The Man Behind The Curtain • L. Frank Baum • One-man Show

by J.D. Newman

(Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, and other Youth Theatre Groups)

A one-man play that tells the story of the creation of the Land of Oz and the memorable characters of Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, The Lion and Toto, among others, as originally conceived by author L. Frank Baum. The play also details the personal journey of Baum, a native New Yorker, as he finds his way in the world, receives encouragement from his mother-in-law suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage, and enjoys commercial success with “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN has toured extensively throughout the country over the last 4 years and is now available for performances by your group. It would make an excellent entry into Virtual/Zoom Theatre, as well as a live show. Just one man and a suitcase of small props and the show is on.


PLAY DETAILS:

  • 1m
  • Suggested simple locations
  • 50-70 minutes
  • A White Ice-Cream-Suit
  • Order #3300

Available for ALL producing groups!


PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • Perusal Pages File Available here: Man Behind the Curtain PERUSAL
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

PURCHASING 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) Before we ship any rehearsal material we will need your performance dates, the name of your organization and the theatre where you will perform.

    • Script in PDF format — Order #3300a : $20.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



    • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3300d : $60




    • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3300e : $50




    • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application

 EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.


PRODUCTIONS:

  • Production in Duchesne, Utah — May 2021
  • United Solo Festival, Theatre Row on 42nd Street, Off-off Broadway — 2017
  • Theatres, schools, universities, libraries, museums, and churches in ten states from 2016-2020 including in towns associated with the life and writing career of L Frank Baum: Syracuse NY, Aberdeen SD, Chicago IL, Holland MI, and Coronado CA
  • Premiered at The Open Eye Theatre, Margaretville, New York  — October 2016
    (directed by Dr. Tania Myren, and produced by Amie Brockway)

BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:
The Man Behind The Curtain
by
J.D. Newman

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
The Man Behind The Curtain is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


from the catalog of

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SCHEDULING PERFORMANCES/APPEARANCES BY THE AUTHOR AT YOUR THEATRE:

email us if you are interested in having J.D. Newman perform for or work with your organization.

These are photos of him performing this play around the country:

(Photography by Tania Myren. Used by permission)