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Eldridge Publishing, a leading play publisher since 1906, offers hundreds of full-length plays, one-acts, melodramas, holiday and religious plays, children's theatre plays and musicals of all kinds. We look forward to being a part of your next theatrical production!

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Featured new releases and most popular titles on 8/23/2017


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FRUMPLED FAIRY TALES
By Bill Springer
Flexible cast 5 - 18
Script: 26 pages
Puns and pratfalls abound in this fun, frumpled 35-minute version of three Grimm fairy tales. And with the help of a narrator, the audience can cheer the heroes and boo the villains. In "Rumpelstiltskin," a greedy king, a miller's daughter and a comical chap named Rumpelstiltskin all mix together in the story of gold spinning and name guessing. In "Rapunzel," a
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CHRISTMAS CAROL - Sodaro/Keys
Story adapted by Craig Sodaro.
Music and lyrics by Scott Keys. Accompaniment by Bob Marshall.
Flexible cast up to 42.
Script: 49 pages.
Here is a holiday treasure with a beautiful variety of music, from the cheery "A Fifteen Shilling Christmas," and "The Fezziwig Ball," to the dramatic "Link by Link," and "Make Each Day Count." There's also the bright song, "The Spirit of Christmas," and the unforgettable closing num
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LITTLE RED:LIFE IN THE HOOD
By Claudia Haas and Richard Cash
9 w, 24 flexible
Script: 50 pages
It's a media moment! Little Red Riding Hood has come to tell her story on Terry Tellus' talk show but is rudely interrupted by her Grandmother and the Wolf. It seems Red Riding Hood's version is nothing but a fairy tale! The Grandmother and the Wolf insist on equal air time. Henny Penny, Chicken Little and Turkey Lurkey appear as insurance agents,
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YOU CAN'T BEAT THE HOUSE
By Pat Cook
4 m, 6 w
Script: 68 pages
"I've had trouble breaking into a house before but this is the first time I've had problems breaking OUT again!" So moans Merle to his partner, Howie. These two minor-league burglars have really met their match this time, it seems. They decided on a house only to find, after managing to get into the place, that it's up for sale and before they can leave, Conrad and Glenda, prosp
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DIVIDED WE FALL
By Bryan Starchman
Cast: Widely flexible from 11 to 20.
Script: 44 pages.
Everyone has some burden, but shared pain is always easier to bear. This monologue-based play is sure to strike the hearts of teens, showing them that any frustration, embarrassment, loneliness, and grief they are experiencing is not limited to them alone. Some major issues within the dozen monologues include a girl’s concern about her body image
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JUST ANOTHER SNOW DAY
By Bryan Starchman
Cast: 5 m, 6 w, 18 flexible or with doubling 3 m, 3 w
Script: 71 pages

Snow day! In this collection of hilarious scenes we see how an unexpected day off from school can be an answer to a prayer…or not! Sweethearts Mark and Jessica aren’t feeling very sweet when, after a whole night of decorating the gym, the winter homecoming dance is canceled. Meanwhile, Paul is thrilled to get an invitation from
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER
By Gary Ray Stapp
4 m, 5 w, 1 flexible, optional 1 boy
Script: 75 pages
Armed with a sharply judgmental attitude and a pair of binoculars, homeowner Leona Crump is consumed with anxiety over her new neighbors. Will they be California beatniks? Or paroled drug pushers? Or more frightening yet, perhaps someone with children?!
Her worst fears are realized when an odd-ball "hill-folk" family move in across the str
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VERY BAD DAY FOR BRANDON
By Scott Haan
3 m, 3 w
Script: 35 pages
Brandon Butterworth has apparently been playing the field. On one fateful night, his multiple girlfriends (grouchy Lucy, ditzy Rebecca, and shy Constance) accidentally discover each other. The three ladies realize their boyfriends, all named Brandon, are actually the same guy. Instead of fighting and bickering amongst themselves, they hatch a plan for revenge, teaming up to teac
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HOW TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
By Bradley Walton
Flexible cast of 8
Script: 30 pages
Five less-than-stellar students meet to work on their group English project. Their assigned reading: Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird." Unfortunately, not one of the five has actually read the book. In fact, nobody even brought a copy of the book along. Worst of all, they’re not exactly sure what the title of the book even is! Thus begins a hilarious series o
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LOS OCHOS, A DANCE WITH DEATH
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By Reid Conrad
Cast: 20-21: 8 - 9 m, 12 w, extras
Script: 63 pages
The townspeople having been living in their quiet Spanish village for centuries under the hechizo, avoiding aging, disease, and death. But when Tomaso decides to leave after Rosita denies him, the spell is broken. The Eights come again, offering protection in exchange for the death of one of the villagers -- one that is selected by th
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WAKING SLEEPY HOLLOW
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By Jonathan Yukich
Cast: 9 - 22: 7 m, 9 w, 6 flexible. 9 actors with doubling
Script: 43 pages
Welcome to present-day Sleepy Hollow. This famed little town now has traffic lights, modern plumbing, even a Dunkin’ Donuts – but traces from its past remain. A troupe of actors takes us on a tour of Sleepy Hollow, but the participants begin to suspect that there is perhaps more truth to the legend than th
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TWELVE ANGRY TEACHERS
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By Gerald Murphy
Cast: 14: 7 m, 7 w
Script: 26 pages
Twelve teachers hold a closed hearing to decide the fate of a high school student accused of showing up drunk at a school play rehearsal and destroying a valuable prop. If they decide to expel her, the vote must be unanimous. However, the teachers have different backgrounds, varied experiences, and assorted motivations. From the thoughtful remedial
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IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
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By Rachel Lopez
Cast of 14: 4 m, 8 w, 2 flexible
Script: 51 pages
When Chris, a popular, straight-A student, suffers the loss of his younger sister in a hit-and-run accident, he is left to struggle through the remainder of his high school career. But Jake Simmons, the star quarterback and class bully, won’t leave him alone and begins to torment Chris about his personal tragedy while taking bullying t
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MURDER AT THE BOOK CLUB
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By Sam Havens
Cast of 10: 5 m, 5 w
Script: 60 pages
This is one club where members’ lives are not an open book! Tonight’s meeting of the Queen Anne Murder Mystery Book Club takes a dark twist when a threatening telephone call sets the group on edge. Suddenly all the lights go out and gentle Nellie is murdered. But who is the killer…and why? Do those eerie masks mounted on the wall or that unusual ha
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MASTERMIME
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By Katie B. Oberlander
12 actors (3 m, 3 w, 6 flexible)
Script: 24 pages
Tomorrow is opening night at The Grand Old Theatre and Mastermime, a notorious criminal who distracts audiences with entrancing mime routines and then disappears with their valuables, has defaced the theatre marquee and is terrorizing the stagehands. Will hard-boiled detective Stanton Ovation and his earnest sidekick Deputy Hamm
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ROY AND RITA’S RIDICULOUS...
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By Andrew M. Frodahl
Cast of 19: 5 m, 6 w, 8 flexible, (doubling possible)
Script: 36 pages
Reality TV stars Roy and Rita Rafferty are full of energy and excitement for their home improvement audience. However, the ratings for “Roy and Rita's Ridiculous Remodel Show!” are looking bleak. After filming only ten episodes, the network has informed them that unless they can boost their ratings – dras
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FIREFLIES
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By Charmaine Spencer
Cast: 7: 3 to 4 m, 3 w
Script: 52 pages
This drama is based on the true story of the well-known artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, who brought hope and beauty to thousands of children at the concentration camp of Terezin.

It’s World War II and the Nazi juggernaut is running full-time, forcing Jews and other “undesirables” into concentration camps. At Terezin concentration ca
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REALITY STARS: GREEK GODS
Reality Stars: Greek Gods Edition
By Jonathan Yukich
Cast of 15: 8 m, 7 w
Script: 48 pages
What happens when you mix the Greek gods with reality television? In this hilarious romp, the great Greek myths are explored within a reality show framework. Thirteen gods are put under one roof, but only one can survive to sit atop Mount Olympus. “Reality Stars: Greek Gods Edition” is an inventive retelling of Greek mythology w
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TWILIGHT CONE, THE
Comedy by Wade Bradford
8 characters: 1 m, 5 w, 2 flexible
Script: 26 pages
It’s Marcus’ first day on the job at The Twilight Cone, an unusual ice cream shop owned by his Great-Aunt Diane. Marcus has already been trained on the milkshake machine and scooping ice cream when suddenly his eccentric aunt needs to run to the store. She reluctantly decides to let him open the shop but makes him promise not to serve any flavo
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AMAZING ANGEL-MAN
The Amazing Angel-Man
By Julian Felice
Cast: Cast of 12 plus ensemble. Most roles are gender flexible except for those noted. Doubling possible.
Script: 36 pages
James, a young boy, suffers from Angelman Syndrome. This neurodevelopmental disorder causes problems with speech and mobility forcing him to spend his life in a wheelchair. The story shifts from James’ imagination where he dreams of being a superhero calle
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TRIAL...WICKED WITCH: MUSICAL
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Book by Craig Sodaro
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Murray
Cast: 21: 8 m, 12 w, 1 flexible
Script: 68 pages
The Wicked Witch is on trial for her crimes in the land of Once Upon a Time in this madcap musical featuring several favorite characters from many fairy tales. The cast of characters includes the Fairy Godmother as the judge, the Three Little Pigs as bailiffs, and Jack the Giant Killer as the gu
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LAS SOLDADERAS
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By Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia
Cast: 9 women and large ensemble of 15+
Script: 27 pages
Set in the Sierra Madre Mountains, this historic drama follows the lives of an intrepid band of female guerilla fighters who choose to pick up rifles to defend the poor and disenfranchised from the clutches of the corrupt Mexican government and their soldiers. The play explores what it means to be a woman, known as a
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GRETEL WAS A PRINCESS
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By Patti Veconi
Cast: Speaking roles for 18 (4 m, 7 w, and 7 flexible) As many extras and sound effects/musicians for ensemble as desired.
Script: 29 pages
The drama club members assemble to perform “The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales,” but realize there isn’t time to do the whole collection and still eat the cookies waiting in the lobby for after the show. The actors condense the tome down t
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AFTER-SCHOOL DETECTIVES
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By Craig Sodaro
Cast: 5 m, 7 w
Pages: 62
High school outsiders Agatha, Sebastian, Claire, and Ryder have bonded as the After-School Detectives devoted to solving crimes and misdemeanors at Yankum High School. Trouble is, they don’t get the slightest bit of recognition even though they’ve found lost lab animals, returned extorted lunch money, and stopped a blackmail plot. Head detective Agatha (named
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RIVERS OF INK
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By Jill Henson and Melonie Menefee
Cast: 5 m, 3 w, and ensemble
Script: 24 pages
Hassan works as a scholar in the House of Wisdom specializing in translating legends. She spends her days alongside her father and twin. Together they are all living a dangerous secret. It is 13th century Bagdad at the height of Islamic civilization and women are forbidden in the House of Wisdom so Hassan and her sister
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LITTLE PRINCESS (Musical)
Book, Music and Lyrics by Catherine McDonald
Music by Adam Morris
Cast: 9 m, 15 w, and numerous extras, doubling possible
Script: 84 pages.
Set in an all-female boarding school in Victorian London, young Sara Crewe loses all her money and place in society when her father dies. Forced by the merciless headmistress to work in slave-like conditions in the school she once attended, Sara dreams of a better life. She use
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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE DISH & SPOON
Hey Diddle Diddle: The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon
By Bradley Walton
Cast: 4-23 performers possible
Script: 40 pages
A cat plays the fiddle, the cow jumps over the moon while the little dog laughs, and the dish runs away with the spoon…but then what? A group of storytellers are challenged to continue the story of the dish and the spoon from Hey Diddle Diddle. The tales that they spin find the dish and spoon f
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TRICK PLAY
By Patrick Campbell
Cast: 6 m, 8 w, 4 flexible
Script: 87 pages
Julie, an event planner, has been tasked with organizing a soccer conference at her uncle's run-down hotel. However, no one has registered, so Julie faces being fired. Dan, who has a crush on Julie, asks his sister Effy to pretend to be a world-famous soccer player at the conference to help sell registrations and save Julie's job. Effy is a wannabe actres
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