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Charles Busch
Charles Busch's Cleopatra
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The turbulent life of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, is told, viewed through the outrageous comic lens of master parodist Charles Busch. Evoking both 1930s Hollywood epics and the grand 19th Century romantic theatre of Sarah Bernhardt, this version of the life of the ill-fated Egyptian Queen takes her from her teenage seduction of the Roman leader Julius Caesar through her volatile tragic romance with Mark Antony and to her ultimate death. Charles Buschs Cleopatra has echoes of the many great stars that have played her on stage and on film, such as Claudette Colbert, Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh and several who thankfully didnt, including Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck and Mae West.

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Audrey Cefaly
Love is a Blue Tick Hound
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Love is a Blue Tick Hound is a collection of four one-acts, three of which have received New York premieres, and all of which have won multiple festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. All four pieces feature challenging roles for women and lend themselves to diversity in casting. Each play has a run-time of approximately 25 minutes and may be licensed individually or collectively (as assembled herein), to comprise a full evening of theater. Publication includes: Fin & Euba; Clean; The Gulf ; Stuck

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Fernanda Coppel
King Liz
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Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster but a woman in a man's industry has to fight to stay on top. She's worked twice as hard to get where she is and wants to take over the agency that she's helped build. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?

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Bill C Davis
Dancing In the End Zone
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This drama by the author of Mass Appeal explores the heart of a young man in crisis, inflamed by the people who claim to care for him: his mother, his football coach and his tutor. James Bernard is a star college quarterback whose innocence renders him devastatingly vulnerable. His mother and coach are pushing him to go "professional"; his tutor is concerned over the inherent corruption of organized athletics, believing that football is just another metaphor for war.

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Lydia R Diamond
Harriet Jacobs
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In her book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs describes with brutal honesty the hardships she endures under slavery, including the extraordinary choices she makes to be near her children. To survive, she escapes into her imagination and through writing, discovers hope for a better life. Accompanied by the rich musical traditions of slave spirituals, Harriet Jacobs is an inspiring look at a young womans fascinating journey from slavery to freedom.

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Christopher Dimond
Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court
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Judge Jackie Justice rules over her reality television courtroom with an iron fist, presiding over a three-ring circus of America's most chaotic civil cases. But, when a drop in ratings brings her face to face with the liability of her own love life, the judge must learn to navigate the ludicrous laws of love in this over-the-top courtroom comedy.

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Nambi E Kelley
Native Son
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Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Using W.E.B. DuBois' theory of double consciousness as a grounding point, this adaptation of Native Son focuses on the landscape inside the mind of Bigger Thomas, bringing the power of Richard Wright's novel to life for a whole new generation.

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Josh Koenigsberg
Mnemonist Of Dutchess County, The
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Meet Milo Mazowski - a campus security guard who's determination to woo a lovely local bar owner is only hampered by one thing: his unlimited memory which makes him spout out pretty much every unromantic thing he's ever heard in his life. A bittersweet comedy about learning how to forget.

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Lauren Yee, Jen Silverman, Max Posner
Keen Teens: Volume 3
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Ken Ludwig
Comedy of Tenors, A
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One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It's 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the centuryas long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife Maira from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight.

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Qui Nguyen
Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin
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In this action-packed samurai story set inside the halls of an all-American high school, Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin tells the tale of Emi Edwards, a high school geekgurl whose fighting to overthrow the cruel shoguns of her school. However in her journey to right wrongs, will her own cravings for popularity and power corrupt her quest to save the school? Will she able to establish a new world order? Or will violence just beget more violence?

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Topher Payne
Evelyn in Purgatory
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When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York's public schools, they're sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year. A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in "the rubber room," where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom. Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French and workshop a screenplay.

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Topher Payne
Perfect Arrangement
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Washington, 1951: After crafting the criteria for identifying Communists hiding in the U.S. Department of State, Bob and Norma have been tasked with a new challenge-outing homosexuals. That'll be tricky, since they're both gay, and have married each other's partners as a cover, presenting lives as flawless and wacky as a 50's sitcom. Can they lead the witch hunt without outing themselves?

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Octavio Solis
El Paso Blue
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Al has to take the rap for his pal Duane's botched robbery, but before he goes, he leaves his drunken ex-beaty queen wife Sylvie in the care of his father Jefe. In the year he is gone, Jefe and Sylvie fall in love, and when Al is granted early parole, he enlists Duane in a mad and murderous hunt for the fleeing lovers. In the course of their search, they meet China, a weird changeling who wields a water gun filled with ammonia and purports to know where his wife has been taken.

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Tanner Heath, Austin Hughes, Hunter McKenzie, Matthew Waterman
Thespian Playworks 2015
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From the nationally recognized Educational Theatre Association's Thespian Playworks competition come four short scripts - all created by high school-aged playwrights! Included in this volume are: Escalator by Tanner Heath; Atlas's Equal by Austin Hughes; The Okay Kids by Hunter McKenzie; It's Gonna Rain by Matthew Waterman.

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Anne Washburn
10 Out of 12
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tech. Around you, a company of 14 is engaged in the very peculiarand peculiarly impossibletask of making a new play. Youll have a seat next to the sound designer as he mixes cues. Youll eavesdrop on backstage gossip as it happens over headset. Youll watch the director struggle to contain the uncontainable. Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns) took notes during her tech rehearsals over the years. 10 Out of 12 is a wry and absorbing look at how work forms us and deforms us.

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Joel Paley
Ruthless!
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Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! This aggressively outrageous musical hit garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.

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Suzan-Lori Parks
Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
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Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise. As his decision brings him face-to-face with a nation at war with itself, the loved ones Hero left behind debate whether to escape or wait for his return. . . only to discover that for Hero, free will may have come at a great spiritual cost. Father Comes Home From The Wars is an explosively powerful drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love, with all three parts seen in one night. Part 1 introduces us to Hero, a slave who must choose whether or not to join his master on the Confederate battlefield. In Part 2, a band of rebel soldiers test Hero's loyalty as the cannons approach. Part 3 finds Hero's loved ones anxiously awaiting his return. A devastatingly beautiful dramatic work filled with music, wit, and great lyricism, Father Comes Home From The Wars is an epic tale about holding on to who we are and what we love in a country that both brings us together and rips us apart from one of America's most powerful writers.

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Mark Dunn
Belles: The Reunion
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Twenty-five years have passed since we last visited the six Walker sisters from Memphis, Tennessee, and theyre all back on the phone again for another crisis-filled weekend. The most immediate concern: Mama has taken off all her clothes in the community room of her nursing room and the sisters must put their heads together and decide what to do with her. And thats just for starters: oldest sister Peggy has been bilked out of all her money by a neer-do-well boyfriend. Aneece and Paiges marriages are on the rocks. Audrey continues to mourn the death of both her husband and her only child by climbing inside a bottle. Sherry is still trying to earn the respect of her sisters after so many years of being the free-spirited family laughingstock. And Roseanne, after three failed marriages to three minister husbands, has lost both her religious faith and the faith shes always put in her family. To top it all off, a cousin has asked all six Walker siblings to beta-taste her new candy, with mutually disastrous gastrointestinal results. The sequel to Belles, Dunns most popular comedy-drama, Belles: The Reunion will appeal to both those whove already fallen in love with the Walkers, as well as audiences discovering these telephone-tethered women for the very first time.

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Lindsey Ferrentino
Ugly Lies The Bone
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Newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of her three tours in Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. As Jess advances farther in the game, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.

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Samuel D Hunter
Permanent Image, A
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Siblings Bo and Ally are back in thier childhood home in Idaho for the funeral of their father. Their mother Carol has painted the whole house white and is suspected to have been drinking since their father's death. What Ally and Bo come to find out is that their mother has a method to her madness as she pulls out some home videos of their father just before he died. Called a fusion between realism and the absurd, A Permanent Image is a tense exploration of the distance families put between themselves, and what it takes to bring them back together.

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Jane Martin
Wild Talk
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Jane Martin's newest work compiling the stories of a drum majorette, a kidnapped girl, a woman bent on figuring men out through football, and several more.

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Theresa Rebeck
Poor Behaviour
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A weekend in the country spins out of control when jealous wife Maureen makes a reckless accusation about her husband Ian and their old friend Ella. Ella's husband Peter tries and fails to stop the domestic carnage in this fierce and funny story about the unexpected ease of betrayal and the fragility of marriage.

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Mac Rogers
Advance Man
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Astronaut Bill Cooke returns from the first manned mission to Mars bearing secrets and illicit cargo. Now his wife and teenage children are all that stand between Bill and a shocking action that will alter not only their lives, but also all of humanity.

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Mac Rogers
Blast Radius
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Picking up twelve years after the events of Advance Man, Blast Radius follows a sister and a brother at mortal odds in an Earth radically changed by an alien occupation. Ronnie leads a desperate human insurgency that might have finally found the weapon that will turn the tide - at a terrible cost. Abbie, who has allied himself with the conquering alien race, may have found a chilling solution that will end human resistance for good. Action-packed and emotionally charged, Blast Radius is the story of a family and a world at war with itself.

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Mac Rogers
Sovereign
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Picking up eight years after the events of Blast Radius, Sovereign completes the story of a sister and a brother at mortal odds in a radically changed Earth. The alien race that has ruled the Earth has fallen to Ronnie's rebellion, with the few remaining survivors on the run. The human race is slowly rebuilding all over the world. Ronnie is now the battle-scarred Governor of what used to be Florida, everyone's hero and no one's friend. Until one night, when Ronnie's soldiers smuggle into her office the greatest war criminal in the world: her brother Abbie, the foremost human ally of the extraterrestrials. When dawn comes, the people of Ronnie's settlement will certainly discover him and rip him to pieces. As Ronnie grapples with an awful decision about what to do with the man she hates and loves in equal measure, Abbie makes one last desperate move, forcing a confrontation that will forever change the future of the human race. Unfolding over two suspenseful real-time acts, Sovereign brings The Honeycomb Trilogy to a wrenching and unforgettable climax.

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Mark Snyder
As Wide as I Can See
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In the backyard of a recession-stricken Ohio town, the beer is on ice and the citronellas are ready to be lit. Dean, a disillusioned journalist, and his freeloading best friend unwittingly prepare for the most explosive barbecue of their lives. Tensions mount when Dean's girlfriend inadvertently invites a mysterious woman from his past to the party. Burgers are flipped and scores are settled in this new drama about remembering who you were and confronting who you've become.

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Lauren D Yee
Samsara
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When American couple Katie and Craig vow to make a last-ditch effort to create a baby of their own, their quest leads them to India, where a thriving commercial surrogacy industry offers them one final chance at parenthood. But will their decision to "rent out" a surrogate unite or divide them? A hilarious, unsettling look at reproduction in the 21st century, Samsara questions whether we can truly achieve intimacy in the face of shrinking worlds and expanding boundaries.

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Sarah Ruhl
Three Sisters, The
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Transplanted from their beloved Moscow to a provincial Russian town, three sistersschool teacher Olga, unhappily married Masha, idealistic Irinayearn for the city of their childhood, where they imagine their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. Three Sisters is the portrait of a family grappling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams.

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Leslie Ayvazian
Out of the City
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Carol is not a nature person and is not thrilled about turning 60. Nonetheless, her free-spirited best friend Jill decides that the best way for them to celebrate is to take a weekend away at a bed and breakfast in the Poconos with their husbands, Matt and Dan. The B&B is empty of people (off season), but full of knick-knacks, and Carol finds herself more than usually unsettled. When she suddenly shares a kiss with Jill, seemingly initiated by neither, both women find themselves questioning the foundations of their friendship and their marriages. Matt and Dan are swept into the action as Carol and Jill veer around trying to set the world back on its axis and redefine who they are and what they want. The men, in turn, test their wives sense of the boundaries of friendship and come to see their lives with fresh eyes. Crafted as a fast-moving farcical comedy, Out of the City looks compassionately at how a simple gesture can take on profound meaning for people who are taking everything for granted.

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Clare Barron
Baby Screams Miracle
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A freak storm knocks down all the trees in town and brings a prodigal daughter rushing home. But has she come for reconciliation? Or as an angel of vengeance? A comic new play about love, forgiveness and family struggling to operate in a relentlessly chaotic and violent world.

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Joe Calarco
Signature In The Schools Vol 1
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Signature in the Schools is a multifaceted program that encompasses in-school workshops for Arlington Public Schools English, Social Studies and Theater classes, theatrical training for young artists, and the creation of an original play.

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Joe Calarco
Signature In The Schools Vol 1I
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Signature in the Schools is a multifaceted program that encompasses in-school workshops for Arlington Public Schools English, Social Studies and Theater classes, theatrical training for young artists, and the creation of an original play.

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Carla Ching
Fast Company
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Mable is a confidence trickster. She has taught her two sons so they can be part of it. The her daughter Blue sets up the deal of the decade - the thing is will she include her mother and brothers?

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Bathsheba Doran
Parents' Evening
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Its dusk. Mother and father are in their bedroom, dressing in preparation for Parents Evening at their only daughters primary school. During this rare opportunity to check in, the couple embarks on a volatile, passionate and surprising confrontation that challenges every one of their life choices. The play is a painfully witty, perceptive exploration of the landlines of parenting in modern marriage.

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Athol Fugard
Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The
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Play inspired by the life of outsider artist, Nukain Mabusa. Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowners wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare.

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Athol Fugard
Shadow of the Hummingbird, The
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When Oupa is visited by his ten-year-old grandson (who is playing hooky from school) the two spend a memorable afternoon together. The boy reminds the old man of his lost sense of wonder, while the child is given a bit of hard-earned wisdom. In a charming meditation on the beauty and transience of the world around us, Fugard continues to mine the depths of the human spirit with profound empathy and heart.

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Jenny Schwartz, Todd Almond
Iowa
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Mom found her soul-mate on Facebook, and he lives in Iowa. So Becca says goodbye to her beloved math teacher, bulimic best friend, neighborhood pony and her mildly deficient teenage life, and she follows her wayward mother to a new, uncharted beginning. But in this fanciful, absurdist and intoxicating musical play from the imagination of Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond nothing can prepare them for what they'll find.

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Katherine DiSavino, Kevin Mead
Seasonal Allergies
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When Julia Shelby's brother shows up on her doorstep on Thanksgiving, heartbroken and hungry, she and her husband usher him into their home and invite him to stay a few days to sort everything out. After all, the holidays are all about family, right? But what they didn't expect is for their guest to turn their house upside down, and take an extended vacation - in their living room! Find out what happens when a little brother outstays his welcome, and a loving family tries to show him how to move on

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Lucas Kavner
Carnival Kids
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When an aimless former rock musician finds himself broke with nowhere to go, hes forced to move in with his son in his cramped New York City apartment. As they try to forge a new existence together, an unusual money-making scheme further complicates their lives and loves. A dramedy about the people we choose to let in, and the parts of ourselves we refuse to live with.

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Lucas Kavner
Fish Eye
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At a bar across from a falafel place, Max and Anna meet again, or is it for the first time? A funny and emotionally raw portrait of a couple struggling to hold on to one another without losing themselves, Fish Eye explodes the traditional chronology of romance and offers a modern take on the exhiliration of love  when nothing means everything and everything means nothing  and the entire world can shrink down to a single moment.

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David L Kimple
MMF
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When Dean, Jane and Michael's polyamorous relationship comes to an end, the trio is forced to deal with the consequences of love in a nontraditional relationship. MMF explores the realities of love, need, want and people who don't know the difference.

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David L Kimple
Who is Theo?
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Amidst the late-night din of St. Patricks Day in New York City, Donna comes home to find a highly intoxicated man named Theo dressed like a leprechaun in her apartment. Mistaking Theo for her roommate Jamie's sublet, Donna puts him into the empty room only to learn that Jamie is still home. With no explanation of how he got in, Donna and her roommates try to figure out where Theo came from and how to get him out of the apartment. Theo's undeniable charm and seemingly magical habits, however, don't make it easy. After everything from a police chase and zombie apocolypse, we find out who we are, who we could be, and who is Theo?

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Deborah Zoe Laufer
Informed Consent
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With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? Inspired by a recent court case between a Native American tribe and an Arizona University, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our DNA is our destiny.

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Deborah Zoe Laufer
Levelling Up
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From the award winning playwright of End Days, Deborah Zoe Laufer, comes a story about three twenty-something roommates who are glued to their video games. They are masters of the virtual worlds behind the computer screens in their Las Vegas basement. When one of them uses his gaming skills to land a job with the National Security Agency launching actual drones and missiles, online battles begin to have real consequences. Leveling Up is a fresh, contemporary look at how we navigate the blurry line between worlds both virtual and real and what it means to grow up.

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Lydia Blaisdell, Paula Vesala, Chas LiBretto, Phillip Howze, Matthew Capodicasa, Sean David DeMers, David Jacobi, Lin Tu
Theater Masters' Take Ten Vol. 1
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The collection, Theater Masters' Take Ten Vol. 1 is comprised of the following plays: DONNA'S FIRST BRAZILIAN by Lydia Blaisdell. A recent divorcee returns to the dating pool and treats herself to a wax. ENGLISH LESSON by Paula Vesala. A Finnish mother teaches her son English. When they keep meeting an old Puerto Rican woman, the only native language they share is the language of loss. THE BATTLE OF CONEY ISLAND by David Jacobi. Now in "People Heaven," Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison deal with the repercussions of their life-long feud. An angry elephant may or may not show up. NORDIC AMBITION by Phillip Howze. A suspended man comes face-to-face with the terror and hilarity of his mortality. As memory and language unhinge, can spectacle save us from the shame of our American present-or will history once again repeat itself? OF OUR OWN by Matthew Capodicasa. Six years years ago, Theo disappeared, leaving Becky behind. After a chance encounter in the park, Becky and Theo walk through the spaces of their old life together, and face the impossibility of ever truly finding what's been lost. OFF TACKLE GLIDE by Sean David DeMers. Off Tackle Glide is a chance encounter between an NFL prospect and a Catholic priest. With the potential to make large amounts of money and achieve instant fame, Adam takes a detour into a church to explore his choices for the future. When Father James helps talk through his options, Adam considers subverting expectations by taking the road less traveled. LAODAMIAD by Chas LiBretto. Laodamia is the first woman to be widowed by the War in Troy. To cope, she decides to carry on her marriage with a statue of her husband's likeness. Can her father halt spiraling descent into madness before it's too late? And what can he do about his nation's grief? Based on fragments from Euripides' lost play Protesilaos, Laodamiad explores love, war, and loss. TIME DIFFERENCE by Lin Tu. For the Chinese young couple Yuan and Fan separated from each other with one in the US and the other in China, time difference is not the only difference that awaits them.

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Julie Marie Myatt
Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter
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When U.S. Marine Jenny Sutter returns from Iraq, she lays down her rifle but isn't ready to pick up her children. Buying some time, Jenny takes a one-way trip to a misfit desert community called Slab City, where its kind residents gently nurture her wounded spirit, and nudge her back to her own humanity.

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Aya Ogawa
Sonic Life Of A Giant Tortoise, The
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Their lives seem perfect but underneath the surface things are different

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Octavio Solis
Se Llama Cristina
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A man and woman awaken from an apparent drugged-out night to find their baby missing. The pair relive their history in order to remember their way back to their child and to try to set things right. This haunted, poetic journey moves through time from past to present to future, and from darkness and doubt to the glimmer of miraculous light.

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Freyda Thomas
Learned Ladies, The
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Ms. Thomas previous and similar rollicking version of Moliere's Les Femmes Savantes delighted audiences off-Broadway in 1991, in a production starring Jean Stapleton as Philamente, a blossoming literary lady on the verge of coming into her own. It was re-imagined in 1993 at ACT in San Francisco, with many productions throughout the country since then. During the Salon movement of the 17th century, women, thirsty for knowledge and freedom, began to read, discuss and absorb all the learning they could now get their hands on. Frequently, into that mix came sycophants and opportunists, to take advantage of the budding but not fully formed intelligence of the Women's Movement. Enter Trissotin, a mediocre poet with a lot of sex appeal and little literary talent, who all but seduces Philamente, determined to be at the forefront of the movement. Equally determined to marry him off to her younger daughter (who just wants to marry her sweetheart Lycandre and raise children), she bullies her meek husband into tacitly agreeing, and the machinations that follow between family members, visiting poets and maids who refuse to learn proper French are predictably and delightfully Molière. This version strays from a strictly literal translation of the play, often employing anachronisms in the rhymed couplets that may appall purists, but have delighted audiences since its original inception. In this new version, there are 6 women and 4 men, and the familiar "Voice of Reason", present in almost every Moliere play and always a male, is now, for the first time, FEMALE! If you want your audiences to roll with laughter as they recognize their hilarious selves in the midst of a Feminist culture, this version is for you.

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Barbara Pease Weber
Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl
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Former deep sea divas, Coral and Oceana, didnt exactly have the happily ever after storybook lives that the two erstwhile mermaids dreamed of when they rescued their handsome young sailors and swam ashore thirty years ago. Talk about unhappy endings! Corals sailor, Fernando, took off with her treasure and returned home to his wife and four kids in Venezuela! Oceanas dreamboat, Hans, hit the road with her treasure to live happily ever after with his boyfriend, Juergen, in Norway! When Coral and Oceana learn of a mermaid rescue involving a young Coast Guard Lieutenant whose car went off a nearby bridge, they dive into action to find the young, innocent mermaid and warn her about the perils and pitfalls of falling in love with mortal men who abscond with your gems, leaving you penniless with a broken heart and two skinny legs. Helped by their cousin Marina who was unceremoniously dumped by the Captain when her treasure finally ran out, the trio of middle age former sea goddesses try to convince the young mermaid, Pearl, to hightail it back to the sea. But love, being what it is, gives Pearl some ideas of her own. Foolish Fishgirls and The Pearl is a feisty fairytale about a mermaids life on dry land after true love is found, lost and found again. And, like Coral, Oceana and Marina, you may find that happily ever after is closer than you think!

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Lauren D Yee
Hookman
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Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you're feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls' throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up  and it's not pretty.

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Don Nigro
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
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his collection of 9 monologue plays, five for women and four for men, takes us on a journey back and forth in time from as long ago as 1392 (Gringonneur, in which a painter is slowly driven mad by an enchanted deck of tarot cards) through 1903 (Portal, in which the landscape architect who designed Central Park reveals a conspiracy to conceal the gateway to a vast hidden labyrinth and another dimension lurking under Manhattan island), to 1940 (Mermaid, in which Inspector John Ruffing returns, now an old man patrolling the English coast during the Blitz, haunted by his lost wife turned mermaid, luring him into the sea), to 1954 (Lagoon, in which Meredith Cherry believes the Creature From The Black Lagoon is creeping up the steps into her bedroom at night) to the present (Nothingness, in which Ben Palestrina, now 62, is troubled by a terrible vision of an infinite abyss of nothingness first imagined by David Hume, and is somewhat comforted by billiard balls) and the trilogy Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, Just Out The Corner Of Her Eye, and Muse, in which Jasmine, a beautiful but troubled girl, tries to find something in her world she can hold onto. A rich and complex collection of monologues through which recurring themes of loss, madness, the fragile nature of our hold on what we imagine is reality and the enduring power of love intertwine.

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Clare Barron
You Got Older
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Mae returns home to help take care of Dad and  maybe (a little)  herself. You Got Older is a tender and darkly comic new play about family, illness, and cowboys  and how to remain standing when everything you know comes crashing down around you.

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Bathsheba Doran
Mystery of Love & Sex, The
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Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She's Jewish, he's Christian, he's black, she's white. Their differences intensify their connection until sexual desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up.

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Tracy Letts
Killer Joe
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Killer Cop Tony Law meets trailer-park trash Phil Nichol and Lizzie Roper in Tracy Letts' jaw-dropping smash-hit dark comedy. Breath-taking events. Truly shocking behaviour. Thrilling high-energy climax. 'you won't see finer acting on the Fringe' Daily Mail.

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Don Nigro
Mata Hari and Other Plays
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This collection of seven shorter plays and monologues includes Mata Hari, about the last night of the beautiful and mysterious exotic dancer before her execution as a spy; Marina, a monologue play about the great Russian poet Marina Tsvetayeva; Queens, about a young woman obsessed with the complex and tragic sex lives of the face cards in her deck of playing cards; The Wood Where Things Have No Names, in which a young woman tries to deal with what she now understands as the betrayal inherent in all love relationships; Pentecost, in which Egg Rooks, who lives at the dump, tracks down the preacher Jack Pentecost in an abandoned windmill on a rainy night to confront him with the consequences of his latest seduction of a young girl; Lamp Post, in which a troubled young woman bangs on a young man's door in the middle of the night, convinced that he is the Crisis Center, and tells him a harrowing story about her ability to turn out street lamps and kill peacocks with her thoughts; and Zombie Radio, in which a young woman who hears voices attempts to communicate her desperate situation to her tragically dense boyfriend.

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David Wiener
Extraordinary Chambers
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When Carter, an American telecom executive, brings his wife Mara on a business trip to Cambodia, he never imagines that the ghosts of this beautiful country will find a way to haunt their lives. As business deals unravel and personal negotiations brim with political consequences, Carter and Mara become personally entangled with Khmer Rouge victims and perpetrators, and must decide if the salvation of one life is worth sacrificing justice for many. Genocide, complicity, greed, and love collide in this play that shines a light on the human experience and asks how far are we willing to go to survive?

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August Wilson
Gem Of the Ocean
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When Citizen Barlow, in spiritual turmoil, seeks a new life at the bustling home of 285-year old Aunt Ester, he sets off on a magical journey across history and time to the City of Bones, where he discovers the true meaning of freedom

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August Wilson
King Hedley II
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the story of a man's salvation and a family's--and a people's--quest for redemption. King Hedley II takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1985, in the Hill District, an African-American ghetto neighborhood. the action occurs in the alley behind the rundown homes of King Hedley and his neighbor Stool Pigeon. On this tiny plot of ground, King is planting a small garden when we first meet him: out of jail following a long incarceration for murder, King is now determined to make things grow in his life. More tangible plans involve--in collaboration with his buddy Mister--a scheme to sell a batch of almost-certainly-stolen refrigerators and, possibly, a jewelry store robbery. King also is ripe to have a child with his wife Tonya; and he's eager to clear his mother Ruby out of his house (she's waiting for an opening in a senior citizens' building). Such are the homely, more or less ordinary circumstances of King Hedley's life.
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August Wilson
Two Trains Running
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the uncertain future promised by the Civil Rights movement of the 60's

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Stephen Dolginoff
Monster Makers
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A musical triple-feature inspired by three monstrously true, behind-the-scenes tales of the most famous monster movies in cinema history! In 1920s Germany, director F.W. Murnau fears he may lose a lawsuit brought by the estate of Bram Stoker over his silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is suspiciously similar to Dracula. Will all of the prints be destroyed? In 1930s Hollywood, make-up man Jack Pierce works carefully to create the defining look for Frankenstein's monster while trying to meet the demands of the studio. Will he get the credit he deserves? In 1970s England, actor Peter Cushing hopes to be able to finish the final British sequels to Frankenstein and Dracula before outside forces threaten to get in the way. Will his horror fans be disappointed? Will all of these men triumph while fighting for their art against the various demons they must face? As these famous monster makers each discover- -sometimes real life can be even more frightening than the movies!

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Samuel D Hunter
Pocatello
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Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatelloa small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can't serve enough Soup, Salad & Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home. Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter's Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape.

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Ken Ludwig
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
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Get your deerstalker cap onthe play's afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone's favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 30 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

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Theresa Rebeck
What We're Up Against
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Stu and Ben hate their new coworker. And it's not because she's a woman. Or because she might actually have good ideas to contribute if they gave her a chance. Or even because she has the courage to confront them about their behavior. She just needs to realize that some things are just the way things are. A frightening look into the flawed "system" of the corporate world.

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Heidi Schreck
Grand Concourse
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Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her heart's not quite in it. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma  an idealistic but confused college dropout  arrives to volunteer, her reckless mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With keen humor and startling compassion, Heidi Schreck's play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy.

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David Adjmi
3C
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the war in Vietnam is over and Brad, an ex-serviceman, lands in L.a. to start a new life. When he winds up trashed in Connie and Linda's kitchen after a wild night of partying, the three strike a deal for an arrangement that has hilarious and devastating consequences for everyone. Or are they non-consequences? Inspired by 1970s sitcoms, 1950s existentialist comedy, Chekhov and disco anthems, 3C is a terrifying, yet amusing, look at a culture that likes to amuse itself, even as it teeters on the brink of ruin.

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Hannah Bos
Jacuzzi
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In the Marshall family's peacefully remote Colorado ski chalet, Erik and Helene are making themselves very much at home. So at home, they just might stay for good. At the edge of civilization, the lifestyles of the rich collide with the lifestyles of the aimless in the bubbling waters of a hot tub...but beware what lurks beneath.

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Sheila Callaghan
Everything You Touch
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Victor is a ruthless fashion designer in the 1970s at the top of his game. Esme, his glamorous protege and muse, is pushed aside when an ordinary Midwestern woman inspires Victor to make his artistry accessible to the masses. A generation later, a woman grappling with a healthy dose of self-loathing must wrestle her own family demons to find her way through the world of fashion that won't give a woman her size a second look. Skipping back and forth in time, Everything You Touch is a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that's more than skin deep.

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John Dempsey
Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition
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A youth-theatre adaptation of the popular Off-Broadway girl-loves-ghoul rock and roll musical, set in the atomic 1950's.. This girl loves ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.

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Samuel D Hunter
Rest
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A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality. Samuel D. Hunter and Joanie Schultz return with a tender and heartbreakingly funny play about life's unexpected beginnings and endings.

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Jane Milmore
Merrily We Dance and Sing
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Merrily We Dance and Sing is a slapstick, madcap musical farce. While a small-town community theater performs an original operetta The Naughty Boy, an escaped serial killer gets loose in the theater - eventually hiding from the local police on the stage - which forces the actors to improvise new plot lines, rewrite dialogue, and take the opportunity to invent their own happy endings. Imagine Gilbert & Sullivan Meet the Marx Brothers. With book & lyrics by Van Zandt & Milmore and original music by Van Zandt, Milmore & Ed Alton. Includes the songs I Am First an Englishman, Once Upon a Time, the near-impossible tongue twister show stopper Its All in the Chase and They Call Me Sweet Carnation (Because I Love to Smell).

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Richard Montoya
American Night - The Ballad of Juan Jose
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As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the countrys toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.

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Freyda Thomas
School for Trophy Wives
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School for Trophy Wives is loosely based on Moliere's L'Ecole des Femmes. It is set in present day Hollywood, with all the accompanying glitz, glamour, and garishness we have come to know and spoof in Tinseltown. In this version, Arnolphe is Arnie, a Hollywood producer who has finally made it big after years of clawing his way to the top. He now wants to settle down with a wife and kids. He is MUCH older than his protegee Agnes, whom he found on a farm when she was 4, adopted as his ward, and raised, until he realizes, at her graduation, that she would be a perfect wife for him. Having made fun of his colleagues and all their trophy wives over the years, he must take special care that no whiff of scandal will ever hit him from the cover of People Magazine or the Hollywood Reporter, and that his wife will never adhere to the trophy standards his friends have had to deal with. This is where Molière comes in, but with some 21st century flair.

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Robert Caisley
Lucky Me
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From the playwright who brought us Happy comes a whimsical comedy about love, aging, bad luck and airport security. Sara's having a bad week. Really bad! The light bulbs in her apartment keep burning out; there's a leak in the roof; the aquarium is full of dead fish; the cat's gone AWOL, and her Father -- who chased off her last beau -- is suspicious of Tom, their new neighbor, a TSA agent who just brought Sara home from the emergency room on New Year's Eve with a fractured fifth metatarsal. As Tom's attraction to Sara increases, he learns of the bizarre streak of bad luck that's been haunting Sara for years - twenty-two years to be precise

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Steve Yockey
Disassembly
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Evan is what you would call "accident-prone." Having suffered from various injuries his entire life, he's now been randomly stabbed. In his apartment, his twin sister and his fiancée are trying to help him recover while fending off a steady stream of visitors and a bitter neighbor with a thing for stuffed cats. Something isn't quite adding up though. As the morning descends into a buzz of secrets and lies, this dark farce quickly becomes a brutally funny commentary on how, under the right circumstances, violence can take hold of just about anyone.

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Arthur Kopit, Anton Dudley
Dram Of Drummhicit, A
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an American businessman thinks he has found an ideal place to build a golf course - a small Scottish island. the trouble is the place he has picked on the island the locals believe is a haunt of faeries. and then they start uncovering bodies

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Evelina Fernandez
Mexican Trilogy, A
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Faith, Hope and Charity comprise Evelina Fernandez's series, A Mexican Trilogy. The plays center around the Moraleses, a Mexican-American family. The trilogy deals in part with the impact that inspirational historical figures have upon the lives of the Morales family. Those figures specifically are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II.

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Israel Horovitz
My Old Lady
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When a down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He arrives on the doorstep and discovers, to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law and she is not about to give them up. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment. A spiral of friendship, romance with the old lady's outspoken daughter, and some uncomfortable revelations about his unmourned father affect all in this poignant play with strong roles for all three actors.

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Ken Ludwig, Jack Ludwig
Tiny Tims Christmas Carol
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Tiny Tim hatches a plan to get his father home for Christmas day. With the help of some kindly sellers at the market and his friend Charlotte, Tiny Tim stages a spectacle filled with ghosts and Christmas cheer to convince Scrooge to give his father the day off. It all seems to be going according to plan until a little bit of real Christmas magic catches everyone by surprise . . . .

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Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick, Will Connolly
Fly By Night
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A star-crossed prophecy. A lot of music. Just not a lot of light. In this darkly comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker's humdrum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the northeast blackout of 1965, Fly By Night is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.

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Lisa Kron
Fun Home
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When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the familys Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her fathers hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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Laurence O'Keefe, Kevin Murphy
Heathers: The Musical
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Based on the classic 1989 film, Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heathers aerobicized ass. . .but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

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Steve Yockey
Niagara Falls & Other Plays
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Newlyweds Jack and Avery Perch want to enjoy their kitschy Niagara Falls honeymoon, but doubts about their speedy nuptials, the unfortunate history of their room, and the opera-singing concierge aren't helping. Meanwhile down on the boardwalk, a woman who might have been Avery is living something that might have been Avery's unmarried life against the backdrop of rickety carnival rides and fortune tellers. When they collide, both women see their lives flash before their eyes in this magical romantic comedy about the choices we make in love and the things we have to leave behind. This colorful collection also includes an additional selection of heightened short plays that explore what happens when everyday life rubs up against the messy and fantastic mysteries of the universe.

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Sarah Ruhl
Stage Kiss
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Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Sarah Ruhls singular voice returns to Playwrights Horizons with Stage Kiss, a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kissor when actors share a real one.

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Alexa Derman, Francis Bass, Caleigh Derreberry, Derick Edgren
Thespian Playworks 2014
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From the nationally recognized Educational Theatre Association's Thespian Playworks competition come four short scripts - all created by high school-aged playwrights! Included in this volume are: This Play is About Pirates- Caleigh Derreberry; Skin- Derick Edgren; The Trial of Adbot 579- Francis Bass; What We Talk About When We Talk About Planned Parenthood- Alexa Derman

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Annie Baker
Uncle Vanya
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This intimate, immersive new adaptation of Chekhov's classic from critically-acclaimed playwright Annie Baker, author of Body Awareness, Mirror Circle Transformation, and The Flick, brings colloquial language to this internationaly beloved story of human relationships and yearning. Written with the goal of creating a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the plays first productions in the provinces in 1898, Ms. Baker's Uncle Vanya introduces 21st century audiences to Chekhov's enduring wit, insight, and emotionl depth.

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David Belke
Forsooth, My Lovely
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A film noir comedy/mystery with Shakespeare on the brain. Hard boiled detective Birnam Wood faces his most difficult case ever as he travels to Italy to unravel a scandal involving a rich merchant's young daughter. But he soon finds himself drawn into a whirlwind of crime, blackmail and murder with a cast of characters that includes Scottish witches, star-crossed lovers, a pack of jesters and a strong willed woman people call a shrew. It's a case of laugh out loud hilarity combined with a puzzling murder mystery with every suspect drawn from the works of William Shakespeare. A stand alone theatrical adventure set in the world of the international hit The Maltese Bodkin.

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Sam Bobrick
Lunch with Mrs. Baskin
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Though she has no intention of buying anything, Mrs. Eva Baskin, continuously sets up appointments with sales people solely to have lunch and conversation with them in her home.

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Suzanne Bradbeer
God Game, The
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Tom is a Virginia Senator and rising star in the Republican Party. When a long-time family friend resurfaces and offers the opportunity of a lifetime, Tom faces a crisis of conviction while his marriage hangs precariously in the balance. The God Game is a play about faith and politics, marriage and friendship, choices and consequences.

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Jethro Compton
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The
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One of the greatest tales from the American West - on stage for the first time. Journey into the Wild West, 1890, in this classic story of good versus evil, of law versus the gun, of one man versus Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society. When a young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home as he finds the love of a local girl. This love gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead? He must make the choice: to turn and run or to stand for what he believes, to live or to fight. . .to become the man who shot Liberty Valance.

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Will Eno
Title And Deed
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Behold the newest nobody of the funniest century yet. Hes almost Christ-like, from a distance, in terms of height and weight. Listen closely or drift off uncontrollably, as he speaks to you directly about the notion of home, about the notion of the world. all of it delivered with the authority that is the special province of the unsure and the un-homed, which is a word he made up accidentally. the running time, if he doesnt die or think of anything else, is roughly one hour.

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Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, Oliver Butler
Blood Play
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For their 7th full-length work, the Debate Society has created a darkly comic thriller of post-war verve and pre-adolescent disquiet. Blood Play is set in the tranquil Chicago suburb of Skokie in the early 1950s. While the kids are away on a camping trip with their Jr. Cherokee's Troop, a string of coincidences yields a spontaneous grown-up party. In the basement of a brand-new ranch house, exotic cocktails like "Rapupu Sours" are sampled, games like "Bee Pee Bo" are played and new friends like Jeep, the door-to-door photographer, are made. What an unforgettable night this is to be! BUT things are happening that no one is talking about. And something is stirring underground. Soon, the story spread . . . Whispers in the basement bars of the homes around the neighborhood. Rumors served at the soda shop. Kids, terrified, telling trembling tales in tents in the backyard . . . He's out there
- nytheatre.com

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Joe Iconis
Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, The
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For ten-year-old neatnik Norman, sharing a room with his messy older brother Michael is a nightmare-with heaps of crumpled paper, clothes strewn about, and piles of smelly, dirty socks everywhere! One day, Michael sends away for some 'amazing Beans', and before long, the boys are the proud owners of two giant plants. But as the plants grow taller and taller, the boys realize that their socks are mysteriously disappearing! as the plants' hunger for socks continue to grow, Norman and Michael must try to conceal their botanical secret from the rest of the kids on Levitt Lane, especially the frighteningly nosey cheerleader, Patty Jenkins.
- press release

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Dennis Kelly
Taking Care Of the Baby
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This tale of a mother accused and convicted of the deaths of her two young babies is a horrific yet powerful. By adopting a form commonly associated with verbatim theatre, the subject is imbued with a clarity that is at once both unrelenting and utterly engaging, as it slowly emerges that these events are not truth at all, but Kelly masquerading theatrical illusion as truth. What unfolds is a bleak yet tender exploration of grief, exploitation, and the innate hypocrisies of reportage.

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Kelly Younger, Martyna Majok, Will Arbery, Leah Nanako Winkler, Skylar Fox, Jennifer Jasper
Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 39th Series
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One of Manhattan's most established play festivals, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival fosters the work of emerging writers, giving them the exposure of publication and representation. The festival resulting in this collection was held August 5th - 10th at Playwrights Horizons on 42nd Street in New York City. From the initial pool of 1,385 submissions, the Final Thirty plays were chosen to be performed over a period of one week. A panel of judges comprised of celebrity playwrights, artistic directors, and theatre professionals nominated one or more of each evening's plays as finalists. Out of these plays, six winners listed below were chosen by Samuel French, Inc. to receive publication and licensing contracts: John, who's here from Cambridge by Martyna Majok; The Logic by Will Arbery; Taisetsu Na Hito by Leah Nanako Winkler; A Wake For David's Fucked-Up Face by Skylar Fox; et-y-mol-o-gy by Jennifer Jasper; Mandate by Kelly Younger

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Adrienne Kennedy
She Talks To Beethoven
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Suzanne's attempts to write about and speak with Beethoven are continuously punctuated by radio broadcasts about her husband who is missing under mysterious circumstances. Mediated throughout by snatches of Ghanaian string music juxtaposed against strains of Beethoven's Fidelio, the Drama exists within a displacement of time and space, fluctuating between Vienna, austria, in 1803 (eurocentric space), and Legon, Ghana, in 1961 (colonized African-American space).

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Kimber Lee
brownsville song (b-side for tray)
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Set in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a powerful tale of resilience in the face of tragedy. Moving fluidly between past and present, this bold new play tells the story of Tray, a spirited African-American 18-year-old and his family, who must hold on to hope when Tray's life is cut short. Kimber Lee's lyrical social drama about the shocking death of a young African-American teenager is a poignant story for our time, and demands the attention of audiences far and wide.

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Patricia H Lin
Zelda At the Oasis
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Zelda At the Oasis is about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of the noted American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald. It concerns Zelda's struggle to realize herself as a recognized artist in her own right. a thirty five year old Zelda must decide whether to sign herself back into a sanitarium (the one place where she is free to develop her artistic potential), or to resign herself to her failed marriage with Scott. Memories are triggered as Zelda transforms a Bartender into all the people (male as well as female) who have played a part in shaping her self-image, and insights are gained. Both Zelda and the Barman come to understand their lives in new ways.

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Ron Osborne
Welcome Back to Ivy Gap
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Welcome back to First Baptist of Ivy Gap. After a fire that resulted in the death of the churchs beloved pastor, the sanctuary has been renovated and a new pastor has been called. There to welcome him are Olene, a reformed Vegas stripper who fancies a star-studded career in religious music; Mae Ellen, the churchs rebellious organist who may find that love comes along when least expected; Vera, the sharp-tongued wife of the chairman of the churchs board of deacons, who covets the role of the sexpot in Neil Simons Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Loretta, said to be the author of trashy Southern novels, whos determined to impose her questionable values on the church; and Edith, the former pastors beloved and resourceful widow, who faces a future without the things she cherishes most. . .her husband, her church and her friends. Add Joseph J. Jennings  the churchs newly called pastor whos competing with the ghost of the deceased pastor  and we have the third installment of the First Baptist trilogy. . .a poignant look at colorful characters who  while being given second chances  share laughs, love and forgiveness.

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Theresa Rebeck
Dead Accounts
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Jacks unexpected return throws his family into a frenzy, and his sister Lorna needs answers. Is he coming home or running away? Where is his wife everyone hates? And how did he get all that money? Theresa Rebecks new comedy tackles the timely issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back. . .with no questions asked.

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Theresa Rebeck
O Beautiful
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"O Beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves. . ."In our age of cyber-bullying and aggressive patriotism remember those lyrics  or else! Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mash up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. It's fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up. Alternately sweet and fiery, and as topical as tonights newscast, O Beautiful lands the complex realities of our culture squarely on the stage deck in an electrifying blend of ancient characters, founding fathers and your neighborhood high school.

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David Wood
Magic Finger, The
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Lucy is an influential 8-year old with a passion for righting wrongs and a "magic" index finger that doles out justice. When Lucy sees something she thinks is unfair, she points her magic finger at the problem, and it causes all sorts of mischief! One day, when visiting her friend William Gregg on his family's farm, Lucy observes the Gregg family shoot a group of ducks. Horrified, Lucy she points her magic finger at the family and oh, boy that little finger makes things topsy turvey! Overnight the tables are turned. the Gregg family is transformed into miniature people with duck wings while the members of the hunted duck family become human sized and sprout arms. the ducks are adjusting to TV, telephones, and even the bathtub while the Greggs must nest in a tree and learn to survive in the air. Can Lucy make things right? Best for ages 5-10

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Sam Bobrick
It's Only Murder
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Jerome Teppel, a recently married, fairly well-off CPA, discovers that among his wife Francine's monthly purchases was a gun. Shortly after that, Jerome is informed by his neighbor, Lenore Franklin, that his wife and her husband are having a torrid affair. What ensues next is murder, betrayal, a little sex and a lot of laughs.

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Matthew Burnett
Theophilus North
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Set in the tony resort town of Newport, RI, during the height of the Jazz Age in summer, 1926, Theophilus North follows the exploits of the title character as he searches for adventure and his place in the world. Quitting his teaching position in New Jersey, and stranded in Newport after his jalopy breaks down, thirty-year-old Theophilus takes odd jobs (tennis instructor, French tutor, private reader&) in houses of the wealthy, infiltrating himself into the lives and troubles of Newports residents, both upstairs and downstairs. But the greatest adventure in store is not at all what he has imagined&

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Jennifer Haley
Breadcrumbs
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Alida is a reclusive writer of fiction slowly losing her memories. Reluctantly, she has come to depend upon a young caregiver to complete her final book - an autobiography. Delving into the dark woods of her past, the two women wrestle over the nature of language, loneliness, and the essential self.

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Elizabeth Irwin
My Manana Comes
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Just beyond the elegant dining room of an Upper East Side restaurant, four busboys angle for shifts, pray for tips, and cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind. Expertly juggling delicate entrees, fussy customers and beer-swilling line cooks, the young men face off with management and each other. As tensions reach a boiling point, how far will each of them go to see his own manana come?

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Adrienne Kennedy
Madame Bovary
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Madame Bovary is the tragic, yet scintillating story of a woman who longed for a life she could never fully achieve. Emma Bovary is a woman who desires the illustrious and romantic world she has only read about in books or observed from afar. As this desire grows, Emma must seek to fulfill it, whatever the cost, in an ultimate quest to become the Madame Bovary of her wildest and most passionate dreams. Telling Emma's story through the eyes of her own daughter, Adrienne Kennedy brings a fresh and exciting approach to this classic novel.

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Jim Knable
Imaginary Plays, The
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SPAIN- (2M, 3F) Barbara, recently deserted by her husband of five years, discovers a Conquistador in her living room. Though she has had vivid fantasies about Spain, the Conquistador and his cruel and bloodthirsty approach to life were never part of them...until now. Through him and a maze of real and imaginary characters--including her best friend Diversion, a Mayan Ancient, and a very familiar guitar player--Barbara sorts through the leftovers and finds her Duende. SALTIMBANQUES - (2M, 3F) Before she died, James' and Louise's eccentric artist mother told them they were Picasso's illegitimate twins. James now runs from his sadistic sculptress girlfriend and Louise follows him to their mother's cabin in the woods, where the ghosts of their very different pasts haunt them in the form of memories of love gone wrong, parenting gone crazy, and in the flesh of Mommy's former student-who is convinced he is the reincarnation of Picasso himself. Like Picasso moved from his Blue Period to his rosy painting of the Family of Saltimbanques to his legendary Cubist self-creation, these survivors reinvent themselves using the materials of experience and the force of imagination. GREEN MAN - (2M, 2F) Painter Abigail's model is a naked man painted green, and her architect husband Ronald's new intern bears a striking resemblance, though he's clothed. Their new acquaintance, Genice, is a stone sculptor of gargoyles whose musician fiancé appears in the same hue. Who the Green Man is to each of them is a mystery only they can help each other unravel. A play about love, loss and other things made of stone. Featuring two original songs by the author, sung by the Green Man.

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Bill Russell
Last Smoker in America, The
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he Last Smoker in America is a raucous, irreverent and unfiltered new musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Tony Award® nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Drama Desk® nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao). Enter an America where the government is in your kitchen, sniffing for outlawed cigarettes! The extreme anti-smoking laws test the sanity of one suburban family. Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie retreats to the basement to relive the rock star dreams of his youth, while their teenage son Jimmy only turns away from his videogames to explore his gangster rapper persona. Adding to the dysfunctional dynamic is anti-smoking fanatic Phyllis, the neighbor who cant keep her nose out of everyone elses business. This original and hilarious new musical will leave you craving for more!

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Crystal Skillman
Geek!
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With pissed-off Pikachus, steam punk armies, stood-up Sailor Moons and roller-blading monsters on the prowl, it's easy to get lost in the Inferno-esque anime convention where the fans, the otakus, and the geeks prowl. But to score a rare meeting with their comic book idol, teenage outcasts Dayna and Honey will take on obsessive magic players, Jedis and elfs, cosplayers and convention guards - through all nine flights of Ohio's Dante's Fire-Con. But when the dark nature of their quest breaks through the fantasy of these girls cos-playing - they find that no game can mask the deep loss theyve recently shared. . .unless they truly discover who they are.

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Samuel D Hunter
Great Wilderness, A
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After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to cure gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way. With profound humanity and subtlety, A Great Wilderness navigates complex moral terrain, exploring the shifting motives and inconstant strength of our personal convictions.

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Jane Anderson
Defying Gravity
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This free structured look at the 1986 Challenger disaster places the teacher who died with six others as they hurtled into space at the center of an exploration of our need to reach beyond ourselves and dare the universe. Defying Gravity artfully interweaves the past with the present and the lives of participants and bystanders, drawing parallels among painter Claude Monet's artistic quest, the zest of the teacher selected to the first civilian astronaut, the perspectives of her grieving daughter, the aspirations of elderly tourists who drive their Winnebago to Florida to watch the space shot and dream of hotels in space, the guilt felt by a NASA mechanic and his girl friend's fear of heights.

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Sam Bobrick
Fixing Gwen
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Mark Morton and his reluctant sixteen year old son, Danny, share a Palm Springs motel for several days. They are there for family week at a rehab center where Gwen, Mark's wife and Danny's mother is trying to recover from severe alcoholism. While Mark has great hopes for Gwen's recovery, Danny has none. An emotional and poignant journey with some laughs along the way as father and son discover how little they actually know about one another.

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Charles Busch
Red Scare On Sunset
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The time: the fifties; the place: Hollywood, where film star Mary Dale finds the Red Menace invading her own Beverly Hills backyard. When she discovers that her husband has been lured into the local Communist party by way of a method acting class and that there is a left wing plot afoot to abolish the star system, Mary wages a private war to save her husband, her country and billing over the title. The McCarthy era is turned on its head in this novel take on a serious subject.

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Charles Busch
Times Square Angel
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New York, 1948. Irish OFlanagan is the tough as nails, red-headed headliner of the Club Intime. A lifetime of hard knocks has left her bitter and with a chip on her shoulder the size of Mount Rushmore. In the spirit of fantasies such as A Christmas Carol, Its a Wonderful Life and The Bishops Wife, an angel in the form of a sexy vaudeville magician named Albert comes down to show Irish that the path shes been taking is leading her to disaster. He takes her on a journey that reveals that in the next twenty-four hours, shell be killed in a botched kidnapping of a corrupt senators beautiful daughter, Valerie, engineered by the notorious gangster, Chick LaFountain. Irish rejects this look into her future but when indeed everything comes to pass, she desperately tries to no avail to change her fate. At the moment when Chick LaFountain is about to shoot Irish for real, Albert makes a deal with the Lord to save her life. However, his good deed must be an anonymous one. Like Scrooge, Irish has a chance to begin again. She saves Valerie and with the help of her devoted longtime admirer, a busboy named Eddie, and her faithful maid, Peona, has Chick sent up the river. Irish and her friends go caroling in Times Square, and for one brief moment, she remembers the wonderful gift that Albert the angel has given her. He blows her a kiss and she feels it against her cheek. Albert is able to return to Heaven knowing Irish will be all right.

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Jennifer Haley
Nether, The
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The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.

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Amy Herzog
Beleville
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Young Americans Zack and Abby have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris: a funky bohemian apartment in up-and-coming Belleville; a stable marriage; and Zacks noble mission to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when hes supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundation of their seemingly beautiful life.

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Dominique Morisseau
Sunset Baby
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Kenyatta Shakur is alone. His wife has died, and now, this former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner, is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter Nina. If Kenyatta truly wants to reconcile his past, he must first conquer his most challenging revolution of all - fatherhood. Sunset Baby is an energised, vibrant and witty look at the point where the personal and political collide. One of the most exciting and distinctive undiscovered voices in America.

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Leif Oleson-Cormack
Dead Peasants
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A worker dies suspiciously while cleaning augers at an animal food pellet factory, bringing two years of intricately tangled relationships to light. Daveya naïve aspiring tattoo artist with romantic feelings for the dead mans wifepleads his innocence despite being the only worker present during the accident. The factory owners--a pair of estranged brothers feuding over their late father's estate--are only concerned with how this incident will interfere with their plans to sell the struggling factory. Meanwhile, the dead mans wife, Grace, finds herself relieved to have finally escaped the tulmultuous relationship she has been trapped in for years. Moving back and forth in time to reveal how their respective stories converge, Dead Peasants is a darkly comic thriller that examines greed, dependency and culpability in a desolate prairie town.

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Heidi Schreck
Consultant, The
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After a series of brutal layoffs at Sutton, Feingold and McGrath, a precocious young consultant is brought in to save a middle-aged admans job, and maybe his life. This hilarious and keenly observed world premiere takes an intimate look at how money and work shape the human heart  and what we owe to others when everything around us is falling apart.

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Brad Slaight
Third Class
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When most people speak of their high school experience it usually has more to do with the social part than the academic part. The real life lessons are learned outside of the classroom and in the halls, cafeteria, parking lots, and anywhere students are allowed to be themselves. It is this social interaction that is the focus of Third Class and the settings in which all of the scenes and monologues take place.Third Class is the fourth in Brad Slaight's "Class" plays series and continues to explore the school experience from the students' POV via the many experiences they encounter as they interact with each other. Like the other Class Plays, Third Class addresses a variety of contemporary topics and issues, both humorous and serious, that make up the important and unpredictable high school years. The many scenes and monologues have been arranged in a "suggested" order and you may find it necessary to change the order and/or omit some of the scenes depending on your needs.

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Marcus Stevens
Yo, Vikings!
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Adapted from Judith Byron Schachners acclaimed book of the same name, Yo, Vikings! is the mini-saga of 10-year-old Emma Katz, the fiercest Viking in Swarthmore, PA, and her quest for real adventure. Yo, Vikings! combines sweeping melodies, thrilling Viking chants and funky rock n roll with a beautiful, heart-warming story to engage and excite every member of the family.

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E Thomalen
El Tigre / Juan Darien
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This play is based on the folk story "Juan Darien" told by Horacio Quiroja, relating the moralistic value of "a life for a life" and the transformation it creates in the life of the avenger. An animal becomes a human and then reverts back to an animal by an act of revenge. The play can best be told in dramatically en masque with some choreography. It lends itself to musical enhancement of a Latin, jazz/blues, or ethereal Andean flute music. The text for this work is but the skeleton upon which the work is co-constructed by the performers in a manner more than is true of most plays. Building it out requires music, choreography, magic and masque. It is also an ensemble piece. The story told in the verse should be enacted in dance, e.g., in the sequence of death taking off souls of the village, in the jaguar courting scene, in the school scene, in death taking of the Mother etc.

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Jessica Dickey
Charles Ives Take Me Home
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When a fathers love of music clashes with his daughters passion for basketball, modernist composer Charles Ives is the perfect referee. Charles Ives Take Me Home is a comedic and poignant story of dissonance, defense, and devotion.

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Christine Evans
Trojan Barbie
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Past and present violently collide when Lotte, an English tourist who repairs dolls, is captured while on a tour of current-day Troy and flung back into the ancient camp of Euripides' Trojan Women. Lotte Jones, a doll repair expert, needs a vacation. She books herself on a cultural tour for singles and travels with them to modern-day Troy, where she finds more of a change of scene than she'd bargained for she's in the midst of an attack by the Greek army threatening to destroy the last fragments of a mighty civilization. When the camp is torched, the women are enslaved and Lotte is rescued by the British Embassy. Her life returns to normal  until a revenge-obsessed Hecuba claws her way up through the centuries into Lotte's doll shop, in search of her murdered children's bodies. Part contemporary drama, part homage to Euripides' Trojan Women, Trojan Barbie recasts the legendary fall of the city of Troy against the vivid reality of modern warfare. Poetic, compassionate, and tinged with great warmth and humor, Trojan Barbie is an epic war story with a most unlikely heroine, who always looks on the bright side even as past and present collide about her.

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Lisa Rafferty, Sheila Eppolito, Stefanie Cloutier
MOMologues 3: The Final Push
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At long last, the dreaded teen years have been captured with the usual MOM hilarity with MOMologues 3: The Final Push. Responding to pleas from moms who saw the first two shows, the writers understood that comedy would abound as they experienced their own torment and terror as the moms of teenagers. From the list of parenting fails to the Seven Dwarves of the puberty years: Surly, Grumpy, Moody, Sulky, Secretive, Fresh and Spoiled, this play captures the laughs and tears of motherhood again. Four separate characters tell their individual stories, either directly to the audience in monologues, in scenes with each other or in the always popular round robin of 'Things Moms Say.'

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Catherine Trieschmann
Most Deserving, The
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A small town arts council has $20,000 to award to a local artist with an under-represented American voice. Should they choose the teacher/painter of modest talent or the self-taught artist who creates religious figures out of trash? This comedy explores how gossip, politics and opinions of art can decide who is the most deserving. A tart, sharp skewing of small town cultural wars.

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Lauren D Yee
Hatmaker's Wife, The
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In Lauren Yee's whimsical and poignant new play The Hatmaker's Wife, a young woman moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss, but instead has trouble getting comfortable. Her strange new home seems determined to help out - and soon the walls are talking. They reveal the magical tale of an old hat-maker and his long-suffering wife, who runs away with his favorite hat. This sweet and surreal story bends time and space to redefine the idea of family, home, and true love itself.

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Jason Loewith, Lincoln Peirce, Christopher Youstra
Big Nate
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Nate Wright, a detention-riddled sixth grader (and drummer for the greatest garage band in the history of the galaxy, enslave the Mollusk!) hopes to woo beautiful Jenny away from her boyfriend Artur by winning the Nickelodeon, the first prize in his schools Battle of the Bands. But when Artur and Jenny team up with Nates arch-rival Gina to form the sap-pop band, Rainbows and Ponies, hes gotta take his game to an all-star level. What will he do?

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Jenny Schwartz
Somewhere Fun
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In Jenny Schwartz's linguistic feast of a play, Rosemary and Evelyn met a hundred thousand years ago in Central Park when their children were barely born. Somewhere Fun reunites the two women thirty-five years later on Madison Avenue, one windy fall day. With their children now grown and the world changing rapidly before (whats left of) their eyes, each finds herself face to face with the terrors, joys, and surprises of life and time. This is a wildly original story about connection  to our families, our memories, our moment in time.

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Madhuri Shekar
In Love And Warcraft
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Evie Malone- gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin- has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks. Well, that's what she thinks. . .until she actually falls for a guy. In Real Life. And no amount of gaming expertise will help her out when she finds herself with a non-virtual, totally real, and incredibly cute boyfriend, who wants more from her than she's willing to give.

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Meredith Dayna Levy
Decision Height
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From the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, comes a story about friendship and the complex though essential role of women in wartime. Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancee to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, and do her part to help defeat the Axis powers in the Second World War. Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in flight suits learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes. As the war rages over there, the women form a sisterhood that cannot be broken, and Virginia must make a decision that will change her life forever. With a cast of nine vibrant female characters, Decision Height offers a look into an underrecognized subset of American heros and revises history into herstory.

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Molly Smith Metzler
Elemeno Pea
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Its just after Labor Day, and Marthas Vineyard has started emptying out, but you can still smell the suntan lotion (the expensive kind). And the expensive life is just what Simone is living these days, as personal assistant to Michaela Kell, trophy wife of an absurdly rich (and often absent) New York ad man. When Simones older sister, a social worker from blue collar Buffalo, comes to visit, lifestylesand worldscollide. This keenly observed comedy about class, family and the choices that shape who we are unfolds in real time, fast, furious and funny.

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Meg Miroshnik
Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
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Award winning playwright, Meg Miroshnik casts a spell with The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. Once upon a timein 2005a twenty-year-old girl named Annie returned to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous Post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story haunts the audience, and carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where not everything ends up happily ever after.

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Meg Miroshnik
Tall Girls, The
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Award-winning playwright Meg Miroshnik transports her audience to Poor Prairie, the dusty, desolate town where fifteen-and-a-half year-old Jean has been exiled as caretaker for her wild-child cousin, Almeda. Its a grim, dangerous place to eke out an existence as a teenage girluntil a handsome man arrives with a past and a brand-new basketball in tow. As the towns girls come together to form a team set on making it out of Poor Prairie, a murky committee of townspeople threatens to stamp out girls' sports altogether. Inspired by the flourishing and the decline of high school girls' basketball teams in the 1930s rural Midwest, The Tall Girls asks: who can afford the luxury of play? And what is the cost of childhood? Featuring a stong ensemble of female characters, The Tall Girls examines issues of class and gender amidst the historic 1930s Dust Bowl.

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Allison Moore
Collapse
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In Collapse, Hannah, tries desperately to hold the façade of her perfect life together, even as her husband, David, mysteriously calls in sick to work. Day after day they struggle with infertility, and Hannah herself is on the verge of being laid off. When Hannahs sister appears on their doorstep, she brings with her a renegade attitude and an illicit package that send David and Hannah on a 12-hour odyssey into the heart of their deepest fears. Will they survive? Will their relationship? Esteemed playwright, Allison Moore, deaftly weaves comedy into the fabric of her topical story. The economic collapse has affected Hannah and David's relationship, and Moore's comedy subversely captures the truth burried beneath the laughs.

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Donna Moore
Cougar - the Musical
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Cougar The Musical unleashes three divine but disillusioned women who develop a taste for hot, young men. They let their inner cougar roar and purr, finding self-love and empowerment in the process. The sexy, ferocious cast of three fabulous-over-forty women and one multi-talented boy toy sing and dance their way through a satiating range of original songs, from grinding blues, to doo-wop, to pop to "Julio," a romantic ballad, sung to a vibrator. Hilarious, soulful and heartwarming, Cougar the Musical is a madcap ride from Cougar Bar, to nail salon, to boudoir, and back as the women learn to say "yes" to getting older, yes to trust and friendship and yes" to proving that love is ageless.

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Robert O'Hara
Bootycandy
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Behind a tall church pulpit, a fire-and-brimstone preacher delivers a shocking sermon to his congregation. On the tropical sands of a deserted island, two lesbians come together. And at the home of a young boy Sutter, a mother scolds him for reading Jackie Collins romance novels. This is just a taste of playwright Robert OHaras wildly imaginative anthology of sassy lessons in sex ed, a kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and African-American. With variety-show vivacity, outrageous humor, and real heart and soul, it tests how we talk about human desire and racial stereotypes at home, in church, and on the corner. Shantay! Sashay!

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R. Hamilton Wright, David Pichette
Hound of the Baskervilles, The
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London. Autumn. 1889. The famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend and colleague Dr. John Watson are called in to investigate a most intriguing mystery: What could have frightened Sir Charles Baskerville to death? Is there an ancient curse on the Baskerville family? Is Sir Henry Baskerville, Sir Charles young heir, being stalked by a supernatural Hound from Hell or a diabolically clever murderer? In this new adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles greatest adventure Holmes and Watson pursue the answers to these questions from their rooms in Baker Street, through the teeming streets of London and on to the windswept moors of Devonshire. With a dash of humor, this thrilling feast culminates on the fog-bound reaches of Dartmoor, where finally the secret of The Hound of the Baskervilles is revealed.

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Andrew Grosso
Perfect Harmony
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Perfect Harmony is a musical comedy about the greatest a cappella group in high school history, eighteen-time national champions, the Acafellas. Its also about their classmates and female counterpart, perennial runners up, the Ladies in Red. Through song and story, we see these students grapple with the weighty issues of truth, love, and what constitutes appropriate choreography for Nationals. As the story unfolds, we learn not just about these students themselves but also about the true nature of harmony.

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Deborah Zoe Laufer
Levelling Up
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From the award winning playwright of End Days, Deborah Zoe Laufer, comes a story about three twenty-something roommates who are glued to their video games. They are masters of the virtual worlds behind the computer screens in their Las Vegas basement. When one of them uses his gaming skills to land a job with the National Security Agency launching actual drones and missiles, online battles begin to have real consequences. Leveling Up is a fresh, contemporary look at how we navigate the blurry line between worlds both virtual and real and what it means to grow up.

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J C Lee
Luce
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JC Lee's probing play about a suspicious teenager addresses issues of privilege, race, and trust. When a teacher makes an alarming discovery about Luce, an all-star high school student, Luce's parents are forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted years ago from a war-torn African country. Told primarily from the perspective of the adults, Luce also raises questions about the roles that parents and teachers play in the lives of these teenage students.

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Lolita Chakrabarti
Red Velvet
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In a theatre dressing room in Poland, an elderly and sick Aldridge prepares to play King Lear. The intrusion of a young female journalist forces him to look back on the defining moment of his illustrious career. Thirty years previously, Edmund Kean, one of the greatest actors of his generation, collapses on the Theatre Royal stage in London, and Pierre Laporte, theatre manager and friend, asks Aldridge to replace him as Othello. At the same time Parliament is preparing to vote in favour of abolishing slavery in all British colonies. Opinions are fiercely divided. The American-born Aldridge performs successfully at the Theatre Royal but the reactions of the cast and critics are complex and divisive. He is not allowed to fulfil his engagement and the betrayal of a dear friend changes the course of his life.

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Will Eno
Realistic Joneses
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In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.

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Katie Forgette
Facility for Living, A
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Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder-care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and the election of Dick Cheney to President. There he discovers a community of loveable, irascible inmates hell-bent on bucking the dehumanizing system in which they have landed. Together, this band of aging misfits rediscovers purpose and dignity in the face of a system mightily stacked against them. A delightful comedy with bite from Katie Forgette, that dares to confront the issue of aging in America.

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David Adjmi
Marie Antoinette
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How's a queen to keep her head in the middle of a revolution? Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture. But times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style. In the humorous and haunting Marie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding liberte, egalite, fraternite!

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David Adjmi
Elective Affinities
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a post September 11 monologue in which an upper crust American matron takes tea and proceeds to the chilling as she outlines her belief that it is "hubris" to assume that humans have innate value, and that torture is therefore a wholly suitable response to terror.

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David Adjmi
Evildoers, The
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The unmistakable playwright of Stunning, David Adjmi, offers a new fierce and furious play about intimate human relationships. Carol and Jerry celebrate their anniversary with friends Martin and Judy. But an evening of haute cuisine and expensive wine is cut short when Martin, no longer able to repress years of frustration, lashes out at the people he loves. Soon, the facade of their pristine American lives shatters. With ferocious humor and violent turns, David Adjmi's searing drama lays bare the vast desolation that lies beneath a quiet dinner with friends.

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Kieron Barry
Numbers
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This brutal and hilarious one-act play was declared one of the greatest plays of all time for women in Lucy Kerbels volume 100 Great Plays For Women. Set in an all-girls boarding school, Numbers depicts a vicious battle of wills between four Sixth Form girls in the hour before a new Head Girl is announced. As the girls vie for the coveted position, old friendships and loyalties give way to ambition and betrayal. Nothing is too extreme in a battle which increasingly proves less about the disputed role and more about how the girls conflicting ideologies of class, privilege and morality will affect the rest of their lives.

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Charles Busch
Tribute Artist, The
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about an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This "perfect" scheme goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch's signature blend of quick-witted banter and gender-bending hijinks in this new play from the master of Off-Broadway farce.

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Anthony Giardina
City of Conversation, The
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In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other...where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But it was all about to change. In this play spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris throws Georgetown dinner parties that can change the course of Washington's politics. But when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she's spent her whole life fighting for. From the prolific pen of novelist, essayist, and playwright Anthony Giardina comes a play about politics in family, and families in politics. A searing new drama, The City of Conversation delves into the ever-changing tapestry of U.S. Government and the people who shape it off the senate floor.

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Dominique Morisseau
Detroit '67
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It's 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over more much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots.

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Stephen Dolginoff
Flames
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One year ago, Edmond died in a horrible fire. He took with him the dreams of his fiancée, Meredith, the trust of his best friend, Eric, and the answers to the burning questions that still linger about his death and the terrible crime he committed. But on a stormy night at the cemetery where he rests, the secrets from his past will finally refuse to stay buried; and those he left behind will finally refuse to stay silent. In this original, suspense-filled musical thriller by the author/composer of Thrill Me, there are enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the audience guessing up until the final shocking moments.

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Fernanda Coppel
Chimichangas And Zoloft
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Suffering from a profound sense of disappointment after her 40th birthday, Sonia flees her family and goes on a binge of prescription Zoloft and greasy chimichangas. Sonias rebellious daughter Jackie and her best friend Penelope atch a plan to lure Sonia back home, while their fathers struggle with a secret association of their own. This irreverent story examines the search for happiness and the mysteries of sexuality through the eyes of two brazen teenagers.

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Annie Baker
Flick, The
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In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, the Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

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Madeleine George
(Curious Case Of The) Watson Intelligence, The
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Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bells first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the peopleand machinesupon which we all depend.

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Molly Hagan
Swing of the Sea, The
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Boots, a girl who wears yellow rain boots even when its not raining, and a boy called Eggs take a journey through memory and imagination following the sudden death of their friend, Peter. As Eggs dreams of asking Boots to the upcoming Favorites Dance, Boots loses herself in a world of fallen leaves, consumed by her quest to remember the last words Peter said to her before he died. The Swing of the Sea is a play about growing old without aging that examines the way fantasy and memory converge when we lose someone we love.

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Samuel D Hunter
Whale, The
Samuel French NY:

Since the death of his boyfriend, morbidly obese 600 pound Charlie has confined himself to his small Idaho apartment and is eating himself to oblivion. With his health quickly failing, Charlie becomes desperate to reconnect with ellie, his estranged and angry teenage daughter whom he has not seen in 17 years. He would give her anything: his love, his money. . ..maybe even his life. Written by Obie award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter, the Whale is a tough, humorous and emotionally powerful play about how we cope with loss, and how new definitions of family, friends and religion shape our lives.

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Adam Mathias
See Rock City And Other Destinations: Scenic Route
Samuel French NY:

This High School Edition of See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America. A wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina Interstate. A young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico. A woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her grandparents' idealized romance to take a chance on love. Three estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes. Two high school boys face unexpected fears in the Coney Island Spook House. A terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap. . .over Niagara Falls. With a score that incorporates pop, rock, folk and more, each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and expectations in order to connect.

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Dan O'Brien
Body of an American, The
Samuel French NY:

Mogadishu, 1993. Paul is a Canadian photojournalist who is about to take a picture that will win him the Pulitzer Prize. Princeton, the present day, Dan is an American writer who is struggling to finish his play about ghosts. Both men live worlds apart but a chance encounter over the airwaves sparks an extraordinary friendship that sees them journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul.Flying from Kabul to the Canadian High Arctic, The Body of an American sees two actors jump between more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary drama. It urgently places these two mens battles  both public and private against a backdrop of some of the worlds most iconic images of war.

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Trey Parker
Cannibal! the Musical
Samuel French NY:

Cannibal! The Musical is the true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America - Alferd Packer. The sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory, he tells his side of the harrowing tale to news reporter Polly Pry as he awaits his execution. And his story goes like this: While searching for gold and love in the Colorado Territory, he and his companions lost their way and resorted to unthinkable horrors, including toe-tapping songs!

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Anthony Wilkinson
My Big Gay Italian Funeral
Samuel French NY:

Anthony's father has died and the family come together for the funeral and wake. Anthony's brother Peter turns up. Peter is gay too

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Chad Beguelin
Harbor
Samuel French NY:

When fifteen-year-old Lottie and her ne'er-do-well mother Donna drop in unannounced on the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Donna's brother and his new husband, all hell breaks loose. the bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting and touching comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family.

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Londos D'Arrigo
Spreading It Around
Samuel French NY:

Angela Drayton, a wealthy widow living in an up-scale retirement community, is tired of handing out money to her unappreciative children. So she starts the S.I.N. (Spending It Now) Foundation, to give to those truly in need. This terrifies her greedy son, driving him to devise a plan to have her committed. Featuring delicious roles for adult and mature actors, this poignant family comedy has played numerous theatre in the US and Canada, and continues spreading the laughs around.

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Jacob Sellers; Aaron Robertson; Steve Rathje; Sage Voohees
Thespian Playworks 2013
Samuel French NY:

From the nationally recognized Educational Theatre Association's Thespian Playworks competition come four short scripts  all created by high school-aged playwrights!

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Jonathan Caren, Madeleine George, Anna Moench
Dance Company, The
Samuel French NY:

Flip Turn, A Polar Bear in New Jersey, and The Dance Company were presented as part of Keen Teens 2013, a unique and free educational theatre program, run by the Drama Desk and Obie award-winning Keen Company. Keen Teens seeks to improve the quality of plays written for high school students by commissioning scripts from highly regarded playwrights, and gives students the opportunity to work with professional artists in an Off Broadway setting.

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Justin Krasner-Karpen, Emily Cutler, Connor M. Foley
Dramatic Debuts Volume 5
Samuel French NY:

Baker's Plays has been an advocate for theater in schools for over one hundred years. In the spirit of that commitment, we offer this playwriting competition for High School students. Plays may be about any subject and of any length. It is our hope that this competition will encourage aspiring high school authors to explore the creative possibilities of writing for the stage. This collection includes the winners of the 2012 competition: A Study of Limits by Emily Cutler - 1st Place; Entropy Increasing in a Closed System by Justin Krasner-Karpen - 2nd Place; Forsooth by Connor M. Foley - 3rd Place

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Mike Lew
Bike America
Samuel French NY:

The play peddles the audience along a cross-country bike trip from Boston to California, with stops in big cities and small towns along the way. Our feckless heroine Penny is looking to bring more meaning into her life, to find a lifestyle that suits her and a town that feels like a home... so she drops her clingy boyfriend in Beantown and takes off for Santa Barbara! Along the way she befriends a colorful crew of bikers: Ryan, the health nut biking instructor; Tim Billy, the innocent wanderer; Annabel and Rorie, the badass activists seeking to get gay-married in every state they hit on the trip; and the mysterious Man with the Van who carries their stuff. Featuring a flexible and diverse cast, Bike America is a multi-state, multi-generational odyssey to discover our obsession with happiness.

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Jane Martin
H2O
Samuel French NY:

After arriving to the City of Angels, an aimless young man catapults to movie stardom and into Hollywood's sleazy celebrity culture. Banking on his fame (and name), he is soon selected to appear on Broadway in Hamlet. Given full casting approval, he embarks to New York City to seek out his Ophelia and encounters his muse and his match a young evangelical Christian woman set on getting the role&and saving his life. Originally produced at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in 2013, H2O transports audiences into the reclusive, madcap world of Jane Martin's drama/comedy/love story about self-destruction, notoriety, and the dark journey to purity and salvation.

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Mira Gibson, Mark Swaner, Lisa Kenner Grissom, Ross Howard, Thomas M. Atkinson, Arlitia Jones
Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 38th Series
Samuel French NY:

Dancing Turtle invites the audience into the inner life of a girl  damaged at birth  that is both painful and glorious, as she navigates the first longings of adulthood during a Native American stomp dance at a local Appalachian Festival.

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Saviana Stanescu
Ants
Samuel French NY:

Two immigrant Romanian sisters struggle to make ends meet as they attempt to capture a piece of the American Dream. Kara is the provider. She has been working in a factory sending money home for her younger sister Mia, making it possible for her to come to America to finish up her PhD in biochemistry. Everything is working according to their plan. They have a nice house. Mia is making remarkable progress with her research on ants under the guidance of her professor, Adam Kohn. Kara spends her free time reading Tarot cards. And then the unthinkable happens

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Barbara Pease Weber
Witch In 204, The
Samuel French NY:

Latch your windows! Bolt your door! Beware of The Witch in 204! You know your property value has plummeted when a witch moves in next door! But, thats not retired schoolteacher, Sylvie Goldbergs only trouble. Sylvies hopes of living happily-ever-after with Eugene, the otherworldly gentleman of her dreams, soon dissipate when the witch next door, Bella, turns out to be Eugenes mysterious former paramour, who proceeds to wreck havoc on Sylvie and Eugenes wedding day as the uninvited guest. Scandal quickly ensues when Bella mistakes Sylvies neighbor, Evelyn Greenbaum, for Sylvie and attempts to poison Evelyn with a lethal brew of pills and booze. Eugene skips town endeavoring to escape Bellas witchy wickedness and leaving Sylvie with a dire warning to Beware of The Witch in 204. The sequel to Barbara Pease Weber's popular play Seniors of the Sahara, The Witch in 204 is a modern day fairy tale for grownups with fond memories of being both thrilled and terrified by wicked witches, genies, wizards, ghosts and goblins in the fables of our youth.

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Christopher Dimond
Dani Girl
Samuel French NY:

When Dani, a precocious nine year old, loses her hair to leukemia, she embarks on a magical journey to get it back. Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, Dani Girl is a tale of life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair, and the indomitable power of the human imagination.

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Will Eno
Gnit
Samuel French NY:

Is laziness the opposite of love? Is the search for the Self for total nobodies? These are questions posed through the prolific pen of Will Eno, one of America's leading contemporary playwrights, whose talents for playful idiosyncratic language shine through in Gnit. Watch closely as Peter Gnit, a funny-enough but so-so specimen of humanity, makes a lifetime of bad decisions, on the search for his True Self, which is disintegrating while he searches. A rollicking and very cautionary tale about, among other things, how the opposite of love is laziness. Gnit is a faithful, unfaithful, and willfully American misreading of Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt, a 19th century Norwegian play which is famous for all the wrong reasons, written by Will Eno, who has never been to Norway.

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Will Eno
Middletown
Samuel French NY:

Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown. about to have her first child, she is eager to enjoy the neighbourly bonds a small town promises. But life in Middletown is complicated: neighbors are near strangers and moments of connection are fleeting. Middletown is a playful, poignant portrait of a town with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.

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Will Eno
Open House, The
Samuel French NY:

People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, "Can things really change?" People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop. The Open House is an hour and twenty minutes, with no intermission.

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Don Nigro
Animal Tales
Samuel French NY:

Eleven short animal plays which may be done individually or in combination with any of the others.
Contents: Three Turkeys Waiting for Corncobs; Dialogue with Lemmings; Platypus; The Trap; In the Great Chipmunk Labyrinth; Groundhog at the Window; Parrots; String Theory; Bat; The Baboon God; Waiting.

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Don Nigro
Further Adventures of Tom and Huck
Samuel French NY:

This collection contains a harrowing tale of the later lives of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, two girls obsessed by a movie contemplating homicide, a couple doomed to rehearse their tragedy on the stage of a theatre for eternity, a dark little play about the relationship of leprechauns to cannibalism, the tale of Peter Rabbit told from the point of view of the very disturbed Mr McGregor, a third rate horror movie villain lamenting his life on a zombie island, the end of the observable universe, and more.

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Phil Olson
Mom's Gift
Samuel French NY:

In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husbands birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in Its A Wonderful Life, she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dads birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family's secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.

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Adam Szymkowicz
Clown Bar
Samuel French NY:

Happy's junkie brother Timmy is found dead. Now Happy must return to his former life as a clown to ask a few questions. But will Happy be able to go home again without getting sucked into the seedy clown underbelly of vice and violence?

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Steve Yockey
Fisherman's Wife, The
Samuel French NY:

In this wild sex farce, Vanessa's marriage to Cooper has grown stale. She wants excitement and passion. He merely wants to provide for her the best way he knows how: fishing. While Cooper is out at sea, Vanessa receives a visit from a mysterious traveling salesman with a bag full of danger. And he's not the only one new in town: a ravenously horny giant squid and octopus have settled in under the dock, ready for whomever comes their way.

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Steve Yockey
Wolves
Samuel French NY:

In Wolves, two men's folie à deux overtakes their small apartment and spills out onto city streets. When ex-boyfriend Jack brings a strange man home to woodland-obsessed Bens apartment, the Narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This deconstruction of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe.

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George Brant
Grounded
Samuel French NY:

From the award-winning playwright of Elephant's Graveyard, George Brant, comes the story of an ace fighter pilot who's career in the sky is ended early due to an unexpected pregnancy. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.

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George Brant
Mourners' Bench, The
Samuel French NY:

an emotional puzzle-play that skips back and forth in time as it tells the story of a living room and its three sets of inhabitants, all struggling to overcome the tragedy that took place within its walls.

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Robert Brustein
English Channel, The
Samuel French NY:

The English Channel examines the murky relationship between great writers and their proclivity to "borrow" ideas and material, tracing Shakespeare's relationship with The Earl of Southampton, the Dark Lady of the Sonnets, and Christopher Marlowe during the turbulent months before Marlowe's death.

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Robert Brustein
Last Will
Samuel French NY:

The Last Will finds William Shakespeare retired at his country home on Stratford after decades of struggle and success in the city of London. In the last stages of a fatal illness, his deteriorating mind obliterates the distinction between fiction and fact, and the playwright begins acting as a character in his own plays. Richard Burbage, leader of Shakespeare's acting company, attempts to persuade him to return to London and to playwriting, as Will wrestles with his suspicions, delusions, family resentment, and final testaments.

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Robert Brustein
Mortal Terror
Samuel French NY:

Mortal Terror is set in 1605, the year of the Gunpowder Plot, a terrorist conspiracy to blow up the houses of Parliament. Shakespeare, delicately balancing his allegiances to assure his own survival, is commissioned by King James to write a play to justify his right to the throne. That play is Macbeth.

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Eliza Clark
Edgewise
Samuel French NY:

Eliza Clark brings her unique ability to blend comedy and suspense in her nail-biting play, Edgewise. Work sucks, especially in the middle of a war zone. Its just another Saturday flipping burgers for three suburban teens, but when bombs start dropping and a bloodied stranger staggers in, these kids deal with the unknown the only way they know how  by tying it up.

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Eliza Clark
Recall
Samuel French NY:

A rising star in the theatre community, Eliza Clark, brings us her innovative psychological thriller Recall. Lucy makes people uncomfortable. There's something about her eyes. There's something about the way her mother's boyfriends keep disappearing. And there's something about the government agents on her trail. Radically imaginative and achingly plain, Recall explores our need to feel connected, understood and loved. No matter the damage, no matter the cost.

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Kara Lee Corthron
Holly Down In Heaven
Samuel French NY:

Holly collects dolls. Holly is a born-again Christian. Holly is a fifteen-year-old, brainy, outspoken, spoiled, tyrannical brat. and she won't leave her basement. She's also pregnant. In this quasi-comedy about a quasi-adult, a memorable teen is confronted with the speeding train of maturity and a host of life-changing choices without time to consider the consequences. Without much guidance from her well-meaning, but inept Father or her less-than-bright boyfriend, can Holly's real friends-her dolls-help her make the treacherous transition from child to adult or will the job require the touch of a special Homo sapien?

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Stephen Fife
Break Of Day
Samuel French NY:

A play about Van Goghs life from the time he worked in the coal mines as an apprentice preacher through the time of his fathers death. Its about family relationships, genius, passion and its toll both on the passionate artist and those around him.

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Stephen Fife
Savage World
Samuel French NY:

Solomon Eisner, a former freelance journalist is trying to find a way to repair his broken relationship with his bi-racial son Danny. Sol has tried to protect Danny from a dangerous past, but now he decides to videotape himself telling about this dark chapter from his youth that led to Dannys birth. The play dramatizes Sols attempt to save his son from a descent into violence, as Sol travels back to the 1970s, chronicling his quest to prove the innocence of Savage James, an outspoken black boxer who has been convicted of murdering a Jewish couple during the Newark riots. The play alternates between these two realities (the 1970s and the present), as Sol tries to rediscover the thread of belief and conviction that can give his son an understanding of events that Sol himself has not been able to come to terms with.

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Shirley Lauro
Radiant, The
Samuel French NY:

Set one hundred years ago in Paris, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise and support, she becomes involved in a scandalous affair with her young married assistant, an affair which rocks Paris and nearly costs her her career - and her life. But, she survives this and the great bias against women scientists throughout Europe then and goes on to discover and isolate radium, earn two Nobel Prizes, and revolutionize the world of science forever, ushering in The Atomic Age and the first cure for cancer.

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Matthew Paul Olmos
i put the fear of mexico in em
Samuel French NY:

Two couples confront each other in a back-alley bar in Tijuana. the Mexican couple, Efron and Juana, taunt, challenge and ridicule an American couple, Jonah and Andrea. Juana carries an assault rifle slung over one shoulder for equal rights. But there's a sense that Efron, himself a human machine gun, is more assertive than Jonah. In the verbal crossfire that ensues, word play from the Mexicans connotes the distancing created by cultural and language differences. the Spanish word guera, meaning blond, for example, can be interpreted as a white woman who is not welcome. Also the Spanish word guerra, a close sound-alike, means war. the two couples are at war with each other. When certain barriers are crossed, whether it's physical boundaries between countries, or in personal or sexual relationships, the situation grows dangerous. At the close of the excerpt, the American woman goes off with the Mexican man.
- Rosalind Lacy, dctheatrescene

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Arje Shaw
Gathering, The
Samuel French NY:

Arje Shaw blends history and family politics in his Broadway dramedy, set in 1985. The Gathering explores the conflicts between grandfather, father, and son which arise over the dinner table when they discuss President Ronald Reagan's planned visit to Bitberg, site of burial grounds for Nazi soldiers. The stakes are high in the discussion because the grandfather (Hal Linden) is a Holocaust survivor and his son is a speechwriter for Reagan. Caught between them is the young lad, who is preparing for his bar mitvah. With a multi-generational cast, The Gathering asks poignant questions about understanding and forgivness in the face of tragedy.

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Steph DeFerie
(Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel, The
Samuel French NY:

Pity poor Streptococcus - it should be a piece of cake for a fairy godmother to tell the story of Snow White but her wand is bent and things aren't going quite as they should. Then, to make things worse, she's interrupted by a couple of English policemen who are hot on the trail of two very devious and dangerous criminals - children who are causing no end of trouble in the forest. Their names? Hansel and Gretel! Streptococcus doesn't believe a word of it and neither do a well-behaved pair of kiddies in the audience who volunteer to help her tell Hansel and Gretel's familiar tale. But before everyone lives happily ever after, the police insist on having their say and the well-behaved kiddies aren't happy about that at all. . . Since there are lots of parts (10 for girls, 5 for boys, and 10 for either), everyone gets a role and since a single forest set is all that's needed for this 60 minute show, it's easy to produce. This is a great fun twist on the familiar, favorite tale.

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Lydia R Diamond
Stick Fly
Samuel French NY:

Race and privilege intersect in this thought-provoking and lively modern family comedy. One lazy summer weekend, Kent LeVay invites his fiancee, Taylor, to meet his parents at their luxurious Martha's Vineyard summer home. Taylor, under the microscope and unaccustomed to the surrounding wealth, challenges the household dynamic. the family ties rapidly unravel when Kent's womanizing older brother surprises everyone with his white girlfriend. Conflict and dysfunction ensue as the household vigorously airs their long-secret dirty linens along with the drapes.

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Jordan Harrison
Flea And the Professor, The
Samuel French NY:

A young professor loses just about everything in the world - everything, that is, except for the flea who lives in his vest. Starting over again, the professor and the flea become the best of friends, start a circus act, and set off to tour the world. Together they must overcome shipwrecks, cannibals, and tickling. Adapted by Jordan Harrison and Richard Gray from the last tale by master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, this new musical odyssey celebrates friendship, whimsy, and the excitement of the unknown.

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Ross Howard
Arthur And Esther
Samuel French NY:

In the wake of public spending cuts, Arthur wrestles with the methods set out in Montgomery Swank's "28 Ways to Terminate Your Existence and Questions You May Have", the one book he has salvaged from the closure of his beloved library. In the wake of her own death, his wife Esther reconciles the ghosts of the past with a hope for the future. A play of two worlds. This elemental and affecting two-hander explores love, its loss, and the lives we inherit and impose on others.

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Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Rachel Willson-Broyles
Invasion!
Samuel French NY:

Invasion! is a tornado of words, images and ideas, all centered around a magical name: Abulkasem. The play assaults our deepest prejudices about identity, race and language. At once hilarious, disturbing and poignant, this deeply subversive play deconstructs a threatening identity  the Arabic male  and forces us to confront our own cultural identity.

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Nick Jones
Coward, The
Samuel French NY:

A period comedy set in 18th century England. A cowardly young gentleman named Lucidus initiates a pistol duel then finds that he cant go through with it. He hires a common criminal to fight in his place, only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, this coward finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations.

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Jim Knable
Hyper-Focus
Samuel French NY:

Thomas Jefferson, a middle school student, can't seem to focus in school. He is told he has ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, a condition that affects his ability to concentrate in class. With his widowed mom, a caring teacher, and his first potential girlfriend, Thomas comes up with a very creative solution to deal with his condition.

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Dan LeFranc
Big Meal, The
Samuel French NY:

Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family.

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John Morogiello
Engaging Shaw
Samuel French NY:

Bernard Shaw was a character as full of contradictions as any he created for the stage-celibate womanizer, irascible optimist, a Socialist with a sense of humor. On the subject of marriage, however, Shaw was absolute: he would have none of it, ever, in spite of his wild popularity with women in general and his friend Beatrice Webb's matchmaking efforts in particular. When Webb and her husband Sidney invite the wealthy Charlotte for a visit, hoping for financial support for their fledgling school of economics, Shaw and the heiress collide, collude, and clash by turns along a circuitous path to partnership.
- press release

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Itamar Moses
Completeness
Samuel French NY:

How does a computer scientist hook up with a molecular biologist? He blinds her with science, of course. In Completeness, when Elliot builds a computer program to help Molly with her research project, the variables in their evolving relationship shift as rapidly as the terms of their experiment. This deft and imaginative new ROM-comedy shows that even the most sophisticated algorithm may freeze in the face of life's infinite possibilities.
- nytheatre.com

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Matthew Paul Olmos
Nature of Captivity, The
Samuel French NY:

Inspired by the Dog Catcher Riots. In part one, a put'upon family is run from their home by a settlement of people. In part two, a settlement of people get a surprise guest while simply trying to run a put'upon family from their home.

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Paul Thureen, Hannah Bos, Oliver Butler
Cape Disappointment
Samuel French NY:

a decaying drive-in comes to life with stories of lighthouses, naughty little girls, and places you imagine remembering. So please sit back, relax, refrain from loud talking and rough-housing, turn off your headlights, enjoy some tasty popcorn, put litter in its place, keep an eye on your children, think about how happy we could be, and remember that this country is full of dark, dark places along dark, dark roadways where dark, dark things can happen. the Debate Society's fourth full-length play transforms the upstairs space at P.S. 122 into their own version of a drive-in theater to present an intimate and absurd perspective of classic Americana. the Brooklyn-based play-makers invite audiences to experience the Feature Presentation from the comfort of their own private 4-seater, equipped with a cooler, speaker box, and a close-up view of the action. Like an evening at the drive-in, Cape Disappointment starts with a 'cartoon' and proceeds to the feature: a road-trip epic populated by characters racing across the crumbling landscapes of bygone hey-days. there's even an intermission tossed in just long enough to grab some popcorn."
- press release

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Ross Mihalko, Donna Swift
Ants and The Grasshoppers, The
Samuel French NY:

The Ants and The Grasshoppers - A Greek Musical Comedy is a hilarious twist on the classic Aesop's fable! When those goof-off grasshoppers arrive in Ancient Greece, the ants discover all the forbidden fun they've been missing, but when Winter arrives, the Queen leaves those good-for-nothing grasshoppers out in the cold and the ants become bored beyond belief and unable to accomplish their precious work!!! Now it's up to Eddie, the Queen's son, to lead a search party to rescue the grasshoppers and save the colony from dying... from boredom! With memorable characters, side-splitting silliness and toe-tapping tunes, this Greek musical comedy is the perfect show for any season!

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Doug Wright
Hands on a Hardbody
Samuel French NY:

Inspired by true events, and infused with a "fresh roots-rock vibe," this is the hilarious, hard-fought contest where only one winner can drive away with the American dream. 10 contestants. 4 days. 1 truck.

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Zayd Dohrn
Outside People
Samuel French NY:

A dark, comic look at China/U.S. relations - economic, political, and sexual. In modern-day Beijing, a young American guy falls for a Chinese girl and then struggles to understand where she's coming from. A play about loneliness, culture-shock, language, and trying to make connections across borders.

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Alan Bailey, Ronnie Claire Edwards
Mystery of Miz Arnette, The
Samuel French NY:

The Mystery of Miz Arnette is set in Oklahoma's devastating Dust Bowl. The time is 1934 when Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd along with their gangs roamed the territory. Out of the desolate nowhere arrives Miz Arnette to rent the room that had been advertised and leased four months ago. With the family farm at stake and desperate for the additional income, young Floy Kate strikes a deal and takes in the intriguing stranger that would forever change her life.

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Robert Caisley
Happy
Samuel French NY:

An NNPN Rolling World Premiere Comedy by Robert Caisley. Alfred is happy about his life. He's happy with his job. He's happy with his marriage. He's happy raising his special needs daughter. But when his best friend invites him to dinner to meet the latest woman in his life, things spin out of control.

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Mary Lynn Dobson
Two On the Aisle, Three In A Van
Samuel French NY:

Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighborhood Actors Summerfun Repertory Theatre. a friendly little playhouse where, due to a lack of wing space, the company spends their downtime in the parking lot around an aging hippie/now turned techie's van. Those looking for refuge at the asphalt oasis include: a stressed-out artistic director grappling for funding, a wanna-be diva who's realizing her ingenue expiration date has just about passed, a board member's nephew vying to direct the musicals with a Tarrentino spin and the "I'm no chorus boy" chorus boy who thinks every show should have a kick line - including Glass Menagerie. These are just some of the egos and obstacles that fall into the lap of Mike, a nice-guy director who ends up with far more than he bargained for. Anyone who's ever seen a show may know these people. Anyone who's ever done a show may be these people.

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Marc Acito
Birds Of A Feather
Samuel French NY:

Birds of a Feather recounts the story of Roy and Silo, the two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins who partnered, adopted an egg, hatched and raised a chick together. Roy and Silo are no strangers to the spotlight. In 2005, they were the subject of a widely contested children's book, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. the book, temporarily pulled from school bookshelves in Loudoun County, became one of the most banned books in the US.

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Steve Braunstein
Tangled Skirt, The
Samuel French NY:

Two strangers await the last bus out of town, as small talk turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse and both seek advantage, trapped in their own secrets and lies, to be the last one standing. As the bus barrels toward the station, Bailey and Rhonda, torn by passion and greed, must confront each other, and themselves, as fate closes in.

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David Landau, Nikki Stern
Noir Pointblank
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A comic tribute to the detective films of Humphrey Bogart. the third story in the "Cafe Noir" series, following Murder at Cafe Noir and Noir Suspicions. No knowledge of the previous plays is required, as each play can stand alone. In Noir Point Blank, "Just Plain" Rick has hired a singer and opened a photo display of "300 yrs of shady business" at the cafe to increase business. To this comes an American detective looking for a murderess but stumbling across a gangster on the lam, a beautiful French historian and a British lawyer with a desire to go night diving. When the murderess ends up dead and the cop is implicated in the murder, it's "Just Plain" Rick who must help him out of the jam by helping him find the real killer. Meanwhile, the gangster has assumed the mortgage for the Cafe Noir and plans on setting up his operations there, and everyone seems to be after something that sunk off the coast of Mustique in 1945. It's a true forties style American mystery with the perfect mix of action, intrigue, humor, and romance.

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Jessica Dickey
Amish Project, The (Ensemble)
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The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. Originally a solo show, The Amish Project has now been adapted for an ensemble.

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Arthur Feinsod
Sword Against the Sea
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Sword Against the Sea is an adaptation of William Butler Yeats' six one-act plays and some of his most stirring poems about the Celtic hero Cuchulain. Arranged in the chronological order of Cuchulain's life and drawing exclusively on Yeats' own magnificent poetry, this two-act play presents the hero's failed attempt as a young man to achieve eternal life at the Hawk's Well; his tragic slaying of his own son and the realization that drives him in despair to fight the sea; his wife emer's noble sacrifice to save his life by renouncing her love; and Cuchulain's death and spiritual transcendence as an aged warrior. Like the original Yeats' Cuchulain plays themselves, this adaptation calls for collaborations among different kinds of artists in the creation of masks, the use of dance and the possibility of including instrumental and sung music. these Cuchulain plays and poems are compressed, simplified, and reshaped for a rich, uplifting evening of theater.

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Carol Hall
Days Are as Grass, The
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The Days Are as Grass is a full-length performance consisting of eight short plays by Carol Hall. they were written to be performed by two actors, one man and one woman. However, they can also be performed by a larger cast. the actors portray more than a dozen characters ranging in age from 40 to 85, exploring the fragility of hope, memory, old friends, lost loves, and the inevitability of time. the tone is always a blend of the funny and the touching, as the characters march bravely into that last colorful sunset, still fully engaged by lifes changes, loves quirks, and the surprises of age.

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Robin Hawdon
I Do, I Do, I Do
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Diana has it all. Beautiful, intelligent, sweet natured. the sort of rare girl that all men swoon over. Whats more she is the daughter of that most reviled of species, a wealthy banker. the three men in her life are Jamie, the much envied man to whom she is officially betrothed; Tom, the attractive boyfriend of Jamies sister; and Geoff, the oldest friend who is to be best man. Dianas insurmountable problem is that, during the course of the longest weekend of her life, she finds herself having promised marriage to all three! How can she decide? What matters most - familiarity, suitability, sexual passion? Can she make up her mind in time for the big society wedding arranged in a months time? Bewildered bankers wife, Ann, finds herself having to act as negotiator, counselor, traffic controller, legal adviser, judge, jury, and fortune teller to an entire household of distraught people. And it isnt discovered until the final curtain who it is that Diana chooses.

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Ken Ludwig
Twas the Night Before Christmas
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'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. But wait! A mouse is stirring - because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say "Merry Christmas!", we're off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer. Don't miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!

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David Rabe
Early History Of Fire, An
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Longing and confusion. Hearts pounding, time ticking away. Early 1960s in a Midwestern town. Danny Muellers working class life is one of fierce loyalty to childhood friends, Jake and Terry. But the bigger world is stirring once he meets Karen, back from college in the east and alluring because of what she knows, and unsettling for that same reason. The grip of Danny's past is intensified by his father, a German immigrant mourning a vanished world of lost prestige. For Pop the question is how to let go of a son and life he never quite had now that the future has shrunk to almost nothing. While Danny hopes to change without betraying the bonds that have sustained him, Karen, a whirl of brilliance, looks to J.D. Salinger for answers and to Danny for a simplicity he does not possess. To fall in love, to have a destiny, to know what it is. Thats what they all want, even Benji hanging onto Pop, and Shirley, too, adrift in a way she could not have foreseen. old look backward and the young look ahead, while we watch from the future they long to inhabit. And its all about to burn in the heat of whatever's coming. The way it always does.

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Rachel Bonds, Dean Imperial, Greg Kalleres, Catya McMullen, Kevin Mead, Darren Miller, Claire Kiechel
Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 37th Series
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One of Manhattan's most established play festivals, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival fosters the work of early-career writers, giving them exposure through publication and representation. Winning authors from the 37th annual festival include: Rachel Bonds, Dean Imperial, Greg Kalleres, Catya McMullen, Kevin Mead & Darren Miller, and Claire Kiechel

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Catherine Trieschmann
How the World Began
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A Manhattan woman travels to a rural town in Kansas recently devastated by a tornado to take a teaching job in a makeshift high school. But when she makes an off-handed remark regarding the origins of life, she unleashes community outrage and the particular distress of a disturbed young boy. In an intimate and artful inquiry of her characters very souls, Trieschmann invites audiences to consider their own beliefs and their perhaps unspoken opinions of others.

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Rob Urbinati
Death by Design
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What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious mash-up of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly  a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingenue, a zany modern dancer  each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, its left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime. Death by Design is more than homage  its a new classic.

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Charles Busch
Judith Of Bethulia
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Imagine the outrageous Mae West in a Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic. Judith, a beautiful, wealthy young widow, is reviled by her own people as a gold digging adventuress. When her ancient city of Bethulia is facing brutal annihilation, Judith, wearing her most glittering finery, slips into the enemy camp, seduces and ultimately decapitates the ruthless General Holofernes. This wild homage to the Hollywood movie epic is the latest trip to the cinematic past by the author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and The Divine Sister.

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Katherine Disavino
Things My Mother Taught Me
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Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. Theyve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn't go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that's about to happen? This brand new comedy from the author of Nana's Naughty Knickers takes a generational look at relationships, and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

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Jason Wells
North Plan, The
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After a ruthless faction seizes power in Washington, Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, runs off with the new regime's top secret enemies list. Unfortunately for Carlton, the chase has come to an end in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus. With a pair of DHS agents on the way, Carlton's last hope is in the people around him: an unsympathetic police chief, an ambivalent administrative assistant, and fellow prisoner Tanya Shepke, a motor-mouthed recidivist who's turned herself in for drunk driving and thinks Skynyrd should be on the new money. The revolution starts now.

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Jay Presson Allen
Tru
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Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, Tru takes place in the writer's New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975. An excerpt from Capote's infamous novel Answered Prayers has recently been published in esquire and the author's friends, recognizing the characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their back on the man they once considered a close confidant. Alone and hurting, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol, and chocolate truffles while musing about his checkered life and career.

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Angela Gant
Social Darwinism
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Social Darwinism is an absurdist socio-political comedy that follows a familial group: an alpha Male, alpha Female, Second Banana, Subordinate Female, adolescent Male, adolescent Female, Outside Male, and Outside Female as they move through several different social classes. The plays looks at racism, male homosexuality, and feminist ideals. additionally, Social Darwinism shows the subjugation of women, which changes as the play evolves.

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David Greenspan
Go Back To Where You Are
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In Go Back to Where You Are God offers Passalus, a failed actor from ancient Athens festering in hell, the opportunity of redemption by returning to earth to free a young woman from her domineering mother, Claire, a distinguished stage actress. Passalus accepts the proposal with the understanding that on completing his mission his soul be annihilated. God agrees  with the caveat that Passalus not become entangled in the lives of others. Granted the ability to shape-shift, Passalus assumes the role of a British matron and former actress, arriving at Claires summer home during a week-end in which she is hosting friends and family. But Passalus is also equipped to hear the inner thoughts of the characters he encounters  and armed with knowledge of their suffering is unable to remain aloof. He also finds himself falling in love with Claires brother, Bernard, the underappreciated author of eccentric comedies. The play Dramatizes second chances in love  and love that facilitates the souls release from hell into life again.

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Michael Gordon Shapiro, Gregory Crafts
Super Sidekick The Musical
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. . .perfect for small children, with audience participation, appropriate kid-approved messages, a perfect hour run-time and catchy musical numbers - LA Theatre Review. action! adventure! Romance! Ninja Koalas! Those are just a few of the elements that make up Super Sidekick, the brand new original children's musical from rising L.A. playwright Gregory Crafts (Friends Like These). This exciting, heart-warming and inspiring play, with original music by Michael Gordon Shapiro, follows this dynamic duo as they track the evil Sorcerer Slurm to the Cave of Doom to rescue the Princess. The modest and hard-working Inky gets his moment to shine when the bumbling Blackjack also gets caught. Now he needs to save them both before they fall prey to Slurm's Terrible Tickler in this hysterically funny, beautiful story of bravery and friendship.

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Robert Moulthrop
Jack, The Prince Of Ireland
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Is it true what they say about "The Luck of the Irish?" Do leprechauns, rainbows with pots of gold and magical shamrocks really exist? Join Jack, the youngest son of the King of Ireland, on his quest to find out! Jack was never thought to be brave or heroic, certainly not like his two older brothers who were very much favored by their father. But Jack finds his own strengths as he opens his eyes and ears to those around him. When a Wise Old Man offers him a golden shamrock, he quickly learns that its magical powers bring him whatever he NEEDS. It is only when this shamrock is suddenly lost, that he truly discovers what it is to be a hero! Audience members are critical to Jack's journey - he needs them! Who else could throw the bag guys in the dungeon or be on the lookout for a ferocious dragon, or tame a swarm of angry buzzing bees?

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Chris Newbound
Birthday Boy
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Matt returns from a break at work to the company lunch room, where he meets new employee Melora. A spark ignites almost immediately, but the blossoming friendship is still subject to life's realities of age, responsibility, and commitment. Meanwhile Matt's wife Arianne has plans for a celebratory evening at home that get interrupted by an unintentional spark of her own. Birthday Boy is about what happens when there's a sudden connection between two people that if pursued could interfere with a life that has been going along just fine; about the paths we choose to take and those we choose not to; the commitments we do honor, the worthwhile sacrifices we must make. In short, a celebration of the messy, imperfect, life that being a husband, a wife, a father, a mother, all entails in order to evolve into the grownups we're meant to be.

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Del Shores
Yellow
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Yellow chronicles a year in the life of the perfect family in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Bobby Westmoreland, a high school football coach, and his wife Kate, a respected therapist, have two ambitious children in high school. Their son Dayne is the golden football star while their daughter Gracie is an overly-Dramatic actress. Gracies best friend is a young gay boy, Kendall, who is at constant odds with his abusive, fundamentalist mother, Sister Timothea. The play opens with the start of the football season and high school auditions for Oklahoma. Everything falls apart when an unexpected tragedy rocks the Westmoreland family to the breaking point. Yellow explores the themes of cowardice, intolerance and the damage caused to families by secrets, rejection and the difficulty of forgiveness.

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Alan Alda
Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie
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With backbreaking work in a ramshackle lab in Paris, Marie Curie and her husband Pierre achieve a revolutionary understanding of radiation and share a Nobel Prize. When her beloved Pierre dies in an accident, Marie is plunged into depression. Paul Langevin, fleeing an unhappy marriage, gives her the strength to return to her work. But the scandal over their affair threatens to end her career  just when she might become the first person ever to receive a second Nobel Prize.

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Zayd Dohrn
Reborning
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Art and life become disturbingly interchangeable when a sculptor of baby dolls meets a woman desperate to recreate the past. This dark comedy takes an unsettling look at work, latex, and the power of creation.

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Steve Franco
In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)
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It is 6pm and the Douglas family is busily preparing to be invaded by their quirky relatives for their annual Christmas Eve dinner. After robbing a neighborhood liquor store, high strung and irritable Tony, and his dim-witted side-kick Vinny, find themselves in need of a place to briefly hide out. Using a ruse to gain entrance into the Douglas home, they suddenly find themselves in charge of an ever-growing list of family members that they are forced to hold hostage. From smart-aleck teenagers, to nosy neighbors, and bickering adults - the laughs (like the flow of people) are non-stop and we soon wonder who is holding who hostage?! With outrageous characters, laugh-a-minute-dialogue, and a surprise, heart-felt ending - Mr. Franco has created a comic treasure that is sure to leave your audience in stitches while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

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Larry Gelbart
Abrogate
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This political comedy from acclaimed film, theatre, and television legend Larry Gelbart examines the long-term consequences of the Bush-era White House through an imaginary hearing investigating the abrogation of human rights under the Bush regime. Hillary Clinton is now president and, in an attempt to sift through the debris of the post-Bush regime, holds a congressional meeting to explore how the atrocities during the previous administration could have possibly happened. as the hearing progressing, some shocking truths about the infamous conservative leaders are revealed.

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Madeleine George
Precious Little
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When Brodie, a gifted professor of linguistics and a lesbian, learns the child she's carrying may have a genetic abnormality, she returns again and again to the zoo, where she finds unexpected comfort sitting at the cage of a strange, compelling gorilla. a play that looks at the limits of language-and what lies beneath its surface.
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Jeff Goode
Savin Up For Saturday Night: The Honky-Tonk Musical
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Lovin' ain't easy in this one-honky-tonk town, so when the bartender and the bandleader fall for the same dance hall girl, you're in for an evening of showstoppers and toe-tappers, cat fights, and love quadrangles that'll keep any joint jumpin' till way past last call.

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Joann Leonard
All the World's a Stage, Vol. III
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Namaste, wa ho te sen. Welcome to six more globe-trotting one-acts with various plays for ages 8-18. Flex-gendered roles and cultural insights are incorporated into plays from Africa, Finland, India, Russia and the USA. Discovering inner qualities beyond appearances, modern day children time-warped back to pioneer days, children and parents at odds with each other, and what brings happiness in life are some of the timeless and universal lessons that folktales bring to bear on our own journey. Titles Include: The Healing Leaves, a folk tale from Russia; Johnny Applseed in Cyberspace, a folk tale from the United States; Search for Perfection, a folk tale from Nigeria; Song of the Sea, a folk tale from Finland; The Hand of Friendship, a folk tale from India; The Prideful Princess, a folktale from the Ashanti People of Ghana.

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James J Mellon
Yo Ho Ho! A Pirate's Christmas
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It's up to a little seven year-old girl named Eve to save Christmas for everyone! What will become of Christmas when Santa Claus and the citizens of the North Pole are kidnapped by a bunch of directionally challenged pirates? This wondrous musical is destined to become a holiday tradition for you and your entire family.

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Evan Placey
Mother of Him
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It's a snowy December morning like any other in Toronto, Canada, as Brenda Kapowitz sends her 8 year-old son Jason off to school, while her teenager Matthew remains asleep upstairs. Soon she'll begin lighting candles for the 8 nights of Hanukkah. You'd think Brenda was like any other mother, but today the press are camped outside, Matthew is under house arrest and it's the laws that form inside the house that matter most. She could be any mother. But she's not. She's his. Mother of Him is about how far our love for our children goes, and at what cost to ourselves.

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Marsha Lee Sheiness
Best All 'Round
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A teenage high school senior, Michael Lee, struggles with homework, dating, her reputation and her self-esteem along side her best friend, Nickie. Michael's precocious eleven-year-old sister, Kay, attempts to help her solve her dilemmas with the simple wisdom of prepubescent innocence and common sense. Best All 'Round is a story about growing up in Texas, circa 1958.

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Tom Stoppard
Cherry Orchard
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Set at the turn of the 20th century, The Cherry Orchard follows Madame Ranevskaya, a once wealthy landowner, who returns home to Russia almost impoverished after five years abroad to find that her vast and beautiful cherry orchard is to be sold off because of her crippling debts. She ignores the insistent warnings and advice of Lopakhin, a peasant's son turned wealthy businessman, and instead seeks solace in the past.

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Steve Yockey
afterlife: a ghost story
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A ghost story in the most literal sense, afterlife follows married couple Connor and Danielle as they prepare their beachfront home for an impending storm. They do their best to come together and get the job done while packing up items stained by painful memories they don't know how to talk about. But when the storm rolls in faster than expected and a great wave rises up to drag them under, it may be too late for the them to come to terms with their history and escape the haunting world of unsent letters, unexpected snow, unfinished sand castles, unrelenting birds, and unforgettable loss that threatens to swallow the pair forever.

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William Cameron
Violet Sharp
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Based on the true story 1932 Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, Violet Sharp is named for the young British maid working at the home of Anne Lindbergh's mother. In the wake of the historic kidnapping of beloved aviator Charles Lindbergh's 20-month-old son, Violet raises the suspicion of the police with a contradictory testimony about her whereabouts to police investigator Officer Walsh. Under pressure from her own personal demons as well as the police, Violet's efforts to clear her name cannot seem to overpower a growing reputation of guilt.

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Clara Mamet and Jack Quaid
Solvit Kids, The
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A new play from critically-acclaimed young playwrights Clara Mamet and Jack Quaid. In The Solvit Kids, Bradley Phillips and Annie Wyatt are the stars of the world-renowned Solvit Kids movies - a series based off the popular children's books, the author of which dies just as he is finishing the last installment. Annie and Brad are then left with the rights to release it. However when something goes horribly wrong it is up to the former Solvit Kids to come up with a solution.

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Zayd Dohrn
Sick
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A college professor brings a student home to meet his dysfunctional family - a home so obsessed with cleanliness that the real dirt lurks around every corner and behind every sentence. Toying with post 9/11 phobias, this dark comedy plays upon our fears, both real and imagined.

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Douglas E. Hughes and Marcia Kash
Too Many Cooks
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It's 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the rum-running business is at its peak. In the aftermath of the Crash, Irving Bubbalowe and his daughter Honey, have risked everything they have to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star-the renowned singing Chef Francois LaPlouffe - fails to appear, tonight's grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy. However, when unemployed chef Frank Plunkett wanders in looking for work, Honey persuades him to masquerade as the missing LaPlouffe. The beleaguered Bubbalowe, meanwhile, also has to contend with Chicago gangster al Feghetti and his sidekick who have come looking for an illegal shipment of booze residing in his basement. In addition, Bubbalowe has to keep at bay the hot-blooded Immigration officer Veronica Snook, on the trail of the vanished chef, as well as a suspicious tee-totaling Mountie, who is ready to arrest Bubbalowe for both murder and bootlegging. Madness ensues, and Bubbalowe and the others create a hornet's nest of fabricated stories (and identities) as they try to valiantly save the restaurant - and themselves - from both the gangsters and the law.

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William Missouri Downs
Exit Interview, The
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Bertolt Brecht scholar Dick Fig has been terminated by his university and is having an excruciating exit interview with Eunice - a decidedly droll administrator. Downs' witty play ricochets through Brechtian interludes, a pair of politically-radicalized cheerleaders, a pompous newsman, communiques from God, and debates on religion, science and politics before reaching its surprising conclusion.

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Aditi Brennan Kapil
Agnes Under The Big Top
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Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Tale explores the intersecting lives of several immigrants in a US city. It is a magical tale of hope and disappointment, identity and reinvention, narrated by an itinerant subway busker. Against the subterranean rhythms of a subway train, a Liberian home care worker, a former Bulgarian ringmaster and his wife, an Indian call center escapee, and a bed-ridden American woman, find and redefine themselves in todays America.

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Ken Ludwig
Game's Afoot, The
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It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

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Clara Mamet
Paris
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A pivotal meeting between a daughter and her father.

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Qui Nguyen
She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition
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A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, in a new edition created specially for High School performing groups! She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

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Qui Nguyen
She Kills Monsters
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A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

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Ken Ludwig
Midsummer/Jersey
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Midsummer/Jersey is the hilarious high-octane re-telling of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey. The story revolves around the impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon (run by Patti Quince and Stylist Nikki Bottom). The night takes a magical turn when Oberon and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief making. With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, the lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.

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Jeff Goode
Your Swash Is Unbuckled, Book 2
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These 11 short stage-combat plays about piracy, brigandry, and heartrobbery combine tongue-in-cheek word-play with swashbuckling swordplay in stories revolving around buccaneers, mutineers, damsels, fops, conquistadors, gladiatrixes and rapscallions of all shapes and sizes. This unique collection of playlets can be used to create a full night of entertainment, as well as in the classroom for teaching stage combat techniques. Of special note is that these combat scenes contain roles for both male and female actors.

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Theresa Rebeck
Seminar
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In Seminar, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (JEFF GOLDBLUM), an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy.

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Tom Sharkey
Together Again
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This is a love story that spans the years of a troubling and stormy relationship. This play offers a fascinating glimpse of the trials, trivialities, and triumphs of love without compromise. You'll laugh and cry as these lovers win their way into your heart. You may even recognize someone you love in Together Again. Together Again spans a touching and stormy relationship through three reunions. When Chrissie and Joe meet, something both dreadful and wonderful occurs. The story begins in the apartment of an aspiring young actress. Chrissie, an acting student, is about to host her acting class' fi fth reunion, when her hero, Joe, a rising young Hollywood star, arrives an hour too soon. Ten years later, at the fi fteenth reunion party, Chrissie is still studying drama, while Joe has won an Academy Award. The third reunion, ten years later, finds them together yet again in the hours before the reunion party. She is now a successful stage actress, he a recovering Alcoholic. Together Again is a romantic comedy that offers a fascinating glimpse of the trials, trivialities, and triumphs of love without compromise.

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Robert Caisley
Front
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Set in England during the Blitz, a number of struggling individuals and families come to terms with war and the horrors and tragedies it provides. This includes Judith, a proud matriarch, who works in a factory that makes bomb detonators, her missing husband, Frank, and their two children, Sheila and John, who are forced to grow up much too quickly. A number of other war-torn individuals are also profiled, each butting heads with the raging war. A poignant account of female perseverance, Front is appropriate for all audiences.

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Athol Fugard
Train Driver, The
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Roelf, a train driver, has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train. after a fruitless journey through shanty towns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering, and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers.

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Kyoko Yoshida, Yukiko Motoya, Andy Bragen
Vengeance Can Wait
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Influenced by anime and manga (Japanese graphic novels and comic books), Vengeance Can Wait takes a peek into Japanese sub-culture as it charts a different kind of love story. a couple has the perfect domestic relationship: he spends his days planning the perfect revenge, while she awaits her perfect punishment. Dark, twisted, and touching, the couple come to understand the 'kinks' in their relationship-and embrace them

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Lisa Rafferty, Sheila Eppolito, Stefanie Cloutier
MOMologues2: Off to School
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The MOM crew is at it again! MOMologues2: Off to School offers a frank and funny look at the true tales of motherhood, from homework hell to multitasking mania. Four separate characters tell their individual stories, either directly to the audience in monologues, or in scenes with each other. Moms everywhere will laugh in recognition at the playdates gone wrong, the crazy way to get a Mom day off, how to stalk a potential babysitter, and much more.

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Laural Meade
Harry Thaw Hates Everybody
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Harry Thaw Hates Everybody is a genre-bending, high-speed, turn-of-the-century romp in four acts  each in a different theatrical style: vaudeville, living newspaper, courtroom farce and post-modern collage. Set against a backdrop of gilded-age opulence and accompanied by authentic period songs, the play takes as its starting point the real-life 1906 murder of New York's architectural eminence Stanford White at the hands of deranged coal baron Harry Thaw, his rival for the affections of Broadway super-soubrette Evelyn Nesbit. Using an eclectic mix of American pomp splashed with turn-of-the-century burlesque theatrics, Harry Thaw serves up a comedic tour de force for four great performers and a darkly whimsical look at the clash between hedonism and poverty, the emotional toll of romantic excess, and murderous revenge a la high society.

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Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid, David Holcenberg
Bingo! The Winning Musical
Samuel French NY:

Bingo is a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy - great for theatres looking to produce a small musical with a big heart. Bingo is about a group of die-hard bingo players who stop at nothing to miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite. These lovable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy, hummable score. Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren't playing games of bingo along with the cast! Best friends and Bingo pals Vern, Honey and Patsy brave a terrible storm in order to attend the yearly celebration of the birth of Bingo and tribute to its founder, Edwin S. Lowe. As the storm knocks out power at the Bingo Hall, Patsy and Honey remind each other of the ominous night fifteen years ago that began in the same way. In flashback, Honey tells us about the night Vern and her best friend, Bernice, had their falling out. Bernice's sweet, yet headstrong daughter, Alison, enters the Bingo hall in disguise - Bernice's health is failing, and Alison is determined, with the help of Bingo, to reunite her mother with her long-lost best friend.

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A Rey Pamatmat
Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them
Samuel French NY:

Three kids - Kenny, his sister Edith, and their friend Benji - are all but abandoned on a farm in remotest Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny's and Benji's relationship becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn't shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in whether they want it to or not.

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Nick Mecikalski, Sam Van Wetter, Morgan Richardson, I.B. Hopkins
Thespian Playworks 2011
Samuel French NY:

From the nationally recognized Educational Theatre Association's Thespian Playworks competition come four short scripts with unforgettable heroes  all created by high school-aged playwrights! Included in this volume are: The Goatman Cometh by I.B. Hopkins; Eisegesis by Nicholas Mecikalski; See You Soon by Morgan Richardson; Clipped by Sam Van Wetter.

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A Rey Pamatmat
Thunder Above, Deeps Below
Samuel French NY:

Three homeless friends - a Filipina-American with a hidden past, a Filipina transsexual, and a Puerto Rican hustler - struggle on the Chicago streets to scrounge up enough cash to bus it to San Francisco before the winter cold hits. But when a bearded man on a quest, a mystery man in sunglasses, a wealthy john, and a doughnut shop's spell-casting assistant manager put their hopes and friendships to the test, the trio find they must spare some change of a far queerer kind.

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Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder One Act Series: The Ages of Man
Samuel French NY:

Welcome to a new collection of Thornton Wilder's last plays - a series of one-acts that were part of his extravagantly ambitious project to creat two one-act play cycles based on the Deadly Sins and the Ages of Man. Published for the first time in a single acting edition, Wilder's Ages of Man presents his series of stirring short works that capture four important stages of life.

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Lisa Thompson
Single Black Female
Samuel French NY:

Single Black Female is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes that explore the lives of thirty-something African American middle class women in urban America as they search for love, clothes and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amongst a parade of stereotypical images. SBF 1, an English literature professor, and SBF 2, a corporate lawyer, keep each other balanced as they face their fears of rejection, hopes for romance and reminisce about black girlhood wounds. While embodying a variety of characters, the girlfriends discuss the absurdities of interracial dating, the lure of recreational shopping and the merits of college reunions for bolstering one's self-esteem. After reviewing their escapades in past relationships and confessing their own mounting anxieties about commitment and the possibility of motherhood, the pair realize their best chance at love may be found closer than they ever imagined.

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Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder One Act Series: The Seven Deadly Sins
Samuel French NY:

Welcome to a new collection of Thornton Wilder's last plays - a series of one-acts that were part of his extravagantly ambitious project to creat two one-act play cycles based on the Deadly Sins and the Ages of Man. Published for the first time in a single acting edition, Wilder's The Seven Deadly Sins presents a series of short works depicting the complexity and consequences of human frailty.

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Steven Yockey
very still & hard to see
Samuel French NY:

This short play cycle recounts the history of a cursed hotel and the unfortunate guests who stay there. From riding in an erratic elevator and dealing with possessive ghosts to managing an ever-expanding hole in the floor armed only with gleaning supplies, these encounters with the unkown chillingly collapse the distance between the real and the surreal and remind us that, sometimes, bad things do happen for a reason.

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Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder One Act Series: Wilder's Classic One Acts
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This collection of Wilder's most famous one act plays includes, The Long Christmas Dinner, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, Pullman Car Hiawatha, Queens of France, Such Things Only Happen in Books, and Love and How to Cure It. In these mini-masterpieces, Wilder experiments with techniques and dramatic forms he would later develop in his celebrated full-length works, Our Town, The Matchmaker, The Skin of Our Teeth, and The Alcestiad. Among these plays we encounter a first glimpse of Wilder's Stage Manager; his use of pantomime, minimal scenery, and farce; as well as his signature connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of the human experience.

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Jeff Talbott
Submission, The
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Danny has written a complex new drama about an African American family trying to get out of the Projects, and it has just been selected for the nation's preeminent play festival. Problem is: Danny, a young white playwright, submitted the work under a pen name in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires Emilie, a black actress, to stand in for him as author. What starts as a terrible idea becomes more and more terrible as Danny drags Emilie, his boyfriend, and his best friend down a long and dirty path of truth, lies, revelation, and betrayal. A fiercely funny and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other  and the things we'll do to get what we want.

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Freyda Thomas
Miser, The
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The Miser is a new adaptation of Molieres most famous prose play by celebrated Moliere adaptor Freyda Thomas (The Learned Ladies, Tartuffe: Born Again). This side-splitting, comedic classic has all the hilarious elements of the original and is set in a pre-20th Century period, where marriages could be forced upon ones children. In The Miser, the elderly Harpagon obsesses over the feeling that he never has enough money, and unfortunately his obsession wreaks havoc on all around him. This includes his two children, Elise and Cleante, who are passionately in love with a valet and the girl next door, respectively. While Harpagons arranged them to be married to absurdly mismatched types, the two smart children plot against their frugal father until all erupts in a climatic dinner, and truths are revealed.

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David Belke
Next Year's Man of Steel
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August 1940, New York. Struggling and opportunistic writer Everett Gardner is given the chance to make a mark in the still infant comic book industry. All he has to do is create a hero. But creating a real hero turns out to be much more difficult than he expects. And while badgered by a desperate publisher and partnered with an uncooperative artist, the task might prove to be impossible. Especially with distraction of the artists intriguing young wife. But heroes can arise in the most unexpected places... A full length play about creativity, collaboration and every day courage.

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David Mitchell Robinson
Carapace
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In Carapace, we settle into the passenger's seat alongside a drunk driver as he steers his way through the backstreets of his memory. Jeff, a Minneapolis sportscaster, hasn't spoken with his daughter Margo since his alcoholism demolished their relationship. When Jeff hears that the speech-impedimented Margo has stopped speaking, he decides to pay her a visit on her birthday. Determined to finally do the right thing for his daughter, Jeff steers his Oldsmobile through the Twin Cities, navigating past the recently collapsed 35W Bridge to deliver the one gift that has the power to get Margo to open up again.

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Jordan Harrison
Maple and Vine
Samuel French NY:

Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors - and they themselves - are willing to sacrifice for happiness.

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Kirsten Greenidge
Milk Like Sugar
Samuel French NY:

It is Annie Desmond's sixteenth birthday and her friends have decided to help her celebrate in style, complete with a brand new tattoo. Before her special night is over, however, Annie and her friends enter into a life altering pact. When Annie tries to make good on her promise to her friends, she is forced to take a good look at the world that surrounds her. She befriends Malik, who promises a bright future, and Keera, whose evangelical leanings inspire Annie in a way her young parents have not been able to do. In the end Annie's choices propel her onto an irreversible path in this story that combines wit, poetry, and hope.

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Chad Beckim
After
Samuel French NY:

When a wrongfully imprisoned man is exonerated by DNA evidence after seventeen years in prison, he is forced to re-assimilate into a cold, foreign world of toothbrush shopping, doggy day care, and a friendship with an anxious young woman with secrets of her own.

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Crystal Skillman
Cut
Samuel French NY:

Three reality television writers find themselves just as desperate as the housewives they are shooting. Danno, a stressed-out editor, harbors secret guilt for deserting his sick sister. Renee is in the midst of a divorce and at a turning point in her career. The overly ambitious Colette finds herself in a world of trouble when she guns for Renees job and Dannos respect. Amongst the Ladies of Malibu show that they produce, the trio finds that it is much easier to yell cut! on set, rather than in ones own life.

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Rosary O'Neill
Awakening Of Kate Chopin, The
Samuel French NY:

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and heralded by theaters in Kate Chopin's home town of Alexandria, Louisiana, Kate Chopin, author of The Awakening, must pick between her dying husband and her lover, the wealthy planter next door. She picks her lover, and he leaves her. In agony she goes forth to become the great writer she was meant to be. A tour de force drama of obsession rooted in the real life of the famous first great American novelist and based on detailed, shocking facts from her life. The selective setting of interior of old post-Civil War house provides poetic staging opportunities.

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Adam Bock
Small Fire, A
Samuel French NY:

Adam Bocks meticulously crafted A Small Fire follows John and Emily Bridges, a long-married couple whose happy, middle-class lives are upended when Emily falls victim to a mysterious disease. As her senses are slowly stripped away  smell, taste, sight  Emily resolves to remain engaged with her community, relying on John to help her run her company and experience her daughter Jennys wedding. But her stoic outlook reaches a breaking point when the disease steals her hearing, leaving her with nothing but touch to communicate with the world. Suddenly, she is completely dependant on the husband whose endless devotions she had always taken for granted.

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Tom Sharkey
Dreams
Samuel French NY:

In Dreams, two very unlike individuals become aware of each other and eventually come to fear each other by means of their very real nightmares and daydreams. A young lawyer awakens in terror and dread. He had been in an abandoned building; a sadistic policeman was beating him, demanding to know where he had hidden the stolen drugs. The woman at his side, who says she is his wife, the mother of his two children, comforts him. She says, "It was just a dream". A moment later, a young drug addict awakens in throbbing pain. His wounds from a beating are being tended to by a man who says he is a friend. The drug addict tells him about the woman and the two children. The friend says, "It was just a dream."

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Ron Osborne
Saturday Night At Old Smokey
Samuel French NY:

In its heyday, Old Smokey was more than a mountain-top country store. . .its porch was the scene of Saturday night musical jamborees that rivaled the Grand Ole Opry. As Emma prepares to reopen Old Smokey for her son Teddy - injured in Afghanistan and almost home - the store has fallen into disrepair. There to help are Jinks, a playful friend and a Yankee wannabe; Olive, a sassy defender of all things Southern, who - with Jinks - was a member of the Mountain Mamas, a singing duet once destined for fame; and Cordelia, Olive's daughter and Teddy's fiancée, who's more talented than even she realizes. When the county threatens foreclosure, the women plan a fundraising musical jamboree reminiscent of the good old days. That is, until a storm closes the road, stranding them and wrecking their plans. The arrival of strangers - mysterious Howard and his ditzy wife Tammy - adds to the challenges. Who is Howard and why is he so interested in Old Smokey? More important, how do Emma and her friends preserve the values that built this homey little store at the top of the mountain? Challenges mount as secrets are revealed, laughs are shared, and songs are sung in a live on-the-air musical tribute to tradition, friendship and family.

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Amy Herzog
4000 Miles
Samuel French NY:

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today's world.

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John Morogiello
Blame it on Beckett
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Heidi Bishop is a wide-eyed dramaturgy intern, eager to better American drama. What she encounters instead is an endless stream of bad scripts by desperate playwrights and an office filled with cynicism and turf battles, led by her bitterly hilarious boss Jim Foley. When Heidi's efforts to improve things run into unintended consequences, she is forced to confront idealism with reality to save her career, reputation, and relationships.

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Warren Leight
No Foreigners Beyond This Point
Samuel French NY:

Paula and Andrew, two twenty-something Americans, arrive in China right after the Cultural Revolution, when the country is just starting to open up to foreigners. Paula has come to teach English and Andrew has come to spend a semester close to Paula. Their naivete is astounding as they blunder into the heavily socialist and guarded community of the school. They are spied on by everyone, obliquely threatened, mystified by local customs, and generally fish out of water. Ultimately, Andrew returns to the States, but Paula decides to stay, despite her seeming distaste for their surroundings.

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Various
Samuel French OOB Festival
Samuel French NY:

At a private girls' school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, one student's behavior leads to a series of escalating acts of violence. In the aftermath of the scandal, three mothers and a guidance counselor try to come to terms with their confusion and anger, struggling to understand what went wrong and who can be held responsible.

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Phil & Paul Olson
Don't Hug Me I'm Pregnant
Samuel French NY:

The story takes place in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, in a little bar called The Bunyan, owned by Clara and Gunner Johnson. Clara is 8½ months pregnant with their first child, and today she's looking forward to her baby shower, getting lots of presents, and taking a break from her raging hormones. Suddenly, a freak snow storm, a tsnownami, hits Bunyan Bay and they find themselves snowed in. All roads are closed. No one can get in or leave. Gunner's worst nightmare comes true when Clara goes into labor and he realizes he's going to have to deliver the baby in the bar. Featuring 17 original songs including, Babies and Beer, If I Only Had a Boy, Bun in the Oven, Baby Fever, The Just Got Hosed Over by a Dork' Blues, and If Men Had Babies, We'd All Be Extinct.

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Bekah Brunstetter
Be a Good Little Widow
Samuel French NY:

Young wife Melody has never been to a funeral  until her husband dies in a plane crash. Expected to instantly assume proper widowhood, Melody is left to wonder, whats the right way to grieve? Fortunately, her mother-in-law is a professional. Widow, that is. Under her guidance, Melody must try her best to be a good little widow. A sad comedy about loss and longing.

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Sheila Callaghan
Roadkill Confidential
Samuel French NY:

A possibly rogue g-man stalks a stalled-out artist with a suspicious affinity for accident victims. Traps are set, traps are sprung, and everyone gets caught. Roadkill Confidential tackles, with style, humor and high theatricality, mediated violence and the numbness it produces, and, whether in art or in global politics, the ends can justify the means.

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A John Boulanger
House Of Several Stories
Samuel French NY:

Bastian returns home for Thanksgiving with news of joining the service. Mother suggests he join a gym. Bastian's news takes a backseat when his sister, Rissa, suddenly decides that she's pregnant, and though not yet showing, expects to deliver any minute now. Both children are then bombarded with Mother's news of an older brother that they've never known about, Thom, who has returned home for Thanksgiving from the war. Things are further complicated with the arrival of the mysterious, young Abigail, who has simply stopped by to drop something off--her newborn baby. That is, until she discovers the baby's father might be in the house.

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Alaina Kunin and Bradford Proctor
Bunked!: A New Musical
Samuel French NY:

Sponsored by LogoTV, Bunked features the exploits of five summer camp counselors as they embark on their first taste of adulthood. Fatal secrets, impassioned jealousy and triangular love trysts entangle the counselors as the bittersweet end of summer approaches.

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Charles Busch
Olive and the Bitter Herbs
Samuel French NY:

Olive Fisher is an elderly character actress whose claim to fame were the iconic Gimme the Sausage commercials of the 1980's. She's a classic New York curmudgeon, at war with the world and in particular her next door neighbors. Her closed-off life is shaken by the appearance of a spectral male figure viewed through her living room mirror. A series of strange and outrageous coincidences reveals that the man in the mirror has intimate links to everyone in Olive's world and most revealingly to Olive, encouraging her that it's never too late to change one's life.

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John Heimbuch
William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead
Samuel French NY:

Described as a true and accurate account of the 1599 zombie invasion at the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeares Land of the Dead explores the Elizabethan era of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and Queen Elizabeth, all of whom are struggling to survive a zombie attack! In the midst of an argument in which Will Kemp is thrown out of the theater for refusing to acknowledge Falstaffs death in Henry V, a costume designer is mysteriously bitten by a zombie, thus causing all hell to break loose. As the Globe becomes a quarantine-zone in a zombie-riddled London, the characters must learn how to survive amongst both the undead and each other.

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Ramona King
Wildlife!
Samuel French NY:

WILDLIFE! Not Your Usual Slave Tale, is the dangerous journey of 1800's pre civil war non-enslaved women. Women, who, accused of murder, have kidnapped the plantation Missus, escaped by horseback, and galloped into deep forest. There, they roughed their way inside a secret shelter inhabited by fugitive women to map their final disappearance. But fiercely hunted and stripped of time, together, the women dealt one breathtaking blow. WILDLIFE! Not Your Usual Slave Tale is the riveting story of seven ordinary, yet unforgettable diverse women who fought to ultimately give their lives for the future of...a little girl. This daring work dramatizes their experiences from terror to an explosive triumph of love. Ramona King has created WILDLIFE! Not Your Usual Slave Tale, as a one-of-a-kind American story, composing horses, women and nature into a hauntingly elegant yet unforgettable American adventure.

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EM Lewis
Infinite Black Suitcase
Samuel French NY:

Several families are facing the death of loved ones - and there are other problems - the lack of space in the graveyard and Kal wants to know how his brother died

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Kristoffer Diaz
Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The
Samuel French NY:

Mace is a professional wrestler. He's a really good professional wrestler. He's not the champion though  that's the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists. Kristoffer Diaz's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a serious minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics, and raisin bread.

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David Landau
Bullets for Broadway
Samuel French NY:

A sequel to The Altos, Tony & Toffee Alto are back, by popular demand. This time, Toffee wants to be a Broadway star and Tony needs to "clean" some money. So he hires two producers to mount a hit musical - "The Mafia Queen" - starring Toffee. The only catch - the show must be sold out opening night and get great reviews, no matter what it costs - or else! Leave it to Baxter Mallystock and his playwright partner Eli Blain. You're invited to the party after opening night to revile as the reviews come in, along with the FBI and a few stray bullets. It's a brand new evening of Mystery, Comedy, Music and great Food which just goes to prove that sometimes when people say they're going to make a hit, they mean it!

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Larry Gelbart
Better Late
Samuel French NY:

As Better Late opens, Julian (Nussbaum) is forced to move in with his ex-wife and her new husband in order to recuperate from a sudden illness. With each passing day, the awkward situation spirals further and further out of control. As the laughter builds, the question becomes: how long will Julian have to stay? This bitingly funny December-December-December romance is a not-to-be-missed new comedy.

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Samuel D Hunter
Bright New Boise, A
Samuel French NY:

Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise is a earnest comedy about the meager profits of modern faith. In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith

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Frank & Malachy McCourt
Couple of Blaguards, A
Samuel French NY:

A Couple of Blaguards, a two-man show by literary greats Frank and Malachy McCourt, is a bubbling stew of their well-known humor with a dash of poignancy to sharpen the flavor. A comedic springboard for Angela's Ashes, Tis, and Malachy's A Monk Swimmin', this brilliantly structured comedy is a proven crowd-pleaser offering solid entertainment. Similar to Frank McCourt's best-selling novels, the story follows the trials of the young McCourts in poverty-stricken Limerick, Ireland, to their journey to the U.S. and Brooklyn, New York, where the young men learn to incorporate the day-to-day lessons of their hard Irish past. A story of immigration, triumph over hardship, and the love between family, A Couple of Blaguards is a theatrical event that will find a place in the heart of every audience member.

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Ben H Winters
Uncle Pirate
Samuel French NY:

With help from Uncle Pirate and his faithful talking penguin, maybe, just maybe, Wilson can survive the fourth grade. Wilson is just your average kid. Then one day he finds out his uncle is a pirate& like, a REAL pirate! Grab yer eye patches and pirate hats, mateys! The adventure begins now!

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James J Mellon
Boy Called Lizard, A
Samuel French NY:

This musical revolves around a boy named Lucius Sims. With his sea-green eyes more displaced than most people's and a nose deformed at birth, Lucius, or Lizard as he is called by his friends at the Leesville State School for Retarded Boys, looks and feels like a freak due to his reptilian features. So when Callahan, a shoe salesman from up North arrives and claims to be his father, Lizard takes a chance. Believing that his father is dead, he escapes from his miserable life at the reformatory and into the madcap world of Callahan's traveling theater troupe and their ragtag production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. His journey with the charismatic yet brooding Callahan is at the heart of this deeply affecting story as Lizard touches the lives of all that know him and in his search to find a real home, Lizard just might find a world in which he can truly be accepted and set his spirit free

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James Sherman
Relatively Close
Samuel French NY:

In Relatively Close, James Sheridan scrutinizes human relationships by inviting us to the summer home of one quirky and quarrelsome extended family. But then, what family isnt?. Three sisters return to the house on the shores of Lake Michigan where they spent the summers of their youth. Now, the sisters are grown, their parents are gone, and the house is just sitting there. One sister wants to keep it, one sister wants to sell it, and one sister just wants everyone to get along. They each have brought a husband combining three men with very little hope of finding any common ground. And one sister has one very disgruntled teenage son in tow who may be the hope for the future or the downfall of the present.

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Richard Alfieri
Sisters, The
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Using a college on New Yorks Upper East Side as their surrogate home and sanctuary, four siblings struggle to banish the ghost of their dead father and create some semblance of harmony as adults. Suggested by Chekhovs Three Sisters, this unflinchingly honest drama with comedy explores and explodes the myths about family and friendship. But in contrast to Chekhovs family, who yearn to leave the staid provinces for the excitement of Moscow, Alfieris modern siblings long to escape the chaos of Manhattan for the simpler life they left behind in their childhood home in Charleston. As they strive to reconcile their individual desires, they expose each others deceptions with barbed wit and candor escalating to moments of shocking power. Their final realization is that violence and chaos reside within the walls of their sanctuary -- and within the heart.
- nytheatre.com

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Toshiki Okada
Enjoy
Samuel French NY:

From acclaimed Japanese director/playwright Toshiki Okada, Artistic Director of the internationally-lauded chelfitsch Theatre Company, comes a chronicle of post-college ennui and 21st Century relationships in Japan's Lost Generation. The static lives of several self-obsessed GenX comic book store clerks are thrown out of balance by the presence of a younger female co-worker, who rightly makes them question the meaning of their lives in a shifting socio-economic landscape. Written in the hyper-colloquial style Okada has become famous for, this play is presented for the first time in English in a translation by Japanese American playwright Aya Ogawa, and was met with massive critical praise upon its New York premiere.

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Michael and Susan Parker
What is Susan's Secret?
Samuel French NY:

The Cider Mill Inn is an old, rustic and somewhat run down country inn owned and operated by an endearing elderly couple, Michael and Susan Edwards. At first they appear to be bordering on senility. We quickly learn however that they are very clever con artists, preying on their unsuspecting guests, by advertising huge discounts to various tradesmen. Using an elaborate check-in form with duplicate copies, guests are, in fact, signing a work contract, requiring them to perform various tasks and improvements at the inn. Over the course of three weekends, plumbers, tile layers, carpenters and electricians are recruited to do work they never expected. This unique play offers theatres the opportunity for the other twelve characters (Besides Susan and Michael) to be played by either two males and two females, or twelve different actors, or any number in between. The characters vary from the world's most boring man, (his wife says he's had charisma bypass surgery), to a young couple on their honeymoon. Audiences will fall in love with each of these distinctive characters, but especially the loving relationship between the two main characters, Michael and Susan, so touching that this play might be called a love story, if it wasn't first and foremost a farce. So, what is Susan's secret? On this subject the authors remain silent, preferring instead to let the audience decide on the truth, which of course, in a Parker play, is only revealed in the last few seconds of the show.

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Tom Frye
Mosley Street Melodramas, Vol 4
Samuel French NY:

FAST FOOD FRENZY - 3m, 3f, 1 non-gender dog / 1 Exterior & 3 Interior. The restaurant business is booming for the Frye family of Rose Hill, Kansas. Theres only one problem - well, maybe more than one - the neighbor is crazy and the dog talks! This wacky famly is facing a treacherous villain, Mr. Sour Kraut, who wants the mortgage, but even more, he wants their beautiful daughter Lendy. Who will save the day? It seems the answer lies in the hands, er paws of Trixie the dog. Hope hes not barking up the wrong tree. LITTLE SCHOOL HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE - 3m, 3f, 1 non-gender / 1 Interior & Exterior. Things cant get much screwier than this tale of woe! The hero is more like a heroine and vice versa. Our female villain is also masquerading as&well a villain. The children run wild, the teacher runs for his life and school superintendent runs everyone crazy, and everyone is bored of education. A real gender bender thats not so tender set in Wachita, Kansas. WHERES THE GOLD? - 6m, 2f, 1 non-gender / 2 Interior. Alaska is known for gold and adventure - well, our story has more adventure than you can shake a prospector at! A bartender named Sam de Milo with no arms, a branded woman, a Canadian Mountie, a drunken housekeeper and a villain who has a heart as cold as an Eskimos igloo. This story has an ending with more turns than&two pretzels playing twister. OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM - 4m, 3f, 1 non-gender / 2 Interior & 2 Exterior . When one of Americas last farms is in danger of being taken over by a large poultry processing company, our hero, John Deere, is taken in under the spell of a company vamp named Holotta Trouble. This farm epic pits the little farmer against Chick Liesome, owner of Liesome products and it gives new meaning to Farm Aid. Set in Independence, Kansas, the fireworks never stop in this bang-up comedy of farm follies.

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Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore
High School Reunion
Samuel French NY:

Welcome to the 30th Reunion of the Class of '79. Everyone you ever loved, hated, had a crush on, or wanted to punch in the face will be there. They are just older, fatter and angrier. Old scores will be settled, old games will be replayed and new (or should we say old) love will be found. And they will all be singing and dancing to an amazing score by Van Zandt, Milmore & Nick DeGregorio including "I Hope They Know Me," "I Want to Bang Miss Blumquist," "(I'm in a) Garden State of Mind," and the show stopping "I'll Never Dance With You."

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David Birney
Christmas Pudding II, A
Samuel French NY:

A Christmas celebration told in songs, stories, poems and tales by Dickens, Mark Twain, Frank McCourt, Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, A.J. Carothers, and many others collected with a host of traditional carols and holiday songs. This piece provides a perfect evening to warm hearts, stir memories and give laughter during the holiday season.

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Sheila Callaghan
Fever/Dream
Samuel French NY:

Chained to his desk in the basement of customer service hell, Segis suddenly finds himself set free in the CEO's penthouse-but is it a dream? This raucous reinvention of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's Life is a Dream gleefully skewers corporate America with razor-sharp wit and the biggest cast ever assembled on Woolly's stage.

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Cusi Cram
Lifetime Burning, A
Samuel French NY:

If you had the power to revise your past, what would you change? Who would you be? In A Lifetime Burning, trust fund darling Emma imagines what her life would have been like had she come from a less privileged background. Trouble is, she chronicles her alternate life in a new tell-all 'memoir' that was sold for a hefty advance. When Emma is exposed, will her sister, Tess, stand by her? Or will Emma's deceit destroy their already fractured relationship? This dark comedy brings up questions of legacy, loyalty and what it means to belong.

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Jason Grote
Maria/Stuart
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Up-and-coming cartoonist Stuart fights to keep the lid on his mother's and aunts' simmering angst. But the family's secrets channel themselves into a bizarre shapeshifter that guzzles soda, communicates by fax, and spouts old German verse. Friedrich Schiller's classic tale of warring queens inspires this gothic romp through the weirder side of suburban America.

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Joe Iconis
ReWrite
Samuel French NY:

ReWrite, a musical comedy triple feature is comprised of three wild musicals that connect in surprising and dangerous ways. Nelson Rocks! is a pop/rock show about a young dude who needs to fix his life before the 'You better get to class' bell rings. Populated by adolescents, the show throbs and pulses along a locker-filled hallway, barreling towards its inevitable showdown. Miss Marzipan is a dizzy musical about the life changing preparation that goes into a high stakes dinner party. In this heightened look at the suburban experience, a little bit of blood is spilt, but nothing that some kitchen towels can't clean up. The Process deals with a writer. With a deadline. As the Dunkin Donuts fills with the voices in his head, the writer must conquer his writer's block and finish his musical. The Dunkin Donuts counter lady acts as our guide through this passionate look into one man's writing process.

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Eduardo Machado
Havana Journal
Samuel French NY:

In Havana Journal, 2004, Ruth, a disillusioned writer and radical, leaves the halls of American academia to travel to Cuba. She hopes to find people there who share her beliefs and validate her struggle. It's not until her return to Columbia University that she is confronted by the realities of sacrifice and idealism.

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Jane Martin
Somebody/Nobody
Samuel French NY:

So you think you want to be famous? So did teen idol and shark-movie star Sheena Keener, the darling of the press, the obsession of the paparazzi, and the Goddess of the 'E! Channel'. But now she can't stand to be looked at anymore and her Godzilla of an agent is on the warpath. When Sheena ends up on the doorstep of naïve newcomer Loli, a recent arrival from Flatt, Kansas, it's a wild ride on the road to fame. Sheena is a somebody who wants to be a nobody. Loli is a nobody desperate to be a somebody. In this hilarious comedy about Hollywood, fame and the TMZ, renowned playwright Jane Martin takes dead aim at our culture of celebrity.

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Carly Mensch
Now Circa Then
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Meet Julian and Josephine, an immigrant couple on New York's Lower East Side, circa 1890. Meet Gideon and Margie, an unlikely pair of historical reenactors, circa now. A museum tour goes off the rails in this jaunty tale of old places, new beginnings and timeless questions.

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Crystal Skillman
Birthday and Nobody
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In Birthday, an anxious young woman slips away from a unwelcoming birthday party in a bar only to discover a stranger sitting in the other room. Confiding old secrets and past mistakes as the party rages nearby, they find they may have a chance to forgive themselves and each other. In Nobody six people come together, each for their own reasons, at a restaurant on the Lower East Side. Obsessively going over the events of the day, they grasp at trying to come to terms with their disjointed lives and their singular, unsettling dream.

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Various Authors
Thespian Playworks 2010
Samuel French NY:

From the nationally recognized Educational Theatre Association's Thespian Playworks competition come four short scripts with unforgettable heroes  all created by high school-aged playwrights! Included in this volume are: A Backwards Fairytale by Allie Lehnhoff; In Facebook Wii Trust by Lien Le; The Porcelain Vase by Christopher Poore; Splinters by Meg Bradley.

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Daniel Beaty
Emergency & Through the Night
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In 2006, a slave ship rises out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty sending New York into a frenzy. Daniel Beaty assumes 40 diverse personalities as they collide in an intricately woven exploration of our shared humanity and what it means to be free.
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Sheila Callaghan
Lascivious Something
Samuel French NY:

It's 1980 and Reagan has just been elected. August had fled the country six years prior to be with his beautiful young Greek bride on a secluded Mediterranean island, where he planted a modest vineyard. Now, his young wife his pregnant, his crop is robust, and he is about to have his first tasting. . .when a strange woman in a large-brimmed hat arrives at the couple's guesthouse

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Emily and Beau Bridges
Acting: The First Six Lessons
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Beau Bridges, winner of three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes, teams up with his daughter Emily Bridges, a recent college grad, to create this stage version of Richard Boleslavsky's 1933 narrative about a dedicated acting teacher who, while instructing a young actress in her craft, gives her valuable lessons for living as well. Over the course of ten scenes, the action moves from the teacher's studio to a small theater to a film set to Central park and back, and finally, to a moving denouement atop the Empire State Building in 1936.

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Madeleine George
Zero Hour, The
Samuel French NY:

Rebecca and her chronically unemployed butch girlfriend, O, have created a happy nest in their run-down walk-up in Queens, but things are starting to unravel. The more O pushes Rebecca to stop hiding their relationship, the more Rebecca's work lifewriting a textbook for seventh graders about the Holocaust begins to bleed into her personal life: She starts meeting World War II Nazis on the 7 train, passing as hipster professionals in New York City but hungry to come out about who they really are. Back home in Queens, O is also sparring with convincingly real visions: her long estrangedand recently dead?mother keeps showing up to argue with her about her choices. This almost-love story explores the relationship between honesty and cruelty: How do you tell the truth about yourself when that truth might devastate the people you love? A tour-de-force for two actors playing eight different roles.

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Michael Golamco
Year Zero
Samuel French NY:

Vuthy Vichea is sixteen years old, Cambodian American. He loves hip hop and Dungeons and Dragons. He has thick-ass glasses. He is a weird kid in a place where weirdness can be fatal: Long Beach, California. Since his best friend moved and his mother died, the only person he can talk to is a human skull he keeps hidden in a cookie jar. Year Zero is a comedic drama about young Cambodian Americans - about reincarnation, reinvention, and ultimately, redemption.

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Jeff Gould
It's Just Sex
Samuel French NY:

With the kids away, three married couples get together for an evening of relaxation and laughs. But as the liquor flows and secrets are revealed, trust is tested and boundaries are broken. It's Just Sex is a comedic and thought-provoking look at fidelity, lust, communication, and what it really takes for a marriage to survive and thrive. By the end of the evening, what should have been just an innocent party turns into an event that changes all three relationships forever.

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Jordan Hall
Kayak
Samuel French NY:

Alone on a vast stretch of water, Annie Iversen recounts the strange chain of events that left her stranded in her son's old kayak. A doting suburban mother, Annie is blindsided when her son, Peter, falls in love with Julie, a passionate environmental activist. Unable to reconcile herself to Julie's radical worldview, Annie struggles desperately to keep Peter from falling further into the young woman's dangerous world. Climate change, S'mores, SUVs, and Noah's Ark are all onstage as Annie sets out to save her son, and unwittingly throws herself into the path of events larger than she ever could have imagined. Touching and provocative, Kayak invites us all to confront our choices in the landscape of the growing environmental crisis.

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Keith Huff
Steady Rain, A
Samuel French NY:

Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. The result is a difficult journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes, and criminal lowlifes. A dark duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago.

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John Hancock and Dorothy Tristan
Brother, The
Samuel French NY:

Written by noted stage and film director John Hancock, The Brother is the largely untold story of the Rosenberg spy case, based on the book by New York Times editor, Sam Roberts. It follows the espionage trial that led to the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, focusing on the memories of Ethel's brother, David Greenglass. He was the spy ring's man inside Los Alamos while America was developing the atomic bomb, and his confession saved his wife from indictment but implicated his sister and her husband, ultimately sending them to the electric chair. In this account, Greenglass admits to lying for the first time about the memory of his sister's role. Recounting this bitter episode in American history, The Brother is a dramatic and cautionary tale of families, state power in times of fear and repression, and the all-too-human capacity for rationalization.

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Gregg Kreutz
Death by Golf
Samuel French NY:

When an escaped convict, an anxious bride, a scheming new husband, and a suspicious attorney all convene at Grandpa's house--it doesn't take long for Grandpa to realize he has to reschedule his golf game. This lively combination of uproarious comedy and terrifying murder mystery revolves around the uncanny resemblance between escaped convict Tony and recent bridegroom Prescott (both played by the same actor). Newlywed Ashley's desperate attempt to figure out who is the real murderer is sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by her golf-fanatic grandfather and a mysterious visiting attorney named Muriel.

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Jim Leonard Jr
Battle Hymn
Samuel French NY:

the story of 16-year-old Martha's epic pregnancy and her incredible search for motherhood, meaning, and love in a war-torn American landscape. After being abandoned by her father, losing her true love and witnessing the horrors of the Civil War firsthand, Martha settles on one incontrovertible fact: She will not raise her baby in a blood-soaked, violent country. And so, Martha keeps traveling in search of a better world and a safe place to bring forth her child. . . this is easier said than done. From the mud and the blood of Fort Sumter to singing cows, San Francisco and the summer of love, Martha's journey embodies the tragedy, humor and hope that have helped shape the last 150 years of U.S. history.

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Charles Ludlam
Camille
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Tubercular courtesan Marguerite Gautier abjures her rich lover, Baron De Varville, and sells all her jewels and furnishings to live in the counry with her true love, poor young Armand Duval. Her heart is broken when he agrees to his father's request to abandon him, and returning to her unhealthful life in Paris, she declines rapidly, but is reunited with Armand in a deathbed scene that provokes both laughter and tears.

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Charles Ludlam
Christmas Carol, A
Samuel French NY:

A Ridiculous but surprisingly faithful rendition of the Dickens classic in which Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghosts of his late partner, Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come. Faced with his own mortality, and the evil results of his misanthropic, miserly ways, Scrooge is redeemed, reconciled with his nephew and his neighbors, and becomes a second father to his assistant's son, Tiny Tim.

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Charles Ludlam
Jack And The Beanstalk
Samuel French NY:

A Ridiculous retelling of the children's classic. All the familiar elements are there, including Jack, his mother, their cow, the magic beans, the beanstalk, the giant, the giantess, the goose that lays the golden eggs, and the harp that talks, but Ludlam adds his usual mix of wordplay and sight gags - and a very light touch of vegetarian and proletarian rabble-rousing - to create a fresh, thought-provoking, utterly delightful stage version of approximately 45 minutes.

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Ken Ludwig
Fox on the Fairway
Samuel French NY:

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with. . . golf.

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Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert
Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon
Samuel French NY:

A father weaves a magic tale for his daughter to justify his unlicensed plastic surgery practice, tracing the origins of cosmetic surgery to craftsman in medieval Europe. The hero of this tale is Gavin, a young orphan rescued from a dismal existence in the Ivanhoe Workhouse for Criminally Impoverished Boys when he is apprenticed with the local Nosemaker, and who eventually becomes one of the finest surgeons in Vienna, cradle of quack medicine. Using innovative skin grafting techniques and cutting edge alchemy, Gavin and his master seek only to do the Work of the Almighty by restoring small appendages lost to rat bites, dueling, and syphilis. But when they are unable to help a powerful and mutilated knight recently returned from the crusades, they find their feet over the fire...literally. Hilarious, subversive, quasi-historical, and thoroughly debauched. . . a fated collaboration between two innovative (and troubling) writers.

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Matt Pelfrey
John Ball's In the Heat of the Night
Samuel French NY:

It's 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police discover that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community's single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.

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Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
Nutty Nutcracker Christmas, A
Samuel French NY:

A rockin' holiday treat from Ralph Covert of 'Ralph's World' and Jeff Award winning playwright G. Riley Mills. A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas is a fun, fresh holiday spectacular for the entire family. Boasting holiday hits like Welcome to Christmas Wood, The Wind-Up Toy Ballet, and crowd favorite Let's Ruin Christmas, this rockin' contemporary adaptation follows Fritz and the Nutcracker through Christmas Wood. When trouble arises with the dastardly Mouse King, Fritz and Nutcracker must save the day.

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Jonathan Tolins
Secrets of the Trade
Samuel French NY:

In show business, it's all about who you know. Or is it? Andy Lipman, a smart, ambitious kid from Long Island dreams of a career on Broadway and hopes that his idol, theater legend Martin Kerner, can give it to him. Will Kerner open Andy's door to success, or will their complicated relationship force him to question a life in the theater?

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Kristine L (Vosler) Bauske
Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas, A: The Musical
Samuel French NY:

Lou's Diner is the friendliest place in the south, but this Christmas Eve, Lou and the girls are steamed. Lou's husband, Bill, and his pals Dave and Jimmy have taken off for a day of hunting in the mountains. Dave is married to one of Lou's waitresses while Jimmy is trying to avoid marriage to the other. Seems they want to avoid family issues by getting out of town for the day. With the warm-hearted women hard at work in the diner on Christmas Eve and the men staunchly avoiding the traditional holiday setting back home, we get to witness each group's perspective of the other through the eyes of a stranded truck driver named Bob. Whoever said, "Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus" must have met this crew! When Mary Sue, the pregnant and poignant stranger gets lost in the woods and ends up having her baby in a cow shed in the middle of a blizzard, the red-neck boys become the most unlikely Wise Men at the Nativity you ever saw! Bob is there to witness it all and give us the narrative of their adventure. The first miracle of Christmas blesses everyone in this tender comedy, and with simplicity and grace, gently reminds the audience of the real reason for the season! Blending a healthy dollop of southern comedy with a pinch of O'Henry's "Gift of the Magi", "A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas" is overflowing with infectious high spirits! Laughs abound!

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Charles Busch
Divine Sister, The
Samuel French NY:

The Divine Sister is an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns. Evoking such films as The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God, The Divine Sister tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing visions, sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. This madcap trip through Hollywood religiosity evokes the wildly comic but affectionately observed theatrical style of the creator of Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party

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Michael Golamco
Cowboy vs Samurai
Samuel French NY:

A laugh-out-loud, romantic comedy exploring the sexual dynamics that surface around race when an attractive Korean American woman moves to town. The play is a politically edgy examination of inter-racial dating and identity through irony, humor, and social commentary. Travis Park is a high school English teacher and the only Korean American man living in a dusty cowboy town known as Breakneck, Wyoming. When a gorgeous, whip-smart Asian American woman moves into town, he immediately falls for her; the only problem is that she only dates white men. In this savagely funny and often moving comic re-telling of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac, one man must choose allegiance between his cowboy friend (a dim, handsome, Caucasian P.E. teacher named Del) and his Asian Brother-with-a-Capital-B (crazed, militant Asian of Unknown Origin, Chester). He must choose between the Asian American and the American within himself - between Cowboy Vs. Samurai - in a pursuit of a love that may only be as real as the love letters he writes for someone else.

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Tajlei Levis
Glimpses Of The Moon
Samuel French NY:

musical adaptation of the novel by Edith Wharton. The following description is from the show's press release: "Glimpses of the Moon is the first original musical created specifically for the intimate wood-paneled Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel. Set in 1922, Glimpses of the Moon follows the jazzy whirl of Manhattan society, from champagne-soaked dinner parties to luxurious vacation cottages and back to New York's elegant hotels. Popular but penniless, Suzy Branch and her friend Nick Lansing devise the ultimate fund-raising scheme: to marry and live off the wedding gifts while they help one another find suitable millionaires. The plan works perfectly-until they fall in love."

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Michele Lowe
Inana
Samuel French NY:

On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, one man, an Iraqi museum curator, plots to save the statue of Inana, Goddess of War, from destruction by the invaders. Fleeing to London with his young bride, he makes a life-altering deal to ensure the statue's preservation. Michele Lowe opens a window of hope and healing with her poignant love story amidst a background of international, and personal, intrigue.

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Adam Mathias
See Rock City and Other Destinations
Samuel French NY:

See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary pop-rock musical road trip that ventures to tourist destinations across America, mapping out stories of sightseers in search of fellow travelers: a wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina interstate; a young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico; a woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her past to take a chance on love; estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes; high school boys face unexpected fears in a Coney Island spook house; and a terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap. . .over Niagara Falls. See Rock City & Other Destinations creates a vivid travelogue of moving characters and connections missed and made along the way.

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Walter Mosley
Fall of Heaven, The
Samuel French NY:

Tempest Landry, a quick-witted African American man from Harlem, is walking home when a case of mistaken identity leads to his being shot and killed by the police. Denied access to heaven because of what he considers to be a few minor transgressions, Tempest refuses Saint Peter's judgment to go to hell, believing that heaven is refusing to see the full truth of his justified "sins." Stymied, Saint Peter returns Tempest to Manhattan, with a new face and an angel named Joshua to watch over him. As Tempest sets up one morally complex situation after another, Joshua engages him in discussions of situational ethics, trying to get Landry to accept Saint Peter's edict. Can the street-smart Landry outwit his angel. . .and the devil himself?

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Sarah Ruhl
Passion Play, a cycle
Samuel French NY:

This intimate epic occurs at the timely intersection of politics and religion. Ruhl dramatizes a community of players rehearsing their annual staging of the Easter Passion in three different eras: 1575 northern England, just before Queen Elizabeth outlaws the ritual; 1934 Oberammergua, Bavaria, as Hitler is rising to power; and Spearfish, South Dakota, from the time of Vietnam through Reagans presidency. In each period, the players grapple in different ways with the transformative nature of art, and politics are never far in the background, as Queen Elizabeth, Hitler, and Reagan each appear, played by a single commanding actor.

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Heidi Schreck
Creature
Samuel French NY:

In medieval England, a vain, wealthy young woman named Margery goes mad after the birth of her first child and is tormented by devils for half a year, eight weeks, and four days. Then one night, she is restored to sanity by a vision of Jesus Christ in purple robes. In gratitude, she devotes her life to God, becomes the acolyte of a local friar, and sets about trying to become a saint. Battling her intense appetites for earthly pleasures and her complete unsuitability for religious vocation, she becomes increasingly fanatical, alienating her friends and family and endangering her own life

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Kathryn Walat
Bleeding Kansas
Samuel French NY:

A political play set in pre-Civil War Kansas, with contemporary resonance.

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Anthony Wilkinson
My Big Gay Italian Wedding
Samuel French NY:

Andrew and Anthony are getting married  and everyone wants to help! My Big Gay Italian Wedding spins into a hysterical fiasco as everyone tries to have their way. From a saboteur ex-boyfriend to a loud, opinionated, outspoken Italian mother, personalities and culture collide in a music and dance-filled extravaganza.

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Kate Aspengren
Blue Yonder
Samuel French NY:

A familiar adage states, "Men may work from sun to sun, but women's work is never done." In BIue Yonder, the audience meets twelve mesmerizing and eccentric women including a flight instructor, a firefighter, a stuntwoman, a woman who donates body parts, an employment counselor, a professional softball player, a surgical nurse professional baseball player, and a daredevil who plays with dynamite among others. Through the monologues, each woman examines her life's work and explores the career that she has found. Or that has found her.

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Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Buddy Cop 2
Samuel French NY:

Two cops...in the kind of quiet little town where a kid dreams of growing up to be a fireman. Or a racecar driver. Where the only question you ask yourself at the end of the day is if you're gonna knock back your cold one at Swanky's, Spanky's, or Zingers. A town where neighbors pitch in to help neighbors in need, and where if you wake up in the middle of the night...you should keep your eyes closed. Because the man in red is there in the corner. Watching you. Smiling at you with his yellow eyes and black teeth. Best to pretend you're still asleep. In this comedic action/mystery of holiday nostalgia and athletic rigor, when a flood destroys the police station, the local cops set up shop in the nearby community center. Mysteries emerge. Criminals are chased. Racquetball is played. In this town, nothing is what it seems...or is it?

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Kia Corthron
Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, A
Samuel French NY:

A Cool Dip offers glimpses into the lives of Abebe, a young Ethopian man with a passion for the unlikely combination of Christianity and ecology, and the family that houses him during his college studies in Maryland. Through their interactions, the play uncompromisingly tackles the issues of drought and social injustice, combining a realistic evocation of human emotion with the fantastical to bring attention to the scarcity of something we so often take for granted: water.

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Allison and Margaret Engel
Red Hot Patriot
Samuel French NY:

The story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the political establishment and the "good ol' boys" with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Written by twin sisters, themselves longtime journalists, the play celebrates Ivins' courage and tenacity  even when a complacent America wasn't listening.

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Kathryn Grant
Good Counselor, The
Samuel French NY:

The Good Counselor is a new drama about a chosen son's quest for truth. Vincent, a bright young lawyer in the Public Defender department has been assigned to defend a young woman accused of killing her three-week-old son. Hounded by his community and haunted by his past, Vincent struggles to defend both neglectful mothers: his client, and his own. A thought-provoking and beautifully written play, The Good Counselor literally prompts the audience to serve as the jury in determining what it means to be a good parent.

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Tina Howe
Chasing Manet
Samuel French NY:

In Tina Howes comedy, Chasing Manet, a rebellious painter from a distinguished family in Boston and an ebullient Jewish woman with a huge adoring family form an unlikely bond. Inside the confining walls of Mount Airy Nursing Home, the two plot an escape to Paris aboard the QE2. But can they possibly pull it off amidst the chaos of their surroundings? The tension and comedy grow as they struggle to take wing for the last time.

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Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Erik Weiner
Bomb-Itty Of Errors, The
Samuel French NY:

Mix Shakespeare, a DJ and four guys rappin' / Throw on a beat and watch what can happen / A knee slappin', hands-clappin', hip-hoppin' comedy

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Josh Koenigsberg
Al's Business Cards
Samuel French NY:

When New Jersey Gaffing Assistant Al Gurvis accidentally gets his new business cards swapped with those of real-estate agent Eileen Lee, he's mildly annoyed. Little does he know that this tiny mix up has sparked a chain reaction which will ultimately ruin his life. A comedy about waking up from the American Dream. A New York Times Critics Pick!

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Deborah Zoe Laufer
Sirens
Samuel French NY:

When Sam Abrams first fell in love with Rose he wrote her a song which has been covered by every recording artist and translated to every language. It is heard in every elevator and on every cell phone ringtone. And for twenty-five years, Sam has been looking for the creative spark that this first flush of love had inspired in him  to no avail. Sam and Rose are now celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with a cruise in the Mediterranean. And while on this cruise, Sam hears the most sublime music ever heard, jumps overboard, and winds up with a Siren. And there on her island he must struggle with the terrors of middle age, the tortures of creative failure, and the desire to live in his past rather than face his uncertain future. And he must find a way to get home and win his wife back.

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Lisa Rafferty, Stefanie Cloutier and Sheila Eppolito
MOMologues, The
Samuel French NY:

This original comedy about motherhood rips away the gauzy mask of parenthood to reveal what all mothers know but don't always talk about: it's overwhelming and exhausting, but also very, very funny. Mothers everywhere can relate to the labor stories, the frustration of a simple trip to the store, the quest to connect with other mothers - and everyone will laugh hysterically at this tribute to "the toughest job you'll ever love."

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Marie Cain, Mark Winkler and Shelly Markham
Too Old for the Chorus, but Not Too Old to be a Star
Samuel French NY:

Too Old for the Chorus is a smart, funny musical revue about men and women who find themselves suddenly 50! Set in their neighborhood retro coffee shop, five characters express in 18 musical numbers the gamut of their frustrations and joys  from troublesome relations with still demanding parents and cutting edge technology to finding delight in second careers (and second chances), getting smarter, and finally knowing that "Age is just a Number." The title celebrates life, finding fulfillment and being appreciated for exactly who you are  all while getting a senior discount.

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Rosary O'Neill
Marilyn / God
Samuel French NY:

The action takes place n the mind of Marilyn on an empty stage with a chair. In this play, Marilyn confronts voices in her head to validate her life as an actress. She finds in the afterlife that she must audition and interview to get into heaven and that her judges are her enemies and aborted children. Along the way she is confused and intrigued by the signs she must follow to climb her way into heaven. The play explores the multi-levels of complexity of cult goddess Marilyn Monroe--her vulnerability, anger, and loneliness and the ways that American culture and the worship of beauty and fame shaped, aborted and forwarded her rise to stardom. In the afterlife she relives three painful scenes from her life and a life review and strains to justify her choices to male unsympathetic judges as well as shocking people from her past.

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Octavio Solis
Bethlehem
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A dark work about self-knowledge and the nature of evil, where the devil lives in a godless world. Lee, accompanied by his photographer girlfriend Dru, arrives in El Paso to interview Mateo, (a convicted murderer recently released), over a period of a few days. During the intense interview process, Lee so empathizes with his subjects life in the past that he merges his own past with it in order to reenact it. The bloody conclusion draws upon the dangers of defining the nature of evil.

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Tom Shelton and Susan C. Hunter
Caddie Woodlawn
Samuel French NY:

Carol Ryrie Brinks Newberry Award-winning novel Caddie Woodlawn is brought to exuberant life as a musical. Caddie (the iconic, high-spirited Wisconsin pioneer girl beloved by generations of readers) leads her willing siblings in a series of thrilling adventures, not always with the approval of her traditional Bostonian mother. Her father, however, encourages her antics, that she might thrive amidst the new, tougher ways of the West. In a dramatic climax, Caddie single-handedly diffuses a potentially deadly clash between the terrified settlers and the local Dakota tribe through a daring and dangerous act. But her action only deepens her conflict with her mother. Ultimately, Caddie learns invaluable lessons about reconciling the head-strong child shes been, and the responsible adult she is soon to be. Through it all, the sacredness of tradition  passed from one generation to the next  is powerfully dramatized. As one wise friend tells Caddie: Families  theyre our link to forever, lass.

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Lauren D Yee
Ching Chong Chinaman
Samuel French NY:

A privileged life. A stable home. Indentured servitude in the name of galactic conquest. Upton Wong has it all. But when his Chinese slave starts romancing his mother, will the Wongs ever learn how to be Asian American?

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Sam Bobrick
Psychic, The
Samuel French NY:

Adam Webster, a down-on-his- luck writer, in desperation to make the rent, has put a sign in his apartment window, Psychic Readings $25. The characters it draws in lead into a tangled murder mystery of sorts in this hilarious original comedy.

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Jessica Dickey
Amish Project, The
Samuel French NY:

The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

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Eric Fallen
Small Talk: Eight Ten-Minute Plays
Samuel French NY:

When a dying mans request for a strawberry milkshake is denied by his long-suffering wife, the couple descend into a battle that could be their last.

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Garson Kanin
Remembering Mr Maugham
Samuel French NY:

Remember Mr. Maugham by Garson Kanin is a stage adaptation of his own memoir of the same name. This graceful memoir by Garson Kanin is a treasure trove of private conversations, amusing anecdotes, and candid recollections of his beloved friend and confidant W. Somerset Maugham. Through decades of personal notes and journal entries, Kanin and Maugham poignantly reminisce about life, art and the unconquerable human spirit.

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Buddy Thomas
Spotlight
Samuel French NY:

From the author of the hit plays Devil Boys From Beyond and The Crumple Zone comes this hilarious one-act about college theatre majors waiting for the cast list for West Side Story to be posted. . .and the aftermath. A finalist in HBO's New Writer's Workshop and a Second Place winner at American College Theatre Festival, Spotlight is a fast-paced comedy about the desperate drive to succeed, and delusions that get in the way

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Jean Lenox Toddie
Round and Round the Mulberry Bush
Samuel French NY:

Two one-act plays by internationally known playwright Jean Lenox Toddie celebrating with poignancy and humor the struggle of the heart to find its way home. Eleven colorful characters range in age from a sassy teen, to a middle-aged professor, to an old woman waiting for a bus. What bus? The bus for which we all will wait.

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Michael Bloom
Emma
Samuel French NY:

Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the matchmaker of Highbury. Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him. Ultimately, she decides that Frank is better suited to Harriet, but when she suggests the match, Emma is astonished to discover that Harriet has fallen for Mr. Knightly. A horrified Emma suddenly realizes she has always been in love with Mr. Knightley. In the end, all is set right as Frank reveals his secret engagement to Jane, Harriet receives a second offer from her first beau, and Mr. Knightley proposes to the deliriously happy Emma.

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Victor L Cahn
Embraceable Me
Samuel French NY:

Edward is smart, shy, and quirky. Allison is sexy, dramatic, and vulnerable. Embraceable Me is a witty and touching "He said / She said" that traces the journey of these unlikely friends along many surprising detours and byways.
- nytheatre.com

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Victor L Cahn
Roses in December
Samuel French NY:

In this play of letters, a young official in a college alumni off ce invites a celebrated but reclusive author to the thirty-fifth reunion of his class. When he declines, she charmingly prods him, and thereby begins a witty and revelatory correspondence that becomes part mystery, part memory, and part romance.

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Martin Casella
Irish Curse
Samuel French NY:

What The Irish Curse is  and how it manifests itself  is the raw centerpiece of this wicked, rollicking and very funny new play. From its blistering language to its brutally honest look at sex and body image, The Irish Curse is a revealing portrait of how men, and society, define masculinity. In doing so, it dares to pose the fundamental question that has been on the minds of men since the beginning of time: Do I measure up to the next guy? Size matters to a small group of Irish-American men (all professionally successful New Yorkers) who meet every Wednesday night, in a Catholic church basement, at a self-help group for men with small penises. This alleged Irish trait is the focus of their weekly sessions, as they all feel this "shortcoming" has ruined their lives. One evening, when a twenty-something blue-collar guy joins the group, he challenges everything the other men think about "the Irish Curse" ...tackling their obsession with body image and unmasking the comical and truthful questions of identity, masculinity, sex and relationships that men must face every day in the world.

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Mart Crowley
Avec Schmaltz
Samuel French NY:

A divorced couple who cannot live with each other - or live without each other

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Mart Crowley
Remote Asylum
Samuel French NY:

In the heat of a blazing summer, three physically and spiritually exhausted Americans: Tom, a famous tennis pro; Dinah, his beautiful, cosmopolitan, not-yet divorced lover; and their mutual pal, Michael, a gay writer (first introduced in The Boys in the Band), try to "get away from it all" by visiting Dinahs enormously wealthy retired friends - the older, imperious Irene and her terminally ill husband, Ray - at their fabulous cliff-side villa on an island in the Mediterranean. But it turns out to be far from the perfect, restorative holiday they were so desperately seeking. This odyssey has not brought them or their hosts anywhere near the paradise they were seeking, but rather to an inferno where a painful, purgatorial breakthrough occurs, releasing them all and providing true escape from this distant and deceptively idyllic haven. Remote Asylum is a play which observes the classical unities of time, place and action, which remorselessly exposes a group of bruised souls - wanderers all, and forces them to deal with their fears of loneliness and mortality, to open past emotional wounds not yet healed. The event is one of forceful, dynamic transfiguration; the conversation is intelligent and adult, both witty and grave, best described as a kind of orchestrated tone poem.

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J Michael DeAngelis, Pete barry * John Dowgin
Accidents Happen
Samuel French NY:

Seven of The Porch Room's best short plays collected together into an evening of comedy that proves that no matter what you plan for - accidents happen.

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Emily DeVoti
Milk
Samuel French NY:

Rural New England just before Reagan's second term. Meg and Ben are a creditor away from losing their family farm. To the rescue flies a high-powered businessman-in a private chopper no less-offering a tidy sum for a taste of farm life and the pure, raw milk that goes with it. Even before locavores roamed the earth, back to the land was hardly as simple as its promise; livestock and humans aren't known for behaving as expected. And so it is in Milk, an elegant parable of change set on the cusp of a shifting American landscape.
- nytheatre.com

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Gino Diiorio
Dead Ringer
Samuel French NY:

The action of the play takes place in 1885 in Sunset Valley, Texas where Tyrus Cole, a crusty, ill-tempered horse trainer lives on a ranch with his invalid sister, Mary. Because he is unable to watch her during the day, Mary is confined to a root cellar. Enter Dwight Foley, a young stranger seeking help with his horse. His arrival soon upsets the delicate balance between brother and sister, and the three find themselves trapped in a complex web of intrigue, greed and secrets.
- nytheatre.com

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Five Lesbian Brothers
Oedipus at Palm Springs
Samuel French NY:

Irreverent theater group the Five Lesbian Brothers get their greasy prints on a classic. Oedipus at Palm Springs follows the dark adventure of two couples on a retreat to the desert resort town. While new parents Fran and Con try desperately to jump-start their sex life, May-December love bunnies Prin and Terri can't keep their hands off each other. What begins as a hilarious, boozey weekend takes a horrific turn after a secret is revealed. Two parts comedy with a shot of tragedy shaken over ice, Oedipus at Palm Springs is a brave examination of the messy guts of relationships.

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Chris Grabenstein
Curiosity Cat
Samuel French NY:

"To my way of thinking, there are no such things as strays; only those who have not yet found their homes." From the imaginative mind of award winning TYA author Chris Grabenstein comes a very funny, very touching new comedy filled with laughter, learning, and heart that's ideal for school groups and professional children's theatres.Curiosity Cat is the play-within-the-book from Grabenstein's award-winning novel for middle grades readers The Hanging Hill. It's a story bout displaced children and homeless cats as well as family and the value of curiosity. When their mother becomes very ill Claire and Charlie are forced to live with their father's Aunt Jenny. A stray cat named Curiosity also wanders into the house. When he breaks Claire's prized music box, she immediately throws him back out into the streets. Being homeless is an adventure, not a concern, for a cat this curious and cool. Soon, the children (with Fred the dog) set out to rescue Curiosity Cat who is busily trying to help other forlorn felines find homes while simultaneously avoiding a newly appointed "cat catcher" who vows to put him to sleep! Filled with memorable characters -- such as Coot, the geriatric cat; Slicker the big city alley cat; Penelope, the pampered Persian Princess; Fred the extremely loyal dog; a nervous and nutty squirrel; a chorus of cute jailbird strays; and the evil cat catcher Skeevelberger -- the play builds to a funny and touching climax that will leave audiences laughing and cheering!

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Rob Handel
Aphrodisiac
Samuel French NY:

Congressman Dan Ferris is being questioned about the disappearance of intern Ilona Waxman. Sound awkward? Imagine if he was your dad. . .

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Rob Handel
Millicent Scowlworthy
Samuel French NY:

A girl found murdered in the cellar on Christmas morning. A massacre at the high school. The grownups of the community want to forget, but the children have begun to meet in the middle of the night to remember. Nine teenagers gather at an overgrown memorial and reenact the story.

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Matt Hoverman
Christmas Shorts
Samuel French NY:

A celebrated Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, playwright Matt Hoverman brings an evening of hilarious short holiday comedies to the stage. A wonderful alternative for theatres tired of mounting the traditional seasonal play, Christmas Shorts offers five original plays that humorously comment on holiday themes: family, the nativity, Xmas cards, and elves. An outstanding Christmas collection for any theatre! Included are the plays: Going Home, The Christmas Witch, Xmas Cards, Nativity, and the Samuel French Festival award-winning play The Student .

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Walton Jones
1940s Radio Christmas Carol, A
Samuel French NY:

The long-awaited sequel to the popular The 1940's Radio Hour. Its Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary take on Dickenss A Christmas Carol. Whether its the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claires escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax: St. Claire has an on-air breakdown, and begins to connect his own life with that of the classic Dickens tale. In order to save the show, the company improvises an ending to Charles Dickens classic as a film noir mystery, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale, and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf! High School Musical lyricist Faye Greenberg and composer David Wohl have written four delightful period songs for the Feddington Players, and swing arrangements of many Christmas standards. Seamlessly combining drama and comedy, heartbreak and hope, The 1940's Radio Christmas Carol will sing its way into your heart. If you enjoyed 1940's Radio Hour, step back in time once again with the Feddington Players, and get into the holiday spirit with The 1940's Radio Christmas Carol

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Craig Lucas
Prayer For My Enemy
Samuel French NY:

In Prayer for My Enemy, a hell of a night for the Noones finds father Austin watching his nature shows and trying to keep from falling off the wagon, mother Karen keeping an eye on Austin, son Billy just back from Iraq, and pregnant daughter Marianne upset about the state of her marriage to Tad, Billy's childhood friend who may still harbor a crush on him. As an enigmatic outsider, Dolores (Victoria Clark), relates a tale of taking responsibility for her ailing mother, an American family's long-held secrets are dragged to the fore in what may be its final reckoning. Prayer for My Enemy is a paean to our age, a keenly-layered drama about the preciousness of life and the grace to share common ground-even with those we love the least
- press release

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Scott Martin
Little Green Men
Samuel French NY:

Several young campers and their adult counselors are stranded at a mountaintop wilderness retreat on the night of October 30th, 1938. When someone switches on the radio to Orson Welles' War Of The Worlds live broadcast, the night that panics America also becomes the night that panics Camp gitchiegoomie. Are little green men from Mars actually surrounding the mess hall, ready to make a mess of everyone inside? Can the feuding boys and girls work together to save themselves from the mysterious alien invasion? And why is that strange hairy, bug-eyed monster lurking in the bushes? This hilarious, family-friendly musical recreates the innocent fun and slapstick humor of the wise-cracking, high-spirited film comedies of the late 1930s, complete with spooky campfires, ghostly shadows, hair-raising Halloween surprises and the scariest radio play of all time that nearly fooled the entire nation. The lively, toe-tapping original songs are fondly reminiscent of the popular scores from the golden age of the Warner Brothers and MGM film musicals with plenty of high-kicking, energetic and imaginative choreography in the unforgettable styles of Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly

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Gabe McKinley
Extinction
Samuel French NY:

This is a play about what transpires between two college buddies whose annual outing of male-bonding and debauchery veers precipitously off course when unmet expectations spiral into a volatile showdown. James Roday, star of the hit television series Psych, and Michael Weston of TV's House play the two friends, reprising roles they created this past fall in Los Angeles at the Elephant Space Theatre.
- nytheatre.com

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Stephen Metcalfe
Loves And Hours
Samuel French NY:

Love. Age. Perspective. The wisdom learned of experience. The innocence and impatience of youth. Thrills. Romance. Movies, wine, antiques and rock and roll. Loves & Hours is the story of Dan Tilney; newly divorced, empty nester, and a man now totally at a loss as to what to do with the rest of his life. His friends know. Dan needs a girl. But will it be Charlotte, beautiful, bursting with life and twenty years his junior? Or will it be Julia; his life long friend and confidant. And what about his teenage son who is having an affair with a neighbor? And his ex-wife who has announced shes gay? What about his best friend, Harold,who is going through a mid-life crisis and his daughter, Rebecca, who is seemingly furious with everything and everyone. In this gentle comedy, life and love are complicated for young and not so young alike.

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Allison Moore
Slasher
Samuel French NY:

When she's cast as the "last girl" in a low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it's the big break she's been waiting for. But news of the movie unleashes her malingering mother's thwarted feminist rage, and Mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming. . .even if it kills her.

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Julie Marie Myatt
Happy Ones, The
Samuel French NY:

Orange County, California, 1975. For Walter Wells, its the happiest place on earth. He has a beautiful wife. Two great kids. A house with a pool. Contentment. Until fate strikes a devastating blow, leaving Walter with no reason to put the pieces of his life back together. He resists attempts to help, especially the unexpected  and unwanted  offer from a Vietnamese refugee named Bao Ngo, who bears his own sadness. Then, across a cultural divide, Walter and Bao find a game to share, a song, a meal and then a way back in this uplifting  and surprisingly funny  new play by a rising star in American theatre.

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Theresa Rebeck
Our House
Samuel French NY:

Are news and entertainment interchangeable? A cocksure TV bigshot faced with dwindling ratings installs Americas favorite news anchor as host of a popular reality show. Meanwhile, in Middle America, a houseful of roommates bickers over high-stakes real-world conflicts: Merv doesnt clean the bathroom. Someone ate Alices yogurt. And the rent is long past due. When reality collides with reality TV, we find ourselves front and center in a drama that holds the nation riveted. Our House is a deliciously scathing new comedy that takes on a media-obsessed culture intent on turning even the most sobering crisis into sexy entertainment.

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Jason Wells
Perfect Mendacity
Samuel French NY:

Walter Kreutzer, a microbiologist for a defense contractor, is being investigated by his employers over an incriminating memo that was leaked to the media. Walter thinks his Moroccan wife may have done the whistle-blowing, and to protect her - and himself - Walter needs to learn how to beat a lie detector, and fast. D'avore Peoples, a polygraph consultant, is happy to help - for a price, of course. But D'avore's technique will require Walter to look deep within himself, a terrifying prospect for a man hiding from his past. With his best friend spying on him, his wife intent on opening old wounds, and D'avore uncovering dark secrets, Walter's desperate journey toward the perfect lie becomes a spiral into paranoia and bitter reckoning.

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David Adjmi
Stunning
Samuel French NY:

Set in the insular Syrian-Jewish community in Midwood, Brooklyn, Stunning tells the story of Lily, a teenager newly married to a much older man, whose sheltered life is disrupted when Blanche enters her life.
- press release

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Five Lesbian Brothers
Brave Smiles. . . Another Lesbian Tragedy
Samuel French NY:

In Brave Smiles. . .Another Lesbian Tragedy, master satirists the Five Lesbian Brothers turn their merciless eyes on the history of lesbians in theater, film, and literature. From their dismal yet erotically charged beginnings at the orphanage under the grip of a sadistic headmistress, our five heroines cross continents and a century to face their absurdly tragic ends. Along the way, they experience alcoholism, suicide, loneliness, pill popping, blacklisting, and a malignant brain tumor. Students of the lesbian art of misery will recognize gleeful skewerings of The Well of Loneliness, The Group, Maedchen in Uniform, and The Children's Hour in this rollicking, hilarious, and smart multicharacter classic.

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Five Lesbian Brothers
Secretaries, The
Samuel French NY:

If Russ Mayer and John Carpenter were characters on The L Word, had a baby and moved to Stepford, perhaps that child would dream up this play. Luckily, such a fantastic turn of events is unnecessary, as the Five Lesbian Brothers have already undertaken this feat in writing The Secretaries. The play bridges the gaps between hilarious and horrifying as the slim-fast slurping secretaries at Coony Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon, induct Patty, the new girl, into their ritualistic world of female empowerment. They count their calories, workout till it hurts, and dress to impress. They wear their hair big and their heels high. They work together and play together and once a month they slaughter a lumberjack together
- press release

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Jim Geoghan
Two Gentlemen Of Corona
Samuel French NY:

In this world-premiere comedy, it's 1963 and Joey and Carmine are low-level soldiers in the New York mob. Joey services juke boxes and vending machines. . .Carmine makes two runs a week to South Carolina for illegal cigarettes. But things are looking up for the pair. The 1964 World's Fair is just around the corner and these Two Gentlemen of Corona are plotting to help their boss, John, swindle thousands of foreign tourists. It looks like nothing can stand in their way. . .oh, except for the fact that Joey is falling in love with his boss's mistress!

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Jack Kyrieleison
Reunion: A Musical Epic in Miniature
Samuel French NY:

A moving musical narrative of the Civil War, told in the words of the very diverse men and women who sided with the Union. Presented as a musical entertainment years after the events by the rag-tag company of actor Harry Hawk, the man who stood alone on stage when Lincoln was shot by Booth. Reunion is an attempt to tell the story of the Civil War through the eyes of those who took up the Union cause--an intersection of theatre and history, weaving together songs, visual images and dialogue. It is designed as a Victorian entertainment--the great American epic as it might have been told by a 19th-Century Homer and a wandering company of actors.

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David Mamet
Race
Samuel French NY:

about a pair of lawyers trying to decide whether to take on the case of a rich white man accused of raping a black woman. Mamet has said that the "theme is race and the lies we tell each other on the subject."

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Jane Milmore
Wrong Window!
Samuel French NY:

Van Zandt and Milmore pay tribute to Master of Horror Alfred Hitchcock, with this comedy whodunit. Off-and-on New York couple Marnie and Jeff enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their cross-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife. After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes, and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt. The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbor's apartment - 39 steps away - and the fun begins. Among multiple door-slammings, body-snatchings, and a frantic flashlight chase scene, two questions remain: Who killed Lila Larswald? And. . . if she's not dead. . .then who is? The crazy farce plays out on a shadow-box set that allows the audience to be present in one apartment, while viewing the action in its mirror-image neighboring unit across the way.

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Matt Morillo
American Soldiers
Samuel French NY:

In American Soldiers, a new play by Matt Morillo, the patriarch of a politically prominent Long Island family fights to hold the family together when his eldest daughter, an Army veteran, returns from the Middle East for an uneasy homecoming. The girl, emotionally scarred from her military service, is struggling to take her ex-boyfriend and sister away with her to start a new life in Colorado. Her aim is to liberate them of the hometown influences of society, religion, and class that led her to enlist.
- nytheatre.com

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Laurence Roman
Moving Mountains
Samuel French NY:

(Formerly titled Grapes and Raisins.) Charlie is a 65 year-old widower-turned-Casanova who spends his days pursuing ladies on a beach in Southern California. But he's not interested in those younger girls; he's after "mature women", those who've built up history, depth, and loss. Charlie offers his companionship and insights, and they're all too happy to accept his advances. That is, until he meets Polly, a recent widow who doesn't make things easy for this suitor. Humor is also added by Charlie's daughter, who's shocked to hear about his romantic gallivanting.

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Tanya Shaffer
Baby Taj
Samuel French NY:

The legendary Taj Mahal is the next assignment for Rachel, an American travel writer whose failed romances have led her to ask: Why not have the baby she craves - on her own? She finds unexpected answers  and larger questions - among the glittering legacies of India's past. Alive with the sounds and colors of a remarkable country, this bittersweet comedy of mischievous matchmaking raises provocative questions about love, friendship, family, and what it means to be ready to be a parent.

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Phil Willmott
Jason and the Argonauts
Samuel French NY:

based on the classic tale. This ancient legend has enchanted people of all ages inspiring 1950s Hollywood, modern game designers and storytelling down the centuries. This brand new version especially conceived for the Scoop at More London injects a little brainiac science into the mix too to keep modern kids intrigued and on their toes. Expect all the knockabout comedy, toe-tapping songs, ingenious puppetry and summer fun that make the Steam Industry's free family shows an unmissable teatime treat in The Scoop at More London.
- British Theatre guide

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Steven Yockey
Large Animal Games
Samuel French NY:

This incisive, unexpected, and larger than life tale of sex, love, and self delusion tracks the overlapping escapades of a group of friends old enough to know better in love but still naive enough to mess things up anyway, and the man who supplies them with equal parts tough love, lingerie and self awareness. In a series of fluid scenes, Large Animal Games takes a comically skewed and razor-sharp look at modern relationships through a mix of bullfights, big game hunting and intimate apparel.

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Marsha Norman
Secret Garden, The
Samuel French NY:

The long-awaited new 70-minute version of the beloved musical is as beautiful and spirited as the original in just half the time. Adapted by Marsha Norman from her Tony-award winning book, it tells the story of Mary Lennox, orphaned in India, who returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. On the estate, she discovers a locked garden filled with magic, a boy who talks to birds, and a cousin she brings back to health by putting him to work in the garden. The original chorus of ghosts has been replaced with a chorus of Readers, who sit onstage and watch the musical unfold before their eyes, singing in most scenes, and even participating as desired in the storm scene at the end of the first act, and the frolic in the Night Garden. Lucy Simons music, some of the most beautiful ever written for Broadway, has made this tale of regeneration a favorite for almost 20 years. This new "Spring Version" promises to be a treasure for children and adults.

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Jane Anderson
Quality Of Life, The
Samuel French NY:

Explores hot-button issues of life and death. When a religious Midwestern couple, Bill and Dinah, visit free-spirited cousin Jeannette and her husband, Neil, in their Northern California home, both couples confront loss and survival in the face of explosive circumstance.

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Rachel Axler
Smudge
Samuel French NY:

about the changing face of the American family and the limits of love and cheesecake, as a hopeful young couple gives birth to a smudge.
- nytheatre.com

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Carole Caplan-Lonner
Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?, Th
Samuel French NY:

As introduced on NBC's TODAY show, The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What? is a musical comedy that salutes those valiantly struggling with divorce on their hands, gravity on their bodies, grandchildren on their self-images and the dating scene on their egos. The risks and uncertainties of being alive come alive through song and scene. Aging gracefully is the final frontier! This entertaining musical about baby boomers facing a host of midlife crisis first premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2007. Boasting a four-person cast, the show takes a humorous and heartfelt look at the day-to-day concerns of the over-50 'empty-nester' crowd including everything from retirement and AARP-dating - to divorce, plastic surgery and grandparenting.

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Cusi Cram
Dusty and the Big Bad World
Samuel French NY:

Dusty is the most popular animated character on children's television. But when Dusty goes to visit a family with two Daddies, the big bad world brings the hammer down hard and things get decidedly adult. DUSTY AND THE BIG BAD WORLD is a hilarious, no-holds barred dramatization of the clash between freedom of speech, art (or at least children's TV), and politics.

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Katherine DiSavino
Nana's Naughty Knickers
Samuel French NY:

Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience shell never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested - or worse! - evicted?

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David Foley
Deadly Murder (as If/Then)
Samuel French NY:

It's got everything you associate with the venerable dinner theatre's thriller oeuvre - recognisable faces in the cast, a high standard of realism in the set design, guns and knives in the props cupboard, and blackmail, murder, cross and double cross aplenty in the script.
- Matt Boothman, British Theatre Guide

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Karl Gajdusek
Fubar
Samuel French NY:

Mary and David live in a small apartment crammed full of boxes her abused mother left behind. When Mary is the victim of random violence, it leads the two of them down different paths of addiction and reconciliation. Meanwhile, Richard is a benevolent drug dealer working on a book while Sylvia uses the internet to lead a double life. These four people try to recognize the people they have become in a time that is totally FUBAR

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Bruce W Gilray
And Then There Was Nun
Samuel French NY:

. . .And Then There Was Nun is written in the style of a classic 1940's murder mystery; and is a blend of humor and who-dun-it as the actors emulate iconic movie stars of the past. Take one foreboding mansion on a secluded island, throw in ten whacked-out members of The Holy Order of the Sisters of San Andreas, stir in their unseen and mysterious leader, add an assortment of the sharpest tongues this side of Hollywood and Vine; then infuse with a healthy dose of some of the most famous lines in cinema (slightly warped). Roast well in a preheated treasure trove of movie facts, trivia, legends and gossip for two acts, sit back and savor. . . .And Then There Was Nunis a treat for movie buffs and non-movie buffs alike. Actors who take on the personas parodied in this play will be creatively challenged to mold their performances with the mannerisms and vocal styles of famous actors of the past, having an amazingly fun experience along the way.

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Aditi Brennan Kapil
Love Person
Samuel French NY:

A four part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, Through Sanskrit, American Sign Language, and English, two sisters and their partners search for human contact and for love. Is it possible for two languages to fall in love, or for love to survive without communication? And does sex really trump words?
- http://www.aatrevue.com

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Arthur Laurents
Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are
Samuel French NY:

Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, a play by the widely-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning theatre legend Arthur Laurents, is an intimate, emotional drama about a cabaret singer coping with the devastating death of her husband, while trying to navigate her overbearing, controlling mother-in-law and the aggressive advances of a sexually persistent, handsome, new suitor. Recently widowed Sara must comes to terms with her husband's death but is haunted by visions of him. Her fixation on his posthumous messages dampens her historically lukewarm relationship with Marion, her therapist mother-in-law, who is disturbingly pragmatic about the passing of her son. Sara's grief is also altered by Michelle, her under-appreciated sister-in-law, who is struggling both with her sexual identity and her relationship to her deceased brother. All is complicated by Dougal, a picture framer who is struck by the earnest Sara. Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are is a gripping drama about grief and the ability of a family to cope with loss. But at its heart, it is a play about love

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EM Lewis
Song of Exticntion
Samuel French NY:

Max a High School student is falling of the edge of the world and only his biology teacher has noticed.

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Frank McGuinness
Gates Of Gold
Samuel French NY:

Inspired by the lives of Hilton Edwards and Michéal MacLiammóir, the two founders of The Gate Theatre, Gates of Gold is about a marriage, a theatre starting and a life ending. The play explores the magic of theatre and the imagination, and addresses questions of sexuality, gender confusion and human mortality.

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Richard Montoya
Palestine, New Mexico
Samuel French NY:

Rumors, Secrets, Sand and Blood. U.S. Army Captain Catherine Siler journeys to the New Mexico reservation home of Private First Class Raymond Birdsong on a search for answers. The questionable circumstances surrounding Ray's death in Afghanistan create a crisis of conscience for the captain giving her no choice but to re-examine her own life along the way.

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Phil Olson
Polyester - The Musical
Samuel French NY:

It's "Mamma Mia" meets "Spinal Tap." Polyester The Musical is the story of The Synchronistics, an over-the-hill, ABBA wannabe group that re-unites after 20 years to perform at a public access TV Telethon. It was 1979, and The Synchronistics were big. Johnny Carson big. Their hit single, "Better Together" rose to #2 on the Billboard Charts. Then something terrible happened that drove the group apart. And now, twenty years later, they're back together to perform at the WKLN public access TV Telethon. Will they overcome their differences, act professionally, and help save WKLN from going under? Probably not. But, you never know what to expect when this dysfunctional group gets together...one last time! Featuring 16 Original 70's Songs including, "The Funk Train," and "Bump Your Booty Rump."

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Sarah Ruhl
In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play
Samuel French NY:

In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity. Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household. In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating 'hysteria' in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor's laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter - and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new 'hysterical' patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor's home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone.

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Jill Santoriello
Tale Of Two Cities, A
Samuel French NY:

When Dr. Manette is released from the French Bastille after 17 years, he must be resurrected from the brink of madness by his daughter, Lucie. In England they meet two very different men: the exiled French aristocrat, Charles Darnay, whom Lucie marries, and the drunken cynic, Sydney Carton. Soon family secrets and political intrigue combine to draw Lucie and her family back to Paris. At the height of the Reign of Terror, the musical finds an unlikely hero in Carton
- press release

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Stephen Sislen
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The
Samuel French NY:

The story of how a simple colonial silversmith became a radical revolutionary and a hero. Fun and fast-paced

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Jeffrey Sweet
Flyovers
Samuel French NY:

Flyovers is a play about a film critic who finds himself caught up in a culture clash of economics, sex, and long-submerged resentment when he returns to the small Ohio town where he grew up.

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Sarah Treem
Mirror Mirror
Samuel French NY:

A high school Homecoming dance in the south. In the bathroom Gretchen Black, the most popular girl in school, lights a cigarette and asks the mirror on the wall whos the fairest of them all. The mirror shows her a horrible witch instead of her own reflection. Gretchen puts the cigarette out in her armpit and the witch disappears. Moments later a mysterious new girl named Rose White arrives at Homecoming. She has no hips or chest to speak of, but her skin shines white as snow and her lips are as red as the rose. Shes after Gretchens boyfriend, Badger Biers. In this dark comedy, based on Snow White, ten teenagers love, lose, betray and revenge each other over one autumnal weekend in a kingdom far, far away. It is a precarious landscape where magic lurks behind make-up, mirrors and memories.

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Jaston Williams
Red, White and Tuna
Samuel French NY:

The much anticipated third installment in the Tuna trilogy takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas' third smallest town. Along with Tuna's perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. This sets the stage for a show full of fireworks and fun from the land where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. It's been several years since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of A Tuna Christmas...Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any "cosmic" communications from R.R.'s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Alburquerque taxidermy business? These and other burning questions will be asked and answered in the side-splitting spoof of life in rural America.

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Thomas Bradshaw
Dawn
Samuel French NY:

Dawn revolves around Hampton, an abusive alcoholic who has completely alienated his wife and children. Can he stop drinking and make up for the past, even amidst some very dark revelations of incest and pedophilia? Dawn is one father's story of redemption and reconciliationwith a twist
- press release

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Thomas Bradshaw
Southern Promises
Samuel French NY:

When the master of the plantation dies, he wills his slaves to be freed, but his wife doesn't think that good property should be squandered. Pandemonium ensues. The play pulls from the true stories of slave narratives from The Great Escapes including that of Henry Box Brown, a 19th century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom by arranging to have himself mailed to Philadelphia abolitionists in a dry goods container. Southern Promises provides a unique portrait of the Old South
- press release

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George Brant
Elephant's Graveyard
Samuel French NY:

Elephant's Graveyard is the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant. Set in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge.

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Cat Delaney
Welfarewell
Samuel French NY:

Esmerelda Quipp is 80, still of sound mind, but her body is beginning to 'come unglued', as she puts it. Having spent her working life as an actress, age pushing her gradually out of the business, she now faces the fact that her meagre government pension is insufficient to support her, even with her minimal needs. When she is arrested for attempting to bury her dead cat in her landlord's yard, she finds that there is some sense of community, not to mention free room and board, within the prison system. She devises a plan to get herself sent back to jail; she robs a bank. But a well-meaning public defender gets the charges against her dropped. Esmerelda Quipp is undeterred! Using money she gets from returning stolen wine bottles to a recycling depot, she buys a toy gun at the local dollar store, and commits armed robbery. Knowing that she will be convicted because she will plead guilty, she assumes that she can spend the rest of her days living free, hanging out with other women, and being fed decently in a women's prison. But the system that has failed her also wants to forgive her because of her age and general health, and the public defender wants to use an insanity plea to get her off. How will Esmerelda convince the legal system she should be incarcerated, literally, for life?

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Ron House
California Scheming
Samuel French NY:

Roger Gallais, a small time hustler, is in a desperate fight to save his office/home from demolition. He needs $1500 in 24 hours or his estranged wife Lola Montezuma, an illegal alien, and her new boyfriend Nobby Carlyle, a fugitive from British justice, will take procession of the property, turn it into a mini mall and make a million bucks. Roger and his sole employee, Jules, are at the end of their rope, when Wanda Harrington, a naive middle-aged woman from Texas enters. She has just inherited the family oil fortune and is in Los Angeles to find her long lost lover, Henry, who she hasn't seen or heard from in 25 years. Roger reinvents himself and becomes a private detective specializing in missing persons cases and guarantees he will find Henry in one hour. Hilarious results ensue, involving Harvey Martin, 'Gay Activist' who is running for mayor of West Hollywood, and wants to turn the city into a living 'Camelot' and Shelly Levine, a failed New York standup comic who hates Los Angeles.

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Wayland Pickard
Polyester - The Musical
Samuel French NY:

It's "Mamma Mia" meets "Spinal Tap." Polyester The Musical is the story of The Synchronistics, an over-the-hill, ABBA wannabe group that re-unites after 20 years to perform at a public access TV Telethon. It was 1979, and The Synchronistics were big. Johnny Carson big. Their hit single, "Better Together" rose to #2 on the Billboard Charts. Then something terrible happened that drove the group apart. And now, twenty years later, they're back together to perform at the WKLN public access TV Telethon. Will they overcome their differences, act professionally, and help save WKLN from going under? Probably not. But, you never know what to expect when this dysfunctional group gets together...one last time! Featuring 16 Original 70's Songs including, "The Funk Train," and "Bump Your Booty Rump."

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Ron West and Phil Swann
People vs. Friar Laurence: The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet
Samuel French NY:

A musical comedy spoof starring the Friar of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juilet! Friar Laurence is behind bars, charged for the 'murder' of the lovers. As the trial progesses, mayhem and silliness are abound with bits, songs, and scenes equal parts Vaudeville and Bard. A 'load of laughs' (Chicago Sun Times, highly reccomended), The People Vs. Friar Laurence: The Man who Killed Romeo and Juilet is sure to leave both Shakespeare scholars and low-brow humorists rolling in the aisles!

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Jaston Williams
Tuna Does Vegas
Samuel French NY:

Tuna Does Vegas re-unites the lovable and eccentric characters from the 'third smallest town in Texas' as they take a rambling romp in Sin City. The hilarity begins when oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces on air that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller are heading to Vegas to renew their wedding vows...but everyone in Tuna, Texas goes along for the ride! Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, Tuna Does Vegas will feature the favorite characters from the award-winning 'Greater Tuna' productions with some new characters too! ----all staged under the directorial hand of Mr. Howard. Tuna Does Vegas balances as both an affectionate comment on small-town life and attitudes as well a hilarious satire of the same. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only Mr. Sears and Mr. Williams, making this send-up on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna - men, women, as well as Vegas showgirls, Elvis impersonators and more!

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David Church
Judy's Scary Little Christmas
Samuel French NY:

Judy Garland is primed for her biggest comeback ever - the dazzling star of her own TV special, broadcast live on Christmas Eve, 1959. Judys guests include Bing Crosby (making some holiday grog), Ethel Merman (plugging her Hawaiian album), and Liberace (with a handsome sailor in tow). However, mysterious snafus behind the scenes and cameo appearances by commie-baiting Vice President Richard Nixon (who performs a magic act) and blacklisted writer, Lillian Hellman, (whos forced to read Childrens Letter to Santa with a puppet) throw Judys program off course. The surprises climax when the arrival of Joan Crawford is interrupted by the spectral figure of&Death. The evening takes a detour into the twilight zone as the celebrities are forced to confront the lies behind their legends. Devastated and alone, Judy meets a special fan who ultimately proves that, despite her flaws, her shining legacy still endures.

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Mark Dunn
PIGmalion
Samuel French NY:

nspired by Pygmalion, Shaw's classic drawing room tale of language and class division, and its musical incarnation, My Fair Lady, the play tells the story of one Eliza Doolittle - the daughter of a hardscrabble Mississippi pig farmer - who sells homemade pork rinds at the Tri-Counties Fair and Livestock Show, and dreams of someday working as a waitress at one of those nice downtown barbecue restaurants where all the tourists go. With the support of her best friend, a sassy Transgender firecracker named Miss Tiffany Box, patroness Ida Hill and her daughter Clara; and with Ida's instantly enamored son Freddy nipping romantically at Eliza's heels, Delta-drawlin' Eliza engages the services of a Kudzu-league college prof named Henry Higgins to take the country out of her speech and give her some semblance of class. Devotees of Shaw's original will delight in the transplantation of Eliza and Professor Higgins and his colleague Pickering to the American South. But this gentle, warm-hearted comedy gives us something else as well, a question for which everyone in the play must find the answer: how do we reconcile the way we present ourselves on the outside with who we truly are on the inside?

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Arthur Giron
Emilie's Voltaire
Samuel French NY:

Set during the French Enlightenment, the play chronicles the volcanic, law-breaking, sexually-driven, intellectually-fuelled, 16-year love affair between Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) and Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Chatelet. It is an absolutely true account of what could be termed the 18th century's sexual Bonnie and Clyde. He was a philosopher. An upstart poet. A staggeringly prolific writer. An essayist. A free thinker. A civil libertarian. A blasphemer. A worshipper of Venus. Corrupter of morals. A playwright. He is on fire at the peak of his powers both intellectual and financial. He is running from the law. She is arguably the most beautiful woman in France suffering the most tedious marriage in Europe. She is an independent upstart who bullied her father into secreting the finest minds on the Continent to their country estate in order to quench her undying thirst for knowledge; the result being that she has emerged as one of the most profound physicists in the world. She is broke and has been applying her mathematical wizardry and her famously rouged décolletage at the royal gambling tables. To no avail. The Queen of France cheats at cards and wants to collect on the debt that amounts to a small fortune. She is running from the law. The play begins as Emilie breaks into Voltaire's Parisian apartments through a secret door with a key she convinces Madame de Pompadour to fork over. As Emilie sees it; she's got brains and beauty, and Voltaire's got money. It is New Year's Eve 1733. The bells of Notre Dame are ringing eleven. The rest is history.
- press release

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Lauren Gunderson
Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
Samuel French NY:

Passionate. Independent. A great beauty. A prodigious scientific intellect. These are the qualities that inspired this story of 18th century Parisian noblewoman Emilie du Châtelet and her lifelong affair with the Enlightenment superstar Voltaire. In this highly theatrical rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie must defend her life by tallying her achievements in Love and Philosophy-and searching for a formula that will convince the world of her worth.

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Michael Kaplan
Love Town
Samuel French NY:

Sea Spray is a charming beach town, perfect for romantic getaways and cliff-side proposals. While tourists walk around with stars in their eyes, the locals take their lumps and watch their relationships fray and fizzle. Karl is a self-professed good guy who bought the little village dream for his wife, only to have her run off with the town aromatherapist. Now he's stuck with a quaint souvenir shop he never wanted, and the vengeful impulse to run it into the ground. As the local merchants scheme to drive Karl away, his bitter emporium becomes a safe haven for the romantically scarred men of Sea Spray.

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Shirley Lauro
All Through The Night
Samuel French NY:

An intense, ensemble play, inspired by interviews, centering on the lives of four German Christian women who come of age during the tumultuous years of The Third Reich. One becomes a nurse who resists, treating the enemies of The Reich; one bears the illegitimate child of a gypsy boy; one is a country woman who owns the Village Bakery and survives by "finagling" around the Regime; and one becomes a die-hard Nazi Concentration Camp Guard. The Regime impacts their lives and leaves them all changed forever.

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Victor Lodato
Motherhouse
Samuel French NY:

The play follows an African-American family in a low-income neighborhood whose lives are ultimately ruined by their surroundings. Clive arrives unexpectedly at the house of his mother and his sister. He says that he is fleeing from the police - but perhaps it's another one of his delusions. Unbeknownst to him, he has shown up on a tragic anniversary. Three years prior, his sister's child was killed in a brutal shooting. As fate seems bent on shattering the walls, mother Mae valiantly attempts to keep house.

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David Mamet
School
Samuel French NY:

School is a brief comic discourse on recycling, poster design and the transmission of information
- nytheatre.com

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Mark Saltzman
Rocket City, Alabam'
Samuel French NY:

Based on the true story of Wernher Von Braun and his recruitment by the US Government to work on the U.S. Missile Program, where he eventually developed the Saturn V rocket used in the Apollo Program. Rocket City, Alabam' weaves Von Braun's real life in Huntsville, Alabama with a fictional plot in which a Jewish woman in Huntsville becomes aware of Von Braun's Nazi past and tries to inspire awareness and outrage among Huntsville's long-established Jewish community and the country at large.

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Joe Simonelli
Men are Dogs
Samuel French NY:

Doctor Cecelia Monahan runs a support group for single and divorced women. She is not above employing some rather unorthodox methods in therapy and hires a young bartender/actor to interact with her group. Role playing, however, can be quite dangerous. It's only when she meets, the new substitute postal delivery person, that she must learn to practice what she preaches
Press Release

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Mark Waldrop
Luck! A Musical
Samuel French NY:

In this fractured folk tale based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Mazel and Shlimazel, the spirits of Good Luck and Bad Luck, make a bet to determine who is the more powerful. The terms: Mazel will take a hapless young man named Tam under her wing for one year, at the end of which Shlimazel will attempt to undo everything she's done in one second. That's the point at which Tam and the princess with whom he's fallen in love have to rely upon their own ingenuity to save the kingdom and keep Tam's neck out of the hangman's noose. Along the way, matters are complicated by a crafty prime minister, a superstitious nurse, and a lion on the loose!

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Ken Weitzman
Arrangements
Samuel French NY:

In the dank basement of a flower shop, when a college dropout meets a morbidly obese woman twice his age, chaos ensues. What follows is a beautiful and troubling romance in which the couple plots to unravel the tightly wound lives of all those around them. A biting, comic tale of obsession and repression, abstinence and consumption, expression and repression.

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Arthur Giron
Moving Bodies
Samuel French NY:

Moving Bodies is about Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman as he explores nature, science, sex, anti-Semitism, and the world around him. This epic, comic journey portrays Feynman as an iconoclastic young man, a physicist with the Manhattan Project and confronting the mystery of the Challenger disaster.

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Shirley Lauro
Clarence Darrow's Last Trial
Samuel French NY:

This courtroom story, based on fact, takes place in 1932, the last time Clarence Darrow pleads in a criminal court of law. Set in various places in Chicago and Hawaii, Darrow with his wife, Ruby, travels to Honolulu to defend a white Pearl Harbor Naval Lieutenant accused of killing a Hawaiian who allegedly led a gang rape on the Lieutenant's wife. More than a courtroom drama, however, the play is a psychological study of the great but aging Darrow as he fights to establish the plea of insanity against his rich and powerful clients'wishes. The drama plays out against a backdrop when Hawaii was a Territory of the United States, ruled heavily by our military and by rich white pineapple and sugar plantation owners. A territory where native and other Asian peoples were subjugated by this ruling class. It is the first time Darrow has defended a white man against a man of color.

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Shirley Lauro
Speckled Birds
Samuel French NY:

A play about growing up in our "have and have-not" society, and discovering what "family" really is. Though Angie, an adolescent, lives in a wealthy town, she is poor. Deserted at birth by her mother, her father killed in War, she lives in a trailer with her ailing but loving Grandma. Though a gifted athlete, Angie's afraid to compete at her preppie school, feeling she's "Trailer Trash". While terrified a disliked aunt will soon take her away to live with her and put Grandma in a Facility, Angie meets a boy, Theo, at school. Brilliant, wealthy but an awkward loner, Theo's parents have no time for him and schoolmates taunt him, his only friends being his computer and his bird. Finally as Angie and Theo form a unique bond as soulmates, they gain the courage to begin their journeys toward adulthood. . .resolving family problems, and taking actions to utilize their talents at school.

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Jahanna Beecham
Dog Park
Samuel French NY:

Follow Daisy the sassy Westie through her dating adventures with Itchy, Champ and Bogie at the hippest, hottest place in town: Central Bark, where every dog has his day, and love conquers all. Daisy has promised her BFF (Best Friend Forever) she'd give the dating scene one more chance. She meets Champ the Collie, a charming but full of himself show dog; Itchy, a humperactive Jack Russell terrier; and Bogie, the darkly mysterious Lab/mutt who sticks his neck out for no one. This unusual quartet make their way through the day's scheduled events which include Singles With Friends, Agility Class, Speed Mating, Yappy Hour and Lovers with Leashes, which is when they pair up and leave the park. Daisy comes to the conclusion that Champ only has eyes for himself, Itchy can only be a friend, and Bogie is the dog for her. But when Daisy makes her desires known to Bogie, she gets a rude awakening; we learn that Bogie, a stray, has been living at the Dogpark for six months. Bogie confesses his love for Daisy just as Animal Control arrives to take him away. Will Bogie and Daisy ever be reunited? Fresh off its sold-out run at Milwaukee Rep comes Dogpark: The Musical, created by the team behind the hit Chaps! and Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas!

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Andrea Green
On the Other Side of the Fence
Samuel French NY:

On the Other Side of the Fence is a story about two farms separated by a big, strong fence. The fence was put up because of a long standing feud between Farmer Franklin and Farmer Fred. Because of their differences, they have forbidden the animals on their individual farms to have anything to do with the animals on the other side. One day over by the fence, the two pigs, Ham and Bacon, develop a special friendship. The farmers warn them that this is unacceptable, but the pigs and many of the animals wonder why this has to be. The animals look to each other for answers. Finally, out of desperation, Ham and Bacon escape their farms together. The animals on both sides of the fence are saddened by their absence and discover, in their shared concern, that they share many of the same feelings. The animals prevail upon the farmers to end their feud and make peace with one another. A vote is taken and unanimously the decision is made to take the fence away. The farmers begin to see each other in a new way  the animals are jubilant  the pigs return  and acceptance, friendship and understanding are the result.

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Andrea Green
Return of Halley's Comet, The
Samuel French NY:

In the year 1910, a friendship was born in the town of Centuryville, between non-verbal, bizarre-looking aliens, Halien beings, and a young girl, Jenny Pontillo. Seventy-five years later, the Haliens return, looking for their friend. Prejudice and intolerance, in the town, promoted by Mayor Maggie Banks, forces the capture of the Haliens, with plans to sell them to the circus. Maggies daughter Nelly, the Professor, and others, try to find a way to understand and communicate with the Haliens. They come to believe the Haliens are peaceful and acutely sensitive to human feelings. The courtroom trial unfolds, revealing the mystery of the Haliens, who eventually return to the sky, transforming the town of Centuryville, positively, forever.

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David Mamet
November
Samuel French NY:

David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money's running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn't ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys - saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving - and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet's characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.

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Octavio Solis
Lydia
Samuel French NY:

A 1970s Mexican immigrant family is mired in grief, rage and guilt over a daughter's debilitating accident on the eve of her quinceañera. When the undocumented Lydia arrives in El Paso from Mexico to work as a maid for the family, her nearly miraculous bond with the brain-damaged girl elates, then angers, and finally threatens to destroy the troubled family-and Lydia herself.

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Steven Yockey
Subculture
Samuel French NY:

Two men at the end of the world, a woman who believes she turns children to stone, some college students with alcohol and a sledgehammer, the perpetrator of a hit-and-run accident, a man obsessed with asphyxiation, and a roadside elephant in India. The very broken characters that inhabit this collection of shorts wander through a dimly lit, over stimulated and paranoia-fueled world that exists just underneath the dominant popular culture. From the darkly comic to the starkly distressing, these uneasy little plays are tightly wound, structurally adventurous glimpses into some of the most simultaneously intimate and harrowing moments of everyday life.

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Bekah Brunstetter
Oohrah!
Samuel French NY:

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, home to one of the South's largest military bases, practically everybody has somebody 'Over There'. Sara is relieved when her husband Ron returns home from an uneventful tour in Iraq, but he's finding it difficult to settle back into the domestic bliss that is 'home improvement'and 'Rachael Ray's 30-minute meals'. Sara's sister Abby has set herself up for an uneventful life with a civilian fiance who's more interested in PlayStation than the battlefield. But when a hot, mysterious Marine walks into their lives, all bets on stability are off

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Jeff Hochhauser
Anne and Gilbert - The Musical
Samuel French NY:

Based on the sequel novels to Anne of Green Gables, this new Canadian musical continues the story of Anne Shirleys life. Set in the village of Avonlea and at Redmond College in Halifax, Anne and Gilbert follows Anne's journey to young adulthood and her romance with high school academic rival, Gilbert Blythe. Gilbert is in love with Anne, but she seems to be immune to his declarations of love. In the end, Anne realizes what everyone else already knows: that Gilbert is the love of her life.

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Jane Milmore
You've Got Hate Mail
Samuel French NY:

A farce about the end of a marriage, told entirely in e-mail

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Adam Rapp
Kindness
Samuel French NY:

In Kindness, an ailing mother and her teenaged son flee Illinois and a crumbling marriage for the relative calm and safety of a midtown Manhattan hotel. Mom holds tickets to a popular musical about love among bohemians. Her son isnt interested. So Mom takes the kindly cabdriver instead, while the boy entertains an enigmatic, potentially dangerous young woman from down the hall.
- nytheatre.com

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Buddy Thomas
Devil Boys from Beyond
Samuel French NY:

Flying saucers! Backstabbing bitches! Muscle hunks and men in pumps! Wake up and smell the alien invasion in this outrageously insane comedy by a multi-award winning artistic team including Ridiculous Theatre Company's Everett Quinton.

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Daniel Abrahamson
Funny Business - The Musical
Samuel French NY:

When low morale threatens the Toronto branch of Chime Communications Canada, five ordinary office workers must mount a team-building talent show to savetheir jobs. Meet Stuart, the lovable yet inappropriate office manager, Marcus, the smooth talking sales rep, Diane, the tough as nails marketing manager, Brie, the perky and scheming receptionist, and Jack, the awkward guitar-playing intern. Together, they must use their hidden talents to sing, dance and manipulate their way through the talent show, which ultimately degenerates into a every-man-for-themselves battle of office skills, where only one will walk away without a pink slip. Featuring a sales versus marketing salsa, a fowl-mouthed printer puppet, and more office backstabbing than HR can handle, the team must learn to keep it together without tearing each other apart. This fast-paced, comedic romp through office culture features a catchy, original pop-musical score, and five unforgettable characters that you're bound to recognize from around the water cooler. An exciting and fun new musical, Funny Business is the perfect production for cubicle dwellers and blue collars alike.

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Rachel Brittain
Funny Business - The Musical
Samuel French NY:

When low morale threatens the Toronto branch of Chime Communications Canada, five ordinary office workers must mount a team-building talent show to savetheir jobs. Meet Stuart, the lovable yet inappropriate office manager, Marcus, the smooth talking sales rep, Diane, the tough as nails marketing manager, Brie, the perky and scheming receptionist, and Jack, the awkward guitar-playing intern. Together, they must use their hidden talents to sing, dance and manipulate their way through the talent show, which ultimately degenerates into a every-man-for-themselves battle of office skills, where only one will walk away without a pink slip. Featuring a sales versus marketing salsa, a fowl-mouthed printer puppet, and more office backstabbing than HR can handle, the team must learn to keep it together without tearing each other apart. This fast-paced, comedic romp through office culture features a catchy, original pop-musical score, and five unforgettable characters that you're bound to recognize from around the water cooler. An exciting and fun new musical, Funny Business is the perfect production for cubicle dwellers and blue collars alike.

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Nanci Christopher
And Baby Makes Two
Samuel French NY:

A single womans desire to experience motherhood without a husband at her side sends her through the world of adoption. Her path leads her through an array of characters and situations rife with drama. Settling on private adoption through an attorney she suffers an unfathomable heartbreak at the death of her newborn son. She is somehow able to rise out of despair to try again and meets Elizabeth who is looking for someone to adopt her unborn child. A new family is forged through the courage of two very brave women. The running time is one hour.

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Daniel Falk
Funny Business - The Musical
Samuel French NY:

When low morale threatens the Toronto branch of Chime Communications Canada, five ordinary office workers must mount a team-building talent show to savetheir jobs. Meet Stuart, the lovable yet inappropriate office manager, Marcus, the smooth talking sales rep, Diane, the tough as nails marketing manager, Brie, the perky and scheming receptionist, and Jack, the awkward guitar-playing intern. Together, they must use their hidden talents to sing, dance and manipulate their way through the talent show, which ultimately degenerates into a every-man-for-themselves battle of office skills, where only one will walk away without a pink slip. Featuring a sales versus marketing salsa, a fowl-mouthed printer puppet, and more office backstabbing than HR can handle, the team must learn to keep it together without tearing each other apart. This fast-paced, comedic romp through office culture features a catchy, original pop-musical score, and five unforgettable characters that you're bound to recognize from around the water cooler. An exciting and fun new musical, Funny Business is the perfect production for cubicle dwellers and blue collars alike.

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Kristin Anna Froberg
Make Believe
Samuel French NY:

Natasha Lisenko is twenty-two years old. Shes clever, creative, can describe the plot of every episode of Battlestar Galactica, and hasnt left the house in five years. Her sister, Lena, is an energetic, popular, occasionally cruel high-school cheerleaderor was, the last time Natasha saw her. As Natasha works her way through delayed adolescence and a strangely evolving relationship with her tutor, her family works to move forward without a sister, without a daughter, and without answers to the questions surrounding her disappearance. When the case is suddenly re-opened, Natasha is forced to make a decision. Reality or imagination? Make believe or truth? Or can sheas shes been doing for the past five yearsgo on existing someplace in between?

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Mary Hall Surface
Tales of Custard the Dragon, The
Samuel French NY:

Join Custard the Dragon and his friends as they embark on a musical journey in which a most unlikely hero finds true courage. Based on the whimsical stories by Ogden Nash, this musical tale follows the exploits of young Belinda and her three boastfully brave pets, Mustard the Dog, Ink the Cat, and Blink the Mouse, and one not-so-brave dragon, Custard. Yet when Belinda is confronted first by a fearsome pirate and then a wicked knight, its Cowardly Custard who comes to the rescue. Audiences will treasure Custards discovery that you can be brave, even when you are afraid -- Real courage comes from love. Audiences ages 5 and above will delight in this family musica

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Neena Beber
Common Vision, A
Samuel French NY:

Six lives collide around a transcendent vision in a night sky. Dolores' private anguish becomes a matter of public debate when a respected psychologist convinces her she was abducted by aliens. And to think she thought it was all because she got dumped by some guy. A Common Vision chronicles Dolores' journey when her personal crisis of faith dovetails with a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Neena Beber
Tomorrowland
Samuel French NY:

Anna has left graduate school to join the real world, as a writer on a childrens television show in Orlando, Florida, she finds that world to be more surreal and absurd than anything shes left behind. Tomorrowland takes a darkly comic look at death, Disney, and the search for meaning in a world that worships the young and the fake.

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Sheila Callaghan
Crawl, Fade To White
Samuel French NY:

A scream is heard throughout the stratosphere. It is the voice of the lamp. Louise is selling this expensive family heirloom to keep her daughter April in school and cease her more sordid "consultant" profession. April rushes home with lover in tow to halt the proceedings and save the lamp, but it has been intercepted by a quiet and bizarre middle-aged couple with a haunting secret. Attempts to reclaim the lamp are made, as a misplaced father slowly fades to white in the background.

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Sheila Callaghan
Scab
Samuel French NY:

Anima's sphere of desperation and self-destruction is invaded by the arrival of her perky new roommate, Christa. Moved by a particularly malevolent statue of the Virgin Mary and a houseplant named Susan, Anima and Christa soon enter into a profound and intimate friendship that incurs traumatic results

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Sheila Callaghan
We Are Not These Hands
Samuel French NY:

Ever since their school blew up, Moth and Belly have taken to stalking an illegal internet café in the hopes of one day being allowed in. They take particular interest in Leather, a skittish older man doing research in the café. He is a self-proclaimed "freelance scholar" from a foreign land with a sketchy past and a sticky secret. Leather begins to fall head over heals in love with Moth& but what about Belly? This play explores the effects of rampant capitalism on a country that is ill-prepared for it.

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Bridget Carpenter
Faculty Room, The
Samuel French NY:

The new teacher at the High School is shown the ropes by two old hands

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Hal Corley
Easter Monday
Samuel French NY:

An eccentric widower, Mack has been a stay-at-home dad for twenty years, his daily existence revolving around his son Billy. Not only can't he let go, Mack's convinced he's more needed than ever. First up is pulling Billy from a dead-end copy shop job and enrollment in culinary schoolafter all, he was a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-off. Then Mack discovers that Billy, adopted from infancy, has contacted his birthmother, a Washington, DC secretary about to make a first trip to New York City. Panicky Mack spends a sleepless three days coaching his son, determined to impress Adela with Billy's upbringingand their indestructible father-son bond. Over a snowy Easter weekend, these three square off. Confronting timid Adela, Billy's romanticized ideas about his identity are turned inside out, as Mack's deepest insecurities surface. Mack is convinced the woman will psychologically lay claim to the child she gave up two decad

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Hal Corley
Mama and Jack Carew
Samuel French NY:

In the summer of 1969, Beau Stanley's last hurrah before heading off to study architecture in college, doting Mama Lillian vows to help him finally lose his baby fat. Armed with a supply of diet pills and a food-free regimen that includes tearing down a family room wall, 3 a.m. trips to Dulles Airport and blazing, amphetamine-fueled days on the beach, mother and son spend a memorable vacation together. But Beau's weight loss isn't restless Lillian's only project, and in an unguarded moment, she reveals her just-begun affair with a travelling defense contractor, Jack Carew. Once Lillian introduces son and lover, Beau's caught in the oedipal crossfire of a covert and explosive new alliance, forced to cover his Mama's many absences from home. Over the next decade, Jack's repeated pledge to end his own loveless marriage and sweep Lillian away proves a hollow promise. As increasingly beleaguered Beau sacrifices his own independence to help his mother confront her disillusionment and finally, betrayal, parent-child roles are turned upside down. Mama and Jack Carew is a harrowing, oftentimes black-comedic portrait of an unlikely triangle.

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Barbara Eda-Young
Lillian Yuralia
Samuel French NY:

set on the Lower East Side in 1930. Lillian, a former star of the Yiddish Theater (or so she says) has lived for many years with her lover Jake in a top floor flat of a brownstone. Across the hall, Levy, a refugee from the Russian Pale, lives in a room alone and isolated. All of his family lost in a pogrom, he has shut himself off from the world. When the play begins Lillian stands in her empty front room. With the sudden death of Jake, who has failed to make any provision for them, she now finds herself and their teenage son, Yidl, destitute. Obliged to live off the charity of distant relatives, they are about to leave the only home they've known. Church bells begin to ring the hour. Desperately playing for time she makes tea for her son, and in her cup, she pours an overdose of laudanum. Soon Yidl will begin a frantic pounding on Levy's door. A door he has never opened to anyone. The play, then, is how the mother and son's visit opens the door to the old man's heart and how the boy, silently suffering from his mother's tragic turn of events, finds his voice

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Adrienne Kennedy
Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles?
Samuel French NY:

about Adrienne Kennedy's search for fame and fortune in 1960s London, where she encountered Laurence Olivier, James Baldwin, Ricki Huston, various British writers and, of course, The Beatles.
- nytheatre.com

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Eduardo Machado
Crocodile Eyes
Samuel French NY:

Inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Eduardo Machado's drama Crocodile Eyes portrays the world talked about but never seen in Lorca's play. As Lorca's famous widow traps her daughters in their house to mourn their father, Machado shows us what's happening just outside those doors. The local men, led by the charismatic Pepe, linger waiting for a glimpse of the enigmatic daughters or some viable work. Set during the Spanish Civil War, the men get caught up in the empty promises of Franco's fascism, while Pepe's involvement with two of Bernarda's daughters escalates to its tragic conclusion.

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Dano Madden
In the Sawtooths
Samuel French NY:

As Oby, Nellie and Darin prepare for their annual backpacking trip in the mountains of Idaho, their bond is unexpectedly shattered by tragedy. What will become of their longtime friendship as they navigate through an immense and unexpected wilderness?

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C W Munger
Beasley's Christmas Party
Samuel French NY:

Based on a story by Booth Tarkington. A journalist new to a Midwestern state capitol circa 1900 notices there is something funny going on at the charming house next door. Turns out gubernatorial candidate David Beasley lives there with his young ward, an orphan who has a menagerie of imaginary friends. Beasleys nemesis Simeon Peck plans to ruin Beasleys chances at the statehouse, but everyone learns something at Beasleys Christmas Party -- including the pretty Miss Applethwaite, who Mr. Beasley spurned years before. Conceived for three actors to play multiple roles (but playable in many configurations), this 75-minute holiday play is a heartwarming fable of imagination and celebration.

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Adriana Sevahn Nichols
Taking Flight
Samuel French NY:

First there was Mary and Rhoda, then Thelma and Louise, and now Adriana and Rhonda, two loveable and unforgettable friends. One, searching for the goddess and her shamanic roots, the other, planning her epic Godfather meets the Mists of Avalon wedding, until 9/11 changes everything, leaving one in a hospital bed and the other intent on doing whatever it takes to save her friend. In this award winning play, Sevan joins the ranks of the best, (SD Union Tribune) as she takes you on a deeply moving, hilarious, and courageous journey into the depth of friendship, the challenge of care-giving, and the resilience of the human spirit.

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Don Nigro
Gorgons
Samuel French NY:

Ruth and Mildred are aging movie stars in the 1960s. They have in their time (the thirties and forties) been goddesses of the screen, but now both are on the skids and desperate for work. Mildred is doing obscure theatre under spartan conditions when Ruth comes to her with a film script she wants them to star in. It's a horror movie called Gorgons, about two insane and homicidal sisters. Ruth needs another big name like Mildred to get the funding. They have always been bitter rivals who've fought over roles and men. Ruth has slept her way to the top, while Mildred has taken the high road and paid for it, and they loathe each other. But both long to be famous again, so they agree to do the movie, which involves a human head bouncing down a staircase, wheel chair torture, and the dismemberment of an unfortunate servant. They fight, scream, throw fits, throw heads, seriously injure one another, and at some point come to the conclusion that they must stop the war and work together if this disastrous movie is not going to end up being their inglorious and humiliating epitaph in Hollywood. Then come the Oscars. Look out. Imagine Joan Crawford and Bette Davis doing their best to refrain from murdering each other while holding severed heads and axes. This ice pick sharp, insane asylum funny, dark as a tomb riotous all out struggle between two legendary titans of the screen is a joyous playground for two mature actresses who can play every note on the emotional keyboard, from heartbreak to homicide, and really go all out. No holds barred, non-stop, wicked, sympathetic, murderous, and wildly funny

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Don Nigro
Rat Wives
Samuel French NY:

In this very funny longer one act, four legendary actresses: Mrs Patrick Campbell, Florence Farr, Janet Achurch and Elizabeth Robins, wait backstage on a blustery night in the year 1896 to perform in a famous production of Ibsen's Little Eyolf. They are having some serious personal problems, they're drinking before the show, there is treachery afoot, and everybody raise their hands who's slept with George Bernard Shaw. A wonderful showcase for four strong, smart actresses.

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Sheilah Rae
Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother
Samuel French NY:

A humorous, heart-warming musical revue that looks at modern grandmothers in a whole new light. These are the women who have thrown away the granny glasses, shapeless black dresses and Red Cross shoes and replaced them with cute little tennis dresses, skis and a condo in Florida. The show celebrates these changes with skits and songs about everything from what to name the grandmother to her availability as baby sitter, her job, her friends, her activities, her new interest in shopping, but most of all, her relationship to that incredible new baby and its parents. Whether you are a grandparent or a grandchild, every generation of your family will love this show!

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Jenny Schwartz
God's Ear
Samuel French NY:

Mel and Ted have lost their young son. Now, wherever Ted goes, he meets people with dead sons. And whatever Mel touches falls apart. Mel and Ted try to continue their way through the world, guided by their young daughter Lanie, and the Tooth Fairy and G.I. Joe.
- Press Release

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Joe Simonelli
Heaven Help Me
Samuel French NY:

The three Holloway bothers have a real problem. Their string of casual restaurants is failing, youngest, black sheep brother Rollie owes money to every bookie in town, and they need to sell the family beach house to recapitalize the business. The only problem is that their deceased fourth brother Fred is haunting the place and won't vacate!

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Ed Simpson
Elephant Sighs
Samuel French NY:

Not long after moving to the small town of Randolphsburg, PA, uptight lawyer Joel Bixby is invited by Leo Applegate, an avuncular fast food connoisseur, to join a group of townsmen who meet in a ramshackle room at the edge of town. Leo has chosen Joel as a replacement for the late - and greatly beloved  Walter Deagon. Despite protesting that he's just not an organizational man, Joel finds himself mesmerized by Leo's ebullient manner and agrees to drop by - without ever asking just what exactly it is the group actually does. Determining that the meeting will at least help him network with potential clients, Joel arrives, hoping that the group's purpose will eventually become clear. Joel's confusion only increases as, one by one, he meets the group's surviving members who includes Dink, a perpetually gleeful little man who deeply loves his bald-headed wife and who is "in touch with his feminine side"; insurance man Perry, a former minister in the midst of a painful crisis of faith; and Nick, a volatile contractor who has recently lost his job and family and is desperately looking for some kind of miracle. As an increasingly anxious Joel is swept up in the strange lives of the guys, he struggles to figure out exactly why they've all come together. The more time he spends with them, the more apparent it becomes that each of them are just as lost as Joel. As the evening progresses, however, the regulars - and newcomer Joel - grapple with their own disappointments, offer comfort to each other, and, in the process, finally reveal the mysterious reason for their gathering. A group of delightful characters highlight this comedy about loss, loneliness, and the healing power of friendship

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Robert Waldman
Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother
Samuel French NY:

A humorous, heart-warming musical revue that looks at modern grandmothers in a whole new light. These are the women who have thrown away the granny glasses, shapeless black dresses and Red Cross shoes and replaced them with cute little tennis dresses, skis and a condo in Florida. The show celebrates these changes with skits and songs about everything from what to name the grandmother to her availability as baby sitter, her job, her friends, her activities, her new interest in shopping, but most of all, her relationship to that incredible new baby and its parents. Whether you are a grandparent or a grandchild, every generation of your family will love this show!

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Danny Whitman
Tales of Custard the Dragon, The
Samuel French NY:

Join Custard the Dragon and his friends as they embark on a musical journey in which a most unlikely hero finds true courage. Based on the whimsical stories by Ogden Nash, this musical tale follows the exploits of young Belinda and her three boastfully brave pets, Mustard the Dog, Ink the Cat, and Blink the Mouse, and one not-so-brave dragon, Custard. Yet when Belinda is confronted first by a fearsome pirate and then a wicked knight, its Cowardly Custard who comes to the rescue. Audiences will treasure Custards discovery that you can be brave, even when you are afraid -- Real courage comes from love. Audiences ages 5 and above will delight in this family musica

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Lois Wyse
Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother
Samuel French NY:

A humorous, heart-warming musical revue that looks at modern grandmothers in a whole new light. These are the women who have thrown away the granny glasses, shapeless black dresses and Red Cross shoes and replaced them with cute little tennis dresses, skis and a condo in Florida. The show celebrates these changes with skits and songs about everything from what to name the grandmother to her availability as baby sitter, her job, her friends, her activities, her new interest in shopping, but most of all, her relationship to that incredible new baby and its parents. Whether you are a grandparent or a grandchild, every generation of your family will love this show!

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William Missouri Downs
Cockeyed
Samuel French NY:

Phil, an average nice guy, is madly in love with the beautiful Sophia. The only problem is that shes unaware of his existence. He tries to introduce himself but she looks right through him. When Phil discovers Sophia has a glass eye, he thinks that might be the problem, but soon realizes that she really cant see him. Perhaps he is caught in a philosophical hyperspace or dualistic reality or perhaps beautiful women are just unaware of nice guys. Armed only with a B.A. in philosophy, Phil sets out to prove his existence and win Sophias heart

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William Missouri Downs
Kosher Lutherans
Samuel French NY:

Kosher Lutherans centers on Hanna and Franklyn, the seemingly perfect couple who desperately want to have a child of their own, but are unable to do so. As the couple begins to wonder if they'll ever become parents, they have a chance encounter with a God-fearing pregnant girl from Iowa who offers to let the couple adopt her out-of-wedlock baby. Just before the adoption papers are signed, Hanna and Franklyn discover the girl is unaware that they are Jewish. Knowing the revelation could throw a ratchet into the whole works, the couple poses as Lutherans to appeal to the girl's apparent Midwestern sensibilities. But how far are they willing to go to have a family?

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Steven Fechter
Woodsman, The
Samuel French NY:

Richard Ings plays Walter, a gentle and reserved man stringing out his meagre existence in a sparsely-furnished apartment across the road from a grade school. Walter is just out from a 12-year prison sentence for molesting several girls aged 10 to 12. So the school is an issue. But more than that, it is people's assumptions of what the view from his window means - or their doubts or suspicions, and attempts to suppress them - that provide the play's charge. Walter's therapist Rosen tells him to write a journal of this thoughts. Meanwhile they engage in cat-and-mouse games of question and answer, Rosen refusing either to voice any judgments, reveal his own feelings, or offer any advice. In a way Walter is as frustrated as anybody at society's inability to pin him down. Is he capable of redemption, or (a major theme) normality? What is normality anyway, and who then are the misfits? So he starts to write: not his feelings, but his observations of an unknown man who has started hanging around the school gates. Casting another villain in the piece knocks our perspective out. On the one hand, Walter knows more than most the psyche of this man - while not exactly empathising or encouraging, he understands. On the other hand this makes him feel a heavy responsibility to do something to prevent it if he can. Twice more the play raises the possibility that a child is being abused, and Walter is compelled to try and stop it. He is written as a man who, despite his past crimes, cannot bear the thought of causing any pain. He also - somewhat child-like himself - genuinely seems to understand children's points of view. We hear a little about his past crimes: in his report two of his victims in fact lied about their ages so as to fall within the desired 10-12 bracket.
- Corinne Salisbury, British Theatre Guide

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Tina Howe
Shrinking Violets and Towering Tiger Lillies
Samuel French NY:

Seven Brief Plays About Women in Distress. To go through life as a woman is to be in distress most of the time, so these short plays alight on situations that are inherently distressing -- doctor visits, photo shoots, looking for the right dress and navigating around swimming pools. Since were blessed with uncanny reserves of strength and imagination, we tend to emerge triumphant. One way or another these are comedies about transformation.

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Dan LeFranc
Sixty Miles To Silver Lake
Samuel French NY:

A moving car. A father and son. The father drives. The son's face is pressed against the rolled up window. A lifetime can pass in the sixty miles between a boy's soccer practice and his father's new apartment

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Adam Szymkowicz
Pretty Theft
Samuel French NY:

After losing her father, Allegra falls under the wing of bad girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with Joe, an autistic savant. When things between them take a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape on a cross-country trip. The girls end up befriending Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught.
- press release

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Rob Urbinati
Hazelwood Jr High
Samuel French NY:

Based on a true story, a lesbian love triangle at a junior high in Indiana goes horribly wrong. When Shanda, the new girl at school, catches Amanda's eye, Amanda's girlfriend Melinda is furious. Melinda enlists the aid of a disturbed "goth" girl and her friends, and they set out to teach Shanda a lesson.

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Charles Busch
Third Story, The
Samuel French NY:

A mother and son screenwriting team hunker down in Omaha after fleeing Commie-obsessed 1940s Hollywood. A romantically-inclined but socially-inept princess makes a deal with an ancient witch. And tommy guns meet test tubes as a way-too-well-dressed first lady of the mob forms a desperate alliance with a cloning scientist whose experiments have had, um, less-than-consistent results. Gangster flicks, fairy tales and B-movie sci-fi collide in this epic comic fable from the sick and silly imagination of Charles Busch.
- press release

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Hal Corley
ODD
Samuel French NY:

Anna Marie has raised her surly, contentious son Micah alone. Though Micah has long been pharmaceutically treated for his O.D.D.  Oppositional Defiance Disorder  she's desperate to introduce a paternal influence. Anna Marie hires Joe Eskin, an itinerant waiter with a vague past and take-no-prisoners tutoring style. Over one critical autumn Joe brings focus and structure to Micah's daily life. But as he opens incurious Micah's eyes to a world outside his sleepy New Jersey suburb, Joe ingratiates himself into the family and inadvertently stirs in Anna Marie dormant romantic longing. In a revelatory battle royal, Micah realizes that equally combative Joe is a kindred spirit  likely "O.D.D." himself. When Micah attracts the brilliant but volatile Ilona, Joe's Cyrano-like coaching to help Micah romance the older girl segues into near obsession. Though smitten Anna Marie remains oblivious, Ilona slowly realizes that Joe's emotional investment in Micah is invasive and threatening. During a Halloween trip into rain-drenched New York City, Ilona ends Joe's control by confronting him in front of Micah, with life-altering results. Exploring the challenges of teen isolation, single parenting, and our dependence on drug therapy as a panacea, ODD illuminates the terror and heartbreak that bind a unique quartet.

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Robin Hawdon
Night in Provence, A
Samuel French NY:

Ah Provence! The French Riviera. Where the well-to-do rent luxury villas for exorbitant sums in order to get their annual fix of sun, sea, and haute cuisine. However, imagine the crisis if one such sumptuous place was double booked. Worse  imagine it triple booked! By a French couple, an English couple, and heaven forbid, an Irish/American couple. Marriages have foundered on less. Add the ingredients of copious champagne, heightened sexual impulses, and ingrained cultural differences, and the European Union could well implode!

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Judy Klass
Cell
Samuel French NY:

Cell is a murder mystery - to about the same extent that Sophocles Oedipus Rex is a murder mystery. Lieutenant Rodriguez questions Dennis Kadman about his older brother Michael, who has ODd on heroin in Dennis apartment. Dennis wants to know: who gave Michael the drugs? Michael was a cunning, manipulative addict. But he was a diabetic double amputee, placed in his brothers care by the courts  and Dennis tried to keep him alive and drug-free. Through flashbacks, we see the fractious relationship between the brothers, and how they interacted with other suspects, including Edith, the Jamaican nurse who believed Michael should be allowed to choose to die; Julie, Dennis fiancée who hated what Michael was doing to Dennis and to their relationship; and Byron, Michaels homeless friend with whom he had lived on the streets. Like Oedipus, while looking for the culprit, Dennis learns far too much about himself.

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Edward Albee
Occupant
Samuel French NY:

Unapologetically flamboyant, New York sculptor Louise Nevelsons life was one marked by intrepid artistic triumphs as well as deep inner turmoil. In Edward Albees Occupant, both her public accomplishments and private emotional conflicts are thoroughly examined by an unnamed interviewer who questions the posthumous Nevelson with an unabashed scrutiny. From her unique vantage point beyond the grave, Nevelson answers his queries with a clarity born of the distance provided by death. The result is a touching, humorous, and honest tribute to a woman who was a pioneer for free-thinking females everywhere, but also stood strongly on her own as one of the 20th centurys greatest artistic minds. Edward Albees Occupant is a testament of will, internal strength, and the cryptic force that continues to drive great artists.

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Tom Frye
Mosley Street Melodramas, Vol 3
Samuel French NY:

his new collection of campy, sassy melodramas from our beloved Mosley Street series will have audience booin, hissin and knee-slappin! Four all new plays in the Melodrama tradition, complete with audience participation. A riotous time for any theatre! Contains: Booze and Kisses, Crouching Santa, Hidden Reindeer, My Daze in Doo Dah, and Villain in My School.

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Israel Horovitz
Israel Horovitz's New Shorts
Samuel French NY:

This brilliant collection of Horovitzs newest one-act plays can be mixed and matched to form several theme evenings. For example, nine of these plays formed the highly-successful off-Broadway show Israel Horovitzs New Shorts: The Bridal Dance, Affection In Time (The Prologue), The Fat Guy Gets The Girl, Beirut Rocks, The Audition Play, The Hotel Play, Cat-Lady, Inconsolable and The Race Play . Additionally, six of these plays were joined to create an evening called 6 Hotels: Fiddleheads and Lovers, Speaking of Tushy, Beirut Rocks, (intermission), The Audition Play, The Hotel Play, 2nd Violin. Recently, an off-Broadway show was created by Barefoot Theatre Company entitled The Middle-East (in pieces), comprised of A Mothers Love *, Security *, Beirut Rocks, and What Strong Fences Make*. (*also available from Samuel French, Inc.)

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Luigi Jannuzzi
All The King's Women
Samuel French NY:

The story of Elvis Presley told through the eyes of 17 Women! Some Enthralled! Some Appalled, ALL OBSESSED! A fast paced series of 5 comedic plays and 3 monologues based on the Life of Elvis Presley. From Tupelo Mississippi where 11 year old Elvis wanted a BB Gun instead of a guitar, to The Steve Allen Show, from President Richard Nixons office, to Andy Warhols studio, from Cadillac Salesmen, to Graceland guards, this is a touching, bring-the-family comedy with a heart that captures the effects that fame, generosity & just being a nice guy can bring to others!

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Steven Peros
Karlaboy
Samuel French NY:

Biographer Bill Lauder has penned a ruthless tell-all about Karla Daven, a long dead legendary 1950's starlet. As a result, he is summoned in the middle of the night to the dilapidated mansion of Karla's celebrity husband, Harold Bachman, a reclusive director who makes the outlandish claim that Karla's ghost has threatened to kill him this very night unless Bill calls off the publication of his tawdry book of lies. What follows is an intense evening where memory wrestles with myth in order to find the truth. As Harold gets deeper into exposing Bill's lies about Karla, he is forced to confront the lies he's told himself - lies about himself as a filmmaker, a husband, and as a man. Harold must not only save himself from Karla's ghost, but from the ghosts of an unrealized life.

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Lisa Soland
Man in the Grey Suit, The & other plays
Samuel French NY:

about love and relationship

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Jennifer Haley
Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
Samuel French NY:

In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.

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Aaron Sorkin
Farnsworth Invention, The
Samuel French NY:

The Farnsworth Invention centers around the bitter conflict that pitted Philo T. Farnsworth, a boy genius who invented television as a high school student in 1927, against David Sarnoff, the head of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The legal battle between Farnsworth and RCA would later become known as one of the great, tragic examples of legal and industrial force combining to crush a rightful patent owner. In a race that would change humanity forever, two men battle one another for honor, glory, and a place in the history books
- press release

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John Clancy
Fatboy
Samuel French NY:

John Clancy's satire on modern America's insatiable appetites, where the population gobbles pork chops, sex and consumer durables while the government gobbles up small nations, is big, broad and brash. The word "subtle" does not enter its theatrical vocabulary. This is a world where Fatboy is a great big bully who, like the US, takes "what I want" and destroys the rest. Played as a zany Punch and Judy show, a theatre within a theatre, the piece has some very nice touches, particularly in its play on theatrical conventions. The best moments come in a courtroom scene where Fatboy is on trial for war crimes. The justice system proves itself incapable of standing up to his bullying tactics, and he outlines his plans for world domination "leading a coalition of the weak and willing". - Guardian

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Jon Lonoff
Skin Deep
Samuel French NY:

In Skin Deep, a large, lovable, lonely-heart, named Maureen Mulligan, gives romance one last shot on a blind-date with sweet awkward Joseph Spinelli; she's learned to pepper her speech with jokes to hide insecurities about her weight and appearance, while he's almost dangerously forthright, saying everything that comes to his mind. They both know they're perfect for each other, and in time they come to admit it. They were set up on the date by Maureen's sister Sheila and her husband Squire, who are having problems of their own: Sheila undergoes a non-stop series of cosmetic surgeries to hang onto the attractive and much-desired Squire, who may or may not have long ago held designs on Maureen, who introduced him to Sheila. With Maureen particularly vulnerable to both hurting and being hurt, the time is ripe for all these unspoken issues to bubble to the surface.

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Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson
Jewtopia
Samuel French NY:

tells the story of two 30-year-old single men, Chris O'Connell and Adam Lipschitz. Chris, a gentile, wants to marry a "nice Jewish girl" so he'll never have to make another decision. After forming a secret pact, Adam promises to help Chris shed his gentile-ness and bring him undercover into the Jewish world.

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Christopher Durang
Adrift in Macao
Samuel French NY:

Adrift in Macao is a madcap musical parody of glamorous films noirs, in which the leading lady can always get a job singing in nightclubs no matter how she sings, and the leading man is always mysterious and can't go home for murky reasons he won't explain. From the opium dens of China to the lowlife bars of New York, Durang and composer Melnick take us on a hilarious tour through the post-WWII years complete with intrigue, silliness, and a playfully melodic score.
Press Release

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Billy Goda
Dust
Samuel French NY:

Dust is a power play. One man is an executive with money and a paunch. The other is an ex-con with street smarts and a minimum-wage position. One man says "jump." The other wont say "how high," but defiantly asks "why?". What starts off as a battle of wills over who will do the dusting escalates into a war for respect, the upper hand and survival. Who will be standing when the dust settles?
- nytheatre.com

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Doug Haverty
Could I Have This Dance?
Samuel French NY:

Woodie Guthrie had it. Arlo may have it. It's usually hereditary, but not always passed on to every offspring. The symptoms do not normally appear until a person reaches their mid-forties. Referred to as 'The Dance of Death,' Huntington's Disease is a complete degeneration of the nervous system. Recently, medical researchers developed a blood test to determine if the disease is present in young people. The question is: Should we know? There are over 100,000 people in the U.S. that are currently 'at risk.' Of these people, only 500 have actually taken this test. Could I Have this Dance? is about two sisters in their 30's: Monica and Amanda. Their mother, Jeannette, has Huntington's and lives with her daughters. The action takes place in the Los Angeles office/home where the girls run a thriving public relations firm, Grapevine, which was started by their mother. During the course of the play, we come to understand the time bomb these two sisters live with. Their possible fate is dramatically evidenced in the characterization of Jeannette which is interpreted through dance. The effects of the disease are 'visible' to those onstage, but 'invisible' to the audience, except in a few rare instances where the actualization of the disease is revealed. The other characters in the play are the men in these women's lives. Jeannette's husband (and the girls' father), Hank, has come to accept his wife and still loves her very much. Both Monica and Amanda have shunned long-term romantic relationships because of their unknown fate; bitter Monica plays it safe and vibrant Amanda takes every chance with young, one-night-stands. Yet the girls and their father never lose their sense of humor. As the play unfolds, both women have met men they'd like to get serious with and the knowledge of the test both repels and attracts them: Amanda, desperate for the answer and Monica, in morbid fear of it. Could I Have this Dance? is ultimately about love and cherishing what life we are given. This is a deeply romantic play about difficult choices. As the once-murky medical crystal ball becomes clearer, the universal question remains: Are we better off not looking at what the future holds?

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Kate Robin
Anon
Samuel French NY:

Trip and Allison meet in a chance encounter when he hires her as a therapist for his morose, misbehaved cat. Little do they realize in their first meeting that they'll end up thrust into an intense relationship in which their desire to save each other and the need to save themselves may become mutually exclusive choices.
nytheatre.com

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Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
Samuel French NY:

story of the men and their wives who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous in the thirties

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Ken Stone
American Tales
Samuel French NY:

Act I, The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton, is from Mark Twain's story of two people falling in love at a great distance with the aid of that brand-new invention, the telephone. Alonzo in Maine and Rosannah in California meet by the accident of crossed wires and each falls in love with an imagined ideal of the other. So complete is their self-deception that even when brought face to face they cannot recognize each other. Love is found, lost, and found again. Played as period melodrama, but the relevance to 21st century dating habits is clear. Act II, Bartleby, the Scrivener, is dramatized from Herman Melville's slyly funny but ultimately tragic story. Building on the theme of human connections made and missed, this act takes a darker turn, looking at people who occupy the closest of quarters and yet don't really communicate at all. Bartleby, employed as a copyist in a law office of the 1840s, inexplicably begins to refuse to work, forcing his colleagues to ask themselves the transforming question that ends the play: What do we owe to the people who come into our lives?

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Staci Swedeen
Goldman Project, The
Samuel French NY:

This drama explores the lingering legacy of the Holocaust as an aging survivor is forced to confront the shattering secrets of her long buried pastsecrets that have kept her emotionally distant from her middle aged son and only child
- press release

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Jules Tasca
Balkan Women, The
Samuel French NY:

meditation on the horror of war set in 1990 brings the spirit of Euripides to a Serbian detention camp for Muslim women

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Gil Varod
Oedipus for Kids!
Samuel French NY:

Unfolding in real-time, Oedipus for Kids! turns the audience into attendees of the latest performance of the Fuzzy Duck Theatre Company, a three-person troupe dedicated to performing the classics for children. Having had success with previous offerings such as Uncle Tommys Cabin, company founder Alistair has decided that the next logical step is tackling Sophocles Oedipus Rex with songs such as Whats It Like When Ya Get The Plague? and A Little Complex. But all is not as pleasant as it seems with the Fuzzy Ducks: Alistair is in the middle of a bitter divorce with troupe member Catalina, who suspects something is up when she learns that tonights audience includes the executives from sponsor Beanz! Coffee for Kids. Evan, the third troupe member, is a newly-trained recent hire with questionable acting methods. He uses these to play Oeddy, a little boy a lot like you, who runs away from home when he finds out that he is destined to do something terrible to his Mommy and Daddy. On his journey, he meets a shady Baklava dealer named King Laius, a magical mythological coffee-drinking puppet named Sphinxy, and the Theban Queen, Jocasta, who wants to marry him regardless of their disproportionate age difference. While King Oedipus tries to solve the exciting mystery of who murdered the former king, the off-stage disagreements between the cast members spill onstage. The three insult each other, inflict flesh wounds, and fornicate during intermission. When Catalina learns that her ex-husband has bought her share in the Fuzzy Ducks only to sell it to Beanz! Coffee for ten times net value, Catalina decides to sabotage the production. What was once a misguided--albeit--educational theatrical experience swiftly spirals into a Charybdis-like whirlpool of suck, and Catalinas revenge leads to a darkly comic denouement. Please note: this play is not for young audiences.

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Janet Allard
Vrooommm! A NASComedy
Samuel French NY:

This satiric spoof of Americas fastest sport reveals how our competitive edge gets corrupted by our relentless drive for commercial success. When a female driver takes the lead in the NASCAR season standings, sabotage and scandal dent the polished reputation of this high-octane enterprise. A primarily female cast portrays the all-male universe of NASCAR daredevil anticsin an all-out race for love and money with some crazy gender-fender-benders.

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Bridget Carpenter
Up (The Man In The Flying Lawn Chair)
Samuel French NY:

Up invites us into the life of Walter Griffin, a failed inventor obsessed with Philippe Petits famed 1974 wire-walk between the twin World Trade Center towers. Walters greatest moment of glory  a flight on a lawn chair festooned with helium balloons  is now long behind him, though Walter dreams of inventing something wonderful once more. His wife, Helen, has become disillusioned and frustrated at being the familys only breadwinner. Their teenage son, Mikey, harbors dreams of his own: after befriending Maria, a pregnant girl in his class, Mikey becomes involved in her familys phone sales business, with surprising results. When Walter finally takes a job, Mike keeps his a secret, and Helen allows herself to dream of a more secure life. But when Helen discovers the truth about Walters employment, it becomes clear to this family that life itself is lived on a wire not unlike Petit's, this one strung between happiness and sadness.

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Luigi Creatore
Flamingo Court
Samuel French NY:

This three part slice of life takes place in three different condos and has audiences laughing at the truth they see in what might be their own neighbors - only zanier. Flamingo Court has ten characters. In the New York production, five actors played all the roles. Producers may want to follow the above pattern, or cast up to ten actors. In any case, audiences respond to this trilogy with uproarious laughter and leave feeling they have experienced great entertainment.

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Ken Davenport
My First Time
Samuel French NY:

My First Time features four actors in hysterical and heartbreaking stories about first sexual experiences written by real people. In 1998, a decade before blogging began, a website was created that allowed people to anonymously share their own true stories about their First Times. The website became an instant phenomenon as over 40,000 stories poured in from around the globe that were silly, sweet, absurd, funny, heterosexual, homosexual, shy, sexy and everything in between. And now, these true stories and all of the unique characters in them are brought to life by four actors in this acclaimed 90 minute play from Ken Davenport

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Anthony and Marcia Migrom Dodge
HATS! A Musical for the Rest of your Life
Samuel French NY:

Hats! concerns a 49.999-year-old woman, MaryAnne, who reluctantly faces the inevitable 50th birthday. In the production, MaryAnne warms up to her 50th once she meets several remarkable women who show her about fun and friendship after 50.Hats! is based on the ideas of The Red Hat Society" and features songs by Doug Besterman, Susan Birkenhead, Michele Brourman, Pat Bunch, Gretchen Cryer, Anthony Dodge, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Beth Falcone, David Friedman, Kathie Lee Gifford, Carol Hall, Henry Krieger, Stephen Lawrence, Melissa Manchester, Amanda McBroom, Pam Tillis and Sharon Vaughn.

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Tony Glazer
Stain
Samuel French NY:

Stain follows 15-year-old Thomas through his quickly-crumbling life and the secrets his family tries to keep at bay. In this darkly comic piece about the complexities of family, Thomas is confronted with a choice that will either save or mark him forever.

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Steven Leigh Morris
Beachwood Drive
Samuel French NY:

Beachwood Drive tells the story of Nadya, a Ukrainian woman brought to America and enslaved as part of a prostitution ring. In this compelling tale based on an actual police case, a single mother, Nadya becomes squeezed between her Russian Mafia protectors and the LAPD detective who arrests her in a sting operation
- nytheatre.com

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Itamar Moses
Back Back Back
Samuel French NY:

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the writer of The Four Of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a new drama about America's favorite pastime. Back Back Back follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates in baseball's steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny
- press release

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Michael Parker
Sex Please We're Sixty!
Samuel French NY:

Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years. Her Guests (nearly all women) return year after year. Her next door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, Bud 'Bud the Stud' Davis believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons. The prim and proper Mrs. Stancliffe steadfastly denies this, but really doesn't do anything to prevent it. She reluctantly accepts the fact that 'Bud the Stud' is, in fact, good for business. Her other neighbor and would-be suitor Henry Mitchell is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called 'Venusia,' after Venus the goddess of love, to increase the libido of menopausal women. The pill has not been tested. Add to the guest list three older women: Victoria Ambrose, a romance novelist whose personal life seems to be lacking in romance; Hillary Hudson a friend of Henry's who has agreed to test the Venusia: and Charmaine Beauregard, a 'Southern Belle' whose libido does not need to be increased! Bud gets his hands on some of the Venusia pills and the fun begins, as attempts to entertain all three women! The women mix up Bud's Viagra pills with the Venusia, and we soon discover that it has a strange effect on men: it gives them all the symptoms of menopausal women, complete with hot flashes, mood swings, weeping and irritability! When the mayham settles down, all the women find their lives moving in new and surprising directions.

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Marley Sims
Sunset Park
Samuel French NY:

Sunset Park is a contemporary comedy/drama that takes place in Brooklyn, New York. The main character is Evelyn Horowitz, a widow in her seventies who lives by herself and is a part-time teacher. Her apartment building is going co-op, but she cant afford to buy in and cannot, by law, be asked to leave. When, her middle-aged children, Carol and Roger, hear about it, they realize that theres money to be made in the long run: a long-term tenant has to be offered the apartment at a below market-value price and, eventually, the place can be flipped for a sizable profit. And thats when the problems start  when money enters the picture, conflicts arise and old secrets come out.

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Catherine Trieschmann
Crooked
Samuel French NY:

Coming-of-age drama with sideways glance at evangelical and Sapphic love. 'I mean, the fact that Jesus chose to turn the water into wine, rather than just decontaminating it, proves that drinking alcohol is not a sin.' Fourteen-year-old Laney arrives in Oxford, Mississippi, an outsider with a twisted back and only her writing to keep her company. When she befriends the hapless born-again Maribel, Laney's penchant for story-telling soon spirals out of control. A hilarious chain of events is set in motion, sparking a spiritual and sexual journey that infuriates her mother and threatens to tear their fragile world apart. A gloriously sideways glance at evangelical and Sapphic love way down south

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Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
Gee's Bend
Samuel French NY:

Gee's Bend depicts the turbulent history of African-Americans in the 20th century by focusing on a single family in the real community of Gee's Bend, AL, which is now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there. Gospel songs weave in and out of this hauntingly beautiful work

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Mark Brown
China - The Whole Enchilada
Samuel French NY:

An irreverent slapstick race through 4000 years of Chinese history in 90 minutes. Three guys speed from Chairman Mao to infected fowl, the greatest wall to the largest mall, Genghis Khan to Fu Manchu-han. It's a musical of Olympic proportions. www.chinathewholeenchilada.com 2h 15m, Musical, Comedy
- http://www.fringenyc.org/

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Bridget Carpenter
Fall
Samuel French NY:

Lydia and her parents are at a three week dance camp. Lydia is not interested in dancing at all until she notices Mr. Gonzales

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Itamar Moses
Four Of Us, The
Samuel French NY:

What happens when your biggest dreams come true. . .for your best friend? When Benjamin's first novel vaults him into the literary stratosphere, his friendship with David, a struggling playwright, is strained. Can Benjamin help David gain professional connections? Does career success coincide with personal happiness? Who should pay for lunch? A two-hander with a misleading title about success, jealousy, and growing up

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Elliot Schoenman
Sunset Park
Samuel French NY:

Sunset Park is a contemporary comedy/drama that takes place in Brooklyn, New York. The main character is Evelyn Horowitz, a widow in her seventies who lives by herself and is a part-time teacher. Her apartment building is going co-op, but she cant afford to buy in and cannot, by law, be asked to leave. When, her middle-aged children, Carol and Roger, hear about it, they realize that theres money to be made in the long run: a long-term tenant has to be offered the apartment at a below market-value price and, eventually, the place can be flipped for a sizable profit. And thats when the problems start  when money enters the picture, conflicts arise and old secrets come out.

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Jason Wells
Men Of Tortuga
Samuel French NY:

Negotiation, conspiracy, and assassination: four power-brokers will stop at nothing to wreck a historic meeting. But when one of them takes a young idealist under his wing, his long-dormant conscience begins to reawaken

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Alan Bailey
Wedding Belles
Samuel French NY:

our garden-club ladies meet a young girl who has come to their little Texas town to marry an infantryman before he ships off for World War II. The women impulsively decide to throw the girl an elaborate wedding, and their lives and friendships are thrown into turmoil as they race to accomplish the nuptials in one frenzied afternoon.

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Deborah Zoe Laufer
Out of Sterno
Samuel French NY:

Dotty's life in Sterno with her husband Hamel is absolutely perfect! It's a fairy tale, it really is. True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone, but Dotty is so very happy to spend her days watching video re-enactments of the day they first met. When a phone call from a mysterious woman threatens to tear her world asunder, Dotty must venture out into the vast city of Sterno, and try to discover what it is to be a "real" woman. "Out of Sterno" is a coming-of-age play in an Alice in Wonderland world. It explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up and the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town

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Henry Meyerson
Proceed To Checkout
Samuel French NY:

10 Death Affirming Plays, Sketches and Monologues. DOG YEARS (2, gender neutral) If dogs years are seven to one of Man. . .arf. COMRADES (2m) What are comrades for if not to try to cheer each other up in a time of distress? Dostoevsky would appreciate the irony. THE SUITCASE (2m, 2f) Bereavement maybe painful, but be sure to have your credit card. THE STRUGGLE (1m) The sound of the beeeeeeeeep means dinner is off. LUCKY MAN (2m, 1f) Mr. Smith might have been cured had he survived the autopsy. REHEARSAL (1m, 1f) A long rehearsal for a one shot performance. PUMPS (1, gender neutral) There are many kinds of pumps, but only one really matters. THE FINE PRINT (2m, 1f) Everything is on loan and you have to pay up when you go. SILENCE (2m, 1f) Could there be something worse than surviving the Holocaust? POP GOES THE WEASEL (4, gender neutral) Life may be a game, but be sure to hold on to your chair. "The best of Program A includes author Henry Meyerson's Silence, a touching essay about two Russians who survived the Holocaust and meet shortly after immigrating to New York following World War II." - South Florida Sun-Sentinel; "In Henry Meyerson's Silence, a deeply moving piece about elderly Holocaust survivors trying to make sense of the too-early death of their beloved only son. Fierce and heartbreaking." - Miami Herald; "Pop Goes the Weasel - -a sharp, very original piece uses musical chairs as a metaphor for the way we live now; it takes on a surprising added resonance in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack&a smart and interesting work." - NYTheatre.com.

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Henry Meyerson
Shtick
Samuel French NY:

Helen's life became complicated after her husband Murray's stroke and her sister Gladys's revelation, wanting to set the record straight in case Murray should die, that she and Murray had been having an affair. Helen suspected Murray was no angel when she married him. After all, as a stand-up comic he was always on the road and she knew comics could be loose cannons. Helen knew she was trading the risk Murray would bring to any relationship, let alone marriage, for the excitement of the gamble. While Helen might have been willing to adjust to Murray and his new stroke induced limits, the stakes were raised and the game was changed by Gladys's admission of the affair. So now Helen is left on the horns of dilemma: How can she be a nurturing caretaker for a man who has deceived her (with her own sister, yet) while knowing he is a snake with no visible conscience?

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Jim Wann
People vs. MONA, The
Samuel French NY:

Set in Tippo, Georgia (population 8,000), The People vs. Mona is a love story, courtroom drama, musical comedy, and fate-of-a-small-town-hanging-in-the-balance all rolled into one. Mona Mae Katt, owner of the wildly popular musical hangout the Frog Pad, stands accused of killing her husband on their wedding day. If convicted, Mona will go to jail, and her beloved Frog Pad will be turned over to developers. Mona's fate (and the Frog Pad's) rests in the hands of everyman local defense attorney Jim Summerford, who has never won a case against charismatic prosecutor and majoral candidate Mavis Frye. . .who also happens to be his fiancée. As the trial unfolds amidst a rollicking Southern-roots score, the town's many secrets are revealed, and Jim and Mona recognize a budding attraction between them.
- press release

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Annie Baker
Body Awareness
Samuel French NY:

It is 'Body Awareness Week' at bucolic Shirley State College in Vermont, and all must go according to plan. But when photographer Frank Bonitatibus shows up with his passel of photographs of naked women, things start to go awry.

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Ron Bernas
Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody, A
Samuel French NY:

It-s New Year-s Eve at the Perry mansion, and Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all. But Matthew wants something more -- to be rid of his wife Julia so he can have some real fun! He resolves to murder Julia by the new year-s end, and tells her so. She vows to stay alive, and tells him so. And so the game begins -- a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless. While Julia cleverly dodges Matthew-s devious murder attempts, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously. It seems Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia. As the bodies are falling, dim-witted daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her wedding to unwitting Donald since all the intended gift-bearing guests are dying. Enter Detective Plotnik -- a Sam Spade reincarnation who suspects everyone, but hasn-t a clue. That is, not until Donald stumbles upon Julia and gentlemanly butler Buttram in what Donald mistakenly perceives as a compromising situation. Donald jumps to the conclusion that Julia is the murderer -- trying to murder Matthew!

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Eisa Davis
Bulrusher
Samuel French NY:

In 1955 Boonville, California, a multi-racial abandoned baby girl (Bulrusher) is found floating in a basket on the river. Growing up in an isolated predominately white town with its own homespun language, Bulrusher only questions her origins and investigates her identity when prompted by the arrival of a stranger. In a town where the unusual is normal (a brothel run by an aloof madam, a school run by a silent teacher), Bulrusher is still an outcast due to her painfully accurate clairvoyance

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Gino Diiorio
Apostacy
Samuel French NY:

A successful middle-aged businesswoman reaches a crossroads in her life leading her to question her faith and to turn to a charismatic evangelist for guidance. Her only daughter is greatly threatened by her mother's new relationship and abandonment of her previous way of life.

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Jason Grote
1001
Samuel French NY:

1001 spins themes and variations from the classic 'A Thousand and One Arabian Nights' to explore the incarnations of love, sex, religion, cruelty and war from ancient Baghdad to the post-9/11 era. Playwright Jason Grote combines savage wit, political insight, Borgesian time-warping, and theatrical ingenuity in a dazzling tour de force that Sheherezade herself would envy.

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George Packer
Betrayed
Samuel French NY:

In early 2007, The New Yorker writer George Packer published an article about the desperate situation of the Iraqis who had risked their lives to help the American effort in their country and were being hunted down as a result, with little or no U.S. protection. The article helped draw national attention to a humanitarian crisis and a moral scandal. Betrayed, Packer's first play, based on his interviews in Iraq and other countries, tells the story of three young Iraqistwo men and a womanwho are motivated by hope to go work for the Americans, until they begin to wonder who, if anyone, can be trusted
press release

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Del Shores
Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, The
Samuel French NY:

Willi lives in a trailer park with her husband. One of her sons has died and the other is banned from visiting by her husband because he is gay. A new woman moves into the trailer park and Willi's husband starts an affair with her. Willi gets a job with the local Wall-Mart but her husband quotes the Bible saying a woman's place is at home and forbids her from taking up the job. He beats her nearly to death but she shoots him.

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Michael Taub
Masked
Samuel French NY:

An explosive play about three Palestinian brothers, Masked tackles the cultural divide at the heart of the Middle East conflict. Masked depicts the tragedy of one family torn between obligations, kinship, principles and survival. It is the first play by an Israeli playwright about the Intifada (Palestianian uprising)
- press release

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Bekah Brunsletter et al
Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, 33rd series
Samuel French NY:

One of Manhattan's most established play festivals, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival fosters the work of young writers, giving them the exposure of publication and representation. The festival resulting in this collection was held July 15th-20th, 2008 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City. From the initial submission pool, approximately 50 plays were chosen to be performed over a period of one week. A panel of judges comprised of New York area theater professionals, critics, and educators nominated one or more of each evening's plays as finalists. The final round was then held on the last day of the Festival. Out of these plays, six winners listed below were chosen by Samuel French, Inc. to receive publication and licensing contracts. Contents: F*cking Art ; Ayravana Flies or A Pretty Dish ; The Thread Men ; The Dying Breed ; The Grave ; Juniper; Jubilee

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Ken Davenport
Awesome '80s Prom, The
Samuel French NY:

The Awesome 80s Prom is a brand new blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding and The Donkey Show set at Wanaget High's Senior Prom... in 1989! All your favorite characters from your favorite '80s movies are at THE PROM, from the Captain of the Football Team to the Asian Exchange Student, from the Geek to the hottie Head Cheerleader, and they're all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on "American Idol", the audience decides who wins! Come back in time and join the breakdance circle or just sit back and watch the '80s drama unfold.

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Bathsheba Doran
Living Room in Africa
Samuel French NY:

UK transplants Edward and Marie relocate to remote African village, intent on opening an art museum. Weeks after arriving, they are stuck with the realization that they have settled in an area devastated by poverty and AIDS. In turn, questions about personal and political responsibilities surface and they are forced to confront what the experience in Africa means to them, and what they mean to each other

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David Mamet
Keep Your Pantheon
Samuel French NY:

n Keep Your Pantheon, an impoverished acting company on the edge of eviction is offered a lucrative engagement. But through a series of riotous mishaps, the troupe finds its problems have actually multiplied, and that they are about to learn a new meaning for the term "dying on stage."

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Sam Marks
Nelson
Samuel French NY:

Nelson is the story of a young man caught between two worlds. By day, he works as a low-level assistant to a film talent agent. By night, Nelson is the camera man for an underground, gang-related videotape series. As the videos become increasingly dangerous and popular, Nelson develops an overwhelming obsession with a C-List actress. Eventually, Nelsons two worlds collide with disturbing, unsettling results. The play is a darkly comic look at the guilt dream of a man trying to find something authentic in a world of two very different kinds of film.

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George Reinblatt
Evil Dead: The Musical
Samuel French NY:

musical based on film director Sam Raimi's 1980s cult-classic horror movies of the same title. As the press release puts it: "Boy and his friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes anicent evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, 'camp' takes on a whole new meaning in uproarious numbers like 'All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,' 'Look Who's Evil Now,' and 'Do the Necronomicon.'"
nytheatre.com

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Carmen Rivera
La Gringa
Samuel French NY:

La Gringa is about a young womans search for her identity. María Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays and arrives with plans to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has had an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Once María is in Puerto Rico, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American  a gringa -- and María considers this a betrayal. If shes a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico  María concludes that she is nobody everywhere. Her uncle, Manolo, spiritually teaches her that identity isnt based on superficial and external definitions, but rather is an essence that she has had all along in her heart. This play is published in a bilingual edition, if you are applying for licensing rights please state which version (English or Spanish) you wish to produce.

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Sarah Ruhl
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Samuel French NY:

Gordon is dead, but his cell phone lives on. When Jean, an empathetic museum worker, answers his ringing phone beside her in a café, she is soon playing unwitting comforter and confessor to the mans grieving friends and family. Before she knows it, Jeans ensnarled in the underbelly of the dead mans bizarre life.
- press release

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