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Eddie Cope

EDDIE COPE

  (1913 - 2009)

Nationality:    USA
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Eddie COPe was a Houston playwright and journalist with a playful sense of humor, and with his fondness for outrageous puns, wrote more than 30 lighthearted comedies, mysteries and meloDramas for community Theatre. Upon his death in 2009 at age 96, the Houston Theatre community praised Cope as a local institution and an inspiration. His plays have been produced across the country and overseas. He was a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Texas Non-Profit Theatre association and Scriptwriters/ Houston. He retired from "TV Guide Magazine" and attended and/or read more than one-hundred plays a year.

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        Agatha Christie Tackles Texas         Airport 1904         Bad Blood In the Bookshop, Or Her Beauty Spoke Volumes         Danger Lurks In Music City, Or the Ditty That Saved A City         Deadlock         Gentlemen Of the Press         Girl In the Tutu, The - Or - the Villain Kept Her On Her Toes         Girl of The frozen North         Hugs R Us         Inventor's Daughter, Or the Villain Made A Grab For the Lab, The         Magician's Daughter, Or the Villain Refused To Disappear, The         Not-So-Grand Hotel, The         Perils of a Frontier Fotographer, The         Rigged For Murder         Watchmaker's Daughter, Or the Villain Ticked Her Off, The         Well-Diggers Daughter, The Or, She Found Herself In Deep Water         Without A Clue



Agatha Christie Tackles Texas

Synopsis:
Police Officer Hootspah decides that writing about crime is better than dealing with it. He uses agatha Christie as his inspiration. then his characters take on a life of their own.

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope And Carl L Williams

1st Produced:
Country Playhouse Black Box, Houston Tx    2001

Organisations:
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1st Published:
I.e. Clark Publishing Co., 2002   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Airport 1904

Synopsis:
1904 and Widow Knight and her daughter Lovey open a flying school. But there are villains about who plan to take over the school and have a fate worse than death lined up for Lovey. Will handsome hero Sterling Strongwrench save the day?

Notes:
Music by Buster Cearley; lyrics by Eddie Cope; book by Eddie Cope

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Bad Blood In the Bookshop, Or Her Beauty Spoke Volumes

Synopsis:
Clarice DeLovely, a beautiful young London actress, arrives in Cactus Junction, Texas, to manage a small bookshop that she inherited from her late father. Little does she know that Sylvester Swineheart (a devious and distant relative) is planning to take over the shop and is in cahoots with crooked Sheriff Hornswoggler, who schemes to put the young mummer six feet under, along with her traveling companion, Winifred Snitwhistle, a grande dame of the British stage. Complicating matters are a charming book-publishing heiress, Fann C. Free, and the shy and studious Chester G. Whilakers, who carries a torch for the lovely DeLovely. With many plot twists and turns the "good guys" fight their way through a tangle of jokes, puns, and show-biz humor while saving the day.

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope And Carl L Williams

1st Produced:
Encore Theatre, Houston Tx    2006

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1st Published:
Brooklyn Publishers2006   -

Music:
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Genre:
meloDrama One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Danger Lurks In Music City, Or the Ditty That Saved A City

Synopsis:
Villainous Victor Vomitus runs a music publishing company in 1899 St. Louis and keeps a songwriter chained in his basement, trying to come up with a prize-winning song for the exposition. a rich young man meets a poor young woman searching for her long-lost father, and they become entangled with Victor, a crooked commissioner and his foolish family, a dancehall girl, and a crazy old river rat named Bessie.

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope And Carl L Williams

1st Produced:
Pasadena Little Theatre, Pasadena Tx    2003

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1st Published:
Brooklyn Publishers2006   -

Music:
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Genre:
MeloDrama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Deadlock

Synopsis:
Russell, a once-rich oil heir, is found murdered on a disused oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is rumored that he has a large sum of money hidden on the oil rig. Suspects include his handyman, Peewee; his housekeeper, Cassie; his girlfriend; Lenore; two visiting journalists, ed and Kim, a married couple; and Dudley, a hotshot helicopter pilot. the action takes place in reverse chronological order.

Notes:
Written by Jim Bernhard under the name Herman J. Bird, with Eddie Cope

1st Produced:
Houston, Country Playhouse    1988

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Genre:
2 act Mystery

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Gentlemen Of the Press

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Written by Jim Bain And Eddie Cope

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1st Published:
Brooklyn Publishers   -

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Girl In the Tutu, The - Or - the Villain Kept Her On Her Toes

Synopsis:
Here's a fast-moving, fun-filled play that mixes meloDramatics with show business. Sonny Nuggett, a young, handsome theatre student (the hero, of course!) tries to assemble a dance act to save his parents' failing restaurant in the Gold Country of Old Californy. Col. Questus Quantrell, a shady showman with hypnotic powers, appears with three clumsy dancing girls. He schemes to take over the cafe by plotting murder and cheating two old prospectors, Pa and his old partner, Fred, out of their newly re-found "lost" goldmine. Fred is the Father of Cora, a beautiful and talented ballet dancer (our lovely heroine!) who gets caught up in the mayhem. the play features a wacky cast, plenty of action, and side-splitting humor.

Notes:
Written by Catl l Williams And Eddie Cope

1st Produced:
Binger Oney High School, Binger, Oh    38332

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Eldridge Plays and Musicals   -

Music:
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Genre:
MeloDrama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Girl of The frozen North

Synopsis:
Heres a melodrama with a blizzard of laughs, suspense and plot twists! Dainty Nettie and her mother get lost in a snowstorm while searching for a missing family member in the icy Yukon. They locate a seedy hotel, owned by the villainous Mr. Cesspool, where they meet a stranded Shakespearean actress, her klutzy maid who yearns for a life in show business, an absent-minded professor/explorer from the Smithsonian Institution and a timid fur trader who lives with an odd Eskimo tribe. When things look darkest, in dashes a dynamic, but na´ve, red-coated Canadian Mountie. Its an all-fun show that will please directors, actors and audiences of all ages.

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope and Buster Cearley

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service   -

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Genre:
melodrama 60 min

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Hugs R Us

Synopsis:
Business is bad at the Hugs R Us company.

Notes:
Written by Jim Bain And Eddie Cope

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Genre:
Ten minute play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Inventor's Daughter, Or the Villain Made A Grab For the Lab, The

Synopsis:
adora Winsome, a lovelorn widow, is stuck with a cluttered workshop after the death of her husband, an unsuccessful inventor who left them nothing but a strange "talker box." She and her beautiful daughter Charmaine have sent for a patent application for the apparatus, but they don't know a thing about it. Frankie Fixitt, the lab assistant, lends a helping hand. after all, he is secretly in love with Charmaine. But what good is the patent application if the talker box is in the clutches of greedy landlord Gustav Guttermost and his flirtatious confederate, Ima Foxx? the two villains barge in to collect the rent and steal the valuable invention while they're at it. Of course, their efforts are thwarted when Cashin DeVault, the dashing banker-and adora's old flame-arrives just in time to catch Ima and Guttermost red-handed. Love and justice prevail, as it should be!

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope And Carl L Williams

1st Produced:
Harbor Playhouse, Corpus Christi Tx    2006

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service, 2005   -

Music:
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Genre:
meloDrama One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Magician's Daughter, Or the Villain Refused To Disappear, The

Synopsis:
Here's a fast-moving meloDrama about dastardly doings in a run-down professional theater in Sagebrush, Nevada. the evil theater owner Rance Bottomgard schemes to make ailing magician alexander the Great disappear so he can steal both his act and his lovely daughter Loverly. He fools the magician's fading-rose assistant Carrie Meebak into helping set up a fatal stage trick. Before all is lost, heroic and love-struck young stage manager Will Powers, aided by dim-witted Nurse Krenk, rush to the rescue.

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope And Carl L Williams

1st Produced:
Harbor Playhouse, Corpus Christi Tx    2006

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Brooklyn Publishers2007   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
MeloDrama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Not-So-Grand Hotel, The

Not-So-Grand Hotel, The
When a mudslide blocks the main highway, the dilapidated Hotel Horace in the town of Swampy Corners gets an unexpected influx of guests, including a British world traveler, a high school teacher and her two students, and a female fugitive, who tries to hide from the local sheriff, who is courting the hotel's widowed owner.

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope And Carl L Williams

1st Produced:
Country Playhouse Black Box, Houston Tx    2002

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1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Perils of a Frontier Fotographer, The

Synopsis:
Here's sparkling mellerdrammer that has more plot twists than a pretzel factory. The setting is a near-bankrupt photo studio in the Territory of Arizona, owned by Mrs. Paula Roid, a widow who divides her time between her sickbed and her lovely daughter, Aster, "the dainty darling of the darkroom." But several other Arizonians have their beady eyes on Miss Roid, including the dastardly Mayor Gobblecrud, who is also their landlord. Just when the situation is about to explode, a stagecoach arrives with several interesting characters, including Jacques-Louis Daguerre, a photographic genius from Paris (and a handsome one at that!). With one easy set and grand mix of characters, this play has delighted audiences in community theatres and professional melodrama dinner theatres.

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope and Buster Cearley

1st Produced:
Fruitvale School District, Bakersfield, CA    02 Mar 2006

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Eldridge Plays & Musicals   -

Music:
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Genre:
melodrama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  7            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Rigged For Murder

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
Rewritten version of Deadlock, Written by Jim Bernhard under the name Herman J. Bird, with Eddie Cope

1st Produced:
Houston, Curtains Theatre    1993

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Watchmaker's Daughter, Or the Villain Ticked Her Off, The

Synopsis:
the beautiful young heroine's dear mother (the watchmaker's widow and jewelry store owner) is falsely accused of participating in a human- smuggling ring, and what's more, she is accused by the stalwart young hero who is the object of her daughter's desire! the villainous import/export merchant, who keeps importing and exporting the same suspicious grandFather clock, tries to frame the widow and make time with the heroine, only to see his plans upset by his own assistant (a femme fatale with an eye for the hero) and a South American gentleman who makes a surprise appearance, along with two formidable-looking women "customers" who have been casing the store.

Notes:
Winner of the Backdoor theatre New Play Project And the Hill Country Playwriting Festival's People's Choice Award. Produced off-off-Broadway.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Brooklyn Publishers2007   -

Music:
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Genre:
meloDrama One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Well-Diggers Daughter, The Or, She Found Herself In Deep Water

Synopsis:
Caution: the humor in this play may be a bit dry. Set in Tarantula, TX at the turn of the last century, a humble well-digger, Hardrock Flint, and his soon-to-be son-in-law, Gus, have set out to strike it rich by digging wells, but all they've found so far is a lot of dirt. Meanwhile, the exceptionally evil Sly Snookerall has hatched a heartless scheme to steal the well-digger's homestead, send him to the poorhouse, and then marry his beautiful daughter, Dolly. Hardrock better find a way to dig himself out of this one, or he's going to end up at the Last Roundup Retirement Home!

Notes:
written by Eddie Cope And Carl L Williams

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Genre:
MeloDrama, 30 min One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Without A Clue

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
Rewritten version of Author! Author!, Written by Jim Bernhard under the name Herman J. Bird, with Eddie Cope

1st Produced:
Pasadena, Texas, Pasadena Little Theatre    1996

Organisations:
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1st Published:
2002, I. e. Clark, Schulenburg, Texas   -

Music:
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Genre:
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