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A Bird Is Not A Pet

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by: Rebecca Ryland

A BIRD IS NOT A PET (A Tragic Act of Separation or A Comic Act of Desperation)

by Rebecca Ryland

3W / 1M

Approximate Playing Time: 15 minutes

A Bird is Not a Pet, (A Tragic Act of Separation or A Comic Act of Desperation) takes an absurdly funny look at a confrontation between a woman who wants to separate her trash so that men will have something to die for and the totalitarian bureaucracy of her Condo Association. We’ve all been there is one way or another. A Bird is Not a Pet was first work-shopped under the direction of the legendary Zoe Caldwell and premiered off-Broadway at the Creative Place Theatre in New York. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A Catered Affair

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by: J.C. Svec

A Short Comedy by J.C. Svec
3F
Approximate Playing Time:  20 minutes

How difficult would it be to cater the Last Supper? Mara isn’t telling who’s throwing the party but whoever it is, he sure is particular. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

A Christmas Carol

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by: A.D. Hasselbring

Charles Dickens’
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted by A.D. Hasselbring
4W / 9M / 4 Boys / 3 Girls
Other Characters to be Played by Ensemble or Additional Cast:
13W / 11M / 3 Boys / 2 Girls
Playing Time: Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes

Hasselbring stays true to Dickens in his adaptation of the best known Christmas story of all time. Many adaptations simplify the story, but Hasselbring includes all the special moments and characters that truly reveal the struggles of 1880’s London from “Want” and “Ignorance” clinging to the Second Sprit to the chimney sweeps on the street and Old Joe in his den of thieves. Along with the hardships and dreariness come the brilliance and joys that “A Christmas Carol” brings to the holiday spirit when Mankind is everyone’s business and the singing of carols and sharing of food and spirit lift our souls with the hope that charity thrives throughout the year. As in all the best adaptations, your audiences will both loathe and love Ebenezer and delight in his reclamation. No matter how many times we share the moment when the Cratchits receive their Christmas turkey and Tim proclaims “God bless us, every one”, audiences will forever embrace and cherish this timeless tale of a heartless scrooge who is given a second chance to become the kind of human we all strive to be. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A Dog's Tale

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by: Christopher Miller

An Interactive Play for Kids of All Ages
4F / 1M + 1 Extra
(Can be expanded to a cast of 10)
Playing time: Approximately 1 Hour

Whatever happened to that sweet little puppy, Sadie? She grew into a six-month-old Chocolate Lab that chews on expensive shoes. This humorous but thoughtful and heart-warming tale takes audiences on a journey with Sadie from the fickle world of humans to the county landfill and the uncertainty of life on the street. When Sadie refuses to accept that she has been abandoned by the family she loves, she enlists the help of an unlikely comrade—the most feared dog of all; the legendary Pit-bull named Snappy. Snappy reluctantly agrees to lead Sadie back to the Fickle family knowing all along that she was dumped like trash. On the journey home, Snappy takes Sadie under her paw, sharing her wisdom and friendship. Sadie’s homecoming is crushed when she discovers she has been replaced by a cute Maltese puppy and worse yet, her Family calls the Dog Catcher which ends poorly for the proud and defiant Snappy. Sadie must now use the lessons she learned to help her find someone to love and to be loved by. And that someone may be the most unlikely character of all. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A Field of Daisies

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by: Rebecca Ryland

A Full-length Drama in Two Acts

5M / 5W

Approximate Playing Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

An award winning and potent portrayal of a city man, Tom Benedict and his wife, Jennifer, in conflict between themselves and their attempt to build a new life in rural America.  Filled with symbolism and harsh reality, the audience has the opportunity to witness the final days of a deteriorating relationship and then sit in judgment as to the truth. Is he a narcissist who terrorized his wife or is Tom driven over the brink of insanity by the tribulations of their marriage and the pressures of life, maximized by a farm accident involving a young boy? No one leaves the theatre on this one without a passionate opinion as to the outcome of the trial in which Tom stands accused of murder.  A alternate ending is provided should you choose to let your audience determine the verdict.  Challenging, engaging, and downright riveting.  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A House Divided

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by: Sean David Bennett

A Full-length Drama in Two Acts

2W / 5M

Approximate Playing time:  2 hours

Divisive inner and outer turmoil and scandals in the Catholic Church tear to the heart of the Shields family in this intensely driven drama by Sean David Bennett.  During what should have been a festive birthday celebration, the family fabric frays under the strain of mother Molly’s fear of breast cancer, daughter-in-law Sarah and Thomas Shields’ never-ending battle over what it means to be a true Irishman and eldest son, Bud’s struggle for recognition in a family bearing two priests.  But when Fr. Stephen is falsely accused of molesting a boy, the ultimate danger of collapse threatens to destroy the house and everyone in it and sets a course for vindication at the greatest price a man can pay for truth when lost in despair.  This is family drama at its best, examining commitment, love, faith, truth and honor amidst a highly controversial period in the Catholic Church. This is a play your audience will remember and men of the cloth must never forget.  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A House Full of Dust

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by: Bella Poynton

A HOUSE FULL OF DUST
by Bella Poynton
A Full-length Drama in Two Acts
3W / 4M
Approximate Playing time: 2 hours

Though anything but real, A House Full of Dust is wrought with realism and raw emotional depth. Set early in the 20th century in rural Kansas, the Cleve’s house is filled with ghosts, both real and metaphoric. Abusive Ramsey forces his wife, Gretta, to take medication that is making her gravely ill to stop her from talking to “herself”. Gretta who is denied access to anything outside the household anxiously awaits the visit of her beloved son, RJ who is studying to be a priest. RJ knows the truth; at least part of the truth. He has been sensitive to the apparition Christine since childhood but is unaware of David, his biological father, whom his mother poisoned to death after she was raped. Ramsey’s hateful treatment of RJ is as much due to his choice to become a priest as his inability to accept the circumstances of the rape. 19-year-old daughter, Rachel, with her foul mouth and manners, has guised herself as a boy in an attempt to gain her mother’s attention. She is pursued by Jack Mullen, a young apprentice in her father’s blacksmith shop, who is determined to marry her despite her mean and offensive ways. As the dust in the house engulfs the family, David reveals himself to his brother RJ with dramatic consequences that will alter the future of every member of the household. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A Human Shield

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by: Robert L. Kinast

A Full-length Socio/Political Family Drama
4W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes

Politics plays a key role in the dynamics of the Grant household. Twin sisters Alberta and Roberta are as close as twins can be except when it comes to their convictions. Their father, retired General Stan Grant, is unmistakably proud of Alberta, who serves in the U.S. Army. His outspoken opposition to Roberta, a political liberal and social activist, worsens after he is approached to run for public office as a conservative. As the play progresses, the mother, Priscilla, who has suppressed many of her own feelings over the years as a military wife, challenges her husband’s strict code of conduct and shows sympathy towards Roberta’s ideals. The tension comes to a head when Alberta announces her orders to enter a potential war zone— the same place that Roberta has volunteered to go as part of a Human Shield. The family conflict over beliefs and politics is a microcosm of American society in general. “A Human Shield” brings that conflict home with tragic outcomes in this personal soul-searching drama. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A Man Without Means

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by: Rebecca Ryland

A Full-Length Comedy in One Act Set in London

3W / 4M

Approximate Playing Time: 75 minutes

First performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre’s theatre lab in New York, this slapstick comedy of errors has all the makings of a great farce. Set in a dilapidated hostel on the outskirts of SoHo in London, two Americans find themselves stuck without means in a guest room used for storage. Throw in an uncontrollable nose bleed, two workmen and their ladder, cheating spouses, a lunatic Canadian and the equally nutty hostel manager and your audience will find itself rolling in the aisles. Is this a hotel or an insane asylum? It’s fast, it’s funny and it’s frightfully entertaining, right down to the circular saw massacre in the end. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $50 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A Paper Tiger in the Rain

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by: David J. Swanson

by David J. Swanson
A Full-length Drama in 2 Acts
5W / 4M
Approximate Playing time: 1 Hr., 45 Min.

Newspaperman Nathan Parker has just been promoted to his dream job; Editor-in-Chief of the Willow Falls Beacon Telegraph. It is the paper for which he’s worked his entire career and a job for which he’s waited his entire life. Just before his predecessor retires, he hires Ben Flynn, a young blogger with a general lack of reverence for the newspaper industry. Nathan holds Ben in contempt as someone unschooled in journalism, though reluctantly takes him on to write for the paper’s website. Ben joins a staff of critical leaders at the Beacon Telegraph all intent on keeping the American tradition of a hometown paper alive and well. However, soon after assuming the reigns, Nathan learns that the newspaper is in financial trouble. He is also stunned to read in the obits that the husband of a woman with whom he had an affair many years earlier, has passed away. Not long after ending his affair with this woman, Laura, she married and Nathan’s wife passed away from cancer. But Nathan never let go of his love for Laura. Nathan has spent the last twenty years waiting for Laura to become free so that they could resume the grand love he so strongly envisions. At the paper, Nathan realizes that the young blogger has much to offer and takes Ben under his wing to teach him the values of quality journalism. As the newspaper’s financial picture becomes cloudier, Nathan is faced with saving his beloved newspaper from extinction and winning Laura’s heart. Ben helps Nathan through a painful lesson about waiting for impossible dreams and hanging on to false promises. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

A Passing Moment

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by: John J. Kelly

A Play by John J. Kelly
4W / 3M / 1Boy
Playing Time:  Approximately 90 minutes

Your audiences will love each passing moment as this story of three women, all proprietors of a rural pub outside Dublin, brilliantly unfolds with depth, honesty and humor.  In 1918, Fiona, a young wife and soon to be mother, purchases “The Higgs Pub” from Kate while she awaits the return of her soldier husband. Thirteen-year-old Michael and Brianna, just sixteen, stay on in their roles as helpers at the Pub, later to marry and continue on together throughout.  But heartache follows Fiona; first the death of her husband at war, then her son, James, during the next war.  In 1945 James’s infant daughter, Angelique, is delivered to the Pub fairly unannounced after her mother dies in Belgium. By 1966 the Vietnam War threatens to consume more of Ireland’s young sons and the war, the endless war, has taken its toll on Fiona.   The circumstances of her death come into question with no one quite able to accept that she may indeed have decided to end her own life. Angelique makes plans to return to Belgium to reconnect with her mother’s family—with the fate of the Pub in the balance. But Fiona knows those her life has touched more than anyone realizes and leaves a bequest to Michael to purchase the Pub that has been his home for all those many years. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

A.R@UNI.GOV

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by: Dan Borengasser

A Full-length Comedy in Multiple Scenes

2M + A Flexible Cast of an Additional 1-7M & 1-7W (depending on doubling)

Approximate Playing Time:  90 minutes

What if Adolf Hitler had married Emily Post?  Find out in this playful comedy that gives your audience a bird’s eye view of the couples on file at the Bureau of Alternate Realities where relationships throughout the universe are the subject of interest and examination.  The Bureau Director leads us through a serious of vignettes with such well-known personalities as Adam and Eve, Barbie and Ken, and Romeo and Juliet, occasionally taking a poke at a member of the audience who he addresses as visitors to the Bureau.  But don’t expect the characters to act the way you think!  In the world of Alternate Realities even a match between Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller can get turned on its head.  And how can analytical Sigmund Freud ever expect to please the likes of romance novelist Barbara Cartland?  A fun way to kick-off your season or truly amuse your summer audiences, with enough great roles to showcase the talents of your entire theater company!  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

Aging Grace

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by: Lynn-Steven Johanson

A One Act Play for Three Women
3W
Approximate Playing Time: 30 Minutes

Set in a small Midwestern town, Aging Grace pits two sisters with a strained past on often opposite sides of the age-old question, when is it time to send an aging parent to a nursing home? Lanie, a professional photographer who lives out of state with her partner, Jane, is in town to discuss “Grace” with her sister, Suzanne who believes it is time for Mom to move out of her home. Lanie and Suzanne are as different as night and day and their perceptions on the subject are colored by their views and experiences. The sisters have unresolved issues of their own, both personally and between them which adds to the conflict. In their attempt to agree on a solution, they must confront their issues and see where they can find common ground for the sake of “Grace”. A real-life story that really strikes home with audiences. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

All My Raisins In The Son

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by: John Twomey

A Full-length Comedy

4W / 2M

Approximate Playing time:  1 Hr., 45 Min. 

It’s September once again at Lincoln High School and Nora O’Reilley is determined not to be defeated by disillusionment.  That’s no easy task in the English Department’s teachers’ lounge, occupied by a motley staff of burnouts, survivors and connivers.  Then in walks Victoria Turner: Nora’s former star student and valedictorian. Victoria has been hired as the new English teacher to replace Susan Wagner who, to the utter dismay, disbelief and resentment of the other teachers in the department, has been elevated to Assistant Principal.  Nora and Victoria battle the inanity of the school system as well as the cynicism, despair and personal agendas of their colleagues.  They become increasingly despondent; Victoria because she feels in over her head as a new teacher and Nora because she realizes that she’s losing her zeal and efficacy.  Victoria turns to Nora for support, who gladly gives it in a subconscious attempt to help herself.  But can Nora help Victoria?  Can Victoria help Nora?  And can Nora help herself?  The winner of two prestigious awards, the Neil Simon Festival 2013 New Play Contest and the Theatre Conspiracy 2013 New Play contest, All My Raisins in the Son ripples with laughter as John Twomey plucks the strings of public school paranoia.  It will have you rolling your eyes and laughing in your seat as you think back on your own tenures in and out of the classroom.  Is this really what goes on behind the closed doors of the teachers’ lounge?  If so, we are all in trouble!  $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

All You Can Eat

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by: J.C. Svec

A Short One-Man Comedy

1/M

Approximate Playing Time:  6 minutes

Manny suffers from “Buffet Anxiety Disorder”.  Paralyzed by the fear of filling his stomach with the wrong foods at an “All You Can Eat” buffet, Manny finds himself unable to approach the buffet at all. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

All-American Girls

by: J.C. Svec

Product Code A0840.1

ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS

by J.C. Svec

4W

Approximate Playing Time: 20 Minutes

This historical piece gives your audience a personal glimpse into the makings of the first women’s baseball league during WWII. The story is told through the perspectives of four uniquely drawn character including two players, their chaperone and an advisor. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Allie in Wonderland

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by: Everett Robert

ALLIE IN WONDERLAND
by Everett Robert
2F / 2M / 11 Either + Extras
Approximate Playing Time: 1 hour

What happens when Alice forgets how to dream? That’s what the characters in this refreshing adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale want to know. For one thing, Wonderland isn’t quite as wonderful anymore; the sparkle fades and the characters lose their luster. But rumor has it that thoroughly modern Alice, who prefers the name, Allie, is coming back. There’s hope yet for Wonderland if only the Cat can convince her that the imagination is not only real but necessary. This is the opportunity for your actors and your audiences to see Alice in a new light and follow her through the rabbit hole where she rediscovers the magic of Wonderland along with all your favorite characters from the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar to Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, the Mad Hatter and the March Hair. And Wonderland wouldn’t be complete without the Queen of Hearts with her Flamingo croquet mallets who still threatens to “cut off her head!” But Allie has a weapon of her own; a Triple Chocolate Espresso Mocha Latté with whipped cream. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

An American Wife

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by: Karen Blomain & Michael Downend

A Full-length Drama in Two Acts

2M / 3W / 1F Child

Approximate Playing Time:  2 hours

When Frank Flynn returns home from fighting in the war to his little coal mining town in Pennsylvania, he doesn’t get the welcome he expected.  His mother, Nanna, doesn’t appreciate his bringing back a Polish war bride, especially with him engaged to her best friend’s daughter.  His new wife, Stella, finds trying to fit into the little house, already crowded with Nanna, Frank’s brother, Phil, his wife and their young daughter, Jody, is as difficult as fitting into a small, prejudiced, Irish Catholic community.  But Stella, who lost everything to World War II, has more will and courage than anyone could have imagined.  When the mines shut down from lack of work, Stella leads the way to women working in the mills, and with a baby on the way, must come to terms with her nearly unbearable losses and the revelation that she took someone else’s sweetheart.  Stella's haunted and painful past not only brings her new family together but also imbues those around her with her optimism and verve. The story is pre-feminist feminist, working class, blue collar, and small town– anytown USA. This amazingly heartfelt story of this strong-willed Irish Catholic family as they struggle to accept the challenges of their post war life is one every theater will cherish.  And with its ties to the holiday season, it will remind audiences everywhere that angels come in all shapes and sizes, at Christmas and throughout the year. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Angst:84

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by: Toni K. Thayer

Lakeville Heights Senior High, 1984

5F / 5M plus 4 either Female or Male

Approximate Playing Time: 90 Minutes

 “Hi.  Welcome to Lakeville Heights Senior High.  This place sucks.” So expresses the sentiments of disaffected Goth Shannon as she introduces this malevolently comic exposé of conformity.  Angst:84 explores the cliques, customs and comeuppances of teenagers thrown together by the randomness of fate and locker assignments in the Reagan-era mid-1980’s. What happens when new cheerleader Winnie pursues a socially-forbidden romance with third-string football player, Julian beneath the constant gaze of the dictatorial Principle Duce? Or when self-assured openly gay Traverse, an exchange student from Canada, challenges the sexual repression of self-righteous, by-the-rules, Fred?  Your actors and audiences will relish the misalliances in this mock-Orwellian look at high school where the social elite erase the untouchables, hipsters betray heads and young conservatives reveal hidden friendships and concealed relationships. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called the debut “Fresh and imaginative” while NYTheatre.com said Angst:84 “succeeds as both entertainment and political allegory.” Thayer's anti-nostalgic mix of dark comedy spiked with poignancy will bring back those oppressive teenage memories as relevant today as in 1984. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $50 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Anti-Venom

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by: Craig Kenworthy

Product Code A0860.4

Anti-Venom

by Craig Kenworthy

2W / 1M

Approximate Playing Time: 15 minutes

In Central America, a married couple struggle with the past when the wife is bitten by what may very well be a deadly snake. How desperate is her husband to save her life, considering his recent affair and his attraction to their pretty tour guide? $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Appearances to the Contrary

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by: Jim Inman

by Jim Inman
A Dark Urban Comedy in Two Acts
2W / 2M
Approximate Playing time: 2 hours

The sometimes cruel ambiguities of love and sex seethe at the heart of this dark urban comedy set in NYC in the mid-1970s. Timothy, an entertainment attorney, and his best friend, Muriel, a powerful literary agent, find themselves embroiled in the lives of Tom, an attractive young actor-turned-playwright, and Barbara, a beautiful, mysterious bi-sexual who eats amorality for breakfast. If only one of them had stayed home…But alas, that is not the case resulting in seismic sexual energies that soon crack the professional and personal veneers of the two couples, uniting them in a confrontation of exposed secrets, shattered egos, and eventual redemption…for three of them. Grand Prize Winner of the National Repertory Theatre International Playwrights Competition, critics called Appearances to the Contrary a latter day 'Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe.' $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

As We Speak

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by: John Patrick Bray

As We Speak
A Full-length Drama by John Patrick Bray
4F / 6M
Playing Time: Approximately 105 minutes

In a post-9/11, post-Katrina United States, full of the politics of fear and doctrines of intolerance and hate, what are we willing to sacrifice for our own sense of security? What liberties are we willing to give up so we can go to bed at night? John Patrick Bray addresses these alarming issues in As We Speak. Noreen, a PhD student and blogger finds her own liberties stripped from her and many others after the election of a fascist president. As a divided society takes sides in support or fear of increasingly restrictive rights and the abuse of power by those enforcing the new rules, friends are pitted against friends. In this new era, where it becomes difficult to distinguish who has become the true enemy, Bray challenges his audience to think before we act so that we truly comprehend the ultimate dangers inherent in a world that places order and control over human rights and freedom. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Ashes

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by: Robert R. Lehan

Product Code A0800.1

ASHES

by Robert R. Lehan

1M / 1W

Approximate Playing Time: 20 minutes

What we leave behind is often the last for others to give up. Such is the dilemma for Tom in ASHES, the first play in this pairing of two one acts that pit the needs of one character against those of another. In ASHES, the bereaved Tom has lost his beloved wife and all that remains are her ashes. For him, those ashes belong in a family plot where he and those who loved her can gather to honor and remember her. But his wife, Barbara, had other ideas and her ghost confronts Tom on an isolated beach where he struggles to follow her wishes to have her ashes scattered in the sea. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Barbed Wire

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by: Ross Peter Nelson

A 10-Minute Play by
Ross Peter Nelson
3W
Approximate Playing Time: 10 Minutes

A painting of a dead finch caught in a barbed wire fence throws an artist on trial under the protocols established by the Act to Safeguard the Motherland in which she is no longer considered a citizen but an enemy of the state. Set in an unknown time, this nightmare of a dream will send chills down every artist’s spine knowing that interpretations of work, whether true or false, can have devastating consequences in a world without tolerance for original thought. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Beach Play

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by: Robert Lehan

Two One-Act Dramas

2M / 2W (1M / 1W, each play)

Approximate Playing Time:  1 hour total

What we leave behind is often the last for others to give up.  Such is the dilemma for Tom in ASHES, the first play in this pairing of two one acts that pit the needs of one character against those of another.  In ASHES, the bereaved Tom has lost his beloved wife and all that remains are her ashes.  For him, those ashes belong in a family plot where he and those who loved her can gather to honor and remember her.  But his wife, Barbara, had other ideas and her ghost confronts Tom on an isolated beach where he struggles to follow her wishes to have her ashes scattered in the sea.   STONESKIPPERS is a quirky yet alarming story of a man longing to become the Stoneskipping Champion of the World and the anguish of a starving homeless woman living on the beach where he practices.  The conflict between real need and trivial pursuit reaches a climatic ending with only one getting his/her wish.  Robert R. Lehan, who brings a lifetime of experience in theatre to his work, notes that STONESKIPPERS is an anatomy of revolution fostered by the conflict between the “haves” and the “have-nots” and warns “there will be shots fired.”  Both plays are certain to trigger an emotional response from the audience.    $15 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Bear With Me

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by: Jill Elaine Hughes

An Evening of Short Plays about Life, Death, Love, and Estrogen
by Jill Elaine Hughes

15W / 2M
(5W /2M with doubling)
Approximate Playing Time: 65 minutes

Jill Elaine Hughes lands her comic flare full square on this collection of witty, humorous and satiric short plays poking fun at the female condition. In “The Perfect Relationship” two women address their weaknesses in choosing the right man with their new-age therapist only to discover that she is as big a sucker as they are. In “Circle Line” two couples push waiting for the subway train to the limit when one of the women lies down on the tracks in an attempt to goad her husband into saving her. God gains the upper hand in a game of poker with other female deities in “Does Anyone Know What’s Really Going On Upstairs?” while the Goddess of Lifetime TV uses her powers to restore a woman’s sexy dreams in “This is Your Lifetime” despite the relentless interruptions of feminine hygiene commercials. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $50 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Behold a Pale Ryder

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by: Richard Davis, Jr.

A Murder Mystery in Two Acts
by Richard Davis, Jr.
4W / 4M
Approximate Playing Time: 95 Minutes

Lynn Ryder is dead.  That we know for sure even though we see her spirit throughout the play.  Whether she was murdered is a mystery.  Lynn’s children suspect her current husband, Frederico, of foul play.  After all, he wormed his way into the Ryder estate and no one, not even his adopted daughter, Maria, have much use for him. But when Frederico finds himself dead on the drawing room floor, the accusations begin to fly.  After all, Frederico seems to have some questionable involvement with both step-daughter Bette and adopted daughter Maria. Lynn’s only son, Rob, who appears to have an attraction to Maria despite his fumbling attempts to show it, is suspected of having an interest in Dorsett, the Ryder family’s estate lawyer.  And of course, youngest daughter, Jackie, a nurse, recently came back from drug rehab.  With over 100 million dollars at stake, any one of them could be a murderer. Sorting out the facts and examining the clues, Sgt. John Bannister unravels the intricacies of the case until a single tea cup outs the murderer. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Beige

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by: Dan Weatherer

A Short Comedy
by Dan Weatherer
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 15 Minutes

In this contemporary horror comedy, Milton Moore has just stabbed his wife six times. Gayle Moore claims it was seven. But she’s dead. And now with Gayle bent out of shape, literally, drenched in blood and beginning to smell, the two hash out the circumstances that led to Milton taking such drastic measures. He thought murder would provide him once and for all the last word. Oh, was he ever mistaken! $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Ben Franklin Ate My Homework

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by: Kevin M. Mitchell

A Comedy Perfect for Tweens
A Flexible Cast of 25 + or – Depending on Need
Approximate Playing Time:  1 hour

Obnoxiously perfect Molly has had a trick played on her and now, like the rest of the class at Franklin Middle School, the teacher doesn’t think she completed her Famous Americans report. Cast into detention with the other misfits on the day of the Homecoming Pep Rally, they are “supervised” by Iris the crazy janitor, who tells the wayward kids of a strange visit from one of the founding fathers on that very day 25 years earlier. Molly, not believing, accidently conjures up Ben Franklin, who spouts more than a few words of wisdom. As Ben is Molly’s homework assignment, the other kids immediately see she’s at an advantage—the guy she has to write a report on is right there! Ignoring Ben’s warning, they call their homework subjects into the present too: Abe Lincoln, Calamity Jane, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, and others are whisked into contemporary times—as tweens! Quickly the history kids enjoy the trappings of modern life, and getting them off the iPads and the video games proves difficult to the point that they announce they don’t want to go back to their own times. Now Molly and her school friends have less than two hours to study up and convince them that they must because if they don’t, all American history will be adversely affected! While Ben Franklin Ate My Homework is created as an ensemble comedy for kids, the history is for the most part accurate, encouraging young actors to read and learn more about the historical characters as they develop their roles. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Biff & Blanche

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by: John Twomey

Biff & Blanche
A Short Comedy
by John Twomey
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 15 minutes

Two second-rate thespians, Biff and Blanche, compete for a cab on a street in New York.  While waiting on a bench, they spar over an audition and confront one another with their illusions about themselves, their careers and their attraction to one another—complicated by the fact that they had a brief encounter in the past but Blanche never returned Biff’s phone calls afterwards. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

Blood On The Highway

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by: Beth Dotson Brown

Product Code A0810.1

BLOOD ON THE HIGHWAY

by Beth Dotson Brown

1W / 1M

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes total

A mother struggling with unbearable loss, Blood on the Highway is set on a lonely stretch of highway where she scrubs the blood stain off the road where her daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Blood on the Highway first appeared in shortstory form broadcast over the BBC on Public Radio International. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Booger Jones

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by: Gary Britson

BOOGER JONES

 by Gary Britson

A Dark Comedy in Two Acts

2W/ 8M Approximate

Playing Time: 110 minutes

Never has a young man been so despised. After Stan’s son, Hank, the school’s star athlete, has been shot by eighteen year old Eldon Jones, better known as “Booger Jones”, he is left wheelchair bound gurgling “get him” to everyone who comes into his dad’s kitchen. And there’s nary a soul that enters that doesn’t claim to want to kill Booger Jones in revenge. When Hank’s best friend, Stew, springs Eldon from the local jail for Stan to kill, it is clear why the filthy, homely Eldon– who appears every bit as, stupid and unfit for society as everyone spews– is the recipient of life-long torture and ridicule. But Stan never had any stomach for killing Eldon. Problem is; no one else feels that way and what becomes of Booger Jones is a story yet to unfold. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Bre’r Rabbit’s Trilogy

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by: John Byrne

by John Byrne

As Inspired by the Traditional Bre’r Rabbit Tales

Flexible Cast: 10-30 M & F

Playable by any combination of age and gender

Bre’r Rabbit, with links to both African and Cherokee cultures, worked his way into American culture as the central figure in stories about the southern United States as told by Uncle Remus and made popular in the animated motion picture “Song of the South.” The trickster, Bre’r Rabbit, is every bit as clever and fun in this collection of three short plays inspired by the original tales. As part of traditional folklore, the three tales in Bre’r Rabbit’s Trilogy, including “The Harvest Thief”, “Home Sweet Boom” and “Fox’s Trap”, are perfect for the primary classroom, particularly in exploring drama core content. And with a flexible cast size and make-up of 10-30 boys and girls along with simple creative staging that allows opportunities for kids to participate in the process, it is the ideal choice for schools, drama camps and children’s theatre. Mr. Byrne has drawn easy to play characters so that even the most novice performer will have a successful stage experience. John Byrne’s Bre’r Rabbit’s Trilogy is a true crowd pleaser for all ages, reminding even the seniors in the audience of those delightful stories read at bedtime. The Trilogy is offered royalty-free requiring only a $20 fee to download the script and make as many copies as needed for your production. $20 Single-Use Copyright

Buford & Leroy

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by: Lynn-Steven Johanson

A Short Comedy
2M
Approximate Playing Time: 20 Minutes

Two down-home boys prove that friendship is thicker than motor oil when one has to bow out on a monster truck show and is too embarrassed to say why. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

But That's Not What We Ordered

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by: Craig Kenworthy

But That’s Not What We Ordered

by Craig Kenworthy

1W / 1M / 1 Either

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Whether a burden or a blessing, life often feels like a never ending series of tests. In But That’s Not What We Ordered, two parents must determine if a “normal” baby is worth raising in a futuristic society where a child’s attributes are carefully pre-selected. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application

But Was It An Approved Death?

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by: Greg Freier

A Short Play by Greg Freier
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Welcome once again to Greg Freier’s incredibly zany world.  Harold and Emma get a call that one of their sons has been killed.  How?  No matter.  It’s more of an issue how to paint Thompkins, child number three, out of their recently painted family portrait.  After all Thompkins is holding the dog.  Upon further examination, Harold and Emma decide they really aren’t fond of any of their seven children and it will just be easier to paint all of them out of the portrait.  And the dog?  Well, they can paint a table under him so he’s not just hovering in the air—especially after they receive a second call that another son is killed.  And then, of course, there is the incessant howling of the wolverines out back and several missing illegal groundskeepers. And when the phone rings again… $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Butterfly Wings

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by: G. Bruce Smith

Butterfly Wings

by G. Bruce Smith

A Contemporary Work for Bare Stage

2W/ 3M + A Chorus of 3-10 M & F

Approximate Playing Time: 1 Hr. 35 Minutes

Esoteric realism and fantasy create a powerful framework for this beautiful, highly theatrical play that explores the struggles of three friends graduating from college and fighting for the freedom to become who they want to be. Rajiv, from India, is a star athlete on the college basketball team, yet his mother, Sarita, knows what she fears most, that her son is gay, and pressures him to return to India to fulfill an arranged marriage. Zander, infatuated with his admiration for Rajiv, seeks the meaning of his love for his friend while defying his father’s dream that he obtain his PhD and change the world. Zander’s decision to enlist for war is met with disdain by Maggie who struggles to keep their friendship intact despite her hatred of all things military. Throughout the play, a Chorus reflects with poetic imagery on the characters’ relationships, on the friends’ search for answers to questions in their lives, and on Edward Lorenz’s suggestion that the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil could set off a tornado in Texas. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

By the Way, I’m Dying

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by: Greg Freier

By the Way, I’m Dying
by Greg Freier
A Full-Length Comedy in Two Acts
3W / 2M
Approximate Playing Time: 75 minutes

Kind-hearted hypochondriac, Harry, once suffered an accident that put his brain a little off kilter but no one ever believes his various ailments and claims that he is dying.  When daughter Sara and her husband, Roger, drop by for a visit with new baby, little Roger, his wife, Ellen, takes pains to make sure Harry is never alone with the baby.  Seems Harry has developed an obsession with little Harry’s soft spot. Grandma lives with Harry and Ellen.  She brings along her own sense of delusion by way of a myriad of invisible friends, currently Elmore, neither seen nor heard but very much an important character in the household despite his razor sharp claws.  When Harry claims once again to be dying, Grandma’s insistence that Death is hanging around the living room may prove Harry right once and for all. There is something strangely common in this uncommon family that will keep your audiences scratching their heads and immensely amused. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Cake Top Follies

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by: John Twomey

A Short Comedy

2 Women

Approximate Playing Time: 20 minutes

Maid of honor Cynthia has taken a sacred vow to save her sister’s wedding cake top for her first anniversary.  Judy, her other sister, storms out immediately following the ceremony, feeling justifiably insulted by comments made by the Bride concerning the size of her so-called chunky thighs and her chances at finding a husband of her own. Consequently she missed out on the reception including food and cake. Back at the hotel Cynthia does her best to protect her culinary ward but Judy is angry and Judy is hungry.  And Judy wants cake. Now! $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Call Me Comrade

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by: Ross Peter Nelson

A Short Comedy
by Ross Peter Nelson
1W/ 3M
Approximate Playing Time: 15 Minutes

What would you pay for Lenin’s dead body? Putin wants Vladimir out of Red Square providing a great opportunity for Sergei Rabinovitch, a functionary in the Russian Federation, to spread his burgeoning capitalistic wings. When questioned by his deputy, Dmitry, how he came to possess Lenin’s body in the first place, Sergei explains that Lenin was a Communist. “Under communism, everything belongs to the people,” says Sergei. “I'm one of the people, so Lenin belongs to me. So I can sell him.” After failing to interest a sale with any big names in the entertainment field, Sergei is approached by Samantha Hathaway, a marketing VP for Pepsi. When she arrives at his office dressed to kill, Dmitry undercuts his boss for a chance to impress Samantha and exercise a bit of capitalistic will of his own. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Campaign Strategy

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by: Lynn Snyder

A Full-length Drama in Two Acts with Optional Intermission
3W/ 2M
Approximate Playing Time: 90 minutes

We’ve come to expect backroom exploits and personal indiscretions of candidates that are often kept secret until after elections. But what about the staffers working on behalf of those candidates? How do those secrets and the pressures of the campaign affect their relationships with family and friends and just how much integrity can they afford to lose on the campaign to success? “Campaign Strategy” is a small cast play in which personal conflicts and jealousy among political professionals in a three-way congressional race impact the outcome of the race and the lives of each character. Lines are drawn when the neglected Wyman, engaged to speech writer Alyssa, finds himself in bed with the opposing party. Just how far will Alyssa go to punish the envious Brenda who picks off Wyman as much for her jealousy of the more talented Alyssa as her interest in the success of her candidate? “Campaign Strategy” challenges your audiences to question once again whether the ends justify the means. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Campion's Will

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by: Fred J. Abbate

A Play in One Act
by Fred J. Abbate
1F / 2M
Approximate Playing Time: 1 Hour

Edmund Campion, an academic superstar, became the object of a widespread manhunt as one of the first Jesuit priests sent to England on a secret mission to minister to Catholics. As an enemy of the Queen, he stayed constantly on the move, often changing his identity, hiding with dozens of families sympathetic to or practicing Catholicism. Among his houses of refuge, were several in the Lancashire area, including Rufford Hall, the home of Sir Thomas Hesketh. Several Shakespeare scholars have suggested the fascinating possibility that young William could have met Campion while earning a living as a performer and sometime-schoolmaster in the Lancashire region. Although the evidence is quite slim for the reality of this encounter, Campion’s Will brings the two geniuses together in 1581 just months before Campion was captured and brutally executed. Campion, at first suspicious that Will might be a spy for the Crown, gradually begins to understand that he is sparring with a gifted, razor-sharp thinker. Will quickly recognizes the life-and-death struggle that Campion has been confronting. An energetic debate ensues about sin, sanctity, martyrdom and the role of God in human lives as an escalating friendship builds between the two extraordinary characters. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $50 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Captain L-rac on Mars

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by: Heath Houseman

A Sci-Fi Psychological Comedy by
HEATH HOUSEMAN
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 75 minutes

On the planet Mars, a soldier fighting a war against the Long Haulers, an invading alien species, describes how Captain L-rac Nagas, daring spacefarer, stood on a cliff overlooking the battlefield to show the enemy what he was made of: Human. Scientist. Survivor. Warrior. Man. Moments later, Dr. Lawrence B. Tooney removes his motorcycle helmet and speaks into a recorder. He recounts his latest therapy session with Dr. Katharine Wriggley, a noted scientist working for the Pike’s Peak National Laboratory. Dr. Wriggley is dealing with the fallout caused by an unscrupulous colleague who exposed her private journals. Because the journals outline her future-life and adventures on Mars, the laboratory is convinced she may be mentally unstable and therefore a national security risk. Her home and personal computer files invaded, she feels emotionally violated and intellectually raped. She is forced to relinquish all scientific duties and submit to a series of psychological evaluations under the auspices of Dr. Tooney. But as Dr. Wriggley’s future-life experiences increase and his study of her journals intensifies, Toooney starts to have doubts. When he joins Wriggley’s future-self and Captain L-rac on a number of adventures on Mars, his concept of reality unravels, convincing him the experiences are real, and not only that, fun, like an Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction adventure novel. Persuaded by the evidence, Dr. Tooney informs Dr. Wriggley he intends to publish their findings in scientific journals, at which point Dr. Wriggley confesses she started writing the journals when she was a child, after watching a documentary called Cosmos hosted by the famous scientist Carl Sagan; L-rac Nagas in reverse. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Cardboard Sea, Paper Moon

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by: Sean David Bennett

A Full-length Drama in Two Acts

3W / 6M

Approximate Playing time:  2 hours

An exceptional new play by the gifted Sean David Bennett. Set in the present in the fictitious Safe Harbour half-way house on eastern Long Island, this significant work brings to the forefront the lives of broken men and women still searching for a sense of worth in a world stacked against them. Even at Safe Harbour, a place intended to provide hope, comfort and rehabilitation, the powers-that-be find ways to bilk the system and punish those who speak out or question their abuse of power. Based on true incidents, the lives of these incredibly rich and vulnerable residents will grab your audiences and bring them full force into a world known only by those who walk the streets or fall victim to the never ending battle of alcohol abuse and addiction. Thirty-year-old Travis Moretti intervenes in an attempt to salvage the little hope left for exploited 17-year-old Holly, who has been chosen as the “poster girl” for a new facility for young mothers and their babies. Travis is brutally murdered by a drug crazed Holly and the residents at the half-way house are left to mourn yet another tragic loss. And when the spin begins, the resident patriarch of the house, Ben Gold, confronts Chalmers, founder and CEO of Safe Harbour. Seems someone has been investigating the misappropriation of funds at the facility and Ben seizes the opportunity to wield some power of his own. Despite the serious subject matter, Bennett brings much humor and insight to the play and audiences will fall in love with the humanity the residents bring to the story. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Ceremonies of Prayer

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by: Evan Guilford-Blake

A Full-length Drama in Two Acts

2 M / 2W

Approximate Playing Time:  100 minutes

Developed at Chicago Dramatists, Ceremonies of Prayer revolves around the conflict between William, a volatile artist, and Christina his equally volatile ex-prostitute lover now pregnant with his child.  William, caught between the emotional extremes of a sophisticated aesthetic view of the world and his childish detachment from the realities of life, provokes passion and hostility in Cristina, whose sordid past shadows her desire and ability to accept William’s love.  Matters are further complicated by William's financial and emotional dependence on his art-dealer brother, Ned, who struggles to remain vigilant of William’s vulnerability and supportive of his genius while coping with the resentment of his wife, Joanne, for the intrusions William inflicts on their lives.  Suggested by incidents in the life of Vincent van Gogh, this winner of the prestigious Utah Playfest Competition drives home the raging turmoil within and without the great artist whose passion for love and art lingered on the brink of insanity. Note:  Contains adult language and situations.  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Chaos in Theatre

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by: Jean-Pierre Bongila

Chaos in Theatre
by Jean-Pierre Bongila
A Grand Guignol of Actors’ & Directors’ Worst Nightmares
2W / 5M with Doubling + Optional Extras
Approximate Playing time:  90 Minutes

After the lead actor in his upcoming production of “The Mystery of Professor Bonaffe” dies in a preventable diving incident, Doctor Horace Thierry, head of the theatre department at the College of Global Perfection does something few directors hope to pull off:  he transforms a horrible melodrama into a horrendous malady.  Thierry, a terrible actor, jettisons the understudy and assumes the lead role when he discovers that Professor Steinherz, making a visit to the college to determine its continued funding, wants to see a performance of the play.  Buffoon Thierry who has been pressing the college for tenure for years believes the success of his play is his opportunity for tenure and concocts a foolhardy solution to his inability to learn his part:  he engages three union stage hands to don tree costumes and stand on stage with tablets to feed him lines.  And let the debacle begin!  This cleverly written play will have your audiences rolling with laughter as everything that could go wrong does.  The play within the play is the story of a man who labored six years on his dissertation disparaging Psychology as a science.  The character, played by Thierry, sets out to kill Bonaffe who stands in his way of tenure unbeknownst that Steinherz’ field of study is Psychology and the idea that it is not a science is beyond absurdity. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

Charlotte

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by: Rebecca Ryland

A Full-length Comedy in Two Acts

3M / 5W

Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

Tony Award winner Zoe Caldwell when reading Charlotte described the play as exceptionally funny and delightful.  Charlotte, an aging businesswoman showing the signs of senility, and her lovable but lecherous husband, Louis, prove quite a challenge for their well-meaning assistant, Josephine, who spends most of her day at Charlotte’s dysfunctional employment agency tending to their personal needs and heading up damage control.  That is, until Charlotte’s diamonds turn up missing with a curious array of colorful potential suspects including call girl Krystal Klear, Marvelous Marvin the Magician, and honest to goodness client Claire Rose, an African American woman who Charlotte targets as the primary suspect.  But are the diamonds really stolen or just misplaced and forgotten?  That’s for Detective Peeples and the audience to figure out.  It’s sad to laugh too hard at the misfortunes of aging or at Charlotte’s unrelenting discrimination, but alas, the audience will, while examining its own underlying fears and prejudices. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Choice

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by: Jane and Jim Jeffries

A One-Act Play for Teens
3 M / 3 F
Approximate Playing Time: 40 minutes

About 750,000 teens become pregnant in the U.S. each year accounting for 11% of the births. Nearly 1/3 of those pregnancies end in abortion. With such staggering statistics, it is no wonder that many of our young people face the overwhelming decision as to what to do when faced with an unplanned pregnancy and the consequences of that choice thereafter. Jane and Jim Jeffries’ Choice does not attempt to solve the problem of teen pregnancy but it does explore one typical teenage girl’s struggle with her choice and poses the question “whose choice is it anyway?” Teens will identify with the characters who attend classes, play sports and hang out with friends during and after school. Choice is a great vehicle for dramatizing one of life’s serious issues and prompting healthy discourse on the subject without criticizing or moralizing. It’s a play for any theatre but speaks well to teens and their audiences. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Circle Line

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by: Jill Elaine Hughes

CIRCLE LINE

by Jill Elaine Hughes

2W / 2M

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Jill Elaine Hughes lands her comic flare full-square on this humorous short set in Amsterdam. There two couples push waiting for the subway train to the limit when one of the women lies down on the tracks in an attempt to goad her husband into saving her. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Cliffhanger Abbey

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by: Christina Hamlett & Jamie Dare

Where Perfect Manners Meet Perfect Monsters
A Comedy by
Christina Hamlett & Jamie Dare
7F / 7M + Extras
Approximate Playing time: 90 Minutes

Plain-looking Catherine Morland is an avid reader whose imagination conjures up all manner of supernatural goings-on. But she is also a romantic who longs to be courted by a handsome stranger, Henry Tilney, whom she meets while staying with her dim-witted aunt and uncle. Henry’s darkly reclusive family owns a brooding mansion teetering on bankruptcy. Patriarch General Tilney (a vampire) mistakenly believes Catherine to be wealthy and sees her presence as an opportunity to give his estate the resources it needs. Catherine, of course, is oblivious to these machinations and accepts his invitation to visit the old manor house. There, she meets the General’s dead (murdered) wife and nearly falls victim to her own untimely demise. In the interim, Catherine’s brother, James, falls madly in love with her exceptionally vain and drop-dead gorgeous best friend, Isabella (a witch) who falls for Captain Frederick Tilney (also a vampire); Isabella’s werewolf brother, John, pursues Catherine but not as much as he pursues small animals; and Eleanor Tilney, whose life resembles that of Cinderella, falls head over heels for James. Here in 1815 England, a host of zombies and other immortals learn that manners matter and monsters respect decorum. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Club Gastro

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by: Ross Peter Nelson

A 10-Minute Comedy by
Ross Peter Nelson
2W/ 2M
Approximate Playing Time: 10 Minutes

It’s Julia’s birthday and her friend, Suzette surprises her with reservations for a private table at Club Gastronomique, a restaurant that takes the concept of “food porn” seriously. It provides intimate service from a personal chef, but the customers are only allowed to watch. While Suzette reveals herself to be a regular, Julia loses control when chef Devon presents a quadruple-chocolate profiterole, with consequences for both her and her friend. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

COMMIE BOOTS

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by: Gary Britson

COMMIE BOOTS
A Dark Comedy in a Dark Tavern in Iowa
by Gary Britson
1W/ 5M
Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

It’s the 1950’s and Ike has just been elected president; more fodder for the meanest and toughest son-of-a-bitch in Holstein, Iowa; the self-proclaimed “great” Grant Standard. Grant has a reputation for beating up anyone who crosses him and carries a little black book to record the names of people he deems a communist. He sends his list every Sunday to Brother Joe McCarthy who never writes back. Grant is among the regulars at Ed’s Tavern, a harsh, deliberately uncomfortable place where serious, marginally employable, amiably confused men gather to sop up the suds around-the-clock. Few women have ever been there. It is never happy hour because no one is ever happy there. On the other hand, the patrons are usually relaxed around each other as they have known one another for decades. In this intensely character-driven dark comedy, Ed has just died and his strong and fierce widow, Dolly, is bent on shaking up the status quo even if it kills her—or someone else. “Commie Boots” is not intended for children. The “N” word and other derogatory terms appear in this play, although for no other purpose than to reflect the nature of certain characters and the times although it may not be coincidental that the times have not changed all that much. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Dark Heart of Poe

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by: A.D. Hasselbring

From the works of Edgar Allen Poe
Cast: 2M
Playing Time: Approx. 90 Min.

From Edgar Allan Poe's first couplet in 1824 at the age of 15 to his final words upon his deathbed in 1849, Dark Heart of Poe tells the tale of an artist struggling against himself to find a unique voice and survive in the Victorian Age. Using Poe's own letters and works, Dark Heart of Poe introduces audiences to the man who defined early American literature by establishing his own genre and capturing the imaginations of suspense readers everywhere. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $50 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Dear Comrade Frikkie

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by: Harold Kimmel

by Harold Kimmel
2W / 5M
Approximate Playing Time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes

Ordinary characters provide a glimpse into a turning point in history as Harold Kimmel takes us inside a South African prison over a 30+ year period beginning with the incarceration of Nelson Mandela. Warders Maartens and Roux, members of the staff on Robben Island where Nelson is held, along with visitors and other staff at the prison, offer a gut level overview of the times. Though neither warder is overly pedantic, Maartens and Roux’s often opposing perspectives on the relationship between Black and White South Africans and the abuse of power keeps the audience on edge as the fragile balance between right and wrong is constantly challenged. While Mandela never appears directly, the audience observes his impact on life inside and outside the prison walls as the play inevitably tackles issues of persecution, freedom and reconciliation. Kimmel, whose own life intersected with this crucial point in history brings first-hand experience to the drama. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Death is a Many Splendored Thing

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by: Greg Freier

A Short Comedy by Greg Freier
1W / 2M
Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

When Death comes a-knockin’ Sylvia tells him in no uncertain terms she isn’t buying. Despite his attempt to explain to Howard and Sylvia it just doesn’t work that way, the unhappily married couple refuses to cooperate—until Sylvia gets the nod that Death is after Howard. Then maybe things aren’t too bad: leaves the door open, anyway, to continue to partake in an occasional tryst with Mr. Noodleman next door. But it seems that Death got it wrong, and a quick call from the man in charge shifts the attention away from Howard and squarely in her direction. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Decisions

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by: J.C. Svec

A Short Comedy for Three Actors

2F / 1M

Approximate Playing Time:  15 Minutes

Derek has serious commitment issues, manifested in his inability to make a decision about virtually everything, including what dinner choice to make for a friend’s wedding.  How long before Derek’s girlfriend, Susie, says enough is enough? $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Doctor Anonymous

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by: Guy Fredrick Glass

A Drama with Comic Elements
by Guy Fredrick Glass
6M
Approximate Playing Time: 90 Min.

"I am a homosexual.  I am a psychiatrist."—John E. Fryer, M.D. Today this statement wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.  But in 1972, when Fryer stepped up to the podium at the American Psychiatric Association, it was so dangerous to his career that he wore a mask and used a microphone to distort his voice.  The following year, the APA deleted homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.  In this fictionalized account of the events leading up to that historic speech, we visit the vanished world of 1970’s Philadelphia: the early years of gay activism, opera, and the police brutality of Frank Rizzo.    Matthew, a young psychiatrist, is accepted for training in an elite program on the condition that he undergoes gay conversion therapy.  Years pass; Matthew falls in love with Jake, a young gay activist. But when a patient, Dudek – a self-hating gay man – makes an accusation that threatens his career, Matthew is thrown back into the closet and forced to choose between his psychoanalyst and his lover. Called “powerful” and “spellbinding” by the critics, Doctor Anonymous examines the masks we wear while hiding the truth from ourselves, how we can shed them and come to grips with our identity. Inspired by a watershed moment in LGBT history, and written by a gay psychiatrist/playwright, this is a moving story, told with humor and sensitivity. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Does Anyone Know What's Really Going On Upstairs?

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by: Jill Elaine Hughes

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON UPSTAIRS?

by Jill Elaine Hughes

5W or 3W/2M

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Jill Elaine Hughes capitalizes on her satiric wit in this short in which God gains the upper hand in a game of poker with other female deities. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Dr. J's People

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by: Robert L. Kinast

Dr. J’s People
by Robert L. Kinast
A Full-length Drama Based on Real-life Events
2W / 3M + A Chorus of 6-8 Actors (W & M)
Approximate Playing Time: 1 hr. 40 minutes

Based on the real-life story of Dr. Judith (Mary Joyce) Schloegel who, in 1977, was hired by First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. to head up a pilot project entitled “Liberation of Ex-Offenders Through Employment Opportunities” or LEEO for short. The modest, but initially daunting task of the program was to find jobs for two ex-felons per week. With little more than a telephone and her determination, Dr. J, as she came to be known by the ex-offenders she worked for and with, transformed that conservative goal into a successful program that gained national attention and eventually led to a new project under the sponsorship of the Chief Justice of the United States, Warren E. Burger. With one exception, [Lois who plays the antagonist], all persons and events portrayed in Dr. J’s People are drawn from the original program. Robert Kinast cleverly leads us through the events resulting in an insightful and dramatically compelling play that will introduce many audiences to a new way of thinking about relationships among people with profoundly different points of view and experiences. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Enid and Bella

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by: Harold Kimmel

A Short Comedy for Two Women & a Ghost
by Harold Kimmel
Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Two female detectives get called in to investigate a crime scene in a reception room in New York. Three bodies lie on the floor, but a chalk line signifies the place where a fourth had been lying and has now disappeared. According to a survivor, Laertes, during a party complete with fencing for entertainment, one of the stiffs wanted to rub out his stepson, Hamlet with a high octane cocktail. But his old lady, who just happened to be Hamlet’s momma, downs the drink instead. And Laertes, another stiff, dips his sword in gruesome gravy and let’s this Hamlet feel his hardware. Hamlet returns the compliment by swappin cutlery. And earlier there were two hitmen who themselves got terminated and there's even talk of a ghost! $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Enthusiasm for War

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by: Gregory Robert Samuels

6W/ 7M (Less with Doubling

+ 4-5 Additional Ladies

Approximate Playing Time: 90 Minutes

Wherever you stand on service to your country, this play will challenge you to examine the ambitions of war and sacrifice.  Set in early 1915 through late 1916 when Great Britain is fully engaged in The Great War, Mary Wilson, an ammunitions factory worker bent on raising her place in society, enthusiastically volunteers in the White Feather Brigade, a propaganda campaign in England during WWI to encourage men to enlist in the army. White feathers –a symbol of cowardice and failure to fulfill their male duties– were distributed by women of the Order of the White Feather to any man they saw who seemed capable of joining the army that was out of uniform. To try and earn an office with the Brigade and a proper place at tea among the society ladies, Mary sacrifices her own son, Jackie, not quite 15, bullying him into joining the Pals battalion comprised of men who had enlisted together in local recruiting drives with the promise they would serve among their friends.  When nearly all the local battalion is killed in a massacre, Mary is left to struggle alone, shunned by the ladies and mad with her loss.  $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Envoy

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by: Craig Kenworthy

Envoy

by Craig Kenworthy

2W / 1M (Plus 2 extras)

Approximate Playing Time: 15 minutes

Two candidates via for a position with the Foreign Service with at least one unaware of the truth. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Fade to Black

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by: Greg Freier

Fade to Black
A One Act Comedy by Greg Freier
3W / 3M
Approximate Playing Time: 45 minutes

It’s 1975 and Raymond Mound’s play has just opened on Broadway to less than stellar reviews.  As one reviewer put it, “For someone to have the testicular fortitude to concoct a “Last Cocktail Party” before the Last Supper takes creative license to a place that even God himself couldn’t have imagined.” The play’s director, Tony, delivers each review with continued optimism as Raymond’s verve and vigor disastrously deteriorates.  His pleas to be left alone in his personal hell are exacerbated by Terrance; Raymond’s T.V. buddy from L.A. Though a mediocre actor at best, Terrance’s celebrity status is lauded by Betsy and Lilith who stumble into the room searching for the ladies room—or so they say.  Your audiences will love attending this opening night party, cringing with each new review and laughing out loud at Raymond’s dramatic desperation. It’s great to remain hopeful that something will turn the nightmare around but perhaps the best solution of all is to just “Fade to Black.” $10 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Fall Guys

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by: J.C. Svec

FALL GUYS

by J.C. Svec

2W / 2M

Approximate Playing Time: 15 total minutes

A farcical and often humorous take on the tense negotiations between John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro during the Cuban missile crisis including an absurd bid by Castro to purchase the Washington Senators baseball team. JFK and Castro’s female interpreters steal the show. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

For the Love of a Leica

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by: Cindy Dettelbach

8M / 1F

Based on a True Story

Playing Time:  Approximately 90 Minutes

For the love of a Leica, a Jewish family is exiled from their home in Brest, Poland amidst the chaos of World War II.  Moishe Rose, a professional photographer continues to eke out a meager living for his wife, Esther, and their 12-year-old son, Chaim despite the strict oversight of the occupying Russian forces. Leonid Spasskii, Colonel of the State Security, becomes obsessed with Moishe’s Leica camera.  When Moishe refuses to sell the camera, Spasskii has him arrested and sent to the gulag. Despite relinquishing the camera, Esther and Chaim are exiled to Kirovka, Kazakhstan. There they barely survive in their small shelter over two frigid winters until Moishe miraculously appears at the door.  Over time, Moishe gains a better position and Chaim proves himself a burgeoning young chemist, creating ink from surplus supplies which the family uses to barter for goods and services. When news arrives that all the remaining families in Brest have been killed, the family discovers that the Colonel’s love of the Leica unwittingly proved their salvation. This uplifting coming of age story, loosely based on a family memoir, truly transcends time. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

Forget-Me-Not

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by: Paul J. DiLella

A New Drama by Paul J. DiLella
2W / 4M
Approximate Playing Time: 90 minutes

“A flower's all I have to mark me by. Forget-me not.” If walls could talk, the walls of the Sisters of St. Magdalene Convent would have plenty to say. That's the adamant claim at least of Angelina Francher who professes to have evidence of heinous crimes that could taint the halls of St. Steven's Church forever. Angelina, whose memory aches with a long-kept secret, has only three days to halt the razing of the building. Without an injunction against the demolition, proof of these crimes will be lost unless the dead themselves cry out, "Forget-me-not!" Her last hope is to convince a cynical reporter that her allegations are true. Angelina is willing to risk everything including her sanity to bring justice to those who would be forgotten. Forget-Me-Not is an intense play for mature audiences willing to examine a serious social issue. With humor, irony, and suspense, Forget-Me-Not is certain to spark debate among your audiences well after the curtain closes. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Frankenstein

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by: Marjorie Bicknell

A Full-length Drama Freely Adapted from the Novel by Mary Shelley

3W / 4M

Playing Time: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

As reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, this award-winning adaptation of the celebrated novel by Mary Shelley “wisely concentrates on the philosophical and psychological questions that made the original novel so fascinating.” Set in 1815 at Victor Frankenstein’s home in Switzerland, and at the North Pole, Frankenstein focuses on the relationship between Victor, the creator of a new life, and the Creature for whom he is responsible; a lost being without identity and companionship. If Boris Karloff is all you know about “Frankenstein” this play will provide many surprises. Instead of depending solely on grotesque appearance and mime to shock, this Creature is a well-spoken freak and his intelligence only adds to the awesome dread of the story. Bicknell’s adaptation is carefully crafted and, although it makes full use of terror, it emphasizes what evil comes from tampering with the laws of God. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Friendlyville

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by: Kevin Drzakowski

Friendlyville
A Zany Hometown Comedy
by Kevin Drzakowski
4W / 5M + Extras
Approximate Playing Time: 110 Minutes

Take a walk down Main Street in picture-perfect Friendlyville. You’ll think you discovered Mayberry until Florist Jake Robertson flies screaming out of Bernie Matheson’s Barber Shop with his ear cut off! From morally corrupt Mayor Quinton P. Dinkerson to Old Man Ellison who philosophizes from behind his morning newspaper that all but predicts the current affairs, you’ll fall victim to the zany characters of Friendlyville who live in a funhouse world where you have to be who you are no matter who you want to be. When Giggles the Clown returns to town only to be once again humiliated for his total lack of ability to make or want to make anyone laugh, the Mayor threatens him with death if he fails to fulfill his destiny as the town clown. And when Giggles turns up with a pair of shears sticking out of his crimson hair, it is Jake who stands accused and immediately declared guilty and sentenced to hanging for stealing Giggles’ body from the solid oak coffin that has been waiting patiently under the park bench for Old Man Ellison to die. Yes, it is that askew in Friendlyville where its outlandishly kooky residents will keep your audiences hysterical while subtly developing a change of heart. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Garlic & Gasoline

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by: John Twomey

A Short Play by John Twomey
2 Men
Approximate Playing Time: 15 minutes

When two brothers take over the family pizza parlor, flames higher than a grease fire erupt. Garlic left town and hasn’t been around much in years after he parted ways with his dad over alternative ideas about life and how to run a business. But Pop leaves the business to both of his sons. Gasoline, who stood by his father throughout it all has no intention of letting Garlic waltz back in and change everything from the name of the parlor “Sal’s Pizzeria” to “Sal’s Trattoria” to adding pesto to the menu and white cloth napkins to the table. Fueled by resentment, Gasoline wipes his filthy hands on a napkin and physically intimidates Garlic into running out. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Goat Dance

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by: George A. Freek

A Full-length Serio-Comedy in Four Scenes

1W / 3 or 4 M

Approximate Playing Time: 75 minutes

Leaning on the Theatre of the Absurd, this strange yet insightful serio-comedy takes a fish bowl view into the life of long-married Alice and Frederick.   In their shabby living room, Alice bears the brunt of Frederick’s less than sane rantings as he totters on the brink of his father’s fate; sitting and staring off into endless space occasionally muttering something about ‘goats dancing’.  The couple’s cyclical routine is disrupted by a visit from Frederick’s estranged brother, Kurt, once Alice’s lover.  During the visit war erupts over who fathered daughter Judith, believed to have been killed in a plane crash after Frederick expelled her from the house.  Kurt’s recent transformation to Christianity and his feeble attempts to reconcile the family are as off-kilter as Frederick and Alice’s reason for remaining together;  “After so many years of making each other miserable, neither of us could stand to see the other one happy.”  George A. Freek’s well-drawn characters in Goat Dance are sure to challenge your best actors while entertaining your audiences with fresh, quirky humor.  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $50 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

God of Laughter

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by: Gordon Bennett

An Epic Tragi-Comedy on the Life of Moliere

4W/ 7M (6M w/doubling)

Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

This award winning play about the 17th century comic genius, Moliere, will be the highlight of your season in a work that every skilled director will die to direct and every fine actor will fight to play. An epic drama in two acts, this literary masterpiece moves beyond Moliere’s works to his world; his troupe, friends, lovers, enemies and obstacles, and his burning ambition to achieve immortality through satire. Comedy pervades the play, but also pathos: Moliere is banned by the Church, burned by his love and spurned by his patron, King Louis XIV. Issues of integrity, loyalty, betrayal, and forgiveness are explored, ultimately leading to a compelling climax and denouement. The play’s rich language and sense of humor are well-matched to the wit and drama of its great protagonist’s creative life and cleverly takes the audience on a journey into the world of 17th century French theatre and its greatest playwright, Moliere. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Grand Slam

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by: J.C. Svec

A Collection of Four Short Plays With Baseball as a Common Theme For a Full Evening of Entertainment
8W / 5M – Total all 4 plays
(Less if actors play multiple roles)
Approximate Playing Time: 75 total minutes

What’s more American than baseball? This common theme threads its way through a full evening of four short plays, each taking place during a special moment in history. First, the historical All-American Girls gives your audience a personal glimpse into the makings of the first women’s baseball league during WWII from the perspective of two players, their chaperone and an advisor. “Fall Guy” takes a farcical look at the tense negotiations between John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro during the Cuban missile crisis including an absurd bid by Castro to purchase the Washington Senators baseball team. The comedic Post-Game Interview brings us the off-and-on camera takes of a self-centered, chauvinistic sports reporter and his bright, ambitious female producer who manages to work herself onto the air when a no-hitter turns into a World Series upset. Finally, “The Concrete Wall” touches our hearts as a young woman tries to move on four years after her baseball-loving brother is killed during the Vietnam War. This universal tale dramatically shares the memories between brother and sister and explores the unbearable loneliness one feels at the loss of a loved one despite what war or period of time in history. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Grandma Bear's Christmas Party

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by: R.J. Ryland

A Heartwarming Holiday Tale for Young Audiences

1M / 5F and 11 either + Optional Extras

(Adult and Child Actors or All Youth)

Approximate Playing Time:  1 Hour

One of the best holiday plays for kids ever!  But don’t be surprised if this play touches your heart, no matter what your age.   Grandma Bear is getting old.  Despite the companionship of her faithful cat, Lucille, she grows more lonely and confused everyday.  Her neighbor, Wolf, does his best to look out for her. And she delights in her visits with all her little forest friends from Rabbit and Beaver to the playful Wood Orphans who live in tree-houses nearby. But when Grandma Bear decides to throw her first Christmas Party in years, perhaps her first party ever, no one will come.  Laugh and cry with Grandma Bear as she rediscovers the true meaning of friendship and the joy of the holiday spirit. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  ACTIVITY GUIDES AVAILABLE.

Grape Jelly

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by: J.C. Svec

A One-Act Comedy by J.C. Svec

Based on a story by Dakota Lyn Svec

1F/1M

Approximate Playing Time:  20 minutes

Jean and Joe are jelly people; grape jelly that is. When their favorite food starts disappearing from their local stores, they set out on a quest to discover why and restore grape jelly to its rightful place on the grocery shelves. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

GRAVESTONE LICKIN’ GOOD

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by: Timothy D. Starnes

A Short Play by Timothy D. Starnes

5W / 1M

Approximate Playing Time:  12 Minutes

Death has a problem.  Her name is Pamella Pilsborough. This southern cook is costing Death tons of paperwork and he’s grown tired of dealing with this thorn in his side.  Southern food is bad for you, or so some say, with all the sugar and grease—but in this case it’s not just the food that’s deadly.  A clueless Pamella has become a murderer. With otherworldly intervention, Death entertains the audience; resurrecting past victims to wreak vengeance on Pamella and save him the time to do her in himself. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

HAPPY HOLIDAY$

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by: J.C. Svec

A Humorous Take on the Holiday Spirits
5 W A
pproximate Playing Time: 60 Minutes

Five women; each personifying one of America’s best celebrated holidays. They’re young, attractive, marketing geniuses and they comprise the Council for the Achievement of Successful Holidays (C.A.S.H.). They meet once a year in November to exchange strategies, share ideas, celebrate good fortunes and support each other in executing the age old holiday traditions of materialism, commercialism, capitalism and greed. For decades, these five women have co-existed in Madison Avenue bliss, working in harmony to manipulate and deceive the public…until now. Tommi (Thanksgiving) seems to have fallen on hard times. Sandwiched between two proliferate holidays, her seat on the Council comes into question. But all is not what it seems as Holly (Christmas) is about to discover. Svec applies his wit to corporate America and its everlasting pursuit of the almighty $. A great choice during any of the holiday seasons and playable throughout the year. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Have a Nice Doomsday

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by: Kevin McGovern

An End of the World Comedy
4W / 5M
Approximate Playing time:  1 Hr., 50 Min. 

How crazy can life get when friends spend Thanksgiving together on what could be their last day on Earth?  If there was ever a time to “put it all on the table,” this is it!  Despite an asteroid a quarter the size of the moon speeding toward Earth, Joann Monroe goes about preparing the perfect holiday dinner, expecting no one to cancel.  Her husband, Neil, glued to the television by the developing news, isn't so sure.  But when all the guests arrive on schedule—the event explodes into a flurry of emotions, attacks, and retaliations.  The soon-to-be-announced almost-engagement of Steve and Shelley turns into a nightmare with the unanticipated arrival of Steve's not-so-marriage-supportive mother, Freida, a phone call by Steve to his ex-girlfriend, and a blow-up between already married Gary and Deidre, ruining dinner for everyone and somehow leading to Steve waking up naked next to Deidre on the couch the next morning—with his pants in the kitchen freezer.  And although it turns out that Joann detests turkey and all its culinary relatives, a mad scramble to save food for the possible end of the world creates an appropriate apocalyptic backdrop for an impromptu wedding, performed by a young man from “The Eternal Light Society,” who just happens to come knocking at the door to rescue a few more souls.  Your audience will thoroughly identify with these characters, and laugh out loud, when a looming global cataclysm brings out people's worst—and also their best. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Have Yourself a Crazy Little Christmas

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by: Collin Andrulonis

A Holiday Comedy for the Entire Family
8F ages 6-80 + 3M ages 11-70 
+ 7-12 Child Carolers
Approximate Playing time: 80 Min. 

It’s Molly’s first year to host Christmas Eve and everything must be perfect. The kitchen table is beautifully set; the banana-blueberry pie is chilling in the fridge; the turkey is roasting; and everyone invited has a beautifully wrapped Christmas Eve present under the beautifully trimmed Christmas tree. What could possibly go wrong?  But wait—the Christmas carolers, who were so cute the first couple of times around, won’t stop coming. Molly’s 12-year-old son, Johnathan has a shiner just in time for family photos, and her controlling mother-in-law, who never cuts Molly any slack, invites her husband’s ex-fiancé, Lee Ann to dinner.  But that’s not the worst of it.  When Nana’s drink accidentally gets switched with spiked cider and “Giggles” the children’s pet ferret finds a hiding place inside the turkey and Lee Ann’s last minute gift under the tree reveals an unusually revealing negligée, the chaos – and the fun – explodes with laughter. It’s a perfectly hilarious family holiday play perfect for every person in your audience, no matter what their age. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Headin’ South

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by: Joseph Sorrentino

Headin’ South
by Joseph Sorrentino
A Workin’ Man’s (Dark) Comedy of Life
4M
Approximate Playing Time: 1 hr. 50 minutes

When the steel’s gone, so goes the jobs, the money and the workin’ man’s way of life. But Lee Waldinski has a plan; headin’ south. Lee could have left a long time ago…that’s what he’s been saying for years, blaming everyone and everything for the life he never had. When his best friend, Fred, loses his window sales job, it’s time to get the revenge he’s always wanted on the one ultimately responsible for all their troubles—the steel. The steel kept him from leavin’; the steel was responsible for his wife leavin’ him. The plan is to blow up the Grace Steel watertower at midnight on Lee’s birthday. During the Thursday night drinkin’ and card playin’ birthday party, Lee keeps his father, Pop, busy while Fred sneaks out to set the bomb. But when the alarm goes off, nothing happens. This dark comedy of life comes full circle after Pop’s heart gives out and Lee’s son, Tad, returns to town after graduating from college. Sometimes life seems so bad all you can do is laugh. (Adult language.) $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

HERE.I.AM

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by: Hasselbring, Blaney, Murrie & Deutschman

A Rock Musical for Progressive Audiences

7M/3W + Extras and Chorus

Approximate Playing Time:  2 hours

From the paint ball battle to the rise of a subversive organization, this musical makes a statement about society and where we may be headed.  Get that college degree and join the ranks of men and women fighting their way to the top.  But what happens when you don’t fit in?  What happens when you lose your way?  And what happens when society steals your very sense of self – your identity?  Here.I.Am takes you on a revolutionary track to fighting back when you’re left in financial ruin by circumstances beyond your means.  Perhaps the time is now, perhaps the story is yet to come, but regardless, this musical will make you pause and think.  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee; $40 Music Package plus $80 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Hyde and Prejudice

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by: Christina Hamlett & Jamie Dare

When Matchmaking Become Monstrous
A Comedy by
Christina Hamlett & Jamie Dare
7F / 7M + Extras
Approximate Playing time: 90 Minutes

It’s the late 19th century and the marriage-minded Mrs. Bennet is determined to find a pair of eligible (translated: wealthy) husbands for her eldest daughters, Jane and Elizabeth. Without doubt, Charles Bingley and Fitzwilliam Darcy fit the fussy matron’s definition of a suitable son-in-law. Both gentlemen, it seems, are also on the active radar screen of the local matchmaker, Harriet Peppercorn, who prides herself on a high success rate in London society. While Charles’ man-hungry sister, Caroline, is eager to take advantage of Elizabeth’s total disinterest in the dashing Darcy, Jane’s friend Emma Carew is romantically fixated on her sightings of a handsome young doctor named Henry Jekyll. Missed connections, misunderstandings and comedic mishaps ensue against the backdrop of a tranquil city suddenly disrupted by the presence of an unkempt mad man bent on mayhem. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

If the Suit Fits

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by: Gordon C. Bennett

Or "The Day It Rained Clients"
A One-act Farce "Suited" for H.S. Festival Competition
by Gordon C. Bennett
4F/4M or 5F/3M
Approximate Playing Time: 35 Min.

Besieged by a barrage of clients, Attorney Elizabeth Walker must determine whose suit is worth pursing and whose needs sent to the cleaners. There is Mrs. Goodlady who intends to sue Coach Hoffa for cutting her daughter, Tracy, from the basketball team due to her diminutive height; Coach Hoffa suing his father for failing in his parental obligations; John Wellesby, his father, suing dancer Hope Swope for exposing his bald head in front of his T.V. viewing audience; Hope against stock boy Barney Wescott for improperly stacking food cans resulting, she claims, in a broken ankle; and Barney against Goodlady, claiming a case of “displaced aggression” for reducing his chuckle to a snicker at her voice-over studio all because he is smitten with Tracy. To everyone’s dismay, throughout the steady rain of clients, Walker’s nephew takes notes for a school project. But are any of these suits befitting a proper client? $10 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

If You Go Down to the Bank Today...

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by: Peter Nunan & Paul Tumilty

A Full-Length Comedy in Two Acts

2W / 5M

Playing Time:  Approximately 110 minutes

Oh, the Brits.  What great comedy they spawn!  Taking place in a bank in a small provincial town, this exceptionally funny, well-crafted comedy will keep your audiences laughing from beginning till end.  Assistant bank manager, Frank Johnson, lives in the flat above the bank where no “unauthorized” personnel are permitted. But when his weekend bank course is cancelled without his boss, Mr. Humphries, catching wind, he conspires with his girlfriend Mandy to spend a romantic getaway upstairs.  As makes perfect sense, stuffy Mr. Humphries, who lives with his mother, has his own personal getaway planned for the flat with spinsterish bank clerk, Sheila.  After all, who will be any the wiser with Frank away at his training.  Throw in two or three bank robbers and let the party begin.  Between multiple doors, falling down basement stairs and plenty of faced paced comings and goings, it takes time for everyone to catch up with one another affording ample time and space for a whole lot of hilarious shenanigans along the way.  Fun to read.  More fun to play.  Funniest of all to see!  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application

Imaginary Something

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by: Greg Freier

A Short Comedy by Greg Freier
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 10 Minutes

Using voiceovers, master of comedy Greg Freier takes us into the minds of Arthur and his office assistant, Joan as each tries desperately to disguise their respective compulsions and revulsions for one another. Warning: PC deficit. A crash course in avoiding sexual harassment in the workplace would do Arthur a world of good. But, alas, what he thinks reveals more about his character than what he says. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

INKHOKHOTSAZANA

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by: Mulima kw’omusundi wa kuboka

A Full-length Modern Drama in Classical Style

Approximate Playing Time: 100 minutes

7M / 3W plus a Chorus of Men, a Chorus of Women and Dancers

Set in an organized society in a developing country, Inkhokhotsazana tells the story of ruler Mfalme who has banished his wife, Inkho believing she betrayed him by ‘sleeping’ with her step-son Leo. As it turns out, Mfalme’s chief advisor, Pom, has orchestrated the ruse as revenge against Mfalme for snatching Inkho from him. As Mfalme’s cousin and most trusted advisor, Pom’s accusations are accepted without question and thus create a case of ‘the enemy within’.  Mfalme’s anger and jealousy against Inkho spreads oppression and cruelty to all the women of the land and by royal decree, men are permitted to abuse their women.  In a bid to bring Mfalme to his senses and punish Pom, the women of the land revolt by forming the Women’s Liberation Front and focusing the eyes of the world upon them, including the journalist, Gloria, from the neighboring country of Noteba.  Reminiscent of Greek classics and Shakespearean tragedies, Kenyan playwright Edwin Mulima Omusundi brings home the struggles that still exist in modern times when old ways collide with new. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $65 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Irrational Exuberance

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by: Jonathan Graham

A Play for Our Financial Times
2W/ 2M
Approximate Playing Time: 90 Minutes

Perhaps Rich, the corporate scum bag in Irrational Exuberance, isn’t half as bad as – or as smart as – Madoff, but that doesn’t stop him from ruining the lives of the people who worked for him and invested in the dubious “Air Futures” division of his now defunct company. In his attempt to escape the looming media frenzy, Rich enlists the help of his assistant, Nolan, to keep his wife, Patricia, in the dark. But Patricia knows something is amuck and heads for their cabin in the sticks where Rich typically hides out. At a gas station convenience store along the way she encounters Debbie, for whom she baby-sat as a teen and figures out that Debbie had worked for her husband. Patricia heads to the airport to meet Nolan just moments before Rich shows up at the gas station. Debbie recognizes Rich at once and he soon discovers that she is in possession of the missing Dossier which proves he duped his investors and she plans to testify against him before the grand jury. It’s small town Main Street fighting back. But, does Debbie have the guts to see it through when Rich sends Nolan to “take care of it”? $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Isaac and the Lamb

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by: Harold Kimmel

A 3-Character Comedy
by Harold Kimmel
Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

If you know the Old Testament, you’ll love Kimmel’s short comedy turning biblical stories on end. Isaac has just been to the mountain where he got to see the Lord first-hand peering over his father’s shoulder just as Abraham was about to slaughter him. Now with a Tablet in hand showing that the Lord has given Abraham the Land of Canaan, Abraham and Isaac solicit the services of Senoch, the Bedouin’s barrister, to draw up the deed. Senoch is more interested in debating the literary merit of the Great Flood than focusing on the deed in hand until he has a vision of the making of a great Nation and is all in at 110 years of age to become Abraham’s adopted son. Of course, there’s that pesky little initiation ritual he must undergo first. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

It's the End of the Beginning

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by: Greg Freier

It’s the End of the Beginning
by Greg Freier
A New Comedy about a Man You Know
2W / 3M
Approximate Playing Time: 90 minutes

Whether it is your father, your brother, your uncle or your husband, everybody knows “Richard.” You know the type; if it can go wrong it will…to him. And when it does, he threatens to sue everyone involved. The good thing is—he never does. But that doesn’t stop his ways from affecting everyone else in the family! Richard and Marsha have sold the family home in Ohio and moved to the big city to be closer to daughter, Elaine, an aspiring young actress, and their son, Kevin, who is the manager in the restaurant at an upscale hotel. As can only be expected, their new apartment is not ready and Richard & Marsha end up staying at the hotel where Kevin works. From no toilet in the room, to multiple bouts of botulism to being mistaken for a pervert when Richard is caught in the lobby wearing nothing but his trench coat, shoes and socks – his luggage was lost by the airlines – your audiences will laugh their own socks off at the man we all know and hate to love. Things take a turn for the worse when Elaine’s boyfriend, Babe, inadvertently chooses her parents hotel room to rob and Kevin gets fired for his father’s incessant complaining. The only way out is for Kevin and Elaine to return home to Ohio before Richard destroys the entire city! $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Joanna on My Mind

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by: Lynn-Steven Johanson

A One Act Play Set in a Small Midwestern Town
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 30 Minutes

Pearl questions a familiar-looking man sitting on the opposite end of a park bench only to find out it is Bill, her high school sweetheart. Bill says he is moving back to his hometown and hopes to rekindle their relationship only to learn that Pearl gave birth to his daughter 40 years earlier and gave her up for adoption. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

JUPITER

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by: Gary Britson

JUPITER

by Gary Britson

A Rock Solid Comedy in Two Acts

3W/ 5M

Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

In 2009 meteors struck the planet Jupiter. Any one of these huge rocks could have wiped out our planet. So why is it that Joe gets kicked out of high school for looking at the sky and telling a few classmates that a big rock is headed for Earth? It’s a mystery to his neighbor, Sarah, who really just wants to know what happened to Joe’s parents. He claims they went to Switzerland but she’s not so sure. Joe’s friend Maury hangs at the house, a victim of a set of rules that says you can expel a student for painting “Happy Birthday, Jane” on the entrance to the new parking garage. And in a house that in the past had few visitors, people come in and out like flies through a hole in a screen; among them attorney Melissa, Sarah’s daughter who just got fired from her fiancé’s law firm; Jeremy her brother, who flunked out of college and is writing a musical about the Warren Commission; and Alice, the life-loving unfortunate creature of circumstances who Maury snatches from the bus stop in hopes of experiencing just a few of his favorite things before the big honkin’ rock hits. Gary Britson’s exposé of life on our planet as seen through the lives of his quirky characters and circumstances is a hit you won’t want to miss. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Just Another School Shooting

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by: Gerald Arthur Moore

A Full-length Play for Teens in 4 Scenes

3 M / 5 F plus 10-15 extras

Approximate Playing Time: 90 minutes without Intermission

There it is again, on the AP, on CNN, on FOX News at 10.  Another school shooting somewhere in the U.S., in Canada, or across the universe.  Canadian Gerald Arthur Moore’s sensitive and provocative work brings the headlines home as a group of surviving students struggle to make sense of their lives and the impact of a single juncture in time that will forever color their destinies.  By starting the play months after the shooting and working back in time, the audience gathers insights into the students and their relationships to one another, always cognitive that what happened is waiting just around the corner and that moment of terror is a train wreck that no one can stop.  When the horror hits, who do we obsess about?  The shooter or the victims?  How does one go about honoring the dead without glorifying the perpetrator?  The answer is that this play will have your audience talking long after the lights go down and the crying fades away.  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Just Cause

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by: Greg Younger

by Greg Younger
A Serious Comedy
6W / 5M
Approximate Playing Time: 100 minutes

PTSD and ADHA add up to comedy in this seriously funny play about a seriously dramatic situation. Just Cause centers on a military couple who have been separated by different campaigns of the Iraq conflict. Paul suffers from PTSD, which has left a blank space where his wife Suzy used to be. After a year of silence without word from her beloved and getting no response from the brass at the base, Suzy goes AWOL to look for her husband. She finds him at EarthFoods, an organic co-op in Oregon surrounded by quirky characters from Toodie, a vet and regular at the store who suffers from ADHA to a white-gowned yogi and a couple of teen-age gum-snapping mall rats. Suzy soon assesses the situation and with the help of Toodie and the teenagers, takes over the store creating a hostage situation to jog Paul’s memory. But will it work or just get Suzy arrested? A serious comedy with colorful characters and minor gunfire, Just Cause explores sacrifice, the military mind, fate, and just what some people will do for love! $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $65 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Khamaseen

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by: Tom Coash

KHAMASEEN

by Tom Coash

An American Woman’s Voyage of Discovery in Egypt

6W/ 3M

+ Additional Dancers if Desired

Approximate Playing Time: 1 Hr. 50 Minutes

During the khamaseen, Egypt's annual sandstorm when the air is thick with dust and aggravation, Donna moves to Cairo with her husband, Pete, who sees it as an opportunity for career advancement. We quickly learn that life was not peaceful for the couple in America and now in culture shock and feeling isolated in a country she has been warned to fear, Donna tries to cope with an abusive marriage complicated by her new found pregnancy. In a last ditch attempt to dispel her fears and understand the Egyptian culture, Donna befriends her maid, Helwa, and discovers a wonderful, gentle and loving people who ultimately and metaphorically purge her of the curse of her abusive marriage, empowering her to continue on in Egypt as an independent and proud woman. Although dealing with serious subject matter, Khamaseen is shot through with humor, music, belly-dancing and hope for the future. Tom Coash’s four year experience living and teaching in Cairo provides real-life insight for his characters who quickly dispel common stereotypes about the Egyptian people and their culture. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Life’s Little Exams

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by: Craig Kenworthy

A Collection of 3-Character Short Plays
For an Evening of Entertainment

2W / 1M or 1W / 2M (Each Play)
Approximate Total Playing Time: 90 minutes

Whether a burden or a blessing, life often feels like a never ending series of tests. In Craig Kenworthy’s intriguing collection of short plays, each character is faced with a life-altering decision. In" But That’s Not What We Ordered", two parents must determine if a “normal” baby is worth raising in a futuristic society where a child’s attributes are carefully pre-selected. “So Much for Seatbelts” forces two young people to choose who lives or dies in a trapped car when there is only enough air for one to survive. Throughout the seven-play collection, Kenworthy challenges the audience to check “A” or “B” then skillfully leaves them debating if there was a single right answer. After all, when faced with “Life’s Little Exams”, no one is privy in advance to the outcome. You’ll often laugh and sometimes cry and always find yourself searching right along with the characters for the right answer. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. Royalty information provided is for the entire collection. For Performance Rights to individual plays within the collection, E-mail the publisher at playsnow@heartlandplays.com

Lincoln and Lee

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by: John Patrick Bray

A Play in One Act
Commissioned by the Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
2M
Playing Time: Approximately 20 minutes

First performed at The Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge in 2009 and at the Louisiana Old State Capitol Building with Secretary of State Jay Dardenne in the role of Lincoln, this historically based piece explores what “may” have transpired had President Lincoln met with Colonel Robert E. Lee to ask him to lead the Union Army. Historians say that President Lincoln had wanted Lee to be his general, but was turned down shortly before Virginia entered the Civil War. Lee and Lincoln had only communicated via third-party correspondence but that doesn’t stop us from speculating on what may have been said. This short play is perfect for cultural events, oral interpretation and for history classes and buffs. In any case, it is sure to facilitate an interesting discussion as to what did happen and what might have happened had Lee not resigned from service to his president. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Line

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by: Craig Kenworthy

Line

by Craig Kenworthy

2W / 1M

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Filling in for a friend, an inexperienced crisis line operator handles a serious situation with the possibility of fatal consequences. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Little Red, the Riding Hood

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by: Larry Damico

5F / 6M /1 Either

Approximate Playing Time:  90 Min.

A rebellious Red gone bad?!  A truly inventive, fun and entertaining twist on the traditional fairy tale.  Feeling “smothered” by her Granny, Little Red rebels by taking up with – you guessed it! – the big bad Wolf himself!  But when she isn’t looking, Wolf ties up a suspicious Jack Horner who only hopes to protect Red and leaves a note for Granny saying that Red has run off to Echo Lake.  When Granny finds the note, she’s off with her frying pan to rescue Red accompanied by a slightly crazed axe-wielding Norwegian named Nor.  Cohorts, Oui Oui and Mimi, help the manipulative Wolf in his plans to make a meal out of Granny.  But when Red gets wind of the truth, she boldly sets out to save her Grandmother with the help of a very sleepy Sleeping Beauty backed up by the three Bears she meets along the way.  $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $50 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Losing Things

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by: Ellen West

Losing Things
by Ellen West
A Romantic Comedy in Two Acts
3W / 2M
Approximate Playing Time: 90 Minutes

A gentle, bitter sweet comedy; romantic and touching to the heart. Carolyn has become quite distracted after losing her husband. Along with searching for lost keys, watches and life, she now searches for her future. At odds with her inner-self, the young and vivacious Carrie, she struggles with her options, none of which fit quite right. The decision has been made to go into a retirement home. But is she ready for the garbage heap? Carrie thinks not and fights to drive off to Mexico with Roy, the young security guard at her Condo. But is she really trying to recapture a lost dream of going to Mexico with her true love, Jimmy, married to the ever noxious Marsha who professes to be her friend? When Roy suggests bringing his girlfriend on the trip, Carrie comes to the realization that she truly is as old as Carolyn has tried to tell her. Now one, Carrie and Carolyn must choose the retirement home or overcome the panic of stepping out onto the balcony overlooking the city street below and the wild, blue yonder overhead. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Love and Happiness

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by: Adrienne Dawes

Love and Happiness
by Adrienne Dawes
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Set in a cramped living room of a New York apartment, this dramatic short explores the contempt Dottie, a woman in her 60’s, has for her husband Harold’s best friend who has just died. As she celebrates his death, Dottie confronts Harold’s life-long refusal to accept the circumstances behind Dottie’s hatred of the man who raped her and the humiliation she has endured as Harold remained committed to this friend. Despite her resentment, Dottie forgave her husband long ago but still longs for his understanding and acceptance with a glimmer of hope that this time it will come. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application

Lunch Money

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by: Jack Neary

A Classroom Comedy for Teens
by Jack Neary
3F / 5M /2 Either
Approximate Playing time: 60 Minutes

When Mikey McDougald’s lunch money is stolen from his locker, no one, especially not Judge Cynthia Chemise, would think of accusing good-looking Harlan Parmenter of ever doing such a thing. Although, of course he did. But the mock classroom trial adds humor and insight into the workings of the teenage mind and the struggles between the popular and the not-so-popular and the downright abused and bullied kids at school. Exasperated Suzanne, representing Mikey, does her best to maintain defense etiquette against a pushy defense attorney, Brandon, who harasses and intimidates his witnesses. The Bailiff has her hands full trying to keep Cynthia focused on procedure as her main interest remains flirting with the accused. But when Cynthia hands down an absurd sentence and dismisses the jury, Mikey finally gets his day in court. This fast paced comedy works equally well with High School or Middle School teens with important lessons in tolerance beneath the fun. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Lysistrata

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by: Robert Lehan

An Adaptation of the Greek Comedy by Aristophanes
In a new English version by Robert Lehan

Adult Themes and Content

13W/ 8M
+ A Chorus of Women & A Chorus of Men

Approximate Playing Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes without Intermission

If you’ve forgotten how good it is, now is the time to mount one of the greatest plays ever written; the story of Lysistrata, who conspires to lead the women of Thebes and Sparta to sexually shun their men and seize the Parthenon all in the name of peace.  The battle between the sexes has never been more hilarious when sex becomes the weapon of war.  And considering the women are as reluctant to give up sex as the men, Lysistrata has her hands full keeping the battle lines drawn. Witty, wise and just bawdy enough to entertain even the staunchest audience, Robert Lehan’s adaptation remains true to the original literary masterpiece.   The test of a great work of art is in its ability to transcend time.  With its underlying message of the tragedy of war, from the loss of sons and husbands to the burden on the treasury, Lysistrata is as current today as it was some 2500 years ago. Lysistrata provides a great opportunity to showcase the strength and versatility of your company with a preponderance of powerful and fun roles for women as well as challenging and comedic roles for men.  $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

MacBeth: The Play That Dare Not Speak Its Name

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by: Dennis Bohr

An Intelligent Satire on MacBeth
14 speaking roles that can be played by 5M / 5W
Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

MACBETH: The Play That Dare Not Speak Its Name is based on research about the historical figure of Macbeth. While it is true that Macbeth killed Duncan, he killed him in battle, not in the cold-blooded fashion that Shakespeare depicts. The play is a satiric, feminist, anti-war rendering of Shakespeare’s play: the women, who get much of the blame in the original, are given personalities and back stories while the play draws parallels with current global conflicts. Based on research in England, Ireland, Scotland and the U.S., this version draws on scholarship by historians Peter Berresford Ellis, Nick Aitchison and John Marsden, who suggest that Macbeth was a much better king than Shakespeare’s King Duncan (offering Macbeth’s reign of 17 years in contrast to Duncan’s reign of less than a year as one example). They also point out that Macbeth was not labeled an “evil usurper” until 300 years after his death. In this version, Donalbain, Duncan’s son, acts as a narrator who offers some historical perspective. To emphasize resonance with current events, characters blend contemporary and Shakespearean language. The play contains murders and swordfights, comedy and tragedy, and mixes Shakespearean language with modern slang. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Mama Marie's

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by: J.C. Svec

A Short Play for Four Actors

3F / 1M

Approximate Playing Time:  10 minutes

Bonnie, a young job applicant, can’t tell which nut is running Mama Marie’s Italian Foods. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Market Up, Mark it Down!

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by: Jill Elaine Hughes

Market Up, Mark it Down!

by Jill Elaine Hughes

A Dot Com-edy 3M / 5W

+ 3 non-speaking men or women

Approximate Playing Time: 110 minutes

The French novelist Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) said “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” Fast forward to 1995. The Internet highway opens the path to virtual wealth and the male dominated Spland & Company, LLC capital investment group is out to get its share—and they’re not about to let a little thing like integrity get in their way. But an absurd Ponzi scheme is no match for the ghost of Louie Lampadder, a gangster stockbroker murdered in the 1920’s who haunts the Spland & Company offices. When the Company’s bright young financial editor, Jenna Jansen, gets suspicious of their wrongdoings, she joins forces with research associate Annette and longtime office secretary Lucy to get even with the inept men who make their lives miserable on a daily basis. When their plot to poke a hole in the growing dot com bubble before it blows up in their faces falls short, Louie steps in with a fail-safe solution and sets the whole Spland & Company mainframe on fire. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Married Not Buried

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by: Lew Riley

MARRIED NOT BURIED

by Lew Riley

A Not Too Naughty Comedy

5W / 3M

Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

This risible romp centers on sex and sensibilities, marital mix-ups, high spirits and moral values. Lew Riley’s madcap script follows a contemporary Everyman, George Wells, through his 20th year of marriage and midlife crisis. His attempts to convince his wife, Claire to join swingers Gretchen and Darrin Devereaux in some extra-marital exploits is complicated by the arrival of the Wells’ son, college freshman Todd and his new girlfriend, Joyce – who happens to be at least ten years older than him – along with Todd’s high school sweetheart, Jenny, and the Bible wielding lush, Florence, from next door. But when George finally gets the opportunity to fulfill his lusty fantasies is he really ready to jump head over heels into the sofa bed? And who are all those people hiding in the closet? What was “it” that Claire and Darrin did? And what exactly are Lustcuffs? If you’ve never played a game of strip trivia, you’ll definitely want to play “Married Not Buried” on your stage! It’s naughty without going too far just like the Wells when their fidelity is put to the test. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

MASQUE

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by: Lauren Johnson

MASQUE

by Lauren Johnson

A Drama Mixing Mime, Movement & Realism

3W/ 4M + Optional Extras (M/F)

Approximate Playing Time: 100 minutes

Paul Girard, a highly revered professor of mime and movement loves his wife, Colette, but he is willing to die for his prodigy Elizabeth. His passion for Elizabeth drives his fantasies of dueling and swashbuckling those who stand in the way of his happiness, including her husband David. Devoted Colette, who Paul is ready to leave for Elizabeth, dotes on her garden, oblivious to the fungus destroying her marriage; Paul’s friend and colleague, Samuel Jaffe, is unable to head off the impending doom. Johnson’s use of mime and movement throughout the play brings theatricality and a multi-dimensional quality to this familiar story. As she explains, “Mime itself is a heightened form of theatre, anything but realistic. This heightened form is meant to collide with the realistic situation of the play.” The result is a beautiful tragedy that will deeply move and captivate your audiences. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Miss Wallace Rhymes With William

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by: Nathan J. DiPerri

A Comedic Romance in One Act

by Nathan J. DiPerri

7F / 5M / 1 Either + Extras

Approximate Playing Time:  50 Minutes

In this charming and witty 1960s comedy, an unemployed writer, William, arrives at a newspaper office for a job interview only to find himself surrounded by an odd collection of hostile characters.  Each character is bent on attacking Mr. Anderson, the Editor of the paper, with personal or professional grievances and the only thing between the throngs and Anderson is Miss Wallace, who sits behind the reception desk. Miss Wallace and William decidedly choose the wrong time to fall in love as the lobby is stormed by the corrupt Mayor and his cronies, a mob of protestors, and all three of Anderson’s wives – or specifically – his current, ex, and soon-to-be wives. But, no matter how outrageously loud and crazy the outer office becomes, the Editor’s inner office remains strangely still and silent.  $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

MONOLOGUES Just For Kids!

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by: R.J. Ryland

A Non-Royalty Collection of 50 Great Monologues for Audition, Competition, Training and Performance

Monologues from under 30 seconds to 2 minutes

Wow the crowd with these 50 great monologues playable by boys or girls. From 30 second pieces to over two minutes, each monologue captures a moment in a child's life, a reflection from a child's perspective, a fresh look at a timeless experience or an honest expression of relationships with family, friends, teachers and pets. Some monologues make you chuckle, some bring a tear and all hit square on the mark. With so many to choose, you'll find the perfect piece for your audition or competition. And with such a wide range of playing time and content, you'll find the right monologue for the right kid for all your training needs. Playwright R.J. Ryland, founder of Arts for Kids, ETC, a theatre arts training program for youth, brings 20 years experience working with children to this outstanding collection which lists 25 pieces for elementary age kids and 25 for pre-teen/early teen but with many suitable for either.  $15 Single-Use Copyright Fee.

Monsieur Kiki

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by: Chloe Bolan

An Interactive Fairy Tale with Folk Songs

2 M / 2 F + 1 Musician

Playing time: Approximately 1 Hour

Perfect for kids to play; even more fun for adults to play for kids. Whichever the case, this humorous tale of a French pig who has an amazing talent for sniffing out truffles will tickle the hearts of your young audiences. With his unique bowtie markings on his neck, Monsieur Kiki fears he’ll stand out among the other pigs and find his way all too soon to the dinner table. Monique, the farmer’s daughter, discovers his unique truffle-hunting talent which makes money at the market, and gives him his own sleeping spot at the foot of her bed. When Monique meets a handsome young man outside the marketplace and is invited to a dance, Kiki ventures off alone to find one last truffle to sell at market so that Monique can buy a new pair of shoes. All the while Kiki is stalked by a trickster who craves roast pig. Kiki must learn the hard lesson that pigs are never, ever to eat a truffle, no matter how temptingly scrumptious. Kids will love the fun songs throughout the play sung to well-known folk tunes like “A-Hunting We Will Go” and “Muffin Man.” This delightful play with its clever moral is easily staged, requiring few props or costumes but providing lots of fun interaction. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Monsieur Kiki Activity Sheets

by: Chloe Bolan

Monsieur Kiki Activity Sheets
Created by Chloe Bolan
With drawings by Beth Bird

Ready to perform Chloe Bolan’s Monsieur Kiki? Then you will want to purchase this collection of six activity sheets to supplement your production. The sheets provide opportunities for your young audiences to get to know the characters, color their favorites and avoid the dead ends as they connect the paths from André to Monique and from Kiki to the truffle. Be sure to fill in “0” performances when completing the purchase application and check “non-royalty” which will allow you to download all six sheets for one low price and make as many copies as needed for your production. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee only.

Motherhood Unbidden

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by: Beth Dotson Brown

Motherhood Unbidden

by Beth Dotson Brown

3W / 1M

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Motherhood Unbidden brings two woman together, both facing the uncertainty of motherhood. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Mothers, Daughters and the Space Between

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by: Beth Dotson Brown

A Collection of Three Short Dramas

3M / 6W (2-4 actors each play)

Approximate Playing Time:  45 minutes total

Perfect for performance or scenework, this collection offers an intimate portrayal of motherhood from three poignant places; A mother struggling with the loss of her daughter, A step-mom struggling for her position in her new family, and a woman struggling to accept a motherless life.  Blood on the Highway is set on a lonely stretch of highway where a mother scrubs the blood stain off the road where her daughter was killed by a drunk driver.  Motherhood Unbidden brings two woman together, both facing the uncertainty of motherhood.  The Stranger on the Porch is a testament to the fact that you can sell someone anything if you dress it up to look like something they want. Blood on the Highway first appeared in shortstory form broadcast over the BBC on Public Radio International.  The three plays are the work of author, Beth Dotson.   $15 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application

My Name is Ossian Sweet

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by: Gordon C. Bennett

A Docu-Drama Based on the 1925 Sweets’ Trials
14 Actors/ 25 Characters
7 Black Actors/7 White Actors + Extras if desired
Approximate Playing Time: 1 hr. 40 minutes

1925; Detroit, Michigan. Sweet, a Negro migrant from Florida seeking a better life in the North, became a medical doctor, married Gladys Atkinson from a middle-class black family, and ultimately bought a “dream house” in a white neighborhood in a city rife with members of the KKK. Over two days and nights a mob gathered, screamed racist insults and threw stones, attempting to evict them. In the ensuing pandemonium Ossian’s brother Henry fired shots from an upstairs window, killing one white man and wounding another. All were arrested and charged with murder. The bold defense of the Sweets by the renowned defense attorney Clarence Darrow over two trials marks one of the most courageous and pivotal moments in the long struggle of African Americans to secure their civil rights. By definition, “My Name is Ossian Sweet” is a work of fiction, yet an epic docu-drama based on well-researched historical events and providing insights into Ossian’s childhood, family traditions and the life experiences that shaped his world. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Nails

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by: Robert L. Kinast

A Full-length Drama in Two Acts
6W / 3M
(Less with doubling)
Approximate Playing Time: 90 minutes

Vietnam War refugees, Kim and Tran, have been operating a nail salon in the U.S. for twenty-five years. Having worked long hours contending with demeaning customers while making great personal sacrifices, they now face a double setback; the rent for their salon space is increasing dramatically and may force them out of business while their American-born daughter intends to join the Marines rather than go to college for which her parents have worked and saved for all her life. Kim and Tran’s daily strife, punctuated by flashbacks of their escape from Vietnam, are juxtaposed throughout the play to a stand-up comedian’s caricature of Vietnamese nail technicians, leaving the audience to decide whether to laugh or protest as Kim and Tran struggle to hold on to their nail business as well as their daughter’s affection. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Nothing But Trash

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by: Rebecca Ryland

A Collection of Three Contemporary Short Comedies

4M / 9W (3-6 actors each play)

Approximate Playing Time:   55 minutes total

Nominated for the Samuel French New Play Festival, The Interview premiered at the Creative Place Theatre off-Broadway in New York along with the third work in this collection, A Bird is Not a Pet.  The Interview is a seemingly simple 10 minute piece that hits home with its humorously dark message about the door to success.  In The Man in the Can, a young man sitting in a trash can in Central Park attracts a Bag Lady who mistakes him for her friend, Fred.   A Bird is Not a Pet, (A Tragic Act of Separation or A Comic Act of Desperation) takes an absurdly funny look at a confrontation between a woman who wants to separate her trash so that men will have something to die for and the totalitarian bureaucracy of her Condo Association.  This deceptively funny collection creates an interesting evening at the theatre with its keen perceptions on the state of society.  $15 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

Old Sultan

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by: Christopher Miller

Based on the Folktale by the Brothers Grimm

11 Characters (Less if doubled)

Playing time:  Approximately 1 Hour

Old Sultan the farm dog has grown so old that his teeth have fallen out and he can no longer frighten away Wolf who threatens the sheep and other defenseless animals on the farm.  The animals chide and berate him and distrust his ability to defend them and Farmer Dan plans to shoot him despite his many years of faithful service.  In an effort to regain respect, Old Sultan conspires with Wolf who professes that he will attack the Farmer’s baby only to let himself be chased away by Old Sultan to make a hero of him. But when Old Sultan finds out he has been duped by Wolf and his cohort Boar who only use the ploy to get a sheep as a reward, Old Sultan must outsmart the conniving duo with the help of the most unlikely comrade of all, the Three-legged Cat. Christopher Miller cleverly adds a number of delightful and interesting characters to his story and a level of humor that is sure to entertain young audiences. ”$20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Older Than Dead

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by: Lynn Snyder

A Comedy about Life and Death as a Deadhead
2W/ 3M
Approximate Playing Time: 90 minutes

We all remember where we were when John Lennon died. Well, at least those of us alive at the time. Deadheads can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when Jerry Garcia took his last breath. If your heart was in the 60’s then a part of you is a Deadhead whether you admit it or not. For Dorianne and her partner Andy, along with their housemates Kate and Saul, “life” and “Deadhead” are synonymous at any age. They have adopted a way of life reflective of the lyrics in their favorite music and their own air-band, The Deadheads, is a living tribute to The Grateful Dead. But when Andy, the only real musician in the band, suffers a debilitating stroke, can a visit from Jerry himself shock the life back into him? Not if he’s dead. So, what can Dorianne, Kate, and Saul do to help their very best friend? Let’s just say that Dorianne has no intention of leaving him to rot in a nursing home. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

One Night Stand

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by: Jason Haskins

A One Act Play
by Jason Haskins
2F / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 20 Minutes

Navigating the tricky waters of dating is not without its risks. Adam, enjoying an ordinary night out with his friends at a bar sees Jackie, a woman he had met several years earlier at a party. Adam had always regretted not getting her number and drums up the courage to approach her on the pretense of winning a bet with his buddies. Jackie does not recognize Adam and her jaded feelings about love seem to fuel her intent to repel his efforts to the point of abject humiliation. And yet he persists and his efforts to make a lasting second impression takes foot and the two begin to connect as if they’ve been intimate for years—until Jackie’s friend, Shanna, shows up and places a costume bridal veil on her head. Shanna drags a reluctant Jackie back to her bachelorette party while Adam is left holding Jackie’s number scribbled on a paper napkin. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

One Particularly Bad Day for Jonathan Blake

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by: Jim Inman

A Dark, Very Dark Urban Comedy
3W / 1M / 1 V.O.
Approximate Playing time:  2 hours

Elements of this story of love, hate, betrayal, guilt, revenge and retribution suggest a Jacobean Tragedy, but the play is, in fact, a contemporary dark comedy—very dark . . .

On the day of his 50th High School Class Reunion [An event he has no earthly intention of attending] successful ghost writer Jonathan Blake receives from across the country a Reunion Directory.  He has long since changed his name, his address, his life style, and himself to the extent that no one from those long-ago days of young love, abundant sex, excessive infatuation and occasional fulfillment could possibly know how to find him. Yet someone has and soon he is surrounded by women all of whom evoke memories of his callow past; women who intend to destroy him for his youthful indiscretions, and will stop at nothing to satisfy their obsessive resolve. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

One Red Shoe

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by: Paul J. DiLella

One Red Shoe
by Paul J. DiLella
A Parody on Pirandello
3F / 7M or 2F / 6M with doubling
Approximate Playing Time: 90 minutes

It’s final dress before the opening of MINDCON and the actor playing Irene Covey is missing. Oddly enough, Detective Rene Dubois shows up at the theatre to investigate; a coincidence or a plan? One of Irene's red dancing shoes is found; a clue or a signature? That Detective Dubois asks the right questions incriminates everyone in the cast; shrewd intuition or inside information? A death. Another detective appears; a sham or a shamus? Screams and a strangulation follow. The other red shoe is discovered. Interrogations start over; lives in limbo or déjà vu? Such questions are part of the puzzle in this play within-a-play. As in Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, the characters in MINDCON believe they are real and act accordingly to save themselves when the playwright who created them would rather kill them off than see his play fail to open. “One Red Shoe” explores the paradoxes of reality and illusion, of free will and fate, of linear and circular time, of art in life and life in art with mind-boggling humor. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

One-on-One

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by: Edward J. Walsh

by Edward J. Walsh & Robert Thomas Noll
A Riveting New Play
Inspired by Actual Events
6M (Less with Doubling)
Approximate Playing time:  90 Minutes

When Hiram (Sunny), a young African-American teen steps across the line and onto a “white” inner-city neighborhood basketball court, no one would have expected he could overcome the odds to form a strong bond with high school basketball star Eddie Shinski (Shins). Their friendship doesn’t sit well with Shins’ best friend, Tony, who feels threatened and left out as the two teens challenge one another to become better players before both Shins and Sunny head off to college with full rides.  Tony has talent, too, but gets increasingly sucked into a shady life through his brother, Sal, who is working his way up in the Union hall.  Nobody liked the black players shooting hoops with the white boys, especially not Sal.  He "friggin'" hated it. When Tony gets attacked and almost loses use of his arm, Sal sets him packing with a gun to protect himself with terrible consequences that forever impact the respective lifetimes of all three teens. Years later, Hiram, whose mental capacity has deteriorated, witnesses an execution on the same, now deserted basketball court where he played Shins. An award is posted for any witnesses and Hiram is about to meet up with an adult Tony and Sal’s hit-man, Yanks. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

Painting Over the Poop

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by: Rusty Harding

A 10-Minute Comedy
by Rusty Harding
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

It’s 2:30 in the morning and two-year-old Bobby is missing from his crib! His young mother, Marcie is beside herself. Bingo, the family dog, is sleeping in the crib, but where is Bobby? Did Bingo eat the baby? Not likely, reasons Bobby’s father, Don. After all Bingo is a Chihuahua. And Marcie’s frantic cries that he drowned in the pool might make sense if they had one. Marcie is sure karma is at play. She wished Bobby away just a few days before while painting over stains on the wall where he had smeared poop from his diaper. Anyone who has ever been a parent will chuckle with compassion as Marcie and Don discover the pain ? and panic ? of parenthood. And those who haven’t been there yet will find themselves thinking twice before rushing in. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Past Present Tense

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by: Lynn-Steven Johanson

by Lynn-Steven Johanson
A Collection of Four Short Plays
Set at a Park Bench in a Small Midwestern City
4W / 4M / 1 Male Teen
(Total all four plays)
Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

Have you ever wondered who else sits on your favorite park bench and what stories they have to tell? Past Present Tense gives you the opportunity to find out as four plays unfold at the same place in a small Midwestern city. First “Aging Grace” pits two sisters with a strained past on often opposite sides of the age-old question, when is it time to send an aging parent to a nursing home? In the comedy “Buford and Leroy”, two down-home boys prove that friendship is thicker than motor oil when one has to bow out on a monster truck show and is too embarrassed to say why. In “Joanna on My Mind,” Pearl questions a familiar-looking man sitting on the opposite end of the bench only to find out it is Bill, her high school sweetheart. Bill says he is moving back to his hometown and hopes to rekindle their relationship only to learn that Pearl gave birth to his daughter 40 years earlier and gave her up for adoption. The last to visit the park bench are retired businessman Al and a trouble teen, Stacey in the bittersweet comedy, “Shooting Pool with a Rope.” Both have taken refuge on the bench; one before facing the daughter he abandoned years ago and the other from the pain of losing his dying mother. The two discover a bond that might save them both if trust can be earned when not deserved. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Please, Not that Shoe Again!

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by: Talya Daie and Lili Daie

A Cinderella Story
by Talya & Lili Daie
12F / 7M / + Optional Extras
Approximate Playing Time: 1 Hr. 50 Min.

Cindy (Cinderella) doesn’t care much for balls and Al (The Prince) has no interest in marriage. He’d much rather continue traveling the world experiencing new places and meeting exotic people—and so would Cindy if she ever had the chance. But, as the tale typically goes, her stepsisters and stepmother have no intention of Cindy ever aspiring to be anything other than their kitchen-maid. Al’s sympathetic father drowns his own dissatisfaction with the ills of marriage in alcohol while The Queen, appalled at the thought of some bride off the street winning the heart of her son, creates a list of suitable princesses-to-be. But word gets out that anyone can attend the ball where Al is to choose a wife. Cindy’s non-fairy Godmother, intent on furthering her own political ambition, shows up to send Cindy to the ball to squelch any chance that Al chooses a wife from among the eligible countesses. At the ball, a bored Cinderella hides from her Stepsisters in a room where, as luck would have it, Al brings his wanna-be-brides to say and do outrageous things to scare them off from marriage. From behind a curtain, Cindy hears all the hilarious goings-on and once discovered by the Prince, shares delight in his escapades. They dance, Al is smitten, she runs away, and, of course, the search for the girl who lost the tiny white shoe begins—although the Prince has second thoughts about really wanting to find her and Cindy has no intention of being found. Which leaves us to wonder, whether those two will ever get their happy ending… $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Post-Game Interview

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by: J.C. Svec

POST-GAME INTERVIEW

by J.C. Svec 1W / 2M

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

The comedic Post-Game Interview brings us the off-and-on camera takes of a self-centered, chauvinistic sports reporter and his bright, ambitious female producer who manages to work herself onto the air when a no-hitter turns into a World Series upset. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Rage Against Nothing

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by: Greg Freier

A Short Comedy for 2 Men
by Greg Freier
2M
Approximate Playing Time: 10 Minutes

Here comes Steve down the freeway. A typical uptight guy wearing khaki’s and a cardigan. Steve adjusts the radio to find some classical music as Brad, wearing a baseball cap, swerves and misses, honking his horn at Steve who is driving fifteen miles below the speed limit. Did Steve just flip him off? And so a battle begins: a battle of the imagination, that is. Each gets it in his mind that the other is out to get him to the absurd conclusion that Steve is going to eat Brad and Brad is planning to spear Steve. When they both take the same exit, they jump out of their cars ready to defend themselves only to discover they are both headed to the same therapist clinic and both of their mothers are therapists. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Remediating Ripper

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by: Randy Hugh Wall

Remediating Ripper
by Randy Hugh Wall
A Full-length Dramatic Comedy in Two Acts
3W / 3M
Approximate Playing Time: 110 Minutes

Nine years ago, Jack T. Ripper “accidentally” wrote a best seller for his dissertation in creative writing. He hasn’t written a word since. Ripper has essentially gone into hiding, drinking heavily and teaching at a small community college. Over his objections, he’s been coerced by his department chair into tutoring four developmental English students during the course of a summer semester. His four remedial students turn out to be far more than Ripper expected: an angry blind student, a former exotic dancer, a home-schooled student determined to lose her virginity to Ripper, and a slacker whose dream is to become a railroad engineer. Ripper wants nothing more than to survive the next six weeks and to tutor as little as possible. Although Ripper’s purported goal is to “remediate” the students up to college-level writing, it is Ripper who ultimately finds redemption. Based on composites of Wall’s students during his tenure as a creative writing professor, Wall brings their true life dramas to the stage with exceptional humor in a work requiring minimal set and staging. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Return of the Frogs

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by: Ross Peter Nelson

A Short Comedy by
Ross Peter Nelson
1W/ 2M / 2 Either Gender
Approximate Playing Time: 15 Minutes

Beth, who is both a gaming nerd and a political activist, sets out with her slacker boyfriend Josh to visit Hades. They hope to enlist the author of Lysistrata, the Greek poet Aristophanes, in their anti-war effort. Braving swamps, giant frogs, and the three-header hell-hound Kerberos, they find the dead poet but discover that only the living can end war. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $15 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Ristorante Uno

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by: Kev Salter

A One Act Comedy by Kev Salter
2W / 5M
Approximate Playing Time: 30 Minutes

A farcical comedy with great characters and lots of fast-paced comings and goings. Mario and Barry live and work in a sleepy little village where nothing happens and trade is poor.  Back in the day when tourism was booming and Mama cooked like a Goddess, the little Restaurant was the envy of the community. But since Mama's passing and the decline of the village, Mario and Barry have had to employ a whole range of resourceful techniques to force the unwilling public to stop by and spend their money to keep the place alive. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Riverboat Jeopardy

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by: Amanda Horn

A Plot Party Play for Fun or Fundraising Events

Roles for up to 30 Guests

Approximate Playing Time:  60 minutes

Throw a Plot Party Play and be the talk of the town!  At a Plot Party, each guest dresses as a character and becomes part of the plot.  As guests RSVP, they are assigned a character and provided secret information about that character, such as hidden identities, personal agendas and love interests.  The Riverboat Jeopardy is in dire straits.  This may be the last voyage unless $50,000 is raised to pay the debt and save it from bankruptcy.  And it seems half the guests onboard have $50,000; from The Loud-Mouth at the Poker Table to The Old Prospector to the notorious Low Down and Dirty Gang disguised as…well…read the Sequence of Events to get the whole story.   When you purchase Riverboat Jeopardy you’ll get the right to download and copy everything you need for an evening of entertainment starring your favorite friends or patrons in roles they’ll have a blast playing!  The download includes invitation, the Host’s Sequence of Events, Individual Character Plot Party Guides for each of your guests, a seating chart, a secret survey and the REAL ending to the story! It’s simple, it’s fun and there’s no place else that’s got it!  $75 Single-Use Copyright Fee.  No Royalties Required.

Road Souls

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by: Gary Britson

A dark comedy by Gary Britson
1W/ 5M
Approximate Playing Time: 90 Minutes

Elder, an up-and-coming attorney, murdered a man of legend—or so the story goes. Now he lives under the supervision of his parole officer, Folter, who spills out the unfortunate tale to Pendarvis, one of Elder’s new “clients.” Elder can no longer practice law but rather has taken in a small group of homeless, unemployed ? or unemployable ? men in an attempt to help them find a modicum of success in a less-than-amiable world. And under the roof of his house, outcast souls collide head-on. “Pen” wants a job where he won’t get beaten up. Norm has given up after countless interviews which end in “Good Luck” — which he claims is the new “F-You” — and now plans to rob a bank. Krikor, who has never experienced intimacy with a woman, is writing a 1000-page romance novel set in the “mists of time”. And then there is Eliza, Elder’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who threatens their fragile existence by putting the house up for sale. When Eliza arrives in all her fury to claim dominion over the house, Elder asks Pen to hook him up with someone who might “remedy the injustice.” But Eliza is one step ahead and seduces the forlorn Krikor into a crime of passion ripped from the pages of his unpublished manuscript.

Safe at Home

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by: Dan Morra

A One Act Comedy in 4 Scenes

by Dan Morra

2W / 4M / 1 Male V.O.

Approximate Playing Time:  45 Minutes

When it comes to mid-life, there is nothing humorous about encountering a slump in the bedroom or on the ball field.  But when a husband and wife show up at the wrong counselor to address the “strike outs”, the hilarity begins.  Encouraged by his friend, Herb, to seek professional help for his bat swing, Bill quickly heads out for a last minute appointment with a trainer brushing off his wife, Martha, who wanted to talk about their “personal” issues.  Herb’s wife, Helen, drops in and mistakenly tells Martha that the appointment is with a doctor to address those issues and convinces her to join Bill for the appointment”—after all, how does sex counseling work if only half of the team shows up?  There is a doctor, in a temporary unmarked office across the hall from the trainer’s office and guess who ends up in the wrong one?  If you answered both, you’ll laugh out loud when you watch what happens behind those closed doors! $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Scary, Scary Night

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by: E. Michael Lunsford

4W / 5M + Trick-or-Treaters & Extras

(Less with doubling) 

Approximate Playing Time: 90 Minutes

Earnest but Halloween-paranoid Derek grew up in a funeral home with kooky parents Jeremy and Formalda Hyde who, to his dismay, love working with dead bodies. His girlfriend, Prudence, whom he is intent on marrying, sees his idiosyncrasies as less than endearing qualities in a potential mate. Prudence drags a reluctant Derek to the House of Masks & Magic in search of a Halloween costume where they encounter the sinister owner and part-time killer, Nussbaum. While eager assistant, Albert, is in the back room trying to find a way to dispose of his boss’s latest victim, Nussbaum discovers who took over his old family home where he “accidentally” blew up his parents 20 years earlier. The house was sold to Jeremy and Formalda who turned it into the town’s creepiest funeral home and now delight in telling everybody about two resident ghosts who haunt the rooms. Nussbaum decides the funeral home is the perfect place to dispose of the body and wreak revenge on the Hydes whom he blames for the loss of his childhood home. The fun begins when he sends Albert to apply for the inside job of “make-up artist” at the funeral home which leads to a body in a display coffin, a desperate Derek about to witness his own execution and ghostly figures appearing in search of their son.

Selected as a semi-finalist in the annual Playwrights First contest in New York in March, 2015 · Selected as a finalist and winner by the Shawnee Original Playwright Series in May, 2015 · Selected as a winner by the WILDsound Festival in July, 2015

$20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

 

 

Scary, Scary Night — The Musical!

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by: E. Michael Lunsford

4W / 5M + Trick-or-Treaters & Dancers
(Less with doubling: Flexible cast of 7-20+)
Approximate Playing Time: 2 Hours

A Halloween musical perfect for general audiences! Earnest but Halloween-paranoidDerek grew up in a funeral home with kooky parents Jeremy and Formalda Hyde who, to his dismay, love working with dead bodies. His girlfriend, Prudence, whom he is intent on marrying, sees his idiosyncrasies as less than endearing qualities in a potential mate. Prudence drags a reluctant Derek to the House of Masks & Magic in search of a Halloween costume where they encounter the sinister owner and part-time killer, Nussbaum. While eager assistant, Albert, is in the back room trying to find a way to dispose of his boss’s latest victim, Nussbaum discovers who took over his old family home where he “accidentally” blew up his parents 20 years earlier. The house was sold to Jeremy and Formalda who turned it into the town’s creepiest funeral home and now delight in telling everybody about two resident ghosts who haunt every room. Nussbaum decides the funeral home is the perfect place to dispose of the body and wreak revenge on the Hydes whom he blames for the loss of his childhood home. The fun begins when he sends Albert to apply for the inside job of “make-up artist” at the funeral home, which leads to a body in a display coffin, a desperate Derek about to witness his own execution and ghostly figures appearing in search of their son. Piano/Vocal score included with the script. Four songs from Scary, Scary Night—the Musical!were performed in October, 2012 by the New Musical Theatre of San Francisco. Four new songs from the musical were performed by Opera and Beyond in Denver in August, 2014. The Musical was subsequently selected as a finalist at the New York Venus/Adonis Festival/Competition in August, 2014 and as a semi-finalist in Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s 2015 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival in March, 2015. $30 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $80 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. Accompaniment CD available. To Order CD: Email playsnow@heartlandplays.com

 

Segue

by: Becky Cummings

A Short Comedy by
Becky Cummings
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 15 Minutes

Lou Anne, a woman of a certain age who works in the café of a big box store, hides out in her car during her break in an attempt to smoke and listen to music in peace. Her solitude is interrupted by Doug on his Segway patrolling the parking lot. A young diligent man, Doug takes his job as a security guard at the store very, very seriously. And there is no smoking allowed by employees on the premises—not even in the parking lot. Smoking, cursing, a 90 year old mother with dementia, her cat, and a missing taser all add to the fun and to the discovery that there is more to Lou Anne and Doug than either ever knew. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Selling Love

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by: A.D. Hasselbring

A Cleansing Romantic Office-Place Comedy

3W / 4M

Playing Time:  Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes

In the big-time world of small-time soap manufacturing and sales, two employees seek self-cleansing and find a bubbling love that is matched only by their boss’s fervor for the product they market. When a corporate hatchet man descends upon them, the entire office is put on edge and no one’s job is safe.  Boss Mac mistakes copy repairman, Jack for the big wig and locks him in the copy room just as the real hatchet man arrives.  Needless to say, Mac is the first to go while the rest of the office competes for his job which comes complete with a substantial raise in pay and a company car.  But when Mac crawls in through a broken window to retrieve the company lead book, it’s every man (or woman) for himself until co-workers Laurie and Roberts re-discover that there is more to life than soap.  $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

Separated at Birth

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by: Constance Humphrey Egan

Separated at Birth

By Constance Humphrey Egan

A Short Comedy

3W

Approximate Playing Time: 20 minutes

The ever-upbeat CoCo has summoned her emotionally distant sisters to her color coordinated home for a sister photo; a reluctant family tradition honoring the birthday of their not-so-favored elderly mother. The hardened but intellectual Ricki and corporate successful Bea are less than enthused by the occasion or amused by CoCo’s insistence that they dance together, and worse yet, that they dress in god-awful identical bridesmaids dresses for their photo. But with enough wine, the three discover they have more than their share of common experiences as they maneuver through middle age and ultimately, an overwhelming love of Spanx. If you haven’t been there yet, you will be, give or take twenty years! $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Shakespeare for Kids!

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by: Melissa Scher & Michelle Lema

Introducing Eight Works by William Shakespeare Made Easy!
Up to 80 Characters that can be played by an Entire Class or 6 M / 4 F
Playing time: Approximately 55 minutes*
*Scenes may be cut as needed to fit the desired time frame

A great way to introduce the Bard to your young students. Scher and Lema have crafted a clever collection of scenes presented in everyday language that tell the stories of eight of Shakespeare’s best known plays. Two narrators weave the stories together, each play with its own cast, or with players playing multiple roles. The narrators engage the audience throughout the play— and from among the audience, actors sometimes spring to life as characters in the stories. With the flexible format, several classes could combine to present “Shakespeare for Kids!” for a school assembly, or a smaller group of older actors might band together to perform for school audiences. Whichever way, and no matter whether you perform two, five or all eight of the scenes, you’ll find you really CAN introduce Shakespeare to primary and intermediate audiences in a fun and entertaining way that better prepares them for High School. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $30 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Shared Assets

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by: Julie Cullings

A Hilarious Comedy in Two Acts

5 W

Approximate Playing Time:  2 hours

One of the funniest plays out there!  Five women in a diner, all with ties to the infamous “Martin Industries.”  First, Ann, the owner of the diner and former Vice President who got canned for throwing a meat and cheese tray at her cheating husband, Drew, during a company costume ball.  Then there’s Natalie, the new Senior Vice President now engaged to Ann’s ex-husband; Susie, the ditsy waitress who wants nothing more than to use her good looks to marry a Martin Industries exec and live off his company credit card; the outspoken Doris, Natalie’s mother and reluctant personal assistant who replaced Helen who was fired for her obsession with unicorns; and of course, Helen herself, who consults her magical friends for everything from love to business.   Natalie shows up at the diner for a luncheon meeting with Helen to try to trick her into quitting her new job as a florist to become her personal floral designer for the wedding.  Problem is, Natalie is terrified of unicorns and has a few secrets besides.  Between over-sized glasses, unicorns, outlandish make-overs and loutish behavior, these five women will have your audiences roaring with laughter.   $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Shooting Pool with a Rope

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by: Lynn-Steven Johanson

A Bittersweet Short Comedy
1M / 1 Male Teen
Approximate Playing Time: 20 Minutes

In this bittersweet comedy, two strangers, retired businessman Al and a troubled teen, Stacey find themselves sitting next to one another on a park bench outside a hospital in a small Midwestern city. Both have taken refuge on the bench; one before facing the daughter he abandoned years ago and the other from the pain of losing his dying mother. The two discover a bond that might save them both if trust can be earned when not deserved. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Shortages

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by: Ruth Pearl

A Sex Comedy by Ruth Pearl
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing time: 90 Minutes

Remember the gas shortage in the mid-1970’s? Arnold Schneiderman does, in fact, he and his wife, Sylvia, live it. Fifty-year-old Arnold owns a Cadillac showroom in New York City. He used to commute daily to his home in the suburbs, but due to the gas shortage, he stays in the city all week long struggling with his failing car business. Sylvia, experiencing a difficult menopause, is stuck at home without gas for her car. All week long she looks forward to Arnold’s home visits and becomes very distressed when he does not give her the attention she craves. When he arrives for Thanksgiving, Sylvia berates him for his lack of passion and insists that they see a sex therapist. They soon discover they are seeing a quack forcing them to solve their own problems. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Small Bites

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by: J.C. Svec

10F / 8M
(Doubling Possible)
Approximate Playing Time: 90 minutes

Bite into this comic collection of eight short scenes making up a delectable evening of entertainment. Each scene is set in a simple environment where human quirks and foibles take their tolls on daily life and where food plays at best a supporting role. Throughout the evening, we revisit Derek who has serious commitment issues, manifested in his inability to make a decision about virtually everything, including what dinner choice to make for a friend’s wedding. And then there is Manny who suffers from “Buffet Anxiety Disorder” and poor Bonnie who can’t tell which nut is running Mama Marie’s Italian Foods. Your audiences will join loveable Jean and Joe on their quest to restore grape jelly to its proper place on the shelves of your neighborhood grocery and travel back in time to witness the jaded stories behind the Last Supper and the first Thanksgiving; all in good fun if not always in the very best of taste. Each scene plays out a short story in life pushed to the brink of absurdity where a morsel of truth will give your audiences ample food for thought. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

So Much For Seatbelts

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by: Craig Kenworthy

So Much for Seatbelts

by Craig Kenworthy

1W / 2M

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

So Much for Seatbelts forces two young people to choose who lives or dies in a trapped car when there is only enough air for one to survive. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Statistically Speaking

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by: Craig Kenworthy

Statistically Speaking

by Craig Kenworthy

2W / 1 Male Teen

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Years after a baby is left with mental disabilities as the result of a decision made during childbirth, the attending doctor attempts to clear her conscious and make amends with both the mother and her now teen-age son. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Stiltz

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by: Nancy Machlis Rechtman

Stiltz
by Nancy Machlis Rechtman

A New Adaptation of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale
“Rumpelstiltskin”

4F / 8M / 4 Either + Extras
Approximate Playing Time: 1 hour

Nancy Rechtman has done it again with this delightful adaptation of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale, “Rumpelstiltskin”. As in the original story, a braggart father’s wild claim that his beautiful daughter can turn straw into gold finds its way back to the king who orders the young woman to the palace. The king displays a slightly modern tone as he retires to his hot tub while Princess tackles the task of turning mounds of straw into gold. That’s not “the” princess; that’s “Princess” — aptly named by her mother which will cause chuckles when Princess becomes Queen and her baby girl is named “Queenie”. Rumpelstiltskin has been shortened to “Stiltz” reflective of his ever decreasing stature and when he mysteriously appears and offers to magically transform the straw into gold, Princess agrees ultimately to give him her first born. The image of Stiltz dancing on stilts when his name is discovered is sure to garner smiles from your young audiences. Stiltz is perfect for performing by older youth or adults for children or by an all youth cast and is an excellent fit for both community and educational theatre. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Stoneskippers

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by: Robert R. Lehan

 STONESKIPPERS

by Robert R. Lehan

1M / 1W

Approximate Playing Time: 20 Minutes

STONESKIPPERS is a quirky yet alarming story of a man longing to become the Stoneskipping Champion of the World and the anguish of a starving homeless woman living on the beach where he practices. The conflict between real need and trivial pursuit reaches a climatic ending with only one getting his/her wish. Robert R. Lehan, who brings a lifetime of experience in theatre to his work, notes that STONESKIPPERS is an anatomy of revolution fostered by the conflict between the “haves” and the “have-nots” and warns “there will be shots fired $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $20 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Stranger Interrupted

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by: Greg Freier

A Short Comedy by Greg Freier
1W / 1M
Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

Emily Hedges comes home to her studio apartment to discover a stranger sitting on her couch. Quite calm an assured, the stranger introduces himself as Seth Weckstein, a detective who lives in a building across the way. Seems Seth has had an eye on Emily for some time—mostly through binoculars. Emily’s not sure if she should scream, call the cops or shoot him in the eye with pepper spray. She’s convinced he’s crazy when he produces a search warrant which states the cause as “Wanting to meet the beautiful woman across the street from me that’s on the same floor.” But despite her warnings to get out, Seth seems more than content to stay put until his claim that it will take an “act of God” to get him to leave prompts Emily to take action. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Stranger On The Porch

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by: Beth Dotson Brown

STRANGER ON THE PORCH

by Beth Dotson Brown

2W / 1M

Approximate Playing Time: 10 minutes

The Stranger on the Porch is a testament to the fact that you can sell someone anything if you dress it up to look like something they want. Childless Abby embraces Emma when she shows up on her front porch claiming to be her husband, Keith’s daughter. But is she? $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Strawberry Wine Revisited

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by: Nikki Harmon

1W / 1M

Approximate Playing Time:  10 minutes

Over the years, JuJu, a bank officer, lost something and she wants it back.  She drags her reluctant husband to a Hippy reunion – a Revitalization Happening – to try and find it.  Frank does not seem to have the same recollection of those Haight Ashbury days in San Francisco but finds his own way to prove to her he loves her and is still the same man—just in a different body. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $10 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.  

Tartuffe--And All that Jazz!

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by: Gordon C. Bennett and Dana A. Priest

A New Adaptation of Moliere’s Classic set in the Roaring Twenties
by Gordon C. Bennett and Dana A. Priest
7W/ 7M / 2 M or F
Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

In this new version of Moliere's classic in rhymed verse like the original, the essential theme and characters are retained: Tartuffe the hypocrite; Elmire the object of Tartuffe's affections; Orgon the dupe; Cleante, Moliere's raisonneur; Dorine the feisty maid; and Mariane and Valere, the quarreling lovers who get married, finally, despite Orgon's objections. In line with the times and context, Bennett and Priest have added fresh values: Young Damis is a percussionist seeking a career with a jazz band; his sister Mariane, rather shy and demure in the original, now becomes a flapper in the Age of Jazz; and Orgon is a vintner troubled by Prohibition which provides Tartuffe an added motive for betraying his host: he not only wants Orgon's home and wife, but his vineyards. It's touch and go again, but the demise of Tartuffe unfolds in a most surprising fashion. All ends well, as in Moliere's original, but the climax and denouement seem far more plausible – and hilarious – in this version. Although the suggestion for a drum set onstage and Damis as a some-time percussionist adds “pizzazz” to the show, it is not required for a successful production. $20 Single-Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

Ten Short Plays by Ten Top Playwrights

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by: Rebecca Ryland

A Non-Royalty Collection of Short Comedies and Dramas for Scene Study and Workshop

Performance Rights Reserved by Playwrights

Various Cast Sizes from 2 to 5

Plays range from 10-20 minutes each

Ten plays by ten of Heartland Plays, Inc.’s finest playwrights.  This brand new collection of highly diverse works will challenge actors at every level.  The collection includes: The Throne, a comedy by Verna Safran; Fall Out, a drama by Sean David Bennett; Crisis Hotline, a comedy by Dan Borengasser; Bottles, a drama by Donald Dewey; High Thin Cirrus, a drama by Michael Downend; Hot and Cold, A comedy by Rebecca Ryland; A Lovely Moon, A comedy by Evan Guilford-Blake; Some Just Have It, A comedy by George A. Freek; Play Nice, a comedy by Julie Cullings; and Elvis Lives!, a comedy by Paul Tumilty.  TEN Short Plays by TEN Top Playwrights is made available by Heartland Plays, Inc. for use by individuals and groups for workshop and scene study or other training purposes only. Authors and Publisher encourage requests to perform the plays. Each Author has retained the right to grant such performance rights, without whose permission in writing no performance may be given.  Amateur and Stock performance rights may be requested by contacting playsnow@heartlandplays.com. $10 Single-Use Copyright Fee.

The Absolutely True Story of Tom Sawyer as Told by Becky Thatcher

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by: Everett Robert

The Absolutely True Story of Tom Sawyer As Told by Becky Thatcher
by Everett Robert
Based on “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain
6F / 4M
Approximate Playing Time: 1 hour

So, you think you know what Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were up to back when they were supposed to be painting Aunt Polly’s fence? Well, think again. Becky Thatcher clues us in on the real story. Everett Robert skillfully mixes the events as told by Mark Twain with scenes depicting what Becky Thatcher claims really happened— all in great fun and with charming humor. The playing of the traditional scenes provides a great opportunity to relive your favorite moments from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” as retold by Mark Twain while experiencing something fresh from the imagination of one of our best new children’s authors, Everett Robert. And you’ll never guess how Becky Thatcher came to know so much! $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $40 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

THE ASCENSION OF TWYLA POTTS

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by: Fred Perry

THE ASCENSION OF TWYLA POTTS

A Comedy by Fred Perry

7W / 5M + Offstage Voices

Approximate Playing Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

What do you do when your mother’s up a tree? Twyla Potts knows—you call the fire department. After all, she was in the same predicament exactly one year before when her mother, Ariel, took to the branches on her wedding anniversary to her late husband, Howard. But when the fire captain arrives without a ladder and claims to be an invited guest, Twyla is beside herself. Actually, she is normally beside herself; overly demanding, acutely stressed, and chronically unhappy. Her brother, Toby, doesn’t seem the least bit concerned. Her son, Tommy has no problem sending bottles of beer up to Grandma. And worst of all is Ellie, Ariel’s older sister who lives with one foot in la-la land by Twyla’s standards. Everyone around her seems to be preparing for some special event and the people and birds keep coming despite Twyla’s commands otherwise. There is a revelation ahead that will transcend the laughter with a gentle reminder that one seldom knows the story of the old lady down the street, even when that old lady is your own mother. Whether you believe in the mysteries of the after-life or just enjoy the possibility of mystical wonders, you will love this funny and overwhelmingly touching story. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

The Australian Featherweight

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by: Susan Surman

The Australian Featherweight
by Susan Surman
A Drama in Two Acts
1W / 3M
Approximate Playing Time:  1 Hour, 50 Minutes

Set in the Fortune of War Pub in the rough Rocks area of Sydney in the late 1890’s, the play opens the night before Young Jiffo’s fight for the Australian Featherweight Championship. Under the training and mentoring of the former bare-knuckle champ, Tom Riley, he’s made the journey to the professional ring from the docks but struggles with inner demons; letting go of his Push gang activities, reckless boozing, and womanizing. Prostitute Flo Berry is in love with Jiffo and wants his rise to be her rise out of her no-hope existence surprising everyone with her own transformation. Nelson, Jiffo’s foster brother and bitter rival for top position in the gang, openly turns on Jiffo. More than a boxing story, it is about hope, change, and the power of love. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.