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CoughLaugh • An Experimental Play

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 in Short Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For performance by Professional Theatres, College and University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools) Have you ever attended a play where the actors seemed to do absolutely nothing? Well, here is that premise taken to the extreme. HE is reading a newspaper. SHE is watching television. They do nothing, until they hear a sound. Then they take the audience on a journey of frustration and laughter until the final sound brings a halt to the proceedings. This play has caused every emotional response possible from its audiences. And it is highly experimental. No performance has ever failed and some audiences have guessed early what is happening. Sometimes it took them a very long and hilarious time to get to the end. This script is a perfect blend of improvisation and control. You’ll have fun… and so will...

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find — A Short Play

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 in Short Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools) A family in the deep south — mother, father, grandmother, juvenile son and daughter — take an innocent excursion into the countryside from which none of them is fated to return. Their nemesis is an escaped convict, the Misfit, who, with his two young accomplices, dispatches each of them in turn. The last of his victims, the grandmother, pleads for mercy. As she does so, her own shallowness and hypocrisy come to light. The Misfit in turn reprimands his accomplices for taking pleasure in the executions. In its enigmatic way, this one act play — based on Flannery O’Connor’s celebrated story of the same name — raises hard questions about mortality, goodness and Christian salvation. This is a particularly difficult play. It is dark,...

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