Act Three, Scene Five

1m-4f

Terry Ortwein           

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Five students are rehearsing Act Three, Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet. Things are not going well. Inexperience, egos and jealousies are becoming more important than the show. The sometimes comic, always touching, love story of Romeo and Juliet is paralleled by a growing offstage relationship.

 

Written specifically for secondary schools that wish to produce strong new works without the burden of heavy technical demands, this is a fresh and exciting play, a delightful look at how young actors make theatre come alive.

 

Bare stage with rehearsal furniture.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20                                       O: _x_  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Actors

2m-1f

Conrad Bromberg     

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          The scene is the bare stage of a theatre, where two actors, one young, one old, await the start of rehearsals. They play chess and exchange theatre stories, but as they do so deeper chords are touched. Just as they represent two generations, and two schools of acting, so do they reflect two distinct ways of thinking—the older man has learned to compromise and to hold back his true opinions; while the younger man must live, and act, as openly as his emotions dictate. Ultimately sparks are struck, and their conversation cuts to the root of human relationships. But, when they part, it is evident that both, in finally revealing their deepest and most honest thoughts, have also gained much from each other—perhaps even more than they have been aware of giving.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Actor's Nightmare, The

2m-3f

Durang                       

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to HAMLET, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons—by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers. Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines, whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality as the executioner's axe (meant for Sir Thomas Moore) instead sends poor George to oblivion—denying him a well-earned curtain call.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $30                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Admirable Bashville, The

9m-2f

G. B. Shaw                

Approved Publishers

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  Apply                                    O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Affected Young Ladies, The

6m-3f

Molière                      

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:            Satirical comedy, no royalty.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  Non-R                                   O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

After Midnight, Before Dawn

2m-4f

David Campton         

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The characters await death, having been sentenced for witchcraft.  It is the late 1600s or 1700s.  Only the Calm Woman remains unmoved.  On being questioned, she replies she will not hang.  The Devil will look after his own.  The others conclude she is indeed a witch – and beg her to tell them how they too may gain Satan’s protection.  Only the girl protests – and they set on her and kill her.  But the Calm Woman then informs them she has not after all offered them any guarantee of safety.  In a wild fury they set upon her also, and her prophesy is fulfilled, she will not hang.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Afterwards

3m-1f

Geraldine McGaughan

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The boy and girl discover themselves in a meadow late at night.  She and the boy are dead.  But the faces have changed almost beyond recognition.  That is because each has tried to make himself the sort of person he mistakenly supposed the other wanted him to be.  Not until after death has either realized how much happier he would have been as his natural self.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

All Good Minds

10m-2f

Robert Wells             

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Newspaper editor Desmoulins, once Robspierre’s staunch ally, is awaiting the guillotine.  Events leading to his imprisonment – supper with his wife, and argument with Robspierre and his inquisition – culminate in degradation for this hero of the Republic.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

All In Disguise

4m-2f

Traylor & Elrod         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A "tour de farce" in commedia style. This rollicking, fast-paced escapade follows the adventures and misadventures of Piporello and Marco, two wiley vagabonds, as they breeze along in search of riches, romance and—their next meal. Their travels soon lead them to Pantalone, a respectable merchant with a very pressing problem. His daughter, Florinda, has gone completely mad on the day before her wedding to "very old, but very rich Signor Coviello." Her father's desperate search for a doctor to cure her gives our heroes just the opportunity they have been waiting for. As the plot thickens, we stir in Colombia, a pert and eager maid with an instant infatuation for Marco, and Flavio, a handsome but penniless student bent on saving his true love, Florinda, from this terrible fate. The whole concoction soon boils over into a frantic and free-wheeling chase with everyone masquerading as everyone else. Predictably, rewards and romance win out in the end, with all the loose ends neatly and snugly tied. Bare stage w/ props.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

American Dream, The

2m-3f

Albee                         

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Mommy and Daddy sit in a barren living room making small talk. Mommy, the domineering wife, is grappling with the thought of putting Grandma in a nursing home. Daddy, the long-suffering husband, could care less. Grandma appears, lugging boxes of belongings, which she stacks by the door. Mommy and Daddy can’t imagine what’s in those boxes, but Grandma is well aware of Mommy’s possible intentions. Mrs. Barker, the chairman of the women’s club, arrives, not knowing why she is there. Is she there to take Grandma away? Apparently not. It all becomes evident when Grandma reveals to Mrs. Barker the story of the botched adoption of a "bumble of joy" twenty years ago by Mommy and Daddy. Mrs. Barker appears to have figured it out when Young Man enters. He’s muscular, well-spoken, the answer to Mommy and Daddy’s prayers: The American Dream. Grandma convinces him to assist in her master plan. She puts one over on everybody, and escapes the absurdly realistic world which she finds so predictable.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $30                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

American Sunset, An

1m-2f

Prideaux                    

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          In her many years as membership secretary at Grassy Acres Country Club, Miss Potter has worked with dedication to limit applications to the "right people" only. So she and Mrs. Stonewell (head of the admissions committee) have no qualms about interviewing young Mr. Upton, who has impeccable family and social credentials to recommend him. But while he passes muster easily, Mr. Upton then flabbergasts them by announcing that his mission is not to get into the club but to stay out! In fact he is opposed to all that the club stands for. The penalty for this breach is, of course, death, which the well-bred Upton accepts with obedient calm. But here too a surprise is in store, as he shortly rises from the "dead," leaving Mrs. Stonewell in shock, and the chastened Miss Potter to long thoughts as to who the right people, and the best values, really are.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

And Jack Fell Down

2m-1f

Richard Weaver        

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Six short plays, 10 to 20 minutes long, may be presented singly or in any combination. All six make a full evening’s—or afternoon’s—or morning’s entertainment. The Blue Ridge Mountain folk tales were collected and dramatized by Dr. Stephenson at Ferrum College, Virginia. Touring the plays with a company of his students—usually 5 men and 5 women—the Jack Tales Players have performed the plays more than 1,500 times to more than half a million people of all ages, pre-kindergarten to grandparents. Jack, the teen-age protagonist of most of the tales, is the universal underdog who outwits “upper-dogs” like robbers, giants, witches, devils, and big brothers. The tales are Jack Fear-No-Man (Jack wins a $10,000 reward from the King of Virginia for conquering three giants); Jack and the Witch’s Tale (Jack defeats a witch with kindness); Foolish Jack (Jack is outwitted by some sharp traders); Jack and the Robbers (Jack and some runaway animals scare the meanness out of a band of thieves); Jack and Ol’ Greasy Beard (Jack outsmarts his older brothers and catches a thief and rescues a girl in distress); Wicked John and the Devil (the meanest man on earth bedevils the devil). Our video tape shows the Jack Tale Players in three of the stories. It also shows their musical warm-up with mountain music and jokes.

 

Notes:

 

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Antic Spring

3m-3f

Robert Nail                

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Placing emphasis on pantomime and character portrayal, it only needs six empty chairs – to represent an open touring car.  In the car are young people of high school age going on a picnic.  There is Ginger, earnest and overbearingly sunny; Robert, the sensitive one, impressed only by poetry (or ants, as the hilarious final scene proves); Blossom, the exuberant and idiotic teenager; Sam and Gwendolyn, the lovers who live – in thirty minutes – a life of adolescent violence, raging from rage to young soulfulness; and Elbert, the little brother who looks with noisy criticism on their actions and suffers their company only for the food likely to be served.  The relations of these, oddly assorted six, put to the trials and tribulations of a picnic, result in situations of merriment and in dialogue flippant, fast and rich in performance possibilities.

 

Notes:  Performed by Miller Jordan in Spring 2000.

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Apollo of Bellac, The

9m-3f

Jean Giraudoux        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A shy girl applying for a job at the Office of Inventions learns from a nondescript man that she can have her way with any many if she declares that he is as handsome as the nonexistent statue of the Apollo of Bellac.  The play is alive with wry and trenchant observations on the comical attitudes and truths that man assumes in life.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

April Fish

6m-5f

Ted Pezzulo              

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          The scene is in a tenement in New York’s "Little Italy," the home of the family of Assunta and Fortunato. It so happens that there is an enormous hole in their bathroom wall, and Assunta has summoned the detested Pietro (an excellent plasterer) to fix it—but Fortunato has just spent all of the family’s money on a magnificent gold tooth. The answer: "April Fish"—a traditional bit of Italian trickery in which the word is passed that Fortunato has died, and he is suitably laid out, amidst mourners and candles, when Pietro arrives. Certainly, in such a situation, no one would be so heartless to speak of money! Unfortunately the ruse fails to work quite as well as hoped, and what with the rising hubbub of assembled neighbors and friends, the situation grows increasingly frantic—and hilarious—until the good Padre Peggio arrives to set matters right and give the perpetrators their comeuppance.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Aria Da Capo

4m-1f

Edna St. Vincent Millay       

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Millay's best and most famous work. A true masterpiece -- beautiful, delicate and poetic. An atmosphere of naive simplicity characterizes the play and throws into relief its deft allegory: the folly of man's hatreds and jealousies and the thoughtlessness which makes them possible.

 

At the prompting of a tragic muse, two shepherds interrupt a harlequinade, innocently kill each other, and the harlequinade continues unaffected. An intensely effective play of universal appeal.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20                                       O: _x_  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

As You Like It

6m-4f

Shakespeare            

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Rosalind disguises herself as a boy to win Orlando, and what a tangled web she weaves.

 

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Asylum

15m/f-flex

Jerome McDonough

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          A striking play with Jerome McDonough’s exciting ensemble technique. A company of players takes the audience through a kaleidoscope in which one episode dissolves into another like an absurd dream. Each episode lets you see some aspect of yourself as a perceptive artist sees you, and the view is not always pleasant. What’s the “asylum”? —Is it the world of “normal” people?—or the rest of us? “Lee High’s Drama has received an invitation to present ‘Asylum’ at the International Thespian Festival...We won first in our state...Thanks to I. E. Clark and Jerome McDonough, my students are wiser, closer, and very proud because of ‘Asylum’.”—Ron Harris, Huntsville, Ala. “I am writing to you to request the rights to perform the play ‘Asylum’ by Jerome McDonough. I intend to direct this myself in conjunction with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, otherwise known as The Bedlam.”—Naomi Winder, Edinburgh University, Scotland.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $35-$25                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Attempted Murder of Peggy Sweetwater, The

7m-4f

Ruston & Semerano

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Int. 1930s.  In this light-hearted tale of attempted murder on a banana plantation in South America, in the British potboiler-a-la-Monte Python style, three bumbling upper-class twits attempt to solve a gaggle of murder attempts.  “Illegitimate triplets, poisoned crumpets, unregistered Liberian freighters and ancient Siamese bone china all work themselves into the silliest of funny plots.”

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Audition is Over, The

6f

John Kirkpatrick      

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          On the bare stage of a summer theater Emily Haven, this week’s visiting star, is about to audition Nancy Russell, protégée of an old friend, now a professor and dramatic coach at a nearby college.  The actress learns that the teacher and Nancy’s mother have fought over the girl’s career and that the audition is to determine her future.  Emily is resentful of this high-handed arrangement, and in a tense scene exposes the selfishness of the two women who want to live their lives over again in the girl.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Bald Soprano, The

3m-3f

Eugene Ionesco       

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A hilarious, and certainly a unique, satire on the drabness of the English middle class, in which people talk to each other at cross purposes, failing to understand, getting nowhere at all in the matter of communication.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Banker's Dilemma, The

2m-2f

Cleve Haubold          

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Banker Van Bludgeon roars into Widder Twilly’s store to collect the money owed him, or bounce her and her son, Norman, out into the street.  The stagecoach from Ponca City deposits a veiled and hysterical young maiden – Dorothea – into the Twilly store,  Norman sets out to raise money by peddling his stock of crocheted doorstops, but rapidly gets tangled up in a hilarious plot which involves the entire cast.  When the dust settles, the Banker and the Widder are making eyes at each other, Norman and Dorothea are holding hands, the store is saved.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Barber of Seville, The

6m-4f

Beaumarchais          

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          This non-musical play, upon which Rossini based his famous opera, introduced Figaro to the world. Highly intelligent, energetic, and ambitious, Figaro wanted more than anything to be rich and famous so he could enjoy the splendid life of 18th century France. But he had no chance of succeeding because he was born a second-class citizen, and life for him and the other servants was so unbearable that whispers of revolt drifted through the musty air of the servants’ quarters. The tricks Figaro thinks up to get even with the aristocrats produce one of the world’s funniest comedies. Present both Figaro plays on the same program.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Bathroom Door, The

3m-3f

Gertrude E. Jennings  

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A prima donna, a young man, and old man, an old lady, and a young lady are all trying to get into a bathroom in a hotel.  The door will not open, and at last the prima donna declares that her husband with whom she has had a quarrel must have locked himself in the bathroom and done away with himself.  Enter then a servant who discloses the fact that the door is not locked at all, and the bathroom is empty.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Bauble for Baby, A

1m-3f

E. P. Conkle              

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A delightful sequel to the popular Sparkin’ with the same delightful characters: Lessie, Orry, Susan, and Granny Painsberry.  Takes place a year or so after Sparkin’ and centers around Lessie and Orry’s new baby and a Christmas present Ory has just made for the little one.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Beauty and the Beast

3m-3f

Graves                       

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          While closely following the traditional fable so beloved by all, this imaginative adaptation cleverly compresses the salient points of the story to make them more theatrically effective and easily staged. The main line of the action deals with the merchant Blotti who wanders into the castle of the Beast. Having lost his fortune, he is reluctant to return home to his hopeful daughters—until the Beast promises him riches if he will send his youngest (and purest) daughter, Beauty, to the castle. There are scenes of humor and daring as Beauty’s haughty sisters argue over who will take them to the ball, and the valiant Manello challenges the Beast to a sword fight. But, above all, there is the magic of Beauty’s innocence and goodness that sees beyond the ugliness of the Beast to the handsome young prince whom the purity of her love will restore to his rightful form.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $50-$40                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Beggar's Opera, The

8m-7f

Knight & Jefferies    

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          A ragtag company of beggars in Victorian London tell the bitter tale of the predatory outlaw known as Macheath. He secretly marries the daughter of an underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betrayed -- this time by a prostitute -- and sentenced to death. In a witty epilogue, the actors protest this unhappy ending and as an alternative finale, the players set Macheath free and into the hands of his many angry wives. "So think of this maxim, and put off your sorrow: the wretch of today may be happy tomorrow!" This is a perfect showcase for directors and actors alike and has done exceedingly well in competitions.

 

Won the state finals in the 1991 TEXAS U.I.L.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Bernice Bobs Her Hair

7m-6f

Brooke                       

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          F. Scott Fitzgerald, the foremost chronicler of the 1920s, created this classic short story of young people, their charm and underlying sadness. Bernice, an insecure young woman of 18, is visiting her popular cousin Marjorie. At a series of country club dances, Bernice is, at first, a wallflower. Marjorie tries to help her gain popularity and succeeds beyond the wildest expectations of either girl. When Bernice wins Yale man Warren away from Marjorie, Marjorie exacts a terrible revenge. Bernice, learning from the experience, turns the tables in a surprise ending. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: _x_  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Betrothed, The

1m-2f

Jerome McDonough

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Vera, an unmarried schoolteacher, finds herself under the control of her Mother, now years dead.  This influence is so strong that Helen, the Mother is onstage verbally interacting with Vera in flashes from the past.  The overt action is Vera’s date with Marty, a straightforward working man.  The stream-of-consciousness dialogue between Vera and Helen set in counterpoint with the mundane Vera-Marty relationship and the bringing together of the two brings the play to a stunning climax.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Boor, The

2m-1f

Anton Chekhov         

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:            Portrays  the comic side of country life through Russian characters.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  Non-R                                   O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Box and Cox

2m-1f

John Morton             

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Mrs. Bouncer has rented the room to two men, one to use it by night, the other by day.  Her efforts to keep them apart and the resulting tangle are the very quintessence of ludicrous.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  Non-R                                   O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Bridal Night, The

4m-2f

Paul A. Mayer           

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Life on the rocky coast of Ireland is often harsh and unrewarding, and for a poor lad like Denis, whose mind is less strong than his body, there is little to hope for in the year ahead. His chance meeting with Miss Regan, the young schoolteacher, is a rare and wonderful event, therefore, as she takes an interest in him and becomes his friend. Gradually his feeling for her deepens into love, but his passion is not returned, and when she resolves that it is better not for them to see each other anymore Denis' slim hold on reason snaps, and he descends into madness and violence. The neighbors come to help subdue him, and it is decided that he must be sent away. But the turmoil in Denis can only be calmed if Miss Regan will come to see him once more, and she finds the compassion to do this—sitting with him through the night, and giving him the peace of mind to face their parting in the morning. No one will ever know what transpired between them at last, but whatever happened was touched with human kindness and beauty, and brought a glimpse of happiness to a poor, benighted boy whose life will have little enough of the good things that others take for granted.

 

                        Part of a collection, Three Hand Reel.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Browning Version, The

5m-2f

Terrence Rattigan    

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Ill health is forcing Andrew to retire from teaching.  His wife despises him for his failures and finds consolation with Frank, a younger teacher.  She openly taunts Andrew while Frank watches with disgust and shame.  The wife knows she has lost Frank – but even more bitter is the realization he’s now Andrew’s fast friend.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: _x_  R: _x_  S: ___

 

 

 

Brute, The

2m-1f

Anton Chekhov         

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Mrs. Popoff, widow of a landowner, has vowed never to marry and adjures the company of men forever.  Then Smirnoff, one of her late husband’s creditors, forces himself into her presence.  He’s had some little experience of women and also sworn off love.  So – they seemed groomed for quarreling and they do to the point where the anti-feminist Smirnoff challenges her to a duel.  To his surprise and delight – she accepts.  The misogynist creditor suddenly becomes a suitor and by the end it’s realized Mrs. Popoff’s widowhood is about to end.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Butterfly

6m-3f

Bijan Mofid                

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $35                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Cagebirds, The

8f

David Campton         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          In this extraordinary play, a "room" and a "cage" and "people" and "captive birds" all become confused until a dramatic climax in which we suddenly see reality. Six women live in a locked room, each absorbed in her own petty interest and in placating the "Mistress" who takes care of them. Then a "Wild One" is thrust in among them. She talks of breaking out of the room to find freedom. She troubles the others who remain secure in their cage, and they all join against her in the shattering conclusion to this unforgettable play that offers eight actresses an unusual opportunity. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Cain: A Mystery

4m-4f

Lord Byron                

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Adam and Eve weren’t very good parents. When Cain came to ask them questions about life, they didn’t have time for him. So Cain turned to “a friend,” Lucifer, who tempted him with glowing promises just as drug pushers and gang leaders lure young people today. As timely as if it were written this year.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Candid

3m-3f

Michael Scanlan      

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          T.J., a young student photographer, chronicles the break-up of his family after his mother walks out. The demise of the family and its devastating effect are captured in dramatic and photographic flashbacks. T.J. tries to make sense out of all this, but no one is willing to talk or to listen: not his mother, his girlfriend, or teacher. Using his photographs, he reflects, "All Art is enlightening. But does it have to be so painful?"

 

Winner of numerous contests. Presented at Project Discovery Playwrights' Workshop, Choate Rosemary Hall School, Wallingford, Ct. Chosen for publication in Dramatics, the magazine of the International Thespian Society. Mr. Scanlan is also the author of the popular collection of plays, Inside Out.

 

                        Simple set pieces and a large projection screen.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20                                       O: _x_  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Candida

4m-2f

G. B. Shaw, adapted by Aurand Harris                                   

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          One of the world’s great plays, this recounts the soulful love-sickness of 18-year-old Marchbanks for Candida, the parson’s wife.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy                         Royalty:  $20                           O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Candle on the Table, A

4f

Patricia Clapp           

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Three elderly women meet at a lunch table on their first day in a home for senior citizens. A candle placed there by the matron awakens different memories in each. To the frivolous, friendly ex-actress Maribeth Garrity, candles belong with champagne and flowers. To Miss Tolliver, a children's nursemaid, they speak of childhood poverty when candles gave the only light. To the aristocratic Mrs. Bramson, they mean the formal meals which only emphasized the emptiness of her life. The lunchtime conversation reveals some surprising aspects of the lives and personalities of the three women and culminates in a friendship and an affirmative decision. Sensitively drawn characters, gentle humor and a generous dash of truth.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Canterbury Tale from the Wife of Bath, A

5m-7f

Herman Ammann     

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Chaucer’s Wife of Bath was an expert on marriage (with five husbands?). So her tale asks, “What does a woman want most of all?” Brave Sir Gallant Dilemma must answer within 24 hours or die. Beautiful Princess Oscarina pleads for his life. A Wizard tries to help. But the Ladies of the Court can’t wait to see him beheaded; they haven’t had any entertainment in a long time. “Parents and students alike seemed to enjoy the performance. It gave the students a chance to really show their talents!”—Morgan Mid. School, Winchester, Va. All groups

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $35-$25                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Case of the Crushed Petunias, The

2m-2f

Tennessee Williams

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:            Part of a collection, American Blues.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Cat's Away, The

3m-2f

Cleve Haubold          

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Crusty but confused Estelle Bentwood insists her cat, Miss Pearl, has been writing naughty seafaring novels on her Underwood.  Her niece, Mary, and Horace, the long-suffering waiter, almost talk her out of the notion – when an excitable publisher shows up with a manuscript, a contract, certified check and a passion for Miss Pearl,  There’s laughable confusion to comic chaos as everyone tries to close the deal in a different way.  In the unexpected climax, Miss Pearl herself appears – and her unlikely visit is a shock to everyone.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Cave Cat, The

4m-5f

Ford Ainsworth         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The theme of this play is the struggle of youth to surmount the established conventions of a society which divides all cats into three rigidly maintained categories. At the outset, the idealistic young cat feels that he is a misfit since he does not possess the characteristics of his respectable middle-class "lion" parents. As he struggles to establish his true identity, however, he discovers that these characteristics are only masquerade costume pieces which obscure the fact that all lions, his parents included, are really only plain cats like himself. At the core is the desperate struggle of the individual to maintain his integrity under the pressures of social conformity. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Chairs, The

2m-1f

Eugene Ionesco       

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:            Part of the collection Bald Soprano and other plays.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Chamber Music

2m-8f

Arthur Kopit              

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This strange meeting features The Woman in the Safari Outfit, the Woman in Armor (she has barracks language down pat, wears rusty armor, is called Joan of Arc, and carries a crucifix), the Woman with the Gavel, and others.  The business at hand is how to attack the men’s ward before they attack the women and devour them like cannibals?  A ruse is needed so they kill the Aviatrix named Amelia Earhart.  This exercise causes them to lose the strand of their thought and forget why they did it.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Charity Case

4m-flex

Ford Ainsworth         

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Chastening, The

3m

Richard Weaver        

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          The Chastening describes the whole panorama of George’s life in one brief moment as he relives the strict discipline of his Dad and his own overly indulgent acceptance of son Tim’s behavior. Conclusion: both attitudes are wrong unless tempered with common sense and active participation in the child’s life as he develops. (20-25 minutes. 3 men) And Jack Fell Down contrasts the opposing viewpoints of two puppets. Jack resents being controlled, while Jill believes they would die without the guidance and support of the master hand. (30 minutes. 2m, 1w)

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Chee-Chee

2m-1f

Pirandello                  

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Chee-Chee is a born gentleman whose features rapidly change expression, reflecting every turn of his active imagination – and he is a clown.  He is pitted against Squatriglia, a one-eyed commander, and Nada, Chee-Chee’s sweetheart, or nothing.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Childhood

2m-3f

Thornton Wilder        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A particularly harrowing play about the way children look at the world.  They are so misunderstood by their parents that in their games they play that the parents are “-away,” and that they are orphans.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Christ in the Concrete City

4m-2f

P. W. Turner              

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Revised edition. There have been hundreds of productions of this, one of the most eloquent Christian dramas ever written -- a constant best seller. "The most significant passion play of our time." -- A. Edyvean, His Dramatic World. A powerful drama which sets before us a typical group of people. The actors play both historical characters in the Bible story, and characters from their own lives, passing freely to and from each world. As the playwright states in this revised edition: "I believe it should stand as it was when in rage I wrote it . . . a young man when he assaulted and was repulsed by the concrete walls of the city of our pseudo-scientific secularism."

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Christmas Dream, The

3m-3f

I. E. Clark                   

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Conrad, a humble cobbler, dreams that his Lord has promised to visit him on Christmas Day. Three visitors come to his door—a beggar, a forlorn old woman, and a little lost child—but not the Lord. Or did He? “Our theatre group toured again...with this play...We really enjoy it and making the Christmas season special for others.”—Nellie DeArmand, Edinburg, Ind., Community Arts Council. Very easy to stage by adults or children. (And it’s just the right length, about 15-20 minutes, to replace a sermon; chancel furniture works nicely).

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Clara's on the Curtains

10f

Arthur Lovegrove     

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The curtain is about to go up on the Women’s Guild variety and dramatic show when one of the leads loses her voice.  This is the start of a series of calamities, not lessened by well-meant but embarrassing offers of help.  At last, all is well, and Clara even learns how to work the curtains.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Clevinger's Trial

6m

Joseph Heller           

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Simple Int. Clevinger, an idealistic air cadet is being tried for a list of charges neither he nor the judges can make much sense of. The point is to find Clevinger guilty—of what, doesn’t matter. Lieutenant Scheisskopf, Clevinger’s commanding officer, is prosecutor, defender, and one of the judges. During the trial he rises in rank, while everyone else including the stenographer, is found guilty of something by the colonel and sentenced to punishment.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Comedy of Errors, The

11m-5f1

Shakespeare            

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The essentials which make this one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies have all been included. The play concerns a family which has been separated. Now, unknown to each other, they are all in the same city; the lovely mother, the identical twin sons who have grown up and the father, who is under arrest. The overtones of comedy, tragedy and romance that enrich this play have amused audiences for hundreds of years. Bare stage w/props

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Comedy of Errors, The

15 flex

adapted by Cecil Pickett    

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          A platform, a couple of tables, and a few stools are the only required scenery in this modern commedia approach to Shakespeare’s play about mistaken identity. The players perform their antics to a rock music background. It’s about twins, both named Antipholus, who have twin servants, both named Dromio. After a shipwreck, the twins are separated, with one Antipholus and Dromio reaching Ephesus and the other pair returning to Syracuse. Twenty years later they all arrive in the same city, with hilarious confusion. And Cecil Pickett’s imaginative staging, described in detail on pages facing the script, make it even funnier.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Comedy of Errors, The

10m-5f

Robert Singleton      

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The essentials which make this one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies have all been included. The play concerns a family which has been separated. Now, unknown to each other, they are all in the same city; the lovely mother, the identical twin sons who have grown up and the father, who is under arrest. The overtones of comedy, tragedy and romance that enrich this play have amused audiences for hundreds of years. Bare stage w/props

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Conversation at Night with a Despised Character

2m

Dürrenmatt                

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A window pane breaks sharply on the darkened stage, and a man who has been sitting quietly in his living room at midnight says to an invisible intruder in a calm, firm voice, "Please come in." For this man has long awaited the visitor, knowing he would come sooner or later but not knowing in what disguise he would appear. The intruder presents himself as the secret executioner for the ruler of their totalitarian state. But it is Death itself that speaks. The macabre theme has overtones of such perceptiveness and even humor that it can stand as one of Durrenmatt's most interesting achievements. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Cop and the Anthem, The

5m-7f

O. Henry                    

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          O. Henry's wit and surprise are brightly displayed in this unexpected comedy about a man who is having an unusual problem with the law—he can't get himself arrested! Each year when winter starts, Lemuel T. Thwackbusher, a resident of New York's park benches, arranges a trip to his favorite winter resort, the local prison. But this year, no matter what he does, it just won't work! Lemuel commits his humorous misdemeanors and then pleads in the name of law and order that he should be locked up. It's no use. The play ends with the sort of surprise for which O. Henry is famous. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: _x_  R: _x_  S: ___

 

 

 

Crosspatch

1m-2f

Larry Randolph         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The Boor has been humorously updated and given a setting in the American west. Helen Pearson, with her servant woman Mrs. Hadley, has shut herself away from the world since the death of her wandering husband. Into the "house of mourning" comes the loud ranch owner Sam Smalley, demanding payment on a past-due bill. Helen orders him out of the house but he won't budge. Before they can settle the matter with an old-fashioned shootout, Helen discovers it's nice to have a man around the house again. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Cyrano de Bergerac

5m-5f

Edmond Rostand, Adapt. By Clark    

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          This is very likely the world’s best-loved romance. Long-nosed Cyrano has a sharp sword and a barbed wit; and beneath it all is a tender heart which yearns for Roxane. But she loves Christian. Cyrano’s love is so strong that he tries to help Christian win her. These characters bring laughter to audiences of all ages...and then tears as Cyrano dies in Roxane’s arms.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Dancers, The

3m-7f

Horton Foote            

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Horace, a boy of sixteen, is visiting his sister who has arranged a date for him with Emily Crews, the prettiest and most popular girl in town. The date is for a dance—but Horace claims that he doesn't know how to dance. His sister coaches him a little, persuades him he'll do very well, and goes off to call for Emily. And in Emily's living room, waiting for her to appear, he discovers that Emily is being forced by her mother to go to the dance with him; and in great humiliation he leaves. He finds himself in a soda fountain where he meets Mary Catherine, a young girl who, like Horace, lacks confidence and so cripples her own considerable abilities and attractiveness. The two lonely young people are drawn to each other. Horace asks Mary Catherine to another dance, but at the same time his sister and Emily's mother again arrange for Horace to escort Emily, this time with Emily's cooperation, because she's unhappy about the way she treated Horace. But Horace stands firm; he's asked Mary Catherine, he wants to take Mary Catherine and he will. And he does. As Horace and Mary Catherine are about to leave for the dance they admit to each other their fears of not being good enough dancers, of not being popular—but, secure in the knowledge of one another's liking and respect, they start off for their first dance with more confidence and happiness than they've ever felt before.

 

                        Part of the collection, A Young Lady of Property.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25                                       O: _x_  R: _ x_  S: ___

 

 

 

Dark Lady of the Sonnets, The

2m-2f

G. B. Shaw                

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This is Shaw’s contribution to his country’s national theatre, an imaginary adventure between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Will goes to the palace to meet the Dark Lady to whom he addressed his sonnets of love, only to find instead the Queen herself taking a walk before retiring. He is so fascinated by her—keeps writing down her bon mots—that he does not notice the approach of the Dark Lady, who is furiously jealous and gives them both a drubbing in the dark. Both poet and prince meet in agreement that man does not live by bread alone. In Selected Short Plays.

 

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $15-$10                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Day It Rained Forever, The

3m-1f

Ray Bradbury            

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          int./ext. An excellent characterization of three old men who are rocking away their lives on the porch of an empty hotel, situated in a desert miles from nowhere. Today is the one day of the year on which it has always rained, so today is one of unusual expectation for them. But as evening descends, the rain has not materialized. One man goes in to lie down and die, an another prepares to pack up and leave. At this point they hear a puffing old car, which finally sighs and expires outside their door. From it emerges a dandy large woman and a harp. She not only revitalizes the old fellows; but when she plays the harp, the rain comes in earnest. $4.25.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Dear Departed, The

3m-3f

Stanley Houghton    

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          clever dramatization of a famous De Maupassant story about a man who pretended he was dead in order to see what his family thought about him.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Dear Papa

1m-4f

Jack Blacklock        

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          John Peter Tremble, a prominent citizen in town has recently passed away. To the office of young lawyer Alan Harper come the three daughters of the deceased: Esther, Emmaline, and Edna. Each has her own image of what and who Papa was, and each is confident that she is the sole heiress of his estate. The lawyer has a surprise for all of them which at first seems shocking and disastrous -- but even his dark cloud proves to have a silver lining.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20                                       O: _x_  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Death of the Hired Man, The

2m-2f

Gould                         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The farmer's wife has just been told that the old "hired man" is hanging about again, hoping to be taken back. She knows that he's ill and just came home to die. Her husband is a practical man and, since the hired man is unable to do a day's work, the farmer will not have him hanging about. The frantic wife tries everything, and as the old hired man pleads—telling of all the work he'll do—her anxiety mounts. It's seldom that a play offers such superb roles or a more absorbing situation. One ext. set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: _x_  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Devil and Daniel Webster, The

6m-1f

Benet                         

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Jabez Stone, young farmer, has just been married, and the guests are dancing at his wedding. But Jabez carries a burden, for he knows that, having sold his soul to the Devil, he must, on the stroke of midnight, deliver it up to him. Shortly before twelve Mr. Scratch, lawyer, enters and the company is thunderstruck. Jabez bids his guests begone; he has made his bargain and will pay the price. His bride, however, stands by him, and so will Daniel Webster, who has come for the festivities. Webster takes the case. But Scratch is a lawyer himself and out-argues the statesman. Webster demands a jury of real Americans, living or dead. Very well, agrees the Devil, he shall have them, and ghosts appear. Webster thunders, but to no avail, and at last realizing Scratch can better him on technical grounds, he changes his tactics and appeals to the ghostly jury, men who have retained some love of country. Rising to the height of his powers, Webster performs the miracle of winning a verdict of Not Guilty.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $30                                       O: _x_  R: _x_  S: ___

 

 

 

Diary of Adam and Eve, The

2m-1f

Bucci                         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Mark Twain gives your audience front-row seats to the first battle of the sexes! Adam doesn't get a chance to name any of the new wonders of creation because Eve always beats him to it. When asked why she names a bird a Dodo, her reply is always, "Because it looks like a Dodo." Eve feels that she, too, is an important experiment and she must chronicle her observations. Among these observations are the discovery of fire, the fact that water runs uphill at night and that not only can she talk to animals but some, such as the snake, can talk back. Accepting the apple, Eve and Adam get a new look at life. The audience will get an enchanting new look at them. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:              Weslaco Cuellar M.S. 2002 – truncated production (missing cast member day of show).

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: _x_  R: ___  S: _x_

 

 

 

Do Not Go Gentle

2m-4f

Zeder                         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Lillian Boedecker Barron is 84 years old, vibrant, funny, wise, and recently deceased! During her lifetime Lillian shared a special, long-distance bond with her granddaughter Kelly and suffered an estrangement from her son Windsor, a Colonel in the Air Force, as he moved his family from base to base all over the world. After her death, Lillian discovers that she cannot "move on" until the rifts are somehow mended. Windsor and Kelly come from overseas to settle Lillian's affairs and are aghast to discover that the walls of her house have been painted with wild, sometimes humorous, sometimes horrific murals and drawings. Piecing together moments of time and fragments of feeling, Windsor and Kelly make astonishing discoveries about themselves and each other, as they unravel the secrets of the paintings. They also uncover a special relationship between Lillian and a young neighborhood child, a life-affirming friendship that transcends the boundaries of time, space and generations. This powerful, poignant play explores the wonder of words and the transformative power of art as it offers humor and hope to anyone who is, or has ever been, a grandparent, parent, or a child. Single set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $60-$50                                O: _x_  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Doctor in Spite of Himself, A

9m-10f

Molière, adapted by Aurand Harris    

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          A ne’er-do-well woodcutter beats his wife. For revenge she tells strangers that he is a great doctor, but he must be beaten into admitting it. The strangers flog him until he agrees to treat a rich man’s daughter. But the rich man threatens to kill him if he doesn’t cure her. It’s hilarious. (For a modern version, see The Medicine Man).

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $35                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Doctor in Spite of Himself, The

6m-3f

Molière                      

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          After a quarrel with his wife, the quick-witted woodcutter Sganerelle goes off to chop wood. To spite him, his wife convinces two passing servants that Sganerelle is a brilliant but eccentric doctor, which leads to escapades and complications in the best Molière tradition. One int., one ext. set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Doll's House, A

3m-3f

Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Albert Pia 

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This arrangement retains all the excitement and significance of the original as Nora becomes aware that she has been deluded in her marriage and that she now has a greater duty to herself. For the sake of her own salvation, she must leave her home and her husband to seek a life in which she can be truly herself. The sound of the door closing as Nora leaves is a sound that has reverberated through all of drama. An excellent way to introduce students to a great writer. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Double Date

3m-4f

Florence Ryerson     

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The girls plan to outsm mart the boys, but Uncle Clay and the boys learn what they are up to and give them a run for their money. The girls, who are from south of the Mason-Dixon line, are not used to such discipline. A human and amusing play.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Dracula: The Death of Nosferatu

5m-1f-flex

Nichols                      

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This one-act version of the Gothic classic tells the complete story of the romantic monster from the Carpathian Mountains near the Borgo Pass. The action is continuous and the excitement is nonstop after Van Helsing's entrance at the opening. The old professor has come to the aid of his friend and student, Dr. Seward, at Whitby Asylum in England. Mina Murray is suffering from a mysterious ailment which threatens to postpone her marriage to Jonathan Harker. Van Helsing has come fresh from scientific detective work in London investigating a frighteningly similar case. Very soon the beast joins them, and he is most serious about his plans for Mina. But the unholy vampire has met his final match in Van Helsing and friends. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Dragon of the Winds

9m-6f

Carson Wright           

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Hanazo, the "sophisticated" kite maker, bullies Uji, an innocent sign painter, into helping play a hoax on his fellow villagers concerning the appearance of a mighty dragon; only they know the truth about the dragon's rumored ascension. But events run out of control and they find themselves faced with the ridicule of the villagers, the pangs of conscience, and the magic of miracles. Caught between hard realities and the simple faith of his fellow villagers, Uji must find his own beliefs. Inspired by a Japanese folktale and full of colorful characters, this play explores the territory between fact and fantasy, between science and poetry—that magic place where the truths of life exist. This play offers ample opportunity for music, dance, and colorful costumes and scenery. Enthusiastically received by audiences of all ages, this play won the Texas Educational Theater Association's playwriting contest. One ext. set.

 

Notes:              Miller Jordan M.S. 2002 – 1st Place District (outstanding)

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25-20                                  O: ___  R: _x_  S: _x_

 

 

 

Ed Opus (Rex)

6m-1f-x

Gleason                     

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Based roughly on the intricate plot of Oedipus Rex, this comedy/farce relates the adventures of Ed Opus, beloved and loving student body president of West Thebes High School. See Ed Opus track down the unknown stranger who did away with Teen Angel. Empathize with Ty Reesias, president of the Soothsayer Club, as he tells Ed Opus who the culprit really is. Let your heart soar with Ed's girlfriend, Yo Yo Costa, as she solves the riddle of the matching birthmarks that resemble a Maltese Falcon straddling Detroit. The set is minimal—the fun maximal! One ext. set.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: _x_  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Eden

12-flex

Jerome McDonough

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Featuring irresponsible politicians who listen to lobbyists instead of constituents, Eden tells about a world in the not-far-distant future where child-bearing and rearing are no longer fashionable. The corrupt government functions in collusion with the industry that manufactures Genofacts—machine-produced children who can be purchased as well-trained properly programmed 18-year-olds. A dramatic look, enhanced with Jerome McDonough’s perceptive understanding of secret human emotions, at where our civilization is headed with the genetic engineering and experimentation taking place today. “We are thoroughly enjoying the play.”—Carol Atchley, Cross Plains, Tex., High School.

 

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Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $40-$30                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Eden Echo, The

1m-4f

Ruth Angell Purkey  

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          An avenging creator has stricken the male sex from the face of the earth. In this world without men, two whimsical old ladies bemoan their boring, unromantic universe. But the lovely granddaughter of one domineering matriarch, in her search through the forest for a ground-hog, has unearthed the last surviving man, hidden away in a cave in suspended animation. The dilemma of the only man in a woman's world creates a suspenseful comedy, tinged with a bit of poignancy, and we are left with a charming, delightful echo of another place and time.

 

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Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20                                       O: _x_  R: _x_  S: ___

 

 

 

Egad, What a Cad

3m-4f

Anita Bell                  

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          For a time it looks as though Constant Hope, our beautiful young heroine who is haunted by a tragic past, is about to fall into the clutches of black-hearted cad, Bertram Oleander. But by a strange coincidence(?), Manly Rash, our noble hero arrives in the nick of time to save Constant from a fate worse than death! Gadzooks, what a time the audience has hissing the villain, and applauding the hero and heroine! A constant riot of explosive laughter and great fun for cast and audience alike.

 

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Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $10                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Emperor's Nightingale, The

9m-3f

Dan Totheroh            

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          From the story by Hans Christian Andersen. 9 m., 4 f., extras. 2 Int./2 Ext. Played with great success in England. This is a delightfully different version of the tale about the magical nightingale upon whose song or lack of song depended the Emperor’s life or death.

 

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Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Enemies

2m

Arkady Leokum        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Int. An imperious gentlemen dines daily in a restaurant and constantly complains to the waiter about everything. He considers the waiter indebted to him because he taught the man his profession. The waiter claims he is now part-owner of the restaurant and has other investments. The diner begs him for financial help and, when the waiter says it was all a pipe dream, the diner is humiliated. In Friends and Enemies.

 

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Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Episode on an Autumn Evening

4m-2f

Dürrenmatt                

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A bookkeeper makes a crash entry on a novelist. He's noticed that the 21 murder mysteries the novelist is famed for just happen to coincide with 21 unsolved actual murders—and the novelist just happened to be in the vicinity at the time of each murder. The novelist ridicules any connection but admits it would be a quick way of supplying background and details. He points out that he has written not 21 but 22 mysteries. The bookkeeper disposes of that briskly—he did not count the 22nd murder as it was technically a suicide. A new note crept into the talk when the novelist warns that one does not press a murderer. One int. set.

 

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Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$20                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Even the Hater

2m-1f

Albert Johnson         

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          A timeless treatment of the Cain and Abel theme. A Girl, a Youth, and a Man involve themselves and the audience in the age old struggle of man against man, race against race, nation against nation. Poetic, humorous, and profound, the play builds to a crisis that literally explodes, as the audience becomes surprisingly involved in the conflict. Equally explosive and surprising is the soaring resolution of the play. When the romantic, idealistic Youth lies murdered, the Man leaves to "wander in the world until he finds his soul," and the Girl, knowing she will be stoned to death if love cannot triumph over hatred, walks forth to face the enemy. Can be performed with no scenery, with or without special lighting, and with few or no stage props.

 

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Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $20                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Evening for Merlin Finch, An

4m-3f

Dizenzo                      

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          In the words of Edith Oliver, the play "deals with the horrors of family life—with the warfare, both guerrilla and open, primarily between father and son but also between mother and grandmother. The characters are, and are meant to be, types. When the play opens, Mother is sitting with a hair dryer wrapped around her head, loudly singing a show tune and stopping occasionally to weep over a heartrender in a ladies’ magazine. Father, a businessman—at one point, he gives us an extremely savage and funny rundown of his humdrum working day—cannot stand his son. Merlin, the son, is a teenager who prefers books and band practice to team sports, and whose dislike of his father is just as overt. Mother spends most of her time trying to make peace between father and son. (‘That must be Fanny and Jack,’ she says when the doorbell rings in the midst of a row. ‘Calm down, and be more typical.’) The play has no plot to speak of, which doesn’t matter a bit. There is a lot of nutty stage business, all of which pays off, but it is Mr. Dizenzo’s stylish humor and control of language that are so encouraging."

 

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Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $25                                       O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Everyman

11m-6f1

Anonymous               

Approved Publishers

 

Synopsis:          This is the best known and most beautiful of the English medieval morality plays. One of the great classics of dramatic literature.

 

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Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  Non-R                                   O: ___  R: ___  S: _x_