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Eldridge Publishing, a leading play publisher since 1906, offers hundreds of full-length plays, one-acts, melodramas, holiday and religious plays, children's theatre plays and musicals of all kinds. We look forward to being a part of your next theatrical production!

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Featured new releases and most popular titles on 1/27/2015


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PARENTS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
By Bryan Starchman
Cast: Minimum of 5 with doubling: 2 m, 2 w, 1 flexible.
Maximum cast of 33: 16 m and 16 w, 1 flexible.
Script: 63 pages. About 80 minutes.
The hip-hop standard of the 1980s said it best: "There's no need to argue, parents just don't understand!" Here is a collection of hilarious (and often too close to the truth) scenes that all families are going to be able to relate to. This easy-to-stage
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MURDER FOR DUMMIES
--Just Released--
By Pat Cook
Cast: 6 m, 10 w, much doubling possible
Script: 79 pages
“So you want to commit a murder.” This is the first line in a book purchased by Myron Bernhart. And here’s a guy who knows his books since he’s collected some rare ones and proud of it. That is until his nagging wife, Marge, decides to sell them. He tries to reason with her but is argued down, not only by her but the Civic Arts Lea
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HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES
By Tim Kelly
Flexible cast
Approx. 7 m, 14 w, extras
Script: 67 pages
Gram Hawley and granddaughter Cindy Lou run the general store in Happy Hollow, deep in the Ozarks, but there is a new highway coming through and that means Happy Hollow soon will be dynamited off the map. It's discovered Gram's property contains the biggest store of natural gas ever, and a couple of crooks want to have the unsuspecting Gram sign h
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JUST ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL PLAY
By Bryan Starchman
Minimum cast of 10 plus drama teacher, maximum of 40
Script: 72 pages
Here's a comedy that covers nearly every angle of the typical high school play with a dose of history and improvisation thrown in for good measure! A group of actors, who have apparently been abandoned by their drama teacher, have to fend for themselves opening night in front of a live audience. Their teacher has left them hanging
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JUST SO, MR. KIPLING
By Lisa Nanni-Messegee
Inspired by the life and works of Rudyard Kipling
Cast: From 14 (5 m, 5 f, 4 flex) to 26 speaking roles, extras.
Celebrated author Rudyard Kipling is shocked after receiving news that his only son John is missing in action in WW I. Kipling bottles his grief, throwing his focus on a new book. Suddenly he’s interrupted by a mysterious little girl named Priyam. Charmed by her innocence, he shares
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EPIC FAIL
By Bradley Hayward
Entirely gender flexible cast of 5-30+
Script: 25 pages.
Performance time: 30 minutes.
Teenagers are faced with failure every day. Some mornings it feels like they have the letter F stamped on their foreheads in bright red ink. In a series of hilarious vignettes, students take on a multitude of challenges, each from a different perspective. From learning to driving a car, seemingly with mind
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AMERICA'S NEXT TOP...STUDENT
By Alan Heckner
5 m, 9 w, 1 flexible
Script: 40 pages. Almost an hour.
Ten students from across the U.S.A. compete for the title of “America’s Next Top Model Student” in the latest TV reality show. Host Myra Thanks and the show’s judges, M’Lady Andrews, Judge Julie, and Mr. Blaine Rose, put each student to the test in a series of bizarre and hilarious challenges that hardly have anything to do with their scholastic a
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ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Dramatized by Shauna and Vern Adix
From the book "Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
Large, flexible cast, approx. 30+ roles. Much doubling possible.
Script: 48 pages.
Here's a charming, yet faithful adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Alice meets a hurried White Rabbit, swims in a sea of her tears, confronts a Caterpillar, and questions a grinning Cheshire cat, all in an effort to find out what kind o
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IT'S ALL AN ACT
By Carl L. Williams
Script: 32 pages
Here's a delicious trio of short plays about the theatre. In "Must the Show Go On?" (3 m, 1 w) everything goes wrong on opening night. The four actors persevere despite a drunk in the tech booth, a "costume failure," a prop gun that doesn't fire and a sneezing corpse! In "Can't You See We're Acting?" (2 m, 3 w) three older people create havoc from their front-row seats as they unw
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FOURTH WALL
By Rebekah M. Ball
2 m, 2 w, 5 flexible
Script: 31 pages
Leaping llamas! "The Fourth Wall," a play within a play, begins as a murder mystery, but the murder victim won't keel over. The playwright forgot to give the characters names, and a rude audience member keeps interrupting the show. Even the ending of the play stinks! Everyone is supposed to die and then the character Death is supposed to do an interpretive da
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MOST DANGEROUS GAME
by Burton Bumgarner
Inspired by the short story by Richard Connell
3 m, 3 w
Script: 32 pages
In this updated version of a classic thriller, corporate headhunters give new meaning to the term "hunting." Throughout the Zaroff Corporation's long history, success is based on finding the right employees. Four professionals are invited for an interview at Zaroff's headquarters. After a gourmet meal and cordial introducti
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LITTLE THEATRE
LITTLE THEATRE
By Con Chapman
2 m, 2 w, 1 flexible
Script: 22 pages
Four speech and drama students and their coach are preparing for a tournament. Charles is the team's supremely confident extemporaneous speaker. Patty is the group's entry into the category of original oratory. Cathy is both a debater and, at least in her own mind, a talented actress. And then there's Chris Higgins, a former football player whose mother is forcin
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SCREAM IF YOU'RE A SURVIVOR
By Craig Sodaro
11 m, 14 w
Script: 71 pages
When wealthy Mr. Lloyd offers the students at Peter Paul Prep $5,000 to be split among any organizations whose members can spend a single night in the House on Gallows Hill, the students jump at the chance. The only problem is the house is haunted, and everyone's who's ever tried to stay overnight has disappeared. Undaunted, the students assemble in Reginald Ravenscroft's hou
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110TH STREET STATION
By Burton Bumgarner
3 m, 6 w
Script: 28 pages
During the wait for the next subway train, the assembled characters think only of their own plights. There's Estelle, an eccentric woman who sits in the station doing cross-stitch and talking with Grover, a street person; Julia, a wealthy woman whose expensive car has just broken down and who is in a hurry to meet her husband; Calvin, a spoiled brat who is supposed to be
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DON'T ROCK THE BOAT
By Tim Kelly
11 m, 14 w, extras
Script: 66 pages
Tom Butterworth is determined to be the youngest cruise ship captain in history - even if this means sailing on a converted gunboat named "Vengeance" with a crew of rejects from Maritime High School, and a trio of girl singers who are passing themselves off as a famous show biz act. The engineer is seasick, the cruise hostess is pulling her hair in frustration, and a gu
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ROUND THE WORLD AND BACK AGAIN
By Stephen Murray
Flexible cast from 12 to 60
Script: 40 pages
This happenin' history lesson presents a fresh perspective as to who, what, where, when and how this crazy planet and its people came to be. From dinosaur extinction to space exploration, they're all rediscovered in this clever, chaotic, comical cataclysm of creativity. Doing their best to contribute to the world's development are the solar system (each p
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PARENTS JUST DON'T... MUSICAL
Book by Bryan Starchman, Music by Stephen Murray,
Lyrics by Bryan Starchman and Stephen Murray
Cast: Minimum cast of 5 with doubling: 3 m, 2 f
Maximum cast of 24: 12 m, 12 f and as big a chorus as you like!
Script: 90 pages
Are we there yet? The Stathem family is on a loooong car trip, giving everyone lots of extra time to reminisce about the past 12 months. Here is a collection of hilarious (and often too close to
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JUSTICE IN DUSTY JUNCTION
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Territo
Cast: Minimum cast of 13 with doubling: 6 m, 6 w, 1 flex
Maximum cast of 16: 8 m, 6 w plus extras
Script: 70 pages
Dusty Junction is in big trouble! The roaming outlaw Ugly Monroe is terrorizing the citizens. First he shoots stable owner Joe and steals his boots; next he shoots the sheriff and steals his badge; and then he shoots the doc and steals his stethoscope. As the loyal c
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BOYFRIEND BY BLACKMAIL
--JUST RELEASED--
By Tony Howell
Cast: 5 m, 11 w, 7 flex, 4 kids. Doubling is possible.
Script: 67 pages
When Cassidy Tyler heads back to her hometown of Farmland, Indiana, she is determined to tell the truth about the boyfriend she has been writing about in her blog and magazine column. But before she can confess to her family, her editor arranges for a suspended sports writer, Jason, to play the part of this fictio
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MOBILE HOME SWEET HOME
--JUST RELEASED--
By Pat Cook
Cast: 4 m, 6 w, 4 flex
Script: 62 pages
“How’d you like to be on television?” This question, posed by future daughter-in-law Anne, takes Loff DuVall by surprise. After all, he and May June had been running the Hampton Court trailer park for more years than either would care to admit. The last thing he’d want now is to be in some reality TV show. In fact, he was hoping he and May June coul
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WHEN SCIENCE BITES BACK
--JUST RELEASED--
By Janice Rider
Cast: 5 m, 5 w, 4 flex, 2 silent and flex. With doubling 3 m, 3 w, 1 flex, 2 silent and flex.
Script: 48 pages
These two science fiction plays are inspired by H.G. Wells' works, The Stolen Bacillus and The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, and Alexandre Dumas' novel, The Black Tulip. In BACTERIAL BROADSIDE, two students working on a science fair project get involved in a potentially d
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OFFED AT THE BAKE-OFF
--JUST RELEASED--
By Matt Steele and Mike Steele
Cast: 6 m, 10 w, 2 flexible
Script: 80 pages

Flashback to 1955, the stormy evening before the 33rd annual Knotting Bake-Off, brought to you by J & J Toothpaste. The contestants have gathered at the Knotting Inn down at the Jersey Shore, each hoping that their perfectly crafted baked good will win the coveted blue ribbon. It seems someone’s dessert is more deadly than
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JUST ANOTHER SNOW DAY
--JUST RELEASED--
By Bryan Starchman
Cast: 5 m, 6 w, 18 flexible or with doubling 3 m, 3 w
Script: 71 pages

Snow day! In this collection of hilarious scenes we see how an unexpected day off from school can be an answer to a prayer…or not! Sweethearts Mark and Jessica aren’t feeling very sweet when, after a whole night of decorating the gym, the winter homecoming dance is canceled. Meanwhile, Paul is thrilled to get
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HERO SQUAD v. SUPERVILLAIN
--JUST RELEASED--
By Will Ledesma
Cast: 3 m, 3 w, 2-4 flex
Script: 49 pages
The Hero Squad of Metro Valley, Iowa—a team comprised of superheroes 3-D, Lindy, Iron Lung, and Slapshot—are enjoying a bit of a peace in their home city. All that changes when their archnemesis, the ever-scheming Nikolai Oshgoshbgoshnikov, gets a visit from his teenage niece Veronica. Veronica is a supervillain-in-training with a knack for ro
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YOU'RE MAKING A SCENE!
By Bryan Starchman
Script: 87 full-sized, reproducible pages
This dynamic collection of 25 stand-alone scenes and monologues is a perfect resource for classroom, competition, or stage. The diverse material was carefully selected from playwright Bryan Starchman’s most popular shows. From playful monologues, such as “The Lunch Lady Cometh," to the more profound “And I Did Nothing,” this book provides material relevant to
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TECH WEEK
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By Jim and Jane Jeffries
Cast: 3 m, 8 w, 2 flexible
Script: 29 pages
Tech week. It’s sort of like trying to hit a homerun with a tennis racket. This tech week is especially challenging because the techies chose the play, Cats from Mars. Broken props and hyper-caffeinated techies are only some of the problems. The other human factors in this play, called actors, introduce chaos: the newbie breaks th
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CRY OF THE PEACOCK
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By Billy W. Boone
Cast: 17: 3 m, 4 w, 10 flexible
Script: 42 pages
Young Mary Blanton has suffered some kind of trauma as evidenced by her monster-filled dreams and the horrific scratches on her neck and back. Who did this to an innocent 9-year-old girl, a child who finds comfort through an imaginary pet peacock? Dr. Janice Todd is called before a review board to defend her investigation of the chi
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SNEAKY CITIZENS OF SADDLESORE
--JUST RELEASED--
By Jim Haun
Cast of 21: 2 m, 9 f, 10 flex. Possible extras and doubling.
Script: 55 pages
It’s the year 1890 in Saddlesore City. The Carson Hotel is a fun place to hang your hat and jist have a good ole time with friends and neighbors - playin' cards, dancin', laughin',singin', gossipin' and…drinkin' sassafras root beer by the gallons! Well, that's the way it used to be when Charles was alive but now
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