Set in a suburb of St. Louis, the dark comedy Murphy’s Law chronicles the final evening of a lifelong friendship of two 29-year-olds, who are both “made” members of a local organized crime syndicate. Francis Murphy has unexpectedly been appointed as underboss. His best friend, Tony, has been accused by his associates of ratting out the boss, who now sits in a federal prison pending a trial for racketeering. Murphy has been ordered to “whack” his best friend. In Sopranos-like fashion, filled with humor and violence, this play recounts the unusual evolution of the two men’s relationship with each other and with Murphy’s sister, Sofia, who suffers from schizotypal personality disorder. The story leads to a surprising discovery and an unexpected conclusion.
Murphy’s Law had its world premiere at Southeast in spring 2013. The play, written by Southeast professor of theatre and dance Dr. Kenn Stilson, won first place in the Southwest Playwriting Competition at Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, and has been selected for invitation to the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for Region 6 Feb. 22-26 at Centenary College in Shreveport, La.