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CoughLaugh — An Experimental Play

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 in Short Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For performance by Professional Theatres, College and University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools) Have you ever attended a play where the actors seemed to do absolutely nothing? Well, here is that premise taken to the extreme. HE is reading a newspaper. SHE is watching television. They do nothing, until they hear a sound. Then they take the audience on a journey of frustration and laughter until the final sound brings a halt to the proceedings. This play has caused every emotional response possible from its audiences. And it is highly experimental. No performance has ever failed and some audiences have guessed early what is happening. Sometimes it took them a very long and hilarious time to get to the end. This script is a perfect blend of improvisation and control. You’ll have fun… and so will...

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Huebener — A Play

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Plays, Religious Titles

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, and Church Groups) One of the classics of Mormon Drama, HUEBENER explores the true incidents surrounding the 17-year-old Helmuth and his fight against Nazi propaganda. A testimony of the truth about belief and faith in God and a statement against all totalitarian regimes. Yes, this is a play centered around Mormons, but Helmuth’s resistance to Hitler, along with others like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie Ten Boom, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, and Anne Frank, make their stories as universal as any other. It has played in all types of theatres around the world and has drawn audiences of many differing faiths. It is a cinch to captivate your audience. “If one is allowed only a few peak experiences in life, one for me was watching...

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Little Eyolf — A New Translation and Adaptation

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Classics, Latest, New Releases

by Henrik Ibsen Translated and Adapted by Eric Samuelsen (For Professional, College/University and Community Groups) Recommended for audiences aged 12 and older. This  new translation of Ibsen’s 1894 play emphasizes the terrible consequences of poor decisions, the power of strength built in a crucible of sorrow, and the singular importance of family unity. It delves deep into both family tragedy and almost fable-like elements of Norwegian folklore. The plot circles around the Allmer family, with father Alfred about to abandon his plans for a book in favor of raising son Eyolf, a crippled little boy whom few are sure might live a normal life. When the family opens its door to a mysterious Rat-Wife capable of lulling rodents into the sea, followed by an engineer who fancies daughter Asta, all manner of guilt, resentment and sorrow follow, but so...

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ghosts — a translation and adaptation

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays

by Henrik Ibsen Adapted and Translated by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, and High Schools) Mrs. Alving has spent her life meticulously creating the fantasy of a happy home and family and marriage, which explodes in revelations of sexually transmitted diseases, suicide and insanity. Quite possibly the most radical play in history. Mature themes and mild language are present in the play. DETAILS: 3M 2W Several Locations on an estate in a fjord in Western Norway Costumes from the 1890s About 2 hours ORDER #3032 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first half of this play: Ghosts PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include...

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A Doll House — A New Translation and Adaptation

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play

by Henrik Ibsen Adapted and Translated by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) A DOLL HOUSE examines gender roles, social constraints and the power of secrets through the seemingly happy marriage of Nora and Torvald Helmer. The play is called A DOLL HOUSE instead of the traditional A DOLL’S HOUSE. It’s a more accurate translation of the Norwegian title ET DUKKEHJEM. When we buy our kids a house for them to use to play with dolls, we call it ‘a doll house’ – Norwegian children play with ‘a dukkehjem.’ Nora is Torvald’s doll, in a doll house, that is not her own. PLAY DETAILS: 3M 4F 1Teenboy 3 children Singe Interior Costumes from the late 1800s About 2 hours ORDER #3031 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the...

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A String of Pearls — A Play

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

  by Elizabeth Hansen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools) “War does funny things to a man, but what does it do to a woman?” With their loved ones off to war, the five women in “A String of Pearls” have battles of their own to face while waiting out World War II on the home front.  They must learn to live on hope, wit and courage, and as the war touches them in different ways, they discover their own and each others strengths and frailties–sometimes painfully, often humorously. The setting of the play is a modest but warm New York Brownstone.  Here the women meet each week for their game of bridge that provides a momentary escape from the fears and uncertainties of war. Far from the front lines, they survive their own...

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Cinderabbit! DVD

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs

by Mimi Bean  & C. Michael Perry with puppets by Ronnie Burkett It’s all about liking yourself! — And once you like yourself, you can love others! A wonderful musical adapted from the classic Cinderella story with animal characters. Prince Richard–the Rabbit-Hearted, Princess Tabitha of the Blue Mountain Grove; they are the center of this adaptation. It seems that when the Grove burned down years ago, Tabitha’s parents left her on the doorsteps of the Bugmerks, a family of toads on the edge of the Great, Grey Swamp. After the death of Mr. Bugmerk, Emilia and her daughters Merklene and Bogelda made life miserable for our Tabitha. So much so that she remembers none of her past, hence they call her “Cinderabbit.” Life is made bearable for her by her close friend and confidant, Mercedes, a mouse living in...

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Cinderabbit! Original Cast CD

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs

by Mimi Bean  & C. Michael Perry It’s all about liking yourself! — And once you like yourself, you can love others! A wonderful musical adapted from the classic Cinderella story with animal characters. Prince Richard–the Rabbit-Hearted, Princess Tabitha of the Blue Mountain Grove; they are the center of this adaptation. It seems that when the Grove burned down years ago, Tabitha’s parents left her on the doorsteps of the Bugmerks, a family of toads on the edge of the Great, Grey Swamp. After the death of Mr. Bugmerk, Emilia and her daughters Merklene and Bogelda made life miserable for our Tabitha. So much so that she remembers none of her past, hence they call her “Cinderabbit.” Life is made bearable for her by her close friend and confidant, Mercedes, a mouse living in the Bugmerks dwelling.  Well, the...

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Take The Mountain Down Original Cast CD

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs, ZT CDs Dvds

Book, Music and Lyrics by Marvin Payne & Steven Kapp Perry Concept by R. Don Oscarson a finger pickin’ parable of the prodigal son “Mountain” is the musical telling of the parable of the prodigal son in the bluegrass music style. What happens when a wayward young woman needs to hear the sweet story of the Prodigal Son, and the only folks who love her enough to tell it are the players in a bluegrass band she once deserted? On an autumn afternoon in Appalachia, the Potluck Social String Band takes a break from their concert in the park and weaves the timeless tale of redemption and forgiveness around their former bandmate with the strings of guitars, banjos, fiddles, bass, and mandolin. However, the story can be told by actors with a separate band, or actors who can play...

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Rick Rea

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Authors

Rick was born in Gilroy California, and raised in American Fork, Utah from the age of 6. From age 4 he studied piano, and began writing songs shortly thereafter. In his junior high and high school years, he stepped away from the piano to play the acoustic and electric basses in both classical and jazz ensembles, including the Crescent Super Band. Also at this time, he started acting on stage in musicals in plays and developed a passion for musical theatre. He finally came back to the piano in high school as an accompanist for his musical theatre classes, and found that his new-found passion for theater fused with his musical abilities. In 2005, he began his schooling at Western Wyoming college as a musical theater major, both acting and music directing productions. In Fall 2006, the production of...

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The Fanny Brice Story — A Musical

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 in Musicals

Written and Arranged by Chip Deffaa. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) This musical is inspired by the life of Fanny Brice (1891-1951), who rose from modest beginnings to become the highest-paid American singing comedienne of her day–for many years a famed star of the Ziegfeld Follies.  The show begins with Emmie, a 16 year old girl in 1950, interviewing the then 60-year-old Fanny Brice. As Fanny reminisces the show unfolds onstage. Featuring 35 songs from the era of Fanny Brice, and characters who are larger than life, (Eddie Cantor, Flo Ziegfeld, W.C. Fields, George M. Cohan and Nicky Arnstein) this show was a hit in its premiere in New Jersey. This unique, family-friendly celebration of legendary entertainer Fanny Brice includes stories and songs (such as “Becky...

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Jack Weyland

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 in Authors

Jack Arnold Weyland (born 1940) is a professor of physics at BYU–Idaho,  and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a prolific and well-known author of fiction for LDS audiences, including many novels and short stories, mostly placed in contemporary settings. In fact, the modern genre of Latter-day Saint-themed popular fiction is one he is largely responsible for creating with his overwhelmingly popular novel, Charly, which was made into a feature film in 2002. Weyland was born in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Billings Senior High School and then attended Montana State University where he majored in Physics. Upon graduating he served a mission for the LDS Church in New York and Pennsylvania. After completing his mission he went to BYU and received his Ph.D. in Physics. While attending BYU, Weyland decided to...

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Elizabeth Hansen • Author

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers, ZT Authors

Ms. Hansen is a Writers Guild Award winner and an EMMY-nominated screenwriter and consultant who has had a varied writing, directing, and acting career, that has taken her from the bright lights of Broadway working with the likes of Tommy Tune and Harold Prince, to the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times where she had her own “Byline,” to the classrooms of Brigham Young University where she taught screenwriting and playwriting from 1994-2000 as well as helped focus their Screenwriting Program. After graduating with honors from the University of Utah, Ms. Hansen journeyed to Los Angeles to study musical theatre performance at the highly regarded Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Musical Theatre Workshop as well as acting technique with Charles Nelson-Reilly. From Los Angeles she moved to New York where she studied with the famed acting teacher Uta Hagen....

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The Second Priest — A Play

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) This play poses the pacifist dilemma. Set in an unspecified locale, now, or sometime in the future, it’s idealistic hero, Agen, refuses to take the lives of his political enemies. In consequence, his wife dies and he loses his memory. As, years later, he recovers from his amnesia, he proves the perfect candidate for his nation’s highest office. Manipulated by his minister and boyhood friend, Cantri, while negotiating a binding peace with a foreign power, Agen unintentionally abets the death of his only child. In an effort to enforce the treaty he’s already paid such a high price for, he finally attempts, in a public address, to dissuade his nation from developing any more deadly weapons. In order to stop him, Cantri orders Agen’s assassination. Ironically,...

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