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God’s Fools — A Play

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 in Plays, Religious Titles

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

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Frere Lawrence — A Play

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 in Banner, New Releases, Plays, Premiere Plays

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

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Charlie’s Monument • The Musical

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Musicals, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers, ZT New Test, ZT Women Authors

Book by Susan McCloud and Marvin Payne Lyrics by Marvin Payne Music by Newell Dayley based on the popular, best-selling novel by Blaine M. Yorgason (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) It is the frontier! It is 1890. He has only one arm and a twisted foot. He stands on the mountain bravely watching over the town that cast him out — piling stones in some frail hope that he’ll be remembered. Then he is loved by one who sees and mirrors the bright spirit inside him. He is fulfilled, awakened, renewed. But then he is wounded, called to be tried and when all but love is stripped away, he is triumphant. Charlie is the tender, crippled man ostracized by his fellow citizens and it is Nellie’s love and faith...

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Take The Mountain Down • A Prodigal Musical

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Musicals, Religious Titles, ZT Musicals, ZT New Test

Book, Music and Lyrics by Marvin Payne & Steven Kapp Perry Concept by R. Don Oscarson a finger pickin’ parable of the Prodigal Son (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) “Mountain” is the musical telling of the parable of the prodigal son in the bluegrass music style. The Prodigal Son becomes The Prodigal Daughter. What happens when a wayward young woman needs to hear the sweet story of the Prodigal Son, and the only folks who love her enough to tell it are the players in a bluegrass band she once deserted? On an autumn afternoon in Appalachia, the Potluck Social String Band takes a break from their concert in the park and weaves the timeless tale of redemption and forgiveness around their former bandmate with the strings of guitars,...

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John Honeyman: Spy For Washington — TYA

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in Child and Youth Audiences, Plays

by Albert O. Mitchell (TYA) For production by  College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, Elementary Schools, Church Groups, Children’s Theatres/Youth Theatres) The question of Freedom and what it takes to achieve it is the subject of this heroic true story from the Revolutionary War that set the United Colonies free from Great Britain. This story should be performed in every school across the nation to remind our young people the price that was paid for our freedoms. The winter of 1776 was a bitter one for the Rebel Army. In December, their commander had written his brother that, “The game is pretty near up.”  Yet the day after Christmas, the commander, his army and the patriots of the new country took a new lease on life and hope. What happened in that week before Christmas?...

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