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All's Well in Roswell (Isn't It?)

Comedy. By Michael Druce. After an unidentified flying object crashes onto a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, ranch owner Ulysses T. Boone has his hands full trying to deal with the press, government authorities, his own family and Jake, a mysterious ranch hand who has been living on the ranch for the past 10 years. It turns out this is not the first time T. Boone has had a close encounter.  More...

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Apocalypse

Drama/Comedy. By Richard Bellamy. All Mabeline "Mabes" Collins can think about is going to prom with Sam Finnick, lacrosse star. Her bookworm sister, Serena, immersed in a steady diet of post-apocalyptic young-adult fiction, predicts the end of the world, but the only cataclysm Mabes can envision is Sam not inviting her to the big event! Then it happens! News of a vast alien aircraft in orbit!  More...

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Musical. Book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Music by Bill Sherman. Spunky 9-year-old Ana is faced with a very big decision. On the one hand, as her alter-ego, Barrio Grrrl, with her invisible sidekick, Amazing Voice, she's pretty busy preserving justice in the barrio and protecting her neighborhood. On the other hand, in the world where Ana lives with her abuelo and misses her mom who is far, far away in Iraq, reality is sneaking up on her.  More...

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Drama. By Erik Gernand. In a small town in the Midwest, high-school principal Nancy Weller's life is turned upside down when her 18-year-old son, Jacob, fails out of college and returns home. He's angry, moody and unwilling to do anything except sleep. A past suicide attempt has Nancy on edge that Jacob might try to hurt himself again. She's devastated to learn that Jacob, living on his own at college, stopped taking his psychiatric medication and now refuses to go to therapy.  More...

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The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical

Based on the television program created by Paul Henning. Book by David Rogers and Amanda Rogers. Music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka. Granny, Jed, Jethro, Elly May, Mr. and Mrs. Drysdale and Jane Hathaway—all your favorites from the '60s TV comedy—are back—and this time they're singin'!  More...

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Drama. By Sarah Grammar, Emily Overmyer, Sarah Pendleton and Tonya Hays. This play celebrates the work of the Black Sash women's organization, an independent, non-governmental human rights organization that has worked tirelessly for justice and equality in South Africa for more than 55 years. The play begins with the terror of a night raid in a poor black South African home.  More...

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Comedy. By Bo Wilson. The roads are flooded, the bridges are washed out, and less generous souls are staying safely indoors, but it takes more than a little rain to keep the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood from fulfilling their sworn mission. Bea Littleton is the pastor's wife; Lorraine Jensen is the tireless mother of nine; Tina Yates is the transplanted Yankee; and Janet Murchison is the newest arrival. When these ladies meet to organize a relief effort for homeless  More...

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Musical. Book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. Adapted from the book by Elvira Woodruff. Set in 1840's London, Lucy and Glory Wolcott live at Grimstone Union Public Workhouse at the mercy of the cruel Matron Wick and Mistress Branch. Lucy invents stories about a family she barely remembers and a long lost doll named Morning Glory to humor her sister. When a deadly fever sweeps through the workhouse, the two sisters escape to the mean streets of London, where they encounter many colorful characters.  More...

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Musical. Book music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. Adapted from the book by Elvira Woodruff. Set in 1840's London, Lucy and Glory Wolcott live at Grimstone Union Public Workhouse at the mercy of the cruel Matron Wick and Mistress Branch. Lucy invents stories about a family she barely remembers and a long lost doll named Morning Glory to humor her sister. When a deadly fever sweeps through the workhouse, the two sisters escape to the mean streets of London, where they encounter many colorful characters.  More...

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The Daly News (musical) (three-actor version)

Musical. Story, book and lyrics by Jonathan Gillard Daly. Music by Larry Delinger and Gregg Coffin. The Daly News is a musical memoir about love and distance between fathers and sons. The source material is Martin J. Daly's World War II-era newsletter The Daly News, written from 1943 to 1946 and distributed to Martin's children, who were scattered all over the globe in the service of their country. The story of the play derives from letters from the home front, as well as missives from the boys overseas. Throughout the play, a contemporary character, Martin's grandson, Jon, relates personal remembrances  More...

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The Emperor's New Clothes (Bush)

Fairy tale. Adapted by Max Bush. From the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes incorporates some aspects of Andersen's life—his passion for acting, his love of the theatre, his cleverness, his mother's determination to help her son achieve his life's aspirations. Andersen was born a peasant. His mother, a beggar as a child, worked as a washerwoman, while his father, a shoemaker, died when Hans was a child. Painfully frustrated in his own life's aspirations, Hans' father demanded his wife promise to help their son become whatever he wanted to be, no matter how silly it was.  More...

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Flyers

Musical. By Julia Lander and Carol Lander. Even though their schoolteacher's Greek myth warns them of Icarus, young Orville and Wilbur Wright are still convinced that real flight is possible. But when "the Bishop's boys" share this notion with their classmates, they are teased and laughed at. Still, the Wrights follow aviation advances avidly through the years, but the two bicycle makers from Dayton, Ohio, never dream they will be at the forefront of the aeronautical world.  More...

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Drama. By Bo List. Based on the novel by Mary Shelley. Victor Frankenstein awakens on the Archangel—captained by Robert Walton of London. The ship is frozen in place near the Arctic Circle, and Walton's men are on the verge of mutiny. Walton, though, dreams of being the first to reach the North Pole. Frankenstein, delirious from fatigue and hunger, cautions Walton against arrogance. Frankenstein knows the dark consequences of unchecked pride better than anyone.  More...

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Gathering Blue

Drama. By Eric Coble. Adapted from the book by Lois Lowry. In an apocalyptic future where children are kept like animals and human life is cheap, young Kira learns the ugly truth about the powers controlling her world. A gifted weaver, her talent catches the attention of the Council of Guardians. Under their custody, Kira is made to mend and embellish the ceremonial Singer's Robe—a garment that tells the history of the world. But the more she works, the more she learns the horrifying secrets  More...

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Drama/Comedy. By Tommy Lee Johnston. Geezers introduces us to some beautiful and wonderful old people who are enjoying their golden years in a retirement home. Jack, a pathologically shy, 30-year-old man, begins a job there helping the seniors with their daily needs. But it's the "geezers" who wind up helping Jack with his needs.  More...

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Comedy/Drama. By Michael Johnson. Inspired by and borrowed from Mark Twain and William Shakespeare. A story to prove that love's cosmic lightning can cleave the most ornery of hearts, Huckleberry in Love tells of two crazily star-crossed lovers, Huck Finn (the river-rat son of a drowned deadbeat drunk) and Petunia Pringle (the befreckled bookworm daughter of an eminent St. Louis judge).  More...

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It's a Wonderful Life (Grecian - manuscript)

Drama. By Philip Grecian. Based on the film by Frank Capra. Grecian, who brought A Christmas Story to the stage, now gives us this adaptation of the beloved Frank Capra film. It is Christmas Eve, and George Bailey stands on a bridge looking over the icy waters below, contemplating suicide. Joseph, an unseen angel, calls on The Boss for advice, and they decide on Clarence Oddbody, an Angel Second Class who, after 200 years, has yet to earn his wings.  More...

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Drama. By B. Dwayne Craft. Harry Houdini is perhaps the most well-known illusionist of the past two centuries, and the passion and beauty that are behind his fame are revealed during his final performance. Told through the memories and voices of those who knew and loved the man for the magic he brought to their lives, The Last Illusion is a touching portrait of the man behind the magic.  More...

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Luna Gale

Drama. By Rebecca Gilman. Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie's mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past—  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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Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living

Drama. By Philip Dawkins. Miss Marx … plays out the remarkably true story of Karl Marx's youngest daughter, Eleanor. Known throughout Victorian England as an actress and political activist, Eleanor finds it far easier to fight for equality on a soapbox than in the bedroom.  More...

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Musical. Music and lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Dozier. Book by David Ingber. Based on the novel Mr. Chickee's Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis. Orchestrations and arrangements by Brian Usifer. Mr. Chickee's Funny Money follows 10-year-old Steven, a self-proclaimed spy and president of the Flint Future Detectives Club. At the heart of this whimsical journey is an intelligent, entrepreneurial boy who is asked to unlock the secret behind a mysterious bill. With his pals (and their giant flying dog, Zoopy), Steven discovers that family, friends, imagination and determination are the true keys to success and sharing the spotlight with others can make one even richer. This all new rhythm and blues musical grooves to original songs by Motown legend Lamont Dozier (who wrote hits like "Stop! In the Name of Love,"  More...

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Murder at the Prop Table

Farce. By Ed Bassett. As the saying goes, "All the world's a stage," and it couldn't be more true of a group of actors living life as though it were part of a play … oh wait, it is … is that in the script? Did he really just do that?! Stars of the stage and screen, Alex and Lynn are unhappily married; Alex loves Jane, but Jane is Herbert's girlfriend; and Herbert wrote the play that Alex and Lynn are starring in with hopes of making a triumphant comeback to the stage.  More...

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My Man Godfrey

Comedy. By Eric K. Hatch. In the depths of the Depression, Godfrey, a "forgotten man," is rescued from his packing-crate home by ditzy socialite Irene Bullock during the course of a scavenger hunt. Irene offers Godfrey a job as butler to the banking family of Bullocks. Godfrey tolerates their eccentricities, alcoholism and general nuttiness. He cures hangovers, dodges missiles thrown by Irene's jealous sister, Cornelia, and charms matronly Angelica Bullock, who sees pixies every morning.  More...

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Oh Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad

Play with music. By Peter Manos. The greatest collaboration against racism in American history before the Civil Rights Movement was the Underground Railroad, in which persons of all ethnic backgrounds and of both sexes from North and South came together to resist the oppression of slavery by helping escaped slaves make their way to free territory in the years before the Civil War.  More...

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Ordinary Time

Drama. By Thomas W. Rieser When her husband dies, May is alone and needs her family. Although her sons live far away, all three of her sisters live in the same town and agree to gather at May's home once a month for Sunday dinner. Everyone brings something to the table, from green bean casserole to potato salad, from self-righteousness to deep grief.  More...

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Our Place

Comedy/Drama. By Terry Gabbard. The unassuming location of a dock extending out onto a small lake serves as the backdrop for five different stories. On a cool autumn night, Jake arrives with Holly at a secluded spot. The couple feels an immediate connection to this place as if it were put there just for them. Things seem perfect until Anne and her date, Lyle, arrive.  More...

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Outrageous! Monologues and the Occasional Odd Scene

By Charles Busch. This is the first anthology of monologues and scenes from award-winning playwright Charles Busch. He has been called "a comic playwright of the first order," and this collection puts the spotlight on the hilarious monologues and two-character scenes from his many plays that have kept audiences in stitches for more than three decades. It is an invaluable resource for actors seeking unique audition or competition material  More...

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Comedy. By B. Dwayne Craft. Mother has a meatloaf in the oven and is well on her way to having the perfect dinner party, but one thing stands in her way—the end of the world as we know it! Is that going to stop her perfect party from happening? Not at all! Like moths to a flame, the house lights are attracting all types of unexpected guests.  More...

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Principal Principle

Dark comedy. By Joe Zarrow. Armed only with her dreams of making the world a better place and six weeks of training, Kay Josephs quits her corporate job to teach English at Chinua Achebe High School Academy on Chicago's South Side. On the first day of the school year, the business-minded principal announces that she has instituted a harsh new program whereby teachers' jobs are linked to high-stakes standardized testing in terrifying new ways. Kay wakes up to harsh realities: the copy machine is broken, the system is broken, and the spirits of her fellow teachers are broken.  More...

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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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Absurd comedy. By B. Dwayne Craft. Ridiculosis by Proxy takes on society's innate fear of the unknown through vignettes that illustrate the lengths to which people will go in order to avoid the latest threat to their health, whether it is real or imagined. Led by the politician, the characters attempt to find solutions to their problems through increasingly ridiculous measures. Each vignette ratchets up the comedic tempo with novel and absurd ways of avoiding "the disease of the day."  More...

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Drama. By Ray Bradbury. One strange and dark year long ago, Halloween came early. It came on Oct. 24, three hours after midnight, to be precise. The exact same time that Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow show rolled into Green Town, Ill. As the town clock chimes 3:00, James Nightshade and William Halloway leave their beds to watch the train pull in, but there is no one manning the locomotive and no one in the cars behind.  More...

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Farce. Adapted by Mark Brown from The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding. The author of the wildly successful adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days has written a new adaptation of one of the greatest novels ever written. In this thrilling adventure of the heart, Tom Jones, a charming young man of questionable birth, is madly in love with Sophia Western. But when Sophia's father arranges for her to marry a loathsome man,  More...

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Drama. By Tonya Hays. Based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Shakespeare's classic tragedy comes to life in a unique way. The setting is Bayou St. John in New Orleans where Marie Laveau invites everyone to come and watch this tragic tale. "I welcome you to Bayou St. John on St. John's Eve. On this hallowed night, I have something special for you..."  More...

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Writer's Cramp (or How Will Shakespeare Got Into Show Biz)

Farce. By Larry Glaister. He was born in 1564, but after early adolescence, historians lose track of Will Shakespeare until 1590, more or less. By then he's already married, the father of three and a full-fledged, wildly successful young actor and playwright! Shakespeare's so-called "lost years" have confounded scholars for generations. Writer's Cramp (or How Will Shakespeare Got Into Show Biz) gleefully jumps in to fill in the gaps! It's 1585, Will is a 21-year-old dreamer, the father of three and quite jobless. He'd rather cavort with children and fiddle around with phrases than worry about bread on the table and household chores.  More...

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