Shakespeare’s Greatest Couples and More

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Shakespeare’s greatest couples and more.


New One-act Play

By Jennifer Stewart-Sampson

Cast: Large flexible cast of about 25

The Course of True Love

This show spotlights some of Shakespeare’s greatest couples: Romeo & Juliet, Kate & Petruchio, Beatrice & Benedick, and more.

Twists and turns abound in this story of love and whimsy, consisting entirely of Shakespeare’s actual text. The Fairies establish the world of the play. One Fairy has decided that love is foolish and “merely a madness,” but the other Fairies are determined to convince their friend otherwise. The characters display all facets of love; desperation, bliss, fear, passion and pure joy, in a collection of scenes that takes the audience on a unique journey. When all of the characters congregate in the final scene, the doubting Fairy understands that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” but it’s more than worth the risk.

This easy-to-produce play is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for all ages and a delightful evening for those familiar and unfamiliar with the Bard. Approximate running time: 45 minutes.


Adagio and the Death of Love

The Imarovas were once the royal family and held sway over the social and political arenas of the country. But a new regime gained power and the Imarova children became captives in their own home. They live under a repressive guard, yet each sibling remembers or knows a different kind of love: romantic love, paid love, love of a child and pet, and most of all, Anabella’s childlike, colorful love of life itself. It is only their family wealth and figurehead status that keep them from joining the work colonies. Anabella’s fourteenth birthday brings with it unexpected discovery and a big change for all of her family.  The events of that day have repercussions that will be felt forever, as roles and allegiances shift to help ensure the continued survival of the Imarova family.  But are the changes sincere, or are they compromises and sacrifices to make the future less bleak for all of them?


One-act play that was just expanded to be a full-length play!

By Reid Conrad

Cast:  5-6 m, 4 w, extras.

This play is rich in symbolism. The death of art and love is even more stark when compared to some of the character names. While Anabella means “easy to love,” the names of Mrs. Crepuscular, Mr. Mammon, Mr. Bodkins, (the real.) Madame Bathory and Asmo(deus.) are much more sinister, representing legendary evils. The more you study the play, the more symbolism you will find.


Popular show!

Full-Length comedy by Pat Cook

Cast:  8 m, 9 w doubling possible​


Altar Egos

"All we want is a simple wedding," agree Mark and Colleen as they get engaged. And their simple wedding stays simple, for about two minutes. Then the families get involved. There's the McMasters, who think the Frobishers are a bunch of snooty dudes, and the Frobishers, who picture the McMasters as a crowd of hillbillies. The bride's father keeps offering the soon-to-be-wed couple thousands of dollars to elope, "No questions asked!" The bride's mother decides to call in her sister, who is a sweet, lovely woman, until she becomes "The Coordinator, " a drill sergeant! The groom needs a best man so he enlists his uncle Josh, who's an old hippie. The bride's kid sister can't wait for the wedding, either, since she gets the bride's old room, if she can talk Dad out of it, who wants it for a den, if he can talk Mom out of it, who wants it for a quilting room. The two mothers are literally dueling over the rehearsal dinner seating chart while the bride and groom wonder where it all went wrong. Throw into this mix football referees, tailors, circus ringmasters, caterers and even an interpreter and you get just some of the "Altar Egos." 


All Chime In

Things have been going so well in Rob and Jen’s relationship that after a few months of dating, Rob is ready to propose. His plan seemed simple enough. He’d take Jen to dinner, propose marriage, she’d say yes, and they’d live happily ever after. What he didn’t count on was everyone in the restaurant chiming in! Between the old ladies at the table next to him and the divorced man on the other side both offering varying opinions on married life, Jen can hardly answer. Throw in a sassy waitress, more eavesdropping diners, Rob’s ex-girlfriend, a lawyer, a wedding planner, a couple of robbers, and the police, and their special night is turned into a free-for-all event.


New One-act Play

One-act play by James A. Gustafson

Cast: 10 m, 10 w, 1 flexible​