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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 9/15/2014


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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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NIGHT OF THE LIVID DAD
By Marc Holland and Michael Davis
2 m, 3 w
Script: 22 pages
As his teenaged daughter readies for her first date, George Masters must decide whether to act like a father with great wisdom...or allow his imagination to run completely amok. Is his daughter's boyfriend a wild surfer dude, a tough biker hood or even a nose-in-the-air intellectual? Each fantasy sequence between George and the boyfriend is funnier and more
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NO SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE
By Bryan Starchman
Cast: Widely flexible from 5 to 29
Script: 68 pages
If you think you’ve suffered too many awkward moments or been in the dark in conversations, just think how poor, innocent aliens feel! Hungry to fit in, (a little too hungry at times!) they do and say things that we humans aren't allowed to. Join in the laughter as these extraterrestrials meet all kinds of humans -- teenagers, rednecks, survivalists
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LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
By Gary Ray Stapp
4 m, 5 w, 1 flexible, optional 1 boy
Script: 75 pages
Armed with a sharply judgmental attitude and a pair of binoculars, homeowner Leona Crump is consumed with anxiety over her new neighbors. Will they be California beatniks? Or paroled drug pushers? Or more frightening yet, perhaps someone with children?!
Her worst fears are realized when an odd-ball "hill-folk" family move in across the stre
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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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OF MOSS AND MEN
By David Meyer
5 m, 5 w, 5 flexible (doubling possible)
Script: 74 pages
Mr. and Mrs. Moss are the proud new owners of an old abandoned inn which they immediately want to restore and turn into a nightclub. Unfortunately, they're so busy overseeing suspiciously inept repairmen that they pay little attention to the local legend that tells of a treasure hidden somewhere on the estate. So when a severe storm develops forc
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STRAIGHT SKINNY
By Frank Cerabino
9 m, 9 w
Script: 42 pages
What happens when a sympathetic teacher slips an advance copy of the algebra midterm exam to a struggling student and warns him not to share it with the rest of the class? In two words: cheating scandal! Come sort out the vagaries of honor, friendship and the straight skinny with the 18 members of Mr. Bolton's fourth-period algebra class. Join them as they discover the valu
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MURDER ME, MURDER ME NOT
By Bill Springer
3 m, 3 w
Script: 79 pages
Randolph Gaston has been murdered, and everybody is after the insurance money (including the deceased). The characters we meet are the grieving widow, the girl next door, the family maid, the minister, the French inspector, and the confused boyfriend -- BUT everyone isn't necessarily who they seem to be. A series of double (and double-double) crosses, mistaken identities,
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IMAGINARY INVALID
IMAGINARY INVALID
Adapted by Paul Caywood
From the original play by Moliere
Part of The Half-hour Classics Series
7m, 4w (or with doubling, 4m, 3w)
Script: 30 pages. About 30 mins.
Monsieur Argan is an imaginary invalid. Indeed, he is a hypochondriac suffering pains in every part of his body. He wants his daughter, Angelique, to marry the stupid son of a doctor, and not Cleante, the man she truly loves. Argan's second wife, Beline,
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THE PROBLEM WITH PROBLEM PLAYS
By Ken Preuss
Cast: Widely flexible cast of 12
Script: 28 pages
Two writers poke fun of the pitfalls and perils of producing problem plays while The Problem with Problem Plays Players act out the comical conundrums. They explore the challenges of censorship, the madness of metaphors, and the awkwardness of adults who tackle teen dialogue. All is well and witty until unexpected guests and unearthed secrets send things a
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EVERY LITTLE CROOK AND NANNY
By Pat Cook
4 m, 5 w, 1 boy
Script: 64 pages
Lillie Scones is a sweet retired nanny who runs a boarding house with one resident and "a cat the size of the Louisiana Purchase." Her two friends, Jocelyn and Carmella, help to pass the time by listening to music and gossiping. Then Stuart, an old charge of hers, rents a room. Lillie is tickled to have him around again, not knowing he is planning on robbing the bank on th
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LITTLE TOWN OF CHRISTMAS
By Pat Cook
Flexible cast of 15 to 50
Script: 68 pages
Here's a comedy package of 12 yuletide sketches just perfect to give your audience for an evening's entertainment this Christmas! Everybody in the little town of Christmas is friendly and funny and you'll meet them all, including Skeezix and Sylvester, an elf comedy team that is short in stature and long in laughter; Dancer, the reindeer with a whacky sense of hum
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TIL DEATH DO US PART
By Craig Sodaro
5 m, 11 w
Audience Participation
Script: 67 pages.
You are invited to the most offbeat wedding of the season, where murder takes center stage and all the guests are suspects. Neither the groom's parents nor the bride's former boyfriend want the marriage to happen. The family lawyer has a little something up his sleeve and it might involve an enigmatic guest who dies mysteriously before revealing who
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ROBIN HOOD: NEXT GENERATION
By Shirley McNichols
10 m, 13 w, 3 flexible parts
Script: 74 pages
Sir Robin Hood and Lady Marian have been married for 20 years and their beautiful daughter, Robin, is now about to come of age. The Queen insists Robin be wed to a man of royal lineage before assuming the throne. Being a woman of the next generation, Robin is naturally resentful about being married off so quickly without some romance. So she devises
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ALL I NEED FOR CHRISTMAS
By Annette Tringham
1 m, 3 w, 1 flexible, 1 boy, extras
Script: 26 pages
One interior setting.
Goldie, Frank, and Myrna, three counselors at an emotional helpline, have devised a way to have Christmas Eve off this year. They have engaged Thomas Wellmore, a charming but self-centered Wall Street type, to man the phones. He willingly embraces the opportunity to “balance his karma” and “do something real at Christmas for
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ATTACK OF THE POM-POM ZOMBIES
By Stephen Murray
7 m, 16 w, 5 flexible, extras
Script: 40 pages
It's the 1960s, a big nuclear blast to the past! School's out for the summer, and the teenagers of Ocean View High are ready to surf, sun and have some fun. Their favorite hangout is Barnacle Betty's Surf Club, which happens to be right next door to the evil Ivana Ratnik's nuclear power plant. But ooops! Cindy Sue, the head cheerleader, accidentally g
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JUST LIKE THE ONES I USED TO
By Terrie Todd
2 m, 3 w, 1 boy, 1 girl
Script: 20 pages. Performance time: 30 minutes
Split stage: Simple interiors of two living rooms
(Special note: Play calls for a short amateur video.)
Ted and Jane are hosting Ted’s mother and sister for Christmas. As they share memories of their childhood home (acted out live) it becomes clear that their perspectives about the past are very different. An on-going “falling off t
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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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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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ROSIE THE RIVETER
--JUST RELEASED--
By Trey Clarkson
Cast: 21: 6 m, 8 w, and ensemble cast of 7 w or more
Script: 64 pages
It’s January 1942, in the throes of World War II. Eddie, the owner of Eddie’s Auto Parts Factory in Cook County, Illinois, is struggling now that there is a freeze on the manufacturing of car parts. His secretary, Rosie, wonders if the factory can secure a government contract and be converted to make airplane part
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MERRY CHRISTMAS, DEAR GRANDPA
--JUST RELEASED--
By Michal Jacot
Cast: 6, 3 m, 3 w
Script: 42 pages
Amber has invited her whole family to her new home to have the "perfect family Christmas." She has decorated her house, carefully planned the meal, and even ironed her shoelaces! Once her brother, sister, parents, and curmudgeon of a grandfather show up, though, nothing goes right. When a last-minute accident prevents Amber from making Christmas din
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JUSTICE IN DUSTY JUNCTION
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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 stetho
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CHARLES DICKENS'S A CHRISTMAS
By Kevin P. Kern
Cast: 11 m, 10 w, 3 boys, and 12 flexible. With doubling, 4 m, 3w, 1 boy, 6 flexible.
Script: 53 pages
Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser, choosing to spend Christmas Eve alone instead of with his cheerful nephew, Fred. That night, he is visited by his old colleague, Jacob Marley, who explains that three ghosts will come. After seeing his Christmas Past, Present, and Future, Scrooge awakens wit
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IVAN AND THE BIRDS
--JUST RELEASED--
By Alaska Reece Vance
Cast: 18 – 50+ 14-24 f, 4-26 m. Doubling is appropriate.
Script: 57 pages
Ivan’s greatest ambition has always been to learn the Language of the Birds. When he shows off his pet nightingale for show and tell at school, he is teased until he runs away. Seeking shelter in the forest, Ivan protects baby birds from a storm. In gratitude, the mama bird grants Ivan’s wish and teache
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LITTLE MERMAID
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By Wade Bradford
Cast: With doubling 4m, 5w, 2 flex
Script: 74 pages
Kira, the little mermaid, longs to see life on the surface. When she realizes her overprotective father will only show her a deserted island and has promised her hand in marriage to nerdy Duke Dorsal, she takes matters into her own hands. She sings for the Sea Witch who takes her voice, with the knowledge that she must win the hea
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