Call My Dead Wife

by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons

It’s nearing Christmas,1890. Recently widowed Almon Strowger purchases a mortuary, which is under the care of a witty spinster, Susan Simmons. A sudden decline in his undertaking business leads Almon to discover that calls are being directed to his rival. How? His rival’s wife is the town telephone operator. With the help of Almon’s nephew (Walter), a conniving accountant (Joseph Harris) and his eccentric wife (Macey Harris), Almon invents the Automatic Telephone Exchange, the device that makes telephone operators obsolete. However, Almon’s addiction to Blue Mass, his obsession with his wife’s death, and the mysterious disappearance of several of his other inventions, challenges the Telephone Exchange’s success. 

  • Cast Size: 3M 2W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Hilary Bluestein-Lyons is a playwright, screenwriter, poet, stand-up comic, director, comedy improviser, and actor. She helped establish Unscrewed Theater, Tucson, Arizona’s 1st theater dedicated to comedy improv. Hilary lives in Rochester, NY where she teaches playwriting and improv, and draws her inspiration and sense of humor from her six kids, two wacky cats, a Yorkie and nine chickens. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Honor Roll!, an advocacy group of women+ playwrights over 40.


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