Farewell to Galatea

2m-4f

Ford Ainsworth         

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          “Pyggy,” the resident artist in a modern high-society spa, imitates his namesake, Pygmalion, the ancient Greek sculptor who created a gorgeous statue, named her Galatea, fell in love with her, and prayed to the gods to bring her to life. Pyggy creates his ideal sculpture by “borrowing” a perfect feature—an ear, a nose, etc.—from each of his models. He appropriately names her Galatea...and then the slumbering Olympian gods find out about this modern Galatea, and the excitement begins. The play is a brilliant commentary on the meaning of love and another perceptive literary work from the author of Persephone. For adults & young adults.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Fashion

5m-4f

Anna Cora Mowatt, adapted by Aurand Harris                         

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          One of the most popular plays of the early American theatre now adapted as a one-act. This classic contrasts the foibles of New York society and its imitation of foreign manners with the Americanism of rural types like Adam Trueman. Melodrama, farce and sentiment combine to make a one-act of wit and charm.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Feathertop

7m-3f

Maurice Valency      

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          In the sinister recesses of her kitchen Mother Rigby, the witch, fashions a scarecrow and then, christening him Lord Feathertop, she sends the scarecrow off to the house of Judge Gookin, a rich and haughty man who has repeatedly claimed that no young suitor in the town is good enough for his daughter. Lord Feathertop impresses Gookin as a person of refinement and importance and he quickly invites the town's leading citizens to meet this most eligible of young men. His daughter, Polly, who is already in love with another, is not equally taken with the mysterious stranger but her father, sensing that Feathertop's supposed connections with the powerful lords of England will be of benefit to him, flatters and cajoles his guest and even offers to betray his rivals in the Colony. Having little in his head to begin with, Feathertop has even less to say in response to all this, which convinces everyone that he is indeed a wise and weighty man. Then Polly catches a glimpse of him in a mirror, and what she sees is not the glittering Lord whom the others have deluded themselves into accepting, but the scarecrow that he really is. Polly faints at the sight of him and Feathertop, struck with the sham of his existence, forces the others to look too, and then goes back to Mother Rigby in sad dismay. He no longer wants to live knowing what he is and what others are like beneath their veneer and, casting his pipe aside, he becomes once more the straw-filled scarecrow—albeit one with a real tear of human emotion trickling down his painted cheek.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Ferryboat

1m-1f

Anne M. Barlow        

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          On the deck of a ferryboat moving across the Mississippi between New Orleans and Algiers, two homeless young strangers meet by chance. She is Amite, a girl in her teens; and he is Biff, a young man in his twenties. She is bound for New York, he for Texas, but both are really heading into the unknown, with only their expectations and longings to steel them against the uncertainties of what lies ahead. Their conversation begins casually and then, as old memories and new hopes are revealed, they find a magical closeness, at least for a fleeting moment. But then the whistle blows for the ferry slip, the spell is broken, and suddenly they are strangers again—perhaps to remain so forever.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Fifth Sun, The

8m-5f

Patricca                     

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          On March 24, 1980, during Mass, Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated. This powerful and acclaimed play presents the story of the people and the forces that transformed an ordinary man into a courageous leader. It is an experimental play that combines elements of ancient tomb rituals, Mayan temple dramas and medieval morality plays into a contemporary dramatic structure in which we see a human being ultimately embody the moral voice and vision of his people. Area staging. Large-cast version available in manuscript appropriate for ensemble groups interested in more ritual music, dance and presentational style.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Finders-Keepers

1m-2f

George Kelly             

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          One-act drama with an unusual and revealing situation. Mrs. Aldrid finds a purse containing four hundred dollars. Of course her husband thinks that she intends to return the purse, but Mrs. Aldrid offers Mr. Aldrid a distressing look into her true character when she announces that she will keep it. Even when they learn that the money belongs to a very good friend, she doesn’t change her mind. Mr. Aldrid changes it for her in the ensuing action which puts her in her place.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Five in Judgment

7m-1f

Douglas Taylor         

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          The story is set in a roadside diner in the Midwest. A storm is going on outside while two farmers complain of the hardships of farming. Bill and Sally, who work at the diner, are somewhat happier about their lot in life. Mack and Danny, two boys hitchhiking to California, enter the diner. The farmers, Roy and Paul, are immediately suspicious and resentful of the newcomers, calling them "bums" and telling them to eat and be on their way. The tension in the diner has reached fever pitch when a news announcement is heard on the radio—the sixteen-year-old daughter of a nearby farmer has been found murdered and an alarm has been issued for the arrest of two boys, whose descriptions fit those of Mack and Danny. The two boys realize they’re in trouble and dash for the door, but the others grab them and tie them up. All Mack’s and Danny’s frantic protestations of innocence are met with scorn and derision. The men are arguing among themselves, some of them ready to hang the boys. Sally begs that they wait for the sheriff. As the men are about to beat Mack and Danny, Paul leaps in to protect the boys. This so enrages Roy that he hits Paul with a violence that kills him. Sally manages to get the Sheriff’s office on the phone and is told that the murderer has been found. Mack and Danny are released, as Roy stands aghast, realizing the enormity of what he has done.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Flattering Word, The

2m-3f

George Kelly             

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Mary is married to a rather pompous pastor. Tesh would like to have Mary see his performance in the play that evening, but Mary is convinced the Paster will never consent to take her.  Tesh knows that if you tell any adult or child he should be on the stage, you will melt his prejudices with ease. Tesh succeeds, but he is forced to sit through an excruciating performance by one of the local hopefuls. The power of flattery on a narrow and prejudiced mind offers this author wide possibilities for his particular gifts of comedy.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Flowers For Algernon

4m-1f

David Rogers            

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This is the compelling story of Charlie, a mentally retarded man, and the strange interweaving of his life with that of Algernon, a mouse. Experimental surgery has been performed on Algernon increasing his intelligence fourfold. The operation is tried on Charlie, who rapidly changes from a moron to a genius, far more intelligent than his teacher, Alice Kinnian, or the doctors who created the operating technique. As Charlie approaches the peak of his brilliance, Algernon shows frightening symptoms of regression. The play becomes a race against time in which Charlie tries to keep his new intelligence long enough to save himself and thus continue what he and Alice have found. This is a different kind of play: poignant, romantic, funny and tragic, but with hope of man's indomitable spirit.

 

This hit play is also available in this approved one-act cutting that makes it an ideal choice for contest and school production. When ordering, please specify the one-act version. Area staging. Sound effects tape available.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Foiled By An Innocent Maid

2m-4f

Fred Carmichael       

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Int. or drapes. Played with the asides and intensity inherent to the genre. A riotous evening for actors and audience. There’s gloom in the Follansbee mansion since Rachel’s grandchild disappeared. She’s inconsolable. Then Faith Hopewell staggers in—babe in arms—and stays on as a maid. Rachel doesn’t want to see another baby—so Faith hides the child. Jimmy, the delivery boy, falls in love with Faith and Longfellow, the villain, tries kidnapping the child. He’s foiled by Faith—Jimmy’s revealed as the missing son-in-law—the baby to be the family heir—and the villain gets amnesia and is sent to the Salvation Army to do good works. $4.25. (Royalty, $20-$15.) Songs of the Gay Nineties and Other Old Favorites, $7.50. Four Bars of ‘Agit:’ Incidental Music for Victorian and Edwardian Melodrama, $12.95.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Forgotten Door, The

20-flex

Gregory Falls            

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          A modern space age story of Jon, a boy from outer space who accidentally falls to Earth and loses his memory. Jon retains his ability to talk with animals and to understand what people are thinking. These special powers quickly embroil him in a series of thrilling adventures that culminate in a successful escape in the mountains. A brilliant success as first produced by the Young ACT Company of Seattle, and later by the Alliance Theatre of Atlanta. A play for now - - and tomorrow.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $40-$35                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Form, The

2m-2f

N. F. Simpson           

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Int. The story of a willowy little man who comes to an office for an interview. He has a long wait, and to kill time he shows the receptionist his photographic collection. Finally, the important man arrives and the little man is given his forms to fill out. Don’t bother too much with the answers to the questions, he is told; just concentrate on the replies. The little man leaves, but returns shortly a changed man, and forthwith begins interviewing and lecturing the important man himself. A thought-provoking, topsy-turvy comedy.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Freeway, The

3m-6f

O. B. Rozell               

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Two families have lived side by side for years in a rural area. Now the husbands are dead, the children have moved to the city, and Lena and Maude are left alone. Are they lonely? Not at all. They enjoy peace and independence after years of hard work raising families. It so happens that Lena is African-American and Maude is white, but race has never affected their friendship. Suddenly the state decides to build a freeway through their small parcels of land, and they will have to move. Their children from the city come to help...or should we say interfere? Here is a play with wonderful humor and great pathos as we ask once again: “What is ‘progress’ doing to our wonderful world?” “One of the best items that I have found in over twenty-seven years of high school theater. It fills a void...It offers excellent roles for both Black and White, has a marvelous message, and is never preachy.”—Jerry E. Miller, Chatham, Va., High School.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Friends

3m

Arkady Leokum        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A tutor lives by the sea and from his window he sees the yachts of the wealthy. His charge is a forlorn boy whose parents haven’t time for him and who comes from his family’s yacht to study. The boy doesn’t need to learn; he’s going to inherit millions, so why sweat? In truth, they need each other. The boy has learned to read while pretending otherwise and the tutor is dependent on the boy for the income to keep himself alive.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Frogs, The

5m-5f-x

Aristophanes            

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Nauseated by the sleazy contemporary literature, Bacchus travels to Hades and bring back Euripides. One of the less godly gods, Bacchus dies a thousand comic deaths on the fearful and dangerous journey. This version updates the satire by poking fun at popular music and TV programs. For junior high students to adults. Costuming the delectable Frog Chorus is fun.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Game, A

4m or 4f

Dennis Noble            

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Three men (or women) accept an invitation to take part in an experiment...a game in which a small room is divided into three equal areas—one for each person. At intervals they recite a slogan: “This is my land. It is mine. It is beautiful, and it is mine.” As the game progresses, we see the drive that makes each human want to possess more than his neighbors. A drive that causes hatred...and starts wars. “We won the regional Drama Festival with ‘A Game’ and have been nominated for the provincial Festival of the Arts in Victoria, B.C.”—B.J. Christiansen, Kwailikum Secondary School, Qualicum Beach, B.C., Canada. “ ‘A Game’ will be presented at the Pennsylvania State Thespian Festival.”—Medill Bair High School, Fairless Hills, Pa. A contest favorite.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Gammer Gurton's Needle

5m-5f

Mr. S. Master of Arts

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          With the goofiest characters this side of a comic book, this Elizabethan classic is hilarious as well as historically important. Gammer Gurton is a happy widow until tragedy strikes—she loses her precious needle! Helping her search are a pair of nitwits who make the Three Stooges look like Harvard professors. Frustrating her efforts is Diccon the Bedlam, who makes his living playing pranks on people and then charging them to fix the damage. Challenging her is a noisy, nosy neighbor. For all groups, including Children’s Theatre. A consistent contest winner. Specify One-Act Version (also see Gammer Gurton in 3 acts).

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Gazebo For My Lady, A

3m-2f

Bill Majeski               

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Chandler, a young architect, redesigns plans for a gazebo for a wealthy client and the boss fires him. To forget this disappointment, Chandler dresses in his best suit and goes out for a last fling. He meets a raggedly dressed girl who carries a picket sign proclaiming "Fair Play for the Working Man." Chandler is enchanted by the girl. What he doesn't know is that she is a wealthy young lady working for a cause. As he finally confesses, "I'm an architect and have I got plans for you!" Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Gift of Tenyin, The

2m-6f

John Tumpane         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A Christmas play from the Orient that is exotic, lovely and original. It is the Emperor's birthday and each of his daughters brings him a gift. One brings a beautiful vase she has made herself. Another daughter with a lovely voice sings a song. Tenyin's gift is a play acted by the reluctant royal sisters. The play tells of a King greater than any Emperor. The unfolding of Tenyin's gift adds a new light. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Girl in the Mirror, The

6m-5f

Bruce Jacoby           

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Seventeen-year-old Susan, who has attempted suicide, lies in a coma. Her doctor says, "Whether she lives or dies now is a matter of her own will." What goes on in Susan's mind is the play which invites the audience to deduce Susan's decision regarding life or death. Thoroughly researched, this play is both an enthralling theatrical event and the basis for a useful exploration of a tragic problem. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

The Girl Who Was Asked to Turn Blue

flex

Ev Miller                    

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Tracey Logan, a girl of 16, finds herself unexpectedly in a world where everyone is blue. Not only are all the other teenagers dressed in blue and have blue skin, but they have numbers instead of names. Tracey begins to ask some pointed questions, and it becomes obvious that they evolved through a period of time that was similar to our society. Tracey is told that she, too, must turn blue in order to fit into this blue society. She must decide whether to maintain her individuality and become an outcast or to turn blue and become accepted by the others. A story of the choices concerning conformity and individuality that we all must make, this new play is written with two endings. The director may choose either to present to the audience. Whichever is chosen, many questions will certainly arise about a society that expects complete conformity from its members. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:              Gutierrez performed this in May 2003.

 

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

 

 

 

Gloria Mundi

2m-4f

Patricia Brown          

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Winner of a Samuel French Prize, Little Theatre Tournament. A masterpiece of grim irony. A sort of parable of life, laid in an insane asylum, showing the courage necessary to face the bitter realities of life. A serious play, for advanced groups.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Going To Pot

3m-3f

G. Feydeau                

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A porcelain manufacturer and his wife engage in endless squabbles. He’s expecting a man from the War Ministry who’s to decide whether or not the army is to have individual chamber pots. The outcome could make them, but the wife is only concerned with their child’s constipation. Hilarious, farcical situations revolve around these two ‘‘issues.’’ It’s also rumored the wife is two-timing her husband. All this leads to a mad Feydeau ending.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Gold Fever

4plus-flex

Grauer & Urquhardt 

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          Old West history and legend are humorously and imaginatively blended to make a powerful statement about the conflict between personal greed and compassion for others. Set in the historic California Gold Rush, GOLD FEVER brings together Ben Halladay, "King of the Stage Lines," and a notorious highwayman known as Black Bart, a "forty-niner" who failed to find riches in the gold fields. Now he turns to robbing Halladay's stagecoaches. Their ensuing misadventures reveal to both that "Gold Fever can make a man mad!"

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Golden Grotto

4m-6f

Cleve Haubold          

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A classic legend is turned upside-down. Through the spell of a bumbling magician, a happy frog is transformed into a shy prince with a head-cold. Princess Blanda and her hand-maidens lose a golden ball in the grotto. This infuriates her father, King Ludwig, and involves everyone in a riotous series of misadventures as they attempt to retrieve the ball, calm the king and correct the wizard’s increasingly confused conjuring. The witless wizard, a worried nurse-maid, a kindly-uncle sort of dragon and a Valkyrie join in the adventure, which ends with a surprising series of magical transformations and a joyous finale.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Good-Bye to the Clown

3m-3f

Ernest Kinoy             

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Peggy, a nine year old, is in trouble at school because she seems unable to distinguish between her imagination and reality, and blames her difficult behavior on a ‘‘Clown,’’ an imaginary playmate. At home, her mother becomes very upset at Peggy’s insistence on the reality of the Clown, which the audience sees also. The real emotional meaning of the Clown becomes clear as Peggy slowly realizes that her Father is dead . . . and that the Clown has been a substitute for him in her mind. With this realization the Clown is no longer needed, and he says good-bye, never to be real to her again.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Hamlet

8m-2f

Adapt. Pia                 

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Brilliantly cut by director Albert Pia, who is famous for his highly successful high school presentations of Shakespeare, this 45-minute arrangement is rich in helpful stage directions and production notes. All information for an outstanding production is included. Area staging w/platform.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Happy Journey from Trenton to Camden, The

3m-3f

Thornton Wilder        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Four chairs and a cot. Imaginary properties. One of the characters representing the author leans against the proscenium and reads the lines for number of minor characters who never appear. The simple story of Pa and Ma and the two children who journey from Newark in the family Chevrolet to visit their married daughter in Camden. The American scene, and home are dramatically drawn while the figure of the mother stands out as a brilliant piece of portraiture representing the backbone of the nation. Revised acting edition with full stage direction.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Happy Scarecrow, The

6m-5f

I. E. Clark                   

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          A disgruntled witch hates the happy antics of a pretty little fairy and challenges her to prove that there really is such a thing as happiness. So the fairy brings a scarecrow to life and promises to make him a real man if he can find happiness. It’s a strange search, sometimes comical, sometimes sad—and the scarecrow meets a variety of characters, each providing an insight into human relations. “We are planning to tour to Elementary schools.”—Central H. S., Independence, Ore. “We won honors at District, Regional, and State.”—Jerry E. Miller, Chatham, Va., High School. For upper elementary to professional Children’s Theatre.

 

Notes:              Coakley M.S. 2003 – 2nd Place, District.  Nice costumes – religious allusions (the scarecrow represents Christ & sacrifices himself for mankind).

 

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

 

 

 

Harlequin Holds the Bag

4m-2f

Grote                          

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Her Senior Year

3m-5f

Cody Moree               

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Blaire has everything—good looks, popularity, a brain. It’s her senior year, and she’s going to be valedictorian. No one is surprised when she is chosen Homecoming Queen at the season’s final football game. Her friends are delighted—everybody likes her. And then Blaire finds out that she has cancer. A gripping, meaningful play, easy to stage, with a single set and everyday modern costumes. Ideal for touring. All but one of the characters is teen-age. The original production won honors in a state one-act play contest.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Heritage of Wimpole Street, The

2m-3f

Robert Knipe            

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          After Elizabeth Browning and Robert Browning married, they left her father so bereft that he refused to see their grandson. The play, though fiction, portrays what might have happened if Edward Moulton Barrett lived to see his grandson.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

History of Tom Jones, The

8m-7f

adapted by Dennis Maganza & Luis Muñoz                        

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          As San Antonio MacArthur High School’s one-act play contest entry, this fast-moving dramatization of the famed 18th century novel won all-state honors. A vibrant, brisk play for adults and young adults. Tom, a foundling, is in love with beautiful Sophia. Although her father envies Tom’s reputation as a daredevil and womanizer, he wouldn’t consider letting his daughter marry such a scoundrel.

 

Notes:             

 

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

 

 

 

Hobbit, The

5m-5f

adapted by Edward Mast    

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This one-hour version of Tolkien's classic novel, designed for small theaters or large, is a suspenseful, fast-moving journey through the sometimes dark, sometimes charming, always compelling world of Middle Earth. Bilbo Baggins is a comfortably well-off hobbit with a love for rousing adventure stories. Real adventures, however, are definitely not his cup of tea. So when Gandalf the wizard knocks at Bilbo's door, bringing with him Thorin Oakenshield, 11 ragged looking dwarfs, and a contract for an adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain, Bilbo could not be less interested--at first. But Bilbo's love of a good story gets the better of him, and before he knows it, he is off on a perilous quest over mountain and under hill through caves and forest and slimy dark places, "Ed Mast does an admirable job of transferring Tolkien's classic tale of dwarfs, magicians and dragons in Middle Earth to the stage and offers plenty of well-crafted dialogue for actors to have their way with." (Kansas City Star) Unit set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Hooray for Adam Spelvin: He is Perfect

2m-4f

Cleve Haubold          

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The generation gap gapes outrageously in this comedy of confrontation. The George Spelvins arrange a meeting between their rebellious son Adam and Florence Craddock, a desirable prospective fiancee. Adam disrupts this meeting by introducing his hilarious girlfriend, Fat Phyllis. He creates uproarious chaos with his ingenious devices to shock the older generation. The play ends with a unique tragicfarce touch that says much about modern errors and attitudes. Blends biting wit and deep understanding of our times to produce a strangely perceptive comment on modern family life.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Hopes and Words and Ordinary Things

4m-4f

Ronald Burke            

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Complete with a bum, a town cop and a local brat, this show unfolds in the park of Maple Springs, Missouri, around 1900. Painter Alison longs to take her career to the big city. Eric hopes she will not leave but is reluctant to interfere. Alison comes to realize that her self-concern has blinded her to discovering her own place. One ext. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

House of Atreus

 

Burton Crane            

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Three famous tragedies from the ancient Greek — Hecuba by Euripides, Agamemnon by Aeschylus, and Elektra by Sophocles.

 

Chronologically connected, they may be performed as individual plays. Each has been abridged to about half-hour length and written in modern English verse that is intended to be spoken and readily comprehensible. Powerful, playable adaptations.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Hecuba

5m-5f

Euripides                   

Baker’s Plays

 

Synopsis:          From “The House of Atreus”: Three famous tragedies from the ancient Greek — Hecuba by Euripides, Agamemnon by Aeschylus, and Elektra by Sophocles.

Chronologically connected, they may be performed as individual plays. Each has been abridged to about half-hour length and written in modern English verse that is intended to be spoken and readily comprehensible. Powerful, playable adaptations.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Agamemnon

10m-4f

Aeschylus                 

Baker’s Plays

 

Synopsis:          From “The House of Atreus”: Three famous tragedies from the ancient Greek — Hecuba by Euripides, Agamemnon by Aeschylus, and Elektra by Sophocles.

Chronologically connected, they may be performed as individual plays. Each has been abridged to about half-hour length and written in modern English verse that is intended to be spoken and readily comprehensible. Powerful, playable adaptations.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Elektra

3m-6f

Sophocles                 

Baker’s Plays

 

Synopsis:          From “The House of Atreus”: Three famous tragedies from the ancient Greek — Hecuba by Euripides, Agamemnon by Aeschylus, and Elektra by Sophocles.

Chronologically connected, they may be performed as individual plays. Each has been abridged to about half-hour length and written in modern English verse that is intended to be spoken and readily comprehensible. Powerful, playable adaptations.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

4m-7f

Raspanti                    

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, and only about a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. It's her play and it's theirs. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported. Area staging. Author's Note: The operetta actually produced in Terezin was BRUNIDBAR based on a well-known Czech folktale. The author created a folktale with a similar theme called LUDVIK to be used in the play to avoid copyright infringement issues. The music for LUDVIK is not available, but folk songs are usually in public domain and very simply scored. Directors might use any public- domain folk song melody and write their own words that carry out the theme of the operetta.

 

Notes:              Miller Jordan M.S. 2001 – 3rd Place District

 

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

 

 

 

I Remember You

2m-2f

Alvin Boretz              

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Carrie and Paul were in love...once upon a time. But they drifted apart and married others. Now they are both free again and about to meet for the first time in 20 years. Each is nervous about the meeting, and ready to call it off. But two young people interfere and bring them together. The “young people” are their alter-egos—Carrie’s and Paul’s memories of themselves as they used to be. Stage Directions reported that the play “is clever and poignant [providing] wonderful opportunities for the four players, right up to the surprise ending.” Jane Seymour and Daniel J. Travanti starred in the A&E Television production.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $50-$35                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

I'm A Fool

4m-4f

Christopher Sergel   

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This play gives perfect expression to a place and time in America. It has been offered several times on national television with the original production starring James Dean as the stable hand who tries to pretend to the most beautiful girl he's ever met that he's actually a wealthy horse owner. This authorized and approved stage adaptation has won many contests and was an outstanding hit when offered at the High School of Performing Arts in New York. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

I'm Going to Order a Lion

4m-3f

Earl Reimer               

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          With an interesting blend of humor, deft characterization and serious reflection, this play examines the confrontation of values so often faced in the contemporary school scene. The play focuses on Norm -- witty, flippant, irreverent -- and deals with his inability to understand Julie, the girl he falls in love with; or Bob, the narrator of this play who struggles in vain to share his religious faith with Norm. From the clever, sparkling humor of the opening scenes to the hard-hitting climax, this play "...deals realistically with the issues of marriage and the difficulty of sharing religious faith." -- R. Brenneman, Lamb's Players.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Importance of Being Earnest, The

5m-4f

Wilde, adapted by Clark      

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Sophisticated Gwendolyn is in love with Jack. But she thinks his name is Earnest. Naive little Cecily is in love with Algy, but she thinks his name is Earnest. Each swears she could never love anyone who isn’t named Earnest. And stern Aunt Augusta doesn’t want anybody to love anybody. A classic comedy of fickle love and mistaken identity.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Importance of Being Earnest, The

5m-4f

Wilde, adapted by Sliker     

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          This is a skillfully condensed, two scene adaptation with all the flavor of the original. Ernest is a convenient excuse for Jack Worthing whenever he needs to avoid social responsibilities -- but then Ernest seems to take on a life of his own!

 

Minimum of ten copies required for production (no royalty).

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Importance of Being Earnest

5m-4f

Wilde, adapted by Aurand Harris       

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          A masterpiece of high comedy. All of the high lights of the play are retained in this short adaptation -- the plot's unexpected farcical twists, the characters, and the dialogue -- sparkling with provocative observations. Wilde called his play "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People." He commented that the first act is "ingenious," the second act "beautiful," and the third "Abominably clever." Audiences and critics alike applaud the play as a celebration of wit.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Impromptu

2m-2f

Tad Mosel                 

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Four actors sit on a darkened stage, awaiting the arrival of the stage manager who has called them together. Lacking his authoritative presence they are merely characters in search of a play to become part of, for their own personalities seem unformed and shallow next to the full-blooded figures they are used to playing. They are also "types," and each of them has absorbed most of what he is from what he pretends to be on the stage. As they wait, the stage lights come up—but still no one appears to tell them what they are to do. They know only that they are not to leave the stage until they have "acted out the play." Suddenly becoming aware that an audience is present, the actors decide to improvise, an idea which finds them slightly flustered. Ernest, the "leading man," exercises the prerogative of star billing and assumes command. He plunges ahead, assigning roles to himself and his colleagues—Winifred, who always plays the "leading lady's best friend"; Lora, the struggling ingenue; and Tony, the juvenile lead. The "drama" which unfolds is a mixture of truth, fantasy and well-rehearsed situations, but out of it, in subtle progression, comes a deepening awareness of the real people behind the theatrical facades.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

In the Shadow of the Glen

3m-1f

J. M. Synge               

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          One evening in the fog and rain of an Irish glen there appears at Nora’s cabin a wanderer in search of food and shelter. He is invited in, then startled to find the man of the house dead abed. His coming allows Nora to slip out and pass the word through the area. She is no sooner gone, than himself arises from the dead and asks for a nip. He resumes his ‘‘dead’’ position as Nora returns with the youth of the region, both of whom are later terrified when he again arises from his deathbed, and expels poor Nora from the house. The wanderer takes pity on her, walks out into the night with her and will hereafter serve as her shelter. In Complete Plays of Synge.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Inexperienced Ghost, The

5m-5f

Taylor                        

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The ghost is real enough when he appears in an old English country home. The only person to see the ghost demands to know by what right he is haunting these premises. The ghost explains to the astonished guest that he has forgotten the way he is supposed to move his hands in order to dematerialize. Finally the ghost is able to make the right movements and he disappears. When the other members of the dinner party arrive, the guest explains what has taken place—right up to the climax when he shows them how the ghost dematerialized. A macabre and exciting story. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Infancy

3m-2f

Thornton Wilder        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Takes place in a park with two women pushing baby-buggies, and demonstrates their complete lack of understanding of the nature and needs of baby human beings.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Inner Circle, The

2m-2f

Patricia Loughrey    

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          A boy named Mark tried drugs once in his life, sharing the needle with an acquaintance. His friends have become more important to him now and drugs are behind him. But tragically, his past catches up with him when he finds out that he has AIDS. And he's not unusual -- a great many teenagers do not know how AIDS is transmitted. It is this fact that makes this play so important and valuable. Script includes all up-to-date information about AIDS available at print time. The play has been seen by over one million students internationally, and was the first play to be staged for England's Theatre in Education program at the National Theatre of Great Britain.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $60-$50                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Inside Al

3m-2f

David Baker              

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Bare Stage. This 1987 winner of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Young Playwrights Award is perfect for high school production. It is a contemporary play about high school kids who are urged to take on an outside project to help someone in the community. They decide to help Al, a 39-year-old cerebral palsy victim. There are actually two Als in this play: the stricken Al the world sees and the title character who is perceptive, blunt, and sometimes bitter and who comments on Al’s life and on the efforts of the kids to help him. Inside Al feels isolated in his body and is always struggling to get out. Inside Al is a dancer. In High School Plays.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Interview

4m-4f

Jean-Claude Van Itallie       

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          As Norman Nadel describes "Four masked, smiling interviewers interview a scrubwoman, a house painter, a banker and a lady's maid. It is commonplace and familiar enough, except that suddenly, the most innocent statements are foreboding. As the interviews progress, we are stung by the intensity and viciousness of the contest. The questioners are trying to destroy the dignity of the four clients, and the latter fight to hold their self-respect. It is never resolved. Abruptly the scene changes—a street, a subway, a psychiatrist's office, a confessional—but throughout, this compelling involvement continues. And the sense of familiarity continues as well. We are not seeing something new, except in the bizarre design of the play itself, but we are recognizing something which has been before us all the time. Therein lies the shock effect of AMERICA HURRAH and its power, as well. None of it is happening to others; it is happening to us—or rather, it is recalling things that have happened to us. We are thrust into awareness. The insulation burns off, and we have no choice but to perceive."

 

                        Part of a three-play collection, American Hurrah.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Isolation

5m-3f

Harold J. Haynes     

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Another intense look at inner city kids from the author of “I Just Wanna Tell Somebody.” Four high school boys break into the gym at night and accidentally lock themselves in. Desperate to get out, their tempers begin to flare. To pass the time, each tells a story about his life and his hangups. As their true natures are revealed through these flashbacks, the conflict heightens and the night ends in tragedy. “We were asked to present the play for a faculty in-service aimed at getting teachers to understand inner feelings of our students. We had so much success with the production, we were asked to hold it over for two extra weeks.”—John Manley, Furr Senior High School, Houston, Texas. “We successfully produced Isolation as our spring one-act play. It received rave reviews from students, parents and faculty alike. I am writing to you to request permission to present Isolation this year to our student body as a part of our Black History Program.”—Darryl E. Gilmore, O.W. Holmes Middle School, Dallas, Texas.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Jar, The

8m-3f

Luigi Pirandello        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A triumphant struggle of the masses (in this case some olive pickers and farmers of Sicily) is staged in the naturalistic vein typical of Pirandello Zima, the tinker, and the olive shakers and pickers outwit their boss. In Pirandello’s One-Act Plays.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

John Turner Davis

7m-4f

Horton Foote            

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          A tender story of a kindly, childless couple who become interested in a boy whose aunt and uncle, migrant workers, have deserted him. Though the boy, John Turner, yearns for the return of his relatives, he comes to accept the fact that they have indeed left him behind, and turns to the couple who have befriended him and finds a permanent home with them.

 

                        Part of the collection, A Young Woman of Property.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Just Another Day

1m-4f

Arthur Lovegrove     

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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