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Wild In The West • A Choose Your Own Path Adventure

Posted on Sep 15, 2019 in Choose Your Own Path Adventure Series, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Anthony Buck The audience chooses the way in this Western adventure.  Rookie sheriff Josiah Clay must safely transport $10,000 on a dangerous journey across the Wild West to Weston City in hopes that the mayor will give him the job of his dreams.  Add in a fiery saloon owner, three identical suitcases, and the West’s two stupidest bandits and your audience will cheer through every choice point to any of the many multi-leveled endings. Can be fully produced with fantasy sets and costumes, or simply done as a staged reading, or anything in between. PLAY DETAILS: 5m, 3f, 1either Costumes and sets may be as complete or as spare as wished by producer. About 70-90 Minutes Order #3333 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: WildInTheWestCYOPA PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be...

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A Hero’s Journey • A Choose Your Own Path Adventure

Posted on Sep 15, 2019 in Choose Your Own Path Adventure Series, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Anthony Buck The audience chooses the way in this fantasy adventure that features knights, squires, wizards, princess, dragons, and more!  A band of adventuring heroes embark on a quest to defeat a Dark Wizard and end his terrible curse.  But will their own rivalries destroy their alliance before they finish the dangerous task? With multiple choice points and eight separate endings, the audience will stay engaged from the very beginning until the last second. Can be fully produced with fantasy sets and costumes, or simply done as a staged reading, or anything in between. PLAY DETAILS: 3m 2f. Costumes and sets may be as complete or as spare as wished by producer. About 70-90 Minutes Order #3332 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: HeroesJourneyCYOPA PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure...

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The Farley Family Reunion • A Comic Play

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, ZT Plays

by James Arrington The wacky, weird, wonderful, witty, whimsical, one-man show written and performed by James Arrington. Described as “a must see,” and “stunningly hilarious,” this play takes on family culture in a way to “bless yer heart.”   PLAY DETAILS CAST: 1m 1f playing multiple roles of 6 male characters and 9 female characters, or those characters can be played by multiple individual or doubled actors. CHARACTERS: The following roles are played by the Actor [or by a number of actors] (in order of appearance) CHESTER HEBER VIOLA UFFER LEROY MARVA VOLCO PEARL The following roles are played by the Actress [or by a number of actresses] (in order of appearance) ARVILLA GRAMPA GRETCHEN AUNT MINNIE GENEVA FAYREEN VESTA   PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: HERE SOON The video version of...

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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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Huebener • The Classic LDS Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Award Winners, Plays, Religious Titles, ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) During World War II, while aware of the risk to his life, the fearless young German Latter-day Saint Helmuth Huebener persisted in launching a campaign against Hitler’s propaganda machine. In this play we witness the tragic story of Mormonism’s arguably greatest twentieth-century martyr. The English translation is not the only version we license. We have translations in Finnish, Russian and German. (see below) PLAY DETAILS: About 2 hours 10M 2W plus ensemble of small roles Unit Set Order # 2010 Available for ALL producing groups. REVIEWS “If one is allowed only a few peak experiences in life, one for me was watching the text emerge of Thomas Rogers’ play Huebener. The work is a product of our...

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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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My Travels With Cecil — a short play

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

The search for the English folk song in American folk music. by R. Rex Stephenson Great for groups, amateur, professional or educational,  who tour to schools. Folk songs are the backbone of American music. And since our people came from all over the world, so did our folk songs. “My Travels With Cecil” dramatizes the true story of Cecil Sharp’s journey to discover English ballads still surviving in America. In 1916, Sharp and his secretary Maud Karpeles traveled throughout the Appalachian Mountains in search of folk songs that had originally been sung in Britain, but had since disappeared from their oral tradition. This play recounts Sharp’s desperate search for a song that has haunted him since his youth, “Soldier Boy.” The play is ideal for touring. It features numerous songs Sharp collected along with several dances. It might be...

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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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Hancock County • a play

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 in Award Winners, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles, ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

Compared by some to “A Man For All Seasons” by Tim Slover (For production by Professional Groups, Community Groups, and College & University Groups) In 1844 the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob. The next year their accused assassins came to trial. Hancock County dramatizes that trial and the tensions between the Mormons, led by Brigham Young, and their enemies, who were trying to drive them from the state of Illinois. “Hancock County” is a very fine play; an intelligent, thrilling, tightly-drawn courtroom drama/tragedy that unfolds into a meditation on America, violence, and forgiveness. It bears comparison to Robert Bolt’s “A Man For All Seasons.” — R. W. Rasband of Association for Mormon Letters “Hancock County” moves swiftly from one scene to another, using and re-using minimal set pieces and props. It...

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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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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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Knocks and How To Answer — a short play

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

by Ron Kanecke In hurricane-swept Louisiana, an anxious but determined Ilene decides to face a lifetime of fears by refusing to evacuate her home, even when entreated by reluctant volunteer worker Miles. As they confess the “knocks” each has taken in life, their elusive quest to find happiness draws them closer together despite the uncertainty and danger that surrounds them. Winner of the Peoples Choice Award in the 2018 Maine Playwrights Festival. PLAY DETAILS: 1m 1f 1 interior About 30 minutes Contemporary costumes Order #3152 Now available! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: Knocks And How To AnswerPERUSAL 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...

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All The Wrong Moves — a ten minute play

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Ten Minute Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Patricia Mew For production by Professionals, Amateurs, Colleges/Universities and High Schools. Two millennial couples meeting at a restaurant for an evening out encounter difficulties communicating with one another, producing hilarious results. The physicality of this 10 minute play is reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s only slightly longer, “Act Without Words”; but this show is funny!   PLAY DETAILS: 2m 2f 1either 1 interior About 10 minutes Contemporary costumes Order #3148 Now available! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: AllTheWrongMovesPERUSAL REHEARSAL MATERIALS Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us. 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...

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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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The Pumpkin Child — short musical TYA

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Short Plays

A puppet or live action skit with original Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Love people for who they are. This little musical sketch is about loving and respecting others.  With 3 original songs. Can be done with puppets or live actors.       PLAY DETAILS: 1M 6F 1either NARRATOR (male or female) MOTHER SHARI 3 GIRLS: LITTLE RED, GOLDILOCKS and 3RD GIRL MURAD (m) NANA Simple Setting/costumes [Fantasy or Contemporary] About 15 minutes Order #3035 Now Available PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: PumpkinChildPERUSAL SONG LIST: Don’t Fret Little One I’ve Got To Find Her Your Love Is The Thing DEMO SAMPLES (Non-Vocal Demos with an instrument playing the melody line, made from the Finale files) 1 Dont Fret, Little One3 Your Love Is The Thing2 Ive Got To...

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Further Downeast — a play

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

by Brent Hutchins (Perfect for professional, educational, amateur groups.) A sequel to his popular CLOSER TO HOME, FURTHER DOWNEAST has more from the pointed pen of a true Downeaster! This time Ice Fishing provides the — well — icy glue that holds the show together, with each new adventure getting more and more dangerously funny, interspersed with other tidbits about life ‘Downeast!” Written in the style of the old time serial movies, each vignette allows you to laugh through it until the next Ice Fishing mis-adventure perks up and ramps up the action! Available! PLAY DETAILS: 13m 7f 3either,  which can be readily doubled and ‘regenderfied” as needed About 60 minutes Several Simple settings Contemporary costumes ORDER #3037 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: FurtherDowneastPERUSAL This play makes a perfect...

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Closer To Home — A play

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

by Brent Hutchins (Perfect for professional, educational, amateur groups.) CTH is a series of vignettes that take place in a fictional Maine town called Broad Harbor. It pokes pointed fun at locals and of course, roasts folks from away. Centering around talk at the General Store and competitive Grandmothers cooking for the holidays, with a myriad of other antics from the locals and their favorite CFAs, this is more than a laugh-a-minute humor-fest as the target hits both close to home and far away. Now available! PLAY DETAILS: 23 characters which can be readily doubled and ‘regenderfied” as needed About 110 minutes Several Simple settings in and around a General Store Contemporary costumes ORDER #3036 Brent Hutchins starring in Closer To Home, Too! at The Grand Theatre in Ellsworth, Maine. PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first...

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep — play

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in Award Winners, Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (A must for any group – professional, amateur and educational, performing for families and teens. A perfect play for High Schools and Youth Theatres.) They are called the best four years of our lives…and they are, but that four year trek is also dangerous and confusing. You will find all of the things that young people, especially high school students, need to know, want to ask, get stressed-out about and complain about. Between the familiar items of teen angst and adolescence will come those moments of pleasant memory, deep identity, shocking surprise, and utter devastation, as your onstage ‘child’ reaches out for comfort, help, direction––approval; wanting to belong to something/someone. The scenes and monologues in this on-target theatrical, will have you laughing one second and crying for …well, a considerable length of time. The play is...

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The Ruckus At Machias — a play

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Award Winners, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

The true story of the American Revolution’s first sea battle. by Richard Sewell (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Hannah won herself a red dress, and the town a warship! Starvation threatens the people of Machias, Massachusetts Colony, (now Maine) in June of 1775, when a British warship accompanies a local merchant returning from Boston with supplies. Machias was a lonely lumber camp in dire need of food, powder and shot. Instead of providing the lumber demanded by the British to build barracks for British soldiers near Boston, the desperate citizens erected a Liberty Pole to commemorate the fighting at Lexington and Concord. As the British navy was the undisputed master of the world’s oceans, the enraged Captain then ordered the warship to fire on the community, causing the townsfolk to muster their meager resources — axes,...

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Chosen: Stories On Adoption — play

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

a two act play by Linda Britt (Perfect for Professional, Amateur, College/University groups) What would you do if you found out at age 45 that you were adopted? If you found yourself pregnant and alone at age 19? What if being a dad had been a dream of yours since childhood, but circumstances prevented it? What happens when adoptees meet birth parents? “Chosen: Stories on Adoption” features 23 monologues about adoption, sensitively told from the perspectives of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, foster families, and more. There might be a couple of monologues that may be over the heads of the children. They may remain unused. PLAY DETAILS 15f 10m (Doubling of roles is possible. The show has been done with as few as 17 performers. Really creative casting could reduce that number further.) Contemporary costumes Props used About...

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Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington — One Woman Play

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Latest, Monologs, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

An Evening with Senator Margaret Chase Smith by Linda Britt (Perfect for professional, amateur and educational production.) This wonderful  show is all about Maine’s long-time Representative and Senator.  A powerful, funny, timely take on politics in a polarized era.  Senator Margaret Chase Smith, a woman of firsts, from her election to both houses of Congress, to speaking out against Joe McCarthy, to her nomination for President at a national convention, comes back when we need her most.   PLAY DETAILS 1 simple setting — an office 1 semi-contemporary costume 70 minute ORDER #3043 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: MrsSmith Goes PERUSAL The KINDLE ebook is available below for perusal purposes REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us...

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Billy Goes To War — a Play to End All Wars

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays

a play by Harley Marshall (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community and High School productions) FULL and ONE ACT versions available! ARE ALL WARS THIS WEIRD?! Billy Bunders is the luckiest or unluckiest boy who ever lived. From his birth, on the 4th of July 1900, in Kansas––the son of a German immigrant––Billy survives catastrophic event after catastrophic event: The War to End All Wars; World War II; even the presence of The Korean Conflict, horrifies him; as did the Spanish-American War that haunted his father and affected Billy second-hand. With pointed pathos and barbed politicism, “Billy Goes To War” becomes an intensely involving history lesson as seen through Billy’s eyes and lived through Billy’s actions and with his point of view: “War is …weird!” Dark humor permeates this unsettling play for these darkening times. A small cast makes this...

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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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Challenging Athena — TYA

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Genevieve Aichele (for Professional, College/University, Community TYA groups) A whimsical journey through Greek mythology with story theatre, music, movement, and puppetry! And it all begins with a bet between Arachne and Athena over who is the best weaver — of stories! A New Hampshire Theatre Project Young People’s Playscript.   PLAY DETAILS: 5f +ensemble of 24m 9f 11either (all ensemble characters may be played by performers of either gender) Arachne Goddess Athena Calliope (Muse of Music) Clio (Muse of History) Terpsichore (Muse of Dance) Plus the following ensemble players (doubling not essential if you have a large group): Phaeton, Epaphus, Cygnus, Apollo, Zeus, Sun Hawk, Odysseus, Eurylochus, Warriors (3 or more), Circe, Hermes, Midas Golden, Danae, Perseus, Danae’s Father, Soothsayer, Island People, Evil King, Perky Everlasting, Marygold, The Voice, Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice, Hades, Charon, Cerberus, Persephone, Shades, Hunters...

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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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SUFFRAGE — a play

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

a play by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, Educational and Amateur theaters.) SUFFRAGE is an exploration of late 1800s Utah, the second territory in the Union, by 1870, to grant women the right to vote. Wyoming had previously granted that right in 1869. That right was stripped 12 years later when suffrage became a whip for Washington politicians who wanted to end polygamy. The two issues became entwined in a strange, more-than-a-little-malicious way. During the two decades portrayed in the play, Utah women found themselves being called upon to stand strong on two equally threatening fronts. And they did. The story of Ruth and Frances, conveys a bit of what women—particularly polygamous women—faced. The attack was on their way of life, which in so many ways must have felt like an attack on their God and family. The overhanging threat...

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Storm Boy – A Devastating Tale of Brotherhood, Love, and Loyalty

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

a play with music and song by Steve Eaton Evans with Tim Laycock (Perfect for all theatres, professional, amateur and educational.) One of the finest true stories to come out of the lives of the Life Boat Crews in the southwest corner of England: Lynmouth in Devon. Set in 1899, the play is inspired by the famous “Overland Launch” of the Lynmouth Life Boat, which was dragged in a terrible storm by its crew for 14 miles over Exmoor to launch at the more sheltered Porlock Weir. This award-winning play has a variety of lively and sombre songs, from haunting sea chanties to Exmoor folk songs–mixed in with original tunes, that punctuate the comic and tragic moments of this inspiring story. Twin brothers, Alfie and William Teale, have grown up wanting nothing more than to become lifeboat men. As...

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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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