Rich, arrogant, and unfaithful trial lawyer Arthur Jamison has taken his long-suffering and “pliable” wife, Louise, for granted, but that all changes when she announces that she wants a divorce and expects a settlement that will “keep her in the style to which she is accustomed”. When Arthur realizes she just may have the evidence to force his compliance and will have to clean out all his assets to meet her alimony demands, he decides there is only one way to stop Louise; and that is to kill her. He has achieved his fame and fortune defending murderers, but can he plan one?
With the help his mistress, Jackie, Arthur creates an imaginary prosecutor and pits himself against this alter ego in a series of witty, sometimes hostile exchanges. Arthur quickly learns that plans always seem foolproof—until you try to implement them. Again and again he is frustrated, unable to formulate the ultimate alibi and is surprised when his spouse develops some schemes of her own.
The play is a fantasy murder, a concept popularized by writers Richard Levinson and William Link, creators of the Columbo TV mysteries. It’s not a mystery in the traditional sense because you see it all play out and you know who’s who the whole time. As Arthur makes plans for his future by planning the demise of his wife, he anticipates and participates, in his imagination, how he should perform in Court as he stands trial for murder but where is the line between reality and imagination?
GUILTY CONSCIENCE is a quirky and clever play with suspenseful twists and turns ~ on stage March 4 – 25.