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Lifelines — A Play

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

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

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Martin R. Collin • Author

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Authors

Martin R. Collin is the former English Department Chairman and Theatre Director at Saint James School, in Hagerstown, Maryland. He taught at Saint James for over 25 years (and before that at The Kildonan School, in Amenia, New York and before that at the University of Maryland-College Park) and has directed over 120 plays. He is currently teaching mandolin and guitar at The Front Porch, a roots and folk music school, in Charlottesville, Virginia.   PLAYS AUTHORED: Reindeer Games-A Christmas Panto for Young and Olde! –a full-length, large cast, made for stage holiday extravaganza Other published work: I Love You When It’s Raining, Roy G. Biv a large cast, nostalgic one-act drama about an inspirational teacher (Lazy Bee Scripts) The Man in Seat 24 or The Uninvited Guest, a full-length, two act murder mystery where an irate, rude, and...

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Panto for Young and Olde!

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

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

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Jes Marbacher • Author

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

Jes Marbacher is a writing and communications professional and freelance theater artist working in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She first came to NHTP through an artists in residence program more than 15 years ago. Jes performed with New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Youth Repertory Company for many years and served as a technical intern before earning a degree in English from Colgate University in 2013. Following graduation, Jes returned to the seacoast and to NHTP. In addition to her work with New Hampshire Theatre Project, Jes now works in market research and moonlights as a stand-up comedian. Her original script about the women’s suffragist movement, Well-Behaved Women, written for NHTP’s Junior Repertory Company, premiered in April 2016 and is now published by Leicester Bay Theatricals. PLAYS Authored Well-Behaved...

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Well-Behaved Women — A Play for TYA

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Jes Marbacher (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and the launch of the women’s right’s movement, women worked tirelessly for their right to vote. After 72 long years the 19th Amendment was passed, and women were legally allowed to cast their ballots for the first time in the 1920 election. This movement spans decades and involves many women. Playwright Jes Marbacher deftly crafts a work in two Acts, the first focusing in on Susan B. Anthony’s attempt to vote and subsequent arrest in 1872, and the second on Alice Paul and the suffragettes of the 1910’s. Women’s suffrage was a complex issue for a lot of people and students of today have a hard time wrapping their heads around why. Even more difficult to understand is why many of these issues...

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