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All the King's Men (Hall) Drama 19 (12m, 7f) View Details Compare
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All the King's Men (Warren) Drama 18 (14m, 4f) View Details Compare
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As told by Atkinson: "Eliminate the story of Huey Long, which Mr. Warren says is not what he is trying to interpret. He is anatomizing the career with nothing but purity in his heart. Discovering that he is being used by a cynical machine, [Willie] adopts their methods, and presently, he is in control of the state. By resorting to corrupt methods he accomplishes things for the people that were only abstract ideals when he was campaigning honestly. As a portrait of politics, this is effective and provocative." NOTE: A revised version of this work, adapted for the stage by Adrian Hall and including incidental music, is also available for amateur production.

This version of the widely known work, which, as a novel, was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, had a highly successful Off-Broadway run during the 1959 season. "Willie in all his personal relationships is a fascinating man and often a winning man, too…What is right and what is wrong? Mr. Warren makes a stimulating inquiry into that troublesome question." —NY Times. "ALL THE KING'S MEN went off with a roofshaking bang…This is the most engrossing drama seen off Broadway in months." —NY World Telegram & Sun. "This drama by Robert Penn Warren is a blockbuster. It is a major Off-Broadway event…A subtle and rich study of man in society." —Cue Magazine.    

All the Rage Comedy/Satire 10 (8m, 2f) View Details Compare
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A blood-splattered body lies on the living room carpet at the start of ALL THE RAGE. By the end of this examination of our culture of violence, eleven characters have been killed, sent to prison or gone mad. Yes, ALL THE RAGE is a comedy. The action takes place in an unnamed city today, in a series of scenes that show the interconnected lives of ten characters. Among them are an estranged husband and wife, a gay couple, a criminal and his underage sister/lover, an eccentric millionaire and his former personal secretary turned video store owner. They all come in contact and set a chain of violent events in motion. A modern-day Jacobean Revenge Tragedy, ALL THE RAGE gives us a picture of a world spinning out of control, as everybody has a gun and is ready to use it.

"…dark, violent, funny, and highly theatrical satire from the modern master of moral struggle and urban paranoia…[This] graphic comedy explores the fashionability of guns, and the fears and frustrations which lead people to use them …" —BackStage. "People who want to kill people may not be the craziest people in the world. They may be sitting at a nearby desk, living next door to you or looking back at you in the mirror…ALL THE RAGE investigates rage of the free-floating, menacing kind…[Reddin's] powerful, often hilarious displays of pent-up hostility ingeniously bring into play devices of opera and classical theater."

—NY Times. 

All the World's a Stage Comedy/Satire; Drama 20 (13m, 7f) View Details Compare
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A group of Boys and Girls assemble, guided by the Boy and Girl Narrators, to choose the parts they will portray in the play about to be presented. They can be anything they want to be—a procedure which is objected to by the Interrupter, who breaks in on them. When he is overruled, however, he elects to be a gangster, and takes everyone's money. Soon the others, perhaps affected by his actions, begin to bicker and disagree, until the Producer's Son appears and implores them to stop. But they are soon in open challenge, and it is decided that the Producer's Son, who stands in the way of their selfish interests, must be removed. He is roughly dragged off, but not before warning all the Boys and Girls that they must not allow the pressure of a few to destroy what is best for the many. After his departure, however, it is the worst, not the best, which emerges, and the Narrators are hard pressed to explain that only by allowing free choice could the Professor know who deserved credit for doing well. Then, quietly, the Producer's Son returns, to reassure them that as long as even one good actor remains on stage the play can be saved—no matter how hopeless it may seem. For the play is as long as the world, all of us are the actors and actresses, it is our play.

Conceived for production at England's Coventry Cathedral, this charming and beautifully written play is designed specifically for presentation by children of grade school age and older. Set on an open stage, it offers a large number of brief acting parts which, within the 25-minute span of the play, are blended into a uniquely meaningful theatrical and moral experience. Especially appropriate for contest, church and school use. 

All These Women Drama 11 (5m, 6f) View Details Compare
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The plot catalyst is the death of a famous musician, Felix. Filing past his bier are all the women of importance in his life and his manager Jillker. His biographer, Cornelius, places a manuscript on the body.  In flashback, Cornelius arrives at Felix’s house to collect material for the biography.  He meets Cecilia, the musician’s young cousin, Felix’s wife, Adelaide and Bumblebee, who shows him the master bedroom. This leads to an amorous encounter, depicted as a dance to tango music.

The following morning Cornelius wakes in Bumblebee’s bed and finds a woman who is about to murder him, mistaking him for Felix.  He escapes to warn Felix of her murderous attempt but is barred from the music room by the chamber maid. In desperation he leaps from a window to find Adelaide firing shots at busts that resemble Felix. Later that night, he gets lost searching for Bumblebee and ends up kissing Felix’s accompanist, Beatrice. Jillker photographs the scene. Cornelius, apprehensive, flees again and drops his cigar, which sets off a firework display.

The next day Jillker persuades Cornelius to dress as a woman to get closer to Felix. He succeeds but at no point do we actually see Felix.  Cornelius then learns Felix is to play his composition, “Song of the Fish” or “Abstraction No. 14”. Jillker threatens to resign but before he does Felix dies.  After the death Cornelius peruses his manuscript and admits he has not captured Felix’s personality. He is accosted by Felix’s “widows” and part of the manuscript disappears. A young man enters.  The women flock round him. Felix is already forgotten together with the biographer.

All-American Drama 6 (3m, 3f) View Details Compare
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ALL-AMERICAN is the story of a modern American family: suburban dad and former NFL star Mike Slattery works hard to make his daughter Katie the star quarterback at her new school while ignoring her brainy twin brother, Aaron. But Katie isn't sure she wants to keep playing, and Mike's wife Beth isn't sure she wants to keep playing along.

"Filled with well-observed characterizations and comic zingers." —NY Post. "Well-acted! A promising introduction to a young playwright who's in the game." —NY Daily News. "[Brownell] writes pithy, vivid scenes that expose the household tensions with amusing efficiency…" —Variety.   

Alligator Man Drama 8 (3m, 5f) View Details Compare
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For years the alligators of the Grand Cheniere swamp have stood idly by while gator men have invaded their territory in search of hides, fortune and fame. But when Telesphonte Broussard, proudest member of the parish's notorious gator-poaching family, kills the girlfriend of Gruesome Gator the years of apathy end. Unaware that vengeance stalks his footsteps, Les goes about his business while his scaly adversary, armed only with his wits and "poetic license" secures a weapon and a confederate—Les' own prudish sister-in-law, Georgiana. Her staged "kidnapping" lures Les to the swamp and a fatal fight amidst a raging hurricane. In the end "justice" triumphs, and the alligator launches his career as a Broussard—dedicated to supplying the Cajun community with all the "albino" gator hides it can use.

First presented Off-Off-Broadway at the experimental Cubiculo Theatre, this atmospheric "folk tale" comes straight from the backwater of Louisiana's fabled bayou country, where alligators make their home and alligator poachers make their living. The fact that the alligators are played by black actors and the humans by white leaves the audience to draw its own conclusions. "(An) amusingly allegorical premise carried to the limits of its fantasy." —BackStage."A delightful, original piece with themes of racism and animal abuse." —Show Business.  

Almost an Evening Comedy/Satire 9 (7m, 2f) View Details Compare
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In ALMOST AN EVENING three short plays unsuccessfully tackle important questions. In WAITING, someone waits somewhere for quite some time. In FOUR BENCHES, a voyage to self-discovery takes a British intelligence agent to steam baths in New York and Texas, and to park benches in the U.S. and U.K. In DEBATE, cosmic questions are taken up. Not much is learned.

"With their macabre humor and dark sense of irony, the Coen Brothers' films offer a distinctively skewed view of Americana, appropriating genres from screwball to noir to convey a bizarre world in which heinous things happen. A similarly twisted perspective—and a reference frame ranging from Beckett to Mamet—is applied in Ethan Coen's first solo work for the theater, ALMOST AN EVENING, three short plays that swap planet U.S.A. for a more abstract universe in which philosophical, existential and metaphysical questions bounce around." —Variety.   

Almost Blue Drama 4 (2m, 2f) View Details Compare
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ALMOST BLUE is a stage noir set in a seedy rooming house. A man just out of prison trying to stay straight, a strange loner down the hall who writes pornographic greeting cards, a violent ex-con who wants to settle old scores. And of course, the beautiful woman in trouble, who messes with everybody's head. Written in a series of brutal, funny encounters, ALMOST BLUE is a journey into the dark night, full of plot twists and sultry exchanges.

"…a tough ninety-minute play that succeeds in a difficult genre: stage noir…There are mysteries to unravel, and the threat of violence bubbles on the surface, but as with all good noir, the characters carry the suspense…What results is a taut drama that builds in tension, sexual and otherwise, and has enough surprises in the last five minutes to make a seasoned noir fan gasp…" —NY Times. "Reddin, a literate playwright with an uncanny feel for styles and genres, is not content providing cheap thrills…Consequently, along with the dirty deeds, there are some searing moments in which the story takes on a fierce, savage dimension beyond pulp fiction." —Chicago Tribune.   

Almost Done Drama 1 (0m, 1f) View Details Compare
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In ALMOST DONE, a young mother to be reflects on the stories she will pass down to her child.

     

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