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Comedy/Drama. Short plays and monologues by John Longenbaugh. Six short plays and two monologues explore a variety of themes and genres, inspired by the Major Arcana figures in the Tarot. In Byzantium, a woman trying speed dating is frustrated by the fact that most men are intimidated by a strong female—particularly Empress of the Holy Roman Empire.  More...

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Drama. By Sandra Fenichel Asher. The ARK System began taking control of Earth Enterprise in 2050 A.D. as a technical aid to global commerce. As the play begins in 2129, the power of its Triumvirate, and particularly of Petra, its founder, is nearly absolute. People world over enjoy "contentment"—sheltered,  More...

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Babette's Feast

Drama. Conceived and developed by Abigail Killeen. Written by Rose Courtney. Adapted from the short story by Isak Dinesen. Babette’s Feast is set in the tiny hamlet of Berlevaag on the coast of Norway during the 1800s. Two elderly sisters are the center of an austere religious community that still reveres the teachings of their late father, who was a devout and caring minister. His followers renounce all the pleasures of this world and seek their meaning in God and the afterlife.  More...

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Comedy. By Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas. A man who runs a theme park in Miami dedicated to tropical birds takes us on a tour of his final year in high school. He explains how he came to inherit the park from his father and lose his best friend in the process. The narrator feels caged and out of place, much like the imported birds he cares for.  More...

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Comedy. By Ric Averill. This play presents the classic fairy tale in delightful simplicity and then turns the same story into an urban fairy tale. In the classic fairy tale, four farm animals, a donkey, dog, cat and rooster, are kicked out of their homes as worthless. The animals find new strength and purpose as they band together, becoming an orchestra of musicians with their bray, bark, mew and cock-a-doodle-doo.  More...

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Musical. Book by David L. Williams. Music and lyrics by John Gregor. Lenny is the smartest kid at Wilson Middle School and is constantly picked on by Steve, the school bully, in gym class, on the bus, at lunch … well, you get the idea! One day a bus mix-up leaves the two boys stranded at the wrong school, where they both get picked on for being the “new kids” by the sweet and surprisingly terrifying Meg. Lenny and Steve learn what life is really like for the other and decide to work together and make a plan to get back to their own school.  More...

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Drama. By Don Zolidis. Someone cheated on the test. And if the cheater doesn’t confess, the entire class will fail. Those are the rules set out by the assistant principal and their teacher as the students walk out of the room. Now the entire class is forced to play detective and discover the cheater before it’s too late. But what if everything isn’t as it seems?  More...

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Comedy/Drama. By Larissa FastHorse. Inspired by the memoirs of Henry S. Timberlake. This modern-day Brady Bunch blends two nearly grown families when a Cherokee man, John, and a white woman, Emma, get married and move into his small community, surrounded by his family. Before the wedding decorations are down, the two groups are thrown into planning the biggest family reunion in Cherokee N.C., complete with a historical reenactment!  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 Dwayne Hartford. Set in Maine during World War II, The Color of Stars is a story of family, patriotism, fear and prejudice. Eleven-year-old Eddie Winthrop has been sent to live with his grandparents on the family farm. Eddie's father is fighting in the Pacific. His mother works at a shipyard and is concerned that Eddie needs more adult supervision.  More...

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Comedy/Drama. By David S. Craig. Danny, King of the Basement tells the story of 10-year-old Danny “Delco” Carter. Danny is the “king of moving.” In two years, he and his unemployed mother have moved more times than most kids lose teeth; there’s just never the money to pay the rent. But far from being overcome by his homelessness, Danny appears to be thriving. He can pack his bags faster than it takes to tie a shoelace. He can make a friend in a morning and a best friend in a day.  More...

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Comedy. By Gordon LePage. Don and Wally, two low-level scouts of the Willandian spy service, are sent on a routine mission to a nearby moon. Through bad luck and very bad navigating, they wander way off course and touch down several galaxies away on planet Earth. Instead of landing on the desert moon and morphing into nomads, they crash-land in New Jersey and morph into fourth-graders who are forced to go to school.  More...

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Drama. By Suzan Zeder. The Edge of Peace is the third and final play in the acclaimed Ware Trilogy, which includes Zeder's award-winning plays Mother Hicks and The Taste of Sunrise. It is set in the same tiny town of Ware, Illinois, and follows many of the same characters as they spin the conclusion of their stories. Set in 1945 in the last desperate days of World War II, this play deals with the impact on a family and a community after a young man from the town is declared missing in action  More...

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The Empty Pot
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Comedy/Drama. By Debbie L. Metzler. Adapted from a Chinese folktale. Ming is a young Chinese boy who, like the emperor, loves to grow beautiful flowers. Ming’s grandfather, near his death and in constant communication with the “Dead Ancestors, ” is Ming’s greatest teacher; he sees Ming’s skills as the foundation for the philosophy of a great leader. When the emperor,  More...

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Comedy/Drama. By Don Zolidis. Fourteen-year-old Joe's parents are pretty tough. First, they moved his bedroom into his little sister's closet. Then they took away his door. And then, after he just “happened” to tie one of her Barbie dolls to black cat firecrackers and exploded them in the back yard, they grounded him for the entire summer.  More...

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Drama. By Don Zolidis. After a horrific school shooting, a community is left to pick up the pieces. Why did this happen? The only friend of the shooter, Tad, who managed to stop the killer early in the rampage, blames himself. What's it like to be the best friend of a killer?  More...

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The Happy Prince: A Radio Play (radio manuscript)

Radio drama. By Andrew J. Fenady and Duke Fenady. Based on Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince. For just a moment, close your eyes and—no matter what your age—look through a child's window of imagination. You may see and hear things long ago forgotten. You may cross into that time and place where everything is new and yet familiar—a city where anything can happen, and something wondrous does. High above the city, on a tall column, stands the statue of the bejeweled happy prince overlooking a once shining city whose residents no longer believe in Christmas or themselves.  More...

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Comedy. By Julian Wiles. Helium is the moving and uplifting story of a brilliant, humorous and creative chemistry teacher who braves the trials of frailty and aging, all the while keeping her imagination, charm and dignity intact. "Hysterium" and "preposterous" are two of the imaginary elements  More...

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Drama. Conceived by Stephen Gundersheim and written by Seth Aganski, Tom Austin, Tara Bowman, Sarah Corbin, Emily Dignan, Lee Gabriel, Greg Hall, Amanda Hannoosh, Jaci Keimach, Chris Keyser, Dan LaBroad, Brian Lee, Jennifer MacLean, Andrew Markos, Emily Pierce, Phelan Wolfendon, Adam Yeremian, Amy Bartlett, Anthony Beatrice, Jess Bryant, John Clevesy, Brian Fitzgibbons, Rachel Keimach, Peter Leonard-Solis, Kristin Minichiello, Tiffany Owsiak, Kerrin Rhuda, Cathy Thomas and Stephen Gundersheim. Seventeen students arrive at school in the morning and go through their day from opening their lockers, to passing in the hallways between classes, to lunchroom encounters, to their exit at the end of the day. Each character is a number representation from a deck of cards, and that number is their character name and value in the hierarchy of the student body.  More...

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Comedy. By Amanda Rogers. Family therapist, Dr. Phoebe Gardner, has written a groundbreaking book entitled Brutal Honesty, which is about to be released nationwide. Anticipated to be an international bestseller and the newest rage in pop psychology, a high profile television newsmagazine is planning a one-hour special at her home. A notoriously ruthless newswoman will interview Phoebe, her husband, Paul, and their 9-year old son, Jasper.  More...

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Drama. By Max Bush. In 2009, Jamie Foster, age 23, an Iraq war veteran now enrolled in a university, tries to piece together the truth about what happened one day in Baghdad with his friend Jalil, a local Iraqi national. In flashbacks to 2007, during "The Surge," we see the developing friendship between the 20-year-old American Army Private Foster and 21-year-old Jalil Khaifa Al-Majid, who operated as a street vendor just outside the patrol base. Jamie replays scenes from that day over and over,  More...

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Comedy. By Julian Wiles. Intrigue, espionage and forbidden romance abound in Inga Binga, based on the amazing true story of Ensign Jack Kennedy's World War II romance with a suspected Nazi agent and former Miss Denmark, Inga Arvad. When rumors that Kennedy was seen in the company of a beautiful blonde bombshell and alleged Nazi agent began to circulate around wartime Washington in 1942, the FBI was soon on the case.  More...

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Comic tragedy. By Thomas Bradshaw. Meet Job, the wise and powerful judge of an ancient Israelite tribe. Satan bets God that he can make Job blaspheme God through ever-escalating violence and loss. Will Job question God’s promise to reward the righteous, even when his prayers for mercy go unanswered? In this dark, twisted comedy, Thomas Bradshaw brings us an honest, uncynical adaptation of the book of Job. “Both entertaining and repulsive, Job is simultaneously a faithful retelling of the titular biblical tale and a raucous spoof of it. …  More...

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Musical. Book and lyrics by Christopher Dimond. Music by Michael Kooman. Junior Claus is the only son of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Like many teenagers, Junior is reluctant to take over the family business. Unsure of himself, Junior puts more faith in his technological inventions than in good old-fashioned Christmas magic, much to the chagrin of his father. But, when a sudden drop in Christmas spirit renders Santa incapable of making the great ride, Junior must take the reins. Meanwhile, a scheming, miserly elf takes advantage of Santa’s absence as he plots to turn the workshop into a for-profit enterprise.  More...

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Comedy. Adapted by Stanley Vincent Longman. From the play by Carlo Gozzi King Stag takes place in a theatre where we see the kingdom of Serendippo appear before our eyes with the help of the great and magnificent wizard, Durandarte. At issue is the wish of King Deramo to find an honest woman to be his queen. He does so with the help of the wizard's invention, a statue whose smiles can alert the king to lies and dishonesty. Unfortunately,  More...

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Comedy. By Ernie Nolan. It's 1954, and even though he has just become a Badger Scout, young Skipper McCready's life is a big mess. His grumpy next-door neighbor is upset with him all the time; his friend Sally Ann is obsessed with being a girl detective; and his best friend, Lucky, a dog, has gone missing. To top it all off, his mother wants him to befriend the new weird kid  More...

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Drama/Comedy. By Thomas Bradshaw. At the height of what TIME magazine dubbed "AIDS hysteria" in 1983, college student David invites his boyfriend home to his parents' house in Maryland where nothing has changed since the 1800s—including the slave quarters. Confronting hypocrisy and oppression with exhilarating wit, Bradshaw's incendiary work is "likely to leave you speechless!"  More...

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Musical. Book, music and lyrics by Alfred Balkin. The musicians from the Brothers Grimm story are four animals—a donkey, dog, cat and rooster—all aging animals who, according to their masters, are useless, worthless and expendable. The animals decide to leave their homes and band together to begin new lives as musicians. They set out for Bremen, a magical, musical land where  More...

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Drama. By Gordon LePage. Uncle Fy and his niece Zoe plant 14 white birches along the lonely dirt road to his cabin in the woods. Shortly thereafter, a violent storm destroys the house and uproots the elder trees, who were the  More...

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Drama with music. By María Inés Falconi. Translated and adapted by Manon van de Water and Andy Wiginton. Pedro and the War: A Cantata transports young audiences to a world in which young people negotiate with war in order to grow up. When the village learns that their country is at war, the villagers first continue with their daily routines in spite of the war planes passing overhead. The children play fútbol, pull ponytails, attend school, pick tomates and help their parents raise ovejas (sheep). After a bombing raid that destroys the only school,  More...

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Radium Girls (competition piece)

Comedy/Drama. By D.W. Gregory. In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe  More...

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Rumble Fish (Brooks - small cast version)

Drama. By Laurie Brooks. Based on the novel by S.E. Hinton. Is middle school really so different now than it was in the '70s? The search for belonging and recognition among peer groups remains at the heart of coming of age. The journey that S.E. Hinton's anti-hero, Rusty-James, takes in her iconic young adult novel is as relevant for young people today as it was when it was first published.  More...

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Musical. Original premise by Todd Mueller. Book by Todd Mueller and Hank Boland. Music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka. Jam-packed with gunfights, a hangin’, a half-million-dollar bank heist, saloon girls and cowhands, a good-hearted Madam, hilarious dialogue and a wagonload of strummable, hummable tunes, The Singin’ Cowboy tells the tale of how the Singin’ Cowboy tames the fierce Tumbleweed Tammy and converts her gang of outlaws to the ways of goodness.  More...

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Musical. Book by Linda Daugherty. Music and lyrics by Nick Martin. At last it’s Friday night for eight teens! After careening through a stressful week of schoolwork, difficult choices and dramas surrounding family and friends, they’re ready for an unchaperoned party. The impulsive decisions of all eight young people result in a consequence that might have been foretold—even prevented—were it understood that teens are working with a brain revealed by the latest neuroscience to be, at best, a “work in progress.”  More...

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Comedy. By Mitch Brian. Adapted from the screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. In this dark comedy based on the classic cult movie A Bucket of Blood, Walter Paisley is a put-upon bus boy at a beatnik café whose greatest dream is to be an artist. When he accidentally kills his landlady’s cat, he covers it in clay and passes it off as sculpture.  More...

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Comedy. By Gabriel Jason Dean. It's Halloween in Southern California, the Santa Ana winds blow fiercely and nothing is as it seems. Doodle Pequeño and his Mamá recently moved across the city to a cramped apartment in a quadruplex after Papá was deported to Mexico. Anxious to trick-or-treat, Doodle comes home from school to discover  More...

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Drama. By Claudia Haas. It's the summer of 1969. Cities are crumbling, and the country is divided about the Vietnam War and the crushing economy. As the country prepares for the Apollo 11 moon landing, young people gather in a park to play, to protest and to work.  More...

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Drama. By Tom Arvetis. Based on Sharon Creech's Newbery Medal-winning novel. “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” Walk Two Moons is lovingly adapted for the stage with the same nuance and surprises offered by the original book. Utilizing multiple narrative frames, the play leaps back and forth through time and memory as 13-year-old Sal tells the story of the disappearance of her best friend Phoebe’s mother. Determined to find her, the two girls begin seeing murderous plots and schemes around every corner.  More...

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Drama. By Sandra Fenichel Asher. Adapted from the memoirs of Ilga Katais-Paeglis Vise. On the eve of a three-generational pilgrimage back to her Latvian homeland, Ilga speaks to her grandchildren about their great-grandparents. Her memories become the action of the play, all seen through her eyes at ages 4, 10 and nearly 17. At the center of her narrative is the winter of 1944–1945, when 10-year-old Ilga and her parents leave Riga, Latvia, to escape the Russian occupation of their city.  More...

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Musical. Book by Suzan Zeder. Music by Harry Pickens. Lyrics by Suzan Zeder and Harry Pickens. Set deep in the Tombigbee swamp, this classic tale of a very young boy with a very big fear is brought to new and vibrant life in this musical version of Wiley and the Hairy Man. The story centers around a fatherless young boy, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog and the hairy man who haunts Wiley’s days and dreams.  More...

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Musical. Book by Scot Copeland, W.S. Gilbert and Kenneth Grahame. Music by Paul Carrol Binkley and Sir Arthur Sullivan. Adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame and the songs of Gilbert and Sullivan. Had Gilbert and Sullivan adapted Grahame’s classic book for the stage it would have looked—and sounded—a lot like this bubbling confection of a musical. Little Mole tries to tend to his cleaning, but it is spring, the wind is sighing in the willows and the piper at the Gates of Dawn calls him to dance! Embracing the reawakening world, Mole is introduced to the delights of life along the river by his new friend, Rat. Together, they trot off to Toad Hall to visit Mr. Toad—“Toady, if you please!”  More...

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Drama. By Anne Negri. In a fantasy world where people have wings, a young boy named Lyf lives an isolated existence with his parents in the safe nest of their home deep in the woods. Although loving, Lyf’s parents have strict rules he must follow about avoiding strangers, covering his wings with a cloak and always observing rule number one: never, ever try to fly. One day a precocious, inquisitive girl from the outside world, Meta, bursts into the backyard,  More...

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