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The Cemetery Plots

Three old ladies don't wish to be buried alone. They buy cemetery plots and begin to find men willing to share the everlasting.

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THE CEMETERY PLOTS

Screenplay/Dark Comedy
Three successful men die in an airplane crash in the mountains of Alaska. Their bodies are never found. Years later, their seventy-year-old widows are still living in South Laguna Beach, California. The three women, CORA WILY, EUNICE PROSAIC, and GLADYS PUMPHANDLE, are good friends and have made an interesting and important decision. When their time comes, they don’t wish to be buried alone. They want a man buried in the grave next to them to share the everlasting. They invite a salesman to their home. He is selling cemetery plots to the new Sunny View Cemetery, located near South Laguna Beach. Later, while visiting the cemetery, they each decided to purchase two expensive cemetery plots.
Then the three ladies begin their quest to find a man, without any family, to accept burial in their second cemetery plot. Over the next few weeks, they looked for the right type of men at a convention, local socials, and street festivals. One by one, the ladies are successful in finding eligible men who agree to their proposal. However, problems arise after the men sign the agreement papers. Two of the men mysteriously die. The police become suspicious, as they feel these aren’t coincidences. The soon-to-retire, eccentric LIEUTENANT HORACE SLEUTHHAMMER begins an investigation into the men’s deaths. The three ladies profess their innocence. The lieutenant relentlessly proceeds to try and find them guilty of a “crime.”

Submitted: March 2, 2021
Last Updated: December 6, 2021

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The Writer: Donahue Silvis

Donahue B. Silvis is an alumnus of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse drama college. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University majoring in film study and creative writing. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), he has worked in movies as an actor and screenwriter. Donahue has written six novels, four screenplays, and one illustrated children's book. Now retired, he continues writing and promoting his novels and screenplays, while residing in Naples, Florida with his wife, Katie. Go to bio

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