7 Character Plays

©Sullivan: The Place Where People Come to Die is about the small town of Sullivan, located just outside of the city of Nowhere. Sullivan is odd in that specially themed funeral homes are the only commerce; the mayor is openly crooked; the wealthiest man in town donates his money to build bell towers on college campuses and preserving mascots with offensive Native American themes; a woman in town speaks only in lines from “The Princess Bride”; and virgin births seem to be a nonchalant announcement. This is what Eric Sullivan returns to for his ten-year high school reunion, at which he discovers that out of a class of 99, no one remembers him. Since leaving Sullivan, he became a decorated war hero while suffering severe wounds fighting in Mogadishu (which the town thought was a short lived television show), and after his military service, he made his fortune. His return home is partly to re-establish a lapsed romantic relationship, but he is in on business. At a town ceremony, he lets the town know he has copyrighted the name “Sullivan.” The town must rebuild the school library, or he will bankrupt them with royalties. The town’s plan: Kill G.I. Joe.

Cast Size: 4M 3W
Running Time: 120 minutes w/ intermission
Royalty Rate: $60 per performance

It’s December 1940 and KFLG AM radio in Kansas City, Kansas is about to perform the classic tale A Christmas Carol for listening audiences. But! Ten minutes before show time, the cast learns that they will have to go on without their sound engineer and all the sound equipment. Scrambling to find anything that will make a sound and attempting to make those sounds on the fly, the cast endeavors to forge ahead, perform the show, and make the best of a crazy situation. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this hilarious, fast-paced comedy. 

Cast Size: 2M 5W

Running Time: 60+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

A series of short plays that answer some age-old Hollywood questions: What happens to the guy who gets his car stolen by James Bond? Where do Ocean’s 11 find their non-essential team members? Can money really turn brother against brother? And how did Bill Pullman feel at the end of Sleepless in Seattle? These queries and more are addressed in this clever, light, andentertaining evening of One Acts that catches up with dead people who can’t quite figure out which Heaven they’re in, divorcees who live in the background of the lives of more attractive people, blue collar crime fighters, and many more of the characters who fell between the cracks of some of your favorite Hollywood storytelling conventions.

Cast Size: Variable

Running Time: Variable

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance (Contact for individual plays)

It’s hard to label anything, especially when you’re in love. And everything starts looking queer as one tribe decides what it truly means to belong. Andi and Mac are dating, both in their first opposite-sex romantic relationship – they discover the pitfalls of coming-out as bisexual when all of your family and friends already know you as ‘lesbian’ & ‘gay.’ Andi’s ex-girlfriend, Sarah, feels betrayed while other friends, Roger and Arco, struggle with disbelief or the purpose of labels altogether. Regina, Mac’s mother, considers Sal to be his other mother as both women raised him. But Sal soon realizes that Regina will never abandon her public identity as heterosexual, even though both women have shared emotional and physical intimacy over decades of a relationship lived in the shadows. All characters attempt to reconcile these personal identities with their public selves in terms of career, sexuality and relationships while testing the boundaries of LGBTQIA+ inclusiveness.

  • Cast Size: 2M 4W 1NB
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Sam is not having a good day. She’s minutes from hosting a baby shower she’s struggled to arrange for her best friend, Nancy, when she receives an unexpected phone call that catapults her on a surreal journey across the country to help her dying mother. While Sam travels forward, she is forced to look back, and through the absurd situations she encounters along the way, Sam discovers that self-acceptance and friendship are her most powerful tools to free her from her traumatic past.

  • Cast Size: 1M 2W 4Any
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Five women are outgrowing old roles, tired of (re)-producing to prove their worth. Gemma is an accomplished scholar who researches gender anxieties in Medieval Spain. She is writing about a deaf, Jewish, Spanish nun, a proto-feminist in a culture that saw women as weak and infirmity as a sign of God’s displeasure. Teresa found meaning in her affliction; Gemma sees aging as another kind of affliction. For Teresa, who shows up in Gemma’s whiskey-soaked dreams, malady is a sign of god’s grace. Gemma has no interest in “God,” but Teresa insists that we use different words to speak about the same thing: belief that life has meaning. But Teresa can’t hear God’s voice anymore. Gemma’s mother is in rehab, recuperating from a broken hip. Illness, age, and friends having died, left Helen without community; now she wants to move a thousand miles away, to live with Gemma’s younger sister Macy. But Macy’s children are becoming adults, and her role as a mother is about to alter. These women offer each other consolation, inspiration, and support in moving on as they scramble to discover what’s next.

Cast Size: 2M 5W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Sam and Frank Weaver are at their summer home in Harbor Grove, an exclusive resort community on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan, for a memorial service for Ruth, Frank’s wife and Sam’s mother. They are joined by Greg and Janey Anderson and their son Gary, who was a childhood friend of Sam, and Sam’s former lover Pete. They reminisce about their summers spent up at the lake, and as the day progresses into night and the masks come off under the influence of good Scotch, some well-kept secrets and memories that would rather be forgotten are revealed.

  • Cast Size: 6M 1W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

It is the near-future and America is in the midst of civil war. Christian fundamentalists have won control of the federal government, banned all other religions, and rewritten the Constitution, doing away with the Bill of Rights. As a result, some units of the U.S. military are in revolt. As the war rages, an Army patrol fighting in the Rocky Mountains is forced to take refuge in a remote cabin now owned by a former college professor who wants only to be left alone. Their discovery of an impending attack on their base, and the capture of a devout Christian soldier, causes the patrol to be caught between its mission and difficult moral decisions.

  • Cast Size: 4M 2F 1M(voice only)
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Amanda Linden is opening tonight in a new Broadway show: a jukebox musical entitled Notorious! Ten years ago, when they graduated from college, she and her five best friends made a pledge: Whichever one of them made it to Broadway first, the others would all be in the audience on opening night. So most of the members of this once-close-knit group are gatheringin the apartment Amanda shares with her husband Leo. Ian, a director, arrives with a new friend—and a mysterious manuscript; Molly, now a New Jersey housewife, has managed to get a rare night off from childcare duties; and Barry, an aspiring comic, is a bit too excited about seeing her again. The only friend who didn’t keep the promise is David, a charismatic actor who was the center of their group but disappeared mysteriously in the city three years earlier. Could he still be alive? David’s Play is a serious comedy about love, loss, musical theatre, and the enduring power of friendship.

Cast Size: 5M 2W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

After the suicide of his wife, John Faustus retreats from life and intensifies his practice of the art of conjuring. Following a drunken night of dark rituals, Faustus succeeds in catching the attention of Mephistopheles. As Faustus navigates his way through bargaining for knowledge with an agent of hell, his friends and the woman he loves plead for his sanity and his soul. Lucifer demands the ultimate sacrifice, and once all is done, reveals the truth about Faustus. This bloody, modern-day horror story was inspired by Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus and Milton’s Paradise Lost.

  • Cast Size: 2M 4W 1M/F or NB
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

DONKEY tells the story of Steve Ryan, an independent coffee shop owner in a liberal-arts college town in upstate New York. When the mayor paves the way for Quick Java, a corporate coffee shop, to move into the center of town Steve ignores the writing on the wall. A satire of small-town politics, Donkey reminds us that for every decision we fail to make, there is another decision waiting to not be made. DONKEY was an Alternate for the 2012 Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and a finalist for the 2010 Playwriting Residency at the Hangar Theatre.

Cast Size: 4M 3W
Running Time: 2 hrs
Royalty: $60 per performance 

Who has the right to tell your story? Especially when it’s the same story told from the differing memories of two legendary show business siblings? And one sister’s version is about to become a big, Broadway musical that is also destined to become legendary? June Havoc was famously ambivalent about the show Gypsy, which her sister, the burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, referred to as her legacy. And in Fable, which is itself a fable about the creation of that musical fable, the sisters’ loyalty to each other is tested in a mounting battle that takes place in rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, onstage, backstage, and all in the memory of the aging Ms. Havoc as she faces her imminent death, still battling with fiction and truth in order to keep her own legacy alive.

  • Cast Size: 2M 4W 1G
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

This fast-moving comedy follows art director Kyle as he tries to discover his real self amid the power struggles and skewed priorities of a high-powered New York ad agency. After an office restructuring puts him in a new creative group run by the megalomaniac homophobe Kate, he finds an unlikely ally in copywriter Dodo, a living-legend from the era of “Mad Men” who not-so-gently prods Kyle to the uncomfortable but inevitable realization that “It’s time to take off. And soar.”

  • Cast Size: 3M 4W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Cast Size:4M 3W
Running Time: 2 hrs
Royalty: $60 per performance

Jane is a 40-ish travel agent whose career is going nowhere. Hounded by an idiot boss, she dreams of pursuing her true calling: being an international spy. When her rich, freaky would-be customer Fred wants to take a daring trip to impress the girlfriend who left him, Jane per-forms a ballad dance version of the perfect excursion to Bhutan. But instead of buying the trip, Fred hires Jane to “fix” his life with what-ever tawdry subterfuge is necessary. Jane impersonates a lawyer to rough up Fred’s sister, spies on his ex-wife, and attempts a street heist to collect from one of his deadbeat clients. Jerry Polner’s madcap comedy will keep the audience zipping along with Jane as she fixes one problem, then fixes two problems…all on her journey to, ultimately, fix number six. 

Cast Size: 3M 4W with doubling

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

A seriocomedy in the vein of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias,” this is a play about four sisters coping after their mother’s suicide. Katherine, the oldest, is the “sexy” one who always did what she wanted. Sarah, the kooky, neurotic sister, is divorced and has an 18-year-old son in college. Shelby represents the voice of reason but it is overshadowed by her vanity. Last but not least, sweet Alyssa is the youngest, struggling mostly with issues a young person should not have to struggle with. Suitors come and go, but in the end it is within each other where they find their true strength. 

Set in the year 2047, Sue, a bored and lonely retirement home resident takes a begrudging maintenance worker (Walter) with her on a raucous trip down memory lane as she recalls the holidays of her past. Along the way Sue and Walter discover that they have much more in common than they ever could have imagined.  Although the play is filled with laughs, it leaves a warm spot as the relationship between Sue and Walter fully develops and presents a powerful example of the impact of the Covid pandemic on the life of a promising black teenager.

  • Cast Size: 3M 4W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Helvetica Burke: adventurer, writer, and cynic, has spent her life packaging Death neatly between the lines of her beloved children’s books, with her trusty stuffed bear Myron by her side. When she encounters Death head-on however, she finds the storybook truths within the realities of her past, present, and future.

  • 3M 4W Flexible Casting
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

As her husband serves in WWII, Hilda takes over the family business. Soon after returning home from war, Lyle’s health deteriorates. Some of the younger waitresses at the diner are suspicious of Hilda’s intentions with the men in town because of her magnanimous personality. After Hilda’s life is threatened, her brother-in-law wonders if Hilda is a victim or a black widow. 

  • Cast Size: 2M 5W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

HISSTORY by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons

Cast Size: 7W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

It’s 150 years in the future and only women exist. A couple (an artist and a geneticist) are pregnant with their first child and have gathered the family together to announce the good news. Just before the guests arrive, the couple learns some earth-shattering news about the baby that may change the course of history. 

The Importance of Eating Ernest by Ben Plopper

The struggles of being British, rich, and self-absorbed can be rather difficult to manage. Do you serve pâté or caviar? Which high-end brandy should be always on-hand and in which crystal decanter? What to do when the regular hired help doesn’t show up for your fabulous dinner party, and how to handle the replacement houseboy who really doesn’t look that well and has a predilection for human brains? A zombie would normally be quite the bother, but there are so many more pressing concerns, like how to your infidelity from your possibly also cheating spouse? Is it possible to be so self-absorbed that you don’t even realize that there’s a zombie among you, and who will be eaten first?

  • Cast Size: 4M 3F
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

THE ITHACA LADIES READ MEDEA by Arthur M. Jolly

Cast Size: 1M 6W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

The year is 1953, and the House Unamerican Activities Committee is at its peak, fomenting suspicion and distrust, nowhere more so than in the insular world of Academia. Adjacent to this world, but inextricably intertwined, five women, shackled by societal constraints, defined by their husbands careers and politics, are meeting for their monthly play reading – knowing that one of them has betrayed the others to save her husbands position at the University. This is the evening they have chosen to read Medea – and as they delve into the classic Greek tragedy, their own stories unfold, their secrets and betrayals are brought to light, and their friendships are tested, shattered, and renewed.

  • Cast Size: 2M 5W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

When a young maiden who has never touched a sword learns she must defend her inheritance in a duel, she struggles with a milksop suitor, a servant girl posing as a Prussian fencing master, a Prussian fencing master who thinks he is there to marry her, a stodgy lawyer and her domineering aunt – the finest blade anywhere – to save her house and lands. Like all classic farces, everyone gets the ending they deserve in unexpected ways… but will they be satisfied?

In 1910 Chicago, the social reformer Louisa hires the immigrant mechanic Sully to build her a new heating system. After convincing Louisa that his steam boiler absolutely will not make her pregnant, Sully realizes he will get nowhere romantically without listening to her lectures about worker rights and suffrage. When the mysterious Mr. McRee pulls Sully into a campaign to challenge the banking establishment, he finally sees the struggle between capital and labor, and joins Louisa in a greater progressive movement that is worth their sacrifice. LIKE MONEY IN THE BANK is a comedy-history about one of the era’s most romantic events, the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank.

  • Cast Size: 4M 3W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rte: $75 per performance

As the school year comes to an end; Amy is desperate to make some memories. Unfortunately, nothing exciting has happened until the principal goes missing! Can Amy organize a secret group of students to find out what happened to him before the bullies find out he’s gone!?

  • Cast Size: 1M 3B 3G (Gender Flexible)
  • Running Time: Under and Hour
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per Performance

Mamma Mia – La Befana?! weaves the ancient Italian Epiphany tale, La Befana, into a contemporary American setting. Could the fun loving sixty-something Nonna from Florida really be the thousands of years old scruffy old woman who on January 5th delivers gifts to the good children and coal to the bad? The answer becomes evident as Nonna/Befana uses her holiday magic to find her lost and injured granddaughter, Mary.  Every January, La Befana finds all the Italian children in the world, this year she finds one very special Italo-Americana, her granddaughter.

  • Cast Size: 3M 4F
  • Running Time: Under an Hour
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

METROPOLIS HAS NO SUPERMAN by G. William Zorn

Cast Size: 4M 3W
Running Time: 2 hrs
Royalty: $60 per performance

Winner of the 2009 Mark Twain Prize for Comedy Playwriting.

Chance is the creator of Queer-Boy comics. What else would you expect from a kid who grew up in Metropolis, Illinois? When his father decides to kill Superman in order to get his son to come home, he dies in the process and now Chance must go home for the funeral and its aftermath. 

THE MILKY WAY CABARET by Greg Romero

An alcoholic magician tries to win his family back through a disappearing act. Staked outside The Milky Way Cabaret, a pair of clown-costumed assassins reveal everything. And the grown-up version of the magician’s daughter travels back in time, through black holes, to try to save her father’s life.Is humanity bigger than the universe? Is a heart bigger than a planet? Set in a South Philly nightclub, The Milky Way Cabaret is a theatrical event inspired by the magical, time-travelin’, heart-exploding, meatloaf-making, hula-hooping, elephant-piss drinking people of the city of Philadelphia.  

  • Cast Size: 3M 4W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

MOONLIGHT & LOVE SONGS by Scott C. Sickles

Five years after their breakup, architect Harry Wallace unexpectedly encounters his much-younger ex Jim, who wants him back. Unsettled, Harry reflects on their romance, one that was filled with great affection, great sex, and great classic movies. Harry’s no-nonsense sister Diane was deeply concerned by their significant age difference, while his brother-in-law Ben just wanted him to be happy. When a disturbing revelation imploded their motion picture perfect romance, Harry and Jim were left to pick up the shambles of their suddenly separate lives. Back in the present, Harry must confront the question: what’s stopping them from being together now?

  • Cast Size: 2M 5W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

When seventeen-year-old purse thief Jeremy climbs through his bedroom window with some loot, the last thing he expects is to be followed by the middle-aged, asthmatic husband of the woman whose purse he stole. Jeremy has a lot going on: his mother is a television addict and always on his case, he used all his money to buy his crush (Ellen) flowers, and his dad has just died. The man who follows Jeremy is Leon, who wants his wife, Mona’s, purse returned. Jeremy and Leon meet for the supposed first time in Jeremy’s bedroom, but as the play goes back in time, we find this isn’t the first convergence between Jeremy and Leon’s families. A comedy that explores how our worlds are smaller than we think, and how our similarities connect us more than our differences.

  • Cast Size: 3M, 2W, 1 Teen B, 1 Teen G (with doubling)
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

NEUROTIC MONKEYS by Alan Kilpatrick (Available Feb 1)

Cast Size: 3M 4W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Professor Sergei Kaminski, a noted expert on the “Butcher of Minsk” serial murders, champions the release of a man he believes has been falsely charged with the crimes. Opposing him is Major Natasha Baranski, an ambitious police official who is suspicious of the criminologist’s motives. Kaminski’s life begins to unravel when he is approached by the accused’s girlfriend who, believing that Kaminski is the real culprit, creates a fantastic and dangerous plan to free the prisoner. She wants him to commit another Butcher murder – this time on her.

Roy and Helen Akers live a quiet and peaceful life in their little home. Their tranquility is interrupted one night by the arrival of a trio of men who have managed to “unsuccessfully” rob a nearby bank. What follows next is a tense, humorous and even heartbreaking account of a group of people who are thrust together in the most unlikely of circumstances and the will to survive that drives them all.

  • Cast Size: 6M 1F
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

NO BUSINESS LIKE IT By Carl L. Williams (Available Feb 1)

Cast Size: 3M 4W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

A frazzled director in rehearsal for a musical finds herself contending with the executive director’s latest dimwitted girlfriend, who can’t sing, the quarrelsome male lead, who can’t quit complaining, and the executive director himself, who can’t stop interfering. His uncle, the owner of the theater, begins to wonder if the show really must go on. Music is forgotten when confusion takes the stage, as theater staff and cast members clash in pursuit of art, commerce, and romance.

ON THE EXPECTATION OF WHITE CHRISTMASES by Brian C. Petti

Cast Size: 2M 4W 1G
Running Time: 90 minutes
Royalty: $60 per performance

On the Expectation of White Christmases takes place in 1975 suburban New York from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.  It tells the story of Mary, an 11-year old girl who is waiting for her long-estranged father to show up for a Christmas dinner reconciliation.  Mary lives (quite uncomfortably) in her Irish grandparents’ house with her mother Katherine.  Her Nana, the unquestioned authority in her home, is decidedly against the prospect of hosting a dinner for the man who abandoned her daughter and pulls no punches in letting Mary know exactly what she thinks of him.  Mary waits fruitlessly for her father’s arrival with her promised bike, but dinner and the rest of the night go by. When the father finally appears drunk at 3 in the morning, the entire family is forced to confront very real Christmas ghosts.With equal parts humor and pathos, On the Expectation of White Christmases explores the trials of familial love, hope and redemption. 

Growing up gay in the “fabulous” 70s was no picnic for the precocious budding writer Phillie McDougal. Through nuns, priests, bullying classmates, parents – and years later the realization his best friend may not be the person he thought she was – he lived to tell the tales, with results no one bargained for. Including him.

  • Cast Size: 3M 4W with doubling
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate $75 per performance

Valerie’s world is turned upside down when she learns she is being unjustly fired by St. Sebastian University. As she attempts to save her career from freefall, she discovers the corruption running rampant among her conservative, religious male colleagues. Meanwhile, Valerie’s star student, Marina, is lured into sex work to pay her tuition. As the costs become too high to bear, Valerie and Marina find the seedy underbellies of their career paths exposed, but which profession is more corrupt isn’t entirely clear. As religion, sex, and politics collide, both women must answer the question: how much should be sacrificed for a job?

  • Cast Size: 3M 4W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Seven charming and sometimes fiery Southern lesbians volunteer to plan the first LGBTQ prom for the local high school students. The twenty plus years of life since college have not dulled the jealousy and unrequited love of a few of the old friends. A successful sorority sister returns to town determined to romance the woman she has loved all of her life. Grief and mourning are on full display as the lovers expose their separate pain. As prom night arrives, plans unravel, infidelities are revealed and these women are forced to confront their fears. The first dance commences at dusk on the worn floor of the café in hopes that dreams really can come true.

  • Cast Size: 7W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

STUD DUCKS & HORNY TOADS by H. Russ Brown

Cast Size: 4M 2W 1B

Running Time: 90 minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 performance

Stud Ducks and Horny Toads follows the misadventures of Milton Day and his grandson, Russell, as they blaze a trail of bull$#!+ across West Texas in this All-American comedy of warmth, wit, family, and taxidermied lizards! 

Winner of the 2003 KCACTF Region III One-Act Playwriting Competition.

TEENIE by Nicholas Priore

Cast Size: 3M 3W 1M/W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Nick and Tammy injured their daughter, Teenie, when she was an infant. After a short prison sentence, they were able to turn their lives around and start a new family…but Teenie remained completely debilitated and bed-ridden, under the custody and care of a woman named Marion. Just after Teenie’s eighteenth birthday, Marion grants Nick and Tammy permission to visit her for the first time in all those years, so that they can see the long-term effects of what they did. When things take a turn during the visit, Nick and Tammy find themselves confronted with brand new consequences for something they did as teenagers. 

Tinderbox takes place during the East St. Louis Riots of 1917. The Potts Family, black migrant workers from the South, arrive along with 470 other blacks in February 1917 at the height of management-labor conflict and increased racial tensions in industrial East St. Louis. The play leads up to the May 27 conflicts leading up to the deadly July 2 attacks by white rioters on blacks, the wanton destruction of property in the black section of East St. Louis, and the senseless massacre of hundreds of Blacks. The mob violence escalates, threatens the South End section of East St. Louis where they live, and the Potts are forced to defend themselves from imminent danger.

  • Cast Size: 4M 3W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

TRICKSTER AT THE GATE by John Patrick Bray

Cast Size: 3M 2W Plus Dancers 
Running Time: 1hr 10 minutes
Royalty: $40 per performance

Nell is the human incarnation of the Yoruba God Esu Elegba, who is being forced to live a mortal life as penance for human deformities and suffering. We are given a glimpse of three time periods: her life in Southern Louisiana; during the Harlem Renaissance; and finally, Nell as an old woman, nearly forgotten by everyone. 

WEDDING BLISTERS by Bonnie Milne Gardner

Anna is called suddenly to the surprise wedding of her prominent widowed father. The unknown bride threatens to ruin the Ellsworth’s beloved Indiana home. And she’s Canadian! The ceremony is timed to occur during the fall Equinox on a remote Great Lakes island resort where, seven years ago, Anna met and lost the love of her life. Since then, she’s become a bitter technical writer who loses her lunch at the first hint of an “I do.” As the family gathers for the ceremony, they uncover alarming details – Wiccan rituals, carnival schemes, dubious land deals. In desperation, Anna, her two sisters, and their Aunt Rusty plot to abduct the bride and enlighten the clueless groom. But who’s the handsome sailor with cousin Louella? Why is Aunt Rusty strangely protective of Anna? What is the bizarre report from the family doctor? Will Anna unscramble the mystery and discover who she can trust before it’s too late?! Based very loosely on the ridiculous antics of three sisters in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

  • Cast 2M 5W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK by Rita Anderson

Cast Size: 2M 5W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK is set in the fictional town of Dark Cloud, Texas, at the DRESSY BBQ FISH TACOS, a restaurant, dress, and bait-and-tackle shop that also offers fishing and hunting tours, as well as massages. DRESSY BBQ FISH TACOS is doing a booming business since the ghost town hopes to get into the Book of World Records for their Largest Ball of Dental Floss. The shop is like an old-fashioned General Store on steroids. It prides itself in finding you whatever you need, and they dabble in just about everything. But, when a “stranger” comes to town and promises to make them all rich, we learn that no one is who they claim to be in Dark Cloud and everyone has a secret. WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK, a serio-comedy with a farcical flair, takes its name from the creek that runs through San Antonio, and the script was inspired by the legend of La Llorona, the “weeping woman.”

WOMEN OF 4G by Amy Tofte

Cast Size: 7W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Seventy-five years in the future, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars … until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. 4G examines relationships between women under extreme duress. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, 4G’s science fiction world asks questions about power, leadership, responsibility, and ultimately, sacrifice.

WYATT EARP’S JEWISH ADVENTURE by Steve Gold

Cast Size: 4M 3W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Wyatt Earp lived with a Jewish woman for forty-seven years without benefit of marriage. Upon Earp’s death, the woman, Josephine Marcus, buried him in a Jewish cemetery in San Francisco. This play dramatizes their meeting and courtship in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, shortly before and directly following the gunfight at the OK Corral; Marcus played a subsidiary role in the events leading up to the gunfight. 

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