In a Pig’s Valise

book and lyrics by Eric Overmyer, music by August Darnell
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Sheet music includes 178-page PDF conductor score as well as parts for Vocal, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Sax and Clarinet. View Conductor Perusal.


In Eric Overmyer's hilarious send-up of private-eye pulp fiction, Shrimp Bucket and his brother, Gut, are stealing the sexy Dolores Con Leche's dreams. It's Taxi's task to find out why. From the ubiquitous fog to the cheap bedrooms at Heartbreak Hotel to Con Leche's legs, which are described as “gams that could raise goose flesh on a tossed salad,” IN A PIG'S VALISE pokes fun at and pays homage to the hardboiled detective novels we all know and love.

Production Info

Cast: 9 total (3 female, 6 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“IN A PIG’S VALISE is a musical comedy spoof of the hot-cool private-eye pulp fiction associated with Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Except that it’s wilder, much wilder. VALISE, among other oddities, features a stubby villain named Shrimp Bucket, an ‘ethnic dancer’ heroine named Dolores Con Leche (or, as the gumshoe hero, James Taxi, calls her, Sadness With Milk) and, in a bit part homage to Hammett’s real-life lover, an undercover FBI agent named Lillian Hellman … Spiced with songs by August Darnell (Kid Creole) that bear such lines as ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ and ‘Never Judge a Thriller by Its Cover’ … [a] broad, winking satire of the language and plot conventions of the old books and movies … Shattered Globe Theatre, which is presenting the Midwest premiere of VALISE … has a lot of fun with this kind of material.” —Richard Christiansen, The Chicago Tribune

About the Author


  • Eric Overmyer

    Eric Overmyer is a playwright and a television writer and producer. He graduated as a theater major from Reed College in 1973. His plays include ON THE VERGE, THE HELIOTROPE BOUQUET, IN A PIG'S VALISE, DON QUIXOTE DE LA JOLLA, NATIVE SPEECH, MI VIDA LOCA, IN PERPETUITY THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, and DARK RAPTURE. Mr Overmyer has written extensively for television, including for Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire and Law & Order, and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. He received an Edgar Award for the television feature Rear Window. Overmyer was also a co-creator of the HBO series Treme, about musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/27/2016
Pages 100
ISBN 9780881456578

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In a Pig’s Valise is produced
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