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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 8/24/2016


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NOSFERATU: LEGEND OF DRACULA
By L. Don Swartz
21 characters. 6 to 8 men, 8 to 10 women,
1 flexible, 1 boy, 1 girl
Script: 76 pages
No modern-day monster can equal the chill factor than that of Dracula and his nosferatu, the undead who must feed on the blood of the living to exist. Their lust, shown only in the darkest hours, haunts even the bravest of us mortal souls. This adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel is done with a sure and steady han
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BORN TO BE WILD
By Bryan Starchman
Cast: Widely flexible cast of 32.
Minimum cast: 2 m, 1 w, 2 flexible.
Script: 62 pages.
Ever wonder why your cat acts like he's king of the world? Or why flamingos stand on one leg? Have you ever imagined what a spider would have to say to a fly just before devouring him, or what "small talk" sounds like when a cannibalistic female praying mantis goes on a date with a naive male praying mantis? Wel
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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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BREAK A LEG
By Eddie McPherson
6 m, 8 w, 1 flexible
Script: 76 pages
Trudy, new to the theatre scene, has just been hired as stage manager for an upcoming play at a small community theatre. The problem is Trudy is inept, clumsy, and more than that, she's a jinx. The cast agrees that Trudy is a modern-day gremlin who is cursing the show and that she must go once and for all. So, why doesn't the director fire her? Because Trudy is
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DR. JEKYLL and MR. HYDE
By Loren Crawford
Cast: 6 m, 17 w, 1 flex.
Script: 62 pages
Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll is back for a second year of teaching science at Devon Academy after leaving his position as head of surgery at Guy’s Hospital under mysterious circumstances. He continues with his private research at the school, enlisting Head Girl Jackie Utterson as a lab assistant. Frightening things begin to
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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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LAGOONED! --Play
By Tim Kelly
Flex. cast, approx. 10 m, 19 w, extras
Script: 70 pages
Just sit right down and enjoy a tale - a tale that combines parts of Fantasy Island, Treasure Island, and Gilligan's Island. Now you've got some idea of what's in store when you're lagooned. In this sequel to Tim Kelly's ever popular play, "Don't Rock the Boat," some favorite characters do their best to survive on a weird atoll in the South Pacific, t
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TELL-TALE HEART (BROME)
TELL-TALE HEART (BROME)
Adapted by Robert Brome
3 m, 3 w
Script: 18 pages
From The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
A psychotic murders an old man and then copes successfully with the village constable, only to be trapped and betrayed by conscience and a twisted mind. Increasing the story's playability is the addition of two nieces of the old man who suspect murder, and an innocent bride of the murderer. A smashing climax with thundero
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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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BLACK CAT
BLACK CAT
Adapted by Robert Brome
from the story by Edgar Allan Poe
3 m, 3 w
Script: 20 pages
A husband and wife are known for violent quarrelling, especially over their cat. Obsessed, the man tries to kill the animal but accidentally kills his wife. He covers up the murder until the cat's howls are heard from within the cellar wall.
#8101 The Black Cat


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MONKEY'S PAW
adapted by L. Don Swartz
from the original by W. W. Jacobs
2 m, 3 w
Script: 22 pages
A mysterious storyteller leaves a grisly talisman with a Midwestern farm family, assuring them that it will grant them three wishes, but warning them to pitch the monkey's paw on the fire, as it will bring them nothing but death. The father makes the first wish, but even good is twisted into evil as the family's lives spiral hopele
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PARENTS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
By Bryan Starchman
Cast: Minimum of 5 with doubling: 2 m, 2 w, 1 flexible.
Maximum cast of 33: 16 m and 16 w, 1 flexible.
Script: 63 pages. About 80 minutes.
The hip-hop standard of the 1980s said it best: "There's no need to argue, parents just don't understand!" Here is a collection of hilarious (and often too close to the truth) scenes that all families are going to be able to relate to. This easy-to-stage
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PRE-MUSKETEERS
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By Wade Bradford
Cast: 12: 7 m, 5 w, many supporting roles and extras, doubling possible
Script: 60 pages
The Dumas classic “The Three Musketeers,” set in 17th century France, tells of the adventures of three heroic musketeers who are close comrades. This, sadly, is not a dramatization of that beloved story. Instead it’s a prequel…of sorts. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are in training to become muskete
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THE ZOMBIES WALK AMONG US
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By Brian Kral
Cast: 14: 2 m, 6 w, 6 flex, plus ensemble, doubling possible
Script: 62 pages
When a devastating earthquake strikes Haiti, age-old fears and superstitions rise to the surface in civilized Port-au-Prince. For Alanis Ducette, the daughter of an aid worker, it brings nightmares of her dead sister and a conviction that zombies are intruding on everyday life. To exorcize her nightmares, she
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HUNCHBACK
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By Reid Conrad
Cast: 14: 6 m, 2 w, 6 flexible, many extras
Script: 27 pages
Born a hunchback, Quasimodo finds himself in love with Fleur, a wealthy socialite hoping for a position with the queen. Frollo, Quasimodo’s brother, seeks to influence the queen, and Fleur easily agrees to be his pawn but refuses to become his wife. Enraged, Frollo tricks Quasimodo into a plan to kill Fleur. Seeking to free Q
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SPECIAL AGENT GOLDILOCKS
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A Children's Participation Play
By Bobby Keniston
Cast: 7: 3 m, 2 w, 2 flex
Script: 41 pages
Attention, new recruits! Fairytale City is in trouble because of a wolf named Big Bad, who wants to get his hands on a magic porridge that will make him invincible! Billings, a master of disguise who runs the Special Agent Unit, needs your help! Meanwhile, Mama Bear, the Porridge Maker, and Papa Bear, the Po
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MOBY DICK
By Trey Clarkson
Cast: 15: 11 characters, 4-6 ensemble
Script: 37 pages
It’s 1851 and a young man walks into a Nantucket pub inquiring about how to board a vessel and go to sea on an adventure. What he finds is not the inspiring advice he bargained for. Ishmael, a hardened veteran of the sea, tells a cautionary tale of foreboding and woe about his own first-time voyage on the infamous "Pequod" under the maniacal leader
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TRIAL OF THE WICKED WITCH
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By Craig Sodaro
Cast: 21: 8 m, 12 w, 1 flex
Script: 57 pages
The Wicked Witch has finally been caught and hauled into the Court of Once Upon a Time to stand trial. She's accused of casting a spell on Sleeping Beauty, attempting to poison Snow White, kidnapping Rapunzel, and trying to eat Hansel. Red Riding Hood heads up the prosecution with the Evil Stepmother of Cinderella fame serving as the defens
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ONLY 13
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By Tom Quinn
Cast: 4-11 flexible
Script: 41 pages
Phoebe finds herself struggling through her first day of middle school. She is labeled by her dad, her teacher, and other students in the school. She finds herself accepting all the labels put on her, including IMPOSSIBLE, CHILD, SCARED, ALONE, SHAME, PANIC, FAT, I DON’T MATTER, TOO SMART, DISAPPOINTED, WORTHLESS, UGLY, and SLUT. In a moment of crisis
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PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
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By Scott Haan
Cast: 10: 3 m and 7 w. With optional extended ending: 7 m and 8 w
Script: 83 pages
Penny Ramsey is a young woman who, like all of us, has different sides to her personality. They are personified in the story by comically stereotypical characters, collectively known as the Egos. The five Egos make up her decision-making process, which gets a lot more complicated when Penny overhears only
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DESDEMONA IN THE AFTERLIFE
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By Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia
Cast: 6 female speaking roles, unlimited female ensemble
Script: 26 pages
Set in the realm of Purgatory, the all-female cast of Desdemona, Emilia, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Ophelia explore the roles women choose in their pursuit of love and self-identity. Taking its inspiration from Dante’s Inferno, this visceral play allows powerful actors to reach heightened levels of aw
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ESCAPE TO CANCEL
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By Tim Mogford
Cast: 8 flexible
Script: 24 pages
Anyone who has tried to cancel their service with any tech company will sympathize immediately with Meghan. On her way to work one morning she decides to quickly drop off the cancellation form she filled out from the company’s website, but of course it turns out to be much more complicated than that. She is drawn into a process involving an increasing
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CHALLENGER: TO TOUCH...
Challenger: To Touch the Face of God
By Julian Felice
Cast: 10 m, 4 w, 1 flex, 1 boy, some doubling possible
Script: 36 pages
Challenger: To Touch the Face of God tells the powerful story of the Challenger disaster of 1986. It dramatizes the stories of the seven individuals who tragically lost their lives in this event, while also drawing attention to the controversial circumstances which led to one of NASA’s blackes
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THE STORM
By Sophia DeRise
Cast: 7: 4 m, 2 w, 1 flexible; genders flexible
Script: 28 pages
Mark, an eccentric scientist, is attempting to make things right with his cousins, Jason and Nina, after accidently putting their parents into a coma the previous Thanksgiving. During their stay with him, he has taken them on fun adventures such as apple picking, swimming with sharks, and betting on turkey fights. But when he takes them p
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JOOBA GUMBA WONDY
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By Andrew M. Frodahl
Cast: 6 m, 6 w, 10-16 flexible, doubling possible
Script: 41 pages
Senior class president Todd is looking forward to the class trip to France…at least he thinks he is. His prim girlfriend, Dailyn, has been planning it for years. At the last minute, Principal Kinkade has another idea. She manipulates Todd into suggesting the remote luxurious island of Jooba Gumba Wondy. With the l
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BETSY'S FLAG
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By Walt Vail
Cast: 16: 8 m, 4 w, 4 flexible, doubling possible
Script: 64 pages
Far from being a demure woman quietly sewing a flag, the epic life of Betsy Ross and her survival during the Revolutionary War and the British occupation of Philadelphia is brought vibrantly to life in this full-length play. It is a romantic story of heroism against the background of a great, world-shattering war for inde
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TRUE STORY OF HEY DIDDLE...
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THE TRUE STORY OF HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
By Bradley Walton
Cast: 9 – 46 performers possible
Script: 58 pages
We all know the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle," but when you stop to think about it...how can a cow jump over the moon? If a cat could play the fiddle, wouldn't it be all over the internet? Why is a dish running away with a spoon? What’s the little dog actually laughing at? And how do they all
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SNOW QUEEN
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By Will Ledesma
Cast: 6 - 21 performers possible
Script: 54 pages
This Hans Christian Andersen story is a challenge full of treasures for the unpacking. Kay and Gerda are the best of friends until a piece of an enchanted mirror finds its way into Kay’s eye, causing him to see the world in a cold-hearted way. Soon taken by the Snow Queen, Kay forgets his happy life. Gerda must go on her own journey to
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I CANNOT TELL A LIE ...
I Cannot Tell a Lie at George Washington School
By Jim Adolf
Cast: 21: 5-9 m, 7-8 w, 9-12 flex, extras and doubling possible
Script: 50 pages
There’s something in the water at George Washington School. Literally. A truck carrying sodium pentothal – a chemical also known as “truth serum” – has crashed into the local lake and spilled its cargo into the drinking water, and now everyone in school can’t help telling the tr
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DIRECTOR'S NIGHTMARE
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By Wade Bradford
Cast: 10: 4 m, 5 w, 1 flexible, possible extras
Script: 28 pages
It’s five days before the premiere of the non-musical version of Les Misérables, and high school drama director, Chris, has actors who are still on script, cast members absent from rehearsal, a sick stage manager, an unbuilt set and only twelve dollars left in the budget. Oh, and the principal is bringing the superinten
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THE SHAKESPEARES
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By Colleen Shaddox
Cast: 5 m, 3 w, 1 flexible
Script: 29 pages
William Shakespeare retired at about age 48. Why did this prolific genius stop writing? How did he get along with his long-neglected wife, Anne, once he gave up the stage? “The Shakespeares” imagines what The Bard’s last years were like in Stratford-upon-Avon. The play is full of inside jokes for Shakespeare fans. But even for those unfam
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