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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, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

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

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Hancock County — a play

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

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

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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

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 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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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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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, 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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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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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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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...

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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...

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Caravan — a play

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and 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...

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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...

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Mother Wove the Morning –– PLAY

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

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The World of Snow White — play

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, 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....

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The Sheriff of Nottingham — TYA

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child and 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...

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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...

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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...

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All’s Well That Ends Well — Shakespeare -edited

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays, 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...

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