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Comedy with music. Book and lyrics by Michael Gravois. Music and sound design by Zachary Badreddine. The Barnyard Bash is always a big hit on Aesop's farm. Too bad it only happens once a year! With a monthly countdown, the farmers and animals tell tales about life on a farm, giving familiar fables a barnyard twist. During The Dog Days of Summer (August's fable), the animals cheer each other up—in the style of "Laugh-In"—proving that "laughter is the best medicine;"  More...

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Plays by Cece Dwyer, Paul Elliott, Jim Henry, Nedra Roberts, Barry Weinberg and Bo Wilson. Plays in this collection include: Exit Laughing, The Seamstress, The Vanishing Point, Jellofish, End Papers and The Boatwright.  More...

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Written by Sandra Fenichel Asher, David Barr III, Robert Bella, Joyce Simmons Cheeka, Charlotte P. Chorpenning, Lynne Conner, James DeVita, Steven Dietz, Atillio Favorini, Werdna Phillips Finley, D.W. Gregory, Dan Gutman, Lee Hunkins, Stephen Karam, Carol Korty, Carson Kreitzer, Anne Ludlum, Anne V. McGravie, Ramon Menendez, Tom Musca, John Neihardt, Martha Hill Newell, Dwight Okita, PJ Paparelli, Nicholas A. Patricca, Paul Peditto, Christopher Sergel, Laura Annawyn Shamas, Charles Smith, James Still, Mamie Till-Mobley, Ilga Katais-Paelis Vise, Deborah Wicks La Puma, Karen Zacarías and David Zak. Compiled and edited by Sandra Fenichel Asher. American history is rich and varied, and playwrights have long mined its treasures to create inspired and inspiring pieces for the stage. This anthology brings together 32 monologues, duets and trios culled from outstanding Dramatic Publishing scripts and perfect for auditions, scene work, full-evening presentations and drama-across-the-curriculum projects of all kinds. Here, pioneers cross the plains under dire circumstances, Native Americans struggle to maintain their culture as their homelands disappear, a Shakespearean actress defies  More...

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Comedy. By Jeremy Kisling. From the folktale. The trickster, Anansi, has taken the proverbs of wisdom from Nyami, god of the sky, angering him greatly. Soon after, Anansi meets Aso, Nyame's daughter. He is smitten and must marry her. Aso is not sure whether she can trust a trickster like Anansi and requires him to prove himself by sending him on a quest. Anansi must acquire the tooth of a crocodile, the whisker of a  More...

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Drama/Comedy. By Eddie Zipperer. Hudson Manning once loved to paint. Now, he draws a comic book, paints motel art and argues with his wife, Laura—who died two years ago! He has become a recluse, hiding from the outside world and sinking into the darkness of his self-pity. But he begins to emerge from his darkness when Katie Evans,  More...

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Drama/Comedy. By Andrew Morton. Following the death of his father, 15-year-old Daniel and his mother, Lisa, are forced to move to unfamiliar Flint, Michigan. After a violent outburst at his new school, Daniel's social worker, Michelle, suggests he spend a week working with her father, Bobby, an urban gardener of several abandoned lots in the middle of the city. A week soon turns into a few months, and, as the two men spend the summer tending the gardens,  More...

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Drama. By José Cruz González. The Blue House is the story of 13-year-old Maricela, who lives in a vibrant Chicago neighborhood with a rich and sad history. Haunting dreams of strangers from another time lead Maricela to an abandoned lot where the mysterious Blue House once stood  More...

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Musical. Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd. Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment. This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.  More...

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Drama. By Tiffany Kontoyiannis. By bringing the bully, the bystander and the victim to the stage, The Cycle dramatizes the negative effects and harms of bullying. We meet several relatable characters: a bystander who hasn't found the courage to stand up to bullies, a crazy mother who believes that she knows everything about her son by friending him on Facebook, and even an insecure grown woman who hasn't been able to forget the hurtful words  More...

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Comedy. By Paul Elliott. When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the "girls," what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you're Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you've ever done. You "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game,  More...

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Drama. By John. S. Anastasi. This play explores the very real, very personal ramifications of the firing of more than 11,000 air traffic controllers in 1981 by President Reagan, an event that is characterized as one of the most important events in U.S. history. When it comes to air traffic, Ray Deluso, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, has everything under control. But on the ground,  More...

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Drama/Comedy/Fantasy. Written and adapted by Ray Bradbury with Tobias Andersen. Ten stories—some famous, some lesser-known—created by Ray Bradbury, the world's greatest writer of fantasy and science fiction, have been adapted to be played by a flexible cast utilizing only a few simple props and costume pieces. The stories use the device of the character "The Illustrated Man," one of Bradbury's most familiar creations, as a narrator. Among the selections that are dramatized are such classic Bradbury tales as The Fog Horn: a monster rises out of the "deeps"  More...

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Musical. Book by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce. Music and lyrics by Héctor Martínez Morales. Ten-year-old Carmencita dreams of being a mariachi singer and one day joining in performance with her father. However, her father clings to a long-held family tradition of male-only mariachis. When Carmencita's teacher offers her a book about a female mariachi,  More...

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Comedy/Drama. By Michael Tester. Inspired by students at a New York high school for the arts, Most Likely To: The Senior Superlative Monologues pits the "Geeks" against the "Goths," "Drama Queens" and "Jocks" in a senior superlative showdown for Best All Around! Employing a senior superlative awards ceremony as its unifying arc,  More...

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Musical. Book by Donna M. Swajeski. Music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka. One Magic Kiss: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a magical retelling of the classic Snow White story with a contemporary twist. Issues like bullying and self-image are prevalent throughout the story and songs, especially with the show-stopping number "Fear No More." Infused with wonderful humor that kids and adults can enjoy, this show's queen is more diva than evil.  More...

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Comedy. By Lisa Rowe. Edward Baxter was a successful psychiatrist, beloved by his many patients—until he was framed for murder. Now on the run with an assumed identity and a suspicious new wife, his luck is running out. Edward seeks help from Dr. Robert Smith, a fellow psychiatrist and a man with inner demons of his own. When Edward's meeting with Dr. Smith goes wildly awry  More...

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Comedy. By Renee Calarco. Adapted from the traditional Christmas song. Christmas is just around the corner, and Shirley the Partridge is a bit nervous because it's her very first time carrying out the ancient family tradition—gathering the French Hens and the Calling Birds and … oh … everyone—for the official singing of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." With strict instructions from her mom, Grammy and Great Grammy to guard the Five Golden Rings, Shirley sets off on a quest to find the song participants. But there are some bumps in the road.  More...

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Comedy/Drama. Adapted by Catherine Bush from the novel by Clyde Edgerton. Upon discovering a stray dog on her back porch, Mattie Rigsbee decides she's too old to keep a pet and calls the dogcatcher. Little does she know that the dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield, will open her eyes to a whole world she never knew existed, a world that includes car theft, prison breaks and a juvenile delinquent named Wesley who is as desperate for a family as she is.  More...

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Musical. Book and lyrics by Milo Mowery. Music and lyrics by Rodolfo Ortega. Diego de la Vega is a vain rich boy in the town of Capistrano. But when he puts on his mask, he becomes El Zorrito, notorious masked bandit and protector of the village. Villainous Mayor Ramon tries to capture Zorrito but always comes up short. The boy Diego develops a friendship with Ramon's daughter, Christina, who seems sympathetic to the villagers,  More...