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Make it a Playscripts Holiday!

‘Tis the season… to produce one of Playscripts holiday hits! Here’s a list of both one-acts and full-lengths perfect for just about any audience!

 

AWickedChristmasCarol_825x8251. A Wicked Christmas Carol by Bobby Keniston

Holiday
110-120 Minutes
14f, 10m, 7 either

The Wicked Witch of the West wasn’t always that way, and when a ghostly figure whisks her away on a journey through her past, present, and future, she may find a second chance on Christmas Eve. Can familiar faces help to melt the Witch’s heart, or is she doomed to melt away herself? A Christmas classic gets a thrilling transformation, set in the magical world of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books.

 

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2. Closed for the Holidays by Cindy Marcus & Flip Kobler

Holiday Comedy
75-95 Minutes
11f, 5m, 4 any

After a blizzard shuts down the roads on Christmas Eve eve, a motley crew of travelers find themselves stranded at the local community center. From the lovelorn drama teacher with a bus full of students, to the quarrelsome couple on the way to their wedding, to the overeager Sheriff ready for some real criminal action, everyone has their own troubles to untangle. But to have a happy holiday, they’re going to need a miracle–or seven, to be exact.

 

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3. The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon by Mandy Conner

Comedy
90-100 Minutes
7f, 7m, 2 either

Welcome to Hopewood Falls, Vermont, where singles in adorable sweaters converge to look for love. Can disguises help royalty and/or movie stars find the down-to-earth connections they crave? Will evil city slickers destroy charming inns and/or Christmas tree farms? Isn’t it a little creepy for a meet-cute to depend on one person being in a coma?

 

juniebjones_BPS4. Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! by Allison Gregory

Holiday Comedy
85-90 Minutes
4f, 6m, 1 any

Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves?

 

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5. Making God Laugh by Sean Grennan

Comedy/Drama
120-130 Minutes
2f, 3m

Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children — a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star — all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.

 

giftofthemagi_BPS6. The Gift of the Magi adapted by Jon Jory

Christmas Comedy
45-55 Minutes
10f, 5m

This heartwarming romantic comedy, narrated by a group of Christmas carolers, tells the story of Della and Jim, who are desperately in love with each other but also very poor. In their attempts to buy each other proper Christmas gifts, a strange twist of fate leads the couple to find the perfect gifts for one another — but at an unexpected cost. A beautiful adaptation of the story by O. Henry. A full-length version is also available.

 

UnbreakableTC_BPS7. Unbreakable Timmy Cratchit by Tyler Dwiggins & Kathryn Funkhouser

Comedy/
30-35 Minutes
14f, 9m, 23 any

There are people who are excited about Christmas, and then there’s Tiny Tim Cratchit – he’s never met a seasonal sweater he didn’t love. When he discovers his overworked parents could use some extra cheer this year, the oddball optimist drafts his skeptical sister Belinda into a last-minute quest to make enough money to buy the perfect gifts.

 

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8. Miracle on South Division Street by Tom Dudzick

Comedy/Drama
85-95 Minutes
3f, 4m, 1 any

Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous Christmas Eve in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write and star in a one-woman Christmas show about the family miracle so the “whole world will know!” However, as her plans for theatrical immortality unfold, the entire family’s faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel.

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9. A Seussified Christmas Carol (One-Act) by Peter Bloedel

Comedy
30-40 Minutes
4f, 7m, 13 any

A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story…

 

WonderfulNeverland_BPS10. It’s a Wonderful Neverland by Jason Pizzarello & Patrick Greene

Comedy
30-35 Minutes
4f, 4m, 12 any

Neverland is turned on its head in this clever blend of It’s a Wonderful Life and J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. When the Lost Boys go missing, Peter Pan wishes he never came to Neverland. Unfortunately, his wish is granted by Tinkerbell’s unkempt fairy cousin, Stinkerbell, and Peter is given a glimpse of what the world would be like without him.

 

 

And don’t stop here! Explore all of our holiday titles, available for licensing today.

 

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