Samantha Panther, P.I. – Tough Girls Don’t Sing

Who is Samantha Panther?

She’s a super-tough, super-cool, super-crime-fighting detective on a raw, brawling hunt to nab the woman and get the man. Clawing her way through a web of gorgeous men, blazing guns, blackmail, and deadly music, Panther discovers that sometimes – in a world of corruption – it’s sing or be killed.

This play was written as a tribute to Mickey Spillane on his 80th Birthday. It was greatly influenced by Spillane’s writing style, particularly I The Jury, the first Mike Hammer novel. The twist is, of course, that the tough as nails detective is a woman – and all of the lovely but deadly sex objects are men. The poster art concept was based on a different Spillane novel, called The Delta Factor.

Angus Kohm introduces…
Samantha Panther, P.I.
in her first adventure…
Tough Girls Don’t Sing
…at least this is what the posters were supposed to read back in 1998, thereby mimicking the cover of a classic Mickey Spillane novel (The Delta Factor, above left). But the poster designer didn’t feel that the name Angus Kohm was as recognizable as Mickey Spillane (What?!), so he downplayed it, as you can see (above right).

“Canadians are especially good at moving into a form and filling it up with unexpected, unruly content. That’s what Angus Kohm does with the “guy” world of private investigators. He literally makes it broad-shouldered and has his female hero live inside all the clichés of macho P.I. land. It’s good parody.”
Robert Enright, CBC TV

Samantha Panther, P.I. – Tough Girls Don’t Sing toured across Canada in 1998, and was subsequently produced (twice) Off Off Broadway in New York City.

Performance Rights and Other Details For Potential Producers:

Samantha Panther, P.I. – Tough Girls Don’t Sing
by Angus Kohm
One Act Play, With Songs;
Running Time: 60 minutes;
Written to be performed by One Woman, but could be done with other actors playing some of the supporting characters;

Originally produced on One Set with multiple areas (an office area: desk, chair, etc., living room area: telephone, bar, stool; street area: basically empty stage); must also have a slide projector (or similar device) and screen (or something comparable, like a white sheet or wall)

For information on obtaining the professional or amateur rights to
Samantha Panther, or to purchase a copy of the play (in it’s beautifully packaged book form, as published by Rubbed Raw),
contact Angus Kohm c/o Rubbed Raw:

To send an e-mail click here
Snail mail: Angus Kohm c/o Rubbed Raw:
205 – 21 Roslyn Road
Winnipeg, MB
R3L 2S8
When asking about performance rights, be sure to include information such as:

1) Where your production would take place
2) When it would take place
3) How many performances there would be
4) How many seats there are in the theatre
5) Ticket prices

Samantha Panther: The Book
$9.95 per copy

Make cheques (or money orders) payable to Angus Kohm.
Shipping charges may be applicable, and may vary due to shipping location and size of order.

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