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Deafending Speech

Category: Two-act Comedy

Audience:  Family, 13 or older

Cast Breakdown: 1m, 3f

Set:  Unit set

Run time: 90 minutes

Synopsis :  Iris Randolf is 54 years old, and she suddenly finds herself deaf.  Her life is over.  She loses her job, her friends, her independence, and her self respect.  She sinks into despair, until her daughter, Margo, hires Angie, a teacher who specializes in adult onset deafness.  Iris doesn't want her there, but Angie is determined to break through to this stubborn, angry, and tenacious woman. 

Botched Baby Talk

Category: Two-act Comedy

Audience:  Family, 13 or older

Cast Breakdown: 3m, 3f

Set:  Unit set

Run time: 90 minutes

Synopsis :  After knowing Nathan for only three months, Dana finds out that she is pregnant.  Nathan pledges his love and proposes, but then tells Dana that she has to pretend to be Jewish in front of his parents.  Dana knows nothing about Judaism, but after much begging and bribery, Dana agrees to go along with the act.  Once they start weaving the web of deception, they get themselves deeper into trouble the more they say.  When the truth finally comes out, Nathan's mother winds up in the hospital from the shock of it all, and Nathan winds up in the dog house with Dana.

Roman and Julia

Category: Two-act Comedy

Audience:  Family

Cast Breakdown: 3m, 3f

Set:  Unit set

Run time: 90 minutes

Synopsis :  Roman and Julia are two star-crossed lovers who have been given another chance to find each other, fall in love, and not commit suicide. They find themselves in a modern world as attorneys for two rival law firms. When a dead body turns up in the trunk of Roman’s car, he is arrested for the murder. But he didn’t do it and Julia is determined to prove it.

Dead Dogs Don't Fart

Category: Two-act Comedy

Audience:  Family, 13 or older

Cast Breakdown: 2m, 4f

Set:  Unit set

Run time: 90 minutes

Synopsis :  Olina was quite content living in her untidy house with Elvis, her once pet canine, now preserved by the local taxidermist.  Elvis was all the company she needed until a social worker dropped in to tell her that Olina’s estranged sister has died, leaving behind a fifteen year old daughter.  The child is without other relatives and is expecting a baby within a couple of months.  Against her better judgment, Olina takes in the girl.  And now, the two must decide the fate of an unborn child.

Cabin Fever

Category: Two-act Comedy

Audience:  Family, all ages

Cast Breakdown: 3m, 4f

Set:  Unit set

Run time: 90 minutes

Synopsis :  Daniel knew that his marriage was in trouble, but a romantic winter vacation in the mountains of Vermont could revive his ailing relationship. His wife, Celeste, had reluctantly agreed to go. So Daniel drags Celeste, his daughter Allison, and his father into the mountains. Daniel’s son Marc and Marc’s fiancée, Bonnie, will join them in a few days. But Daniel hadn’t anticipated that when they arrived at the resort, the toilet would be broken, the stove wouldn’t work, the garbage disposal would be out of order, and the lock on the front door wouldn’t lock. He didn’t foresee that when he slipped into the warm Jacuzzi, he would accidentally sprain his big toe when he unintentionally slipped it into the suction nozzle of the tub. He’d be fine tomorrow. A few pain pills would get him through a day on the slopes without much trouble. But then there was this seven year old boy who ignored all the rules and jutted right out in front of him. He should have nailed that kid when he had the chance. But the boy got away, leaving Daniel in a pile of snow with a broken ankle. So Daniel is left to amuse himself in the cabin, while the rest of the family leaves him behind to play on the slopes.

Christmas Reflections

Category: One-act Musical Comedy

Audience:  Children of all ages

Cast Breakdown: 2m, 5f plus chorus

Set:  Unit set

Run time: 60 minutes

Synopsis : Maggie was tired of things never working out. She may be only thirteen, but she knew when she was getting a raw deal. Here it’s Christmas and she’s stuck alone with her step mother and her Aunt Rose, while her father was serving over seas. But Aunt Rose has a trick up her sleeve to help cheer up the pouting young Maggie. She gives her a magic mirror with which she can become anybody she wants, but she’d better use the formula correctly, because there’s only one wish. And if she doesn’t like where she winds up, there’s a formula for that too.  But Maggie is too busy listening to her music on her walkman, and doesn’t catch the instructions. Her wish is to be rich, famous, and powerful, but the stupid mirror doesn’t work. Or does it? When she wakes up the next morning, she’s a dictator of a foreign country, a fat, pock marked man with an ugly beard. And she’s the ruler of a country that doesn’t allow Christmas. Having forgotten the way back, she’s stuck in this foreign land and in this foreign skin.   

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