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Three Questions for EVERY Writer BLOG — July 28, 2018

Posted on Jul 28, 2018 in PLC BLOG

Three Questions for Every Writer What is the event that propels me to the next scene? Why did I care about this story? What is it that makes me want to write it? What does the character want? (In each scene AND over all.) by C. Michael Perry I keep this on my wall, over my computer. May be used in classroom situations CLICK BLOG07282018ThreeQuestionsWriter to download a PDF version of this BLOG POST...

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Elektra — an adaptation for modern audiences

Posted on Jul 21, 2018 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays

adapted from Sophocles by Richard Sewell (Perfect for High School, College/University, Community, and Youth Theatre actors.) TYA The goal of this adaptation is to give actors (high school, college age, or older) a feel of the shape and mood of a Greek tragedy and yet to be a play that a modern audience, without preparation, can follow and be drawn into. The classic story of revenge-gone-on-too-long is faithfully and clearly presented, some may say as an appeal to reason–both political, familial, and personal–to stop the ‘bloodshed’; for revenge may come in may guises. A challenging script to all ages both in the performance of it and in the viewing of it. Both the timeliness of the message, and its actual timelessness, point to a solid story of worth to everyone in the human experience. PLAY DETAILS 4m 2F +...

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Theatre As A Compass — BLOG July 21, 2018

Posted on Jul 21, 2018 in PLC BLOG

Theatre As A Compass The reason I publish for others to produce (maybe even the reason that I write what I write) is to not necessarily ‘teach’ an audience some lesson, moral or pedagogical, but to present to a gathered group of thinking-feeling individuals, human beings on a stage in their sometimes-wisdom and oftentimes-folly, as unique, interesting, thinking, caring, if flawed individuals. Every so often I come across a script that embodies, nearly perfectly and totally, what I value in a theatrical experience. I try to fill my catalog with those types of plays. Yes, I value entertainment –– laughter and tears –– without the value of being entertained, audiences become disengaged. If there is no entertainment the message to thinking-feeling beings is lost. Theatre changes lives. The lives of the performers and production staff, AND the lives of...

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Dean Olivet — Author

Posted on Jul 18, 2018 in Authors

DEAN OLIVET — received a Music BA in Duluth around 2003. These days he teaches a lot of guitar and banjo lessons, and take care of his baby girl, Rosemary. He once directed a production of “The Fantasticks”, and shaved a bald spot in his head to play Stephen Spettigue in “Charley’s Aunt.” He has a French Horn Trophy, a Jug Band Trophy, a plaque that reads “Best Musical Act at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival”, and a deck of cards from when he played guitar for Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s production of “Tommy”. There’re five records out there with his music on them. He has done some other things and will do more.   MUSICALS Searching for Sparks The...

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Harlan Baker — Author

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in Authors

Harlan Baker is a graduate of Emerson College. He worked on the staff of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America AFL-CIO (Now UniteHere). He served in the Maine legislature from 1979-1988 representing part of Portland. He is an actor and director and has appeared with numerous theatres throughout New England, including the Portland Stage Company, Theater at Monmouth, Mt. Holyoke Summer Theater, New Century Theater and the Stage at Spring Point. His short plays,”Gran Via”, “Tung Sing”, and “A Whale of a Tale”, have been staged by several Portland area theatre companies. He has been teaching speech and theater for the past twenty years at the University of Southern Maine, and taught speech and theater at the University of New England from 1987 to 2004 concurrently with his work at USM. He is currently an adjunct lecturer in the...

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Jimmy Higgins: Line By Byline — a one-man play

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in Latest, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast

A Life In The Labor Movement by Harlan Baker (For professional, amateur or educational theatre production) Jimmy Higgins: Line By Byline is about an old radical who tells his story to a young man. Jimmy  grows up in the first half of the 20th century in middle America. The play follows his involvement in various labor and socialist struggles from the campaign to free Tom Mooney, the presidential campaign of Eugene Debs, the May Day rallies of 1919, the campaign of Sen. Robert La Follette Sr. on the Progressive Party Ticket to his becoming a reporter on labor struggles in Alabama and Michigan. He witnesses the Battle of the Overpass and Henry Ford’s violent attempt to intimidate labor leader Walter Ruether. This is a tour-de-force production for a single actor. While many of the characters have a basis in...

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Mr. Anderson’s Crush — Short Play for Seniors

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

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) Mr. Anderson has developed a crush on someone in the neighborhood. He is lonely and seeking companionship. As he prepares to meet her face to face, he is interrupted by a most unfortunate surprise. PLAY DETAILS: 1m 1f voice Interior/Exterior About 3 minutes Order #3216 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: Mr Andersons CrushPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs...

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I Wish I Had A Buddy — A short play for Seniors

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

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) Two strangers, meeting over time, find how much they have in common and begin to share their lives. 1m 1f WILLY Olson AUDREY Wilson SETTING: A park bench Contemporary costumes RUNNING TIME: about 12-15 minutes Order #3217 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: I Wish I Had A BuddyPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs will be mailed to a...

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The Path — a short play for Seniors

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

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) As we grow older, even the places we have frequented begin to seem less familiar. But then reality and the hand of a spouse can bring us back to our ‘home’.   1m 1f 1fvoice Zack GPS Voice Wife SETTING: a forest COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: about 2-3 minutes Order #3219 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: The PathPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on...

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The Cranes: Harry and Evelyn — a short play for Seniors

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

by Jerry Walker  (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) A long-married older couple looks back on a life well-lived. He plays the curmudgeon, she the ever-willing-to-listen wife, as they try to live their lives with dignity and humor facing the onset of a place they have never really faced before. PLAY DETAILS 1m 1f HARRY EVELYN SETTING: a simple kitchen counter and a door COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: About 15 minutes Order #3220 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: TheCranesPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address —...

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Two Guys Sitting On A Bench By A River Talking About Stuff Of No Importance To Anyone — a short play for Seniors

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

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) What do guys talk about? Well, no matter the age, the discussion rarely changes through the years; maybe it’s the discussions between even long-time friends since High School that keep us young at heart. 2m Ed Bill SETTING: A park bench near a river or lake COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: about 20 minutes Order #3222 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: Two Guys Sitting…PERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to...

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We Ain’t Dead Yet — An evening of plays for Seniors

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

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) 8 plays ranging from comic to tragic make up this thoughtful and enlightening evening of theatre dealing with the issues of growing older. This show is very flexible as to which scenes you present, so it could, then, be any length at all. Each show is also available for separate production. 9m 9f Contemporary costumes Simple interior and exterior settings About 90 minutes ORDER # 3223 List Price: $13.95 PLAYS IN PERFORMANCE ORDER: If you want to produce the ENTIRE EVENING’s slate, please go to the REHEARSAL MATERIALS section below) (If you wish to obtain information on any individual title, click on the TITLE to take you to that play’s Ordering Page) MR. ANDERSON’S CRUSH by Jerry Walker 1m 1f voice Interior/Exterior. About...

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Two Ladies Playing Go Fish — a short play for Seniors

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

by Jerry Walker (Perfect for Senior Theatre groups and all others who perform for Senior audiences.) Two crusty women, ‘friends’ since High School, discover that through the years, they actually have shared their lives together — and like it. 2f Penny Ruth-Ann SETTINGS: a card table COSTUMES: Contemporary RUNNING TIME: about 3-4 minutes Order #3218 Part of the compilation play WE AIN’T DEAD YET! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: TwoLadiesPlayingGoFishPERUSAL Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.   REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address....

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The First Time …Again — a short play for Seniors

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

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

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