The Unfortunate Courtship of Brian Tanner • A Short Play

by Jerry Argetsinger

(For production by  Community Groups, LDS Church Groups)

Brian, a happy bachelor in frontier Utah, feels unwarranted pressure to find a bride.  His Aunt May believes her prayers have been answered when the wagon belonging to three eligible women breaks down near their general store.  While Aunt May plans some serious match making, Brian plots to present a distorted picture of himself that no one would want to marry. It is very funny, yet, touching at the same time. Wonderful for a production in a Ward or Stake, or as part of a Stake One-Act Play Festival.


  • 2M 3W 1TeenGirl
  • 1 Interior
  • About 30 minutes.
  • Order # 2033

Available for ALL producing groups.



  • Script in PDF format — Order #2033a : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2033d : $30

  • Second Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2033e : $25

  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • ZTPerformanceLicenceApp2016 (in PDF format) to download our Performance License Application. No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.


  • Cleveland Oklahoma LDS Ward — March 2019
  • Reno LDS Ward — 2003
  • St. John’s Arizona LDS Stake — 2002
  • Premiered at BYU — 1976

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