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Papa Married A Mormon • The Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Plays, ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays

by John D. Fitzgerald. Adapted for the stage by Rodger D. Sorensen. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups) Papa Married a Mormon is like a family patchwork quilt worn threadbare from use. It becomes more familiar and warm each time you pick it up and wrap yourself in it. Like a quilt, Sorensen’s theatrical adaptation brings us close to these characters — who are not threadbare at all — and wraps us in the kindness of their charitable lives. It asks questions about tolerance and brotherly love. The story is told from the viewpoint of JD Fitzgerald, who grew up in Price, Utah in a family with a Catholic papa and a Scandinavian Mormon mama. Can this house, often divided against itself, stand? Definitely! With Papa and Mama at...

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Jonah! • The Musical

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles, ZT Musicals, ZT Old Test

Book, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry  (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) A one-act adaptation of the popular Bible story where God speaks to Jonah, Jonah speaks back to him but decides not to listen and proceeds to try to hide from God. In a similitude of the Savior, he spends three days in the belly of the whale (or great fish), likened unto the three days in the tomb. He emerges a new man. He follows the will of the Lord and is not happy about it until he is allowed to realize that all people, no matter their state of righteousness, have the right to salvation. PLAY DETAILS: Bare stage. Props and scenery should be from found items. 4m...

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The Anointed • An Epic Musical

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Musicals, Premiere Musicals, Religious Titles, ZT Old Test, ZT Premiere Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Thomas F. Rogers Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) A musical spanning and contrasting the years from Saul’s Kingship, when David slew Goliath, through to Solomon’s building of the temple in Jerusalem. A gripping musical drama PLAY DETAILS: 39M 3W +chorus. (Doubling of roles is recommended) Unit Set 2 hours Order #2001 Available for ALL performance groups. Part of the PREMIERE MUSICALS file. AUTHOR’S NOTE (Upon revisitation after years away from the script) “As I reviewed THE ANOINTED I was struck by the close resemblance of its narrative and its characters to those in Shakespeare’s chronicle plays–the ruthless rivalry between often despotic kin for the monarchy, David’s fierce allegiance to the unassailability of the Lord’s Anointed–the Jewish equivalent of ‘the...

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Daniel • the Musical

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Musicals, ZT Musicals, ZT Old Test

The Musical based on the Bible story (like it’s never been told before!) Book and Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) The story of the faithfulness of Daniel and his “brothers” has inspired generations. While this is a comedy at heart, it is filled with faith and hope and inspiration as we see the examples of dedication to God. We see the change of heart as a King unburdens himself to the Most High God. We witness the writing on the wall, we visit the Fiery Furnace and the Den of Lions with the cutest little lions ever. The music covers a wide range of styles and will help this show entertain any family audience....

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Much Ado About Nothing — Shakespeare

Posted on Jan 10, 2019 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Freely adapted and updated from the Shakespeare Classic by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, High Schools and Middle Schools) The military war is over, but the “merry war” of love has just begun! Considered one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, join Beatrice and Benedict, Hero and Claudio as they navigate through mine fields of words and jealous rivals to the safety of finding that one person with whom you truly belong. Drawing serious and frivolous into one realm, the show tells of nobleman Leonato, who shares his home with his daughter, Hero; niece, Beatrice; and elder brother, Antonio, as he welcomes friends home from the war. The play is set in 1945, just as WWII was coming to a close. A time in history where feminism had just experienced more progress than it ever had before. The...

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Land of Oz — The Play

Posted on Nov 4, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Classics, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays

Adapted by J.D. Newman From L. Frank Baum’s classic novel (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, and other Youth Theatre Groups) The farmgirl Tip lives in the north of Oz with the scheming witch, Old Mombi. When the witch tries to turn her into a statue, Tip runs away with the help of the pumpkin-man and sawhorse she has brought to life. Tip helps the Scarecrow King escape from the Emerald City after it is conquered by the Army of Revolt. Can Tip find the lost Princess Ozma and bring peace to the Land of Oz? This 50-minute tour-de-force is an ideal school touring show for university and professional theatres. From the PREMIERE PLAY FILE PLAY DETAILS: 5 f, 3 m, 3 either gender, plus 2 puppets (can be doubled) TIP – short for “Tippetarius,” a...

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A Christmas Carol — the play

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Plays

by R. Rex Stephenson (For Community, College/University, High School and Junior High School, Youth Groups, Community and Church groups.) Undoubtedly Dickens’ most famous story, and most often adapted for the stage and screen with hundreds of adaptations available, both play and musical versions, this lively adaptation is quickly becoming a favorite due, in part, to the unique casting available of 8 women and only 6 men. The familiar story is there, but told in a way that allows for a female-heavy cast. The play takes place in a theatre in Rochester, England. Dickens has been called upon by the citizens of the community to write an adaptation of A Christmas Carol for the stage. To the surprise of everyone in town, Dickens not only intends to write the adaptation, but to star in it and direct it. On the...

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Little Women — a musical

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book and Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson Music by Emily Rose Tucker   UNDER CONSTRUCTION   PLAY DETAILS: Order#...

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The Liberated Cinderella — a short play — TYA

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

Or, The Return of the Godfather, a short comedy by R. Rex Stephenson and Ginny Smith Conrad Delightful for all ages from junior high to adult. For any amateur, university, professional or other youth group. This very popular one-act play spoofs just about everything-fairy tales, magic mirrors, actors, the Mafia and plays about Cinderella. It retells the Cinderella tale as it might happen today: A fairy godfather shows up because the fairy godmother can’t get away from her job. It begins in the traditional Cinderella manner: the poor ragged little girl who is made to do all the undesirable housework while her socially ambitious stepmother and off-beat stepsisters preen themselves in preparation for a night of revelry. But it doesn’t take long for this version of the story to rip out of the rut. Cinderella wants to go dancing,...

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The Cricket On The Hearth — Staged Radio Play

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Classics, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by R. Rex Stephenson & Jody D. Brown (For performance by any amateur, educational or professional theatre group.) Dickens’ heartwarming Christmas tribute brings a genial spirit into the festivities as Mr. Tackleton, much like Ebeneezer Scrooge, is changed through the course of the story, into a better person. With great plot points of suspense, intrigue, and mistaken identity along the way, this brisk adaptation allows the audience/listener to wonder if it will turn out all right. Published in 1845, this story of love at Christmastime, the tale of John and Dot Peerybingle, Caleb and Bertha Plummer, May Fielding and––well, that would be spoiling it––has long been a popular ‘sequel’ to Dickens’ holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” originally published in 1843. This show is a great alternative for those tired of seeing the endless...

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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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Merry Gentlemen — a play inspired by “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Rinear Tired of the same old Christmas Carol? This may be exactly what you are looking for! (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Merry Gentlemen is a full-length play heavily inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, forcing his teenage son, Tim, to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for eternity. In this full-length play, Ben and Tim Dickens’ paths mystically cross those of various characters who lead Ben and Tim out of their bleak,...

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An Allagash Haunting: The Story of Emile Camile — play with songs

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Barbara Howe Hogan and Tim Caverly A play with songs adapted from Tim Caverly’s book “An Allagash Haunting” The woods of Northern Maine are full of a rich history and the tales that go with that history. Lumberjacks, small communities, fishermen, hunters, the Spirits of the forest – and the Spirits of those who were taken from their beloved land too soon, populate this play based on Tim Caverly’s novel, “An Allagash Haunting”. This play with music recreates life in the not-so-long-ago lumber camps of the 1920s––specifically Churchill Dam––the story centering around Emile Camile, who died in a logging accident in 1925. When a family goes camping, the family based on Caverly’s own, the children do not merely enjoy the Maine Woods, but become witness to some of it’s stranger stories, becoming a part of its history and rich...

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The Scarlet Letter — a play

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in Award Winners, Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

Adapted for the stage from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, College/University, and Community theaters.) Evil, sin, nature, a scarlet letter, a punishing scaffold. Adulteress Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A on her chest as a constant reminder of her shame. Her illegitimate daughter is truly the Pearl purchased at great price. Her lover remains unidentified and is wracked with guilt.  Her husband seeks revenge. Highly theatrical, this play uses only four characters to completely capture the center of the story of inequality, prejudice, judgment. Nominated for the 2012 American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York. PLAY DETAILS 75 minutes 2f 2m Hester Prynne, late 20s. Wearer of the scarlet letter. Arthur Dimmesdale, perhaps a bit older than Hester. The town man of God. Roger Chillingworth, older than...

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Cinderella’s Miss-Adventures — TYA

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

a delightful TWIST by Alexandra Grace Gaver (For Professional, Educational an Amateur. Tours well) Gather around young princes and princesses, for the story of Cinderella… but this isn’t the fairy tale you remember! Due to a fairy godmother mix up, Cinderella’s magical trip to the ball does not go as planned. Join one of your favorite princesses as she helps her friends (with some assistance from the audience) get their Happily Ever After and make it home before midnight. An exciting and interactive show that’s great for boys and girls of all ages. The twists and updates to this classic will have your audiences in stitches, and yet learning all about themselves at the same time.  A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript. This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is...

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PINOCCHIO — A FAMILY MUSICAL

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

A Family Musical Book and Lyrics by Max C. Golightly Music by Neil K. Newell  (Suitable for performance by large cast Community, University/College, High School and Youth Theatre) Inside each of us is a child–a little frightened, a bit unsure, wanting very much to find somewhere, someone to love. This is the story of a bond between a lonely woodcarver and a little wooden marionette who wanted so much to be a real boy. Through this story we learn that dreams are necessary–that love and belief are keys that open the doors to happiness. A new and delightful adaptation of Collodi’s classic. “A Broadway Quality Musical!”   A wonderful feature of this script is that it has two endings for TWO different times of the year. There is a Christmas Ending (the original ending), but there is also an...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream — edited

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s delightful comic romp of highborn, lowborn, Faerie, Human, magic, common sense, and sheer hilarity has been edited to under 2 hours as well as including an original Elizabethan-type music score set to Shakespeare’s lyrics. It is not a musical, any more that the original play was during Shakespeare’s time — but it does have songs in it.  Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups. PLAY DETAILS 13M   8W + fairies, attendants Doubling possible 3 major locations — Court, Forest, Faerie Glen Playing time is about 1 hour and 50 minutes Order #3200 PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available MSND PERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information.) EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us...

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Julius Caesar: A Confederate Conspiracy

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s tragedy of political intrigue set in the South of the American Civil War. The lines of the Bard have been edited, not rewritten. Think of the parallels between the South of the Confederacy and the falling Roman Empire–the upper-class driven government, the overwhelming slave issue, the unpopular yet popular military effort, the plots and ploys concerning political power. For these reasons the play has been set during the Civil War. No dialog has been changed to accommodate this, but the play has been shortened and edited for archaic language. One song, SHENANDOAH, has been inserted as sung by Lucius in the tent, accompanied by his guitar. Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups.   PLAY DETAILS 32M 9F + extras Doubling possible Six settings Playing...

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The Archer Who Went I Know Not Where To Fetch I Know Not What — TYA musical

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

Book & lyrics by Deen Ferrell Music by Larry Pearson (Suitable for all theatres, companies who perform for children and young people.) Based on a Russian folk tale, the story concerns Andrei, the Royal Archer, who, when he chases down one of his arrows, finds it imbeded in a magical white dove. Andrei removes the arrow. The dove turns into a beautiful girl (a princess) and becomes his wife. Enter the King and his Counselor. Jealous, smitten by the young Princess Tia, they devise three quests that are sure to rid themselves of Andrei. But through the magic held by Tia, and her former servant, now invisible, the seemingly impossible quests are completed, and in the end there is a new King and Queen on the throne. Seven delightful contemporary songs help to drive the story to its end....

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Toad! — A “Wind In The Willows” Musical

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Beverly Warner, Mimi Bean & Wes Wright (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, Community Groups, Children’s and Youth Theatres, High Schools, and Professional Theatres that can handle 15 characters + chorus) A lively and sprightly version of Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind In The Willows”.  This adaptation is packed with fast-paced, non-stop action from lights up to lights down. All of the wonderful characters are waiting for you in this Broadway style adaptation: Mr. Toad, Ratty, Moley, Badger and a delightful story of reckless abandon. The dialogue is witty and the script is cleverly devised to portray the foolishness of the self-centered, egotistical Mr. Toad and his warmhearted, well-meaning friends. Great opportunity for the use of creative animal makeup and costumes! Plenty of chances for good, exciting choreography. PLUS a well hidden yet, discernible moral is entertainingly presented. A first class score!...

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The Wind in the Willows — Short Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy Suitable for Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres for Children and Youth, TYA Written in melodrama style — in keeping with may of the theatricals of the period in which the original novel was written and the story set — the script encourages audience participation. It chronicles the adventures of Toad and his friends with a fast-moving storyline, lots of humor, and a nod to Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful prose. Although the primary audience is children, the script also contains references for adults, in the vein of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.   PLAY DETAILS 1M, 4 actors of either gender. Several fluid settings. Running Time: 40 mins Order # 3195 Available! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available WITW PERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of...

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Atlantis, Lost! and Other Legends from the Strange Waves — TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Atlantis, Lost! is a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. This collection of wet and wonderful tales includes the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. Ride the Strange Waves and discover a whole new view of the world through these inspired episodes of modern mythology. The play is structured withing a Carnival Sideshow environment which makes if fun for all ages. With an optional musical intro, AT THE SIDESHOW, demo found below in the PERUSAL MATERIALS Section. A part of theSERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors, or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting...

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Way Out West: The Journey of Lewis and Clark and Other Tales — TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Seize the adventure! Explore Native American legends, jump on The Pony Express, and take a chance on the Gold Rush in this historical expedition to the Wild West. Set in the atmosphere of a Carnival Sideshow, this fast moving and hilarious play will delight young audiences and their parents, as well.With an optional musical intro, AT THE SIDESHOW, demo found below in the PERUSAL MATERIALS Section. A part of the SERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors [2m 2f], or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting simple costumes and props About 45 minutes Order # 3174 Available Soon! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available WayOutWestPERUSAL (The PDF file contains...

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Aesop’s Network — PLAY, TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

Broadcasting Theatrical Fables Brought to you by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Learn the tragic truth about “The Ants and the Grasshopper.” Get the scoop on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and hear both sides of the story in “The Lion and the Mouse.” All this is set in a TV Broadcast format with locations in the studio,  a commentary panel set, and on the ground reporting for the ESOP Network. It’s a clever mash-up of several of Aesop’s fabulous fables, with strong lessons inherent in the dramatic action. PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast of 29 characters that can be doubled to as few as 2 Male and 2 Female actors, or each character can be played by...

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E. Gray Simons III — AUTHOR

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in Authors

Playwright E. Gray Simons III has worked for fourteen years as an Artist-in-Residence at BTF. In 2000, he became Artistic Director of BTF PLAYS! and has since written and directed more than a dozen original plays, among them Aesop’s Network, Nursery Rhyme Café, Mystery Sideshow 2: Strange Waves, and Mystery Sideshow 3: Way Out West. Simons made his BTF directorial debut in 2000 with The Wind in the Willows and in 2001 he became director of the Summer Performance Stories, The Odyssey, The Magic Flute, Arabian Nights, and Monkey. Other directorial credits include The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver! and Peter Pan(2009) on BTF’s Main Stage, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? and Holiday Memories in the Unicorn Theatre, Robin Hood at the Berkshire Museum, The Who’s Tommy at Brandeis University with co-director Eric Hill, and Big Love...

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WILD DUCKS

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Henrik Ibsen Adaptation and Lyrics by Lee G. Williams II Music by C. Michael Perry (For performance by College/University, Professional and Community groups) An Epic, Dialectical rendering of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck” – An Integrated Work of Art Once upon a time ago Lee G. Williams II, who loved all things Brechtian, began to re-imagine one of his favorite Ibsen plays as told by Bertolt Brecht. WILD DUCKS is that reinvention. Through symbolic realism truth is brought under the microscope, and illusion is pitted against reality. With interpolated original songs, slides of images reinforcing or contradicting the shifting moods of the piece, an old man played by a woman, and a familiar story, we have a new play for a new era. In this new version, the audience will come to realize, clearly, that there is more...

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The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 2: Personal Journeys

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Books About Theatre, New Releases, Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright, traveler and observer of Humanity. The seven plays in this volume, “Frére Lawrence,” “Gentle Barbarian,” “The Immortal,” “The Seagull,” “Siegfried Idyll,” “The Wager, and “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”  gathered in one volume for the first time, deal with men and women and their relationships, treacheries, hopes, dreams, plots, plans, cruelties and sometimes kindnesses. Both historical and political these dramas expose the Human condition, in thoughtful and unforgettable stage adaptations. With this volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, Students, Directors, Actors, Producers and others ready to settle down into a fine drama and experience life through someone else’s eyes. Book Details PRINT VERSION 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm) Black & White on White paper 233 pages ISBN-13: 978-1539464013 ISBN-10: 1539464016 A BISAC: Drama...

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The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 1: Perestroika and Glasnost

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Books About Theatre, New Releases, Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright and former Professor of the Russian language, now retired. Having lived in the U.S. and in Russia, his plays have made the mystery and controversy of “The Red East” singularly accessible  His plays, “Charades,” “Crime and Punishment,” “God’s Fools,” “The Idiot,” and “The Second Priest,” gathered in one volume for the first time, deal with Russia, Russians, and  The U.S.S.R, their relations with other countries as well as internally, and focus on the transition into and out of Communism. Taut, political and ideological dramas, all, they enlighten the Human condition, in thoughtful and lively stage adaptations. Now arranged in this one volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, and Students, Producers, Directors and Actors, who will grow to appreciate the keen mind, probing satire, and wit of Thomas...

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Glorious Son of York — play

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Shakespeare Plays

by Rex Stephenson  For Professional, Amateur and Educational theatre groups playing for Family, Youth and Adult audiences. Richard returns after 400 plus years to answer charges he feels Shakespeare and other historians have made against him.  He believes in his heart that Shakespeare maligned him, and if he can just explain his position he will have the place in history he rightfully deserves; But Richard doesn’t find Shakespeare all bad: He is enchanted by the way Shakespeare portrays him as a seducer of women; by Shakespeare’s unflattering portrayal of Elizabeth and Margaret; and most importantly Shakespeare’s description of his death. PLAY DETAILS 1M 1W (+ 2 optional supporting roles that can be played by the actress) Simple Setting Great for Touring About 70 minutes Order #3157 REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here:GloriousSonOfYork PERUSAL (The...

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The World of Snow White — play

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by R. Rex Stephenson (Perfect for Youth Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Middle Schools, Junior Highs, High Schools, Community Groups, Colleges/Universities, and Professional Groups) The World of Snow White is a modern adaptation, yet very true to the varied classic source material in bringing the darker situations of many versions of the story from around the globe together in one script. It moves quickly and plays well for all audiences. The legends and stories of a Snow White character come from more than 30 countries around the world, like Albania, Turkey, Mozambique, Germany, England, France, and others. These international tales lend a totally new vision to the characters and a unique play for any group to produce.   PLAY DETAILS: 6M 6W 1 or 2 girls 8either + mice, preacher, servants and crowd. Roles can be doubled to make 20 actors....

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The Sheriff of Nottingham — TYA

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Plays

by Michael Megliola (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) Robin Hood is known by many as an heroic outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor but many of the details of the story are often ignored. Who was Robin and how did he come to be? With a fresh look at this beloved story, Michael Megliola has written a new play from the perspective of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Caught between loyalty to the absent King Richard (missing for 6 years while fighting a Crusade) and demands from the greedy Prince John (who is acting King), the Sheriff finds himself playing a cat and mouse game with one Robert Fitzooth (aka Robin Hood), Marion Fitzwalter (aka Maid Marian) and a band of merry (and not-so-merry) men! PLAY DETAILS: 18m 3f (Roles can be played by...

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The Doctor In Spite of Himself — Farce

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin) Adapted & Translated by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, and other Youth Theatre Groups) The long-suffering wife of Sganarelle, a woodcutter and former doctor’s assistant, decides to avenge herself for her husband’s neglect and abuse. She convinces two servants who are seeking a physician that they must beat her brilliant but eccentric husband until he admits to being a doctor.  When confronted by the servants, Sganarelle repeatedly denies any knowledge of medicine, but when they beat him, he decides to go along with their presumption. Sganarelle is brought by the servants to their master whose daughter has become mute.   He makes an effective pretense of trying to cure the daughter, quoting Latin and doing what he has seen other doctors do.  The lover of the master’s daughter confides to...

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Awakening Galatea — play

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, and Community groups) The play is based on Ovid’s story of Pygmalion. Pygmalion is an idealistic sculptor who creates Galatea, his statue of a perfect woman.  At Venus’ bidding, the seven Muses cause the creator to fall in love with his creation. The Muse of Poetry falls in love with Pygmalion and begs the Goddess of Love to allow her to appear to him and steer his passion away from the lifeless statue.  Venus curses the Muse for her temerity and casts the spirit Muse into the statue of Galatea. When the other Muses beg for mercy for their sister, Venus permits them to lead the pair on a quest that will bring Galatea to life, let Poetry experience humanity, and render Pygmalion capable of selfless love. PLAY DETAILS 8f 1m 90...

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All’s Well That Ends Well — Shakespeare-edited

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted and Edited by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, High Schools and Middle Schools) Following his father’s death, Bertram, the young Count of Rossillion, leaves home to attend the court of the ailing King of France, along with his friend Parolles. Helena, the Countess’s ward, is in love with Bertram, and reveals her affection to the Countess, who is sympathetic. She gives Helena permission to visit Paris in an attempt to cure the King of his ailment using a drug devised by Helena’s father, a physician. Lafew, a lord at court, persuades the King to see Helena, and he is cured by her medicine. As a reward, she is offered a husband of her choice, and she chooses Bertram. He rejects her for her lack of social standing, but then accepts her rather than suffer the...

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin Concept CD

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs

Book & Lyrics by JEAN B. BOYCE Music by C. MICHAEL PERRY (Formerly known as “DIXIE!”) Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe A faithful and inspiring musical adaptation of  the classic, “UNCLE TOM’S CABIN”. The characters are rich and colorful in this hopeful tragedy of life in the Pre-Civil War South. And this Uncle Tom  is not like any other you may see. He is strong, honest, righteous and trusting in the ways of his only Master, God. The popular notion of an “Uncle Tom”, as passed down incorrectly by those who seek to denigrate, as a shuffling, ‘massa-saying’, subservient slave, demeans the true story of his character and goodness. Stowe had hoped to lift the concept of ‘property’ and expose this particular ‘property’ by returning these men and women to their full status as Human Beings...

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