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The Wind in the Willows — Short Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Classics, Coming Soon, Musicals, Women Playwrights/Composers

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy Suitable for Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres for Children and Youth, TYA Written in melodrama style — in keeping with may of the theatricals of the period in which the original novel was written and the story set — the script encourages audience participation. It chronicles the adventures of Toad and his friends with a fast-moving storyline, lots of humor, and a nod to Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful prose. Although the primary audience is children, the script also contains references for adults, in the vein of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.   PLAY DETAILS 2M, 1F and 2 actors of either gender. Several fluid settings. Running Time: 40 mins Order # 3195 Available soon! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available COMING SOON (The PDF file contains the...

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

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audiences, History Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, 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. 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 the first half of the play along with all background information.) EMAIL us for rights...

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Aesop’s Network — PLAY, TYA

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

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 a single actor Multi-location fluid setting...

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E. Gray Simons III — AUTHOR

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in Authors

Playwright E. Gray Simons III has worked for fourteen years as an Artist-in-Residence at BTF. In 2000, he became Artistic Director of BTF PLAYS! and has since written and directed more than a dozen original plays, among them Aesop’s Network, Nursery Rhyme Café, Mystery Sideshow 2: Strange Waves, and Mystery Sideshow 3: Way Out West. Simons made his BTF directorial debut in 2000 with The Wind in the Willows and in 2001 he became director of the Summer Performance Stories, The Odyssey, The Magic Flute, Arabian Nights, and Monkey. Other directorial credits include The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver! and Peter Pan(2009) on BTF’s Main Stage, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? and Holiday Memories in the Unicorn Theatre, Robin Hood at the Berkshire Museum, The Who’s Tommy at Brandeis University with co-director Eric Hill, and Big Love...

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WILD DUCKS

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Henrik Ibsen Adaptation and Lyrics by Lee G. Williams II Music by C. Michael Perry (For performance by College/University, Professional and Community groups) An Epic, Dialectical rendering of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck” – An Integrated Work of Art Once upon a time ago Lee G. Williams II, who loved all things Brechtian, began to re-imagine one of his favorite Ibsen plays as told by Bertolt Brecht. WILD DUCKS is that reinvention. Through symbolic realism truth is brought under the microscope, and illusion is pitted against reality. With interpolated original songs, slides of images reinforcing or contradicting the shifting moods of the piece, an old man played by a woman, and a familiar story, we have a new play for a new era. In this new version, the audience will come to realize, clearly, that there is more...

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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 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm) Black & White on White paper ? pages ISBN-13: 978-1539464013 ISBN-10: 1539464016 A BISAC: Drama / Anthologies...

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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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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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The World of Snow White — play

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

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

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The Sheriff of Nottingham — TYA

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

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

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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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Uncle Tom’s Cabin Concept CD

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in Cast Albums & Demo CDs / DVDs

Book & Lyrics by JEAN B. BOYCE Music by C. MICHAEL PERRY (Formerly known as “DIXIE!”) Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe A faithful and inspiring musical adaptation of  the classic, “UNCLE TOM’S CABIN”. The characters are rich and colorful in this hopeful tragedy of life in the Pre-Civil War South. And this Uncle Tom  is not like any other you may see. He is strong, honest, righteous and trusting in the ways of his only Master, God. The popular notion of an “Uncle Tom”, as passed down incorrectly by those who seek to denigrate, as a shuffling, ‘massa-saying’, subservient slave, demeans the true story of his character and goodness. Stowe had hoped to lift the concept of ‘property’ and expose this particular ‘property’ by returning these men and women to their full status as Human Beings...

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Esther: The Musical Schpiel — The Original Cast Album CD

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 in Cast Albums & Demo CDs / DVDs

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lori Jacobs The classic Biblical story with a twist. With a score made up of original songs based in the styles of  Kletzmer Songs, Rap, Showtunes and even a little Country and Pop, this show is a rapid, surefire, farcical, tongue-in-cheek-retelling of the rise of Esther and her salvation of the Jews in Persia. And — oh, that Act One Finale! Gripping! As produced by Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids.   PRODUCT DETAILS 74minutes 21 tracks UPC — 636160243126 Lori Jacobs List Price: $15.99 Available Now! SONG LIST Drink, Drink, Drink (3:10) We’re Having A Party (2:06) I’m The Queen (1:59) : Exalted King (3:19) The Decree (2:59) Mordecai’s Lament (3:23) The Visit (4:09) Beauty Contest / Wedding (7:04) The Plot (2:10) Power (3:25): We Don’t Bow Down (3:25) The Rally (2:51) Shema Kolenu (5:37)...

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Esther: The Musical Schpiel

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 in Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

Book, Music & Lyrics by Lori Jacobs The classic Biblical story with a twist. With a score made up of original songs based on Kletzmer Songs, Rap, Showtunes and even a little Country and Pop, this show is a rapid, surefire, farcical, tongue-in-cheek-retelling of the rise of Esther and her salvation of the Jews in Persia. (Performable by Professional, Community  & Church Groups, and Educational groups. ) PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 5M 2W 1 either m or f + ensemble of 6m 6f. About two hours Settings: Various Order # 3103 Available for all groups by August 2015. REVIEWS Grand Rapids Press: June 16, 2006 – “Esther premiere shows real promise. 
’Esther, the Musical’ is a party with a purpose. Both goals were served well by the world premiere Thursday before a sold-out house of about 230 people in Spectrum...

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Whatsoever: The Musical Story of Abraham

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Coming Soon, Musicals

The Quintessential Man of Faith by Mark Ogden   From the city of Ur to the pinnacle of Mount Moriah, Abraham’s story is the most pivotal in the Old Testament as it wraps up what has gone before and prepares for what comes after. It is a type, a foreshadowing of the New Testament and the sacrifice that will be asked of another Father and Son. (Performable by Church, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 14M 5W 1 boy 2 teenmales + ensemble About two hours Settings: Various Order # 2073 Soon available for all groups. (Inquire, if interested.) PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: WhatsoeverPERUSAL (Call and ask for details.) SONGS (recorded from a live performance): ACT ONE Scene 1 — #1 — Opening & Whatsoever — Jehovah & Abram :...

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Esther — The Musical

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Musicals

by Mark Ogden The Biblical story of staying true to yourself. YOU’VE READ THE BOOK — NOW SEE THE MUSICAL! From the pages of the best-seller in history — the epic story of Persia’s legendary Queen now comes to the stage! (Performable by Church, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) The Biblical story of staying true to yourself and finding courage. Esther is the newly crowned Queen of Persia, wife of Xerxes, and she is Jewish — a refugee from one of Xerxes’ father’s campaigns. No one knows that she is Jewish, or that she is the daughter of the highest ranking Jewish man in the land of Persia. Then the Jews are all condemned to die by Haman, the Prime Minister. Will Esther find the courage and the means to thwart Haman? PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 7M 7W + soldiers,...

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The Political Tinker — The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 in Classics, Coming Soon

by Ludvig Holberg Adapted and Translated by Jerry Argetsinger and Sven Rossel  (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups.) The city council in Hamburg, Germany has been at odds with many of its citizens over several important issues. Herman von Bremen, a master pewterer, has established his own “political college” and is an outspoken voice against the local government.  Two of the elected city officials discuss the ridiculousness of Bremen and his naive political notions and agree to play a joke on him.  They convince him that the City Council has chosen him Mayor due to the ideas advocated by his notorious group. A series of comic situations demonstrate Bremen’s inability to conduct himself appropriately either politically or socially as mayor. His frustration is increased by the mounting attention he must also give his daughter with her...

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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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Erasmus Montanus — The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Coming Soon

by Ludvig Holberg Adapted and Translated by Jerry Argetsinger & Sven Rossel  (For production by Professional, Educational and Community theatre groups.) Holberg’s literary masterpiece satirizing current university academic courses and outlining his own theory of university education. Rasmus Berg, who has taken as his name the Latin equivalent, Erasmus Montanus, is the epitome of the sophmore, or wise fool.  He has learned his academic requirements but he has no idea of their use in real life.  The play opens with his parents, Jeppe and Nille, anticipating with Deacon Per the recent graduate’s coming home to his peasant farm near an outlying Danish village.  Per convinces the couple that as a deacon he fully understands Latin, although his demonstrations reveal that he knows almost nothing and much of what he thinks he knows is incorrect. But his congregation respects him...

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Jean de France — The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Plays

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

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Jeppe of the Hill — The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Plays

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

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Ulysses of Ithaca — The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Coming Soon

by Ludvig Holberg Adapted and Translated by Jerry Argetsinger & Sven Rossel  (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups.) Holberg gives Ulysses a witty, ironic servant named Kilian (a kind of a Sancho) who cuckolds Ulysses sixteen times. The protagonist is clearly a lap dog who is cleft in twain to satisfy the two possessive ladies who contest ownership. PLAY DETAILS: Order #3110 Available for production soon! Book now for future productions. PERUSAL COPIES The PERUSAL PAGES file for Ulysses of Ithaca  will be available by clicking SOON The PDF file is the first act of the play and all other pertinent information about the play. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name...

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Seigfried Idyll — A Play

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Classics, Plays

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

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Crime & Punishment — A New Play

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 in Classics, Plays

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

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Take The Mountain Down — DVD

Posted on May 21, 2014 in Cast Albums & Demo CDs / DVDs

Book, Music and Lyrics by Marvin Payne & Steven Kapp Perry Concept by R. Don Oscarson a finger pickin’ parable of the prodigal son “Mountain” is the musical telling of the parable of the prodigal son in the bluegrass music style. What happens when a wayward young woman needs to hear the sweet story of the Prodigal Son, and the only folks who love her enough to tell it are the players in a bluegrass band she once deserted? On an autumn afternoon in Appalachia, the Potluck Social String Band takes a break from their concert in the park and weaves the timeless tale of redemption and forgiveness around their former bandmate with the strings of guitars, banjos, fiddles, bass, and mandolin. However, the story can be told by actors with a separate band, or actors who can play...

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The Wager — A Play

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers based on the novel by Phillip Flammer (For production by Professionals, College/Universities, Community Groups) The Wager is a tense dramatic adaptation of a novel-length manuscript by Air Force pilot and Professor of History, Philip Flammer. The play is set in 1945, at the end of World War II. Eight Nazi soldiers, two of them severely wounded, find themselves caught in a shack in a wood surrounded by Soviet troops. Their urgent goal is, somehow, to escape the Russian soldiers and make their way through the forest back to their own lines, but as the most experienced soldier among them, Sergeant Reinberger, explains after returning from a solo reconnaissance mission, the Russians are so thick in the woods that, particularly with wounded men, escape is impossible and death inevitable. The dramatic question is then, how might...

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Merry Christmas, George Bailey! — A Staged Radio Play

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Christmas Shows, Classics, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

A Staged Radio Play by Shirlee H. Shields Based on the classic movie, “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” (written by Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett & Frank Capra) (For production by Professional, Amateur, Educational, College/University, High School groups) Adult and Family Audiences This version of the popular and familiar film story is a fully staged radio play set as if in a radio studio in the 1940s. The battle for Bedford Falls, New York,  is on as George Bailey, hometown boy, combats the miserly Mr. Potter, with the help of his family, friends and an angel 2nd class named Clarence, with little help from Uncle Billy. All the familiar story elements are there but the charming setting in a radio studio give a special edge of performance charm. The perfect Christmas production for any theatre group. What a great hook-up with...

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Little Eyolf — A New Translation/Adaptation

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Classics, Latest, New Releases

by Henrik Ibsen Translated and Adapted by Eric Samuelsen (For Professional, College/University and Community Groups) Recommended for audiences aged 12 and older. This  new translation of Ibsen’s 1894 play emphasizes the terrible consequences of poor decisions, the power of strength built in a crucible of sorrow, and the singular importance of family unity. It delves deep into both family tragedy and almost fable-like elements of Norwegian folklore. The plot circles around the Allmer family, with father Alfred about to abandon his plans for a book in favor of raising son Eyolf, a crippled little boy whom few are sure might live a normal life. When the family opens its door to a mysterious Rat-Wife capable of lulling rodents into the sea, followed by an engineer who fancies daughter Asta, all manner of guilt, resentment and sorrow follow, but so...

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ghosts — a translation/adaptation

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays

by Henrik Ibsen Adapted and Translated by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, and High Schools) Mrs. Alving has spent her life meticulously creating the fantasy of a happy home and family and marriage, which explodes in revelations of sexually transmitted diseases, suicide and insanity. Quite possibly the most radical play in history. Mature themes and mild language are present in the play. DETAILS: 3M 2W Several Locations on an estate in a fjord in Western Norway Costumes from the 1890s About 2 hours ORDER #3032 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first half of this play: Ghosts PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include...

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A Doll House — A New Translation/Adaptation

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play

by Henrik Ibsen Adapted and Translated by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) A DOLL HOUSE examines gender roles, social constraints and the power of secrets through the seemingly happy marriage of Nora and Torvald Helmer. The play is called A DOLL HOUSE instead of the traditional A DOLL’S HOUSE. It’s a more accurate translation of the Norwegian title ET DUKKEHJEM. When we buy our kids a house for them to use to play with dolls, we call it ‘a doll house’ – Norwegian children play with ‘a dukkehjem.’ Nora is Torvald’s doll, in a doll house, that is not her own. PLAY DETAILS: 3M 4F 1Teenboy 3 children Singe Interior Costumes from the late 1800s About 2 hours ORDER #3031 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the...

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My Jo — A Little Women Musical

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Classics, Musicals

A new musical inspired by “Little Women” and the life of Louisa May Alcott Book and lyrics by Rob. Lauer Music by Rick Rea (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) Set during the American Civil War. Tom-boy, Jo March, dreams of becoming a writer of Gothic thrillers, and has no interest in boys, romance or marriage. When her sisters begin pursuing romantic attachments, Jo — torn over the gender roles of the time — moves away to New York City to pursue a career. Family ties eventually pull her back home and threaten to undermine her dreams and aspirations. Through family trials and tragedies, Jo eventually finds her true voice as a writer; and a companion who loves her for the woman she is. First produced by...

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The Idiot — An Adaptation

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers Translated and adapted from the Dostoyevsky novel. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) How would the world react if the Savior of the World again suddenly appeared in the guise of just another mortal? The profound Russian writer Dostoevsky inserts such a character in each of his four major novels—in CRIME AND PUNISHMENT the prostitute Sonya Marmeladovama, in THE POSSESSED (or THE DEVILS the false Messiah Stavroginm and in THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV the maligned but holy abbot Zosima and his righteous disciple Alesha. In all literature there are in fact very few memorable ‘Christ figures.’ Don Quixote may be one as well as another Russian author’s protagonist, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. In the opinion of this stage version’s adaptor, the hero of THE IDIOT, Myshkin, is the most complete and impressive of...

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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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