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Wild In The West • A Choose Your Own Path Adventure

Posted on Sep 15, 2019 in Choose Your Own Path Adventure Series, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Anthony Buck The audience chooses the way in this Western adventure.  Rookie sheriff Josiah Clay must safely transport $10,000 on a dangerous journey across the Wild West to Weston City in hopes that the mayor will give him the job of his dreams.  Add in a fiery saloon owner, three identical suitcases, and the West’s two stupidest bandits and your audience will cheer through every choice point to any of the many multi-leveled endings. Can be fully produced with fantasy sets and costumes, or simply done as a staged reading, or anything in between. PLAY DETAILS: 5m, 3f, 1either Costumes and sets may be as complete or as spare as wished by producer. About 70-90 Minutes Order #3333 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: WildInTheWestCYOPA PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be...

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A Hero’s Journey • A Choose Your Own Path Adventure

Posted on Sep 15, 2019 in Choose Your Own Path Adventure Series, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Anthony Buck The audience chooses the way in this fantasy adventure that features knights, squires, wizards, princess, dragons, and more!  A band of adventuring heroes embark on a quest to defeat a Dark Wizard and end his terrible curse.  But will their own rivalries destroy their alliance before they finish the dangerous task? With multiple choice points and eight separate endings, the audience will stay engaged from the very beginning until the last second. Can be fully produced with fantasy sets and costumes, or simply done as a staged reading, or anything in between. PLAY DETAILS: 3m 2f. Costumes and sets may be as complete or as spare as wished by producer. About 70-90 Minutes Order #3332 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: HeroesJourneyCYOPA PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure...

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The Farley Family Reunion • A Comic Play

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, ZT Plays

by James Arrington The wacky, weird, wonderful, witty, whimsical, one-man show written and performed by James Arrington. Described as “a must see,” and “stunningly hilarious,” this play takes on family culture in a way to “bless yer heart.”   PLAY DETAILS CAST: 1m 1f playing multiple roles of 6 male characters and 9 female characters, or those characters can be played by multiple individual or doubled actors. CHARACTERS: The following roles are played by the Actor [or by a number of actors] (in order of appearance) CHESTER HEBER VIOLA UFFER LEROY MARVA VOLCO PEARL The following roles are played by the Actress [or by a number of actresses] (in order of appearance) ARVILLA GRAMPA GRETCHEN AUNT MINNIE GENEVA FAYREEN VESTA   PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: HERE SOON The video version of...

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The Survival of the Fittest • a Play

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in Plays, Religious Titles, ZT Plays

by Thom Duncan (For LDS Wards, Stakes and Community Theatres) In 1911, the Science Department of Brigham Young University sponsored a symposium honoring the 50th year of the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work, The Origin of Species. Charles Darwin is considered the father of the theory of Evolution. Because his theories were being freely taught on campus, it was felt by the faculty that the question as to whether his theories about the origin of life were not in conflict with the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had long been settled. Nevertheless, based on some complaints by a minority of students, the issue was re-investigated by the leaders of the Church and the loyalty of three teachers was called into question. Despite their support by the then president of the...

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Gadianton • A Play

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in Award Winners, Plays, ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

a play by Eric Samuelsen What makes our acts moral? Is any practice “just business”? Can Book of Mormon, or even religious lessons speak to us in our high-tech world? In contexts as diverse as nuclear testing, corporate mergers, and Mormon family life, Gadianton powerfully reminds us that every decision is personal and eternal. WINNER of the Association for Mormon Letters award for Drama in 1997. PLAY DETAILS: 7M 4F About 2 hours ORDER #2024 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking GadiantonPERUSAL It contains the first half of the script. Or you can read the entire play in the new Anthology: Saints On Stage (Available from Zarahemla Books) PRODUCTION MATERIALS AVAILABLE: Script in PDF format  — Order #2024a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to...

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Dial Tones • A Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Plays, Religious Titles, ZT Plays

A Romance by J. Scott Bronson (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) A humorous tale of a very unique love triangle. Two people making separate telephone calls, are accidentally connected to each other by the playful character named Telephone — an artificial intelligence. As their relationship develops and enlarges and becomes, well, love, the play shows us what love is and what it means to be a human being. Contains mild adult expletives. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 2W 1either 80-90 minutes Simple setting ORDER #3062 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking DialTonesPERUSAL It contains the first act of the three act script. PRODUCTION MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF format  — Order #3062a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized...

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Papa Married A Mormon • The Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Plays, ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays

by John D. Fitzgerald. Adapted for the stage by Rodger D. Sorensen. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups) Papa Married a Mormon is like a family patchwork quilt worn threadbare from use. It becomes more familiar and warm each time you pick it up and wrap yourself in it. Like a quilt, Sorensen’s theatrical adaptation brings us close to these characters — who are not threadbare at all — and wraps us in the kindness of their charitable lives. It asks questions about tolerance and brotherly love. The story is told from the viewpoint of JD Fitzgerald, who grew up in Price, Utah in a family with a Catholic papa and a Scandinavian Mormon mama. Can this house, often divided against itself, stand? Definitely! With Papa and Mama at...

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Stones • A Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Award Winners, Plays, Religious Titles, ZT New Test, ZT Old Test, ZT Plays, ZT Short Plays

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, LDS Church Groups, 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....

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Huebener • The Classic LDS Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Award Winners, Plays, Religious Titles, ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) During World War II, while aware of the risk to his life, the fearless young German Latter-day Saint Helmuth Huebener persisted in launching a campaign against Hitler’s propaganda machine. In this play we witness the tragic story of Mormonism’s arguably greatest twentieth-century martyr. The English translation is not the only version we license. We have translations in Finnish, Russian and German. (see below) PLAY DETAILS: About 2 hours 10M 2W plus ensemble of small roles Unit Set Order # 2010 Available for ALL producing groups. REVIEWS “If one is allowed only a few peak experiences in life, one for me was watching the text emerge of Thomas Rogers’ play Huebener. The work is a product of our...

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Much Ado About Nothing — Shakespeare

Posted on Jan 10, 2019 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Freely adapted and updated from the Shakespeare Classic by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, High Schools and Middle Schools) The military war is over, but the “merry war” of love has just begun! Considered one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, join Beatrice and Benedict, Hero and Claudio as they navigate through mine fields of words and jealous rivals to the safety of finding that one person with whom you truly belong. Drawing serious and frivolous into one realm, the show tells of nobleman Leonato, who shares his home with his daughter, Hero; niece, Beatrice; and elder brother, Antonio, as he welcomes friends home from the war. The play is set in 1945, just as WWII was coming to a close. A time in history where feminism had just experienced more progress than it ever had before. The...

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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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The Cricket On The Hearth — Staged Radio Play

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Classics, 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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Hancock County • a play

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 in Award Winners, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles, ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

Compared by some 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...

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

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast

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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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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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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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! 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 perfect...

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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 Brent Hutchins starring in Closer To Home, Too! at The Grand Theatre in Ellsworth, Maine. PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first...

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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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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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Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington — One Woman Play

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Latest, Monologs, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, 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 The KINDLE ebook is available below for perusal purposes REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us...

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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, Short Plays

a play by Harley Marshall (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community and High School productions) FULL and ONE ACT versions available! 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...

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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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RUFF! by Jenifer Nii — TYA

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

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The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister — TYA

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

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El Bully — A Spanglish play with songs

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Bilingual-Bilingue, Child and 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...

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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...

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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...

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Lifelines — A Play

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

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Panto for Young and Olde!

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, 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...

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Well-Behaved Women — A Play for TYA

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

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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...

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