1 W, 1 M, 1 either
set - exterior of a cabin
In a hollow in Appalachia a mysterious stranger visits a difficult old couple.
The man is secretive and abusive. The woman tries to protect the stranger, but will only go so far. It becomes increasingly
clear that the stranger has supernatural powers – is, in fact, under orders to take the woman to heaven and bring about the
End of the World. But against all logic, she refuses to go until she knows her horror of a husband will be all right; and
the angel is forced to confront its own preconceptions about just what God has in mind.
COMMENTS: Based on an old Korean
legend, this “comedy about the end of the world” is full of surprises, both for the Angel and for us. As God says to Isaiah
in the Bible, “My ways are not your ways…” Three strong roles for good actors and a strong central action make this a special
CAROLS FOR MR. SCROOGE
A Christmas Carol
Another Christmas Carol
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DREAM OF A MURDER
3 W, 3 M
One interior set – a study
Jikki Jonners has had a hard time making her
living as a detective, and things don’t look much better when she’s brought in by a rich man to catch an embezzler in the
family. They don’t improve when the rich man is murdered… and she keeps drifting off in dreams. Are they telling her something
about the murder? Or about herself?
COMMENTS: The segues from reality to dream are gradual and smooth. Jikki is an
appealing detective, because she’s such an underdog. Murder will out.
GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN
more W or M
One act – twenty minutes
The government offers protection to a controversial foreign
figure by putting him in jail – and then there’s no way to get him out.
COMMENTS: This satire utilizes a chorus alternating
with scenes. An excellent choice for a group interested in an experiment in political theater, and in the use of a chorus.
GOOD OLD DAYS
2 W, 2 M
Thirty five minutes
Albert begins his residence in a senior citizens
home by meeting people and finding out what interests them. Their varied experiences are reflected in song.
An excellent show for a cast of older people who can sing.
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GOT THE WORLD BY THE EARS
3 W, 3 M
1 setting – an office
A political campaign is disturbed when it
discovers it’s using subliminal advertising – and it had no idea! Will conscience win out? Wait a minute – this is politics!
And a fired employee has ideas of his own…
COMMENTS: A fast-paced political satire with an excellent “hook”. No production
problems here – just keep it moving!
KIRK WOODWARD TONIGHT
1 M (or W if desired)
Woodward – nothing like any Kirk Woodward one might know – encounters the audience at a pivotal moment in his obscure life
and relives several baffling episodes with the aid of various props and imaginary characters. The show, he muses, might make
a good subject for a one-person show…
COMMENTS: A satire on its genre, using many of the most familiar tricks of the
one-person show. There is no need to know anything about the actual Kirk Woodward; the one in this piece appears to be vaguely
French, but really, who cares. The (one-person) play’s the thing.
PILGRIMS’ FEET, or, Scapino Discovers the New
Nine or more W or M
Scapino signs on a ship bound for the new world and meets
explorers, cardinals, adventurers, sailors… everyone you’d expect, and they’re all nuts. The new world doesn’t turn out as
Scapino expects, either, and he strikes out for a land even further away from civilization.
COMMENTS: Rich satire on
just about everything. A strong Monty Python feeling. One of our favorites. See sample dialogue.
2 W, 7 M
The disappearance of the fiancée of Watson’s niece lead Holmes
and Watson on a chase across the United States that involves danger, mystery, and a plot to overthrow the very Constitution
of the nation.
COMMENTS: Everyone loves a Holmes play! An excellent actors’ showcase.
WHO’S WHO IN MURDER
either W or M
One setting – a library
A panel discussion of mystery writers takes an unexpected
turn when one of its members is murdered. Various participants might or might not have done it; for that matter, various people
might or might not be the police! We find out…
COMMENTS: Winner of the Hardin County Playwriting Competition in 1990,
this play is a treat for any mystery-oriented audience.
THE WRONG PARTY
4 W, 6 M
One interior – a living
Shirley and Dick are giving a party on which Dick’s career may depend. The guest of honor isn’t at
all what they expect, and neither are the first guests, including two foreign political rivals, a psychic, and a woman with
a lot of jewels. Chaos ensues. Something is wrong… but what? With whom?
COMMENTS: Modeled after You Can’t Take It With
You, and with the same casting requirements. Uproarious.