEWT17, Liams daughter
PRIEST50ish, any gender
DIANEfemale friend of the Chewt family (must double
as Mrs. Franberry)
NUTSHells Angels, and not the motorcycle group
BOLTSHells Angels, and not the motorcycle group
MECHANIC25-35, any gender (could double as the
Anytown, middle America.
Springtime in a present or future year.A light-hearted mystery, this new play
from Steven Bergman can be performed as either a long one-act, or two
shorter acts. Liam Chewt is a teacher who finds himself recently deceased.
The first person he encounters at “the wait station” is his (also deceased)
4th grade teacher, Delilah Franberry. Mrs. Franberry tells Liam that, in
order to get into heaven, he has 24 hours to solve his own murder. So Liam,
with the help to two “Hell’s Angels,” Nuts and Bolts, becomes a sleuth as he
tries to uncover his own murderer. The suspect list includes everyone from
Sammy Maestro and Jimmy Uncolukas, the school thugs, to Liam’s own daughter,
Elayne, to even Mrs. Franberry herself! A fun, yet poignant work that is
perfect for teenage performers and Little Theaters, this play examines
topics such as family relationships, finding the right friends, and
treasuring life while we’re living it.
Published short plays include: “History,” “At The
Buzzer,” “Rosie, the Teddy Bear” (Brooklyn Publishers), “Have a Seat,
Please,” and “Marvin and Julius” (Heuer Publishing), “The Guy Chair,”
“Grieving Process,” and the full-length play, “Cutting the Leash” (JAC
Publishing). Composer: “The Curse is Reversed!” “Jack The Ripper: The
Whitechapel Musical,” “Four Kisses”, Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” and
Wilson’s “Book of Days.” For young audiences: “Melampus” and “Reigning Cats
and Dogs,” (for Brooklyn Children’s Theatrer), Adaptations of "Tom and
Huck", “Tatterhood,” “King Midas and his Friends,” and "The Pied Piper"
(co-written with Christopher DiGrazia and Earl Maulding). Musical Director:
Over 100 productions around North America. Keyboardist: "Nunsense Jamboree"
(national tour with Georgia Engel, CD/DVD with Vicki Lawrence), as well as
national tours of "Sunday in the Park with George", "Dreamgirls", "Guys and
Dolls", and "Les Miserables." Steven is a member of Theatre Communications
Group, NAfME, NETC and The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and teaches
Drama and Chorus outside of Boston.
Would you like to see more from Steven Bergman?
Consider his short plays...The Guy Chair,
One Afternoon in
In the News
2/7/12 - Playwrights
Steven Bergman and David Kruh have new
published stories in the anthology, "Final Fenway Fiction: More Short
Stories from Red Sox Nation." Check them out at
Barnes & Noble