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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 8/29/2016


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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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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Adapted by Claudia Haas
From the novel by Jane Austen
10 m, 16 w, many extras. With doubling 8 m, 11 w.
Script: 76 pages. About 90 minutes.
(2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the novel)
Jane Austen's timeless tale of romantic love touched by pride and prejudice is brought to the stage in this adaptation conceived especially for schools and small theatres. All the components of the novel
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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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RING AROUND ROSALIE
By Whitney Ryan Garrity
Cast: 6 m, 6 w
Script: 72 pages
This funny, fast-paced farce begins in 1933, at the end of Prohibition. Benito “Benny” Bellarosa, a New York gangster, is attempting to make good on his promise to become a respectable business man and join the Board of the New York Bank and Trust. Meanwhile, his rebellious daughter Rosalie concocts a plan to free herself from the confines of her room. She lead
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MURDER FOR DUMMIES
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 League, her cronies wh
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SODA SHOP ANGEL
By Shirley McNichols
8 m, 8 w, 2 flexible
Script: 74 pages. About 2 hours.
All the fun and nostalgia of the '50s make this play a winner! Judy Harding's life as a 16-year-old isn't too sweet right now. Her dad can't find the money to fix up the family's soda shop; her older brother is flunking out of school; and her younger brother has retreated into a fantasy world of comic book superheroes since their mom died. T
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CON, THE
By Bryan Starchman
Widely flexible cast, minimum of 13 actors
Script: 32 pages
Here are three stories to make your skin crawl and your blood turn cold. “On Second Hand” features a young man who has a close call with death and suddenly his life is literally flashing before his eyes. “Who’s Calling?” shows what can happen when a seemingly harmless practical joke is taken way too far. And in “The Con” we meet a charmi
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SILLYHEART
By Billy W. Boone
Cast: 5 m, 8 w, 12 flexible
(With doubling 3 m, 6 w, 6 flexible)
Script: 37 pages
In this one-act play, tragedy meets fantasy, myth meets reality. A fairy-tale world winds itself around the real drama of one little girl’s battle with cancer and her family’s anguish. As they struggle to cope with her prognosis and desperate treatment, the fairy tale characters from the little girl’s book pla
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ACTOR GAMES, THE
Comedy by Wade Bradford
Cast: 13, plus extras.
Script: 32 pages.
In this dystopian/Hunger Games parody everyone is starving...for attention! Society's obsession with all things drama has become so distracting, the Capitol has outlawed all auditions and has divided the population into ten districts: Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare Drama, Commedia Dell'Arte, and others.
During the annual Actor Games, a tribute from each di
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CRY OF THE PEACOCK
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 child abuse case. She re
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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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SCREENAGERS
By Jim and Jane Jeffries
10 m, 9 w, 2 flexible
Script: 26 pages. About 30 minutes.
In this fast-paced, technology-saturated world, can teenagers really survive without laptops, i-pads, cell phones and other mobile devices? Has high-speeding texting replaced face-to-face communication? Do apps substitute for thoughtful conversation? From breaking up on Facebook, to in-class research, to real-time dating advice, this pla
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65 MUSTANG
By Burton Bumgarner
With doubling: 4 m, 4 w
Script: 40 pages
Set in and around a 1965 Ford Mustang, the play is made up of five scenes, each a decade apart. Each scene depicts events in the lives of people who own, drive, or come in contact with the classic car. Actors portray parents, young children, punks, spoiled brats, criminals, policemen, and winners and losers of all varieties. Throughout its existence the Mu
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CINDERELLA: A DREAM COME TRUE
By Kristi Cunningham
Flexible cast from 25 - 50
Script: 48 pages
Here is the classic re-telling of the rags-to-riches fairytale of a young girl forced to live with her cruel stepmother and her equally cruel daughters. Cinderella's kind and gentle nature, despite her surroundings, makes her a favorite with the three feisty mice who have also taken up residence in the house. Their motto? "Get `em and bite `em and beat
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LETHAL LECTURE
By Craig Sodaro
2 m, 4 w
Script: 40 pages
Audience Participation
Every time Polly Peabody's in charge of something, it's murder - literally! In this hour-long play, she's program chairperson for Professor Hazelton Crandall's presentation, "Journey Through the Pharaoh's Tomb." Unfortunately, the poor professor needs his own tomb before Act I ends, because he's murdered. Miss Peabody narrows the suspects to four: the
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LAST WILL & TESTAMENT
By Lisa Patrick-Wilkinson
3 m, 2 w
Script: 40 pages
An Audience Participation Murder Mystery
Texas was never this fun - or this deadly! Jonas Carmody, President and Founder of Carmody Oil, is dead of natural causes at the age of 78, leaving an estate valued in excess of $30 million. The heirs apparent are in for a big surprise when they gather together with his friends and business associates for a memorial dinner i
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR GRANDPA
By Michal Jacot
4 m, 3 w, 2 flexible
Script: 46 pages
A cantankerous grandfather, ill-tempered and paranoid, is determined to think that his grandkids, three young adult siblings, are trying to kill him for their inheritance ($642 and a postcard collection). Grandpa doesn't mind shouting it down the halls of his apartment building to alert whatever neighbors he can. So when Grandpa suddenly slumps forward, face down
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PRE-MUSKETEERS
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By Wade Bradford
Cast: 12: 7 m, 5 w, many supporting roles and extras, doubling possible
Script: 60 pages
The Dumas classic “The Three Musketeers,” set in 17th century France, tells of the adventures of three heroic musketeers who are close comrades. This, sadly, is not a dramatization of that beloved story. Instead it’s a prequel…of sorts. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are in training to become muskete
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THE ZOMBIES WALK AMONG US
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By Brian Kral
Cast: 14: 2 m, 6 w, 6 flex, plus ensemble, doubling possible
Script: 62 pages
When a devastating earthquake strikes Haiti, age-old fears and superstitions rise to the surface in civilized Port-au-Prince. For Alanis Ducette, the daughter of an aid worker, it brings nightmares of her dead sister and a conviction that zombies are intruding on everyday life. To exorcize her nightmares, she
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HUNCHBACK
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By Reid Conrad
Cast: 14: 6 m, 2 w, 6 flexible, many extras
Script: 27 pages
Born a hunchback, Quasimodo finds himself in love with Fleur, a wealthy socialite hoping for a position with the queen. Frollo, Quasimodo’s brother, seeks to influence the queen, and Fleur easily agrees to be his pawn but refuses to become his wife. Enraged, Frollo tricks Quasimodo into a plan to kill Fleur. Seeking to free Q
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SPECIAL AGENT GOLDILOCKS
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A Children's Participation Play
By Bobby Keniston
Cast: 7: 3 m, 2 w, 2 flex
Script: 41 pages
Attention, new recruits! Fairytale City is in trouble because of a wolf named Big Bad, who wants to get his hands on a magic porridge that will make him invincible! Billings, a master of disguise who runs the Special Agent Unit, needs your help! Meanwhile, Mama Bear, the Porridge Maker, and Papa Bear, the Po
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MOBY DICK
By Trey Clarkson
Cast: 15: 11 characters, 4-6 ensemble
Script: 37 pages
It’s 1851 and a young man walks into a Nantucket pub inquiring about how to board a vessel and go to sea on an adventure. What he finds is not the inspiring advice he bargained for. Ishmael, a hardened veteran of the sea, tells a cautionary tale of foreboding and woe about his own first-time voyage on the infamous "Pequod" under the maniacal leader
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TRIAL OF THE WICKED WITCH
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By Craig Sodaro
Cast: 21: 8 m, 12 w, 1 flex
Script: 57 pages
The Wicked Witch has finally been caught and hauled into the Court of Once Upon a Time to stand trial. She's accused of casting a spell on Sleeping Beauty, attempting to poison Snow White, kidnapping Rapunzel, and trying to eat Hansel. Red Riding Hood heads up the prosecution with the Evil Stepmother of Cinderella fame serving as the defens
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ONLY 13
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By Tom Quinn
Cast: 4-11 flexible
Script: 41 pages
Phoebe finds herself struggling through her first day of middle school. She is labeled by her dad, her teacher, and other students in the school. She finds herself accepting all the labels put on her, including IMPOSSIBLE, CHILD, SCARED, ALONE, SHAME, PANIC, FAT, I DON’T MATTER, TOO SMART, DISAPPOINTED, WORTHLESS, UGLY, and SLUT. In a moment of crisis
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PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
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By Scott Haan
Cast: 10: 3 m and 7 w. With optional extended ending: 7 m and 8 w
Script: 83 pages
Penny Ramsey is a young woman who, like all of us, has different sides to her personality. They are personified in the story by comically stereotypical characters, collectively known as the Egos. The five Egos make up her decision-making process, which gets a lot more complicated when Penny overhears only
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DESDEMONA IN THE AFTERLIFE
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By Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia
Cast: 6 female speaking roles, unlimited female ensemble
Script: 26 pages
Set in the realm of Purgatory, the all-female cast of Desdemona, Emilia, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Ophelia explore the roles women choose in their pursuit of love and self-identity. Taking its inspiration from Dante’s Inferno, this visceral play allows powerful actors to reach heightened levels of aw
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ESCAPE TO CANCEL
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By Tim Mogford
Cast: 8 flexible
Script: 24 pages
Anyone who has tried to cancel their service with any tech company will sympathize immediately with Meghan. On her way to work one morning she decides to quickly drop off the cancellation form she filled out from the company’s website, but of course it turns out to be much more complicated than that. She is drawn into a process involving an increasing
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CHALLENGER: TO TOUCH...
Challenger: To Touch the Face of God
By Julian Felice
Cast: 10 m, 4 w, 1 flex, 1 boy, some doubling possible
Script: 36 pages
Challenger: To Touch the Face of God tells the powerful story of the Challenger disaster of 1986. It dramatizes the stories of the seven individuals who tragically lost their lives in this event, while also drawing attention to the controversial circumstances which led to one of NASA’s blackes
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THE STORM
By Sophia DeRise
Cast: 7: 4 m, 2 w, 1 flexible; genders flexible
Script: 28 pages
Mark, an eccentric scientist, is attempting to make things right with his cousins, Jason and Nina, after accidently putting their parents into a coma the previous Thanksgiving. During their stay with him, he has taken them on fun adventures such as apple picking, swimming with sharks, and betting on turkey fights. But when he takes them p
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JOOBA GUMBA WONDY
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By Andrew M. Frodahl
Cast: 6 m, 6 w, 10-16 flexible, doubling possible
Script: 41 pages
Senior class president Todd is looking forward to the class trip to France…at least he thinks he is. His prim girlfriend, Dailyn, has been planning it for years. At the last minute, Principal Kinkade has another idea. She manipulates Todd into suggesting the remote luxurious island of Jooba Gumba Wondy. With the l
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BETSY'S FLAG
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By Walt Vail
Cast: 16: 8 m, 4 w, 4 flexible, doubling possible
Script: 64 pages
Far from being a demure woman quietly sewing a flag, the epic life of Betsy Ross and her survival during the Revolutionary War and the British occupation of Philadelphia is brought vibrantly to life in this full-length play. It is a romantic story of heroism against the background of a great, world-shattering war for inde
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TRUE STORY OF HEY DIDDLE...
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THE TRUE STORY OF HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
By Bradley Walton
Cast: 9 – 46 performers possible
Script: 58 pages
We all know the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle," but when you stop to think about it...how can a cow jump over the moon? If a cat could play the fiddle, wouldn't it be all over the internet? Why is a dish running away with a spoon? What’s the little dog actually laughing at? And how do they all
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SNOW QUEEN
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By Will Ledesma
Cast: 6 - 21 performers possible
Script: 54 pages
This Hans Christian Andersen story is a challenge full of treasures for the unpacking. Kay and Gerda are the best of friends until a piece of an enchanted mirror finds its way into Kay’s eye, causing him to see the world in a cold-hearted way. Soon taken by the Snow Queen, Kay forgets his happy life. Gerda must go on her own journey to
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I CANNOT TELL A LIE ...
I Cannot Tell a Lie at George Washington School
By Jim Adolf
Cast: 21: 5-9 m, 7-8 w, 9-12 flex, extras and doubling possible
Script: 50 pages
There’s something in the water at George Washington School. Literally. A truck carrying sodium pentothal – a chemical also known as “truth serum” – has crashed into the local lake and spilled its cargo into the drinking water, and now everyone in school can’t help telling the tr
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DIRECTOR'S NIGHTMARE
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By Wade Bradford
Cast: 10: 4 m, 5 w, 1 flexible, possible extras
Script: 28 pages
It’s five days before the premiere of the non-musical version of Les Misérables, and high school drama director, Chris, has actors who are still on script, cast members absent from rehearsal, a sick stage manager, an unbuilt set and only twelve dollars left in the budget. Oh, and the principal is bringing the superinten
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THE SHAKESPEARES
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By Colleen Shaddox
Cast: 5 m, 3 w, 1 flexible
Script: 29 pages
William Shakespeare retired at about age 48. Why did this prolific genius stop writing? How did he get along with his long-neglected wife, Anne, once he gave up the stage? “The Shakespeares” imagines what The Bard’s last years were like in Stratford-upon-Avon. The play is full of inside jokes for Shakespeare fans. But even for those unfam
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