Kaleidoscope

7m or 7f

Ray Bradbury            

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          What would you do if you were a million miles from earth and your rocket ship was hit by a meteor and suddenly split open, leaving you floating in space with only your communicator to link you to your six crew members? Don't know? Faced with this problem, Bradbury's people contemplate their fate and philosophize about life and its purpose. This play is not only a director's dream of possibilities but also a marvelous chance for actors to dig into their beings and face questions of profound magnitude. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Kamikaze Kate

2m-4f

John Summons        

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Schoolgirl Kate thinks war is exciting and loves pretending she's a fighter pilot—until one day her grandfather gives her a gift of a Japanese samurai sword from World War II. This gift changes her life, as along with the sword comes the ghost of its owner, the Japanese soldier Captain Kuroda, who takes up residence under her bed. Through her adventure with the captain she learns that wartime experiences are not games and actually helps to reunite the captain with his wife and son who are living in Japan. With the aid of the captain, she also has fun pitting wits against her enemy, the school bully, Needletop. Although the issues of the play are serious, dealing as it does with themes of war, courage and cowardice, Kamikaze Kate is an enjoyable, colorful, larger-than-life theatrical romp. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Kentucky Marriage Proposal, The

1m-2f

Alice H. Houstle       

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          When John Lomax comes to the Chambers farmhouse to ask Ma Chambers for the hand of her daughter Natalie, Ma is delighted and quickly leaves the "lovers" to their own devices. But she neglects to tell Natalie the purpose of John's visit—which leads to a series of hilarious misunderstandings, compounded by an acidulous dispute over who really owns a certain piece of property that both claim. After John exits in a huff Natalie learns the real purpose of his visit, and Ma is sent off to retrieve the would-be suitor. Whereupon the desired proposal is made, and accepted, and another argument begins—as Ma sustains herself with the wine she has provided for a betrothal toast.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

King of the Ice Cream Mountain

3m-1f

Mundis & Leonard    

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          It's an exciting combat between wicked Zeno (who tries to get control of all the ice cream in the world) and Princess Happy and a delightful penguin named Muffles (who is turned into a wild dragon). Children will revel in the fun and excitement, and with interest in ice cream raised to a fever pitch of intensity, you may wish to follow with ice cream straight from the mountain's mine. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

La Dispute

5m-5f-x

Marivaux, trans. by Wertenbaker       

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The prince has brought his love, Hermione, to a strange place with high walls around it—it's a special place in which to settle a dispute that began in this kingdom years ago and has been renewed by the prince and his lady. The dispute concerns the origin of infidelity. Did it begin with a man or with a woman? To recreate the Garden-of-Eden beginning, two young women and two young men have been raised in isolation behind these high walls, and they are to meet for the first time, all of them entirely innocent. Then with Marivaux spirit, we proceed to the essence of La Dispute. One ext. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Ladies in Waiting

1m-4f

Michele Palermo      

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          In a room at All Saints Church fifty minutes before her wedding, Julie and her bridesmaids are together for the first time in over a year. As they get dressed, makeup and do their hair, they talk about marriage, careers, dating and even death. Comical and thought- provoking, Ladies in Waiting can be done with a simple set and is ideal for an ensemble production.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Ladies of the Tower

9f

Tim Kelly                   

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The Tower of London provides the setting for this provocative play. Two cleaning women come to scrub down a forgotten room and are visited by the spirits of the ladies who met death inside the dark walls. Each is doomed by her own bitterness to walk the Tower. What is particularly interesting is their youth: Lady Jane Grey (15), Queen Catherine Howard (19) and Lady Rochford (18). Much of the dialogue is taken directly from historical record. In a brief overlapping of the present and the past, there is a touching scene of communication and understanding that sets the embittered women free of their bondage to the past. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Last Act Is a Solo, The

2m-1f

Robert Anderson      

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Laura Cunningham, once a star, lives amid costumes, props and memories of her career. Too frail to act, she remains fiercely independent and resists her nephew’s attempts to move her to the country where she can be cared for. In fact, she has an interview that very afternoon with a director. Olympia Dukakis, Edward Herrmann and Gavin MacLeod starred in a broadcast on Arts & Entertainment Network. This haunting, beautiful play by one of America’s foremost playwrights will amuse and move any audience.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Last of Sherlock Holmes, The

2m-3f

Tim Kelly                   

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          This little farce-comedy pits Holmes and Watson against their greatest foe, the evil and sinister Professor Moriarty. The play begins with the villain's dramatic capture. Soon after, Mrs. Hudson announces the arrival of heavily-veiled women who have come "on matters of the greatest delicacy." Laughs come fast and furious as the audience views a typical day in the life of the master detective who has just discovered the science of fingerprinting. It is Watson who brings the startling news that Moriarty has escaped once more to pursue his life of crime and evil. Now it's up to Holmes to prove, via fingerprints, the criminal's true identity. It's a hilarious revelation that explains why Holmes was never able to outwit the foxy professor.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Lesson, The

1m-3f

Eugene Ionesco       

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          An elderly professor and his young female student experience what must certainly be the most remarkable and bizarre lesson in the history of pedagogy. It ends with murder. Produced in New York by the Phoenix Theatre. In Bald Soprano and Other Plays.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Let Me Hear You Whisper

5f-flex

Zindel                        

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          The action is set in the laboratory of the American Biological Association Development For The Advancement of Brain Analysis, where curious experiments involving various mammals are taking place. Helen, a newly engaged cleaning lady, is particularly drawn to a dolphin, and is shocked when she learns that, having failed to "talk" as hoped for, it is slated for brain dissection. She makes a desperate attempt to rescue the dolphin from the scientists, incurring first their indignation and then, when the dolphin does indeed "talk" for Helen, their futile pleas that she change her mind about leaving and stay on to help them in their experiments. But the gentle Helen has had enough—both of "Custodial Engineering" and of schemes to change man's relationship to the other creatures with whom the world must be shared.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

License, The

6m-1f

Pirandello                  

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This ironic comedy states when spiritual power is combined with deception it is mightier than the highest mortal power joined with deception—and is also more lucrative. In Pirandello’s One-Act Plays.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Lie, The

3m-1f

Vaughn McBride, adapted from Kurt Vonnegut                  

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The Lie is one of Vonnegut's most intriguing stories. Which is more dangerous—a lie told in self-defense or a lie which is lived? Young Eli Remenzel is expected to attend the school founded by his family but has failed the entrance exams. Afraid of family disapproval, he destroyed the letter which carried the bad news and is being taken by his influential father to register for his first term. When his father, secure in his position as financial benefactor to the school, learns that his son has not been accepted, he reverses his moral attitude and attempts to use his influence to overturn the decision. A lie told in fear and a lie lived. The beauty of Vonnegut's story is the feeling that both father and son will survive the situation and that their relationship may, in fact, be strengthened by it. Minimal area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Lily Daw and the Three Ladies

3m-7f

Perry                          

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Lily Daw is young, pretty--perhaps more than a little peculiar—and in love! However, the well-meaning ladies of the Helping Hand Society are determined to see Lily off to the State Home for the Feeble-Minded. They just don't believe her when she says she's planning to be married this very day. The ladies certainly do have grounds of concern. Lily has always had an odd imagination, and the man she's describing now is a "show fellow." One thing is clear to the ladies—the faster they can get Lily committed, the better. They urgently try to get her consent. As they're winning her over, a "show fellow" appears and actually wants to marry Lily. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Limbo

6m-7f

Jerome McDonough

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Suzanne and Hal are driving to work in heavy traffic. Suddenly they find themselves in a dingy room. Mrs. Braunig is fumbling for her key. Denise is telephoning. In a flash they are in the same dingy room, staggered by the sudden change, wondering where they are, and why. Outside, groundskeepers digging graves laugh...they know. This ensemble play focuses on the way we humans see ourselves—and what happens after death. “Our performance placed first in the Southeast Missouri District Speech Contest...An excellent and challenging script!”—Malden, Mo., High School. For all groups. One interior; modern clothes.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Little Match Girl, The

8m-12f1

Herman Ammann     

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic story is dramatized with love and tenderness. Ragged, hungry little Maggie tries to sell matches on the icy streets of a cold city, but no one will buy them. In desperation Maggie lights her matches to warm herself. She doesn’t get warm, but somehow her pitiful little flame lights up the world around her. “The people of Alaska will benefit by being able to see this fine play.”—KUAC-TV, Fairbanks. For all groups. A musical version is also available.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Little Princess, The

5m-18f

Nancy Seale             

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          To Sara Crewe, everyone at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies is a story: cold Miss Minchin, her timid sister Miss Amelia, pupils such as spiteful Lavinia or plodding Ermengarde, as well as the next-door invalid Gentleman and his Lascar. Imagination sustains Sara when, orphaned and no longer "Parlour Boarder," she is banished to the attic. Becky, the little scullery maid, becomes her fast friend. Suddenly Sara's bleak garret is mysteriously transformed. Finally she learns who her benefactors are. Miss Minchin receives her just comeuppance. Sara's last song tells it all: "This is Just the Way It Ends in Books!"

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Long Christmas Dinner

5m-7f

Thornton Wilder        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The action of this play traverses ninety years and represents in accelerated motion ninety Christmas dinners in the Bayard home. The development of the countryside, the changes in customs and manners during this period of time as well as the growth of the Bayard family and their accumulation of property sums up vividly a wide aspect of American life. It is a serious play lightened with humor of character; it has a human, tender, moving quality both appealing and forceful. For advanced amateurs. In a revised acting version prepared by Alexander Dean. Performed in New York with Pullman Car Hiawatha and The Happy Journey from Trenton to Camden. ‘‘Like a surprise holiday gift . . . [these plays] shine like gems.’’—N.Y. Times.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Long Road Home, The

4m-4f

Earl Reimer               

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most poignant of Christ's discourses. It deals with the restless search of maturing youth, the conflict of values between generations, and the differing emotional reactions to an errant wanderer. The complex social pressures of living today have made those elements of the Prodigal Son vivid and sometimes painfully real in the lives of modern parents and teenagers. The Long Road Home examines these questions dramatically. Shortly after Nathan returns -- surrounded by love, indifference and resentment -- he prepares to put the pieces of his life back together amid humor, pathos, and routine of an existence very similar to the drama that forms our lives today. A theme of universal appeal.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Long Stay Cut Short, The

1m-2f

Williams                     

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Moving sketch about an old servant.

 

                        Part of the collection, American Blues.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Look Who's Playing God

2m-2f

Albert Johnson         

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Though originally written for church production, this inventive short play has such abundant charm and humor, its use will prove universal. A cleric's oratorical approach to sin is interrupted by members of an audience who decide to play-act original sin. This abrupt casting yields Adam, Eve, the serpent and God -- played by, of all people, a woman! And why not? Outlining human ills and earthly errors, this amusingly dramatized original creation serves as a reminder of the challenge in life's options and the freedom of choice.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Lottery, The

8m-5f

Brainerd Duffield      

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This unusual play with its shattering last scene has proven so successful it is probably winning more contests presently than any other short play. Published originally in the New Yorker magazine, it produced an unprecedented reaction, and this dramatization captures the story that has become an internationally known classic. Like the story, the play starts as people are assembling for the lottery. What family will it be this time? Which member? Only gradually do we begin to suspect the nature of the lottery as the play builds swiftly to its crucial and moving climax. The tension and thrill of the play are built into its very structure. Bare stage.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Louder, I Can't Hear You

3m-3f

Gleason                     

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A comedy about a sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous, aspect of life today—the fact that people don't listen anymore, that people don't hear each other. In the deft hands of playwright Gleason, we see a family together but each one entirely in his or her own world. The point-counterpoint as each follows a separate line of thought is truly hilarious, but there's a poignancy under it. These people who won't or can't hear each other are losing the ability to communicate. The mother, anxious to reach her young people, turns to a psychiatrist for help—only to discover that he can't "hear" either! There's a final effort in which they try to involve themselves a little with each other and a wry, witty conclusion. Divided int. set.

 

Notes:              Los Fresnos (Resacs) M.S. 2003 – 3rd Place

 

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

 

 

 

Love Knot, The

4m-3f

Michael McFaden     

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          A wise man who makes his living by solving other people’s problems decides that life is a bit dull. So he livens things up by giving the wrong advice to two pairs of lovers—a very sophisticated couple and a very boorish couple. The sophisticated man pairs off with the boorish girl, and vice-versa. It’s a plot that Moliere would have loved. For all groups.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Lovers In Midsummer, The

5m-4f

McMahon                  

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Here is the essence of the Bard's classic in a half-hour play: When Hermia decides to elope with Lysander rather than to please her father by marrying Demetrius, she confides to Helena the secret time and place. Helena, madly in love with Demetrius, tells him the plan which collides with that of the king and queen of fairies, Titania and Oberon, who are sorry for the unhappy lovers and send Puck with a magic juice to pour on the eyes of "the youth sleeping in the woods." One ext. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Magic Flute, The

24-flex

Jane W. Rogers        

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          An opera libretto simplified into an enchanting play. Follow the adventures of Prince Tamino from his rescue from the Serpent to the Temple of Sarasota where he must prove himself worthy of winning the lovely Pamina by enduring the tests of fire and water. The lovers find their happy ending with the help of a magic flute and the marvelously funny character Papageno. Easy to produce with effective staging that makes this play exciting theatre. One ext. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Magic Well, The

6m-8f

Herman Ammann     

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Here is another delicious mixture of fairyland fantasy and modern social realism as only Herman Ammann could do it. Old King Cole, an un-merry old soul, tries to marry off his daughters to get them out of the house. A professional hunter comes to rid the kingdom of a dragon, but the local environmentalist thinks dragons should be protected as an endangered species. There’s a well with magic powers and a frog. And an Old Hag troubled with inflation—the price of lizard tongues has gone out of sight. “Twelve elementary schools were included in our Children’s Theatre tour of THE MAGIC WELL.”—John Klug, Golden, Col., Senior High School. It makes a good contest play, too. One exterior set; fantasyland costumes

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Magician's Nephew, The

3m-3f

C. S. Lewis, dramatized by Aurand Harris                         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A highly theatrical dramatization of a C.S. Lewis classic by America's most-produced children's playwright. Young Digory and his friend Polly, through the use of magic rings created by Digory's uncle, set forth on a series of magical adventures through mythical kingdoms and enchanted lands. In the travels, they encounter Queen Jadis and awaken her from her enchanted sleep, unleashing the power of evil. Attempting to acquire the healing apple for Digory's sick mother, the heroic children unintentionally bring Jadis' evil into Narnia, the new world which the great lion Aslan sings into existence. In this land of talking animals, there are miraculous happenings as good battles against evil and Digory struggles to return home to cure his ailing mother with the healing apple. This is a play that encompasses realism and fantasy, interesting characters, humor and lyrical beauty, excitement and suspense. The script lends itself to imaginative staging, either simple or elaborate, providing a memorable visit to C.S. Lewis' mythical kingdom with the great lion, the evil witch, the heroic children and the talking animals. Area staging. Sound effects tape available that includes beautiful underscoring.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Man in the Bowler Hat, The

4m-2f

A. A. Milne                 

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A terribly exciting little affair happens in the humdrum life of John and Mary, a tempest in a teapot, but while it lasts—well, it’s high comedy, at least for the audience.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Maria

4m-2f

Jules Tasca              

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          An old man falls helplessly in love with a young girl, and they both seek the aid of a witch to help them come closer to the other persons age!

 

                        Strong Hispanic themes.  Part of book Spirit of Hispania.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Marriage of Figaro, The

6m-4f

Beaumarchais          

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Mozart based his opera on this play—one of the prime causes of the French Revolution because it champions the common man and belittles the aristocracy. The comical plot revolves around Figaro’s desire to marry Suzanna, and the many problems which stand in his way because he is a commoner. Combine with The Barber of Seville for a scintillating full-length show.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Marriage Proposal, A

2m-1f

Anton Chekhov         

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This little farce is very popular and one of the funniest ever written. The story tells of the efforts of a nervous and excitable man who starts to propose to an attractive young woman, but who gets into a tremendous quarrel over a boundary line.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Marvelous Playbill, The

4m-8f

Tim Kelly                   

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A down-and-out theatrical producer in 16th-century Spain plays on the vanity of the Castilians by announcing The Marvelous Playbill, an entertainment so unusual that only a pure-blooded Castilian can see it. The announcement brings people pouring in. Actually, there is no show. Chanfalla tells them what they are seeing. At first, they're all struck dumb by the realization that they aren't pure-blooded since they see nothing. Soon human vanity is at work and they're all telling outrageous lies. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Mask, The

2m-2f

Murphree                   

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Four young people put on masks in order to discuss more freely their thoughts about the issues confronting them: their need, in varying degrees, for each other; their thoughts on war and the draft, love and togetherness; and what they really believe in and want. This is a dramatic presentation of the impasse confronting many of today's youth. Masks are necessary if they are to reveal their inner thoughts. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Medicine Show, The

5m-flex

Virginia G. Koste      

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          A new, now comedy, ideal for easy touring. Freely derived from Moliere, but a truly American version for young and family audiences. The world's most famous, infamous, paramedical clown, as plotting-aginst-others as plotted against by others, he psyches out everybody in sight, falling back on his intuitive wits, and landing happily on his feet of clay. Here is a winning prescription: Laughter is the best Medicine! Short and swift to play, a zany favorite wherever produced in years of development.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Merry Wives of Windsor, The

6m-5f

Jefferies & Knight    

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          The spirited Sir John Fallstaff proclaims his love for the two young ladies of the title, but fails to keep them separated. In revenge, the two jointly appear to encourage him, deviously tricking him into a series of amusing and trying experiences! The wives are left with their reputations intact, but the corpulent knight is once again exposed for the fool he is, buried under a pile of foul linen! One of the most playable of Shakespeare's farces, this has proven to be a success in drama festivals and competitions.

 

Notes:              This adaptation was first performed at MacArthur H.S. in San Antonio.

 

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

 

 

 

Mice Have Been Drinking Again, The

2m-2f

Haubold                     

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Jerry and Julie Reed are a happy young couple living in a small apartment. At least they would be happy if it were not for Roxanne Conch, who lives with them. Roxanne is a scatter-brained pest who spends most of her time in Zen meditation in the closet, which does not allow much privacy. Jerry decides to get Roxanne out of the house for the night by fair means or foul. Fair doesn’t work so Jerry fakes a date from a computer dating service with the help of the unusually incompetent Albert of Albert’s Talent Agency. This does not work out too well, but Roxanne’s maternal instincts are aroused as she forgives Albert and leads him to her meditation closet. This screwy comedy is filled with ingenious comic situations and laugh-packed surprises.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Midnight Caller, The

2m-5f

Horton Foote            

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          The play is set in a boarding house in a small town on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Three unmarried women, Alma Jean, Cutie and Miss Rowena, have lived there for years, watching the life of the town. Helen Crews, after a disagreement with her mother, also moves in; Helen had been engaged to Harvey Weems, a charming but weak young man, and the two mothers had managed to break off the engagement. Now Harvey, in love with Helen, but not strong enough to defy his mother, comes every night to Helen’s window to call her name. Ralph Johnston, an attractive young man, has just moved to town, and into the boarding house, where he becomes very much interested in Helen. Thanks to Ralph’s love, Helen is at last able to leave the town and go off to a happy life of her own and marriage, and Harvey, the midnight caller, is left behind, still calling for her.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Midsummer Night's Dream, A

4m-9f

adapted by Aurand Harris   

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          The lyrical fantasy of a fairy kingdom, the slap-stick farce of Bottom and his fellow weavers, and the wit and splendor of the Duke's court all make this short adaptation a triple treat of Shakespeare merry-making. The plot and characters delightfully illustrated in Puck's words "what fools these mortals be."

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Midsummer Night's Dream, A

4m-9f

adapted by Cecil Pickett    

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          This cutting of Shakespeare’s comedy is based on the rustics’ “community theatre” rehearsal and the family squabble of Titania, Oberon, Puck, and the sprites. It’s fun to give Bottom a donkey’s head. All of Cecil Pickett’s adaptations are arranged with the playscript on the right-hand page and corresponding detailed stage directions and suggestions on the left-hand page.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Midsummer Night's Dream

13-flex

adapted by Henry Thomas 

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Shakespeare's charming play adapted for young performers, easy to produce, a delightful introduction to a superlative classic.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Mimsy Were the Borogoves

2m-3f

C. C. Taylor               

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A pair of rebellious teenagers get hold of an educational toy from the future. Bored with school and disliking the adult world, the brother and sister discover that there may be a way out into some other dimension or time. Lewis Carroll knew of this "other dimension" and left veiled reference to it in the apparent nonsense poem" "Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves." Using the technique taught them by the toy from the future, they vanish from this world into another. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Minuet, A

2m-1f

Louis Parker             

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Poetic drama  During the French Revolution an aristocratic nobleman and his estranged wife are touchingly reunited as they both await the guillotine. This classic verse play establishes proof of the innate nobility of character in certain French aristocrats who show a type of moral courage rare in any era. Though the play calls for considerable talent, it is so well written and conceived that high school students can produce it effectively. Excellent for tournaments.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Miser, The

10m-4f

Molière                      

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          Harpagon employs a Matchmaker to find him a rich wife. Then he sets out to marry his daughter off to a rich old man, and his son to a plump, well-endowed widow. But the young people have ideas of their own, and engage Harpagon's resourceful Steward on their side. At Harpagon's expense, they prepare a lavish banquet in honor of his engagement, and in his presence shower rich gifts on his fiancee. At the height of this, Harpagon's money is reported stolen. Giving up all pretense of civility, he bemoans his misery, and relinquishes his fiancee, if he can only be reunited with his beloved money. When the money is restored to him, he returns to his penny-pinching ways.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Mr. Flannery's Ocean

3m-5f

Carlino                       

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Jim Flannery, 79, retired seaman, belligerent, cantankerous and very human, has laid claim to an ocean. On the terrace of an old weather-beaten resort hotel on the southern coast of England he sits in his deck chair, ever watchful, ever ready to defend his right to ownership; an ownership which grew simply out of a need to belong to and protect something. Flannery is absolutely convinced he owns this body of water, and surprisingly enough, is successful in intimidating everyone else around him into treating him correspondingly, everyone that is, except Maug, the cockney maid who can never seem to bring Flannery's tea hot enough. These two spend their days in perpetual combat. To the hotel comes an American, Mrs. Pringle; widowed and childless, to spend her wheelchair days in the hope of getting some health from the sea breezes. Mrs. Pringle is a woman with a wistful sadness in her eyes; a look of surrender and reconciliation to long hours of sickness and the despair of being completely alone. How and why Jim Flannery gives this woman his ocean, his only and most prized possession, is the story of the play. It is the magical tale of the giving and the receiving of a gift which no one believed could be possessed.

 

                        From the collection, Mr. Flannery’s Ocean and Objective Case.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Much Ado About Nothing

7m-7f

Jerome McDonough

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          From the author of Running, comes a contest-tailored abridgement of the Shakespeare classic. Young lovers, virtue, villainy, and charming naivete abound. Don John and Borachio and the unwitting Margaret supply the deception regarding Hero. Claudio, Leonato, Don Pedro, and Ursula are the saddened recipients. Only Beatrice, Hero's closest friend, refuses to accept the fabrication and enlists the help of her sometimes suitor, sometimes nemesis, Benedick. Their love battle weaves through the other passions of the play. Order is restored despite the hilarious and oddly-worded meddling of Dogberry and Verges, the inept clowns, uh, constables. (These plum comic roles are females in this version.) The wedding day finally arrives, under most unusual circumstances, and Friar Francis (who helped right the wrong) blesses the union of Hero and Claudio. Benedick and Beatrice are each mirthfully betrayed by letters and poems in their own hands and a second love match is made. Only Don Pedro seems left out of the joy, and is chided by the formerly sworn woman hater, Benedick -- "Prince, thou art sad. Get thee a wife!" And music and dancing and celebration bring down the curtain on Much Ado About Nothing.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

My Cup Ranneth Over

2f

Patrick                       

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Struggling to succeed as a writer, despite little to show for her efforts but rejection slips, Paula ignores the ringing phone, as she has disciplined herself not to interrupt her work before lunch. Instead her still sleeping roommate, Yucca, a happy-go-lucky rock singer, is roused to answer it—and, as it happens, the call is for her, anyway. So are the many others which follow insistently thereafter, plus the TV crew waiting downstairs, and all because Yucca, who filled in for an ailing performer the night before, has suddenly been "discovered." She couldn't care less, but Paula, while trying to control her anguish, cares a great deal—with results that are funny, ironic, very human and consistently entertaining.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Narrenschneiden, The

2m-1f

Hans Sachs              

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          A fastnachtspiel is a “Mardi Gras play”—sort of an April Fool joke—and Hans Sachs, the Meistersinger of Nuremberg, wrote many. This is one of his funniest. A doctor is called to a tavern to handle an emergency illness. He realizes he must operate immediately and lays the horribly bloated patient on the counter and cuts open his stomach right there in front of everybody—and extracts ugly, grotesque—dolls! (Narrenschneiden may be translated as “the surgical removal of the follies that cause a man to make a fool of himself.”) Three excellent character roles. “We certainly enjoyed doing the play—the audiences had fun & so did we.”—-Laura L. McKenzie, Stage Sixty-Six, Tucumcari, N. Mex. For all groups.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Nasty Things, Murders

5f

Arthur Lovegrove     

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The four ladies in the Home for Retired Gentlewomen are upset when their TV breaks down at the climax of a real-life murder drama. They talk about the murder. To the horror of three of them, it appears that the fourth, gentle Mary, may have been the murderess. When Mary leaves the room, the others consult the Matron as to what steps should be taken; however, on Mary’s return a most unexpected telephone conversation sets their fears at rest and leaves them feeling rather foolish. But after they have gone and Mary is left alone, her behavior is strange, to say the least.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Necklace, The

1m-3f

Jay R. Gould             

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This is the story of Mathilde Loisel, the young wife of a struggling junior clerk in a government office in Paris. She yearns for all that wealth can buy: social position, parties and beautiful clothes. When she and her husband are invited to an important ball, her pride impels her to borrow a valuable necklace. Her triumph at the ball turns to despair when she discovers that the necklace is missing. Rather than admit her loss, Mathilde and her husband buy an exact duplicate and spend their lives depriving themselves, working at menial jobs. The tragic irony of the play occurs when Mathilde finds that the original necklace was an inexpensive imitation! One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Neighbors, The

2m-6f

Zona Gale                 

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          This standard classic is a touching story of a friendless child whose needs draw a group of antagonistic people together into real neighborliness. A play with a strong message of love and charity.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

'No Count Boy, The

2m-2f

Paul Green                

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          About a boy who has dreams and who persuades Pheelie to leave her fiance and wander with him over the face of the earth. The boy’s mother at the last moment intervenes and he is driven off to his home.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

No Fading Star

3m-4f

Celeste Raspanti     

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          In the monastery of Maria Morgenstern, life seems to go on quite predictably, even in 1943 Germany. But behind the convent walls there is an active underground working to hide and transport Jewish children through Germany to the border. One morning, Klaus, the monastery handyman, brings David and Miriam, two Jewish children. David is angry and threatens to return to the ghetto, insisting that he must return for his bar mitzvah and "stand like a man to say, I am a Jew." Mother Franziska arranges for the bar mitzvah in the face of threats from her sister, who is a Nazi sympathizer, and imminent searches by the local Gestapo commandant. At the very moment the commandant arrives to arrest her, David is finishing his bar mitzvah in the chapel and escapes to the border. This story in based on documentary evidence. Series of platforms.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Noah and the Great Auk

1m-5 animals

Bix L. Doughty          

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          On an earth that is an ark, and a present which is the past, we ship aboard Noah's original Ark in search of survival. Here there is an Auk, shielding her solitary egg for the future. Here amid many animals we meet a Ewe, a Bear, a Lion, and a villainous Hyena. The wise little Auk makes alliance with Noah on behalf of everyone, even, in a shipboard mutiny inspired by the Hyena, losing her own life, to save Noah and mankind. Under a rainbow, the survivors -- and a guarded Auk egg -- debark onto a fragile world and an uncertain future which is the present. A most American play of humor and danger, NOAH AND THE GREAT AUK is worthy comparison with REYNARD THE FOX of Europe.

 

The book includes the fanciful costume and make up designs of artist Ruth Ann Doughty - - and the details of execution which launched the widely acclaimed original production.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Noodle Doodle Box

3-flex

Anita & Alex Page    

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          It's an easy to tour, assembly-length play offering an engaging lesson in learning to share and to live together. Pepper and Zacharias are two clowns. They each possess a box/ house/space -- a private space which each refuses to share with the other. Their boxes are unique and each quite interesting in their own peculiar way. Suddenly, a pompous, overbearing Drum Major appears and decides he likes both boxes. He uses Pepper's and Zacharias's competitive natures to pit them against each other so that he can steal their boxes. However, they magically acquire one new box, which they learn to share and enjoy together. An important children's work, but more importantly, a delightful, entertaining play.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Now That April's Here

2m-4f

James Reach           

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Justine Harris is having her first romance with Craig Porter, who she met at the prom. They’d seen each other only that once, but it was love at first sight. Now, it’s Easter vacation and he’s going to take her to the hotel dance. But her romance is threatened—by measles! Which will prove stronger—his undying love or his fear of the rash? A witty play with shrewd characterization, sparkling dialogue and situations.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, An

4m-3f

Christopher Sergel   

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          An almost cheerful young man is about to be hanged for his attempt to blow up the Owl Creek Bridge during the Civil War. On this, Bierce creates the most surprising story of his career. With dramatic force, the situation is established. The man's nature and mission are quickly revealed in a moving encounter with his wife and two daughters. Then in one of the most exciting short scenes in literature, the audience is taken into the mind of the man at the moment of his execution. There are challenging roles for your cast and a challenge for your audience to understand the secret the man can't quite reveal. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Of Poems, Youth, and Spring

4m-5f

John Logan               

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Concerns the first romance of a boy and a girl in high school. The play’s four scenes correspond to the seasons of the year; and each season represents a stage in the couple’s romance, spring being when they meet and winter when they part. Each season is introduced by two small choruses which, in a mood of light humor and fantasy, tease and scold and provide contrast to the light drama of the romance. They also act incidental roles in the story and perform stagehand duties. This play won first place in the finals of The Texas Interscholastic League Contest.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Of Winners, Losers, and Games

7m-7f

O. B. Rozell               

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          A commedia dell’arte flavor adds charm to this drama about life. A young husband and wife play out a tragic scene against a background of fantasy. “Winner” and “Loser,” a Harlequin-Columbine team, watch to see who will get to celebrate with the young couple...will they be winners in the game of life, or losers? A popular contest piece.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Oil Well, The

5m-3f

Horton Foote            

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Will Thornton, a life-long farmer in Texas, has always lived with the dream of some day finding oil on his land. Now it seems his dream is coming true—suddenly local real estate men are rushing in to buy his land, oil men from out of town want to take leases on it, and Will and his two children are ready to forget all about the day to day requirements of planting and harvesting a crop. Only Mrs. Thornton remains aloof and unimpressed by all the excitement. She wants Will to have his oil well, but they've been disappointed too many times before and she knows that only the land and a crop in the land can be counted on to feed them and keep a roof over their heads. Will loses an opportunity to sell the mineral rights on the land; and takes a lease. The well is about to be drilled, neighbors and relations for miles around have arrived and all the Thorntons are caught up in the excitement of planning what they'll do when the well comes in. Will, who has been able to do so little of all he'd wanted for his wife and children, at last sees a chance of giving them everything they'd never had. But the well comes in dry and only Mrs. Thornton's love and faith in him can sustain him through the bitter disappointment.

 

                        Part of the collection, A Young Lady of Property.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Old Beginning, The

7m-4f

Horton Foote            

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          The story deals with the relationship between a domineering father and Tommy, his son, who loves his father but must break away from him in order to give his own personality a chance to develop. The father is well-meaning enough, but refuses to acknowledge that his son is a grown man, capable of making his own decisions. At the climax of the play, Tommy almost gives in and returns to his father to live and work, but realizes beyond doubt that it would only be the same thing all over again; he must go off on his own until the time his father will come to realize that he is right in what he is doing.

 

                        Part of the collection, A Young Lady of Property.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Old Lady Shows Her Medals, The

2m-4f

J. M. Barrie                

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Mrs. Dowey is entertaining three other charwomen at tea; they are all proud of their sons in the army (1914-1918). The curate arrives with Kenneth Dowey of the Black Watch in tow. But Mrs. Dowey has no son; she only pretends after seeing Kenneth’s name in a newspaper. Since he has no family, he agrees to spend his leave with her and Mrs. Dowey has the long-wished-for experience of mothering a boy. When Private Dowey does not return, the old lady puts away his effects and bravely sets out to work.  Please state non-musical version when ordering.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Open Window, The

1m-3f

James Fuller,Dram Pub       

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The fun begins when teenager Vera decides to take revenge on her aunt's visitor, Frampton Nuttel. Seizing on the ordinary fact that a window has been left open, innocent-looking Vera spins a fantastic tale of tragedy and delusion. Frampton is so completely taken in that by the time the hostess appears, the quiet English afternoon is charged with an air of doom. Her commonplace remarks as she serves him tea fit so well into the pattern that the audience watches with mounting amusement as Frampton's terror increases dramatically right up to the engaging climax. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Orphans, The

3m-3f

Nancy Camche         

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Other Side of the Wall, The

6m-6f

Nolan                         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The time, the future, after the great light when the old world was lost in one searing moment. The place, the Barrier, where the great letter D stands dividing two groups. The man's group is militant. Its costumes suggest soldiers and it believes the D stands for defense. The woman's group is beautiful. Its pastel gowns suggest peace and parties and they believe the D denotes devotion. Neither group realizes its need of the other but a boy and a girl are attracted to each other. The girl tells the boy of her love of flowers and gives him a little packet of seeds. She tells him, "You have the seeds and someday you will plant them. Remember!" And he replies, "I will remember." Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Other Son, The

5m-6f

Pirandello                  

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          An explosive confrontation between a mother an her son results from her refusal to acknowledge a second son who she refers to as a betrayal of her blood.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Out of Control

3m-2f

Michael Scanlan      

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          He stands by the wall, hands in his pockets, watching the young couples dance. Robyn enters the room, looking for a partner. Their eyes meet across the crowded dance floor and the music swells. He turns away shyly, but she crosses to him. "Hi." Could it be? The moment he's been waiting for? Or will Ben's overwhelming need for compassion spin the young couple out of control? This is a remarkably honest play set in the late 60's, and is a challenging character study, bringing light to the troubles facing those just starting out in love.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Outcasts of Poker Flat, The

4m-3f

Edwards                    

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Six people are trapped in a lonely mountain cabin. Who will live and who will die? Here are Harte's unforgettable characters; they laugh, love, sing, dance, rage and brawl their way to that meeting with tragic destiny that will irrevocably alter their lives. This show is a challenge for any acting company. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Overtones

4f

Alice Gerstenberg    

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Basically a two character drama, this play shows two women as they appear to each other, and their inner selves as they really are. Harriet and Margaret are two refined ladies, but Hettie and Maggie are their thoughts and emotions come to life. As cool and serene as Harriet and Margaret may appear, Hettie and Maggie are just as volatile, troubled and passionate. A play where human nature as it appears to the world and as it is becomes dramatized psychology.

 

Notes:

 

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