By Scott Haan
Cast: 3 m, 3 w
Insane With Power
Lois Lancaster is a big-city journalist writing about the current state of mental health facilities. Her research takes her to a hospital populated with a unique group of quirky inmates who imagine they are crime-fighting superheroes. Speed Freak thinks he can run at incredible speeds, while Dim Bulb, the most enthusiastic person on the face of the earth, thinks he has the ability to turn off lights with his brain. Mental thinks she can read minds, despite being prone to sudden outbursts of bizarre non-sequiturs. Kevin, much less quirky and flamboyant than the other inmates, doesn’t embarrass himself with a ridiculous code name or costume...at least, not initially. Dr. Gail Eisner appears to be a kindly hospital administrator, a steady influence needed to effectively run a madhouse like this one. At first Lois finds their elaborate superhero fantasies to be an entertaining diversion, the wild delusions of unstable minds, until something unusual happens that makes her wonder.... Easy to stage and insanely fun for cast and audiences alike. Read more.
This script is also available in a version perfect for school productions, entitled "Superfreaks." A one-act version is "Superhero Sanitarium."
Team Justice and the City Hall Supervillains
Full-length Comedy by Luke Simmons
Cast: 19-33 or more
Team Justice, a team of four incredibly obnoxious superheroes, must overcome a group of supervillains who have ingratiated themselves with the city council of Littleton. The villains have taken over the city by entangling its superheroes in a nightmare of tickets, citations, and bureaucratic red tape. The only way to repeal the supervillains’ nefarious legislation is for the arrogant, socially incompetent superheroes to somehow convince enough random citizens to sign a petition…without using their superpowers, which are now illegal. They must do this before the final phase of the villains’ plan goes into effect and Littleton is doomed forever! The heroes take to the streets, but quickly discover they aren't as popular among the townspeople as they thought they were. With their super-sized egos and entitled antics preventing them from getting the signatures they need, the superheroes decide to appear on "Good Morning Littleton," a local talk show, to solicit a larger audience. This only leads to their offending more people. However, the heroes are inspired by one of the show’s commercials for a low-budget law firm. Will the heroes beat the villains in the final showdown in the city council chamber? About an hour. Read more.
Hero Squad vs. The World’s Angriest Cow
Children's Theatre Play by Will Ledesma
Cast: 4 m, 2 w, 3 flexible
The Hero Squad, four superhero friends, decide to make amends and invite their arch-enemy, the nefarious criminal mastermind Nikolai Oshgoshbgoshnikov, over for a Christmas party and caroling. Little do they realize, Nikolai is secretly plotting against the heroes with special eggnog designed to turn them evil. Meanwhile, an old roommate from Nikolai's past, the gargantuan bovine supervillain Angus Khan, has returned with his own plan to rule the world. The Hero Squad have a lot on their plate: Not only must they deal with the wrath of one very angry cow, as well as their arch-enemy and his terrible new invention the Doohickey of Doom, they also face a split from within. It seems that Iron Lung has accidentally ruined his sister Slapshot's dreams of playing hockey in the Olympics, leaving Slapshot angry enough to quit the team forever. Can the Hero Squad heal the scars between them long enough to pull together in one last stand against the most powerful threat they have ever faced? Will the team be defeated once and for all, or will help from an unexpected ally give them the edge they need for another victory? Find out in this large-scale adventure that can be presented by small-scale theaters. About 60-70 minutes. Read more.
The Amazing Angel-Man
One-act Drama by Julian Felice
Cast: 12 + ensemble
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 called “The Amazing Angel-Man” to the real world, where the realities of his condition have a serious impact on his family, particularly his father. As the play progresses, these two separate worlds start to overlap, leading to an uplifting resolution that upholds the values of hope and imagination. The play was inspired by the real-life story of a young boy who suffers from Angelman Syndrome. This syndrome affects males, females, and all racial/ethnic groups equally. About 50 minutes. Read more.
"Amazing play - the story of the father-son relationship is beautiful."
-- Wester Middle School, Frisco, TX