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Tangents — A Play

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Elizabeth Hansen (For performance by Professionals, Community Theatres, Colleges & Universities) Dr. Nancy Ellis, a gifted professor of clinical psychology, leads us on a journey into the troubled mind of Sandy Garrison, a young brilliant student with Multiple Personality Disorder. In a uniquely theatrical way, the personalities are portrayed by five different actresses, who battle, not only for control of “Sandy,” but the doctor as well. Nancy finds herself intrigued with “Sandy’s” different “selves:” Beth, quiet, kind-hearted, yet confused; Kirsten, filled with wisdom and compassion; Kelly, a bright and brave tomboy of 10; Lara, the 4-year-old, gentle and trusting, but full of pain and fear; and Trevin, Nancy’s nemesis, with a genius intellect and a rapid-fire wit, but who has never experienced a moment of joy. Nancy and “Sandy” parallel each other as they struggle with the demons...

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The Political Tinker • The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 in Classics, Coming Soon

by Ludvig Holberg Adapted and Translated by Jerry Argetsinger and Sven Rossel  (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups.) The city council in Hamburg, Germany has been at odds with many of its citizens over several important issues. Herman von Bremen, a master pewterer, has established his own “political college” and is an outspoken voice against the local government.  Two of the elected city officials discuss the ridiculousness of Bremen and his naive political notions and agree to play a joke on him.  They convince him that the City Council has chosen him Mayor due to the ideas advocated by his notorious group. A series of comic situations demonstrate Bremen’s inability to conduct himself appropriately either politically or socially as mayor. His frustration is increased by the mounting attention he must also give his daughter with her...

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Equality of Rights • The First Women’s Rights Convention

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Religious Titles, Short Plays

by Jerry Argetsinger (For production by Educational, Amateur and Professional groups.) This play was commissioned by Celebrate ‘98 and premiered at the Sesquicentennial of the first Women’s Rights Convention (1998) in the Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY, where it is regularly performed. “Equality of Rights” is a dramatic representation of the events leading up to and a reenactment of highlights of the First Women’s Rights Convention at the Wesleyan Chapel, Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. It begins at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, England where the American delegation was made up primarily of Quakers. Upon their arrival, the World Convention leaders caused an uproar by refusing to seat the American women delegates.  As they observed and discussed the convention Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott became fast friends and vowed to convene...

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The Christmas Party • The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Short Plays

by Ludvig Holberg Adapted  by Jerry Argetsinger  (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres.) Christmas parties were held after Christmas when the religious celebrations were over.  They traditionally recalled the Heathen Days of Denmark and were notorious for their lack of restraint. Guests often came in costume and behaved with abandon. One of the things Holberg considered most ridiculous was the marrying of old men to young women.  How could such a thing not result in affairs of the heart? It is Twelfth Night in the Jutland village of Aebletoft and the young wife, Leonora, is anticipating a raucous Christmas party where she can slip away with the handsome young Leander.  She is devastated to learn that her pious old husband, Jeronimus, has declared there shall be no such party, the likes of which have been outlawed in...

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Erasmus Montanus • The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Coming Soon

by Ludvig Holberg Adapted and Translated by Jerry Argetsinger & Sven Rossel  (For production by Professional, Educational and Community theatre groups.) Holberg’s literary masterpiece satirizing current university academic courses and outlining his own theory of university education. Rasmus Berg, who has taken as his name the Latin equivalent, Erasmus Montanus, is the epitome of the sophmore, or wise fool.  He has learned his academic requirements but he has no idea of their use in real life.  The play opens with his parents, Jeppe and Nille, anticipating with Deacon Per the recent graduate’s coming home to his peasant farm near an outlying Danish village.  Per convinces the couple that as a deacon he fully understands Latin, although his demonstrations reveal that he knows almost nothing and much of what he thinks he knows is incorrect. But his congregation respects him...

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Jean de France • The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Plays

by Ludvig Holberg Acting Edition by Jerry Argetsinger from the translation by Argetsinger & Sven Rossel (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups.) “Jean de France” is Ludvig Holberg’s character comedy written as an homage to Moliere, following the trappings of Commedia dell Arte. Hans Frandsen is excited that his 20 year old son, Hans, is returning home from a three month sojourn to Paris, but his neighbor, and future in-law, Jeronimus is skeptical.  Rumor has it that Hans has assimilated all too many aspects of pretentious French culture starting with his name, which he has changed to “Jean de France.”   When Jean enters, his attire, attitudes and language demonstrate that he has become obsessed with putting on French airs.   The boy’s fiancée, Elsebet is horrified by his behavior and has also fallen in love with an...

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Jeppe of the Hill • The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Plays

OR The Transformed Peasant by Ludvig Holberg Adapted and Translated by Jerry Argetsinger & Sven Rossel  (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups.) Jeppe of the Hill is Holberg’s most successful comedy, having remained active in the repertories of virtually all national Scandinavian and several Northern European theatres since 1722.  It is also the most likely to be produced around the world.  The character Jeppe Berg is considered the first fully developed Danish literary character and is considered one of the great comic character roles of all time. The supporting roles also offer great opportunity for comic genius. Jeppe is a Zealand peasant, a drunk, a ne’er-do-well who is beaten by his wife, oppressed by his Baron and cuckolded by the deacon.  On his way to the village to buy soap for his wife, he finds his...

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Ulysses of Ithaca • The Holberg Acting Edition

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Classics, Coming Soon

by Ludvig Holberg Adapted and Translated by Jerry Argetsinger & Sven Rossel  (For production by Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups.) Holberg gives Ulysses a witty, ironic servant named Kilian (a kind of a Sancho) who cuckolds Ulysses sixteen times. The protagonist is clearly a lap dog who is cleft in twain to satisfy the two possessive ladies who contest ownership. PLAY DETAILS: Order #3110 Available for production soon! Book now for future productions. PERUSAL COPIES The PERUSAL PAGES file for Ulysses of Ithaca  will be available by clicking SOON The PDF file is the first act of the play and all other pertinent information about the play. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name...

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Seigfried Idyll — A Play

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Classics, Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For performance by Professional, Community, and College/University groups.) (suggested by the stories of “The Ring of The Neibelung”) Beyond its depiction of sordid, mean spirited lives–a nevertheless needful ‘value contrast,’ as artists put it, shadow underscoring the light—the Nibelung legend forcefully portrays a redemptive aspect of human life. Siegfried’s infatuation with Hilde (Brunhilde) has been, while whole souled, also blind, as we in fact often say ‘love’ is. He even kills for it. The one character who approaches Christlike self-renunciation in others’ behalf is Gudrun, and, despite Siegfried’s truly fallen state, he learns from her example. She is in a sense his savior—like Beatrice is Dante’s and Margareta Faust’s–and his own Liebestod is a necessary ‘blood atonement’ that emulates Gudrun’s decency and virtue. It is this that makes the tale so significant in both German...

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