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A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play
Kevin Connors and 1 other
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. A charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying "Bah Humbug!"
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Holiday Play with Music
75 - 90 minutes
2 f, 3 m (5-41 actors possible: 2-18 f, 3-23 m)
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (full-length version)
Joe Landry
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
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Holiday drama
75 - 90 minutes
2 f, 3 m (5-25 actors possible: 1-10 f, 1-15 m)
Antigone Now
Melissa Cooper
In the midst of a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother. This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story.
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Drama
50 - 60 minutes
3 f, 1 m (4-11 actors possible: 2-10 f, 1-9 m)
The Story Store
Alan Haehnel
At first glance, the Story Store might seem like just another place to buy the latest sleek technology - but what they sell is a lot more personal than a new phone. Any story you want is yours at the Story Store, courtesy of a fleet of lifelike robots and the helpful employees who operate them
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Comedy/Drama
35 - 45 minutes
5 f, 2 m, 20 either (17-40 actors possible: 5-38 f, 2-35 m)
The Importance of Being Earnest in a Pandemic: A Stay-At-Home Play
Don Zolidis
When you get a notification that Ernest has entered your video call, but Ernest is your false identity... Who in the world is about to log on? You're about to find out as a new medium ties an extra knot in the hilariously tangled web of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
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Comedy
65 - 75 minutes
4 f, 3 m, 1 either (7-8 actors possible: 4-5 f, 3-4 m)
4 A.M.
Jonathan Dorf
What's it like to be awake when the rest of your world is asleep? Meet an early-morning jogger, a radio DJ whose show may have an audience of none, a modern Romeo and Juliet, the author of a most unusual letter, and many other teen characters as they search for connection in the magic hour. Through a series of connected scenes and monologues, join them on their journey as they discover whether the monster under the bed is real and collectively wonder...is there anybody out there?
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Dramedy
30 - 35 minutes
3 f, 3 m, 6 either (6-40 actors possible: 3-20 f, 3-20 m)
10 Reasons You Should Have Stayed Home Sick Today
E. M. Bell
Nostalgic for your high school days? Then you haven't been there lately. Take a tour of high school's everyday horrors, from the dreaded surprise test to the battle for a bus seat, courtesy of an ensemble of students who play everyone from the tone-deaf choir kid to the teacher who talks at a snail's pace. Yeah, you're definitely gonna wish you took a sick day.
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Comedy
20 - 25 minutes
10 either (5-20 actors possible: 0-20 f, 0-20 m)
Cal in Camo
William Francis Hoffman
Cal's desperation mounts as she strains to breastfeed and care for her newborn, while her husband Tim resents his struggle to make sales in his new territory. But the extent of the unease that pervades this couple's new house won't fully come to light until Cal's brother Flynt arrives, reeling from the recent death of his wife. Do the wounds of the past irrevocably impact our capacity to connect? Heartbreaking and mysterious, Cal in Camo probes the nature of family bonds with lacerating humor and moments of blinding revelation.
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Comedy/Drama
70 - 80 minutes
1 f, 3 m (3-4 actors possible: exactly 1 f, 2-3 m)
Hedda Gabler
Christopher Shinn
This Broadway adaptation of Ibsen's timeless drama presents a sympathetic, yet striking and powerful, Hedda in the classic tale of her struggle to find a means of escape from a loveless, ordinary existence. Beginning with the return from her honeymoon, Hedda finds herself bored of her husband, and longing for the days when she was free to exercise her wild and independent whims.
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Drama
130 - 140 minutes
4 f, 3 m
This Is Your Brain on Social Media
Ian McWethy and 1 other
Something must be done about the children! When a school stages an intervention for three of their most social-media obsessed students, the ultra-righteous Amanda Boseman arrives armed with an array of cautionary tales. Firefighters are too busy taking selfies to fight fires! Romances are dictated by who the internet ships! Anybody could be a bot! Convinced yet? Inspired by interviews with teens about their online lives, This Is Your Brain on Social Media takes on both social-media madness and the grown-up hysteria over kids these days.
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Comedy
30 - 40 minutes
11 f, 5 m, 7 either (6-30 actors possible: 3-27 f, 3-27 m)
The Continuum Tales
Jason Pizzarello
A birthday for a man who doesn't know his age. A song that taunts a desperate prisoner. A storm bearing down on an unusal roadside motel. A couple finds them all in a mysterious book, said to be cursed, called... The Continuum Tales. In the spirit of The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, this genre-bending collection of seven short plays explores weird, futuristic, and haunting worlds eerily similar to our own. Filled with strange and humorous tales of technology gone wrong, nightmares of the mind, and what happens when we let our fears get the best of us, this modern sci-fi collection is sure to entertain.
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Short Play Collection
100 - 120 minutes
2 f, 2 m, 1 either (5-41 actors possible: 2-26 f, 2-27 m)
Miracle on South Division Street
Tom Dudzick
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. 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!"
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Comedy/Drama
85 - 95 minutes
3 f, 1 m
The Curious Case of the Pop Star and Her Penguins: A Stay-At-Home Play
Tyler Dwiggins
Pop superstar Jessica Jenee is on top of the world, with legions of fans awaiting her upcoming international tour - until scandal strikes. After she's caught stealing several penguins from the zoo, the tour is cancelled. Now Jessica's unfortunate manager can't go home for his son's birthday party until he breaks the bad news to everyone involved, from the intern to the astrologer. But what if there was a chance for Jessica to make things right? Could the ruthless talk show hosts and obsessed fans ever be satisfied? Find out in this smart, hilarious comedy written specifically for performance online.
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Comedy
25 - 30 minutes
1 f, 3 either (3-17 actors possible: 1-17 f, 0-16 m)
subText
Tyler Dwiggins
Even though everybody on the planet is just a text away, getting your message across has never been more complicated. subText is a hilarious series of vignettes detailing the awkwardness of dating in the digital age, from capturing the perfect selfie to making a relationship Facebook official. At its heart, subText is a reminder that "love is a lot of things, but it is rarely a thing of convenience."
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Comedy
80 - 90 minutes
13 f, 7 m (5-20 actors possible: 3-13 f, 2-7 m)
Lafayette No. 1
Mandy Conner
As the yellow fever epidemic ravages the streets of 1816 New Orleans, no one thinks of the orphans known as the Forgotten--except for Lizzie Landry. Lizzie brings bread from her mother's kind employer to the band of homeless youths she's befriended, even though local police and politicians consider them nothing but a nuisance. But when the epidemic entangles Lizzie's fate with those of the Forgotten, they all must band together to hold the city accountable for their most vulnerable citizens. A haunting and immediate historical drama.
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Drama
35 - 45 minutes
8 f, 7 m (15-25 actors possible: 8-13 f, 7-12 m)
The Incomplete Life & Random Death of Molly Denholtz
Ian McWethy
When somebody dies, what's the right thing to say? What are you supposed to do? How are you supposed to feel? Nobody really knows the answers to these questions, and they hang in the air of a high school when a student dies suddenly in a car accident.
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Dramedy
70 - 85 minutes
10 f, 4 m, 2 either (16 actors possible: 10-12 f, 4-6 m)
At The Bottom of Lake Missoula
Ed Monk
After losing her entire family in a fatal tornado, Pam, a college sophomore, must embark on an unimaginable journey as she copes with her loss. To separate herself from her grief, she transfers schools and isolates herself from her fellow students, but these steps do not lessen her sadness and guilt over their deaths. Not until a fellow classmate makes an attempt at conciliation does Pam finally begin to realize that healing doesn't have to be a solitary endeavor. A moving exploration of the difficulty of continuing to live in the wake of great tragedy.
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Drama
32 - 34 minutes
3 f, 3 m, 12 either (13-32 actors possible: 2-16 f, 2-16 m)
Little Women (full-length)
Marisha Chamberlain
Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters -- tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth, and spoiled baby Amy -- struggle to keep their family going while Father's away in the Civil War. In this beautifully dramatized adaptation of the classic novel, even as privation, illness, and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girl strives to find her true self.
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Drama
100 - 110 minutes
7 f, 4 m (11-24 actors possible: 7-12 f, 4-12 m)
The Gift of the Magi
Jon Jory
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. Though they may not have the perfect Christmas, the couple learns about the importance of the gift of love in this beautiful adaptation of the story by O. Henry.
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Christmas comedy
45 - 55 minutes
10 f, 5 m (9-23 actors possible: 6-14 f, 3-9 m)
It's a Wonderful Neverland
Patrick Greene and 1 other
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.
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Comedy
30 - 35 minutes
4 f, 4 m, 12 either (8-25 actors possible: 3-22 f, 3-22 m)