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Proofreaders Marks — BLOG August 30, 2018

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 in PLC BLOG

This is for all those who have tried to decipher what the heck they are supposed to do with the return of a manuscript from a proofreader. Half-serious, half-in-jest, it is something to think about. But, oh the things you wish you could...

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Emily Rose Tucker — Composer

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in Authors

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Jody D. Brown — Author

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in Authors

Jody D. Brown, Ph.D. — University of Nebraska, Professor Emeritus (Ferrum College) Besides, over 35 years as a college professor, Brown has over 40 years of experience performing in and promoting theater productions. Now retired, she continues performing Jack Tales with the Jack Tale Storytellers, is the Secretary of the Franklin County Electoral Board, Treasurer of the Scruggs Vol. Fire and Rescue Squad Inc., and President of the SML Lions Club Scholarship Trust. She based the goals in “My Travels with Cecil: A Guide for Teachers” on the 2002 Virginia Standard of Learning from grades K through 5, but suggests the activities can be easily modified to any elementary classroom. Brown has coordinated many projects that combined theatrical projects with public school goals. “My Travels with Cecil” premiered at Ferrum College for its alumni weekend on May 18, 2002....

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Capturing Characters Onstage — BLOG August 28, 2018

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in PLC BLOG

I had the privilege to be called down to Ferrum College and the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre in the summer of 2002. I had just gotten back from writing a commissioned musical for the Salt Lake Olympics that did quite well there, and was just setting back in to life in Nova Scotia when I got a call from Rex. He asked me to come down and be the dramaturg for a week or so to  help him get his new script on its feet. Well, I went and loved it! This article appeared sometime later. It was an interview with Tina Hanlon and Rex, the founder of BRDT at Ferrum and a close friend. — C. Michael Perry Capturing Characters on Stage for the College and Community: An Interview with Playwright Rex Stephenson By Tina L. Hanlon, associate...

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A Christmas Carol — the play

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Plays

by R. Rex Stephenson (For Community, College/University, High School and Junior High School, Youth Groups, Community and Church groups.) Undoubtedly Dickens’ most famous story, and most often adapted for the stage and screen with hundreds of adaptations available, both play and musical versions, this lively adaptation is quickly becoming a favorite due, in part, to the unique casting available of 8 women and only 6 men. The familiar story is there, but told in a way that allows for a female-heavy cast. The play takes place in a theatre in Rochester, England. Dickens has been called upon by the citizens of the community to write an adaptation of A Christmas Carol for the stage. To the surprise of everyone in town, Dickens not only intends to write the adaptation, but to star in it and direct it. On the...

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Little Women — a musical

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book and Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson Music by Emily Rose Tucker   UNDER CONSTRUCTION   PLAY DETAILS: Order#...

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My Travels With Cecil — a short play

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

The search for the English folk song in American folk music. by R. Rex Stephenson Great for groups, amateur, professional or educational,  who tour to schools. Folk songs are the backbone of American music. And since our people came from all over the world, so did our folk songs. “My Travels With Cecil” dramatizes the true story of Cecil Sharp’s journey to discover English ballads still surviving in America. In 1916, Sharp and his secretary Maud Karpeles traveled throughout the Appalachian Mountains in search of folk songs that had originally been sung in Britain, but had since disappeared from their oral tradition. This play recounts Sharp’s desperate search for a song that has haunted him since his youth, “Soldier Boy.” The play is ideal for touring. It features numerous songs Sharp collected along with several dances. It might be...

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The Liberated Cinderella — a short play — TYA

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

Or, The Return of the Godfather, a short comedy by R. Rex Stephenson and Ginny Smith Conrad Delightful for all ages from junior high to adult. For any amateur, university, professional or other youth group. This very popular one-act play spoofs just about everything-fairy tales, magic mirrors, actors, the Mafia and plays about Cinderella. It retells the Cinderella tale as it might happen today: A fairy godfather shows up because the fairy godmother can’t get away from her job. It begins in the traditional Cinderella manner: the poor ragged little girl who is made to do all the undesirable housework while her socially ambitious stepmother and off-beat stepsisters preen themselves in preparation for a night of revelry. But it doesn’t take long for this version of the story to rip out of the rut. Cinderella wants to go dancing,...

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The Cricket On The Hearth — Staged Radio Play

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Classics, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by R. Rex Stephenson & Jody D. Brown (For performance by any amateur, educational or professional theatre group.) Dickens’ heartwarming Christmas tribute brings a genial spirit into the festivities as Mr. Tackleton, much like Ebeneezer Scrooge, is changed through the course of the story, into a better person. With great plot points of suspense, intrigue, and mistaken identity along the way, this brisk adaptation allows the audience/listener to wonder if it will turn out all right. Published in 1845, this story of love at Christmastime, the tale of John and Dot Peerybingle, Caleb and Bertha Plummer, May Fielding and––well, that would be spoiling it––has long been a popular ‘sequel’ to Dickens’ holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” originally published in 1843. This show is a great alternative for those tired of seeing the endless...

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Submitting a Script to… Anyone — BLOG — August 9, 2018

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in PLC BLOG

Submitting a Script to Festivals, Theatres, Anyone BLOG August 9, 2018 1 Your script is your calling card. It speaks for you and for your characters. If it doesn’t LOOK its best, it might not even get read. 2 If it doesn’t read well — it will get put down. 3 If the ending isn’t satisfiying, the person who read it will wonder why it was ever submitted, and you may not ever get another chance with them. 4 If there is no specific appeal — to some group of people — then how can anyone market it, including yourself. 1) TO DO: Send your script in PDF format. Don’t send Word docs, Final Draft files, or anything else. PDFs look far more professional, and they can be read anywhere without compatibility issues! Let your script speak for itself....

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George G. King — Playwright-Lyricist

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in Authors

George G. King is from Utah. He has served a French mission for the LDS Church and earned Degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and completed course work at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has worked for United States Steel, WordPerfect Corporation and Zions Bank as a publications editor and technical writer and taught English and French at BYU, Rice University, & Utah Valley University. He loves to write and share his philosophies and ideas in poems, stories, and theater. He also really enjoys and admires the way C. Michael Perry puts wings to his words through music.   MUSICALS AUTHORED Coming Home: A Christmas...

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Hancock County — a play

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 in Award Winners, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles

Compared to “A Man For All Seasons” by Tim Slover (For production by Professional Groups, Community Groups, and College & University Groups) In 1844 the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob. The next year their accused assassins came to trial. Hancock County dramatizes that trial and the tensions between the Mormons, led by Brigham Young, and their enemies, who were trying to drive them from the state of Illinois. “Hancock County” is a very fine play; an intelligent, thrilling, tightly-drawn courtroom drama/tragedy that unfolds into a meditation on America, violence, and forgiveness. It bears comparison to Robert Bolt’s “A Man For All Seasons.” — R. W. Rasband of Association for Mormon Letters “Hancock County” moves swiftly from one scene to another, using and re-using minimal set pieces and props. It also employs...

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Three Questions for EVERY Writer BLOG — July 28, 2018

Posted on Jul 28, 2018 in PLC BLOG

Three Questions for Every Writer What is the event that propels me to the next scene? Why did I care about this story? What is it that makes me want to write it? What does the character want? (In each scene AND over all.) by C. Michael Perry...

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Elektra — an adaptation for modern audiences

Posted on Jul 21, 2018 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays

adapted from Sophocles by Richard Sewell (Perfect for High School, College/University, Community, and Youth Theatre actors.) TYA The goal of this adaptation is to give actors (high school, college age, or older) a feel of the shape and mood of a Greek tragedy and yet to be a play that a modern audience, without preparation, can follow and be drawn into. The classic story of revenge-gone-on-too-long is faithfully and clearly presented, some may say as an appeal to reason–both political, familial, and personal–to stop the ‘bloodshed’; for revenge may come in may guises. A challenging script to all ages both in the performance of it and in the viewing of it. Both the timeliness of the message, and its actual timelessness, point to a solid story of worth to everyone in the human experience. PLAY DETAILS 4m 2F +...

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Theatre As A Compass BLOG — July 21, 2018

Posted on Jul 21, 2018 in PLC BLOG

Theatre As A Compass The reason I publish for others to produce (maybe even the reason that I write what I write) is to not necessarily ‘teach’ an audience some lesson, moral or pedagogical, but to present to a gathered group of thinking-feeling individuals, human beings on a stage in their sometimes-wisdom and oftentimes-folly, as unique, interesting, thinking, caring, if flawed individuals. Every so often I come across a script that embodies, nearly perfectly and totally, what I value in a theatrical experience. I try to fill my catalog with those types of plays. Yes, I value entertainment –– laughter and tears –– without the value of being entertained, audiences become disengaged. If there is no entertainment the message to thinking-feeling beings is lost. Theatre changes lives. The lives of the performers and production staff, AND the lives of...

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Dean Olivet — Author

Posted on Jul 18, 2018 in Authors

DEAN OLIVET — received a Music BA in Duluth around 2003. These days he teaches a lot of guitar and banjo lessons, and take care of his baby girl, Rosemary. He once directed a production of “The Fantasticks”, and shaved a bald spot in his head to play Stephen Spettigue in “Charley’s Aunt.” He has a French Horn Trophy, a Jug Band Trophy, a plaque that reads “Best Musical Act at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival”, and a deck of cards from when he played guitar for Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s production of “Tommy”. There’re five records out there with his music on them. He has done some other things and will do more.   MUSICALS Searching for Sparks The...

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Harlan Baker — Author

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in Authors

Harlan Baker is a graduate of Emerson College. He worked on the staff of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America AFL-CIO (Now UniteHere). He served in the Maine legislature from 1979-1988 representing part of Portland. He is an actor and director and has appeared with numerous theatres throughout New England, including the Portland Stage Company, Theater at Monmouth, Mt. Holyoke Summer Theater, New Century Theater and the Stage at Spring Point. His short plays,”Gran Via”, “Tung Sing”, and “A Whale of a Tale”, have staged by several Portland area theatre companies. He has been teaching speech and theater for the past twenty years at the University of Southern Maine, and taught speech and taught speech and theater at the University of New England from 1987 to 2004 concurrently with his work at USM. He is currently an adjunct lecturer...

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Jimmy Higgins: Line By Byline — a one-man play

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays

A Life In The Labor Movement by Harlan Baker (For professional, amateur or educational theatre production) Jimmy Higgins: Line By Byline is about an old radical who tells his story to a young man. Jimmy  grows up in the first half of the 20th century in middle America. The play follows his involvement in various labor and socialist struggles from the campaign to free Tom Mooney, the presidential campaign of Eugene Debs, the May Day rallies of 1919, the campaign of Sen. Robert La Follette Sr. on the Progressive Party Ticket to his becoming a reporter on labor struggles in Alabama and Michigan. He witnesses the Battle of the Overpass and Henry Ford’s violent attempt to intimidate labor leader Walter Ruether. This is a tour-de-force production for a single actor. While many of the characters have a basis in...

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Mr. Anderson’s Crush — Short Play for Seniors

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) Mr. Anderson has developed a crush on someone in the neighborhood. He is lonely and seeking companionship. As he prepares to meet her face to face, he is interrupted by a most unfortunate surprise. PLAY DETAILS: 1m 1f voice Interior/Exterior About 3 minutes Order #3216 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: Mr Andersons CrushPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs...

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I Wish I Had A Buddy — A short play for Seniors

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) Two strangers, meeting over time, find how much they have in common and begin to share their lives. 1m 1f WILLY Olson AUDREY Wilson SETTING: A park bench Contemporary costumes RUNNING TIME: about 12-15 minutes Order #3217 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: I Wish I Had A BuddyPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs will be mailed to a...

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The Path — a short play for Seniors

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) As we grow older, even the places we have frequented begin to seem less familiar. But then reality and the hand of a spouse can bring us back to our ‘home’.   1m 1f 1fvoice Zack GPS Voice Wife SETTING: a forest COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: about 2-3 minutes Order #3219 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: The PathPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on...

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The Cranes: Harry and Evelyn — a short play for Seniors

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker  (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) A long-married older couple looks back on a life well-lived. He plays the curmudgeon, she the ever-willing-to-listen wife, as they try to live their lives with dignity and humor facing the onset of a place they have never really faced before. PLAY DETAILS 1m 1f HARRY EVELYN SETTING: a simple kitchen counter and a door COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: About 15 minutes Order #3220 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: TheCranesPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address —...

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Two Guys Sitting On A Bench By A River Talking About Stuff Of No Importance To Anyone — a short play for Seniors

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) What do guys talk about? Well, no matter the age, the discussion rarely changes through the years; maybe it’s the discussions between even long-time friends since High School that keep us young at heart. 2m Ed Bill SETTING: A park bench near a river or lake COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: about 20 minutes Order #3222 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: Two Guys Sitting…PERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to...

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We Ain’t Dead Yet — An evening of plays for Seniors

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Plays, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) 8 plays ranging from comic to tragic make up this thoughtful and enlightening evening of theatre dealing with the issues of growing older. This show is very flexible as to which scenes you present, so it could, then, be any length at all. Each show is also available for separate production. 9m 9f Contemporary costumes Simple interior and exterior settings About 90 minutes ORDER # 3223 List Price: $13.95 PLAYS IN PERFORMANCE ORDER: If you want to produce the ENTIRE EVENING’s slate, please go to the REHEARSAL MATERIALS section below) (If you wish to obtain information on any individual title, click on the TITLE to take you to that play’s Ordering Page) MR. ANDERSON’S CRUSH by Jerry Walker 1m 1f voice Interior/Exterior. About...

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Two Ladies Playing Go Fish — a short play for Seniors

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) Two crusty women, ‘friends’ since High School, discover that through the years, they actually have shared their lives together — and like it. 2f Penny Ruth-Ann SETTINGS: a card table COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: about 3-4 minutes Order #3218 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: TwoLadiesPlayingGoFishPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address....

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The First Time …Again — a short play for Seniors

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) Two longtime friends, in their senior years, exit a restaurant in anticipation of an amorous evening together. Well, the evening does not go as planned… but they find that certain things don’t mean what they used to mean, and their relationship will grow even stronger through their evening’s trials.   PLAY DETAILS 1m 1f Jonathan ….. A widower Rachael …….A Widow SETTINGS — Outside a Restaurant — Jonathan’s Apartment COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: about 11-12 minutes Order #3221 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: TheFirstTime…AgainPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us....

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Knocks and How To Answer — a short play

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

by Ron Kanecke In hurricane-swept Louisiana, an anxious but determined Ilene decides to face a lifetime of fears by refusing to evacuate her home, even when entreated by reluctant volunteer worker Miles. As they confess the “knocks” each has taken in life, their elusive quest to find happiness draws them closer together despite the uncertainty and danger that surrounds them. Winner of the Peoples Choice Award in the 2018 Maine Playwrights Festival. PLAY DETAILS: 1m 1f 1 interior About 30 minutes Contemporary costumes Order #3152 Now available! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: Knocks And How To AnswerPERUSAL REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs will be...

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Patricia Mew — Author

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

Patricia Mew’s short plays have been produced at the Maine Playwrights Festival (2012, 2013, 2014), PortFringe (2015, 2016), and King of Crows II (2014), all in Portland, ME. Her play All the Wrong Moves was produced at the 2018 New Works Festival, the Long and Short of It in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Her play Cock Fight won Best Play at the Crowbait Death Match in October 2013. Edna and Furber was a semi-finalist in Little Black Dress INK’s 2015 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE project. She has also had her plays produced at Keene State College, Keene, NH; Smith College, Northampton, MA; and Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. She lives in South Portland, ME where she is a member of Playwrights’ Circle.     SHORT PLAYS: ALL THE WRONG MOVES (published by Leicester Bay Theatricals) COCK FIGHT EDNA and FURBER HE TOUCHED...

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All The Wrong Moves — a ten minute play

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Ten Minute Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Patricia Mew For production by Professionals, Amateurs, Colleges/Universities and High Schools. Two millennial couples meeting at a restaurant for an evening out encounter difficulties communicating with one another, producing hilarious results. The physicality of this 10 minute play is reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s only slightly longer, “Act Without Words”; but this show is funny!   PLAY DETAILS: 2m 2f 1either 1 interior About 10 minutes Contemporary costumes Order #3148 Now available! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: AllTheWrongMovesPERUSAL REHEARSAL MATERIALS Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us. Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs will...

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Whatsoever — Original Cast Live Performance CD

Posted on May 21, 2018 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs

THE MUSICAL STORY OF ABRAHAM The Quintessential Man of Faith Book, Music and Lyrics by Mark Ogden From the city of Ur to the pinnacle of Mount Moriah, Abraham’s story is the most pivotal in the Old Testament as it wraps up what has gone before and prepares for what comes after. It is a type, a foreshadowing of the New Testament and the sacrifice that will be asked of another Father and Son.       PRODUCT DETAILS: CDR burned on demand 31 tracks 55 minutes COMPLETE TRACK LISTING: #1a — Opening & Whatsoever — Jehovah & Abram #2 — Holier Than Thou — Lot, Nahor, Haran, Terah #3 — What Did I Do To Deserve You? — Abram Sarai, Nahor, Milcah, Terah #4 — Traveling — Sarai & Company #5 — Chosen One — Jehovah #6 —...

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The Upstanders — A Musical for Young Audiences / TYA

Posted on Apr 16, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Dean Olivet Bullying comes in many flavors. Kids can lie, steal, and intimidate, make others feel bad about not fitting in, or for being who they “shouldn’t” be. They can even bully by getting revenge for being bullied in the first place. Fortunately, there are just as many ways to stand up to bullying, to be an “Upstander,” and the kids at Highlands School may find it within themselves to stand up in the face of these all too familiar pickles. And, with a little empathy, they may even find ways to Upstand for the bullies themselves. This easy to stage musical, written to appeal to audiences of all ages, is perfect for 4th-8th grade thespians. Features 7 original songs. “The Upstanders” was originally commissioned and produced at Highlands Elementary in Edina, Minnesota to highlight the bullying awareness...

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Searching for Sparks — A Musical for Young Audiences / TYA

Posted on Apr 16, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Dean Olivet Flint is a boy who can’t find his “Spark”; Cindy is a girl who will stop at nothing to help him find it. With the help of a musician, a class clown, an environmentalist, a brainiac, a volunteer, a hockey player, and a wise old janitor, Cindy finds out that Sparks aren’t always what she thought they had to be, and Flint discovers that sometimes the best time to find your Spark is when you aren’t looking for it. Written to appeal to audiences of all ages, this musical, inspired by the work of Peter Benson, and his “Sparks” curriculum used in the classrooms at Highlands, and elsewhere, is perfect for later elementary and middle school classrooms, there’s a part for everyone to play! Features 7 original songs. Originally commissioned and produced at Highlands Elementary in...

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Realistic Dialog BLOG — March 8, 2018

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in PLC BLOG

Have you ever heard the term “Realistic Dialog”? It is a very misunderstood concept. There is a huge difference between words sounding like someone could say them, that they come from a characters heart, and out of their mouth after hopefully passing through their brain; and speech that is directly off the streets, out of the boardroom, the school, the hairdresser’s salon, or any myriad of other types of locations where playwrights set the action of their plays. It is a good thing that the words being spoken by a character sound like that character would sound — logical, regional, conscious of their class and place in the world (unless of course, they are lying or creating a subterfuge). It is not a good thing for the words to sound like they just walked in off the streets, or...

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Merry Gentlemen — a play inspired by “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Rinear Tired of the same old Christmas Carol? This may be exactly what you are looking for! (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Merry Gentlemen is a full-length play heavily inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, forcing his teenage son, Tim, to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for eternity. In this full-length play, Ben and Tim Dickens’ paths mystically cross those of various characters who lead Ben and Tim out of their bleak,...

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Colin Britt — Composer

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in Authors

COLIN BRITT holds a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Hartt School, a Master’s from Yale, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Rutgers. His choral compositions have been published by various presses. He has worked as Music Director for numerous professional productions, and currently serves on the faculty of Rutgers Prep in New Jersey. MUSICALS AUTHORED: Billionaire Vegans The Skeleton In The School Who’s Running The...

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