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Hancock County — a play

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

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

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Elektra — an adaptation for modern audiences

Posted on Jul 21, 2018 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays

adapted from Sophocles by Richard Sewell (Perfect for High School, College/University, Community, and Youth Theatre actors.) TYA The goal of this adaptation is to give actors (high school, college age, or older) a feel of the shape and mood of a Greek tragedy and yet to be a play that a modern audience, without preparation, can follow and be drawn into. The classic story of revenge-gone-on-too-long is faithfully and clearly presented, some may say as an appeal to reason–both political, familial, and personal–to stop the ‘bloodshed’; for revenge may come in may guises. A challenging script to all ages both in the performance of it and in the viewing of it. Both the timeliness of the message, and its actual timelessness, point to a solid story of worth to everyone in the human experience. PLAY DETAILS 4m 2F +...

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Jimmy Higgins: Line By Byline — a one-man play

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays

A Life In The Labor Movement by Harlan Baker (For professional, amateur or educational theatre production) Jimmy Higgins: Line By Byline is about an old radical who tells his story to a young man. Jimmy  grows up in the first half of the 20th century in middle America. The play follows his involvement in various labor and socialist struggles from the campaign to free Tom Mooney, the presidential campaign of Eugene Debs, the May Day rallies of 1919, the campaign of Sen. Robert La Follette Sr. on the Progressive Party Ticket to his becoming a reporter on labor struggles in Alabama and Michigan. He witnesses the Battle of the Overpass and Henry Ford’s violent attempt to intimidate labor leader Walter Ruether. This is a tour-de-force production for a single actor. While many of the characters have a basis in...

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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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Merry Gentlemen — a play inspired by “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Rinear Tired of the same old Christmas Carol? This may be exactly what you are looking for! (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Merry Gentlemen is a full-length play heavily inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, forcing his teenage son, Tim, to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for eternity. In this full-length play, Ben and Tim Dickens’ paths mystically cross those of various characters who lead Ben and Tim out of their bleak,...

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Further Downeast — a play

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

by Brent Hutchins (Perfect for professional, educational, amateur groups.) A sequel to his popular CLOSER TO HOME, FURTHER DOWNEAST has more from the pointed pen of a true Downeaster! This time Ice Fishing provides the — well — icy glue that holds the show together, with each new adventure getting more and more dangerously funny, interspersed with other tidbits about life ‘Downeast!” Written in the style of the old time serial movies, each vignette allows you to laugh through it until the next Ice Fishing mis-adventure perks up and ramps up the action! Available Soon! PLAY DETAILS: 13m 7f 3either,  which can be readily doubled and ‘regenderfied” as needed About 60 minutes Several Simple settings Contemporary costumes ORDER #3037 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: FurtherDowneastPERUSAL This play makes a...

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Closer To Home — A play

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

by Brent Hutchins (Perfect for professional, educational, amateur groups.) CTH is a series of vignettes that take place in a fictional Maine town called Broad Harbor. It pokes pointed fun at locals and of course, roasts folks from away. Centering around talk at the General Store and competitive Grandmothers cooking for the holidays, with a myriad of other antics from the locals and their favorite CFAs, this is more than a laugh-a-minute humor-fest as the target hits both close to home and far away. Now available! PLAY DETAILS: 23 characters which can be readily doubled and ‘regenderfied” as needed About 110 minutes Several Simple settings in and around a General Store Contemporary costumes ORDER #3036 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: CTHFamilyVersionPERUSAL This play makes a perfect companion to FURTHER...

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep — play

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in Award Winners, Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (A must for any group – professional, amateur and educational, performing for families and teens. A perfect play for High Schools and Youth Theatres.) They are called the best four years of our lives…and they are, but that four year trek is also dangerous and confusing. You will find all of the things that young people, especially high school students, need to know, want to ask, get stressed-out about and complain about. Between the familiar items of teen angst and adolescence will come those moments of pleasant memory, deep identity, shocking surprise, and utter devastation, as your onstage ‘child’ reaches out for comfort, help, direction––approval; wanting to belong to something/someone. The scenes and monologues in this on-target theatrical, will have you laughing one second and crying for …well, a considerable length of time. The play is...

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The Ruckus At Machias — a play

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Award Winners, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

The true story of the American Revolution’s first sea battle. by Richard Sewell (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Hannah won herself a red dress, and the town a warship! Starvation threatens the people of Machias, Massachusetts Colony, (now Maine) in June of 1775, when a British warship accompanies a local merchant returning from Boston with supplies. Machias was a lonely lumber camp in dire need of food, powder and shot. Instead of providing the lumber demanded by the British to build barracks for British soldiers near Boston, the desperate citizens erected a Liberty Pole to commemorate the fighting at Lexington and Concord. As the British navy was the undisputed master of the world’s oceans, the enraged Captain then ordered the warship to fire on the community, causing the townsfolk to muster their meager resources — axes,...

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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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Chosen: Stories On Adoption — play

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

a two act play by Linda Britt (Perfect for Professional, Amateur, College/University groups) What would you do if you found out at age 45 that you were adopted? If you found yourself pregnant and alone at age 19? What if being a dad had been a dream of yours since childhood, but circumstances prevented it? What happens when adoptees meet birth parents? “Chosen: Stories on Adoption” features 23 monologues about adoption, sensitively told from the perspectives of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, foster families, and more. There might be a couple of monologues that may be over the heads of the children. They may remain unused. PLAY DETAILS 15f 10m (Doubling of roles is possible. The show has been done with as few as 17 performers. Really creative casting could reduce that number further.) Contemporary costumes Props used About...

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Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington — One Woman Play

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Latest, Monologs, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

An Evening with Senator Margaret Chase Smith by Linda Britt (Perfect for professional, amateur and educational production.) This wonderful  show is all about Maine’s long-time Representative and Senator.  A powerful, funny, timely take on politics in a polarized era.  Senator Margaret Chase Smith, a woman of firsts, from her election to both houses of Congress, to speaking out against Joe McCarthy, to her nomination for President at a national convention, comes back when we need her most.   PLAY DETAILS 1 simple setting — an office 1 semi-contemporary costume 70 minute ORDER #3043 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: MrsSmith Goes PERUSAL REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs...

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Billy Goes To War — a Play to End All Wars

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

a play by Harley Marshall (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community and High School productions) ARE ALL WARS THIS WEIRD?! Billy Bunders is the luckiest or unluckiest boy who ever lived. From his birth, on the 4th of July 1900, in Kansas––the son of a German immigrant––Billy survives catastrophic event after catastrophic event: The War to End All Wars; World War II; even the presence of The Korean Conflict, horrifies him; as did the Spanish-American War that haunted his father and affected Billy second-hand. With pointed pathos and barbed politicism, “Billy Goes To War” becomes an intensely involving history lesson as seen through Billy’s eyes and lived through Billy’s actions and with his point of view: “War is …weird!” Dark humor permeates this unsettling play for these darkening times. A small cast makes this a perfect play for any group....

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Challenging Athena — TYA

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Genevieve Aichele (for Professional, College/University, Community TYA groups) A whimsical journey through Greek mythology with story theatre, music, movement, and puppetry! And it all begins with a bet between Arachne and Athena over who is the best weaver — of stories! A New Hampshire Theatre Project Young People’s Playscript.   PLAY DETAILS: 5f +ensemble of 24m 9f 11either (all ensemble characters may be played by performers of either gender) Arachne Goddess Athena Calliope (Muse of Music) Clio (Muse of History) Terpsichore (Muse of Dance) Plus the following ensemble players (doubling not essential if you have a large group): Phaeton, Epaphus, Cygnus, Apollo, Zeus, Sun Hawk, Odysseus, Eurylochus, Warriors (3 or more), Circe, Hermes, Midas Golden, Danae, Perseus, Danae’s Father, Soothsayer, Island People, Evil King, Perky Everlasting, Marygold, The Voice, Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice, Hades, Charon, Cerberus, Persephone, Shades, Hunters...

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The Scarlet Letter — a play

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in Award Winners, Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

Adapted for the stage from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, College/University, and Community theaters.) Evil, sin, nature, a scarlet letter, a punishing scaffold. Adulteress Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A on her chest as a constant reminder of her shame. Her illegitimate daughter is truly the Pearl purchased at great price. Her lover remains unidentified and is wracked with guilt.  Her husband seeks revenge. Highly theatrical, this play uses only four characters to completely capture the center of the story of inequality, prejudice, judgment. Nominated for the 2012 American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York. PLAY DETAILS 75 minutes 2f 2m Hester Prynne, late 20s. Wearer of the scarlet letter. Arthur Dimmesdale, perhaps a bit older than Hester. The town man of God. Roger Chillingworth, older than...

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SUFFRAGE — a play

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

a play by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, Educational and Amateur theaters.) SUFFRAGE is an exploration of late 1800s Utah, the second territory in the Union, by 1870, to grant women the right to vote. Wyoming had previously granted that right in 1869. That right was stripped 12 years later when suffrage became a whip for Washington politicians who wanted to end polygamy. The two issues became entwined in a strange, more-than-a-little-malicious way. During the two decades portrayed in the play, Utah women found themselves being called upon to stand strong on two equally threatening fronts. And they did. The story of Ruth and Frances, conveys a bit of what women—particularly polygamous women—faced. The attack was on their way of life, which in so many ways must have felt like an attack on their God and family. The overhanging threat...

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The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister — TYA

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Jennifer L. Reck (Perfect for any professional, amateur or educational group performing for children or young people.) The Little Mermaid gives up her voice to become human for the Prince, but the Prince wants to be a fish. Nothing makes sense on land or sea until the Little Mermaid’s Little Sister takes on the Sea Witch to make things right. Along the way she is helped by her sea dog, Finn, held hostage by a mischievous swarm of eels, and plays a friendly game of Hearts. PLAY DETAILS 8 females, 4 males, 1 either The Little Mermaid: A teenage mermaid ready to risk it all to become human for a human who wants to become a fish The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister: A wily girl with a strong sense of how to look out for herself and those...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream — edited

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s delightful comic romp of highborn, lowborn, Faerie, Human, magic, common sense, and sheer hilarity has been edited to under 2 hours as well as including an original Elizabethan-type music score set to Shakespeare’s lyrics. It is not a musical, any more that the original play was during Shakespeare’s time — but it does have songs in it.  Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups. PLAY DETAILS 13M   8W + fairies, attendants Doubling possible 3 major locations — Court, Forest, Faerie Glen Playing time is about 1 hour and 50 minutes Order #3200 PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available MSND PERUSAL (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...

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Julius Caesar: A Confederate Conspiracy

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s tragedy of political intrigue set in the South of the American Civil War. The lines of the Bard have been edited, not rewritten. Think of the parallels between the South of the Confederacy and the falling Roman Empire–the upper-class driven government, the overwhelming slave issue, the unpopular yet popular military effort, the plots and ploys concerning political power. For these reasons the play has been set during the Civil War. No dialog has been changed to accommodate this, but the play has been shortened and edited for archaic language. One song, SHENANDOAH, has been inserted as sung by Lucius in the tent, accompanied by his guitar. Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups.   PLAY DETAILS 32M 9F + extras Doubling possible Six settings Playing...

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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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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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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 PRINT VERSION 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm) Black & White on White paper 233 pages ISBN-13: 978-1539464013 ISBN-10: 1539464016 A BISAC: Drama...

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Lifelines — A Play

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear Perfect for High Schools, Youth Theatres, Colleges/Universities, Community, Church and Professional theatres. Lifelines is the story of a grief counselor (Nell Hennessey) who has a reputation as an expert in helping others get through the pain of losing loved ones to suicide. Her assumed expertise lies in the fact that she herself has lost a brother to suicide. But when Nell recognizes her own signs of depression and that she is merely handing out platitudes and text book answers to her hurting patients’ quests for help and peace, Nell must decide to seek help herself. By working with some sincere and relentless teens who push the counselor with deep and searing questions, Nell realizes that she still has to go through the pain of her own loss in order to be effective in helping others....

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Panto for Young and Olde!

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles

A play with songs by Martin R. Collin Suitable for a mixed-age group in Schools, Churches, and Community Theatres An evening of ragtag holiday merry-making, festivity, revelry, audience participation, happy yuletide songs and dances, and jollification featuring: Elves, Fairies, Children, Choristers, Musicians, Ancient Citizens, The Christmas Bear, Red Riding Hood and The Wolf, Rudolph and Clarisse, a holiday quiz show, Big-Head Characters, The Giant Blunderbore, and the retelling of the old mummers tale, Saint George and the Dragon, with Father Christmas himself!   PLAY DETAILS 55-60 minutes Traditional period and contemporary costumes Simple representational set with props (or as elaborate as you desire) Cast size: Minimum Male roles(doubled)=8. Minimum Female roles(doubled)=5. Minimum total with doubling=22. Minimum total without doubling=57+Chorus. Could be done with a lot of doubling, or even tripling, but is intended as a large-cast piece [25-100] with...

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