Pandora and the Magic Box

4m-11f

I. E. Clark                   

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Children will love creating weird costumes for this myth about Pandora and the box of Troubles left by the gods. Pandora knows she mustn’t open the box—but her curiosity is overwhelming. She decides to take just a teeny peek. The Troubles, who were locked in, throw open the lid and leap into the world. An exciting way to introduce Greek mythology to young people, and to get an entire class on stage. The Director’s Script has helpful suggestions and illustrations.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Party, The

1m-3f

Robert Flaherty        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This thoroughly charming play is about a successful woman executive who is planning to retire and move into a beach front community. Old friends are planning a party for her and she has some surprises in store for them. The first is that she is getting married. The second is that she is marrying a multi-millionaire. The toper is that he happens to be the local handyman whom they are always ordering about—‘‘You mean, our Henry?’’ All four roles come through with a splendid flourish.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Passing of An Actor

3m-1f

Willard Simms           

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          An aging actor, forced into retirement after a lifetime on the stage, but knowing no other way to live, decides he will create for himself a life entirely of his own choosing. He takes up residence in a rundown, abandoned theatre, and hires other performers to come and act with him in a drama based on Rostand's immortal "Cyrano de Bergerac," in which he, of course, is Cyrano. However, the play is really a kind of perversion of the original in that it allows Cyrano to live at the close of the play, and also to win Roxanne as his own, forever. At first the actors are rather amused at the Old Actor's comical and quaint actions but, ultimately, one of them becomes quite angry at the way he is being "used." He challenges the Old Actor to a duel, following the true script of the play. The Old Actor now has to make a choice. He can accept the challenge and lose, as Cyrano did, or, instead, he can attempt to retreat as tactfully as possible—and thereby live to fight another day. His decision raises the play to a level of true tragic dimension, and saves the Old Actor from being nothing more than an escapist fool; showing him instead to be an honest, human, sympathetic character somehow pathetic and yet almost noble at the same time.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction

4m-2f

G. B. Shaw                

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This is a wildly insane play, and untypically Shavian. Lady Magnesia is preparing for bed when her husband tries to come in and kill her. But in the psychedelic light her lover appears and is promptly poisoned by her husband. The antidote is lime, so he starts eating the ceiling’s plaster and turns into a statue. The normality of the cuckoo clock returns after lightning kills the interloping doctor, policeman and landlord.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  None                         O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Patchwork Quilt, The

2m-5f

Rachel Field              

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The old woman loves her patchwork quilt. Every square holds a memory. Through them we glimpse her youthful courtship and marriage. This touching play offers outstanding roles for a fine character actress and a clever child.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Persephone

9m-6f

Ford Ainsworth         

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          In Greek mythology Persephone, the daughter of Demeter (Mother Earth), bit into a forbidden pomegranate and was sentenced to spend a month in the underworld for each of the six seeds she swallowed. That’s why Earth has six months of bad weather (Demeter is crying for her daughter) and six months of happy, bright spring and summer. But according to this dramatization, when Persephone descended into Hades, she took along a happy breath of spring that made life glitter in the dark underworld. Some of the dead who are trying to rest in peace don’t like the glitter. But the irresistible charm of Persephone infects even the darkly handsome King of the Dead and the crotchety old ferryman, Charon. And this irresistibly charming play will make its mythological characters come alive on your stage. A contest gem and a delight for community theatres. “We won first place in the Nebraska State Finals!”—Ann Bowman, Bruning High School. “An unqualified success. The audience loved it. The cast felt wonderful. It just couldn’t have been better.”—Wanda Melancon, Hahnville H. S., Boutte, La. For all groups.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Phaedra

3m-5f

Jean Racine             

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Phaedra is the young, lonely wife of Theseus, king of Athens; She is secretly in love with Hippolytus, the king’s son by a former marriage. When Theseus finds out, he is full of vengeance. For adults and young adults.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Phony Physician, The

5m-3f

Thomas Hischak      

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Skelly is the laziest fool in the village. He refuses to cut down trees because they are his only friends. To get even with her layabout husband, Mavis tells a wealthy man that Skelly is the most skilled physician in ten counties. And that to get him to work, Skelly must be beaten with a broom. So poor, bullied Skelly is forced to become a doctor and to the city he goes -- with resulting comic confusions and side-splitting satirical commentary on the medical profession. In the end he cures Lucy (she was only faking her illness to avoid a pre-arranged marriage) and becomes the hero of the day. Filled with farcical action and vaudeville-like jokes, this comedy is easily staged and a guaranteed audience-pleaser.

 

                        Adapted from The Doctor in Spite of Himself, runs about 55 minutes.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Picnic on the Battlefield

5m-1f

Fernando Arrabal     

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          In the war zone a solitary soldier’s scared stiff. His parents come in to share a picnic basket with him. A frightened enemy soldier is captured though no one knows what to do with him. There’s an air raid—while the parents continue talking. They then devise a way for ending the war—telling the ruling powers the ranks don’t like to play at war anymore. It’s a marvelously simple solution and would work-except a machine gun suddenly silences them and their idea.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Pinballs, The

3m-2f

Betsy Byars, dram. by Aurand Harris

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          Three children are bounced like pinballs from one foster home to another. Carlie, fifteen and street-wise and a natural leader, is a victim of child abuse. Thirteen-year old Harvey is wheelchair bound after his drunken father ran over both of his legs with his new car. Thomas J., eight, was abandoned on a doorstep as a baby. Each longs for the comfort of a real home. Now, in the play, they come together for the first time at Mrs. Mason's, an understanding foster mother who encourages them to follow Carlie's urging "to do something for ourselves." By the end of summer the "pinballs" have become a "family." Written in a theatrical and imaginative style, utilizing exciting musical, sound, and lighting effects, this play is both touching and funny. It treats a modern social problem with arresting insight, humor, and an emotional theatrical impact.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Pink Lemonade for Tomorrow

2m-2f

Ruth A. Purkey         

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Caroline Ramsey, 15, has shut herself up in a dream world, refusing to believe that her adored father is dead. To her, he was the most wonderful man in the world. Each night, she waits for the 6:15 as though her father will arrive on it. Her little game of pretending makes a safe little world for her. A neighbor boy, Tod Allen, 17, is also trying to run away from the world because the people he loves, his mother and father, are seeking a divorce and he must choose between them. As Caroline and Tod share their troubles, he helps her grow up and she, using the marvelous philosophy her father taught her, helps him find happiness.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Point Of View, A

5f

David Campton         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Auntie is so much smarter than her scheming nieces that, armed only with binoculars and a diary, she can outmaneuver them. For small errands, she has only to pound on the floor and Betty will come charging upstairs from the beauty shop to get peppermints. Niece Louise owns the beauty shop and she wants Auntie out of her spare room. She can get twice the rent from someone else. Two other nieces, Flo and Miriam, are cajoled into agreeing to keep Auntie. Must Auntie leave her room from which, with binoculars, she studies the pawnbroker's shop and sees who's holding hands on the corner? Using the view offered by her window, Auntie proves too formidable for the nieces! One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Pot Boiler, The

5m-2f

Alice Gerstenberg    

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          This classic of the American stage shows Mr. Sud demonstrating how a truly great playwright (himself) constructs a play. For blocking, he uses desk-top items—so we have Mrs. Pencil, Mr. Ruler, Mr. and Miss Ivory (letter openers, of course), and Mr. Inkwell. As he piles cliché upon cliché and the melodramatic plot unfolds, it becomes obvious that this brilliant satire might be describing one or more prominent playwrights of today. For all groups.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Potman Spoke Sooth, The

6m-2f

David Fulk                 

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Agatha Christie is spoofed hilariously as a respectable murder mystery turns into a farcical game of illusion and reality. Colonel Winthrop Wiggins and his wife Beatrice live in their typically English country home. During a blizzard which cuts them off, they receive a visit from Detective Sergeant Gallagher. He informs them that a notorious "Peanut Murderer" is on the loose. Laughs abound as Gallagher, the Wigginses and the butler Miles engage in a zany intrigue of murders, accusations and arrests. Finally the ending string of twists and reversals becomes too much for the actors to bear and they take a Pirandello step out of the play to straighten things out. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Proposin'

1m-2f

Richard Slocum        

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          A delightful "westernization" of Anton Chekhov's The Marriage Proposal. One of the greatest, funniest farces ever written, transferred to the brand new state of Oklahoma, circa 1920. To Mabel Hightower's porch comes spastically nervous P. J. Hastings, hemming and hawing to the Mrs. about the hand in marriage of her daughter, Jessie. And the young Hightower is a dynamo -- opinionated, spunky and restless. Many battles are fought before the kiss is placed: boundary disputes, cattle vs. sheep, demented relatives, etc. This is a wonderful adaptation with strong characters and sharp dialogue. Easy to produce.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Quiet, Please

3m-4f

Howard Bauermann 

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Separated by a chalk line down the middle of their cabin, Jeff and Judd, brothers, carry on a long feud of silence despite attempts to reconcile them. Their feud strikes a snag when they find themselves with an uninvited overnight guest on their hands in the form of Catherine, a young woman whose car has broken down near their farm. The situation becomes hilarious as the brothers attempt to maintain hospitality and personal hostilities. The feud collapses and Catherine departs. Pleased with their reconciliation, the brothers prepare to celebrate but fall into a wrangle trying to recall what the original quarrel was about!

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  $15                                        O: _x_  R: _x_  S: ___

 

 

 

Rabbit Who Wanted to Be a Man, The

4m-2f

Tasca                        

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          All Sr. Conejo, the rabbit, wanted was to be a farmer! He certainly did not expect so much trouble!

 

            Strong Hispanic themes.  Part of book Spirit of Hispania.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Ralph Roister Doister

2m-4f-flex

Nicholas Udall          

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          The first real comedy in English—and it’s hilarious. Ralph thinks he is a lady’s man and chooses Dame Custance as the lady. But she can’t stand the conceited nincompoop. Their tempestuous courtship, complicated by a mischievous meddler and Custance’s pretty servants, rocks the stage.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Rebuttals

3m-1f

Joseph Fedorko       

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          The James Bradley\Rick Majors debate team has just one more match to win before they have a shot at “The States,” which is only their life’s ambition. But who should stand in their way? Someone they’ve lost to twenty three times: Jeff Belmont, the conceited, overbearing self-proclaimed “debating machine.” And to make matters worse, Belmont is teamed up with Karen Anderson, who was supposed to be Rick’s “dream date.” What transpires when these two teams lock heads is a powerfully dramatic conflict between love and power revealed through rich language and the persuasive argument of debate.

 

                        Part of a set called Extracurriculars.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Requiem

4m-3f-x

Jerome McDonough

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Nations wage wars; families lose them. The message of this play is an obvious but ignored one: The time to prevent war is when there is no way. The script depicts a family suffering the horror of losing loved ones to the war machine. “REQUIEM is the death of your children. Please listen,” the author begs in his introductory notes to the playbook. “Had a really good showing and our thanks to Mr. McDonough.”—Stephen Williams, Washington Poets Theatre, Washington, Mo. A powerful, spectacular play for adults and young adults.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Rest in Peace

4m-3f

Pat Cook                   

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          In this delicious comedy, a man apparently witnesses the immediate aftermath of his own death. He's in a hospital, and as none of his relatives can see or hear him, he decides he must be dead. Another patient comes in and as they both see and hear each other, they decide that both of them must be dead. What the other people say and do is not what either of the men expected under the circumstances. It isn't what your audience will expect either. We invite you to enjoy this unexpected show and its especially unexpected ending. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Riders to the Sea

1m-3f-x

John Millington Synge 

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          A mother buries the last of her sons, lost, as all the others, to the sea. In a cottage off the West of Ireland, an old woman sits grieving over the loss of her five sons, who have all drowned. Now the sixth and last is about to ride down to the sea, and she prophesies his death. Many call this the best one-act ever written.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

4m-4f-flex

Susan Carle              

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Can Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a young mongoose, save the world—or at least his minute section of it? Rikki is the courageous mongoose who must defend the garden and its inhabitants from two cobras whose reign of terror has gone unchecked. With unrelenting action, good and evil battle until the last breathless moment. Kipling's powerful sense of drama will hold the attention of even very young audiences. Unit set showing ext. and int.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Rhinoceros

11m-6f

Ionesco                     

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Comedy             Royalty:  under review              O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Rise and Shine

2m-2f

Elda Cadogan           

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          This delightful play is the winner of more than forty awards. Handsome young Philip Grant is dazed when he awakens in a cemetery and finds his name on a headstone. He cheers up enormously, however, when a winsome Hepsibah rises from her grave to join him. When Hepsibah's old husband Henry and his second wife, Jane, turn up, the comedy reaches a terrifically funny conclusion.

 

This popular play has received many festival honors in Canada and the U.S.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Riverview, Tape 23

3f

Colleen Newman      

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Kathy, a journalist frustrated by disappointments in her job and in her personal life, is sent to a nursing home to interview the residents about "the good old days." Today's interview is with Lydia, an uncooperative, opinionated elderly woman who entertains herself by faking senility. Lydia switches identities with her sister Loretta, asks pointed questions about Kathy's divorce and needles Kathy about her appearance. But there are also gritty revelations about the hard fight that Lydia's life has been—"No doctors, no hospitals, no medicine! I lost two little girls in three years! No picnic."—that puncture the myth of "the good old days" and make Kathy's troubles seem insignificant. Kathy's exasperation with this blunt, uncompromising woman turns to respect, affection and finally, that sincerest form of flattery, imitation. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Robin Goodfellow

6m-6f

Aurand Harris           

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          Mischievous young Robin sets out to find his fortune and encounters Oberon, King of the Wee People. Oberon, himself a merry prankster, auditions Robin for the position of his royal jester. In the wood, Robin hood-winks two rustics, Bottom the Weaver and Quince the Carpenter. Through magical means, he tricks Queen Titania into falling in love with Bottom, who sports a donkey's head. But the comic confusion and the merry madness of a Midsummer Night end happily -- as a children's fairy tale should. The play is a felicitous blend of slapstick, suspense, music, dancing, and Shakespeare's lyric poetry. Robin Goodfellow is a refreshing way to introduce children to the wonderful world of Shakespeare.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Rocking Horse Winner, The

5m-4f

Fuller                         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The play centers around a boy who feels the covert dislike of his beautiful, luxury-craving mother and strives to win her love by being lucky. He associates luck with horse racing and sometimes, when he secretly rides his old horse, it's as if the names and winners come to him. So with the help of a young gardener, he bets on a horse running in the Ascot of the Derby and builds up a sum of money for his mother. The unforgettable climax comes in the shattering final speech. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Room, The

4m-2f

Harold Pinter            

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          While her taciturn husband remains engrossed in his magazine, Rose bustles about getting breakfast. As she works she carries on a monologue touching on the weather, the coziness of their cramped quarters, and the mysterious tenant who occupies a damp, windowless room in the basement. The aged landlord, Mr. Kidd, enters, and while he at least responds to Rose's small talk, he does little to allay her nameless fears of the room below. After Mr. Kidd and Bert, the husband, depart, a young couple appears in search of lodgings and Rose discovers that they had wandered into the basement room while looking for the landlord. Their description of what they saw, or rather felt in the darkness only heightens her growing sense of apprehension. Then, after they have gone, Mr. Kidd returns to tell Rose that she must see the man who has been waiting for her below, waiting for Bert to be gone. The stranger, when Mr. Kidd brings him in, proves to be a blind black man with a message for Rose, and while she disclaims any knowledge of who he is, the message, which is that her father wants her to come home, has an obvious and moving effect on her. As she reaches out to touch the blind man Bert reenters and, while ignoring the stranger, speaks of the terrible weather through which he has had to drive his lorry. Then, after a long moment of silent study, he tips the blind man off his chair, knocks him down when he tries to rise, and kicks his head against the gas stove until he moves no more. There is a moment of silence, and then Rose clutches at her eyes and cries out. Now it is she who has become blind.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Rose For Emily, A

5m-4f

Joseph Robinette    

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          William Faulkner's most famous short story has become a powerful play of exquisitely revealed characters and a strong sense of a time and place in American life. Miss Emily Grierson is the proud and very private daughter of a small southern town's now-deceased leading citizen. She lives alone in the mansion left to her by her father until, to the surprise of everyone, she takes up with a handsome man from the north who is in town briefly on a contracting job. They are seen going about together and then he is seen no more, nor is Miss Emily, who no longer leaves her mansion. As we discover what really happens, we come to a shocking climax that, in the hands of this Nobel Laureate, has great dramatic impact. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Rude Mechanicals, The

9m-1f

Ed Graczyk               

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          Based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

 

Peter Quince the carpenter is out of work, and in his idleness persuades his friends, "the rude mechanicals" to compete for a prize the Duke is offering for a play to be performed in honor of his wedding. The rude mechanicals snatch at the chance to recoup their failing fortunes. Manipulated by Puck, a playful sprite, Quince writes a play about Pyramus and Thisbe and recruits the mechanicals to perform in it. It proves a riot, and wins the prize.

 

This play, owing scant allegiance to the Shakespeare play that gives rise to it, takes many liberties with the Bard's text. In doing so, it achieves a comedy style of its own.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Saga of Katy

4m-5f

Ronald Burke            

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This rollicking farce of the Old West unfolds in Miss Katy's saloon. In a fast-paced poker game, to the accompaniment of rinky-tinky piano renditions by barmaids Sally and Flo, a gamblin' woman by the name of Lou produces "one big ace from some secluded place" to win the deed to Katy's establishment. With the help of "an eastern dude who's a rude, crude, prude" and Little Nell ("pure and sweet can't be beat; we'll let her help when we cheat"), Katy and her cohorts retrieve the business. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Sandbox, The

3m-2f

Edward Albee           

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          A man in a spotlight, clad in swimming trunks, is doing his exercises silently. A couple appears to remark, dryly, "Well, here we are; this is the beach." The woman orders a clarinetist out onto the stage and commands him to play. The couple exits, then returns carrying the woman’s eighty-six-year-old mother and dumps her in a sandbox. Grandma begins to weave her history between the cool, indifferent patter of the people and the equally cool, but somehow more sympathetic, sounds from the clarinet. As Grandma covers herself with sand, it begins to dawn that the mysterious, cryptic athlete is much more than local color, and his conversation with Grandma is, in fact, prelude to his purpose. He is "after all, the Angel of Death."

 

                        Part of the collection, The Zoo Story and The Sandbox.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Scapino!

6m-3f

Frank Dunlop & Jim Dale    

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          With the first line of the play, we plunge into the situation as Octavio cries, "I am lost! I am ruined! What am I to do? My world is crumbling around me. Disaster after disaster!" Into this comes Scapino who states, "The good Lord has blessed me with quite a genius for clever ideas and inspired inventions which the less talented, in their jealousies, call deceits and trickery!" At one point, with the girl's father hiding in a huge sack, Scapino pretends to be a Japanese waiter shouting, "Ah so—Kung Fu—there is something moving in the saki! I am going to give one gigantic karate chop suey to the saki!" "See this Naples and die—laughing." (New York Magazine) One ext. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

School for Husbands, The

7m-3f

Molière                      

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Ugly, stingy old Sganarelle wants to marry his ward, pretty young Isabelle. But she secretly loves handsome young Valere. So the young ones flirt behind the old one’s back and make a fool of him.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Scrimmages

2m-1f

Joseph Fedorko       

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          n an empty classroom after school, we find Ruth, who is futilely trying to prepare a speech about “the role of women in American society and how it has changed since WWII.” With the speech, she will hopefully win a scholarship from the Women’s Auxiliary of the Legion of American Veteran’s, who has not given an award to a woman for ten years. There’s already enough pressure on her, but then her relentlessly annoying little brother comes bounding in asking for sanctuary from the “Hulkamaniac Jeff Cotheran” who only wants him dead. Even though her brother’s death would be beneficial for her as well, she lets him in. This gives her a great idea! If there’s one thing she did not plan on is that this episode would inspire her to write a fantastic speech! Truly a terrific brother/sister story!

 

                        Part of the collection, Extracurriculars.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Second Best Bed

8f

Tim Kelly                   

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          One of the most fascinating mysteries dealing with William Shakespeare is the fact that he left his wife, Ann Hathaway, nothing but his "second best bed." This odd bequest has puzzled biographers for centuries. The play opens as several gossipy neighbors visit Anne’s cottage. They already know of the bequest and are anxious to see Anne’s reaction when she hears the news, which is about to be delivered by Shakespeare’s two daughters, Judith and Susanna. The women are cheated out of their amusement by Anne’s fierce faith in her husband, even though his wealth has been left to others. However, the bard was never one to leave things as they seem and by curtain time Anne has discovered just how greatly Will loved and needed her. It’s a surprise ending that catches not only Anne unaware but the audience as well. A delightful romantic comedy, extremely simple to stage. About twenty minutes.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Second Shepherd's Play, The

4m-3f

adapted by Aurand Harris   

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Secret of Freedom, The

9m-1f-x

MacLeish                  

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Joe and Jill go along their quiet way until the day a badly needed school bond, which they worked so hard on, is voted down by an overwhelming majority. Bitterly concerned about what this means for their children's education, they begin to question the attitudes of the people and a way of life that would allow such a thing to happen. Their search for answers runs into the cynicism of today's youth, the hard "mole-eye-view" of one man's realism, the blind optimism of another. They find hope in the person of the philosophical town librarian, who sees the secret of freedom as "each man's courage to believe. To believe in himself, his town...the future of the country." Back at his home, Joe thinks he finally has the secret: "Courage...to dream your dream and do your duty." Strengthened by this, he and Jill set out in earnest to work for another school bond vote, and this time they are going to win.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Separate Peace, A

2m-4f

Tom Stoppard           

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Shall We Join the Ladies?

8m-8f

J. M. Barrie                

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

She Stoops to Conquer

6m-3f

Goldsmith, adapted by Clark      

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Kate is an 18th century country girl who gets few chances to meet young men. So when one comes along, she isn’t about to let him get away, even if she has to stoop to conquer. But the quarry is so shy he can’t even look at her. Kate’s mischievous brother, Tony Lumpkin, tells the visitor that the house is an inn, so the shy guy treats Kate’s father like a servant in an inn.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

She Stoops to Conquer

6m-4f

adapted by Aurand Harris   

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          Kate "stoops" to pretending that she is a country servant, and so wins her city lover. The fun of this good-humored play lies in the contrast of country and city manners, farcical intrigues and mistaken identities. It is as true today as when Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote of this play in 1773, "I know no comedy that has so much exhilarated an audience, that has answered so much the great end of comedy, making an audience laugh."

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

She Stoops to Conquer

7m-4f

adapted by Robert Singleton     

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Mr. Hastings has gone to the country with his best friend to meet Kate, his future wife whom he has never met. Because of a practical joke, the young men eventually arrive in the ancient Hardcastle house thinking it is a country inn. They treat the future father-in-law as if he were the innkeeper and demand much from the willing but bewildered hosts. Kate, the well-bred daughter of Mr. Hardcastle, discovering the delusion the two young men are under, stoops to conquer her dashing finance by pretending to be a kitchen maid and allowing him to court her without the pretensions of polite and artificial society. The play is filled with the exuberant hijinks of Tony Lumpkin, a boisterous but lovable prankster who causes much of the joyous mayhem in the play. Mrs. Hardcastle's ridiculous aspirations to high society deliciously contrast with her husband's plain, dowdy ways. Against this wacky background of improbable characters a pair of young lovers somehow meet and get married. This 40-minute adaptation of the much longer original captures the essence of Goldsmith's wit and the flavor of Georgian England while making the complexities of the period easier to grasp and to play for the young actor. Unit set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Sheep Thief, The

4m-3f-x

Ford Ainsworth         

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Based on The Second Shepherds’ Play, the most famous of the medieval mystery plays, this delightful script shows three shepherds (to whom the angels and the Christmas star announced the birth of Jesus) trying to keep a scoundrel named Mak from stealing their sheep. In spite of their vigilance, Mak steals a lamb. The scene in which Mak and his wife try to pass the lamb off as their new-born baby is a scream. The play ends with angels greeting Baby Jesus in the manger. For ages 8 and up.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Shining Mountains, The

9m-1f

Dale Wasserman      

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Comp. int/ext. At a deserted mountain cabin, a wandering minstrel sings a ballad that evokes events 15 years past. The three fur trappers who lived there adopted a boy, the sole survivor of a wagon train attacked by Indians. A missionary couple claim the boy, who is finally won over by the motherly woman. The trappers decided to make the trek west—to protect them. Finally the balladeer’s identity is revealed.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Shiny Red Ball, The

2m

Cleve Haubold          

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Charlie and Johnny wander in to do a day’s work. At a signal, they don their buyer and seller suits to play out a hilarious game of trading for a shiny red ball. Each tries every trick he can devise to outwit the other—alternately friendly, angry, subtle, doubtful, savage and indifferent. When the sale is made, they rest for a moment and then trade places to begin again.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Short Walk After Dinner, A

1m-2f

Cleve Haubold          

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Charles Haven returns home from a short walk after dinner to find something has gone hauntingly, terrifyingly wrong with his life. With growing alarm he tries to explain away the strange change that has come over him, finally discovering he has unaccountably lost twenty years during his walk.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Shut and Bar the Door

4m-2f

Tom Gray                  

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Here is a farcical bit of business based on an old English ballad. The entire play has the feel of an old time movie and will leave the audience breathless with belly-laughs. The setting is Merrie Olde England during the 13th century. Lenore, the peasant housewife and John, her shepherd husband, have a disagreement over who should shut and bar the door. The argument grows to ridiculous proportions and ends in a challenge to silence. Both agree to remain mute until one surrenders and agrees to shut the door. During the silence they are threatened by robbers and scolded by a princess who is lost in the wood while searching for her Prince Arthur. The climax of the play is a wild and furious chase about the room with the cast running in every direction.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Sicilian Limes

2m-3f

Pirandello                  

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Miccucio, a band musician, returns home to confront Sina, a singer, but departs only having seen her briefly, while Marta, her mother, grows into his ally.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Sing To Me Through Open Windows

3m

Kopit                          

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Played off-Broadway with The Day the Whores Came Out to Play Tennis. For five years the boy has been coming to this sinister house to be entertained privately by a passe magician who lives in shadows with an impish and diabolical clown. The clown is really the master; his arts succeed while the magician can pull only rabbits out of the hat. Yet the boy is enthralled and wants to stay with the magician, but time has expired and he must vanish forever.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Sisters McIntosh, The

1m-2f

Richard Corson        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Lulie and Tizzie are two maids who live only for and with their family album and their cat. Grandma and Grandpa both lived to be more than a hundred and they plan to live till Judgment Day. A man appears and they let him in after much discussion of the dangers therein. He says he is their nephew. They question him about relatives. Some he remembers, others he apparently has never heard of . . . so they decide his is a thief after their money. They frighten him away by pretending they are insane (this takes little effort). In going through his luggage they are momentarily mystified at finding a photo of their Grandma Bullfinch and Aunt Matildy.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil

9m-2f

Walker                       

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          While the Boy watches boiling lentils for his mother, six people pass: the condemned Queen (who he promises to hide), the Mime (who tempts him abandon his duty), the Milkmaid (who tells him about the reward offered for the Queen), the Blindman (who shows him why it is best to keep a promise), the Ballad-Singer (who would wander all his life rather than break a promise) and the dreadful Hangman (who is outwitted by the boy). Her majesty gratefully knights David Little Boy (who has done his duty and kept his promise).

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Slave with Two Faces, The

3m-4f

Mary C. Davis            

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This poignant piece of allegory is set in a wood. On either side of a path through the wood stand two Girls expecting to meet Life. The First Girl says that Life has two faces. He can be beautiful or ugly. As long as the Girls are the Masters of Life, Life will be beautiful. As soon as Life is the Master, it will be ugly. Only one of the Girls becomes the Master of Life.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Small World of Millie Mclvor, The

3m-4f

Ronald Burke            

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Johnathan rips his britches as he and Toby sneak off to see a ball game. Ducking for cover into Millie McIvor's dress shop, they convince Millie and impressionable young helper Lucy that the rip must be mended. While waiting in his under shorts, Johnathan is forced to dive for cover when stuffy old Mrs. Hornblower and her spry but lecherous husband drop in to see Millie's new dresses. In a hilarious hiding scene—done in slow motion to heighten the suspense—Toby slides under the table and Johnathan hops into a closet only to be discovered by Millie's worldly friend Jennie Gifford. The Hornblowers stalk out, much to Jennie's delight, making Millie realize that she is missing all the fun. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Some of My Best Friends Are Smiths

5f

David Campton         

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          In this curiously powerful play, the name "Smith" comes to stand for what puts any human group on the bitter receiving end of prejudice and discrimination. The action begins casually when two attractive girls on a walking holiday arrive at an English hotel. The reservation is for "Miss Jones and friend," but when the other girl registers with her name, "Miss Smith," the clerk asks why she hadn't been told the other name was "Smith." She continues, "We don't take Smiths," and suggest the other girl would be happier in a hotel with her own kind. Another prejudiced guest at the hotel comments on how it makes her blood run cold to open the phone book and see all the "Smiths." In spite of themselves, a meaningful confrontation develops and with it a useful and pointed climax. One int. set

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Sparkin'

1m-3f

E. P. Conkle              

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This is a delightful little comedy of small-town Nebraska people and has to do with a timid young man who goes courting, but is unable to come to the point until Granny teaches him how to become a man.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Stages

10-flex

Jerome McDonough

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          This work depicts the entire history of the theatre in 35 minutes. It begins with Greek ritual and ends with current post-modern ritual (is the theatre-cycle complete?). A play for players, Stages reveals the emotions of the playwright, director, stage manager, and performers. Humor, frustration, dreams, and despair—the stuff of life itself is the stuff of this riveting play. As only McDonough can do it. Virtually Bare Stage.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Steadfast Tin Soldier, The

5m-6f

Herman Ammann     

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          While the birthday girl sleeps, the toys around her cake come alive and act out Andersen’s fairy tale about the handicapped tin soldier who loved a dancing paper doll. Herman Ammann’s unique ability to instill his characters with traits that make us think of our friends (and a few enemies) gives us a Phi Beta Kappa egghead named Humpty Dumpty, a slob of a shoe salesman named Prince Charming, a dyspeptic jack-in-the-box who hides when things get unpleasant, and a monkey who “likes to monkey around with the pretty girls.” A children’s play that charms audiences and delights actors of every age. Simple set; fairyland costumes.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Steinway Grand

1m-1f

Ferenc Karinthy       

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Composite set. The woman has advertised a piano for sale and the man calls to inquire about it. On his second call we begin to sense something is wrong; he is not really interested in the piano. By the third call we suspect a swindle or a joke. His fourth call the window allows to go unanswered. And now the truth is out: the buyer is really a lonely man on the verge of despair. And so is the widow.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Still Stands the House

2m-2f

Gwen P. Ringwood   

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Bruce finally agrees to give up his house for his wife’s sake when a city man makes him an offer, although it means admitting defeat. But his sister refuses to move from the house with its hallowed memories. And as a result she knowingly sends Bruce and his wife to their deaths in a blizzard.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Storm is Breaking, A

2m-1f

Jim Damico               

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Winner of the first National Collegiate Playwriting Contest, this is a portrait of a boy who has been following an ant along the sidewalk for several hours. It is a picture that is hard to put out of your mind, and its intimations leave lasting thoughts. The boy prevents a man from stepping on the bug—insect, the boy corrects him. For to the boy, everything on earth has size and significance.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Story of Chelm, A

11m-5f1

Linda Gaye Shapiro 

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Simple ext. When some heavenly machinery malfunctions, half a bag of foolish souls is dropped in the town of Chelm. They come to life and become obsessed with raising money to build a bathhouse for their shadows, who stubbornly lie in the dust all day long. After a number of moneymaking schemes are bungled, Heaven is forced to intervene in this comedy based on a Yiddish folktale.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Stranger With Roses

4m-2f

John Jakes               

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          As in Orwells' 1984, there are chilling science fiction aspects to this unusual play. The time is the future with gigantic cities and an artificial existence. When a suspicious woman finds a stranger has with him a wilted rose, she's terrified—for there have been no roses nor any green thing on earth for decades! In a climactic scene, it's revealed that the stranger is a time-traveler from our time, having gone forward in the hope of discovering a cure for his daughter stricken by an incurable illness. The computer-available records prove that the stranger died in his own time and so he must have returned. Along with the moving emotional scene, there's also a fascinating intellectual paradox. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Summer People, The

4m-3f

Duffield                      

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Like The Lottery, this macabre tale makes use of the rural New England setting and the cryptic, taciturn inhabitants of that area. Its two principal characters are kindly city people who have been visiting their same cottage by an isolated lake for several decades. They have always been treated with respect and affection by the tradesmen and local residents—until this particular year. On an impulse, they decide to break a longstanding taboo. Instead of closing their summer place and going back to the city on Labor Day as all "outsiders" invariably do, they decide to linger into autumn. The action of the natives is one of unspoken shock and silent hostility. One by one, the villagers isolate the couple. Even the telephone service is abruptly cut off. The falling of the curtain is as chilling and as sinister as any in the literature of the one-act play. Bare stage.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Summons of Sariel, The

9f

Kessie                       

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Just outside Eternity, the Soul of a girl meets the Clay and the Spirit. She longs to return to Earth where the doctors are working to save her. The Clay reminds her of the joys of earth. The Spirit bids her to accept God's will as announced by Sariel, God's Angel of Death. The girl finds courage to obey the bidding of Sariel and the play ends happily as she receives Sariel's message—return to Earth! Series of platforms.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Sunday Costs Five Pesos

1m-4f

Josephine Niggli      

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A comedy of Mexican village life. A young girl, through jealousy, breaks off with her fiance then, repentant, tries to win him back with the aid of well meaning friends who only manage to involve her in further difficulties.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Sunny Morning, A

2m-2f

Quintero                    

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This play is a great favorite with amateurs since it requires the simplest sets and no accessories. It has to do with an aged couple who years before had been in love. A delightful mixture of sentiment and wit.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Suppressed Desires

1m-2f

Susan Glaspell         

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Only a few one-act plays have attained and maintained the level of popularity of this popular and highly amusing travesty about misapplied psychology by one of the founders of the famed Provincetown Playhouse. Henrietta's obsession with psychoanalysis leads to a completely off-the-wall interpretation of a dream and very nearly to divorce before the absurdity of the situation is realized.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Tale That Wagged the Dog, The

1m-4f

Kelly                          

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The International Thespian Society and Dramatics magazine gave first prize to this comedy. In it, Johann Strauss, "The Waltz King," is visiting Boston on an American tour and the ladies are agog. Rudolph, the composer's valet, is doing a thriving business selling locks of the maestro's hair. However, the hair is coming from Strauss' little dog Bobo! One after another the young women invade the hotel suite. They are determined to have a lock of their idol's hair. They threaten, bribe and cajole Rudolph. How the lighthearted Rudolph deals with each and ultimately triumphs over the unromantic dictates of his shrewish wife, who is determined to end the deception, makes this short play an utter delight. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Taming of the Shrew, The

5m-3f

Shakespeare            

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Petruchio decides that Kate, the beautiful girl with the awful temper, will make a wonderful wife once she's tamed. Kate wants nothing to do with any suitor. The stormy courting—through the final taming of the shrew—is one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable stories. This adaptation and simplification is designed to tell a delicious love story with the charm and beauty of the original. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Taming of the Shrew, The

11m-4f

Charlotte Brown       

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          This may be Shakespeare’s funniest play; it’s certainly one of his liveliest. Petruchio wants a wealthy wife, and nothing else matters—she can be ugly as sin and a holy terror. He meets Kate. She’s beautiful. But she’s a holy terror. And Petruchio spends the rest of the play trying to tame her.

 

Notes:              Performed at MS district meet in 2002 (a Weslaco school I believe).

 

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

 

 

 

Tartuffe

5m-5f

Molière Adapt by Burleson 

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This is perhaps the best one-act arrangement of Molière now available. This publisher was present at the University of Texas in Austin for the Interscholastic League contest and saw Mr. Burleson's actors from Meadow High School acclaimed as they won first place in their division with this play. It begins with a prologue in which Molière must deal with his acting company and continues as they go into an exciting short version of the classic farce itself. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Tartuffe

8m-7f

Molière Adapt by Jeffries & Munoz   

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          So virtuous is Tartuffe that every form of pleasure is an abomination to him. Orgon, a rich merchant, is completely duped by the ruse and watches approvingly as the cunning Tartuffe "reforms" his whole family. So besotted is the merchant that he even plans to give Tartuffe his fortune, his house, and finally his daughter! Orgon's wife finally exposes Tartuffe for the rogue he is -- and her husband for being a gullible fool. By the time Orgon sees the light, only the courts can insure justice. This clever adaptation of the Moliere classic calls for an energetic ensemble. Moliere's greatest work is expertly adapted for one-act competition by the authors of The Beggar's Opera, The Merry Wives of Winsor, Valpone.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Tell-Tale Heart, The

4m-2f

McMahon                  

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          In comfortless surroundings, a young man plans and commits the "perfect crime." When a detective stops by on a quite different matter, it becomes apparent that the young man has little to fear. The only trouble is—he can't stop the pounding of the dead man's heart. Why can't the detective hear it? As the pounding grows louder and the tension increases, the audience realizes that they are watching the very madness of a murderer. One int. set

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Ten Miles to Jericho

5m-3f

Earl Reimer               

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          An old story is portrayed in a new way. The play examines the ancient parable of the Good Samaritan in terms of its contemporary significance. To this end the playwright brings together the four principal characters of the Biblical parable. This time, however, the setting is not a deserted stretch of road between Jerusalem and Jericho, but the inn where the wounded man was taken. Here, in a scene that builds to a dramatic climax, the wounded man probes to find the reason for the indifference or compassion that motivated the Priest, the Levite, and the Samaritan who passed him in the desert. In addition to the Biblical characters there are also two narrators whose incisive observations and comments bring the play's message to the heart of the listener with startling relevance.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Terrible Meek, The

2m-1f

Charles Kenedy        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Play is acted in darkness. Theme: the revelation in dramatic form of the effect of the Crucifixion on a Roman captain, a soldier, and an Unknown Woman. Since the darkness lifts for an instant at the end (appropriate costumes required). A standard religious play of the highest order. Particularly effective for churches and similar organizations. Poetic and dramatic at the same time.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

They're None of Them Perfect

6f-x

Sophie Kerr               

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A successful business woman announces her forthcoming marriage to her married women friends, who think she’s crazy to give up career and independence to be bothered by a husband’s little quirks. She maintains her fiance is perfect; but, in the end, her friends find he’s not quite so perfect after all.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

This Way to Heaven

2m-2f

Douglas Parkhirst    

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          First produced on NBC Television starring Burgess Meredith. Into the holiday-scented kitchen of lovely old Gram Wilson a mysterious gentleman appears. His intentions become comically alarming as he awkwardly attempts to do away with the old lady. After a fumbling and hilarious wrestle with his conscience, he admits he is from heaven and that he has come to take Gram back up there to cook for his section to earn his wings. However, a surprise ending sends him scooting back where he came from. Recommended for schools, churches and amateur groups.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Three Pills in a Bottle

4m-4f

Rachel Field              

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Ticket to the City, A

4m-3f

Donald Elser             

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Among the strangers waiting for a late train to the city are a young girl and young man. She is full of fantasies about making a place for herself in a world of brave but hopeless dreams. He has no illusions about the grim and mortal destination. A stranger from the girl’s past arrives and it becomes apparent that her history is illusory. Others are drawn into the vortex of her future, but it is the young man who, being most willing to help, finds his own future reoriented. At last, the philosophical ticket agent announces the arrival of the train.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

To Burn A Witch

4f

James Bray               

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Two girls wait in the bare cell room for the questioning to resume. Accused of witchcraft, they are terrified. The Salem community in which they live burns to death those convicted of being "Brides of Satan." Mary refuses to lie—even to save herself—but Ruth, desperately frightened, "confesses." The questioners then turn to Mary, but she cannot bring herself to swear to this lie. Since the two girls have always been so close, the questioners are dissatisfied with the conflicting stories. To save herself, Ruth feigns a seizure in which she deeply implicates her friend Mary. Only one hope remains for Mary now, and in a scene of dramatic power she makes her final choice. Bare stage w/props.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

To Destroy You Is No Loss

6m-12f

Dorothea Bonneau, adapted from Joan Criddle                       

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This play is based on the true-life experience of Teeda Butt Mam and her family. Told from the viewpoint of 15 year-old Teeda living through the nightmare of Khmer Rouge occupation of Cambodia, the story demonstrates how the individual spirit can prevail against the overwhelming forces of tyranny. Cultural and generational boundaries evaporate as the characters unfold the dignity and courage of this remarkable family infused with love, loyalty and the will to live. Area staging.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Toby Show, A

3m-4f

Aurand Harris           

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          A TOBY SHOW brings back to the stage an American folk character -- Toby, the country bumpkin who through naivete, honesty, and homespun humor outwits the city slickers. This farce-melodrama recreates with traditional situations and stock characters -- as well as jokes and stage business -- a colorful segment of American drama: the traveling tent repertoire shows. Starring in the Cinderella story, Toby enacts a comic variation of the fairy godmother. With music and specialty numbers, the production excitingly evokes a Toby Show for children of all ages, allowing them the joy of experiencing an authentic example of American folk theatre. As the early posters advertised: A laugh a minute! A cyclone of fun! Toby, a stick of dyna-mirth!

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Tom Jones

8m-7f

Charlotte Brown       

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This play captures the skylarking spirit of Fielding's comic masterpiece, and it's a hit with high schools, colleges and stock. It's set simply in drapes with a few props. Young Tom Jones, foundling and ward of Squire Allworthy, is deeply in love with Sophia and she with him, but her father has arranged for her to marry the Squire's sneaky nephew (and heir), young Blifil. The romance is discovered, Tom is banished and Sophia, with her maid, Honour, sets out to find him. They are followed by Sophia's father, his sister, Squire Allworthy and Blifil. All find madcap adventures on the road to London and meet with many strange characters. The amusing and unexpected solution to their problems captures all the laugh-a-minute hilarity for which Tom Jones is famous. Bare stage w/props. One-act cutting available.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Transceiver

2m-3f

Jerome McDonough

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The Withers family takes the two-way Citizen’s Band Radio transmitter-receiver somewhat for granted until it becomes their central link with survival. A past danger, a present storm, and a profound sense of responsibility drive the characters toward the saving of three lives—and the loss of one. When the need to communicate is strong enough, they discover, the limits of nature may be overcome.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Tricks of Scapin

7m-3f

adapted by Aurand Harris   

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          The comic tricks of that rascal Scapin, the farcical complications of mistaken identity, and the slap-stick elements of commedia dell'arte make this one of Moliere's most appealing comedies. In this short adaptation, brisk dialogue, short scenes, and mounting climaxes retain the joyous spirit of this French classic. The part of Scapin, an actor's dream, was played originally by Moliere himself.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Trifles

3m-2f

Susan Glaspell         

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Unusually powerful and effective, and gives fine roles for two good actresses. The wife of a strangled farmer is arrested on suspicion. While officers and neighbors are searching the old farmhouse for evidence, two women friends discover a slain canary and a broken cage. This evidence can prove the wife guilty, but by keeping her secret, they free her. An American classic by one of the original members of the Provincetown Playhouse where this play was premiered.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Trouble With Midas, The

 

Max Pearson             

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:         

 

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Type:                                        Royalty:                                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Donkey's Ear, The

4m-3f-x

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Touch of Gold, The

5m-5f-x

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Trysting Place, The

4m-3f

Booth Tarkington     

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Four couples simultaneously rendezvous in the same hotel lounge, but the situation is humorously complicated before each man meets his proper partner. A classic, well made comedy by one of America's most popular writers.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Twelfth Night

5m-2f-x

adapted by Cecil Pickett    

I.E. Clark Publications

 

Synopsis:          Cecil Pickett's skill at cutting long plays to contest length is well demonstrated in this adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about the twins, Viola and Sebastian, who were shipwrecked and washed ashore in Illyria. Pickett uses clowns and jesters to make scene changes for a fast-moving play. Detailed stage directions show the technique which have brought Pickett many honors and contest victories. Bare stage.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Twelve-Pound Look, The

2m-2f

J. M. Barrie                

Baker’s Plays

 

Synopsis:          Lady Sims, tired of her existence, almost gives it up when she learns from a working woman, the former Mrs. Sims, the joys of self-support.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Two Bottles of Relish

2m-2f

Edward Darby           

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          The most macabre mystery we've published; a surprising show coming from the imaginative and gentle Lord Dunsany. A man is preparing to commit the perfect crime, and he has an extraordinary plan for getting rid of the evidence—the body of his victim. When you come to the deceptively casual final line, your audience will take a beat to understand—and then gasp! One int. set. Not available in Canada.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Two Crooks and a Lady

3m-3f

Eugene Pilot             

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          One of the most popular one-act plays. For some years it has been one of the standbys of Little Theaters, schools and colleges. It is exceptionally clever and not at all difficult to act or produced.

 

Notes:

 

Type:  Drama                           Royalty:  $25-$15                                O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Two Fools Who Gained a Measure of Wisdom

1m-3f

Tim Kelly                   

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          A young husband is forced to visit the country estate of his rich aunt—somewhere in the vast reaches of rural Russia. She is an eccentric and dislikable tyrant, and the nephew is nervous and upset because he fears the old lady will shame him in front of his shy, gentle bride. Their first contact is with the maid, who is disagreeable and rude, and the meeting with the aunt turns into a hilarious romp, as she talks to herself, smokes a cigar, and proves to have very few inhibitions, to say the least. The groom is certain his bride will be shocked into leaving him, but then she confesses her own dark secret—her relatives are, if anything, even worse! Anton Chekhov's blend of laughter and sentiment, and his uncanny perception of the interior workings of men and women are delightfully captured in the adaptation, and make this short play a gem of rich humor and characterization. The running time of the play is about twenty minutes.

 

Notes:

 

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