Ugly Duckling, The

4m-3f

A. A. Milne                 

Baker’s Plays

 

Synopsis:          Arrangements have been made for the marriage of Prince Simon and Princess Camilla. Because the latter is plain, the king and queen decide to have a beautiful maid impersonate her. Hearing of the "princess's" great beauty, Simon decides he is too plain for her, so he has handsome Carlo, his man, impersonate him. Simon and Camilla, in a chance meeting, fall in love. Each looks quite beautiful to the other, and they live happily ever after

 

Notes:              BCMS 2003 – Did not place (poor production – lost an actor just before performance)

 

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

 

 

 

Unknown Soldier, The

3m-3f

Warren Frost             

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          This play was chosen through a national competition to represent the United States in the International Amateur Theatre Festival at Monaco. The time of the play is the Civil War and its theme, in a sense, is that the wars of yesterday must not become the wars of tomorrow. An oddly assorted group of people are deeply injured by war. Now, however, they're preparing a festive party with games and balloons for an "unknown soldier." The young soldier arrives and, in the midst of a subtly developing strangeness and tension, he wonders why they're being so wonderful to him. In a shocking ending, we discover the reason. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Up The Rent

3m-8f

Tim Kelly                   

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          Lord Duntarran's daughter is to be wed and, as a present, he is going to give her his best farm. Frank Muldoon sinks into a deep gloom as he knows, of course, that his farm is the one to be seized. But Sergeant Boyle, who is to serve the eviction notice, goes to the O'Shaughnessy farm instead. Frank is crushed. It's a matter of pride with him. How can anyone think that any other farm is better than his? Then Lord Duntarran's daughter arrives with some surprising news. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Valiant, The

5m-1f

Hall and Middlemass   

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          Produced to wide acclaim on Broadway, and made into a movie. The plot concerns a man waiting in prison for execution. Nothing is known about him except that he killed a man. On his execution day, a girl comes to see him, thinking he may be her long-lost brother. The prisoner recognizes her, but the sister is not sure of him. He sends her back to her mother happy in the belief that her brother died a hero in the war. Then, head up, he walks to the execution chamber.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Victoria at 18

2m-7f

Tim Kelly                   

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          It's a clash of wills between Victoria and her mother, the strong-willed Duchess of Kent, who has always refused to let her daughter grow up. Vicky must sleep in a cot by her mother's bed, let her mother make every decision—in effect, speak for her. But now she's 18, and the very next morning, without asking permission, she moves into a bedroom of her own! The next day, the Archbishop of Canterbury appears, insisting on seeing the princess. Again, the clash of wills—the hour is unseemly, the princess asleep. A dramatic encounter follows as the young girl in her plain dressing gown and slippers learns that she is now queen. The frantic duchess tries to capture royal power but now it is Victoria's world. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Voices

2m-3f

Richard Lortz            

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          This play was produced professionally in New York and London, as well as on television. A young couple arrive at an old house just before a snowstorm isolates them. Since her child's death, the wife has been in a sanitarium and the guilt and tensions of the young couple's tragic loss have all but destroyed their relationship. They try to rebuild their mutual trust, but the wife hears voices and she and the audience see the pale figure of a girl. The husband sees nothing. As the snow and night falls, the voices of a happy family playing joyfully grow louder and more insistent until the dramatic climax in this stunning play.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Volpone

7m-5f

B. Johnson adapt. by Jeffries & Knight                                   

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          The childless, rich trickster of the title feigns sickness to witness the groveling and sycophantic shenanigans of his court in search of his will. Unbeknownst to them, Volpone is still a scheming rapacious miser bent on extracting fortunes from the greedy opportunists. The extent to which people will go to acquire Volpone's fortune knows no bounds: one disinherits his only son; another offers his wife to the lecherous man.

 

This is truly a fun and exhilarating script, requiring a spirited ensemble. Johnson's farce is adapted for one-act competition by the authors of The Beggar's Opera, The Merry Wives of Winsor, Tartuffe and more.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Waiting for the Bus

2m-2f

Ramon Delgado        

Baker's Plays

 

Synopsis:          This exciting play by the former editor of The Best Short Plays series, depicts the progress of Western man and his prospects for the future. Edith represents the eternal mother, the protector and defender of the home, the family, and society. Andrew represents the civilized man of cultural accomplishments whose vision has become blurred through lack of faith in the intangibles of life. The bus, which runs over Andrew, demonstrates the power of Edith's vision over Andrew's. The story reaches a denouement with the death of Andrew, but the dilemma remains: Is it better to live aware of the games one plays in life, convinced that there is nothing beneath them; or is it better to accept the games as the only reality, deluding oneself with false hope?

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Wall Hanging, The

1m-2f

Barbara Milne           

Dramatic Publishing

 

Synopsis:          A young businesswoman causes an old Russian man, Vladimir, and his wife, Nina, to disclose the secrets they have hidden since leaving their country years ago. Jane Talbot has been sent to explain that the old farmhouse where the Russian couple have been allowed to live, almost in poverty, has been sold. Vladimir refuses to leave behind that part of his life which remains hidden behind the old piece of fabric that hangs on the wall. Nina is forced into revealing the deception that has governed their lives and, in so doing, discovers that there is no escape from the illusions we create for ourselves. One int. set.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Welcoming, The

10f

Mary Bill                    

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          The specter of ‘‘open housing’’ dominates this satire about the neighborhood apprehension that arises when a house is put up for sale. The action moves quickly from house to house and finally to a welcoming tea for a most unwelcome new neighbor. The posturing, the rationalizing and the tortuous reasoning that leads to the defeat of logic are soundly ridiculed

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

When Altars Burn

4f

Kay Arthur                 

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A study of four generations, marked by finely drawn characterizations. A child is caught in the conflict between her mother and grandmother, and the crisis is precipitated by her revelation of a long-concealed truth. As the beloved great-grandmother dies in a climax of deep emotional intensity, the whole meaning of her life is disclosed, contrasting strongly with that of the irresponsible grandmother. The effects of both good and evil actions, devolving from one generation to the next, are vividly dramatized.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

When the Fire Dies

1m-4f

Romona Mather        

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          A winner of the National Collegiate Playwriting Contest. A thoughtful, expressive scene of the southwest Indian, in which an ‘‘Americanized’’ Indian girl goes back to her family abode during school vacation. She looks contemptuously on the old Indian customs and taboos, and refuses to accompany her parents to a death-bed ceremony for a tribal elder. An ancient Indian woman, also going to the ceremony, passes by. She tells the girl that Indians of her education are necessary to lead the race out of ignorance. She makes her point beautifully, and leaves the young Indian girl in deep thought.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

When You're By Yourself, You're Alone

4m

McKinney                  

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          William, an eccentric recluse, has a unique problem. The building he lives in is being torn down. The contract with the landlord states the tenants’ lives must end with the building’s destruction. All the tenants are old and must die of natural causes—or commit suicide. William isn’t dead and cannot get anyone to end his life. Finally, William and another ancient tenant find a positive solution to the problem and joyously leave the crumbling building.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?

1m-1f

Louis E. Catron         

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Written by a college playwriting instructor, this nostalgic play captures the almost unspeakably poignant wonder of love. It is popular with high school, college and community theatres. A boy and girl meet and fall in love by discovering how to touch as people, not as sexual beings. The refreshingly innovative style makes it an ideal actors’ challenge.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

White Room of My Remembering

2m-4f

Jean L. Toddie         

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          This poignant play by the author of Tell Me Another Story, Sing Me a Song; A Little Something for the Ducks; A Scent of Honeysuckle and A Bag of Green Apples is the story of two women, Margaret and Jessie, who have come to Jessie’s child- hood home to put it up for sale. While Margaret goes to find a real estate agent, Jessie has conversations with herself as a girl and with her dead father and her mother. ‘‘A warmly human play. One is left with a sense that although choices made in life are not made without loss, that which is lost can in some ways be recaptured.’’—Pentagram. ‘‘Delightful.’’—The Review.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Wiley and the Hairy Man

3m-1f-x

Suzan Zeder             

Anchorage Press

 

Synopsis:          Set deep within the mysterious Tombigee Swamp, WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN centers around a young fatherless boy, his conjure-woman Mother, his faithful Hounddog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. Through rhythm and rhyme, a Chorus creates the mystery of the swamp. The magic of this play is not fairy dust -- it is soil. The magic of the earth and mud of the swamp. The magic of survival. In an exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains; the Hairy Man and his own fear.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Wishin' Tree, The

8f

Haubold                     

Samuel French

 

Synopsis:          Ol’ Granny Creep gives Mattie Sparks a tree that can make wishes come true. Mattie and Gramma Twiggins share the surprises as its magic stirs up hilarity. The action is fast and furious, building to a climax that reveals the true worth of the wishin’ tree. Featured are clear- cut comedy roles, an imaginative plot and sure-fire farce situations.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Wooing of Lady Sunday, The

5m-7f

Pezzulo                      

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          The action takes place in a small village in southern Italy, in the home of the gruff, lazy Briglio and his long-suffering wife, Concetta—whose unmarried sister, Domenica, has become, apparently, a permanent (and barely tolerated) addition to the family. However there is hope for the future, as the wife of the mayor, Don Carluccio Benvenuto, has died, and Domenica is the only eligible replacement in the town. Inevitably the upright Don Carluccio comes calling (with his brood of eight motherless children, but the strong-willed Domenica does not capitulate—at least not immediately. How she deals with this sudden appearance of "romance" in her hitherto barren life is both touching and funny, and filled with the innate warmth and wisdom so characteristic of life "Italian style."

 

                        Part of the collection, April Fish and The Wooding of Lady Sunday.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

World of Sholom Aleichem, The

 

Arnold Perl                

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Three plays are bound together by the narrative of Mendele the Book Seller, who connects the three different expressions of Eastern European Jewish life of the last century.

 

Notes:

 

Type:                                        Royalty:  $50 for all three plays O: ___  R: ___  S: ___

 

 

 

Tale of Chelm, A

5m-3f

 

 

 

Synopsis:          The story is based on folk tales of a village in Eastern Europe, which village was cheated of its rightful quota of intelligence—the angel charged with distributing souls spilled her bag of foolish souls as she flew over Chelm and one of the results was a Melamed—a teacher—who couldn't tell the difference between a nanny goat and a billy goat. The play tells of his constantly frustrated attempts to buy a milch goat for his wife.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Bontche Schweig

7m-4f

 

 

 

Synopsis:          Having died after a wretched and barren life on earth, Bontche Schweig now comes to heaven for his reward. Since life has taught him to expect nothing, he expects nothing in heaven. Even when the angels turn out to honor him he remains mute and bewildered." When he is offered anything he wants as a reward for his gentle uncomplaining humility, he can ask only that everyday he be given a hot roll with fresh butter; and even the angels are ashamed that his greatest wish is so pitiful.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

High School, The

7m-3f

 

 

 

Synopsis:          The story narrates the story of two Jewish parents who try to get their son admitted to a nonreligious school. In Russia at the time there was a quota for Jewish boys who wanted to attend regular schools...Essentially, it is the story of one small though persistent attempt to break out of segregation. But it is not arguing a thesis. What endears it to the theatregoer is its bittersweet portrait of two parents—the cautious father, the indomitable mother drawn together by a mystic vision of education for their son. In both the writing and the staging, this is an economical sketch in which the broad, general truths are never mentioned, although they rise out of the silence like thunder.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Yes Means No

3m-2f

Howard E. Rogers    

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Young Teddy Lawson is in bad with his father. He tells Dad he wants to marry Edith and needs cash for honeymoon expenses. Dad hits the ceiling, claiming that Teddy, who works for him, has no backbone, having never learned to say "No" to customers wanting easy credit. Father agrees, however, to give Teddy $100 every time he says "No" during lunch hour. Teddy overreaches himself and nearly ruins the business. But all ends well and the young people are ready for their honeymoon with plenty of Dad's money to their credit.

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

 

Young Lady of Property, A

3m-6f

Foote                         

Dramatists Play Services, Inc

 

Synopsis:          Wilma, a lonely girl of fifteen, lives with her aunt. Her mother is dead, and her father, who is weak and not too reliable, goes out with a Mrs. Leighton, a woman of whom the town disapproves. In a wistful moment Wilma confesses to her best friend that what she really wants more than anything else is to live again with her father in the house her mother left her, and since she knows that will never happen, she would like to marry in a few years and live in her house with her husband and children. In the absence of a real family, the house has become everything to her—her whole identity based on this, her one possession, which makes her a young lady of property. Wilma's gentle, happy realization that her real purpose in life is to remain here as a wife and mother in this house she loves is shattered by the news that her father is planning to marry Mrs. Leighton and to sell Wilma's house. Not only is she losing her father, she is losing the one thing that represents a safe and happy future to her. She dashes out frantically, realizing the only person who can help her now is Mrs. Leighton. And to her great joy she discovers that Mrs. Leighton is a person of warmth and sympathy. She saves Wilma's house for her and helps Wilma realize that her father, after all, has a right to marry again. And Wilma has her house safely again to fill with life so that she need never be lonely.

 

Notes:

 

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