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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(U)ntitled — a short play

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in New Releases, Short Plays, Women Playwrights/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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It’s Up To Me — A Musical Revue

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Musicals

by Mark Ogden  (Perfect for Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, High Schools, Youth groups) “WHAT DO YOU NEED TO SURVIVE? TELL ME WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING. WHAT LETS YOU KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE? WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL?” (The Cast sings from the opening song) This show provides some answers to these and other questions. Loosely based on Dr. Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”, this is a fun approach to a serious subject. Welcome to the typical American neighborhood, where eighteen kids of all ages –  all ethnicities – all interests – are learning to identify their needs and then taking the responsibility for filling them. Well, they’re supposed to be taking responsibility, but a few of them are dodging it at every turn, some are even trying to escape it completely! Their quest for self-discovery has been stifled...

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Facing East (The Play)

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays

by Carol Lynn Pearson (for Professional, College/University, and Community Theatre productions) The story deals with a Mormon couple confronting the suicide of their gay son. The problems inherent in dealing with this emotional and idealogical divide are universal to all humans, let alone any particular religious group. The three characters—father (Alex), mother (Ruth) and gay partner of the deceased (Marcus) — meet for the first time at Andrew’s grave following the funeral. The audience “becomes” the congregation in a new funeral the father is giving for his son, this time a funeral that speaks the truth. There are “memory moments” in which each parent relives important times in the past, during which the other parent speaks the son’s lines from the darkness. The only time we “see” the deceased son is toward the end when his partner “becomes” him...

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Puzzles — a play

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

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) Harper, a boy of 11 or 12, strives to solve the puzzles of his fractured life.  His father died in a car accident, but Harper struggles to understand what death means.  An older boy tries to help Harper come to terms with his loss, yet furthers Harper’s belief that his father will return.  Harper must also help his grandfather, a recovering stroke victim, to find his alphabet and to connect with him the way his father did. All the while, Harper, himself, struggles with the puzzle of autism. PREMIERE PLAY FILE   PLAY DETAILS: 90 minutes 3m, 2f Order #3124 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: PuzzlesPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the...

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My Turn On Earth — A Family Musical

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 in Musicals

Book & Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by Lex de Azevedo © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission Five children from heaven play out mortality like a treasure hunt, with LOVE being the greatest prize. My Turn On Earth is the story of each of us playing out a delightful and poignant answer to the ever-burning question–what in the world am I doing here?  Five children, sent to take their turn on earth, are challenged to come back with the treasure, the most precious thing of all.  But time is of the essence.  Suddenly their turn is finished.  Has the treasure been found? Contemporary, best-selling music—a story to captivate young and old—My Turn on Earth is a winner. PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 3W 2M About 2 hours Settings: fluid, multi-location Costumes: ethereal or unified dress Order # 2077...

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Alexander and the United Snakes of America — TYA

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, 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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Don’t Forget To Remember Original Cast CD

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in Cast Albums & Demo CDs / DVDs

by Pat Davis, Ralph G. Rodgers, Jr., & K. Newell Dayley A story about a teen, his machine and the unforeseen. This contemporary musical deals with the communication problems between parents and youth; and how each party has responsibility in the matter. A motorcycle crash enables a young man to travel back in time and unknowingly receive the counsel that he needs from the Apostle Paul; once awakened in his hospital bed he remembers that counsel and uses it to help him solve his problems.   PRODUCT DETAILS 19 minutes 7 tracks UPC: 887936994371 Zion Theatricals List Price: $12.99 Available by September 30, 2014 SONG LIST Don’t Forget to Remember Bye, Bye Blackbird / Times Have Changed: Life Was Once So Simple Gonna Make It! Will It End This Way? Walk While Ye Have The Light: The Light Will...

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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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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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