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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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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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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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Cyrano de Bergerac (Hays)

Drama. By Tonya Hays. Adapted from the play by Edmond Rostand. Edmond Rostand's classic swashbuckling play Cyrano de Bergerac is presented in Parisian café society at Café de Coulisse. The lovely Jacqueline is the host and introduces us to the story of the witty, passionate unlikely hero known for his big nose, skill with language and rapier wit. A play within a play, Cyrano takes audiences on a journey through the beauty of language, the bravery of the musketeers, the innocence of young love, the gift of friendship and the redemption of the antagonist.  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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Dick Whittington and His Cat (musical)

Musical. Book and lyrics by Jeff Church. Music by Richard Gray. Based on an English folktale. Can a cat inspire love, loyalty, friendship and the spirit of giving? Dick Whittington, a penniless orphan, arrives in London having heard there's a street paved with gold. Cast aside and laughed at, a rich merchant takes pity on Dick and offers him a job. Unfortunately, his housekeeper, Miss MacGrundy, hates the boy and houses Dick in a rat-filled attic. When a stranger gifts Dick a cat, Trueheart, his luck changes. A terrific mouser, Trueheart makes  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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Evil Little Thoughts (Revised)

By Mark D. Kaufmann As one critic describes the recent premiere at the Denver Center Theatre, "Watching the play uncoil like a spring is a delight. Very quickly the audience is seduced into believing its assortment of improbable characters. One of these is a tycoon corporate raider named Douglas Jensen who has patterned his life on a very simple principle: virtues like honor and respectability don't work. So he doesn't use them.  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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Frederick

Musical. Book by Suzanne Maynard Miller. Music and lyrics by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs. From the book by Leo Lionni. It's summertime in the meadow, and Frederick and his other friends in the mouse commune—Ernest, Nellie, Sunny and Baby—gather to enjoy the start of another glorious day: the buzzing of the bees, the fluttering of butterflies and the warmth of the glowing sun. Together they sing and play games without a care in the world. As summer quickly turns to fall, they each set about collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead. All except Frederick, or so it would appear.  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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Here Comes Gosling (interactive version)

Comedy with music. Book and lyrics by Sandra Fenichel Asher. Music by Ric Averill. Together again after their award-winning romp in both the picture book and stage versions of Too Many Frogs!, Froggie and Rabbit eagerly prepare for the arrival of guests—Goose, Gander and especially baby Gosling. "I can't wait!" Froggie croaks in his excitement to meet Gosling, but Rabbit assures him they have much to do in the hours before the guests arrive. Indeed, there is spinach salad and carrot cake to prepare, a perfectly pleasant picnic spot to discover, books and flowers to gather and bubble baths to take,  More...

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Here Comes Gosling (one-act version)

Comedy with music. Book and lyrics by Sandra Fenichel Asher. Music by Ric Averill. Together again after their award-winning romp in both the picture book and stage versions of Too Many Frogs!, Froggie and Rabbit eagerly prepare for the arrival of guests—Goose, Gander and especially baby Gosling. "I can't wait!" Froggie croaks in his excitement to meet Gosling, but Rabbit assures him they have much to do in the hours before the guests arrive. Indeed, there is spinach salad and carrot cake to prepare, a perfectly pleasant picnic spot to discover, books and flowers to gather and bubble baths to take,  More...

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Higgins in Harlem

Comedy. By Lawrence Thelen. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw is reset in Harlem in 1938 during the Harlem Renaissance-a time when the affluent black society of Sugar Hill found itself at odds with the uneducated blacks of Harlem struggling through the Great Depression. Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, discovers Eliza Doolittle, a homeless, Harlem girl whose speech is nearly unintelligible, outside the Apollo Theatre. Appalled at her slang-filled dialect, Higgins declares that with just six months of phonetics training, he could pass her off as a university-educated African princess!  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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In His Steps

Drama. By Philip Grecian. This version is the only authorized stage adaptation of Charles Sheldon's best-selling novel. It was commissioned by Sheldon's church, Central Congregational, where it was first written in 1897. In the summer of 1895 in Raymond, Kansas, a tramp knocks at Reverend Henry Maxwell's door looking for work. With regret, Maxwell turns him away, but the tramp's visit has inspired Sunday's sermon from 1 Peter 2:21: "For hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that ye should follow in His steps."  More...

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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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Jocasta

Comedy/Tragedy. By Sandra Perlman. Jocasta combines both comedy and tragedy in the story of three women—mother, daughter and servant—bound together by blood and loyalty. In this new twist on the Oedipus complex, we take a look at the myth from Jocasta's complex point of view as a wife, devoted mother and conflicted daughter. On the night before Jocasta is to marry Oedipus, her mother, Ismene, arrives with a beautiful wedding gown. Ismene, a bawdy, hard-drinking tiger mom who loves being the mother of the queen, comes on a mission to convince Jocasta that being queen again will finally bring her happiness. And so begins a familiar mother-daughter dance.  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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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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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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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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One Night

Drama. By Charles Fuller. After surviving a fire in a homeless shelter, two Iraqi Freedom vets, Alicia G. and Horace Lloyd, are sent to a motel outside the city where they will be safe for the night. Both are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder—Alicia as a consequence of a gang rape by three fellow soldiers while in Iraq and Horace from battlefield pressure linked to his Army MOS as a sniper.  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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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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Perdida

Musical. Book and lyrics by Kathleen Cahill. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Perdida (the lost one) is an emotional tale full of spirits and magic set in pre-revolutionary Mexico when all-powerful dons ruled like kings. Inspired by Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Perdida tells a story of passion, jealousy and redemption. The Spirit of Time narrates a tale that takes place over a span of 18 years  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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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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Rose and the Rime

Drama. By Nathan Allen, Chris Mathews and Jake Minton. Young Rose lives a peaceful, carefree life in her tiny wintry town of Radio Falls. Sledding through snow dunes, drinking hot chocolate and listening to stories told by her Uncle Roger, it all seems pretty grand. True, it's always winter, but it's been like that all her life—how could she know the difference? But one day when Rose asks her Uncle Roger the truth of what happened to her parents, she learns there's more to the history of Radio Falls than she could have ever realized.  More...

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A Second Chance

Musical. Book, music and lyrics by Ted Shen. Recent widower, Dan, and divorcee, Jenna, meet mid-life and mid-crisis. Their painful pasts cause them both to feel undeserving of happiness. They develop an instant rapport while attending a dinner party, but Dan's grief precludes any follow-through. After running into each other on a subway a month later, Jenna decides to invite Dan out on a "platonic date" to the Museum of Modern Art, where they experience a silent, but unexpectedly intense connection.  More...

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Shakespeare in Mind

Comedy. Conceived by Michael Bigelow Dixon. Written by Janet Allard, Niko Tsakalakos, Constance Congdon, Richard Dresser, Ginna Hoben, Brooke Jennett, Mollie LaFavers, Jon Jory, Jeremy Paden, Valerie Smith, Dean Staley, Justin Wright and Elizabeth Wong. Haunting and hilarious, Shakespeare in Mind takes a strange and wondrous trip through a dozen "post-modern Elizabethan" plays, poems and songs. Motifs of fear and murder, love and death, dreams and destiny weave in and out of our modern minds that Shakespeare now inhabits. And just like Will's own plays, this dynamic production interweaves comedy, romance, song and tragedy as it presents contemporary characters interacting with Macbeth and Duncan, Juliet and Titus Andronicus, Othello and Desdemona, and 20 other classic characters.  More...

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The Tallest Tale Ever Told

Comedy/Adventure. By Vivian Snipes. Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind's journey of discovery transports you to a simpler, earlier time of possibility and promise when amazing men and women accomplished astounding adventures! This highly theatrical tall tale is a narrative based in fact that includes embellishment, enhancement, enlargement and aggrandizement! (If it didn't, it wouldn't be a tall tale.) So let the thunder roll, lightning strike and the rain storm as Davy Crockett bursts to life saving the world from imminent destruction.  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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Wanda the Psychic Wombat

Comedy. By Victoria Sayeg. Wanda is the last psychic wombat on Earth, and she is struggling to run her fortune-telling business. Desperate for an assistant, Wanda places an ad in the paper, yielding her such applicants as Joe, a hillbilly opossum who thinks he can probably be a psychic medium if he cuts back on the glazed donuts, and Jack, an energized rabbit with a large, TV-game-show-host personality but absolutely no clairvoyant certainty. Her skeptical sisters are of no help either—her parents roll their eyes and wish she were a doctor, and the Traveling Institute of Psychic Detection Services, LLC., shows up just in time to make a complete mockery of her life's work with their phony Telekinetic Telephone (patent pending)  More...

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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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