A Rock Sails By
Dr. Lynn Cummings, an astrophysicist, tries to bring science and faith into balance while grappling with personal questions, reconnecting with her daughter, and mourning the loss of her husband. When an unidentified object is discovered heading toward Earth, a less-than-reputable online magazine misquotes her, casting doubt on her credibility. The two-time Nobel Prize nominee and the ambitious journalist monitor the mysterious object. Dr. Cummings hopes to witness nothing remarkable and thus save her reputation, but there is no telling what she will discover beyond the stars.
1 Man, 2 Women, 2 Gender non-specific, 1 flexible set
The Tin Woman
This is the story of a woman, Joy, who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor, Jack.
Our main characters–Joy and Hank, the father of the donor, struggle with the new directions their lives are now taking.
Hank’s wife, Alice, and daughter, Sammy, cope in different ways, trying to understand why things happen the way they do.
Unacknowledged grief, remembrance and surprising humor lead these four to new connections after this life-changing event.
4 Women, 2 Men, 1 flexible set
Making God Laugh
Making God Laugh is a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, each ten years apart, set at various holidays. Starting in 1980, the newly “launched” kids – a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star football player – all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives.
The “empty nest” parents contend with their own changes too, as old family rituals and dubious recipes are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. Over the course of thirty years’ worth of celebrations – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and Easter – we see how, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.
As Woody Allen once said “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…”
Now and Then
enouement – n. The bitter-sweetness of arriving at the future, seeing how things turned out, but not being able to tell your past self. –UrbanDictionary.com
It’s 1981 and a young bartender (Jamie) is closing up one night, when there is a flash of red light outside. Thinking it’s an ambulance going by, he ignores it. Moments later, an older man (Jimmy) comes in for a quick one. They talk for a bit and get on to the subject of Jamie’s aspiring career as a pianist — he’s about to take time off from everything to just study and gig. Jimmy tells him to go for it, that he’ll regret it for the rest of his life if he doesn’t. At that, a young woman (Abby, Jamie’s girlfriend) enters the bar. They talk about life, careers, destiny, and finally, Jimmy tells them an unbelievable story about himself…that they don’t believe. As Jimmy is about to leave, there is another flash of red light and an older woman enters. She is not at all pleased. This is a story about love, following your dreams (or not) and the costs of the decisions we make.
4 actors, 1 set. A romance, a drama, a comedy.
Beer for Breakfast
Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys’ weekend” — complete with old music, cheap beer and enough cholesterol to stop Superman’s heart. These guys are out to prove they’ve still got it, so they are going to party like it’s 1979! It’s all going well until one of them doesn’t show up…but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? Will love triumph or will the old grudges win? And finally, perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a serving of vegetables?
“Married Alive!” is a funny and touching musical that looks in on two married couples, one newlywed and one oldly wed. From babies to empty nests, job stress to domestic bliss, it’s fast paced and acerbic but always affectionate. As one patron put it, “A hoot with a heart!” “Married Alive!” is a funny, loving outrage and all it takes is four actors and a piano to go on this journey from Niagara to Viagra. Playscripts, Inc.
2 Men, 2 Women, 1 Piano, 1 flexible set
Another Night Before Christmas
“Twas the night before Christmas…” and there’s a burglar in the house. Or is it someone with an unusual attachment to reindeer? ANBC is a two person, one piano, family musical comedy about a right jolly old elf, a less jolly young woman, and an old wish finally coming true. Find the true meaning of Christmas, or maybe just laugh like a bowl full of jelly! Playscripts, Inc.
1 Man, 1 Woman, 1 Piano, 1 Set
A Dog’s Life
This hilarious, warmhearted new musical chronicles the joys and challenges of dog ownership. But just who owns whom?
When Joel adopts Jack the dog at the pound, he soon realizes life will never be the same. Dog parks, trips to the vet, separation anxiety – it’s all here in a celebration of the inseparable bond between man and mutt.
A DOG’S LIFE is a four person, one piano musical for animal lovers and those waiting to fall in love, laughing all the way.
Phantom of the Country Opera
It’s a splashy, hilarious Country-Western send-up of the classic tale of horror, “The Phantom Of The Opera!” Filled with irreverent wit, painful punning, sly contemporary references and more than a touch of the absurd, this shameless romp is a bit like The Nashville Network on acid. And with an unforgettable score that runs the gamut from Grand Opera to Country to Broadway including a little ditty called “Hog Butcher’s Daughter” “Phantom Of The Country Opera” has audiences tapping their toes and rolling in the aisles.
Orchestra Size: Small to Medium
Published by: MTI