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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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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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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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Well-Behaved Women — A Play for TYA

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

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

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The World Is My Parish — Play

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

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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We Band of Brothers — Musical Farce

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 in Coming Soon, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Cody, Hickok & Jack — A Cowboy Musical Farce Book by R. Rex Stephenson & Mike Trochim Music by John Cohn Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson For professional, educational and community theatre groups A two-act musical about the real life theatrical exploits of Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, and Texas Jack — taken a step or two further! The time is 1870, in Chicago, where three legends of the Old West trade their horses and buckskin outfits for make-up and store-bought costumes. Confronted by lines to memorize, Irish stockyard workers as Indians, and an Italian opera singer portraying an Indian Princess and more bizarre casting—this is a true story of American heroes on the stage. The only thing this farce is missing is five doors. (or seven doors, depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on.)...

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Mother Wove the Morning (PLAY)

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

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

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misFitting In (An anti-Bullying Musical)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Musicals

Book by Jamie Young Music and Lyrics by Rick Rea Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Taylor Williams Based on a true story, this an original, anti-bullying musical about a boy, Ben, who is new at school and is trying to find his place to fit in with the other kids. As he struggles to make new friends, he is faced with a difficult choice of following the crowd or being true to himself. This show is an excellent story that presents powerful messages in an amusing, creative way that will keep both kids and adults entertained until the very end. Flexible casting allows all adults to play all roles, or also have the roles played by age-appropriate actors.  Also, multiple adults could play the adult roles. PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 3m 3F + 1 Adult to play 5 roles +...

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Galileo’s Pendulum — TYA

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

by Michael Megliola (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) Galileo never did most of the things for which many people give him credit. He did not drop stones off the leaning tower of Pisa or invent the telescope. By the time Galileo came along, people had also discovered, forgotten, then rediscovered that the earth orbits the sun. Galileo, however, did something much more important, courageous, and dangerous than any of those things — he stood up for the freedom of thought. He demanded that academic, religious and political leaders accept scientific methods. He dared to challenge censorship at a time when people who spoke out were sometimes tortured or killed. Galileo was forced to recant his beliefs, at least publicly, but by then the truth was out. This script was written for children to perform for young audiences 7...

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Gathering Grimm — a play

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

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

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Lightning Rod — A Play

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

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

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Treasure — A Play

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

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

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Columbus! The Discoverer– A Musical Adventure for TYA

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Musicals

Conceived and Written by JOE COSENTINO Music and Lyrics by SUSAN MONDZAK (Performable by Professional, Amateur  & Church Groups, and Educational groups. ) COLUMBUS! The Discoverer  follows Columbus’ dreams of becoming a famous explorer and his attempts to sail a direct route to the Far East. We witness his struggle for support, eventual backing from Queen Isabella of Spain, the survival of his ship’s mutiny, landing in the new world, and his effect on the Native Americans. Columbus may not have discovered America — even by accident — but he was the explorer who found it and thus enabled European expansion. This show was first produced by Interborough Repertory Theater and toured through Encore Performing Arts, Inc. of New York. PLAY DETAILS: About 50 minutes 8M 4F + extras (can be doubled to 3M 1W) Several simple settings Order...

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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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Irving Berlin: In Person — A Bio-musical

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in Musicals

Written and Arranged by Chip Deffaa Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin (For Professional, College/University, Community production) ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa–creator of such acclaimed solo  shows as George M. Cohan Tonight!  and One Night with Fanny Brice –has now written Irving Berlin: In Person. Berlin was a small boy when his family–with little more than the clothes they were wearing–fled Russia to escape religious persecution. He never had much formal education. He never learned to read or write music. But he gave the world songs that will live forever. This is the first one-man show ever to be written and published about Irving Berlin. For a strong triple-threat performer, it’s a wonderful showcase.  This dynamic solo show includes 40 Berlin songs–some famous, some rarities and rediscoveries; all irresistible. Irving Berlin was the most successful single songwriter in history. He wrote more hits,...

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Equality of Rights

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in 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 Immortal — A Play

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Plays

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

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The Irving Berlin Story — A Musical

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Musicals

by Chip Deffaa Music by Irving Berlin, Chip Deffaa and others (For regional theater, community theater, college, or secondary school.) The name of Irving Berlin conjures musical magic in the hearts and minds of  theatre-goers and of the general populace. To those who listened and watched on Broadway, to dance bands, to singers in concert, on the radio, and on film, Irving Berlin, at one point in our history, was popular music. He wrote them all and we listened. The Irving Berlin Story is the first and only full-scale musical biography of Irving Berlin.  In his lifetime, Berlin blocked every effort by others to dramatize his life, saying he insisted on maintaining his privacy; he said people could dramatize his life after he died.  And now ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa has done just that. The Irving Berlin Story is a...

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One Night With Fanny Brice — A One Woman Musical

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 in Banner, Musicals

Written by Chip Deffaa Fanny Brice worked her way up from singing on street corners for pennies as a kid, to burlesque, to Broadway… to becoming America’s highest-paid singing comedienne. She fell for a dashing confidence man, Nicky Arnstein–and when she introduced her immortal “My Man,” the whole country knew she was singing about him. There’s no better showcase to be found anywhere for a strong triple-threat actress than ONE NIGHT WITH FANNY BRICE. The score mixes fierce torch songs (like “My Man,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home”) with irresistible comedy numbers (“Second-Hand Rose,” “Oh, How I Hate that Fellow Nathan”), ragtime (“That Mysterious Rag”) and vintage pop (“Lovie Joe,” “Rose of Washington Square”). The actress gets to sing, to dance; to go from laughs to pathos, triumphs to heartbreaks… and back again. Everyone loves...

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Different = Amazing (A play about bullying)

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Child/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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Song-and-Dance Kids: The Musical Story of The Seven Little Foys

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Musicals

by Chip Deffaa Principal Roles include: 6M 6W 2Teenboys 1 Teengirl 3Boys 1Girl + Supporting roles for 8 men 11 Women totaling 38 speaking parts (doubling possible) Additional Chorus also possible or the supporting roles can be the chorus. Several simple settings. If you’re looking for a big, exuberant, full-length musical comedy with roles for lots of actors, look no further! The warm, witty, and nostalgic “SONG-AND-DANCE KIDS: The Story of the Seven Little Foys” includes such colorful, historical characters as Harry Houdini, Marie Dressler, Irving Berlin, President Woodrow Wilson, and Mae West. The real stars of this musical, though, are seven rambunctious “song-and-dance kids” of the Eddie Foy Family. This is the story of a real-life master song-and-dance man who wound up leading the most successful family act in vaudeville by taking his seven irrepressible children out with...

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The Seven Little Foys — A Musical Fable of Vaudeville

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Musicals

by Chip Deffaa The story of “THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS” inspired a classic film musical (starring Bob Hope and James Cagney), and then later also a TV special (starring Eddie Foy Jr. and the Osmonds).  Now ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa has adapted this heart-warming saga for the stage, portraying a master entertainer, struggling to keep his family together after the death of his wife. Eddie Foy was a beloved song-and-dance comedian, and he was also a bit of a rogue. For the most part, he left the responsibilities of parenting to his wife. But when his wife died, he took their seven high-spirited children on the road with him. They created a family act–“Eddie Foy and the Seven Little Foys”–that became the top family act of the era, an American institution. It was out on the road, Foy said,...

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Huebener — A Play

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, and Church Groups) One of the classics of Mormon Drama, HUEBENER explores the true incidents surrounding the 17-year-old Helmuth and his fight against Nazi propaganda. A testimony of the truth about belief and faith in God and a statement against all totalitarian regimes. Yes, this is a play centered around Mormons, but Helmuth’s resistance to Hitler, along with others like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie Ten Boom, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, and Anne Frank, make their stories as universal as any other. It has played in all types of theatres around the world and has drawn audiences of many differing faiths. It is a cinch to captivate your audience. “If one is allowed only a few peak experiences in life, one for me was watching...

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Miasma — A Play

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Coming Soon, Plan-B Theatre Company Play

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) A dissection of family, racial and sexual politics set against the backdrop of the beef industry. “Miasma” thoughtfully mines the drama of a family ripped apart by a father’s corporate vision. Its ripped-from-the-headlines themes are thoroughly plowed – dwelling on the exploitation and stench of the beef packing industry, built on the backs of a workforce of immigrant laborers. Sensitivity rating: The play includes profanity (primarily the slang term for cow manure), descriptions of animal slaughter, brief sexual references. Not for young children. PLAY DETAILS: About 85 minutes. CAST of 4 — 2M 2F. ORDER #3028 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first two acts of this four act play: SOON EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to...

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The Fanny Brice Story — A Musical

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 in Musicals

Written and Arranged by Chip Deffaa. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) This musical is inspired by the life of Fanny Brice (1891-1951), who rose from modest beginnings to become the highest-paid American singing comedienne of her day–for many years a famed star of the Ziegfeld Follies.  The show begins with Emmie, a 16 year old girl in 1950, interviewing the then 60-year-old Fanny Brice. As Fanny reminisces the show unfolds onstage. Featuring 35 songs from the era of Fanny Brice, and characters who are larger than life, (Eddie Cantor, Flo Ziegfeld, W.C. Fields, George M. Cohan and Nicky Arnstein) this show was a hit in its premiere in New Jersey. This unique, family-friendly celebration of legendary entertainer Fanny Brice includes stories and songs (such as “Becky...

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The Second Priest — A Play

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) This play poses the pacifist dilemma. Set in an unspecified locale, now, or sometime in the future, it’s idealistic hero, Agen, refuses to take the lives of his political enemies. In consequence, his wife dies and he loses his memory. As, years later, he recovers from his amnesia, he proves the perfect candidate for his nation’s highest office. Manipulated by his minister and boyhood friend, Cantri, while negotiating a binding peace with a foreign power, Agen unintentionally abets the death of his only child. In an effort to enforce the treaty he’s already paid such a high price for, he finally attempts, in a public address, to dissuade his nation from developing any more deadly weapons. In order to stop him, Cantri orders Agen’s assassination. Ironically,...

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Yankee Doodle Dandy — A Musical

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 in Banner, Musicals

Book by Chip Deffaa Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan (and others) (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) The story of the rise of George M. Cohan to the Broadway stage is told in this exuberant musical. Cohan rose from poverty to become a top star, playwright, songwriter and producer, also honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY relates his inspiring all-American success story, filled with such immortal Cohan greats as “Give My Regards To Broadway,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag”, “Harrigan,” “Mary Is A Grand Old Name,” and “I’m A Yankee Doodle Dandy.” You can use 33 different actors to play the 33 different characters and you can also  have  a chorus as big or as small as you want. 18 of...

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Geeks & Gangsters — A Play

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 in Banner, Plays

by Rob. Lauer (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) Inspired by the true story of the Cleveland teenagers—Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—who created Superman, “Geeks & Gangsters” is now available for live performance. Jerry and Joe were typical high school Geeks: the popular kids ignored them, the jocks picked on them and the girls didn’t know they were alive. Brought together by their love of pulp magazines and science fiction (then called scienti-fiction ), they funneled their frustrations as high school outcasts into creating comic characters they dreamed would one day make them famous as comic strip artists. And it was while they were still in high school that they created a character that would become a cultural icon—and the most universally recognized fictional character of...

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Gentle Barbarian — A Play

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 in Premiere Plays

 by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) Based on the life of Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, this taut play is very Chekhovian in nature. Its characters are richly drawn and full of repressed sensuality. Their lives and loves interweave, creating a tapestry of Russia during the middle 1800’s — the Russia of the Tsar — the Russia of both the privileged few and the peasant working class. (sounds like America of the early 2000s) It is fascinating to notice that–despite the social upheaval that led to its eventual dissolution and once more the former USSR — much remains as before.  In its poignant irony, Turgenev’s own personal story surpasses those he penned which, in Western Europe, won for him such acclaim. In the person of this humanitarian idealist, the play illustrates the hypocrisy...

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God’s Fools — A Play

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 in Plays

by Thomas F Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, Church Groups) This play commemorates all who were ever persecuted by totalitarian regimes–not because they opposed the systems under which they found themselves, but because they valued religious freedom above political expediency, and as believers, pledged their loyalty to God, not other men. The character of Mitja, the protagonist, was suggested by the case of Sergej Kourdakov, a young defector with a similar background, who, in 1973, is believed to have been murdered by the KGB in the foothills of Los Angeles–ostensibly a suicide. Brief, mild language present in this play. PLAY DETAILS: 5M 3W 1 Interior 2hrs ORDER #3062 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking GodsFoolsPERUSAL It contains the first act of the...

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Frere Lawrence — A Play

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 in Banner, Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) The late private life of T. E. Lawrence derives from Lawrence’s posthumously published autobiography, The Mint. A military hero of mythic proportions after WW I and dutifully subject to his society’s stringent Victorian mores — so antithetical to his true nature — he later adopts the surname Shaw and chooses anonymity as a non-commissioned serviceman, thus totally expunging his former identity, a kind of suicide. The noble, neurotic Lawrence evokes our nearly insatiable and often frustrated yearning for intimacy, or as Freud titled it, the “discontent” of “civilization” — the perhaps most fundamental socio-biological root of everyone’s ‘double bind,’ for which talent and prominence are ultimately no sublimation and often the catalytic source of a deep seated loneliness. Both with a mix of present tense and...

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