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Ragtime

Book: Terrence McNally Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Royalties: Musical Theatre International Synopsis: At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish… Read more »

Blackbird

Playwright: David Harrower Rights: Dramatists Synopsis: This intense work was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival, where it received its world premiere. After years in prison and subsequent hardships, Ray, fifty-six, has a new identity and has made a new life for himself, thinking that he cannot be found. Una, twenty-seven, has thought of nothing… Read more »

Venus in Fur

Playwright: David Ives Rights: Dramatists Synopsis: Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress- oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part,… Read more »

Blues for an Alabama Sky

Playwright: Pearl Cleage Rights: Dramatists Synopsis: It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression. Young Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., is feeding the hungry and preaching an activist gospel at Abyssinian Baptist Church. Black Nationalist… Read more »

Making God Laugh

Playwright: Sean Grennan Rights: Playscripts Synopsis: Making God Laugh follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years’ worth of holidays. 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… Read more »

Second Samuel

Playwright: Pamela Parker Rights: Dramatic Publishing Synopsis: It was a simpler time in the late 1940s, especially in South Georgia and specifically in a sleepy little town called Second Samuel. What had been called the Great Depression was quickly fading into memory. The war had been won, the election was now over, and “Give ’em Hell… Read more »

The Roommate

Playwright: Jen Silverman Rights: Samuel French Synopsis: Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life… Read more »

Pocatello

Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter Rights: Samuel French Synopsis: Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello – a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can’t serve enough Soup, Salad & Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home. Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel… Read more »

Change

Playwright: Michael SladeRights: Playscripts Synopsis: In 1964, three high school valedictorians reflect on the one recent event none of them will ever forget — the assassination of President Kennedy. In early 2002, a middle school student becomes convinced that Al-Qaida terrorists lurk in the midst of his sleepy small town. And on November 5th, 2008, two young… Read more »

The Language Archive

Playwright: Julia Cho Rights: Dramatists Play Service Synopsis: George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn’t know what to say to his wife, Mary, to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn’t recognize the deep feelings that his… Read more »