2022 NEW RELEASES

BEARS by Mark Rigney 

Cast Size: 2M 2W (1 pre-recorded voice)

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance 

The world is going to hell in a hand-basket, but neither Growl Bear nor Timmy Bear, two grizzlies stuck in a suddenly deserted zoo, have the least idea what a hand-basket might be. What they do know is that their keeper is in tears more often than not, and the treats they used to get from cheerful zoo visitors are long gone. Enter Suzie Wild Bear, a committed loner brought to the zoo for breeding purposes. As the zoo shuts down around them, the three bears form an alliance and escape to the supposed paradise of the wilderness.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU by Philip Middleton Williams

Donny is a successful writer of romance novels living in the Florida Keys with his girlfriend, Anna, a successful realtor.  Both have what they think is their dream life.  To make things even better, Donny’s agent Barbara arrives to offer him more money by turning his bodice-rippers into made-for-TV movies.  But then, Bobby Cramer appears.  He is the main character in the novel that Donny abandoned to write romance novels.  Bobby asks Donny: “Why have you left me in the bottom of your desk drawer?  I’d like to know what happened to me.”  This leads to a series of confrontations between the author and his fictional character who is, in many ways, the guy Donny wishes he could be.  Meanwhile, Anna begins to look at her life and wonders if just selling real estate is all there is for her.  She’d like to start a family.  Donny must choose between Anna and their comfortable life or Bobby and the unknown.

  • Cast Size: 3M 2W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

COM WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY by H. Russ Brown (Available Feb 1)

  • Cast Size: 8M 3W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance
  • A down-home comedy VERY loosely based on actual people and events!  It is Fall of 1967 in the small town of Texas City, Texas and Dr. Herbert F. Stallworth already has plenty to contend with in getting his new community college off the ground in their temporary quarters in an old dilapidated high school, but an Open House Night for local VIPs with no A/C just before a vital bond election doesn’t make it any easier! Throw in a greedy mayoral candidate, a wily local business owner, a very vocal student senate, a well-meaning custodian and additional pressure from “the powers that be” and you’ve got a hurricane of commotion! But with his trademark wit and affability, Dr. Stallworth navigates the rocky waters in this funny and affectionate mix of fact and fiction. The rest, as they say, is history!

DISABILITY FORWARD! is a first – a collection of 11 short plays, all of which include Deaf or Disabled characters. The plays are written in a wide variety of styles, ranging from folksy naturalism to biting satire to searing drama. The richly drawn characters span ethnic groups, sexuality and gender identification, and provide outstanding – and much-needed opportunities for Deaf or Disabled actors. 

  • Cast Size: Flexible Casting
  • Running Time: Variable
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance, contact for individual plays
  • A DIVINE KERFUFFLE by H. Russ Brown
  • Cast Size: 3M 3W 6M/W
  • Running time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

The year is 1895 and Sarah Bernhardt is the greatest actress to ever grace the Victorian stage – just ask her! The “Divine Sarah” fears, however, her once bright star may be fading with all the attention suddenly being lavished on a talented, younger rival. When she stumbles across an incredible new script written by a naïve, but up-and-coming playwright, though, Sarah is convinced her path to theatrical immortality is assured… until her rival also gets her hands on a copy. Throw in a fuss-budget theatre manager, a stern Teutonic maid, a nimble-footed usher, plus a hilarious jumble of confusions and complications – and the stage is set for the ultimate showdown as the two dueling divas cross wits and blades in this frantically funny farce!

FAMINE PLAYS by Richard Caliban

A diverse group of characters struggle with survival as catastrophic climate change envelopes the US. and civilization unravels. Among them: A businessman setting out with Walt Whitman-like ideals; a wet nurse on her way to a job; and a young girl on the road with her desperate mother.

In Richard Caliban’s “Famine Plays,” the center of the country cannot hold. America’s heartland has become a disaster area. Facing unemployment and poverty, people move from street to highway, looking for a resting zone. Some grasp a livelihood in crime. No one has enough to eat, and there is no solace on the horizon. The once-sedentary become eternal nomads, as the Okies did in the 1930’s.

  • Cast Size: 5M 4W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
  • FERNANDO by Steven Haworth (Available Feb 1)
  • Cast Size: 2M 1W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Fernando is a farce about tragic people set in Madrid. Zachariah Smythe, assistant professor of art, has come to Madrid to study a painting by Fernando De La Cruz. Zach considers the painting a masterpiece and the painter one of the greatest Spanish artists of the last one hundred years. He is entirely alone in this. Still, Zach is willing to bet everything on an article about this enormous painting. Unfortunately, he has run out of professional chances, the memory of his wife’s suicide preys on him, his time in Madrid is limited, and his sobriety is tenuous. Enter Teresa, a brilliant and beautiful Spanish woman full of secrets and rage. The play explores the conflict between love and art, devotion and submission, and the danger in making men into gods.

THE FIRECE URGENCY OF NOW by Doug DeVita

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

FORTUNE TELLER by Coni Koepfinger

Cast Size: 3M 2W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Why is that we never know what we’ve got till it’s gone? In “Fortune Teller” Madame Lily tries to teach her despondent nephew Matt that our true gifts can only be found in the here and now. While pining over losing the girl of his dreams, or so he thinks, Matt misses his unexpected present. Meanwhile, as soon as he puts his attention on the things that need it, his true desire will unfold.

FOUL FEAST by Gregory Bray and John Patrick Bray (Available Feb 1)

  • Cast Size: 6M 4W 1M/F or Trained Dog
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Bertrand and Bernard Lavishly invite a group of guests ostensibly to get to know the locals, however it slowly becomes revealed that they may be more interested in creating the right circumstances for ritual sacrifice. If Neil Simon had written Midsommar for Frasier and Niles Crane, the result would be the uproarious farce Foul Feast.

GIVING by Ellen Abrams

Gillian Lowell was a vice president at a pharmaceutical company—until a drug the company made caused the deaths of four children. Devastated by the part she played in the tragedy, Gillian is trying to start her life over as an fundraiser for a small children’s charity. But there she will learn that it is impossible to hide from her past, and that she must stand up against what she knows is wrong.

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

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
  • GRUMBLE GROMBER by Jake Hunsbusher (Available Feb 1)
  • Cast Size: 3M 3W
  • Running Time: Under an Hour 
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

In this One-Act comedic romp, six high-school students try to form a last-minute team for an upcoming improv competition. However, some of the students are more excited about it than others. If they’re going to have any chance of coming together as a team, they will all have to learn a little bit about themselves, each other, and Grumble Gromber.

  • 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 HINDU AND THE COWBOY by Donna Woodward Ziegenhorn
  • Cast Size: Large Flexible Cast
  • Running Time: 60+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

A one-act play inspired by stories of area residents collected in interviews. It gives voice to people of many faith and cultural traditions and the experiences that shaped their lives. The play includes stories based on a young Muslim and his surprise encounter with New York City fire fighters after 9-11 … an African American pastor and the once enslaved grandmother he’ll never forget … A Polish Jew and her story of sacrifice and survival … The Hindu and the cowboy who come face to face over the fate of land … and more. While the stories themselves come from people in Kansas City, the experiences and themes conveyed transcend regional boundaries. References may be adapted as locally appropriate. “The Hindu and the Cowboy” has been recognized by Harvard University’s Pluralism Project and received awards from the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, Missouri Association of Social Welfare (Kansas City) and other organizations.

  • I AM MACBETH by Domenick V. Danza
  • Cast Size: Large Flexible Cast
  • Running Time: 60+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Tyrone’s high school drama club is holding auditions for their first Shakespeare production. The new drama teacher has chosen “The Scottish Play”. As Tyrone and his best friend Oscar prepare for the audition, they discuss the fact that, since they are Sophomores, they don’t have a chance at any of the leading roles. Tyrone’s mother, aunt, and grandmother try to encourage Tyrone to raise his expectation by proclaiming three surprising predictions. At the audition, Tyrone is overcome with a level of ambition and desire he never fathomed he had. He betrays Oscar, who comes back to haunt Tyrone in one of his auditions scenes. He allows himself to be manipulated by Sky, the queen of the “untouchable” girls, who is ruthless in her desire to obtain the role of Lady Macbeth. Tyrone manages to gain the attention of the new drama teacher and has a good chance of being cast in the role of Macbeth. After opening up to his father about his fears of being cast in the lead role, Tyrone learns a few family secrets that explain a lot about the bizarre behavior over the past few days.  This play is written for high school student actors to perform for a high school audience. The main objective is to provide students a chance to perform full Shakespeare scenes within the context of a present-day situation, in order gain an understanding of the intention in Shakespeare’s writing. 

THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION By Arthur M. Jolly (Available Feb 1)

  • 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?

  • MOTHER OF GOD! by Michele A. Miller
  • Cast Size: 6M 3W (Doubling possible)
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
  • Miriam has a problem.  She’s engaged to an older, rich man but she’s with child despite the fact that she has “known not a man.” Her parents are no help and her betrothed, Joseph, for all his prayers, doesn’t believe in miracles.  Everyone insists he accept this child as ‘King of the Jews’ but is this the same King those three ‘Magi’ are looking for or are they just out for a buck?  As Miriam’s womb grows Joseph must make a decision — let wife and child die or believe the impossible and discover Love? A comedy written by a Jewish mother about the ultimate Jewish Mother, this play investigates the politics of sex and the politics of religion within the story of the coming of the new messiah.

MURDER IN A CEMETERY by Sawyer Quinn Brown

A group of unusual characters gather for the vampire Lady Sanguina’s crypt-warming party. But halfway through Sanguina’s after-dinner speech, she coughs up blood and falls down dead. In this zany comedy, a vampire, a nonbinary zombie, a werewolf who doesn’t know she’s a werewolf, and the butler, Igor, among others, must race to find the perpetrator of the murder before the sun comes up. 

  • Cast Size: 4F, 2M, 1NB, 5 ANY
  • 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.

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.

Six Feet Apart by Chantel Langlinais Carlson

Six Feet Apart is a series of monologues focusing on the impacts of living during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The individual interviews were conducting via Zoom with five friends during February 2021-June 2021 focusing on the topics of: the beginning of the pandemic, life in quarantine, the impact on jobs, COVID hitting home, coping, COVID summer, and coming together.  This project reflects an intersection of those stories at a time we thought we had seen it through to the end.  

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

In this collection, Ayers, Dorsett, Hetrick and Koepfinger pen works that expose the power of healing. Each of these five plays uniquely addresses the importance of interpersonal relationships through simple friendships or clinical settings. Spotlight Healing sets its survivors center stage.

  • The Labyrinth of Tears by Trish Ayers
  • How Many Times?  by Shan Ayers
  • Desperadas! by Dr. Vivian J. Dorsett
  • The Cultivation of Succulents by Jim Hetrick
  • Therapist by Coni Koepfinger

SOUTH STAR by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill

Cast Size: 1M 1W 1MorW

Running Time: Under an hour

Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

Set seven years in the future, during the second American Civil War, South Star is the story of a survivor, an inspiration, a reluctant hero who wishes she could just stop running.  Stelfinds herself in the company of two men – one an apparent victim, and one an apparent predator.  What commences is a figurative game of three-card-Monty; the stakes are Stel’s life.

THE TRIALS OF THE OSCILLATING MARBLE MAN by William Ludel

Cast Size: 7M 3W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

Benjamin Zwyckoff’s brilliant invention – the oscillating sprinkler – is stolen from him by the Arthur Morgan Lawn and Garden Company. Zwyckoff challenges them in court. During the trial he gets trapped in his memories: the marble championship he won when he was a kid, the visit to Ebbets Field for Jackie Robinson’s first game, the great love of his life that he lost because she was black girl and he was a white boy, the struggles with his wife and son, and the inventions he never got to create.

  • THE WAY STATION by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill
  • Cast Size: 2M 1W
  • Running Time: 45 minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

“The Way Station” is the story of three strangers from different places and times, each pulled out of their travels and dropped off at a mysterious way station. 

As they search for a way to escape and move on, Daisy, Thomas, and Jack pull and push each other to admitting their transgressions.  At this surreal crossroads, no excuse, lie, or self-delusion holds up to the scrutiny of the others, and each person must find the strength to see themselves truly and honestly.  Only then may they move on. 

  • WOMEN AT A WINDOW, MEN ON A BENCH by Glenn Alterman (Available Feb 1)
  • Cast Size: Variable
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

THE SEALING OF CEIL (2M 2W)

There has been a bloody murder in Ceil’s apartment building. This terrifies Ceil, an abused, lonely housewife. She is befriended by a neighbor, Fran, who cares very much about Ceil. One day after taking a walk to Times Square, Ceil meets a handsome stranger, Hank, in a bar, who also begins to care for Ceil and wants to protect her. Ceils relationship with Fran, Hank and her abusive husband all lead her to discovering who the murderer is.

TIME WOUNDS ALL HEALS (2M)

Tom and his young assistant Ted are seated on a bench in a desolate part of a park at dusk. They are there on an important “assignment.” While waiting, their conversation turns to the subject of loyalty, karma and consequences. Eventually we discover what their assignment is and learn the truth about their relationship.

LIKE FAMILY (2M 1W)

Ron Henschel has just arrived at his sister and her husband’s home in Monroe, New York. It is a snowy winter night. He has just been in a terrible car accident. He reveals that both his and Helen’s parents were killed in the accident.  Naturally Helen and her husband are very upset. The scene is a set up for a series of revelations about both Ron and the Gorders. With each new scene we learn more about who these people are and what their relationship is to each other.

  • WOUNDED by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm (Available Feb 1)
  • Cast Size: 2M 1W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

WOUNDED tells the story of a woman in the role of caregiver to her husband after he has been severely mentally and physically injured in the Iraq war. The show starts when she, for the first time, is considering having a real relationship with someone new while still taking care of her husband. It explores the question of what loyalty you owe your spouse when they stop being the person you married. 

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