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Featured new releases and most popular titles on 9/23/2014


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JUST ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL PLAY
By Bryan Starchman
Minimum cast of 10 plus drama teacher, maximum of 40
Script: 72 pages
Here's a comedy that covers nearly every angle of the typical high school play with a dose of history and improvisation thrown in for good measure! A group of actors, who have apparently been abandoned by their drama teacher, have to fend for themselves opening night in front of a live audience. Their teacher has left them hanging
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TINY TIM'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Matthew Thompson
Widely flexible cast
Script: 66 pages
A father tells his young daughter a story of Ebenezer Scrooge on his terrifying and exhilarating journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. But we do not realize until the end that the characters in this adaptation are more real than ever before. The covetous old miser who finds his heart turns out to be the little girl’s Great-Uncle Scrooge, and her fat
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EVERY LITTLE CROOK AND NANNY
By Pat Cook
4 m, 5 w, 1 boy
Script: 64 pages
Lillie Scones is a sweet retired nanny who runs a boarding house with one resident and "a cat the size of the Louisiana Purchase." Her two friends, Jocelyn and Carmella, help to pass the time by listening to music and gossiping. Then Stuart, an old charge of hers, rents a room. Lillie is tickled to have him around again, not knowing he is planning on robbing the bank on th
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ONCE UPON CAMELOT
By Craig Sodaro
14 m, 14 w, 2 flexible
Script: 56 pages
All the luck in Camelot has been bad lately, and the Brotherhood of Peasants, Serfs and City Scum expect King Arthur to do something about it or else! Merlin has become a fly, and Morgan LeFey and her minions waste no time in turning Arthur's three most loyal knights, Sir Tin, Sir Loin and Sir Cuss, into a frog, a rock, and a grasshopper. Not even Queen Guinever
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HORATIO WILL BE LATE
By Burton Bumgarner
6 m, 6 w
Script: 49 pages.
Miss Duncan, the Stratford High School drama teacher, has always wanted to direct "Hamlet," but from the very start her production is doomed. The lead actor is a prima dona who exasperates his peers. The other actors are either jealous that they weren't cast in different roles, or clueless. On opening night the costumes still haven't arrived, the makeup is lost, an
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PITCH, THE
By Bryan Starchman
Cast: Widely flexible from 4-20 actors
Script: 28 pages
A young, hungry writer in Hollywood finally has his chance to pitch his original ideas for movies, television shows, and commercials to a major producer. The writer’s ideas come to life on stage as he tries to sell one -- just one -- of his many wacky ideas. Consider (and laugh) as the writer presents previews of a big-budget movie entitled “Th
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DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES-Shakes...
By Jane and Jim Jeffries
Cast: 2-3m, 6w
Script: 32 pages
Okay, these housewives may not be real, but they are desperate. Shakespeare has been manipulating and twisting their lives for six plays now, and they desperately want to escape his evil machinations. But are they desperate enough to commit murder? Shakespeare has been found dead: stabbed, poisoned, starved, choked, bitten by an asp, and even turned into a baar
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UP THE STAGE OVER
By Robert A. Anderson
2 m, 7 w
Script: 56 pages
Act I is a play rehearsal at the home of one of the characters, while Act II represents the high school stage with all scenery reversed so that the audience sees only what normally would be back stage. All sound effects are visible; prop table, prompters, stage braces, etc. About every problem a director has ever had is encountered. Comedy abounds as each character has
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LEGEND OF KATASTROPHE KATE
By Stephen Murray
11 m, 18 w, 8 flexible, extras and doubling
Script: 44 pages
Hold on to your tumbleweeds 'cause here comes the legendary Katastrophe Kate, the most dangerous woman in the West! Whaddaya mean you never heard of her!!? Didn't ya know that Texas has a panhandle on accounta she was such a great cook?! This Tex-Mex tall tale begins when Katherine, a mild-mannered, Eastern-born and bred protegee of world
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TEN ACTORS IN SEARCH OF A CELL
By James Rayfield
4 m, 6 w
Script: 24 pages
Just as the stage manager is getting ready to call "Places" for the start of the school's play, everything comes to a screeching halt. Brandy has discovered that her cell phone is missing and refuses to go on until she finds it. The other actors try to help her re-create her every move to find the exact moment the phone was misplaced, and what follows is not only the quest f
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ANNIE PLAY WILL DO
By Scott Haan
7 m, 8 w, 2 flexible
Script: 51 pages.
About 70 minutes.
Because of a miscommunication with the principal, high school drama teacher Mr. Morris finds himself with only ONE DAY to cast, stage and perform the school play. In desperation, he turns to two of his best students, Paul and Laura, to take charge and co-direct the show, unaware that the two are in the middle of a nasty break-up and are no longer
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SCREENAGERS
By Jim and Jane Jeffries
10 m, 9 w, 2 flexible
Script: 26 pages. About 30 minutes.
In this fast-paced, technology-saturated world, can teenagers really survive without laptops, i-pads, cell phones and other mobile devices? Has high-speeding texting replaced face-to-face communication? Do apps substitute for thoughtful conversation? From breaking up on Facebook, to in-class research, to real-time dating advice, this pla
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TRUCK STOP CHILI
By Matt Myers
7 m, 5 w, and 7 flexible
Script: 68 pages.
Deep in the heart of West Virginia, there’s a little hillbilly town called Gizzard, and in that town you’ll find Leroy’s Clip n’ Dip… the world’s first beauty parlor/auto garage. Now, folks in Gizzard aren’t exactly beating the Clip n’ Dip’s door down, so to pass the time, Otis Hooper and his mechanic buddies Crisco, Clyde and Floyd, have started a band called T
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KAMP KAOS
By Stephen Murray
Large, flexible cast
Script: 67 pages
Confusion and fun are the business of the day at Kamp KAOS, a summer camp that boasts its own 12-watt radio station. It's opening day at the camp and director Wally Schneider is already in trouble: the mortgage is due, the world's wealthiest woman wants to buy the camp, the county health inspector is coming, and the mysterious weather phenomenon El Gordo has broug
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IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Adapted by Ken Womble
Cast: 4 -5 m, 4 w
Script: 62 pages.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” is Oscar Wilde's most perfect, and most popular, play. Since its premiere in 1895, it has given joy to generations of theatergoers. The play is often called a "comedy of manners," because in the world Wilde knew and wrote about, late 19th century British high society, manners were everything. In this play, young Jack Worthing
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DON'T ROCK THE BOAT
By Tim Kelly
11 m, 14 w, extras
Script: 66 pages
Tom Butterworth is determined to be the youngest cruise ship captain in history - even if this means sailing on a converted gunboat named "Vengeance" with a crew of rejects from Maritime High School, and a trio of girl singers who are passing themselves off as a famous show biz act. The engineer is seasick, the cruise hostess is pulling her hair in frustration, and a gu
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MARY JANE OF WHITE CHAPEL
By Julian Felice
Cast: Approx. 8 m, 5 w, numerous flexible roles and chorus
Script: 30 pages
"Mary Jane of Whitechapel" is set during the Autumn of Terror of 1888 when London was haunted by the spectre of a killer which, even now, we know only by the name of Jack the Ripper. Alternating between the investigation into the killings and the life of Mary Jane Kelly, the Ripper’s final victim, the play re-creates the dark
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CHRISTMAS COMES TO DETROIT LOU
By Bobby G. Wood
7 m, 7 w
Script: 40 pages.
In this rest home-clinic setting on Christmas Eve, a group of people are waiting to see the doctor. Among them are Detroit Louie, the hard-hearted pickpocket; Harry, his dumb, but loyal right-hand man; John and Cara, who have just brought their father to be committed permanently and the Old Man, who refuses to believe his son would do such a thing. Also present are Mrs. Ai
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MAN WHO WANTED TO BE SANTA
By Pat Cook
Cast: 5 m, 5 w, 1 girl
Pages: 76
“Who IS that guy?” That’s what they’re asking each other at the local police station when Santa Claus shows up handing out gifts. This Santa seems to know them all so well…but they haven’t a clue who he is. It’s not like they haven’t seen people dressed for the holidays, especially since Earlene visits costumed first as an elf and then as a big bunny. Even Chief Culpepper ha
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BINGO SPELLS MURDER
By Robert Mattson
4 m, 3 w
Script: 36 pages. About 45 minutes.
An Interactive Dinner Theatre Mystery
Father O'Sullivan is desperate. But who wouldn't be? The bank is about to foreclose on his church buildings and orphanage. He's got young people struggling with questions of love, developers struggling to turn the house of God into the Condos of God, a gangster struggling with the English language, and a bookkeeper
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COAL MINERS' CHRISTMAS
COAL MINERS' CHRISTMAS
By Daniel Kehde.
4 m, 3 w, 2 girls, extras.
Performance time: 90 minutes.
It's almost Christmas in a poor coal mining town in the early 1900s. When a foundling baby girl appears on the doorstep of the company store, Annie, the possessive wife of the proprietor, takes a shine to her. But Arly, who works at the store and makes Christmas presents for all the kids in town, learns that the real mother is Francine. She has
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TIL DEATH DO US PART
By Craig Sodaro
5 m, 11 w
Audience Participation
Script: 67 pages.
You are invited to the most offbeat wedding of the season, where murder takes center stage and all the guests are suspects. Neither the groom's parents nor the bride's former boyfriend want the marriage to happen. The family lawyer has a little something up his sleeve and it might involve an enigmatic guest who dies mysteriously before revealing who
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GREAT DAY IN STARFLAKE...
GREAT DAY IN STARFLAKE...
By Mary Bufton
6 m, 6 w, extras
Script: 16 pages
Poor Santa is being tried in court for breaking and entering, unfair interstate trade practices, illegal parking, unfair wages, and flying with no flight plan. Witnesses are cross-examined by the attorneys and the jury takes very little time to reach a verdict. One act.
#1169 - Great Day in Starflake County Court

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MOTHER GOOSE INC.
By Stephen Murray
6 m, 9 w, 12 flexible
Script: 40 pages
The age-old competition between Mother Goose and the Brothers Grimm isn't abating. Mother Goose's employees encourage her to take a vacation, but while she's gone, Simple Simon messes everything up and the employees go on strike. The only way Simon can bring them back to work and get the company out of the red is to agree to have them appear on a fairy-tale telev
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NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING
Adapted by Joe Cosentino
Music and Lyrics by Susan Mondzak
7M 7F + ensemble. Some doubling possible.
One Unit Set.
Script pages: 54. About an hour.
This much loved tale is mostly known as a ballet. However, it began as a classic story of literature by a German author, E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story involves an eccentric inventor whose nephew has been turned into a nutcracker doll by a curse. In order to break the e
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ACTOR GAMES, THE
Comedy by Wade Bradford
Cast: 13, plus extras.
Script: 32 pages.
In this dystopian/Hunger Games parody everyone is starving...for attention! Society's obsession with all things drama has become so distracting, the Capitol has outlawed all auditions and has divided the population into ten districts: Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare Drama, Commedia Dell'Arte, and others.
During the annual Actor Games, a tribute from each di
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PARENTS JUST DON'T... MUSICAL
Book by Bryan Starchman, Music by Stephen Murray,
Lyrics by Bryan Starchman and Stephen Murray
Cast: Minimum cast of 5 with doubling: 3 m, 2 f
Maximum cast of 24: 12 m, 12 f and as big a chorus as you like!
Script: 90 pages
Are we there yet? The Stathem family is on a loooong car trip, giving everyone lots of extra time to reminisce about the past 12 months. Here is a collection of hilarious (and often too close to
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ROSIE THE RIVETER
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By Trey Clarkson
Cast: 21: 6 m, 8 w, and ensemble cast of 7 w or more
Script: 64 pages
It’s January 1942, in the throes of World War II. Eddie, the owner of Eddie’s Auto Parts Factory in Cook County, Illinois, is struggling now that there is a freeze on the manufacturing of car parts. His secretary, Rosie, wonders if the factory can secure a government contract and be converted to make airplane part
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MERRY CHRISTMAS, DEAR GRANDPA
--JUST RELEASED--
By Michal Jacot
Cast: 6, 3 m, 3 w
Script: 42 pages
Amber has invited her whole family to her new home to have the "perfect family Christmas." She has decorated her house, carefully planned the meal, and even ironed her shoelaces! Once her brother, sister, parents, and curmudgeon of a grandfather show up, though, nothing goes right. When a last-minute accident prevents Amber from making Christmas din
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JUSTICE IN DUSTY JUNCTION
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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Territo
Cast: Minimum cast of 13 with doubling: 6 m, 6 w, 1 flex
Maximum cast of 16: 8 m, 6 w plus extras
Script: 70 pages
Dusty Junction is in big trouble! The roaming outlaw Ugly Monroe is terrorizing the citizens. First he shoots stable owner Joe and steals his boots; next he shoots the sheriff and steals his badge; and then he shoots the doc and steals his stetho
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CHARLES DICKENS'S A CHRISTMAS
By Kevin P. Kern
Cast: 11 m, 10 w, 3 boys, and 12 flexible. With doubling, 4 m, 3w, 1 boy, 6 flexible.
Script: 53 pages
Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser, choosing to spend Christmas Eve alone instead of with his cheerful nephew, Fred. That night, he is visited by his old colleague, Jacob Marley, who explains that three ghosts will come. After seeing his Christmas Past, Present, and Future, Scrooge awakens wit
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IVAN AND THE BIRDS
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By Alaska Reece Vance
Cast: 18 – 50+ 14-24 f, 4-26 m. Doubling is appropriate.
Script: 57 pages
Ivan’s greatest ambition has always been to learn the Language of the Birds. When he shows off his pet nightingale for show and tell at school, he is teased until he runs away. Seeking shelter in the forest, Ivan protects baby birds from a storm. In gratitude, the mama bird grants Ivan’s wish and teache
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LITTLE MERMAID
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By Wade Bradford
Cast: With doubling 4m, 5w, 2 flex
Script: 74 pages
Kira, the little mermaid, longs to see life on the surface. When she realizes her overprotective father will only show her a deserted island and has promised her hand in marriage to nerdy Duke Dorsal, she takes matters into her own hands. She sings for the Sea Witch who takes her voice, with the knowledge that she must win the hea
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ONCE UPON A TOWER
The Untold Story of Rapunzel
and her Twelve-Story Prison

--JUST RELEASED--
By Eddie McPherson
Cast: 6 m, 7 w, 10 flexible, doubling possible
Script: 60 pages
Not many folks know the TRUE story of how the beautiful, golden-haired Rapunzel ended up alone, locked in a tower …until now! You see, her parents promised their first-born child to a witch (who preferred to be called an enchantress). But little did the witc
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