Search for plays
Choose from more than 450 plays!
Big Dog Publishing is your ticket to comedy and drama. We offer award-winning, family-friendly plays and excellent customer service.

Play Finder


Big Dog Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 1401
Rapid City, SD 57709
FAX: 605-791-0186

Last Decent Crooks, The

Buy Now
Last Decent Crooks, The

By: Carol Costa and Ken Eberhart
Cast: 5 M, 4 F, extras
Performance Time: Approximately 90-120 minutes, 88 pgs.

Last Decent Crooks, The

MUSICAL. Winner, Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, 1987. It’s 1933 and the music is hot and lively at Big Al’s, a Chicago funeral home, which serves as a front for an illegal speakeasy. Here, the coffins are more likely to contain the inebriated rather than the deceased, and mob boss, Albertina (aka “Big Al”), is rolling in dough selling illegal whiskey to her faithful customers. But the good times soon end for Big Al when a rival mob boss is found dead and mobster Rats Branigan sets his sights on taking over the speakeasy for his illegal gambling operation. Then to make matters worse, Big Al discovers her daughter is secretly engaged to a cop—of all people!— and her right-hand man is in love with a runaway nun. But nothing has prepared Big Al for the biggest surprise of all—the end of Prohibition! This delightful musical features eight original songs, a strong ensemble cast, hilarious one-liners, and a genuine mystery for the audience to solve if they can stop laughing long enough to catch the clues.

Big Dog Paw Freeviews: To read play excerpts click here.

Please remember it is necessary to purchase one script for each cast member and one royalty for each performance.

Scripts: $8.95 each
Royalty: $75.00/performance
Prompt Book: $16.00
Poster Package: $50.00 (50/pkg)
Distribution Rights: $75.00
Artwork Rights: $50.00
Score: $26.00
CD: $50.00 (Vocal/Instrumental)
Play Pack: $304.00  (12 scripts for cast/crew,1 score, 1 CD, 1 prompt book, 1 royalty, 50 posters)

Buy Now

Carol Costa and Ken Eberhart
Carol Costa is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, and regional theaters across the country. Originally from Chicago, she now resides in Tucson, AZ.

Ken Eberhart is an accomplished singer and composer. Educated at the University of Arizona, he now lives in Bellingham, WA.