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Our Boy

Mark is a small town “golden boy”, sporty, handsome, popular, kind. His parents agree on that, at least. When he’s implicated in something they could never imagine, they begin to realize how little they actually trust him, or each other. A potent look at the shifting sands of parenting and responsibility.

 

“When coming to Our Boy, I was hesitant to be immediately immersed. After all, I’m a strong believer that victims should be listened to and justice dealt.  I felt like I was violating what I thought was a strong opinion on the issue. That’s what made this play an incredibly thought-provoking, timely discussion. No matter your point of view, this play was incredibly eye-opening and started a discussion that I’ve continued to have with myself long after the play’s finale. - Minnesota Fringe

Target Audience: Professional Theatres

 

Cast Size: 1 F, forties/fifties; 1 M, forties/fifties; 1 M, late teen, twenties NOTE: Can also be performed with 2F, forties/fifties, or 2 M, forties/fifties.

 

Run Time: 80 minutes

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DANCING TO THE BRINK: Conversations With Agnes de Mille

When legendary choreographer Agnes de Mille suffers a stroke, despite her doctors’ diagnosis, she resolves to make a complete recovery in one year. Her rehabilitation provides the fiery de Mille with the opportunity to examine her career and personal life with candor, insight and wit.

 

Target Audience: Professional Theatres

 

Cast Size: 1 F, fifties/sixties

 

Run Time: 90 minutes

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Ladies at the Spa

Young Else, vacationing at a fashionable spa, faces a humiliating choice. Hedda Gabler and Miss Julie arrive mysteriously, each with their own vision for Else’s salvation. Stepping off the pages of dramatic literature, the three women grapple for a version of freedom from their confined worlds.

Target Audiences: Colleges and Professional Theatres

 

Cast Size: 3 F, twenties

 

Run Time: 80 minutes

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ZOMBIE SUMMER HOLIDAY! and ZOMBIE HOLIDAY!

NOTE: These are essentially the same play, apart from “seasonsal references.” ZOMBIE SUMMER HOLIDAY! should be performed before the summer holiday, and ZOMBIE HOLIDAY ! should be performed before the winter holiday.

 

Target Audiences: Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Professional and Amateur/Community Theatres with “TFYA” programs (“Theatre for Young Audiences.”)

 

Cast Size: 6 “gender-blind” actors, Middle School, High School, College age; and as many Zombies as you like!

 

Run Time: 55 minutes

 

Another NOTE: This version contains one song. The composer, Kevin Saunders Hayes and I are working on a musical version with 5 songs.

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Blood Runs Cold

A Short Comedy/Drama set in the South in the 1930s. A seedy, sordid Southern Gothic about a very strange family, and murder.

 

Target Audience: Short Play Festivals

 

NOTE: There are two versions, one with gay characters and one with straight characters.

 

Cast Size Version 1: 2 M, 1 F, Cast Size Version 2: 2 F, 1 M. Any age twenties to fifties as long as the actors are approximately the same age.

 

Run Time: 10 minutes

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Jackie & Jack

A short play which takes place the night before the assassination of JFK, when Jackie Kennedy learns a frightening truth about the dangers of the motorcade.

 

Target Audience: Short Play Festivals

 

Cast Size: 1 F, 1 M - thirties, forties

 

Run Time: 10 minutes

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UMW: University of Mostly Whites

When a small liberal arts college recruits minorities in an effort to increase diversity, the forced melting pot leads to chaos across campus. After discovering that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with one of the recruits, a co-ed takes to YouTube, venting her anger in a racist rant. Twelve lives intersect as the video goes viral and the students’ personal issues become entwined with their own prejudices. Based on a true story, and actual experiences of college students, UMW is an alternately hilarious and appalling examination of how we handle our insecurities.

 

“Students confront issues of race, bigotry and stereotyping in “UMW, a sharp, social satire about cultural tensions and college life." – Linfield News

 

CAST: 7f, 5m

RUN TIME: 90 minutes, no intermission

Licensing Inquires: Brian Sherman, IPEX ARTISTS AGENCY. bts@ipexartists.com

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Queen Bees

Three young girls are determined to rise above their tough, rough and tumble neighborhood in Queens, New York by topping the music charts. They soon realize that their meteoric rise comes with a price, as their ambitions diversity, their relationships strain, and their rebellious music falls out of fashion. A gritty, realistic musical about the limited options available to women in the sixties, filled with joyous pop songs of the period including “Leader of the Pack,” “The Boy From New York City,” and “My Boyfriend’s Back.”

 

Queen Bees is a confection! A slice of jukebox heaven! - Newsday

 

“This show, written by Rob Urbinati, has a different vibe than a typical jukebox musical. It contains a higher proportion of dialogue, and comedy is not the primary genre behind the storyline. This story instead depicts the experiences that "girl groups" of the 1960s experienced during their rise to stardom.” Broadway World

 

CAST: 3f

RUN TIME: 2 hours including intermission

Orchestrations and recorded tracks available

Appropriate for all audiences

Licensing Inquires: Brian Sherman, IPEX ARTISTS AGENCY. bts@ipexartists.com

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Cruel & Barbarous Treatment

Adapted from the short story by Mary McCarthy

 

A fiercely intelligent story of a married woman who has begun seeing a young man. The progress of her affair and dissolution of her marriage are dissected with blunt honesty, as she keenly explores the vicissitudes of sex, love and relationships.

 

 "The set, with a gorgeous 1930’s dressing table, promises sophistication. The source, a Mary McCarthy short story, promises wit. The actress, in a fur coat, an oversize silk scarf and sunglasses, delivers. As Meg Sargeant, Adrianna Dufay strips to a black bra, girdle and stockings to perform the monologue that is the title piece of  “Cruel & Barbarous Treatment.” “I couldn’t really love a man if everybody didn’t think he was wonderful,” says Meg, who is preparing for her trip to Reno after a thrilling extramarital affair. In her lingerie, she confesses, and as she dresses again, she covers up her feelings, too, in a noirish staging by playwright and director Rob Urbinati that is almost cinematic." - New York Times.

 

CAST: 1f, twenties/thirties

RUN TIME: 30 minutes

Licensing Inquires: Brian Sherman, IPEX ARTISTS AGENCY. bts@ipexartists.com

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Our Boy
DANCING TO THE BRINK: Conversations With Agnes de Mille
Ladies at the Spa
ZOMBIE SUMMER HOLIDAY! and ZOMBIE HOLIDAY!
Blood Runs Cold
Jackie & Jack
UMW: University of Mostly Whites
Queen Bees
Cruel & Barbarous Treatment
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