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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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The First Time …Again — a short play for Seniors

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

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

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Knocks and How To Answer — a short play

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

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

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All The Wrong Moves — a ten minute play

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

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

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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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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep — play

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

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

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Mirrors and Memories — play

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

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

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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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El Bully — A Spanglish play with songs

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Bilingual-Bilingue, Child and Youth Audiences, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles, Short Plays

Script and Lyrics by Joe Rosenberg Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Additional Music by Kim Paice, Andrea Docter & Jared Rounds (This play is perfect for Adult actors performing for young people, and young people performing for themselves. Upper Elementary aged students though Middle School and Junior High ages would enjoy this play.) This play has Spanish. This play has English. This play has them both together in the same sentence: Spanglish! In school, an English speaking tough-guy bully falls head over heels in love for an Hispanic girl. All goes well until he becomes victimized by a lack of Spanish language skills, simply because he doesn’t know that “prima” in Spanish means “cousin”. His prior treatment of his fellow students is also a hindrance for him to be understood by them — no matter how much...

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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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It’s Up To Me — A Musical Revue

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

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. Personal empowerment is the goal! 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...

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A Day Without Palestine — One-Act

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

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

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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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misFitting In – An Anti-Bullying Musical – TYA

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

Book by Jamie Young Music and Lyrics by Rick Rea Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Taylor Williams Perfect for Middle Schools and Junior High Schools, as well as Youth Groups and Children’s Theatres, plus TYA. 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...

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Puzzles — a play

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

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, Religious Titles

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 and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Short Plays

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

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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 DEMO SAMPLES Don't Forget To RememberBye Bye BlackbirdLife Was Once So Simple ThenGonna Make ItWill It End This Way?Walk While Ye Have The LightThe Light Will Shine For You PURCHASE OPTIONS From Leicester Bay Theatricals...

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A String of Pearls — A Play

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

  by Elizabeth Hansen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools) “War does funny things to a man, but what does it do to a woman?” With their loved ones off to war, the five women in “A String of Pearls” have battles of their own to face while waiting out World War II on the home front.  They must learn to live on hope, wit and courage, and as the war touches them in different ways, they discover their own and each others strengths and frailties–sometimes painfully, often humorously. The setting of the play is a modest but warm New York Brownstone.  Here the women meet each week for their game of bridge that provides a momentary escape from the fears and uncertainties of war. Far from the front lines, they survive their own...

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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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The Seagull — An Adaptation

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Classics, Plays

Adapted and Translated by Thomas F. Rogers from the Chekhov original. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools) The first of Anton Chekhov’s four major plays,* THE SEAGULL depicts the conflicting aspirations of writers and artists, old and young—the budding playwright Konstantin; his actress mother Irina; her philandering lover, the famous author Trigorin; and Konstantin’s soulmate Nina, who yearns to be an actress like his mother but is callously dallied with by Trigorin.  A seagull he happens to shoot symbolizes both Nina’s failure and Konstantin’s actual fate when, in despair, he takes his own life. THE SEAGULL is a slice-of-life drama set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century. Its cast of characters are dissatisfied with their lives. Some desire love. Some desire success. Some hope to realize artistic genius. Some critics...

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Charades — A Play

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 in Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers.  (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) A one-time stock broker, the middle-aged Danny, boasts about his mercenary adventures in Rhodesia, Nicaragua and more recently Afghanistan. He also claims to have an adopted son there, a defector from the Red Army. In Danny’s absence a younger man shows up, claiming to be a Soviet Defector and Danny’s actual son. We later learn that he is bent on killing Danny for ostensibly betraying his mother to the KGB. Meanwhile, Danny’s one certain offspring, the pregnant Gladys, accuses her father of sending her husband to Afghanistan. To absolve himself, Danny must admit his military exploits are an illusion. In doing so, however, he will betray the possibility that Gladys never had a husband. He leaves the choice to her. The other characters’ histories equally come...

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Dial Tones — A Play

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 in Plays

A Romance by J. Scott Bronson (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups,  Church Groups) A humorous tale of a very unique love triangle. Two people making separate telephone calls, are accidentally connected to each other by the playful character named Telephone — an artificial intelligence. As their relationship develops and enlarges and becomes, well, love, the play shows us what love is and what it means to be a human being. Contains mild adult expletives. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 2W 1either 80-90 minutes Simple setting ORDER #3061 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking DialTonesPERUSAL It contains the first act of the three act script. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and,...

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