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Aesop's Fable-ous Barnyard Bash

Comedy with music. Book and lyrics by Michael Gravois. Music 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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Afflicted: Daughters of Salem

Drama. By Laurie Brooks. In 1691 Puritan New England, fear and superstition were rampant. Singing, dancing and amusement of any kind was forbidden. The devil was everywhere. Five girls coming of age in Salem Village, desperate for release of their thoughts and feelings, find an ally in Tituba, a black slave who longs for freedom. Deep in the woods the girls make a pact and build a sisterhood. Then alliances are formed, promises made and broken, power taken. Afflicted: Daughters of Salem tells the story of the Salem girls—Abigail Williams, the leader, Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis, Mary Warren and Betty Parris, and the events that led up to the infamous Salem witch trials.  More...

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Anansi the Spider: A Trickster's Courtship

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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Antigone (Roberts)

Drama. Adapted by Bonnie Roberts. Based on the play by Sophocles. A civil war has ended. Will there be peace or new rebellion? The question is asked by the Chorus. What if your family, your friends, everyone you cared about begged you to change your mind, begged you to be silent—be safe? What if your life was in danger because of a decision you made, an action you decided to take? Would you be willing to die for taking that action?  More...

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Beware the Licorice Vines

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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Black Sash

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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Bloom

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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The Blue House

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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The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas

Comedy. By Jonathan Graham. Left alone at the dinner table to finish the remains of his meal (a single, enormous pea), 8-year-old Evan wishes he had a real live monster to eat his peas and play with him. When a real live monster actually arrives, life is turned upside down for Evan and his family in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy. The monster, named Pea,  More...

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Comedy. Adapted by Brian Guehring from the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. A mischievous silly jester (who speaks in verse) introduces the audience to a young tailor who has been discounted his entire life because he is small. This meek tailor in the village is bullied by his boss, smothered by his mother and harassed by customers. The young tailor, however, dreams of fighting dragons, and during one vivid fantasy he manages to kill seven flies in one blow. Rumors spread  More...

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A Christmas Carol (radio manuscript)

Radio drama. By Philip Grecian. Based upon his play and the novel by Charles Dickens. A familiar story told as a radio drama onstage, complete with sound effects and music, A Christmas Carol begins with the storyteller and his friends discussing the tale they will tell. They decide on an opening line, and the storyteller begins, transforming into the mean and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge as he speaks.  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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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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The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig

Comedy. By Catherine Bush. Cherry Blevins' house has burned down-her second house in five years. While trying to help save Cherry's 300—pound pet pig, Fatty, from the flames, Cherry's brother Floyd and his wife, Connie, are arrested for assault by local law enforcement officer Deputy Dwight Omuhundro. But did they truly assault Dwight? And what started the fire? And why in the world was Cherry keeping a pig for a pet?!  More...

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Comedy. By Catherine Bush. After 50 years, the wolves have returned to the forest. The inhabitants of the nearby village are in an uproar-their survival depends on their flock of sheep, the wolves' favorite food! Join a cast of characters that include a boy named Peter, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and a rebel sheep named Snowflake  More...

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The Cycle

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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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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End Papers

Drama. By Barry Weinberg.   More...

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Exit Laughing

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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Frankenstein (List)

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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Drama. Adapted by Gale Childs Daly from the book by Charles Dickens. In Great Expectations we are taken into the world of 19th-century England. Packed with curious and fascinating characters, enchanting and dangerous places and situations that are at once exhilarating and horrifying, Great Expectations is a literary gem. Pip, an orphan boy, has a life-changing encounter one day on the moors when he helps an escaped convict named Magwitch by getting him food and a file for his leg-irons. From this one act of kindness,  More...

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Comedy. By Cheryl M. Navo. Operator 72 is training to be a counselor for the SILT (Socially Inappropriate Language Therapy) Hotline. This is where clients call to blow off steam by swearing at the counselor operators, using socially inappropriate language to release tension so they can calm down and solve their problems. After extensive study, on-the-job training and a verbal test,  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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I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan

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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The Illustrated Bradbury

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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It's What's for Dinner and Other Short Comedies

Comedy. By Jonathan Graham. A collection of 4 comedies: It's What's for Dinner, Man Overboard, Poinsettia vs. the Christmas Cactus: A Yuletide Smackdown and The Soft Bigotry of Low ExpectationsFlexible staging. These plays may be performed individually or in any combination.  More...

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Jellofish

Drama/Comedy. By Jim Henry. Four World War II veterans have been playing a monthly game of poker since 1945. They have been dragging 5 percent from every pot for more than 50 years, and this "side pot" has grown to a sizable fortune. As Billy, Earl, Kooch and Dale compete in this monthly game of skill and luck, they struggle over what to do with their shared nest egg. As the debates escalate, their conflicting views on love, friendship, politics, death and taxes are revealed. The only referee in the debate seems to be Judy Clabber, a single mother who is Billy's cleaning lady. She is both adored and revered by the men,  More...

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Kong's Night Out

Comedy. By Jack Neary. This is the story of what happened in the hotel room next to the hotel room where Ann (played in the 1933 movie by Fay Wray) was whisked out of the bed and into the Manhattan night by King Kong. There's always a backstory. Myron Siegel is a low-end Broadway producer who desperately wants to be high end. Trouble is, he has, for his entire career, been sabotaged by his arch rival, who is ultra-famous for making movies about scary jungle creatures.  More...

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The Last Illusion

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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Mariachi Girl

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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Most Likely To: The Senior Superlative Monologues

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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One Magic Kiss: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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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The Perfect Ending

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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The Princess and the Pea (Tyre)

Comedy. Adapted by Travis Tyre from the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Blending fiction with historical fact, this moving adaptation is different from any other. The sweeping tale takes place in 1860s Imperial Russia, where czars were required by law to marry women of royal Russian blood. The consequence for not following the law was losing the throne. So after his father's death,  More...

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Psych

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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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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The Seamstress

Drama. By Cece Dwyer. It is 1916, a time when women's rights are far from equal and wives were required to be submissive to their husbands. Andorra Hamilton, a beautiful young seamstress, finds herself much in demand by wealthy clients, as she offers her exclusive couture services while a working guest in their homes. Cynthia McFarland, attractive and gracious wife of the extremely wealthy, albeit licentious and abusive, Richard McFarland, finds herself in a desperately compromising position.  More...

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Comedy. By Michael Druce. Only one man can change the outcome of World War II—Professor Moriarty. And only one man can stop this evil mastermind from changing the fate of the world—Sherlock Holmes. In this witty, fast-paced and wildly inventive adventure, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must travel from London in 1921 to Berlin in 1939 to stop Moriarty from changing the outcome of history.  More...

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Short Order Stories

Comedy/Drama. By Renee Calarco. It's late August 2001, and Larry's Diner is packed with jangly parents and their poker-faced kids who are making their annual drives to the colleges and universities in southern New York state.  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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Stronger Than Strong! Great American Tall Tale Heroines

Comedy. By Brian Guehring. The play opens with a ballyhoo (actors running up and down the aisle to drum up excitement and anticipation for the upcoming medicine show). The famous Doctors Wellington have arrived in this small town at the turn of the last century to sell their amazing strength elixir to the population. The Doctors Wellington and their troupe of amazing actors first tell the audience how Dr. J.M. Wellington (in search of ingredients to make the strength elixir) meets a young Tennessee gal who became  More...

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The Sun Serpent

Drama. By José Cruz González. When young Anahuac's family meets the newly arrived Cortes, they believe he is the Sun Serpent come to usher in a new, better world. Anahuac's beloved elder brother eagerly joins Cortes' grand march to the capital, Tenochtitlan. But while Cortes promised a world of peace and plenty, the soldiers he left behind soon engage in a ruthless search for gold. Orphaned during one of their raids, Anahuac sets off through the jungle to find and warn his brother that the Spanish are not all they seem.  More...

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Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle

Drama. By José Cruz González. Six-year old Cory doesn't want to live with her grumpy grandma she barely knows. Grandmother Autumn doesn't much like the idea, either. She's about to lose her home to foreclosure and is struggling to make ends meet. But what choice does she have? Cory's dad has to find work, and  More...

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A Thirties Affair

Comedy. By Carl L. Williams. Know-it-all Pauline tries to match up her divorced friend Carla with Jason, a friend of her husband, and happily discovers they both love old movies from the 1930s. But Jason and Carla, burned by previous relationships, resist Pauline's efforts to kindle a romance. Resentful at being thrown together,  More...

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Comedy/Drama. By Catherine Bush. Darla Frye is fraught with deep-seated insecurities. Her mother is dead, her boyfriend is delusional, and her job stocking auto parts is going nowhere fast. Then one night, on a deserted country road, Lucky Tibbs teaches Darla how to change a flat tire-and in doing so, changes her life.  More...

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The 12 Days of Christmas

Comedy. Adapted from the traditional Christmas song by Renee Calarco. 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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Twisted Tales of Poe (radio manuscript)

Radio drama. By Philip Grecian. From the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Four stories from Edgar Allan Poe are told in the form of a staged radio drama, complete with sound effects and music. The prisoners of Leverett Street Jail, Death Warrant Division, await their fates as three of the doomed souls tell their stories, and we enter the mind of a fourth. The Caretaker insists that, although she has murdered the old man she was caring for, chopped him up and buried him under the floor, she is not mad. In fact,  More...

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The Vanishing Point

Drama. By Nedra Roberts. How do you find your way home when the land, the culture and way of life, and even the relationships of your birth are vanishing all around you? That's the problem that haunts Pierre, an environmental engineer recently returned to Point Critique to head an experimental program designed to halt the loss of Louisiana's valuable coastal wetlands. What he finds, in addition to a dangerously fragile ecosystem,  More...

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Voodoo Macbeth

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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Walking Across Egypt

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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We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915
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Drama. By Jackie Sibblies Drury. A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. We Are Proud to Present … takes place largely in a rehearsal room that descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors—three black and three white—attempt to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process. Eventually the full force of a horrific  More...

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What We Lost Along the Way

Drama. By C.E. Glanville This family drama begins in 1939 London during the evacuation of almost two million British children and other vulnerable populations to the countryside to keep them safe from predicted German air raids on industrial centers. The play centers on 15-year-old Serena Moffitt and her younger brother, Joseph, who are sent from their working class suburb of Brixton to the county of Devon where they end up billeted with the Hargreaves, an upper-class family struggling to  More...

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Why Mosquitoes Buzz

Comedy. By Jeremy Kisling. Adapted from the folktale. It all starts late one day. Nwanko and his wife are out gathering palm nuts to use for their evening meal. The nuts they find are high in a tree, and Nwanko must climb the tree to try to reach them. Along comes Mosquito to ask what the man is doing. When he shoos the mosquito away, the palm nuts fall, causing Nwanko's machete to fall toward his wife, Aja, who must jump to safety. Aja lands on Python's tail, startling the snake, who runs to hide in Rabbit's hole. These events set off a chain reaction  More...

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Wiley and the Hairy Man (Zeder) (musical)

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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El Zorrito

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...

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