Ken Davenport’s Inner Circle
The first weekend in May I was in NY as part of Ken Davenport’s (Tony-award winning producer) Inner Circle. In this group. I am learning to produce and plan to take my comedy Breaking Out of Sunset Place to Off Broadway next year. It’s a geriatric Thelma & Louise plus 1 Comedy.
Reading of Breaking Out of Sunset Place at The Ensemble
The reading of Breaking Out of Sunset Place was very well received. The actors got a standing ovation after the performance. The audience loved the ladies of Sunset Place.
GREAT NEWS: STUCK IN RV LAND
Great News & SAVE THE DATE: Sunday Sept 16, 2018 at 6 pm. my new comedy STUCK IN RV LAND, will have a staged reading at Beaumont Community Players, as part of the BCP’s Summer Reading Series. It will be directed by John Manfredi, the new artistic director of BCP. They will let me know the script’s status the middle of August. Please keep a collective chant going for STUCK IN RV LAND.
A Mother Goose Comedy (Pioneer Drama)
This versatile comedy revue has been performed throughout the US as a small-cast professional theatre production and as a large-cast show performed by children. The world-famous, fun-loving Mother Goose is now retired and living in Mother Goose Resort Spa, where she has time to keep active and pursue her favorite hobbies. She’s really into sports and fitness! She gets tweets and texts, and even letters, from children all over the world who want to know how she got the ideas for her nursery rhymes. Assisted by the stage manager, her gander Sydney, she uses comedy sketches and audience participation to show how all of her nursery rhymes and characters came about. With energetic new twists — including a daredevil Humpty Dumpty, a suspicious Bo Peep, and a dancercising Mrs. Sprat — Mother Goose skates, jogs, and scuba-dives her way into children’s hearts. For more information about acquiring a script and production rights, click on A Mother Goose Comedy at Pioneer Drama Service.
Little Scrooge (Dramatic Publishing)
Cast: 2 to 4m., 3 to 7w. Little Scrooge is an extremely creative, kid-friendly adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. When an adolescent boy, Eben Scrooge, strikes it rich and makes a million dollars by inventing a popular phone app called Where’s Fluffy?, which can help a person find a lost pet, he loses sight of what really matters in life. Eben’s own life is taken over by greed. Worse, he actually stole the idea from his best friend, Bobbie Cratchitt, who now works for Eben, trying to raise money to buy the medicine that will help heal her little brother Tiny Tim’s crippled legs. The show is loaded with lots of Christmas songs, sung a cappella, that will put smiles on the faces of everyone in the audience and enchant them. There is even a talking mirror to jolt Eben into seeing the reflection of the way his life will be if he doesn’t change. The Ghost of Christmas Past (a surfer dude), the Ghost of Christmas Present (a beautiful spirit with an attitude) and the Ghost of Christmas Future (an eerie figure in white) help Eben to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Suitable for touring and kids of all ages, Little Scrooge is guaranteed to delight the entire family. It’s the perfect holiday outing. Unit set. Little Scrooge is now published by Dramatic Publishing. For more information about acquiring a script and production rights, click on Little Scrooge at Dramatic Publishing.
Snow Queen (Brooklyn Publishers)
Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, this is the story of two young friends, Gerda and Kai, whose friendship is torn apart, when Kai under the Snow Queen’s spell, follows the Queen to her Ice Palace. There he is doomed to spend eternity in a world devoid of human compassion. Only the enduring love of young Gerda can save him. But before she does, she must venture out into a world filled with danger. Here’s what a review from the Theatre Winter Haven, Florida production says about the play …“It is a mesmerizing story … perfect for a snowy day in winter or warm day in spring.” “I’m excited about THE SNOW QUEEN… it’s a great, great script!” Editor/Publisher of Brooklyn Publishers For more information about acquiring a script and production rights, click on The Snow Queen at Brooklyn Publishers.
The Archer and the Princess (Full Length / Dramatic Publishing)
Based on a Russian folktale “Go I Know Not Whither and Fetch I Know Not What.” Original “Croon Cat” Song by Rock Barry. Cast: 4 to 6 m., 3 to 5 w. Performers may be children or adults. Imagine the characters of the Czar, the Councilor and the Wizard as the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo and Chico) and the roles of Maria and her husband, Andre the Archer, as the love interest, and you’ve got a funny comedy. The Czar wants to marry Maria, so to get rid of the archer, the Czar sends him on three seemingly impossible missions: to fetch Croon Cat, the legendary beast of the forest; to go to the Next World to visit the Czar’s dead father; and to go there he knows not where and fetch that he knows not what. Also, the Czar is on a Methuselah diet to live to be 200 years old, so he’s been eating lots of chicken and is beginning to turn into a giant chicken. And did we mention that Baba Yaga is Maria’s long-lost mother and there’s a magic rug involved somehow? It’s a fun show with many stylized locations and is easy to tour. Audiences of all ages love this comedy. Premiered at Main Street Theater in Houston. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes. For more information about acquiring a script and production rights, click on The Archer and the Princess at Dramatic Publishing.
Full Length Plays
Stuck in RV Land
Cast of 10 (3M, 7F) Felon Rhonda Russell is beyond stunned when she inherits the Shangri-La RV Resort worth a million dollars from her estranged granddad. This full-length comedy features a cast of 10, with 7 fun women’s roles, including Rhonda’s zany, “special-brownie-making” granny; a sarcastic British office manager and a conniving cousin, along with her husband, hell-bent on stealing the RV resort away from Rhonda and sending her to jail. It is a hilarious comedy, guaranteed to delight any audience PG-13. Scheduled for the 2017-18 season at Port Arthur Little Theatre. To obtain a copy of the script, please contact email@example.com or call 713 784 9400.
Comedy for All Seasons
Cast of 4-5 (3F, 2M) to play all roles in 8 comedy sketches, a full-length comedy Comedy for All Seasons features 8 comedy sketches for all seasons, including The Joy of Little League, You Bring Out the Animal in Me…or Full Moon, Gramps’ Christmas Story, The Radio Contest, The Pageant, Survival Mart, To Granny D’s in the RV We Go and Bad Baby Bunting & the Rabbit. $50 per performance for this two act. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the script.
Au Revoir, Chère Bêbê
Great-grandmother Lisette may have lived most of her life in Texas, but her roots go deep into the Cajun soil of Louisiana. Now, as her family (her twin 70- year-old daughters), her grand-daughter and her teenager great-granddaughter, gather around her and argue amongst themselves, Lisette is retreating more and more into the memories of her early years … with her beloved, late husband Jacques who appears to her as a ghost, beckoning her to follow him. Does she still have time, is she still able, to find someone to take and treasure the legacy she has to pass on? The play Au Revoir, Cher Bébé (Goodbye, Sweet Baby) has a number of readings in the New York public libraries through Playwrights Preview Productions (now Urban Stages). A short scene was included in an evening of shorts at the Robey Theatre in L.A. Design/Tech Considerations (Scenery, Costumes, Lighting, Sound): The sound design requires a Cajun fiddle. Every time the ghost of the Cajun great-grandfather appears, we hear that haunting sound of the fiddle. The set design features a back porch with a handicap ramp that leads to the park nearby. Much of the action takes place in the kitchen with “memory scenes” happening in the bedroom and in the back yard. Other considerations (Language, content, difficulty, etc.): Two characters: the great-grandmother and great-grandfather speak with a heavy Cajun accented English. There is a smattering of Cajun French in the play for flavor, just enough so that the audience will hear the beauty of the language. As for the other characters, because the twin daughters grew up in Texas, they have a Texas accent. The grand-daughter who left early on, moving to New Mexico has a more middle America-accented English, as does her daughter. This play has not been produced but has had numerous readings in New York, LA and Houston. The script is available through the author at Playitstore. Royalty fees are $85 per performance. Please email email@example.com or call 713 784 9400 to request a PDF of the script.
Breaking Out of Sunset Place
Winner of the Texas Playwrights Festival in ’94, with a World Premiere at 7 Angels Theatre, Waterbury. Ct, this full-length comedy features an ethnically diverse cast of five, with 3 older females (1 African American), 1 African-American male who plays 6 roles & 1 female plays all the extra roles. As two elderly women Maudie (African-American) and her best friend Emmy (Caucasian) prepare to “commandeer a car” and break out of Sunset Place, Emmy’s dreaded roommate Olivia learns of their planned escape and wants to come. Both Maudie and Emmy can’t stand her, but they have no choice … If they don’t take Olivia, she will tell! Each woman has her own reason for the break out … as they bring us along on their cross-country romp, from Texas to Louisiana onto Georgia, heading for Florida. “BREAKING OUT OF SUNSET PLACE took our audiences on a light-hearted, comical and zany tour as the three ladies of Sunset Place made their escape, a route that was paved night after night with the audience’s laughter. Our audiences most enjoyed the true-to-life subject matter — aging and the dependency that aging enforces and the resulting “revolt.” Identifying with the ladies of Sunset Place seemed to take hold of both young and old audience members. In the true transforming process of theatre – as accomplished in this work — they cheered for the ladies as much as for themselves. The show received incredibly positive word of mouth, with many sales to those who had heard about the show. The play was a tremendous box office success! I strongly endorse Patricia Barry Rumble’s work.” Semina De Laurentis, Artistic Director, Seven Angels Theatre The script is available through the author at Playitstore. Royalty fees are $75 per performance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713 784 9400 to request a PDF of the script.
Sandy Thompson, WWII Woman Pilot
Cast of 3 (1 Caucasian F, 1 Caucasian M, 1 Asian M) Sandy Thompson was the first American woman to get her wings, flying a bomber in WWII. In a monologue, she tells her story of the excitement and drama of flying when most women were housewives on the home front. The audience learns some of the amazing history of the WASP (Women Air Service Pilots) program and how these women served as pilots, doing their part as the Greatest Generation. Sandy Thompson is one of the monologues from VOICES OF AMERICA WWII, a play written by Patricia Barry Rumble, featuring real people’s stories. The WASP photos are “Courtesy of the WASP Archive, The TWU Libraries’ Women’s Collection, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas.” $20 per performance for Sandy Thompson. $50 for the 3 monologues in VOICES OF AMERICA WWII Please email email@example.com for a copy of the script.
Plays for Young Audiences
Aesop’s Funny Fables in German, Italian and Spanish
Aesops Lustige Fabeln (Übersetzung von Lindmuth Fuller) 19 Rollen für ältere Schauspieler oder Erwachsene zu spielen. Dies Schauspiel kann mit nur 5 Schauspielern gespielt werden, wenn man Doppelrollen spielt. Ein einfaches Szenenbild oder ein gegebener Schauplatz. Leicht damit auf Tour zu gehen. Als der alte Mann Aesop von seinem Traum erwacht, erkennt er, dass er von den Geschichten geträumt hat, die sein Grossvater ihm erzählte, die Fabeln von Aesop. In seinem Traum erschienen die Leute aus seiner Nachbarschaft als Tiere aus Aesops Fabeln. Wir sehen 4 Charakter von der Nachbarschaft … ein modisches Mädchen, ein Rowdy (Rüpel), ein ungeselliger Junge und eine alte Frau. Zusammen mit Aesop führen uns diese Charakter durch Aesops Welt auf entzückend komische Art. Es gibt 8 Fabeln, von denen “Der Löwe und die Maus,” “Die Ameise und der Grasshüpfer” und “Der Hase und die Schildkröte” die berühmtesten sind. Le Divertenti Favole di Esopo (traduzione di Albino Buscemi) Adatte per un complesso di vecchi attori 19 ruoli da interpretare per vecchi attori o adulti. Questo spettacolo puo’ essere interpretato da pochi attori come 5 per esempio che interpretano piu’ ruoli. Uno scenario unico o uno posto qualunque. Molto facile da girare. Come si risveglia dal sogno il vecchio Esopo si rende conto di aver sognato riguardo alle favole che suo nonno soleva raccontargli … le favole di Esopo. Nel suo sogno la gente del vicinato apparivano come animali, come da le favole di Esopo. Vediamo 4 personaggi del suo vicinato. Una ragazza alla moda, un bullo, un ragazzo tutto studio (il topo da bibblioteca) e una vecchia signora. In compagnia di Esopo, questi personaggi ed altri ci conducono attraverso il mondo di Esopo in maniera deliziosamente comica. Incluse, ci sono 8 favole, le più famose sono: “Il Leone e il Topo,” “La Formica e il Grillo” e “Il Leprotto e La Tartaruga.” Las Graciosas Fabulas de Esopo (traducido por Flavia Companys) 19 papeles para actores mayores o adultos. Esta obra puede ser actuada por sólo 5 actores que podrían realizar diferentes papeles Se necesita un escenario simple o cualquier lugar donde se pueda actuar. Muy fácil para realizar una gira teatral. Cuando el anciano Esopo se despierta de un sueño, se da cuenta que había estado soñando con los cuentos que su abuelo le contaba … las fábulas de Esopo. En su sueño la gente de su vecindario aparecía como los animales de las fábulas de Esopo. Vemos a cuatro personajes del vecindario … una muchacha vestida muy a la moda, un muchacho machote, un muchacho estudioso y una anciana. Esopo, al igual que estos personajes, nos adentran en el mundo de Esopo de una manera cómica y divertida. Royalty per performance $35.00. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the script.
The Night the Animals Talked
Easy to produce in a church setting, this 30 minute play features 19 roles for children to perform, starring in the story of how the animals talked on the night that Jesus was born. It is the story of the Littlest Shepherd and that miracle that happened so long ago. Everyone gets involved, including the congregation, who become the Heavenly Choir as they sing all the carols we know and love, as part of the Christmas pageant. It’s a great play for everyone to enjoy during the Christmas season. Royalty per performance $30.00. Please email email@example.com for a copy of the script.
Ransom of Red Chief
Cast of 3 (3 M, or 2M and 1 F) O. Henry’s literary, turn-of-the-century classic comes to life in this hilarious adaptation. This is the story of two crooks who plan a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap the very energetic son of a local banker in South Alabama. But, the kidnappers get much more than they bargained for with the rambunctious Red Chief. Suitable for All Ages. Royalties for show. $35 per performance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the script.
Cast of 6 (3F, 3M) or 4 (2 F, 2 M) Little Red is a very modern take on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. A shy teenager, Little Red helps her grandmother with the social media for Granny’s Café. Granny Red, a retired country music star, owns the super successful diner, made famous with Little Red’s help and with a very special pet, their giant chicken Gallinita. Enter the Big Bad Wolf, a money-hungry businessman scheming to take over the place. Can Little Red stop him before he takes over the café and Storytown, too? And will Little Red be able to find her own voice and save the day? Cost of royalties: $50 per performance, which includes performance tape mp3 and vocal recordings of original songs imp mp3. Please email email@example.com for a copy of the script.