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  1. All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play

    All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play

    By Werner Trieschmann.

    Product Code: AC7000

    • Comedy | Farce
    • Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
    • 3m., 3w., 11 either gender, expandable.
    • 40 min.
    Based on several disastrous theatrical experiences, this play examines the process of putting on a show that is less than good. We go from the audition—where the director is more worried about roast beef than paying attention to the warm-up exercise, and the neurotic cast pretends to be bacon—to rehearsals—where a passive-aggressive stage manager gives everyone grief. This bad play within a play won't win any awards, but will keep audiences in stitches. Learn More
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  2. Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon

    Adapted by David Rogers. From the classic novel by Daniel Keyes.

    Product Code: F28000

    • Drama
    • Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
    • 4m., 1w. (one of the male roles may be played by a woman.)
    • 35 min.
    This is the compelling story of Charlie, a mentally retarded man, and the strange interweaving of his life with that of Algernon, a mouse. Learn More
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  3. Our Place

    Our Place

    By Terry Gabbard.

    Product Code: OA5000

    • Comedy | Drama
    • High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
    • 7m., 7w.
    • 45 min.
    The unassuming location of a dock extending out onto a small lake serves as the backdrop for five different stories: Jake and Holly are interrupted on their date by Anne and Lyle; Beth has plans to spend the day with her ailing dad at their favorite fishing place; Al and his family arrive for their family canoe trip—much to his family's dismay; Cory and Liberty picnic out by the lake; and Stanley is shown some perspective by his 6-year-old sister. In a poetic epilogue, they all gather on the dock and discover the true meaning of Our Place—both comedic and tragic. Learn More
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  4. A Thousand Cranes

    A Thousand Cranes

    By Kathryn Schultz Miller.

    Product Code: T80000

    • Drama
    • Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults | Praise Groups
    • 1 to 2m., 2 to 3w., up to 2 either gender.
    • 45 min.
    This is the true story of 12-year-old Sadako, who learns that she has "radiation sickness," or leukemia—an effect of the Hiroshima bombing that happened 10 years ago. Her wish is to be healed by the gods by folding 1,000 paper cranes, but she dies before she can finish. Her friends and classmates finish folding the cranes and build a monument to honor her and all the children who were killed by the atom bomb. Learn More
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  5. Why Do We Laugh?

    Why Do We Laugh?

    By Stephen Gregg.

    Product Code: W58000

    • Comedy | Drama
    • Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults | Praise Groups
    • 4m., 4w.
    • 30 min.
    This play follows a couple's evolving relationship, from the age of 6 when she hated him, to 16 when she tolerated him, to 46 when she had a lot to say to him, to 66 when she is still learning about him. Learn More
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  6. Abra Cadaver

    Abra Cadaver

    By John Mattera.

    Product Code: A28000

    • Comedy | Drama
    • Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
    • 3m., 2w.
    • 35 min.
    Jack and his girlfriend, Christine plot to kill Jack's wife, Marie. Christine tells Marie about it and the two plot to kill Jack. But wait Learn More
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  7. American Beauty

    American Beauty

    By Jules Tasca.

    Product Code: A57000

    • Comedy
    • High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
    • 4m., 3w.
    • 20 min.
    Mark is so jealous of his beautiful wife, Mona, that he wants to destroy all who give her a second look. Mona can Learn More
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  8. An Open and Shut Case

    An Open and Shut Case

    By John Mattera.

    Product Code: A24000

    • Comedy | Drama | Farce | Melodrama | Satire | Tragedy
    • Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
    • 5m., 5w.
    • 35 min.
    Young, handsome Harold married the elderly, wheelchair-ridden Elizabeth for her money. Now Harold plans to murder her and inherit all that money, hiring a nurse, a housekeeper and a cook to help him with the job. Learn More
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  9. Babes in Gangland or The Godmother

    Babes in Gangland or The Godmother

    By Dutton Foster.

    Product Code: B69000

    • Farce | Melodrama
    • Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
    • 5m., 4w. (may be done with 3m., 6w., or 4m., 5w.)
    • 35 min.
    This melodramatic farce, marked by puns, double entendres, asides to the audience, and other absurdities, is a comic tour de force. A perfect contest one-act with no elaborate set requirements. Learn More
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  10. Baker's Dozen

    Baker's Dozen

    By Pat Cook.

    Product Code: B62000

    • Comedy
    • Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults | Praise Groups
    • 3m., 3w.
    • 30 min.
    In this hilarious story of the bond between two brothers we look in on "the summer I learned not to take things...or people for granted...". Jeff shows us when his brother, Jim, cuts his leg so badly recovery was in question. With "brotherly" cajoling, Jeff pulls him through. Learn More
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