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Mr. Anderson’s Crush — Short Play for Seniors

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

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

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

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

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

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The Path — a short play for Seniors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two Ladies Playing Go Fish — a short play for Seniors

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

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

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The First Time …Again — a short play for Seniors

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

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

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Knocks and How To Answer — a short play

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

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

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All The Wrong Moves — a ten minute play

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

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

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The Skeleton In The School — An Elementary Musical

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

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

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The Pumpkin Child — short musical TYA

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

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

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Three Moments In Time — a short play for seniors

Posted on Dec 29, 2017 in Latest, New Releases, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) Moments in the life… of an aging couple dealing with the exigencies of life beyond the workplace and the neighborhood. This funny and on-target trio of plays focus on the humorous side of growing older –– at least the side that the audience sees –– as Helen and Henry make some decisions that cause changes in their life. Available! PLAY DETAILS: 1m 1f About 30 minutes 1 interior Contemporary costumes ORDER #3038 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: ThreeMomentsPERUSAL   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on...

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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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Mirrors and Memories — play

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

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

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The Riddle of the Sphinx and More of History’s Mysteries Revealed — TYA

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) The show, written especially to fire up young imaginations, is like a three-ring circus with a banana-loving Yeti, an elusive Sasquatch, a riddle-demanding Sphinx and an Amazonian Queen…all kept in line by a wandering ringmaster. Kids love this globe-trotting tour in search of the truth about these fantastic legends. The setting is a Carnival Sideshow where fantastic stories have always been told in very theatrical ways! With an optional musical intro, AT THE SIDESHOW, demo found below in the PERUSAL MATERIALS Section.   A part of the SERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors, or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting simple costumes and props About 45 minutes Order # 3175 Available...

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The Mummy’s Tale: And other Voices from the Great Beyond — TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) The Mummy’s Tale. . . is a family-friendly journey exploring the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures! Visit ancient Egypt, where Ra the Sun God makes his first journey across the sky and a subsequent trip into the afterlife; from Greek mythology, the famed minstrel Orpheus will travel to the Underworld to save his lost love, Eurydice; experience the unique paradise of the Aztec’s Gods and find out how they created human beings. Most importantly, The Mummy’s Tale takes a lighthearted, child-appropriate look at The Great Beyond. With an optional musical intro, AT THE SIDESHOW, demo found below in the PERUSAL MATERIALS Section. A part of theSERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors, or...

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Atlantis, Lost! and Other Legends from the Strange Waves — TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Atlantis, Lost! is a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. This collection of wet and wonderful tales includes the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. Ride the Strange Waves and discover a whole new view of the world through these inspired episodes of modern mythology. The play is structured withing a Carnival Sideshow environment which makes if fun for all ages. With an optional musical intro, AT THE SIDESHOW, demo found below in the PERUSAL MATERIALS Section. A part of theSERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors, or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting...

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Way Out West: The Journey of Lewis and Clark and Other Tales — TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Seize the adventure! Explore Native American legends, jump on The Pony Express, and take a chance on the Gold Rush in this historical expedition to the Wild West. Set in the atmosphere of a Carnival Sideshow, this fast moving and hilarious play will delight young audiences and their parents, as well.With an optional musical intro, AT THE SIDESHOW, demo found below in the PERUSAL MATERIALS Section. A part of the SERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors, or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting simple costumes and props About 45 minutes Order # 3174 Available Soon! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available COMING SOON (The PDF file contains...

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Aesop’s Network — PLAY, TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

Broadcasting Theatrical Fables Brought to you by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Learn the tragic truth about “The Ants and the Grasshopper.” Get the scoop on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and hear both sides of the story in “The Lion and the Mouse.” All this is set in a TV Broadcast format with locations in the studio,  a commentary panel set, and on the ground reporting for the ESOP Network. It’s a clever mash-up of several of Aesop’s fabulous fables, with strong lessons inherent in the dramatic action. PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast of 29 characters that can be doubled to as few as 2 Male and 2 Female actors, or each character can be played by...

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EUntitled — a short play

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in New Releases, Religious Titles, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Kristen Ellis Giles A male a female fetus — twins — are preparing to be born. They learn and grow inside the womb. They become human. But they are not born; not given a choice in their own future. They are not even allowed to struggle for themselves as they might have been able to breathe their first breath of air. This play is for all the Entitled and Untitled children in the world.   PLAY DETAILS Cast of 2 (1male-1female) Simple space setting Contemporary costumes About 40 minutes Order # 3171 Now Available! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available EUntitledPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information.) EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of...

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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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Counter Intelligence — One-Act

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear (Perfect for College/University, Community, Church, High School and Professional Groups.) A Brooklyn diner’s business has fallen off in the days following 9/11. When a customer implies that the “Saudi Arabian-American student who works behind the counter might be the cause, the student counters with a very personal “pledge of allegiance.” Sheila was inspired and supported in writing the play because of the visually emotional effect that 9/11 had on the students of her school district; she calls it “a monstrous violation on the young people of the world. These young citizens seem to want to reclaim the world in the name of peace. I believe the character of Zan, (the Saudi-Arabian/American student), knows how to start the reclamation process.” This is a beautiful play about viewing the God of all the nations of the Earth...

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A Day Without Palestine — One-Act

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Shelia Lynch Rinear (Perfect for College/University, Community, and Professional theatres.) Eve graduates from an expensive University and immediately takes an idealistic, fact-finding tour of the Israeli-Palestinian territory and the Wall in her effort to help bring peace to the people there. She also wanted to follow her passion in the search for truth and peace in a land rich in history and hurt. Upon her return she meets with her parents, Lisa and Rick, and Grandmother Rachael. The seemingly diverse ideologies in the different generations make for a tense meeting until a common ground is found and the daughter realizes that she is very much like her father. But that common ground is broken over the never-ending debate between Economics and Politics, and neither side can be reconciled, as she discovers walls obstructing her own family’s peace. (The...

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Olympus On The Moon — One-Act Comedy

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Short Plays

The History of Western Civilization in One Act by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School,  and other Youth Theatre Groups) At the fall of the Roman Empire, men have scaled Mount Olympus, driving Jupiter and his wife Juno to seek exile on the Moon where they will raise a new race of beings to serve and worship them.  Mercury relates what is happening on Earth in the absence of the King and Queen of the Olympian Gods as Apollo and Mars drive men on Earth between creation and destruction.  Diana and Athena steal the golden wings that Vulcan crafted for himself and his wife Venus to reach the new Olympus.  Removed from human history, centuries pass for Jupiter in seeming instants while his plans of creating a new race fail. In the end, the...

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Crowns and Commoners — Premiere Play File (TYA)

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Short Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for High Schools and Middle Schools and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) The King brings his three daughters out of hiding, intending to crown them as his heirs. When he discovers that the Princesses disobeyed him during their exile, he threatens to disown them. Before the family can reconcile, the Princesses are taken hostage by the King’s usurping brother and must fight for their lives and for the future of their people. PREMIERE PLAY FILE PLAY DETAILS: 7f 5m About 50 minutes 1 interior Order #3123 Available for ALL producing groups SOON. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: Crowns&CommonersPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group...

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Liberation — A Short Play

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for College/University, Community, High School, Middle School and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) Four French maidens, hiding from the occupying German army and concealing their identities from each other, capture the soldier who discovers them.  One of the young women insists on showing the soldier the stories of misfortune that brought them to their current condition. They enact their stories in metaphor, drawing on a Greek myth, a Biblical story, and the legend of a local saint.  When the German soldier reveals that the village has been liberated, he asks to be liberated by death rather than facing the shame of what his people have done to the French people.  The four maidens each are seeking a liberation of their own.   PLAY DETAILS: 4f 1m About 40 minutes 1 interior of a barn Order # 3122...

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Alexander and the United Snakes of America — TYA

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Short Plays

by Donald Lewis Homeless Alexander and his dad board a boxcar and head west, in search of a new life. Unfortunately, they share the boxcar with a group of snakes on their way to the United Snakes of America Convention, organized to develop a national strategy for survival. Humans and snakes must overcome differences and find common ground — or bite the big one! Over the course of the play the two groups are forced to challenge their fears and misconceptions. The play presents vital messages on environmental issues and tolerance. However, it does not deal with the issues of governmental snakes. A physically challenging play for actors.     PLAY DETAILS: One simple setting 4M 2F 1B 1either male or female 1 hour Order #3104 REVIEWS “Shear enchantment, certain to delight and charm audiences of all ages” —...

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Equality of Rights

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Religious Titles, Short Plays

by Jerry Argetsinger (For production by Educational, Amateur and Professional groups.) This play was commissioned by Celebrate ‘98 and premiered at the Sesquicentennial of the first Women’s Rights Convention (1998) in the Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY, where it is regularly performed. “Equality of Rights” is a dramatic representation of the events leading up to and a reenactment of highlights of the First Women’s Rights Convention at the Wesleyan Chapel, Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. It begins at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, England where the American delegation was made up primarily of Quakers. Upon their arrival, the World Convention leaders caused an uproar by refusing to seat the American women delegates.  As they observed and discussed the convention Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott became fast friends and vowed to convene...

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The Christmas Party — The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Short Plays

by Ludvig Holberg Adapted  by Jerry Argetsinger  (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres.) Christmas parties were held after Christmas when the religious celebrations were over.  They traditionally recalled the Heathen Days of Denmark and were notorious for their lack of restraint. Guests often came in costume and behaved with abandon. One of the things Holberg considered most ridiculous was the marrying of old men to young women.  How could such a thing not result in affairs of the heart? It is Twelfth Night in the Jutland village of Aebletoft and the young wife, Leonora, is anticipating a raucous Christmas party where she can slip away with the handsome young Leander.  She is devastated to learn that her pious old husband, Jeronimus, has declared there shall be no such party, the likes of which have been outlawed in...

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Different Equals Amazing – A play about bullying

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Child and Youth Audiences, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Short Plays

by Matthew Ivan Bennett (For production by Professional, College/University, Community, Church, or High School group performing for young people) Different does not have to mean weird or bad. In a great many cases, “Different=Amazing.” The subject matter of this new play is drawn from real-life bullying experiences of elementary students, including current Salt Lake and Davis County students in Utah.  The goal is to provide students with the tools to identify, address, cope and hopefully prevent bullying in their own schools, neighborhoods and lives. Each short piece shows a different dimension of bullying to help students understand the painful effects of bullying and the role they can play in addressing bullying behavior. Inspired by the 2010 event of the same name. The original production featured Tyson Baker and Latoya Rhodes, and was directed by Jerry Rapier, Plan-B’s Artistic Director. PLAY DETAILS...

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CoughLaugh — An Experimental Play

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 in Short Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For performance by Professional Theatres, College and University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools) Have you ever attended a play where the actors seemed to do absolutely nothing? Well, here is that premise taken to the extreme. HE is reading a newspaper. SHE is watching television. They do nothing, until they hear a sound. Then they take the audience on a journey of frustration and laughter until the final sound brings a halt to the proceedings. This play has caused every emotional response possible from its audiences. And it is highly experimental. No performance has ever failed and some audiences have guessed early what is happening. Sometimes it took them a very long and hilarious time to get to the end. This script is a perfect blend of improvisation and control. You’ll have fun… and so will...

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find — A Short Play

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 in Short Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools) A family in the deep south — mother, father, grandmother, juvenile son and daughter — take an innocent excursion into the countryside from which none of them is fated to return. Their nemesis is an escaped convict, the Misfit, who, with his two young accomplices, dispatches each of them in turn. The last of his victims, the grandmother, pleads for mercy. As she does so, her own shallowness and hypocrisy come to light. The Misfit in turn reprimands his accomplices for taking pleasure in the executions. In its enigmatic way, this one act play — based on Flannery O’Connor’s celebrated story of the same name — raises hard questions about mortality, goodness and Christian salvation. This is a particularly difficult play. It is dark,...

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