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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 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. Before we ship any rehearsal material we will need your performance dates, the...

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Whatsoever — Original Cast Live Performance Album

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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The Skeleton In The School — An Elementary Musical

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book & Lyrics by Linda Britt Music by Colin Britt When four students at the Richard Scarry School in Lewburn, Maine, (location can be changed) discover a skeleton in the boiler room, rumors fly. Is it a former janitor? Is it their old principal, who retired (or so they thought)? Is it the teacher no one liked? And should they even tell anyone? After all, the boiler room is off limits to students, so if they tell, won’t they get in trouble? Will the truth about the skeleton ever come out? Produce this delightful short musical for your school or youth group at Halloween, or any time of the year! It’s easy to cast and stage with 5th and 6th Grade students and only 5 songs. No huge dramatic structure, just a simple premise, and your students will be...

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Who’s Running The School – an Elementary Musical

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book & Lyrics by Linda Britt Music by Colin Britt The premise is simple: What if you came to school and couldn’t find your teachers? Not a single one! Would you go home? Demand to be the Teacher? Bully your way through it all? Do anything you want to, without the teachers in the way? Would chaos ensue? The answer: Yes! A fun show that gives young performers a great chance to sing six songs, and dance, without the threat of playing a character they are not familiar with, as they may simply play themselves. No huge dramatic structure, just a simple premise, and your students will be feeling good about themselves and their friends as they tackle this fun little show. A great introduction to theatre and performing! PLAY DETAILS: At least 8 girls and 6 boys, the...

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The Pumpkin Child — short musical TYA

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Short Plays

A puppet or live action skit with original Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Love people for who they are. This little musical sketch is about loving and respecting others.  With 3 original songs. Can be done with puppets or live actors.       PLAY DETAILS: 1M 6F 1either NARRATOR (male or female) MOTHER SHARI 3 GIRLS: LITTLE RED, GOLDILOCKS and 3RD GIRL MURAD (m) NANA Simple Setting/costumes [Fantasy or Contemporary] About 15 minutes Order #3035 Now Available PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: PumpkinChildPERUSAL SONG LIST: Don’t Fret Little One I’ve Got To Find Her Your Love Is The Thing DEMO SAMPLES (Non-Vocal Demos with an instrument playing the melody line, made from the Finale files) 1 Dont Fret, Little One3 Your Love Is The Thing2 Ive Got To...

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Further Downeast — a play

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

by Brent Hutchins (Perfect for professional, educational, amateur groups.) A sequel to his popular CLOSER TO HOME, FURTHER DOWNEAST has more from the pointed pen of a true Downeaster! This time Ice Fishing provides the — well — icy glue that holds the show together, with each new adventure getting more and more dangerously funny, interspersed with other tidbits about life ‘Downeast!” Written in the style of the old time serial movies, each vignette allows you to laugh through it until the next Ice Fishing mis-adventure perks up and ramps up the action! Available Soon! PLAY DETAILS: 13m 7f 3either,  which can be readily doubled and ‘regenderfied” as needed About 60 minutes Several Simple settings Contemporary costumes ORDER #3037 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: FurtherDowneastPERUSAL This play makes a...

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Brent Hutchins — Author

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Authors

Brent Hutchins is a fourth generation Mount Desert Island carpenter, and in the words of one of his characters, “Junior”, a Downeast entrepreneur! He has been active in all phases of community theater in central Maine for many years; including, acting, directing, set design and construction. Every earnest thespian knows the magic and melancholy of producing a play. Here today, gone tomorrow! In the midst of post production blues, after a particularly special run of “You Can’t Take It With You,” Brent realized that the magic and melancholy was in that script. So he took up his “pen” and began to write about what he knows: Downeast Maine.N Plays Authored: Closer To Home (Nothin’ Better Than Downeast) Further Downeast (more of Nothin...

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Closer To Home — A play

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

by Brent Hutchins (Perfect for professional, educational, amateur groups.) CTH is a series of vignettes that take place in a fictional Maine town called Broad Harbor. It pokes pointed fun at locals and of course, roasts folks from away. Centering around talk at the General Store and competitive Grandmothers cooking for the holidays, with a myriad of other antics from the locals and their favorite CFAs, this is more than a laugh-a-minute humor-fest as the target hits both close to home and far away. Now available! PLAY DETAILS: 23 characters which can be readily doubled and ‘regenderfied” as needed About 110 minutes Several Simple settings in and around a General Store Contemporary costumes ORDER #3036 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: CTHFamilyVersionPERUSAL This play makes a perfect companion to FURTHER...

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Three Moments In Time — short play for seniors

Posted on Dec 29, 2017 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.) Moments in the life… of an aging couple dealing with the exigencies of life beyond the workplace and the neighborhood. This funny and on-target trio of plays focus on the humorous side of growing older –– at least the side that the audience sees –– as Helen and Henry make some decisions that cause changes in their life. Available! PLAY DETAILS: 1m 1f About 30 minutes 1 interior Contemporary costumes ORDER #3038 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: ThreeMomentsPERUSAL   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...

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Richard Sewell — author

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in Authors

RICHARD C. SEWELL grew up among artists in rural Maine.  After Bard College and the Army Language School (Russian), he taught high school, directed, acted, wrote, wandered…   The production of his dance-play, Winter Crane, at the University of Wisconsin, 1968, led to the co-founding (with Robert Joyce) of The Theater At Monmouth, a union classical rep company in 1970.  It also led, indirectly, to a professorship at Colby College, beginning 1974.  TAM and Colby, into this century, continued to be his main workplaces, as actor, director, and teaching theater generalist.             His Wat Tyler was produced by Nathan LeGrand at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in SC, 1988.  Winter Crane’s professional premier was at the Fountain Theater in Los Angeles, 1990, and his adaptation of Lessing’s Nathan The Wise opened at NYC’s fine Pearl Theater in 2002 and was revived...

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Jerry Walker — Author

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in Authors

Jerry Walker Jerry Walker is a retired Band and Theater director. He was the director of bands at Oxford Hills High School in South Paris and Stearns High School in Millinocket. While in Millinocket he was also the theater director and directed the Jazz Ensembles. Since his retirement in 1999 he has acted in and directed plays and musicals at Schoolhouse: The “Hobbit,” and “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep”, “The Odd Couple” and a group of one-act plays; Lake Region Community Theater, where he directed: “The Odd Couple”, (female version), “Oliver” and “You Can’t Take It With You”; Oxford Hills Community Theater, “Carnival”; and Windham Center Stage Theater: “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Once Upon A Mattress”. He Directed “My Fair Lady” and “Hello Dolly” at Deertrees. Jerry is one of the founders of the...

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep — play

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in Award Winners, Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (A must for any group – professional, amateur and educational, performing for families and teens. A perfect play for High Schools and Youth Theatres.) They are called the best four years of our lives…and they are, but that four year trek is also dangerous and confusing. You will find all of the things that young people, especially high school students, need to know, want to ask, get stressed-out about and complain about. Between the familiar items of teen angst and adolescence will come those moments of pleasant memory, deep identity, shocking surprise, and utter devastation, as your onstage ‘child’ reaches out for comfort, help, direction––approval; wanting to belong to something/someone. The scenes and monologues in this on-target theatrical, will have you laughing one second and crying for …well, a considerable length of time. The play is...

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The Ruckus At Machias — a play

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Award Winners, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

The true story of the American Revolution’s first sea battle. by Richard Sewell (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Hannah won herself a red dress, and the town a warship! Starvation threatens the people of Machias, Massachusetts Colony, (now Maine) in June of 1775, when a British warship accompanies a local merchant returning from Boston with supplies. Machias was a lonely lumber camp in dire need of food, powder and shot. Instead of providing the lumber demanded by the British to build barracks for British soldiers near Boston, the desperate citizens erected a Liberty Pole to commemorate the fighting at Lexington and Concord. As the British navy was the undisputed master of the world’s oceans, the enraged Captain then ordered the warship to fire on the community, causing the townsfolk to muster their meager resources — axes,...

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Mirrors and Memories — play

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

a two act play by Linda Britt (An evening of five short plays inspired by the paintings of Norman Rockwell) (Perfect for Professional, Amateur, College/University groups) A somewhat contemporary take on Americans and American life, inspired by five classic Norman Rockwell paintings: “Girl At The Mirror”, “Thanksgiving”, “Playbill”, “The Interloper”, and “Attic Memories”. The playwright has an uncanny knack for seeing inside the people in the paintings and pulling out contemporary issues, struggles, and observations, that could very well have been in the mind of the painting’s subjects, and which most certainly live today in our minds, as well as being from the mind, brush and heart of one of America’s greatest artists. These five short plays are alternately funny, touching and truthful, in an emotional sense, and serve to remind us of the good things that make us...

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Chosen: Stories On Adoption — play

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

a two act play by Linda Britt (Perfect for Professional, Amateur, College/University groups) What would you do if you found out at age 45 that you were adopted? If you found yourself pregnant and alone at age 19? What if being a dad had been a dream of yours since childhood, but circumstances prevented it? What happens when adoptees meet birth parents? “Chosen: Stories on Adoption” features 23 monologues about adoption, sensitively told from the perspectives of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, foster families, and more. There might be a couple of monologues that may be over the heads of the children. They may remain unused. PLAY DETAILS 15f 10m (Doubling of roles is possible. The show has been done with as few as 17 performers. Really creative casting could reduce that number further.) Contemporary costumes Props used About...

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Linda Britt — Author

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

LINDA BRITT is a Maine playwright who has had plays produced on both coasts. Recent works include “What If…”, “I Smile, Of Course, and Go On Drinking Tea,” and “Chosen: Adoption Stories,” along with her ten-minute play “If Only in My Dreams”. Her current project is a series of monologs focusing on immigration.   PLAYS AUTHORED: American Dreams: Immigration Stories Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington I Smile, Of Course, And Go On Drinking Tea Chosen: Stories On Adoption Mirrors and Memories: Five short plays inspired by the paintings of Norman Rockwell What If… Billionaire Vegans (MUSICAL) Let Me Count The Ways (MUSICAL) The Skeleton In The School (CHILDREN’S MUSICAL) Who’s Running The School? (CHILDREN’S MUSICAL) Book, Sledgehammer, Fencepost (SHORT) Thanksgiving (SHORT) (contained in “Mirrors and Memories”) The Girl In The Mirror (SHORT) (contained in “Mirrors and Memories”) If Only...

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Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington — One Woman Play

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Latest, Monologs, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

An Evening with Senator Margaret Chase Smith by Linda Britt (Perfect for professional, amateur and educational production.) This wonderful  show is all about Maine’s long-time Representative and Senator.  A powerful, funny, timely take on politics in a polarized era.  Senator Margaret Chase Smith, a woman of firsts, from her election to both houses of Congress, to speaking out against Joe McCarthy, to her nomination for President at a national convention, comes back when we need her most.   PLAY DETAILS 1 simple setting — an office 1 semi-contemporary costume 70 minute ORDER #3043 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: MrsSmith Goes PERUSAL 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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Robin Hood: Legend of the Sherwood Bandit — play with songs

Posted on Nov 24, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Seniors in Cast

Book & Lyrics by Ed Farnsworth Music by Anthony Buck (Perfect for Community Theatres, Youth Theatres, High School and College/University theatre departments)   This tale of Robin Hood is told to the audience by a band of medieval troubadours, led by the character playing Alan-a-Dale, and centers on the evolution of Robin Hood from a playful noble to a selfless hero.  Instrumental in this transformation is Maid Marian, a childhood friend who expects a different type of nobility from Robin than he is initially willing to uphold.  Robin is surrounded by his traditional band including Will Scarlet, Little John, and Friar Tuck, and is opposed by Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Sir Guy of Gisbourne.  But it takes more than just the expected characters to effect a change in Sir Robin of Locksley.  Legend of the Sherwood...

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Harley Marshall — author

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Authors

Harley Marshall has a long list of theater credits, stretching from the Midwest to Off-Broadway and Maine. He was nominated for Best Actor by the Kansas City theater critics, and was co-founder of a critically acclaimed avant-garde theater there. He created the Asner Showcase and directed its namesake, Ed Asner, in the first production; spearheaded the renovation of an abandoned stable in Kansas City into a performance center; and wrote and performed three one-man shows. In the past year, Marshall has written two comedies and a drama: Murray and Juliet or All’s Swell That Ends Swell, and Sammy’s The Greatest College Bar in the History of Mankind. His latest script, Billy Goes to War premiered in August of 2017. Marshall is a member of The Daytime Players, a troupe of senior actors, directors and playwrights.   Plays Authored Billy...

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Billy Goes To War — a Play to End All Wars

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

a play by Harley Marshall (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community and High School productions) ARE ALL WARS THIS WEIRD?! Billy Bunders is the luckiest or unluckiest boy who ever lived. From his birth, on the 4th of July 1900, in Kansas––the son of a German immigrant––Billy survives catastrophic event after catastrophic event: The War to End All Wars; World War II; even the presence of The Korean Conflict, horrifies him; as did the Spanish-American War that haunted his father and affected Billy second-hand. With pointed pathos and barbed politicism, “Billy Goes To War” becomes an intensely involving history lesson as seen through Billy’s eyes and lived through Billy’s actions and with his point of view: “War is …weird!” Dark humor permeates this unsettling play for these darkening times. A small cast makes this a perfect play for any group....

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Deen Ferrell — Author

Posted on Oct 2, 2017 in Authors

It all started when… Deen Ferrell  began writing in Junior High, where he wrote his first “novel,” which consisted of 59 hand-written pages about a time-traveling antagonist who has psychic abilities. He continued to churn out songs, poems, and story treatments through High School. At Brigham Young University, where he studied film, he won several awards for his plays, and had one THE ARCHER WHO WENT I KNOW NOT WHERE TO FETCH I KNOW NOT WHAT toured across the western states to over 30 performances. His other play CINNAMON STICK was also produced.  His senior film project, “More Bull than Dozer,” which he wrote and art-directed, was selected as the Western Region Finalist by the Academy of Motion Picture and Television Sciences, and competed in Los Angeles for a Student Academy Awards. “Cryptic Spaces” is his first published series,...

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An Allagash Haunting: The Story of Emile Camile — play with songs

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Barbara Howe Hogan and Tim Caverly A play with songs adapted from Tim Caverly’s book “An Allagash Haunting” The woods of Northern Maine are full of a rich history and the tales that go with that history. Lumberjacks, small communities, fishermen, hunters, the Spirits of the forest – and the Spirits of those who were taken from their beloved land too soon, populate this play based on Tim Caverly’s novel, “An Allagash Haunting”. This play with music recreates life in the not-so-long-ago lumber camps of the 1920s––specifically Churchill Dam––the story centering around Emile Camile, who died in a logging accident in 1925. When a family goes camping, the family based on Caverly’s own, the children do not merely enjoy the Maine Woods, but become witness to some of it’s stranger stories, becoming a part of its history and rich...

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Challenging Athena — TYA

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Genevieve Aichele (for Professional, College/University, Community TYA groups) A whimsical journey through Greek mythology with story theatre, music, movement, and puppetry! And it all begins with a bet between Arachne and Athena over who is the best weaver — of stories! A New Hampshire Theatre Project Young People’s Playscript.   PLAY DETAILS: 5f +ensemble of 24m 9f 11either (all ensemble characters may be played by performers of either gender) Arachne Goddess Athena Calliope (Muse of Music) Clio (Muse of History) Terpsichore (Muse of Dance) Plus the following ensemble players (doubling not essential if you have a large group): Phaeton, Epaphus, Cygnus, Apollo, Zeus, Sun Hawk, Odysseus, Eurylochus, Warriors (3 or more), Circe, Hermes, Midas Golden, Danae, Perseus, Danae’s Father, Soothsayer, Island People, Evil King, Perky Everlasting, Marygold, The Voice, Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice, Hades, Charon, Cerberus, Persephone, Shades, Hunters...

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One Night With Fanny Brice — The New York Cast CD

Posted on Sep 16, 2017 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs

by Chip Deffaa THE NEW YORK CAST ALBUM CD starring Mary Cantoni Johnson Fanny Brice worked her way up from singing on street corners for pennies as a kid, to burlesque, to Broadway… to becoming America’s highest-paid singing comedienne. She fell for a dashing confidence man, Nicky Arnstein–and when she introduced her immortal “My Man,” the whole country knew she was singing about him. The show was originally produced Off-Broadway in New York at St. Luke’s Theater; it has subsequently been revived twice in New York by The 13th Street Repertory Company. It has been equally well-received in productions at the American Century Theater, Arlington, Virginia; the Rosen Theater, Wayne, New Jersey; and at the Phoenix Stage, Naugatuck, Connecticut. It will be produced next at the Open-Eye Theater, Margaretville, New York. Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story. DEMO CUTS...

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The Scarlet Letter — a play

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in Award Winners, Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

Adapted for the stage from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, College/University, and Community theaters.) Evil, sin, nature, a scarlet letter, a punishing scaffold. Adulteress Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A on her chest as a constant reminder of her shame. Her illegitimate daughter is truly the Pearl purchased at great price. Her lover remains unidentified and is wracked with guilt.  Her husband seeks revenge. Highly theatrical, this play uses only four characters to completely capture the center of the story of inequality, prejudice, judgment. Nominated for the 2012 American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York. PLAY DETAILS 75 minutes 2f 2m Hester Prynne, late 20s. Wearer of the scarlet letter. Arthur Dimmesdale, perhaps a bit older than Hester. The town man of God. Roger Chillingworth, older than...

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SUFFRAGE — a play

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

a play by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, Educational and Amateur theaters.) SUFFRAGE is an exploration of late 1800s Utah, the second territory in the Union, by 1870, to grant women the right to vote. Wyoming had previously granted that right in 1869. That right was stripped 12 years later when suffrage became a whip for Washington politicians who wanted to end polygamy. The two issues became entwined in a strange, more-than-a-little-malicious way. During the two decades portrayed in the play, Utah women found themselves being called upon to stand strong on two equally threatening fronts. And they did. The story of Ruth and Frances, conveys a bit of what women—particularly polygamous women—faced. The attack was on their way of life, which in so many ways must have felt like an attack on their God and family. The overhanging threat...

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Storm Boy – A Devastating Tale of Brotherhood, Love, and Loyalty

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

a play with music by Steve Eaton Evans with Tim Laycock (Perfect for all theatres, professional, amateur and educational.) One of the finest true stories to come out of the lives of the Life Boat Crews in the southwest corner of England: Lynmouth in Devon. Set in 1899, the play is inspired by the famous “Overland Launch” of the Lynmouth Life Boat, which was dragged in a terrible storm by its crew for 14 miles over Exmoor to launch at the more sheltered Porlock Weir. This award-winning play has a variety of lively and sombre songs, from haunting sea chanties to Exmoor folk songs–mixed in with original tunes, that punctuate the comic and tragic moments of this inspiring story. Twin brothers, Alfie and William Teale, have grown up wanting nothing more than to become lifeboat men. As they near...

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MY LIFE: The Musical — a musical

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

By Angela and Andrew Scullin PERFECT FOR AMATEUR THEATRES, YOUTH THEATRE GROUPS AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS When emotion gets to be too much…burst into song! A celebration of all things Musical Theatre. What could be better than living in a world where everyone punctuates even the most mundane activity with a song? Tony Anthony is an average New Yorker but he is stuck in a musical. At first he is blissfully unaware of the supporting cast who provide the musical enhancement. As his suspicions grow, the chorus does what they can to keep the secret and it is only when the self-important choreographer breaks the action that Tony realizes what is really going on. Tony feels that he can’t trust anyone ever again, especially his new love, Jennifer. Is she for real or was she sticking to the script? Tony...

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