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

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

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

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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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Barrio Grrrl!

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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The Beautiful Dark

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/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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The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church

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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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. Throughout, the storyteller remains in the Scrooge characterization as the other actors narrate in their natural voices  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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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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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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Geezers

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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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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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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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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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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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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Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

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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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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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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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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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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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Tom Jones (Brown)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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