Pages Navigation Menu

Play Publisher & Theatrical Rights Licensing of Plays and Musicals for All Audiences

Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington — One Woman Play

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Latest, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Women Playwrights/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...

Read More

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) A PLAY TO END ALL WARS! (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...

Read More

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/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...

Read More

SUFFRAGE — a play

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

Read More

RUFF! by Jenifer Nii — TYA

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Jenifer Nii (For grades K-3 performed by Teens through Adults for Child Audiences) RUFF! is a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs – Axel and Buddy. Together they discover what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to be the best they can be. It explores the issues of self-confidence, prejudice, and overcoming fear. RUFF! received its world premiere in 2015 as part of Plan-B’s third annual Free Elementary School Tour. A Plan-B Theatre Company Play PLAY DETAILS Anthropomorphic costumes, or simple suggestion Simple setting About 35 minutes 1M1F ORDER #3203 Available now! COMMENTS: FROM THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS WHO SAW THE PLAN-B TOUR “On many levels RUFF! gave us discussion topics. One tiny reference to making the dogs’ experiences apply to humans caused my students to do just...

Read More

The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister — TYA

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Jennifer L. Reck (Perfect for any professional, amateur or educational group performing for children or young people.) The Little Mermaid gives up her voice to become human for the Prince, but the Prince wants to be a fish. Nothing makes sense on land or sea until the Little Mermaid’s Little Sister takes on the Sea Witch to make things right. Along the way she is helped by her sea dog, Finn, held hostage by a mischievous swarm of eels, and plays a friendly game of Hearts. PLAY DETAILS 8 females, 4 males, 1 either The Little Mermaid: A teenage mermaid ready to risk it all to become human for a human who wants to become a fish The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister: A wily girl with a strong sense of how to look out for herself and those...

Read More

El Bully — A Spanglish play with songs

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Bilingual/Bilingue, Child/Youth Audiences, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles, Short Plays

Script and Lyrics by Joe Rosenberg Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Additional Music by Kim Paice, Andrea Docter & Jared Rounds (This play is perfect for Adult actors performing for young people, and young people performing for themselves. Upper Elementary aged students though Middle School and Junior High ages would enjoy this play.) This play has Spanish. This play has English. This play has them both together in the same sentence: Spanglish! In school, an English speaking tough-guy bully falls head over heels in love for an Hispanic girl. All goes well until he becomes victimized by a lack of Spanish language skills, simply because he doesn’t know that “prima” in Spanish means “cousin”. His prior treatment of his fellow students is also a hindrance for him to be understood by them — no matter how much...

Read More

The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 2: Personal Journeys

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Books About Theatre, New Releases, Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright, traveler and observer of Humanity. The seven plays in this volume, “Frére Lawrence,” “Gentle Barbarian,” “The Immortal,” “The Seagull,” “Siegfried Idyll,” “The Wager, and “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”  gathered in one volume for the first time, deal with men and women and their relationships, treacheries, hopes, dreams, plots, plans, cruelties and sometimes kindnesses. Both historical and political these dramas expose the Human condition, in thoughtful and unforgettable stage adaptations. With this volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, Students, Directors, Actors, Producers and others ready to settle down into a fine drama and experience life through someone else’s eyes. Book Details PRINT VERSION 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm) Black & White on White paper 233 pages ISBN-13: 978-1539464013 ISBN-10: 1539464016 A BISAC: Drama...

Read More

The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 1: Perestroika and Glasnost

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Books About Theatre, New Releases, Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright and former Professor of the Russian language, now retired. Having lived in the U.S. and in Russia, his plays have made the mystery and controversy of “The Red East” singularly accessible  His plays, “Charades,” “Crime and Punishment,” “God’s Fools,” “The Idiot,” and “The Second Priest,” gathered in one volume for the first time, deal with Russia, Russians, and  The U.S.S.R, their relations with other countries as well as internally, and focus on the transition into and out of Communism. Taut, political and ideological dramas, all, they enlighten the Human condition, in thoughtful and lively stage adaptations. Now arranged in this one volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, and Students, Producers, Directors and Actors, who will grow to appreciate the keen mind, probing satire, and wit of Thomas...

Read More

Lifelines — A Play

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear Perfect for High Schools, Youth Theatres, Colleges/Universities, Community, Church and Professional theatres. Lifelines is the story of a grief counselor (Nell Hennessey) who has a reputation as an expert in helping others get through the pain of losing loved ones to suicide. Her assumed expertise lies in the fact that she herself has lost a brother to suicide. But when Nell recognizes her own signs of depression and that she is merely handing out platitudes and text book answers to her hurting patients’ quests for help and peace, Nell must decide to seek help herself. By working with some sincere and relentless teens who push the counselor with deep and searing questions, Nell realizes that she still has to go through the pain of her own loss in order to be effective in helping others....

Read More

Reindeer Games: A Christmas Panto for Young and Olde!

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Christmas Shows, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles

A play with songs by Martin R. Collin Suitable for a mixed-age group in Schools, Churches, and Community Theatres An evening of ragtag holiday merry-making, festivity, revelry, audience participation, happy yuletide songs and dances, and jollification featuring: Elves, Fairies, Children, Choristers, Musicians, Ancient Citizens, The Christmas Bear, Red Riding Hood and The Wolf, Rudolph and Clarisse, a holiday quiz show, Big-Head Characters, The Giant Blunderbore, and the retelling of the old mummers tale, Saint George and the Dragon, with Father Christmas himself!   PLAY DETAILS 55-60 minutes Traditional period and contemporary costumes Simple representational set with props (or as elaborate as you desire) Cast size: Minimum Male roles(doubled)=8. Minimum Female roles(doubled)=5. Minimum total with doubling=22. Minimum total without doubling=57+Chorus. Could be done with a lot of doubling, or even tripling, but is intended as a large-cast piece [25-100] with...

Read More

Well-Behaved Women — A Play for TYA

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Jes Marbacher (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and the launch of the women’s right’s movement, women worked tirelessly for their right to vote. After 72 long years the 19th Amendment was passed, and women were legally allowed to cast their ballots for the first time in the 1920 election. This movement spans decades and involves many women. Playwright Jes Marbacher deftly crafts a work in two Acts, the first focusing in on Susan B. Anthony’s attempt to vote and subsequent arrest in 1872, and the second on Alice Paul and the suffragettes of the 1910’s. Women’s suffrage was a complex issue for a lot of people and students of today have a hard time wrapping their heads around why. Even more difficult to understand is why many of these issues...

Read More

Just Lucky I Guess — A Comedy

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Plays

(or Six Characters In Search of a Fortune) a Comedy by Mark Ogden (Perfect for College/University, Community, and Professional theatres) Ken and Kasey — 20somethings, are in love and living together. Brad, Kasey’s younger brother moves in, temporarily. The apartment building where they live produces all sorts of interesting characters to complicate every single relationship in the group: a 27-year-old Choreographer who is into everything that the universe has to offer her, a recently divorced Keno runner who thinks she is cursed, and an ultra-religious accountant, making sure that at every opportunity she points out God’s relationship in everything. They are all looking for their ‘lucky’ break! The plot centers around that luck, and providence, love, marriage, witchcraft, faith, did we say love, and, oh — it all happens in Vegas! And it stays there!   PLAY DETAILS 2M...

Read More

The World Is My Parish — Play

Posted on May 6, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles

by R. Rex Stephenson & Mike Trochim   Perfect for Community, College/University, Church and Professional groups. John Wesley was an Anglican minister and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. This play highlights his life and struggles. The play is available in TWO versions: A large cast version, and a 2-7 player version meant to tour. PLAY DETAILS Full Version 9M  8W  2B  3G + 12-16 ensemble Period Costumes Simple Setting About 120 minutes Features the HYMN “Love Divine” as originally composed by John Zundel, 1815-1882 to the tune: BEECHER; and “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”; and “I’ll Praise My Maker”. (All included in the script) Order #3159 Touring Version 2-7 Actors Period Costumes Simple Setting Great for Touring About 70 minutes...

Read More

Glorious Son of York — play

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Shakespeare Plays

by Rex Stephenson  For Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups playing for Family, Youth and Adult audiences. Richard returns after 400 plus years to answer charges he feels Shakespeare and other historians have made against him.  He believes in his heart that Shakespeare maligned him, and if he can just explain his position he will have the place in history he rightfully deserves; But Richard doesn’t find Shakespeare all bad: He is enchanted by the way Shakespeare portrays him as a seducer of women; by Shakespeare’s unflattering portrayal of Elizabeth and Margaret; and most importantly Shakespeare’s description of his death. PLAY DETAILS 1M 1W (+ 2 optional supporting roles that can be played by the actress) Simple Setting Great for Touring About 70 minutes Order #3157 REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here:GloriousSonOfYork PERUSAL (The...

Read More

Caravan — a play

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights/Composers

A Happy Journey through the Wisdom Tales of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Carol Lynn Pearson “An enemy is someone whose story you do not know.” This play is a celebration of three cultures that often live in distrust and misunderstanding, but that have much in common and indeed have much to be learned from each other. The framework in which the tales of wisdom are told is that of a Caravan whose sole purpose is to select the next Sultan from the current Sultan’s two sons. The trick is that they are seeking the answer to a riddle: What is the most powerful force in the world? The wisest answer given upon their return from a year-long quest will become the Sultan. Through dramatic and comic moments the wisdom of Faith in its many faces and aspects is...

Read More

Facing East (The Play)

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays

by Carol Lynn Pearson (for Professional, College/University, and Community Theatre productions) The story deals with a Mormon couple confronting the suicide of their gay son. The problems inherent in dealing with this emotional and idealogical divide are universal to all humans, let alone any particular religious group. The three characters—father (Alex), mother (Ruth) and gay partner of the deceased (Marcus) — meet for the first time at Andrew’s grave following the funeral. The audience “becomes” the congregation in a new funeral the father is giving for his son, this time a funeral that speaks the truth. There are “memory moments” in which each parent relives important times in the past, during which the other parent speaks the son’s lines from the darkness. The only time we “see” the deceased son is toward the end when his partner “becomes” him...

Read More

Mother Wove the Morning (PLAY)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Carol Lynn Pearson Much of Carol Lynn’s life has been devoted to the search for the feminine divine, a search that culminated in writing Mother Wove the Morning. The play is made up of sixteen women throughout history searching for the female face of God – the feminine divine. The original script was a one-woman-show. But it has now been adapted for multiple performers with subsequent productions as an “equity showcase” in New York City, as well as by high schools, colleges and community theatres across the country. It all began in 1989 when Carol Lynn rented her local community theater in Walnut Creek (CA) for two weekends, sent out press releases, sold tickets, and opened the play, believing at least her friends would show up. They did. And lots of other people. The event sold out and...

Read More

The World of Snow White — play

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by R. Rex Stephenson (Perfect for Youth Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Middle Schools, Junior Highs, High Schools, Community Groups, Colleges/Universities, and Professional Groups) The World of Snow White is a modern adaptation, yet very true to the varied classic source material in bringing the darker situations of many versions of the story from around the globe together in one script. It moves quickly and plays well for all audiences. The legends and stories of a Snow White character come from more than 30 countries around the world, like Albania, Turkey, Mozambique, Germany, England, France, and others. These international tales lend a totally new vision to the characters and a unique play for any group to produce.   PLAY DETAILS: 6M 6W 1 or 2 girls 8either + mice, preacher, servants and crowd. Roles can be doubled to make 20 actors....

Read More

The Sheriff of Nottingham — TYA

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Plays

by Michael Megliola (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) Robin Hood is known by many as an heroic outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor but many of the details of the story are often ignored. Who was Robin and how did he come to be? With a fresh look at this beloved story, Michael Megliola has written a new play from the perspective of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Caught between loyalty to the absent King Richard (missing for 6 years while fighting a Crusade) and demands from the greedy Prince John (who is acting King), the Sheriff finds himself playing a cat and mouse game with one Robert Fitzooth (aka Robin Hood), Marion Fitzwalter (aka Maid Marian) and a band of merry (and not-so-merry) men! PLAY DETAILS: 18m 3f (Roles can be played by...

Read More

The Doctor In Spite of Himself — Farce

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin) Adapted & Translated by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, and other Youth Theatre Groups) The long-suffering wife of Sganarelle, a woodcutter and former doctor’s assistant, decides to avenge herself for her husband’s neglect and abuse. She convinces two servants who are seeking a physician that they must beat her brilliant but eccentric husband until he admits to being a doctor.  When confronted by the servants, Sganarelle repeatedly denies any knowledge of medicine, but when they beat him, he decides to go along with their presumption. Sganarelle is brought by the servants to their master whose daughter has become mute.   He makes an effective pretense of trying to cure the daughter, quoting Latin and doing what he has seen other doctors do.  The lover of the master’s daughter confides to...

Read More

Awakening Galatea — play

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, and Community groups) The play is based on Ovid’s story of Pygmalion. Pygmalion is an idealistic sculptor who creates Galatea, his statue of a perfect woman.  At Venus’ bidding, the seven Muses cause the creator to fall in love with his creation. The Muse of Poetry falls in love with Pygmalion and begs the Goddess of Love to allow her to appear to him and steer his passion away from the lifeless statue.  Venus curses the Muse for her temerity and casts the spirit Muse into the statue of Galatea. When the other Muses beg for mercy for their sister, Venus permits them to lead the pair on a quest that will bring Galatea to life, let Poetry experience humanity, and render Pygmalion capable of selfless love. PLAY DETAILS 8f 1m 90...

Read More

All’s Well That Ends Well — Shakespeare(edited)

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted and Edited by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, High Schools and Middle Schools) Following his father’s death, Bertram, the young Count of Rossillion, leaves home to attend the court of the ailing King of France, along with his friend Parolles. Helena, the Countess’s ward, is in love with Bertram, and reveals her affection to the Countess, who is sympathetic. She gives Helena permission to visit Paris in an attempt to cure the King of his ailment using a drug devised by Helena’s father, a physician. Lafew, a lord at court, persuades the King to see Helena, and he is cured by her medicine. As a reward, she is offered a husband of her choice, and she chooses Bertram. He rejects her for her lack of social standing, but then accepts her rather than suffer the...

Read More

DeGruchy’s Mantle — A Verse Play

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle Schools, and other Youth Theatre Groups) Newman’s first verse drama, DeGruchy’s Mantle tells the story of a widow who leaves her magic mantle to her five teenage daughters just before her death. The daughters make a series of foolish wishes that cause a series of enchantments.  It is up to the youngest daughter, magically aged through the mantle’s power, who must restore her sisters and take charge of her mother’s gift. DeGruchy’s Mantle received a Meritorious Achievement Award in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Region VIII playwriting competition. PLAY DETAILS: 5 young women 1 older woman and 2 young males. 75 minutes A simple exterior setting, either realistic or suggestive. Order # 3120 Available for ALL producing groups SOON. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: DeGruchy’sMantlePERUSAL (The...

Read More

Gathering Grimm — a play

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays

A Play for Young People by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) A tale in itself about tale tellers has been gathered, like the original stories, from various sources. The Brothers Grimm may have written these stories down, but they did not come directly from the voices of the people of Germany. They were almost all filtered through the ‘sisters’ and the female friends of the brothers, who had heard them from various mouths throughout their childhood. The play centers on Lottie Grimm, the sister of Jakob and Wilhelm and their three younger brothers. Lottie refuses to help her brothers compile their collection until they acknowledge the source of the tales:  middle class schoolgirls. The script includes dramatizations of seven of the Grimm tales: The Frog Prince, Cinderella...

Read More

Lightning Rod — A Play

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Plays

a play by Tim Slover (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) What is the price of Liberty? For Benjamin Franklin, it was flesh and blood. Widely lauded for his role in giving birth to a new nation, Franklin’s role as a father to his own children remains largely a mystery. This work  commissioned by the Fulton Opera House & Franklin and Marshall College, as part of the international celebration of Franklin’s 300 Birthday, in 2006, examines the origins of Franklin’s character and how nothing could divide him from his beloved son, William, except a revolution. This play discusses mature themes. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 3W 2older teenMales (can be doubled) About 120 mins Fluid open setting Period Costumes Order #3117 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: LightningRodPERUSAL (The PDF file contains one...

Read More

Treasure — A Play

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Tim Slover (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) Ambition. Greed. Lust. Recklessness. Righteousness. Honor. Betrayal. Potential. All make for a chilling political drama. In this glimpse into the life of founding father, Alexander Hamilton, we delve a little bit deeper into early American history. Fifth grade social studies class taught many that Hamilton was a Revolutionary War veteran and a close friend of General and later President Washington’s, who appointed him as Secretary of the Treasury in his new government, but one might wonder what else there is to know about Hamilton. The play examines Hamilton’s conflicts between fidelity, desire, aspiration and honor. Hamilton’s personal indiscretions resulted in blackmail and corruption, as the husband of the woman he was dallying with tried to make a buck off the new Secretary of the Treasury. Speculation, stealing...

Read More

Stones — A Play

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 in Plays, Religious Titles

by J. Scott Bronson ALTARS — 2M1W. Open Setting TOMBS — 2M 1W. Open Setting. Time for each: Just under an hour. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Youth Theatres) STONES is the recipient of the 2001 Award for Drama from the Association for Mormon Letters. “STONES is a perfect example of the three keys to playwrighting: Story, Character, Dialogue. Both acts thousands of years apart in real time, appear outwardly to tell two different stories. But the similarities in the themes of faith and family reach across the years to bind the play into one coherent story that is relevant today and will always be as long as humans walk the Earth.” ALTARS is the story of Abraham, Isaac and Sarai. TOMBS is the story of Mary, Jesus and Joseph. Each story is...

Read More

Tangents — A Play

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Elizabeth Hansen (For performance by Professionals, Community Theatres, Colleges & Universities) Dr. Nancy Ellis, a gifted professor of clinical psychology, leads us on a journey into the troubled mind of Sandy Garrison, a young brilliant student with Multiple Personality Disorder. In a uniquely theatrical way, the personalities are portrayed by five different actresses, who battle, not only for control of “Sandy,” but the doctor as well. Nancy finds herself intrigued with “Sandy’s” different “selves:” Beth, quiet, kind-hearted, yet confused; Kirsten, filled with wisdom and compassion; Kelly, a bright and brave tomboy of 10; Lara, the 4-year-old, gentle and trusting, but full of pain and fear; and Trevin, Nancy’s nemesis, with a genius intellect and a rapid-fire wit, but who has never experienced a moment of joy. Nancy and “Sandy” parallel each other as they struggle with the demons...

Read More

Jean de France — The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Plays

by Ludvig Holberg Acting Edition by Jerry Argetsinger from the translation by Argetsinger & Sven Rossel (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups.) “Jean de France” is Ludvig Holberg’s character comedy written as an homage to Moliere, following the trappings of Commedia dell Arte. Hans Frandsen is excited that his 20 year old son, Hans, is returning home from a three month sojourn to Paris, but his neighbor, and future in-law, Jeronimus is skeptical.  Rumor has it that Hans has assimilated all too many aspects of pretentious French culture starting with his name, which he has changed to “Jean de France.”   When Jean enters, his attire, attitudes and language demonstrate that he has become obsessed with putting on French airs.   The boy’s fiancée, Elsebet is horrified by his behavior and has also fallen in love with an...

Read More

Jeppe of the Hill — The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Plays

OR The Transformed Peasant by Ludvig Holberg Adapted and Translated by Jerry Argetsinger & Sven Rossel  (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups.) Jeppe of the Hill is Holberg’s most successful comedy, having remained active in the repertories of virtually all national Scandinavian and several Northern European theatres since 1722.  It is also the most likely to be produced around the world.  The character Jeppe Berg is considered the first fully developed Danish literary character and is considered one of the great comic character roles of all time. The supporting roles also offer great opportunity for comic genius. Jeppe is a Zealand peasant, a drunk, a ne’er-do-well who is beaten by his wife, oppressed by his Baron and cuckolded by the deacon.  On his way to the village to buy soap for his wife, he finds his...

Read More

Seigfried Idyll — A Play

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Classics, Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For performance by Professional, Community, and College/University groups.) (suggested by the stories of “The Ring of The Neibelung”) Beyond its depiction of sordid, mean spirited lives–a nevertheless needful ‘value contrast,’ as artists put it, shadow underscoring the light—the Nibelung legend forcefully portrays a redemptive aspect of human life. Siegfried’s infatuation with Hilde (Brunhilde) has been, while whole souled, also blind, as we in fact often say ‘love’ is. He even kills for it. The one character who approaches Christlike self-renunciation in others’ behalf is Gudrun, and, despite Siegfried’s truly fallen state, he learns from her example. She is in a sense his savior—like Beatrice is Dante’s and Margareta Faust’s–and his own Liebestod is a necessary ‘blood atonement’ that emulates Gudrun’s decency and virtue. It is this that makes the tale so significant in both German...

Read More

The Immortal — A Play

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers  (For performance by Professional, College/University, Amateur and Community groups.) This play imaginatively derives from real incidents that occurred when the Shah of Iran was deposed in 1941 by the theocratically dominated factions that now govern that country’s people. But he did not leave the country until 1953.  What the play imaginatively treats are the Shah’s actual thoughts and his possible reaction while dying and in exile.  Parables from the Middle East and India are extensively employed in the script as commentary on his circumstances and, more broadly, on the world’s realpolitik, which never seems to change. The issues of this hard-hitting play are just as timely and at home on the stage today as they were in the 1950s. Totalitarian regimes rise and fall and rise again. NOTE: The artwork at the left is a...

Read More

Crime & Punishment — A New Play

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 in Classics, Plays

Adapted and Translated by Thomas F. Rogers (Can be produced by Professional, College/University, Community and High School groups.) CRIME AND PUNISHMENT focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. He argues that with the pawnbroker’s money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime while ridding the world of a worthless vermin. He also commits the murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things and even have the right to so behave. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by comparing himself with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose. Although not a playwright, Dostoevsky has been cited as having...

Read More

Timeshare — A Comedy Thriller

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Plays

by Brent Hanson (For production by College/University, Community, and High School groups) The action of the play takes place in February 2001, a time when computer data was stored on discs and all children were not born holding cell phones in their hands. The setting is the great room of a secluded and luxurious ski cabin; a time-share unit, part of a ski resort. There is a dead body, an intruder and eight people stranded in a snowstorm. The story twists and turns as a blizzards hits, romance blooms, with more and more laughs aplenty as this murder-mystery takes you on a joyous ride seeking to solve the mystery before the characters do. PLAY DETAILS: (7M 5W + 1dog) 1 interior About 90 mins. Order # 3100 Available for  production SOON! Apply now! (from the Churchill County High School...

Read More