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Shakespearean Dating Show, A
76. Shakespearean Dating Show, A by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 13 M, 13 F, 1 flexible, extras (With doubling: 8 M, 8 F, 1 flexible. Tripling possible.)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 31 pgs.

FARCE. In this reality-TV show, characters from Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "The Taming of the Shrew," "King Lear," and "Romeo and Juliet" compete to find true love. Bachelors battle ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Shakespeare's Mid-Winter's Nightmare
77. Shakespeare's Mid-Winter's Nightmare by Darby Wills Chism
Cast: 6 M, 10 F, 1 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 4 M, 8 F)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs

COMEDY. What starts as a dream quickly turns into a nightmare when Shakespeare, sick in bed and suffering from writer’s block, is visited by some of his most famous characters including Hamlet, Ophel... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Shakespeare's Next Top Fool
78. Shakespeare's Next Top Fool by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 7 M, 12 F, 8 flexible (Doubling possible.)
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 38 pgs.

FARCE. In this reality-TV show, fools compete for the title of Shakespeare’s Next Top Fool. Contestants include the clown from "Othello," King Lear’s fool, and the gravediggers from "Hamlet." With ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Shakespeare's Next Top Model
79. Shakespeare's Next Top Model by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 6 M, 18 F, 10 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: Minimum cast of 15.)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 32 pgs

SPOOF. Greetings and welcome to “Shakespeare’s Next Top Model,” the TV-reality show where the lovely ladies of Shakespeare compete for a modeling contract and the chance to be Shakespeare’s next top ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Sham!
80. Sham! by Stella Chester
Cast: 1 M, 2 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs

COMEDY. Looking to steal fine art and other valuables, a cultured thief with impeccable taste breaks into the suburban home of a wealthy couple. When the couple arrives home, the thief berates the c... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Shoe Booties
81. Shoe Booties by Greg Elsasser
Cast: 2 M, 3 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 32 pgs.

FARCE. Ian, an actor, has made it “big” in his first movie. To celebrate, he has flown his brother and friends from Pelican Rapids, MN, to visit him in Los Angeles. Ian has even purchased $150 tick... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Soapy and the Island
82. Soapy and the Island by R. Eugene Jackson
Cast: 12 flexible (With doubling: 10 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 26 pgs.

CLASSIC. Adapted from the O. Henry short story, “The Cop and the Anthem.” Soapy, a New York City hobo, longs to spend the winter months at his favorite island “paradise”―the jail on Rikers Island! ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Sound Cues
83. Sound Cues by Michael Vukadinovich
Cast: 3 M or 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 52 pgs.

COMEDY. When a community theatre soundboard operator breaks the stereo during a show, he/she and two other sound techs are forced to create the sound effects themselves. They manage to pull off the ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Spooney and Mooney
84. Spooney and Mooney by Heather Lynn
Cast: 1 M, 2 F, 6 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 1 M, 2 F, 4 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 34 pgs.

FARCE WITH MUSIC. Based on the comic opera/puppet play La Guida di Bragia by Lewis Carroll. After losing their jobs as courtiers to King John, Spooney and Mooney are hired as railway officials. At ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Suddenly, a Shot Rang Out…
85. Suddenly, a Shot Rang Out… by Peter Campbell
Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 28 pgs.

SPOOF. Audiences will love this hilarious film noir spoof. Lola Dusseldorf, a mysterious femme fatale, arrives in Chinatown at the office of Jack Fargo, a bumbling private investigator on the verge ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Tale of a Cat, A
86. Tale of a Cat, A by Charles Kray EDITOR’S PICK
Cast: 4 M, 1 F
Time: Approximately 40 minutes, 35 pgs.

FARCE. Set in the remote area of Ireland’s heath country, several villagers try to persuade schoolteacher, Michael McDermott, to stop drinking. With teachers’ wages so low, they are afraid McDermott... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Taming of Sue, The
87. Taming of Sue, The by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 7 F, extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 28 pgs.

SPOOF/FARCE. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. When her favorite TV show is canceled, a spoiled, rich girl tries to direct a play within a play but faces numerous obstacles includin... READ MORE | BUY NOW

They Say…
88. They Say… by Bradley Hayward
Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 31 pgs

COMEDY. They say you should never swim on a full stomach. They say you should never talk to strangers. They say you should never say never. Who exactly are “they”? And who do they think they are?... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Till Emojis Do Us Part
89. Till Emojis Do Us Part by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 1 M, 1 F, 11 flexible
Time: Approximately 20-30 mins, 21 pgs.

COMEDY. Two tweens, Piper and Liam, rarely take breaks from texting each other long enough to eat, sleep, or hang out with their friends. Their entire relationship consists of texting emojis to each... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Traffic Jelly
90. Traffic Jelly by R. Eugene Jackson
Cast: 1 M, 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 30 pgs

FARCE/SATIRE. It’s the near future and the streets are so clogged with vehicles that traffic has only moved three inches in three days. As Portia gets ready for her big date, she realizes she is out... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Trial of the Mad Hatter, The
91. Trial of the Mad Hatter, The by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 5 flexible, extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs.

FARCE. At the Wonderland “courthouse” everyone is assembling for the Mad Hatter’s trial. The Cheshire Cat is the prosecutor, Alice and the Caterpillar are witnesses, and the White Rabbit is supposed... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Trifles
92. Trifles by Odin Webster
Cast: 3 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs.

CLASSIC/MYSTERY. Adapted from the play by Susan Glaspell. In this captivating mystery, the murderer and victim are never seen. Instead, their lives unfold through clues left behind in a farmhouse k... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Trifling with Trifles
93. Trifling with Trifles by R. Eugene Jackson
Cast: 3 M, 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 31 pgs.

SPOOF/FARCE. Audiences will love this over-the-top spoof of Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles. The Sheriff and District Attorney arrive at the Wright homestead after a neighbor finds John Hale dead with... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Twelve Pound Look, The
94. Twelve Pound Look, The by Heather Lynn
Cast: 1 M, 2 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs.

CLASSIC COMEDY. Adapted from the play by J.M. Barrie. The wealthy Harry Sims is to be knighted in a few days and is flooded with congratulatory letters. He hires a typist to reply to the letters bu... READ MORE | BUY NOW

V.I.L.L.A.I.N.S.
95. V.I.L.L.A.I.N.S. by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 5 M, 8 F, 7 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 36 pgs

FARCE. V.I.L.L.A.I.N.S. is a support group for recovering villains who realize their lives have become unmanageable and that they won’t live happily ever after unless they change their ways. Gisela,... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Well-Digger's Daughter, The
96. Well-Digger's Daughter, The by Carl L. Williams and Eddie Cope
Cast: 3 M, 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs.

MELODRAMA. Caution: The humor in this play may be a bit dry. Set in Tarantula, TX at the turn of the century, a humble well-digger, Hardrock Flint, and his soon-to-be son-in-law, Gus, have set out ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

World's Best Teacher
97. World's Best Teacher by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 4 F, opt. extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs

COMEDY. It’s the first day of school and rumor has it that the new teacher from Russia, Ms. Porschtov, is a real pushover. But when Ms. Porschtov arrives, the students quickly meet her assistant, Co... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Young Goodman Brown
98. Young Goodman Brown by Jack Skeeter Dennis
Cast: 6 M, 5 F, extras (With doubling: 5 M, 5 F)
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 26 pgs.

CLASSIC/HORROR. This adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic horror classic is true to the original story and provides a stunning stage experience. Goodman Brown, a Puritan who takes pride in his... READ MORE | BUY NOW

Zombie Gunslingers
99. Zombie Gunslingers by Geff Moyer
Cast: 2 M, 4 F, 4 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs

FARCE/WESTERN WITH SONG. It’s as dead as a June bug in January at the Wet Yer Whistle Saloon after the temperance ladies smashed all the bottles of Red Eye, confiscated the bullets, and burned the po... READ MORE | BUY NOW

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