6 Character Plays

A GULAG MOUSE by Arthur M. Jolly

Cast Size: 5W, 1M
Running Time: Approx 85 minutes
Royalty: $60 per performance

When priveledged and pretty Anastasia is sent to a Siberian gulag for the murder of her abusive husband, her arrival destroys the intricate web of hierarchy, alliance, and treachery among the other four inmates of her bunkhouse. To save herself, Anastasia must save all of them: the prostitute, the killer, the crone…and Pruska – the mouse. Arthur M. Jolly’s harrowing drama asks the question: How far will you go to survive?

ALL TOGETHER NOW by Philip Middleton Williams

Paul and Adam are a gay couple living together happily in Miami.  One morning the doorbell rings and in walks Fox, age 15, just off the plane from Santa Fe.  He tells them that he is Paul’s son and that he wants to live with them. To share in this staggering news are Paul’s parents Jim and Dorothy, and after an all-day frantic trip from Santa Fe, Fox’s mother, Julie. This life-changing moment touches them all: Paul and Adam, who are discussing marriage; Julie and Fox, who are coming to terms with this boy growing into adulthood, and Jim and Dorothy, who never expected to be grandparents.

  • CAST SIZE 4M 2W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

AT HOME WITH THE CLARKS by Rand Higbee

Cast Size: 3M 3W
Running Time: Approx 90 minutes
Royalty: $75 per performance

The Clarks are a typical 1960s sit-com family: Dad who goes off to work each day, Mom who stays home and bakes cookies, daughter Betty who is a popular high school Senior, and son “Tiger” who just might be at that age where he is beginning to discover girls. However a change is in the air. Not just in the home of the Clarks, but throughout the idyllic little town of Mayville. It’s more than just this odd new decade of the 1960s. Betty has a new best friend named Wanda who hides a devastating secret…a secret that just might lead to the end of the world as we know it

THE BATTLES OF RICHMOND HILL by Penny Jackson

Cast Size: 4M 2W

Running Time: 90 minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Sheila O’Connor is in trouble. She has been drinking too much lately at her favorite pub, The Dublin Rose, and has become a danger to herself. When her worried grandson arrives, determined to re-locate her from her beloved Richmond Hill, Queens to an assisted living community in New Jersey, the battle lines are drawn. Over the course of one tumultuous vodka-fueled evening filled with Irish magic and long-buried secrets, Sheila will learn to overcome her fears and finally find the courage to face the next chapter.

COMPOSURE by Scott C, Sickles

Cast Size: 4M 2W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

When Fletcher Driscoll returned to his hometown to direct Romeo and Juliet, he never expected to end up in his own star-crossed romance with Jeff, a recently out divorcé with a complicated past. Nor was he prepared to confront Tommy, his high school best friend who broke his heart… repeatedly and on purpose.

A powerful drama about the resonance of loss, Composure is for everyone who has ever loved the wrong person and worries that it’s too late to find the right one.

Nothing is sacred and no woman is safe. Grand Dragon D.C. Stephenson takes control of an entire state on a platform of anti-immigration and Protestant moral values. He is brought down only when he is convicted of murder after a brutal rape results in the death of one of his girlfriends. This tale of demagoguery, misogyny, and xenophobia is inspired by true events. Although it is set in the 1920’s, it resonates with echoes of today’s society and politics.

  • Cast Size: 4M 2W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

GRAND JUNCTION by Rich Rubin

Cast Size: 2M 4W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Beth, a fifty-eight year-old editor, is unexpectedly fired from the Los Angeles-based food magazine where she worked for decades. Shaken and shamed, Beth returns to to her modest family home in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she re-connects with her younger sister Pam and Pam’s adult daughter Dana. Beth and Pam’s relationship is convoluted and occasionally contentious. Beth left Grand Junction after she finished high school, focusing on her career and a cosmopolitan life-style in southern California. Pam, on the other hand, has lived in Grand Junction all her life, caring for both their parents during times of terminal illness. Dana, meanwhile, is facing her own considerable challenges, as she considers reconciling with her volatile and verbally abusive husband Riley. As Beth comes to grips with the new circumstances of her life, Pam begins to see her sister as a person of substance despite her foibles and flaws. After Beth intervenes to help Dana, the sisters seem ready to form a new relationship based on mutual respect and a shared desire to mend old wounds and escape the patterns of the past.

HAIRDRESSER ON FIRE by Scott C. Sickles

Cast Size: 4M 2W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Lawrence is on the rebound. His best pals — ex-lover Niles and devout virgin Briony — can only provide so much comfort. Then in walks Allan, a handsome attorney who whisks him away from his problems… and soon begins to separate Lawrence little by little from the people and things he cares about. Allan’s plan to control Lawrence starts to backfire when Lawrence reveals himself to be a stronger person than the heartbroken sad sack he was the night they met. But is Lawrence strong enough?

  • HELLMAN v. MCCARTHY By Brian Richard Mori (Available Feb 1)
  • Cast Size: 4M 2W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

HELLMAN v. McCARTHY is based on the greatest literary feud in modern American history.  On January 24, 1980, Mary McCarthy, famed novelist, critic, and memoirist, appeared on The Dick Cavett Show and declared that “every word [Lillian Hellman] writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’”  Hellman went ballistic and sued McCarthy, Dick Cavett, Cavett’s production company, and PBS for libel.  The lawsuit, which spanned more than four years, was the talk of the literary community.  Dick Cavett played himself in the critically acclaimed world premiere at the Abingdon Theatre Company.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING CECIL, OR CECILY by Daniel Curzon

Cast Size: 3M 2W 1M or W

Running Time: 120+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

The Importance of Being Cecily, or Cecil by Daniel Curzon dramatizes in a comedic way the problems of some folks in late Victorian England, as Oscar Wilde did not, could not, or would not do, lest he spend even more time in prison. We have Algernon , the ugly-named man about town, trying to arrange a suitable marriage with a pretty unsuitable girl, or maybe with her brother. We have Miss Prizzin, the governess, a thoroughly self-righteous and unbending “progressive.” Has she committed a series of crimes with her teapot, or has she been maligned? We have Lane, a manservant yearning for a strong woman in his life, but where is she? We have Lord Bracknell, Lady Bracknell’s husband, who cannot seem to escape his marital debt. Then there is Cecil, a willowy, poetic lad fond of willow banks and similes, but not assonance. The Usual Suspects? Hardly.

IN FLIGHT by Jenny Lyn Bader

Cast Size: 3M 3W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

A play about the power of poetry, the poetry of power, and the perils of publishing. —And surely the world’s first verse play set in the offices of an in-flight airline magazine.

JUST FOR LAUGHS by Gene Kato

Cast Size: 3M 3W
Running Time: 1 hr 45 min
Royalty: $60 per performance

On the eve of her wedding, Jodi, a stand-up comic, is having more than just the usual cold feet – she’s on the brink of calling the entire event off and has locked herself in the upstairs bathroom. While her brother Sam and his girlfriend Tina try to coax her out and get to the bottom of the problem – the evening goes from bad to worse. Jodi has learned that her fiancé, John (another stand-up comic), has been unfaithful to her and as the long night creeps into the wee hours of the morning – Jodi wonders what other secrets might be lurking under the surface of the relationship. Before the evening is over, the truth comes out and everyone’s view of love and commitment is pushed to the limits – as present and past relationships send everyone into a tangled web of emotional ruin. 

KISS AND CRY by Tom Rowan

Fiona Blake is a hot young actress who has just made her debut in a big summer horror movie; Stacy Clifford is a male figure skater headed for Olympic glory. They meet late one night at a Hollywood party, strike up a friendly conversation, and end up sneaking out together—but not without catching the attention of the paparazzi. When the gossip columns turn them into a couple, they decide to play along—in order to cover up the fact that, in reality, both of them are gay. As the lie snowballs, it begins to wreak havoc with their careers, their relationships, and every aspect of their lives. 

Set amidst the neon-colored pop-cultural obsessions of the late 1990s, Kiss and Cry is a romantic comedy with a sharp satiric edge.

  • Cast Size: 3M 3W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

LAMP by Gene Kato

Cast Size: 3M 2W 1 M or F
Running Time: 2 hrs
Royalty: $60 per performance

Jerry is having the worst Christmas season ever. When he loses his job as a newspaper film critic for panning a blockbuster film that was made by his boss’s son – he’s not sure he can survive the holidays. In an effort to cheer him up, his girlfriend gives him an old lamp that just happens to contain a genie – who grants Jerry five wishes. As each wish takes him farther and farther into disaster – Jerry begins to worry that the odd number of wishes might come back to haunt him in the end. 

Lockdown by Eric Mansfield

During a school shooting, a guidance counselor, history teacher, PTA president, senior class officer and football coach take cover together. While trying to stay quiet, most of the group believes they know which student must be shooting. But when that student enters the office to hide with them, the group is forced to back up their suspicions about the teen they think they know. Under constant fear of a gunman, maybe even hiding among them, the group must own not only own their prejudices but also the deep secrets each has connected to gun violence.

  • Cast Size: 2M 4W
  • Running Tine: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

OSAMA BEEN LAUGHING by Jeremy Kehoe

Cast Size: 5M 1W
Running Time: 2 hrs
Royalty: $60 per performance

A darkly-humorous, yet, foreboding look at post 9/11 America, Osama Been Laughing gives witness to the collateral damage inflicted by Mary Leary’s terrorist-obsessed paranoid delusions… Mary spends her days glued to her telescope, scanning suburbia to rip the invisible terrorist weeds from her neighbors’ manicured lawns. When she convinces herself there are Al Qaeda wannabe’s in the neighborhood plotting the demise of western civilization, she turns to the only thing she believes has the clear answers, her religion. Can a conniving, pedophile priest be the one to convince her that her country’s salvation rests solely on the sacrifice of her only son?

THE PARTY by Ken Crost

Cast Size: 4M 2W
Running Time: 2 hrs
Royalty: $60 per performance

What happens when you cross Agatha Christie with Monty Python? You get The Party – a sort of drawing room murder mystery set in a posh London apartment where everyone is either named Richard or Mildred, which adds to the sheer madness. Richard and Mildred have planned a dinner party for all of their best friends, but did Mildred send out the invitations? When Richard, a neighbor and uninvited guest, shows up in a tux and feigns ignorance of the party all hell breaks loose resulting in the unfortunate shooting death of the crasher. When no one else shows up, Richard and Mildred decide to head off into the night, leaving poor Richard’s body lying on their floor covered in a tablecloth. Later, Richard and Mildred discover that Richard’s body is no longer under the tablecloth. Where did it go? To help unravel this mystery, the police arrive in the form of Lieutenant Richards, and Richard and Mildred’s two best friends, Richard and Mildred, show up to lend their support. The play careens along until everyone is dead and the bodies have piled up like so much fire wood. 

RASTUS AND HATTIE by Lisa Langford

Cast Size: 3M 3W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until “black” robots walk into their lives. These automatons, based on Westinghouse’s 1930 brown-skinned robots, place them at opposite ends of society in an alternate past. This hilarious comedy delves into our traumatic legacy and explores new ideas about how to move forward. 

SINGLE AGAIN by Sherry Alpert

Cast Size: 4M 2W
Running Time: 90 minutes
Royalty: $60 per performance

Single Again is a laughter-and-tears play about middle-aged, post-divorce dating. Robin goes on a couple of dates from hell, attends a singles reception, and embarks on three very different relationships. What knits the play together and impacts the relationships is Robin’s evolving relationship with her father and how that influences her choice of men. Single Again is kind of a Heidi Chronicles when Heidi hits middle age. Robin exhibits her vulnerabilities, fears and desire to be loved as well as her increasing awareness of the complexity of relationships and her emotional growth.

WHO KILLED HARRY HOOTER? by Gene Kato

Cast Size: 4M 2W
Running Time: 2 – 2 1/2 hrs (Meant to be performed through a 5-course meal)
Royalty: $40 per performance

Harry Hooter has enemies – and most of them are his friends! This interactive murder mystery is meant to be played out over a full 5-course dinner – immersing the audience into the crime scene. After a mishap with an air conditioning system – Harry ends up dead in front of the crowd, who now have to solve the crime before the evening is up. Who did it? Was it the bodyguard? The jilted girlfriend? The cocktail waitress? The Olive Man? The Detective? Perfect for fundraising or for groups who love interactive mysteries – “Who Killed Harry Hooter?” will keep your audiences guessing to the very end. 

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