Kipling’s Jungle Book Stories, an adaptation by John Chambers with verse by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Drama/ 16 Characters, 7 Men, 2 Women, 7 either/or/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: This epic version of Kipling’s classic was first performed professionally as an outdoor promenade production by Lancaster Dukes Theatre. Torn between his wolf family and his human mother, and between the law of jungle and “civilization,” Mowgli faces threats on all sides — crazy monkeys, an idiotic hunter, and a malevolent tiger.

Sticking closely to the ethos of the original, John Chambers’ lively adaptation offers plenty of humour and drama, not to mention some original Kipling lyrics. At its heart is a boy growing up and trying to discover who he really is . . .

A summary of the original novel, from (PDF): “A very young boy, called Mowgli, lives in the jungle. Shere Khan, the tiger, wants to look after him, and so do the wolves. Akela, the wolf leader, decides that Mowgli will stay with the wolves. Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther also look after him. Mowgli stays in the jungle for ten years. When Akela becomes old, Shere Khan thinks he might now get Mowgli with the help of the young wolves who don’t like him. Mowgli defends himself by throwing fire at his enemies, but he must leave the jungle. He says goodbye sadly to his friends and family and goes to live in the village.”

“Not to be missed.”
– Westmoreland Gazette

“A must for youngsters, the show is great fun for mums and dads too.”
– Sunday Express

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About the Playwright: John’s stage plays include: Stiff Stuff; Shouting at the Radio; Raw Material; Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Any More; Robin Hood – The Raven’s Revenge – all at the Library Theatre Company where he was Arts Council Resident Dramatist; Two Wheel Tricycle (Contact Theatre); Silver Lining (Oldham Coliseum); Yoiks Oiks (Bolton Octagon); The Marigold Trilogy (Real Life Theatre. M.E.N. Best Fringe Award); Balling the Blues (One Step); City of Gold (Arden).

John has written three epics for Lancaster Dukes Promenade Seasons – Tales of King Arthur,Jungle Book and The Three Musketeers, and several pieces for/with young people at Manchester Youth Theatre and M6 where he was also Resident Writer.

Co-written theatre work includes: Scandals – The Life & Liver of Frank Randle with Keith Clifford (which John also directed); Crazy People with Marvin Close (LTC); I’m Marrying Ryan Giggs (Robbie Fowler in Liverpool!) with Dave Simpson (Liverpool Playhouse & national tour); Koff with Brian Morgan (One Step).

He has written around 100 hours of television including: The Bill (Thames); Emmerdale(Granada-YTV). Working on it during BAFTA Best Soap year 2001); Eastenders; Runaway Bay (YTV / Lifetime); 14 episodes of Children’s Ward (Granada. Including RTS Best Children’s Drama Series); 3 fifteen minute films for BBC Education’s Turning Points, (which won BAFTA and RTS awards, 1999); Away From Home and Grease Lightning – 30 minute plays for BBC2 (Northwest); Dramarama (ITV).

Kipling’s Jungle Book Stories was first produced at the Lancaster Dukes Promenade Seasons in 1996.

“Winning hearts in a new way.”
– The Stage

“It’s a great play.”
– Lancashire Evening Post

La Negra (The Negress) by Luis Miguel Gonzalez Cruz

The Negress

Drama/ 5 Characters, 3 Male, 2 Female/ Full Length, 90 mins.

A young woman, Ana, arrives at a rundown shack for an appointment to be tattooed. She meets “The Captain” and his lover, Isabel — heroin addicts united by passion and their memories of better days. The Captain at first refuses to do the work, until Ana’s manipulative boyfriend convinces him to brand her with the image of a mysterious woman named “la negra” — the same tattoo The Captain carries on his own chest. Does The Captain agree in order to create his final masterpiece — or to free himself of the dark legacy that haunts him? Either way, the results are both brutal and inevitable.

Advisory: contains explicit language, violence, and sexuality.

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About the Playwright:
Playwright, director, and screenwriter Luis Miguel González Cruz won the 2001 Borne Award for La Negra. He is also winner of the Lope de Vega Award for Eternal Return, The Calderon de la Barca Award for Agony, and the Rojas Zorilla Award for Thebas Motel.

La Negra was first produced by Galileo Teatro, Madrid in January, 2003.


Let’s Have Sex! by Valentin Krasnogorov

Let's Have Sex!

Comedy-Drama/ 5 Characters, 3 Women, 2 Men / Full Length, Two Acts (or may be played without intermission)
Translated from Russian by Eugene Reznikov and James Walker

Synopsis: Everyone in this strange, absurd play talks and thinks only about sex. But the frivolous title is misleading:Let’s Have Sex! is as complicated and tragic as it is bitingly amusing.

The play is structured as a rondo — a scene between the Husband and the Wife leads to a scene between the Wife and the Professor, etc., each one introduced by the recurring theme: “Let’s have sex!” But while its characters are driven by the most basic of human emotions — loneliness, their yearning for love, their desire to escape their problems — they poignantly and hilariously never get past discussing, arguing about, and apostrophizing their favorite subject. “The only way to come together quickly is sex,” says the Girl. “People can sit in the same office for a hundred years, meet each other at parties, drink together and go to picnics every weekend, but that won’t make them as close as a single night spent together!” But for Krasnogorov’s characters, consummation — however devoutly desired — remains distressingly elusive, for reasons perhaps only the Sister knows.An enormous success when it was staged in Moscow in 2003 by the director Roman Viktyuk, Let’s Have Sex! is a comic and philosophical tour-de-force from a master of the Russian stage.

“The theatre explodes with laughter.”

“Beautifully intricate.”
Helen Yampolskoy

“A unique protest against the grayness of life.”
News of Kharkov

“So mischievous and dashing, the two hours fly by.”
Behind the Scenes

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Amateur and professional rights:In Russia:
Valentin Fainberg (Krasnogorov)
Ph.: (812) 492-3701 or (812) 550-2146
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Mr. Larry Feinberg
52 Ridge Drive
Livingston, NJ
USA 07039
Ph.: (973) 535-3632

About the Playwright: The name of Valentin Krasnogorov is well known to theater-goers of Russia and other countries. His plays The Real Man,Somebody Must Go Away, Procession of Gnomes, Love Medicine,Several Hours from the Life of a Man and a Woman, Delights of Adultery, The Dog, Small Tragedies, This Weak Tender Sex, Bride’s Room, The Cruel Lesson, and Murder Case are warmly met by critics and audience. He was President of the St. Petersburg Playwrights Association until 1992, and now lives in Israel.

Krasnogorov’s plays are contained in the permanent repertoire of many theatres and are sometimes played several hundreds times. Critics have noted that “Krasnogorov’s plays cross borders easily”; for this reason, many of them have been translated into foreign languages and staged in theatres, on radio, and on TV in different countries.

V. Krasnogorov is a member of the Writers Union of Russia; member of the Russian Union of the Theater Workers; and a member of the Israel Federation of Writers Unions. His biograghy is included in the dictionaries Marqui’s Who’s Who in the World, USA, International Who’s Who in the Intellectuals, England, Cambridge, et. al..

Let’s Have Sex! was first produced at The Theater of Roman Viktyuk, Moscow, in 2003.

Little Ms Loony by John Chambers

Comedy-Drama/ 5 Characters, 1 Man, 2 Women/ 2 non-gender specific/ One Act, 20 minutes

Synopsis: We meet Jane as she is strapped into a straightjacket. She’s a young high-flying teacher in a High School, where her husband is Head. The shrink has to determine whether Jane is mad — or is it the world she lives in?

“A thought-provoking tragi-comedy.” – City Life


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About the Playwright: John has had some 40 plays premiered in his native North West of England — ranging from a Number One tour to fringe. He has written for most Reps in the region and was Arts Council Resident Dramatist at Manchester LTC and Resident Writer at M6 Theatre. His plays have subsequently been performed around the UK and as far afield as Australia and the US. He’s also written over a hundred hours of TV drama, as well as plays for radio.

Little Ms. Loony was first produced by the Real Life Theatre Co., Manchester, in Oct. 2009.

Lockdown by Julia Edwards

Lockdown at South Coast Repertory, 2012

Comedy-Drama/ 4-6 males, 9-11 females (15 performers total)/ Full Length, 75-90 minutes

It’s just another day in the CliffsNotes Library (more books, less filling!) until a siren sounds, the doors automatically lock, and the not-so-studious students discover they are trapped. What’s going on? Did the high-tech security system malfunction again? Or are they the subjects of a sinister state-sanctioned experiment? Then someone hears a gunshot (he thinks), a freaked out substitute teacher is found barricaded in the bathroom, and Crazy Lily has a diabetic seizure. In a claustrophobic pressure-cooker of fear, paranoia, and social strife, this motley crew of hackers, delinquents, surfer dudes, and prom queens must rise above the chaos to save a life and discover the meaning of tolerance along the way.

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About the Playwright: Julia Edwards is an LA-based playwright, children’s author and illustrator, and teacher. Her plays — some of which include Family Planning, The Rats Are Getting Bigger, The Ravaging, and Lockdown — have been seen at The Public Theatre (NYC), the LAByrinth Theatre (NYC), The Flea (NYC), South Coast Repertory Theatre (Costa Mesa), Chalk Repertory Company (LA), Circle X (LA), and Salvage Vanguard Theatre (Austin) among others. Family Planning, produced in LA-area residential homes, won the LA Ovation Award for Best Production. She is a member of the Playwrights Union of LA. Her website is at

Lockdown was commissioned and first produced by South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA) in March, 2012.

Lunacy by Sandra Perlman

Lunacy, Cleveland Play House Fusion Fest

Drama/ 3 Characters, 2 Men, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

The year is 1827; the place, a theater in Philadelphia where young Shakespearean actor Edwin Forrest is rehearsing for his role as King Lear. His loud, over-the-top emoting is interrupted by a young Quaker woman, Cornelia Lamb, whom the arrogant Edwin mistakenly assumes is the newspaper reporter he is expecting to interview him. But Cornelia’s purpose is far different.

She knows that the promising actor has been preparing for his role as Lear by visiting the Stillwell Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Cornelia implores Edwin to come with her to the Friends Asylum where he can meet the perfect Lear – her father Benjamin. Lamb is now imprisoned in a madness that allows him to speak only in the words of the play his wife was reading before her untimely death. Cornelia, who runs the Quaker asylum, implores Edwin, who knows every word of the script, to leave his rehearsal and follow her to the Asylum.

If Edwin follows Cornelia will he unlock Benjamin’s madness or imprison his own dream of perfection?

“Perlman takes us on a haunting exploration of not only insanity and Lear, but also of the power of family to comfort, that moment of life called death to unite, and — ultimately — the power of the theater to heal.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Riveting, lean, honest, and deceptively simple.” – Norwalk Reflector

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Kent OH 44240
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About the Playwright: Sandra Perlman is an award-winning playwright and teacher with more than a dozen plays produced on stages around the world, including The Cleveland PlayHouse, New Jersey Repertory and many small theaters and universities. In 2011, her full length dramaJocasta was translated into Hindi and performed in India, In Search of Red River Dog appeared in Nice, France, and her newest script, 2/Caught, was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her play Lunacy premiered at Dobama Theatre in May, 2007 as part of The Cleveland PlayHouse FusionFest. Perlman is the recipient of three Ohio Arts Council fellowships in playwriting for In Search of Red River Dog, Cliff Diving and most recentlySwann. She has also been nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association’s M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for Emerging Playwright.

A former writer-host for PBS television Channels 45/49, Perlman has taught and lectured about playwriting at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University, and currently teaches playwriting at Kent State University. Excerpts from her plays have been published in anthologies by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus and the Middle Tennessee State University Press.Lunacy was first produced by Dobama Theatre as part of the Cleveland Play House Fusion Fest in May, 2007.

Magpie by Katherine Koller

Drama/ 5 Characters, 1 Man, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Magpie is an overweight parolee surveillance officer. Her charge, Reggie, lives in the basement of her apartment block. Reggie has been convicted of sexual assault and murder — and now he has designs on Magpie.

“Because of her past, [Magpie} has never gotten along with men. Reggie, this week’s new transient . . . soon finds out that he has met his match in the boisterous landlord. The intensity between the two swells to a thrilling conclusion.” – Derek Loewen, The Uniter


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About the Playwright: Katherine Koller lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and writes for radio, stage and screen. Her one-acts, including Cowboy Boots and a Corsage, have been produced at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, on CBC radio, and across the country. Some of her full-length plays concern the pressures of science and technology on family relationships, often with the land or some element of nature playing a character part. Coal Valley: the Making of a Miner(2005) is included in The Alberta Advantage, published by Playwrights Canada Press. The Seed Savers (2009) received its premiere at Workshop West Theatre. Katherine teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

Magpie was first produced at the Jagged Edge Lunchbox Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta in 2001.

Matter of Intent by Gary Earl Ross

Drama/ 12 Characters, 5 Men, 7 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

It is 1960. Kennedy and Nixon are vying for the White House as lunch counter sit-ins spread throughout the South. Sam Cooke is on the radio, and ‘The Untouchables’ is on television. Buffalo, New York, has so few black women lawyers they can be counted on a single hand.

In this stirring legal drama, one of them, Temple Scott, is locked in the courtroom fight of her life. There is no doubt the young woman the press calls “the Negro Lizzie Borden” murdered her employer. To keep Mae Lou McKitchen out of the electric chair, however, Temple must uncover the truth behind the crime. Murder, you see, is always a matter of intent. Matter of Intent is an acclaimed drama about “a crime without a witness, a society without perspective, a criminal justice system that is anything but just.” –The Buffalo News

From “Ross uses the well-worn cliches of television courtroom drama in ways that subvert them winningly. Temple Scott’s dedicated pursuit of truth and justice is hampered by the obstacles she faces as a black woman. This makes for a pleasing dynamic as each new challenge offers her the opportunity to use her superior intellect and uncanny insight. Moreover, the playwright uses his heroine’s sex and race to demonstrate how different life experiences can give us different insights.

“The playwright intersperses the chronological telling of his story with flashbacks that reveal the characters’ memories to be flawed, or which show episodes outside of any of the living characters’ knowledge. [E]very character harbors a past . . . . The victim’s husband is concealing an affair. The victim, herself, has secret reasons for not joining her husband on his business trips. There are hidden reasons that Scott’s planned defense of her client upsets Bobbie Nichols. The dead woman’s best friend is a frenzy of mixed emotions and motivations. These undercurrents lend an intriguing element of unpredictability to the proceedings.”

“If you enjoy a good mystery, then Matter Of Intent is for you.”
– The Buffalo Criterion

“The playwright has a fine sense of drama, and an excellent command of both character and comedy. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time.”

“The idea that the American legal and penal systems are not remotely fair is one worth raising at every chance.”
– The Buffalo News

Winner of the 2005 Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Award and the 2006 Edgar Award for Best Play from the Mystery Writers of America. A selection of the 2009 NAAA Crossing the Divide Festival in London, England.

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About the Playwright: Gary Earl Ross is a language arts professor at the University at Buffalo EOC and the author of more than 170 published short stories, poems, articles, scholarly papers, and public radio essays. Named Erie County’s 2003 Artist of the Year, Ross has won numerous awards for writing, including a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, an Artie Award for the play Matter of Intent, and for his public radio essays first place commentary awards from the New York State Associated Press and the New York Broadcasters’ Association.Readers of Artvoice voted him the 2008 Best Writer in Buffalo. His books and staged plays include The Wheel of Desire and Other Intimate Hauntings (2000), Shimmerville: Tales Macabre and Curious (2002), Sleepwalker: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2002), the children’s taleDots (2002), Matter of Intent (2005 Ujima Theater world premiere and winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America),Picture Perfect (from the 2007 Tennessee Stage Company New Play Festival in Knoxville), and The Best Woman (from Ujima in 2007).

He has two plays in development, The Scavenger’s Daughter (2009-10) and Murder Squared (2009-10). A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Just Buffalo Literary Center, Ross was recently named playwright-in-residence at Ujima Company and was awarded a 2008 Constance Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Grant. His novel, Blackbird Rising, was published in 2009, and Matter of Intent received a staged reading at London’s Bridewell Theater in June 2009. – Best Woman

Matter of Intent was first produced by the Ujima Theater Company at TheaterLoft in Buffalo, New York, in April, 2005

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McLuhan: The Musical — Book by Frank Moher, Music & Lyrics by Gerald Reid

McLuhan: The Musical

Musical Comedy-Drama/ Multiple Characters, 5 actors minimum (gender-blind casting encouraged)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from the Globe and Mail [Toronto]): “McLuhan: The Musical is nothing less than an attempt to dramatize the ideas of the late media theorist who was briefly the toast of the Western world (remember his cameo appearance in the film Annie Hall?) before his notions fell into obscurity in the Eighties.

“Moher, like media heavyweights such as Lewis Lapham, believes McLuhan’s time has come again simply because the world he predicted has come to pass . . . . Rummaging in his playwright’s toolbox, Moher decides to recount this hyperspace narrative as a medieval morality play. Herbert Marshall McLuhan is born, about the same time as radio, on a farm near Edmonton. He endures the torment of being a colonial hayseed at Oxford, and makes his way to a teaching post in America, where he becomes fascinated by advertising’s grip on the human mind. He returns to Canada just in time for the invention of TV.

“Bright, childlike theatrical trickery attends the tale. Teenage Marshall twists a radio dial. Suddenly the stage blacks-out and two puppets — little Marshall and a sort of radio spirit — are hovering in an electronic void . . . . Here he learns about Electronic Space, with its wonderful promise of being everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

“McLuhan panics as his ideas take on a life of their own, and his warning about the future — because, in truth, he hates and fears the new electronic world — is twisted into a celebration . . . . The play ends with McLuhan longing for the dense, sun-baked real-ness of his childhood prairie soil.”

“All the senses were gleefully aggressed and we were in for a night of razzle-dazzle . . . A very entertaining, lively, and intelligent show.”
– CBC Radio (Ottawa)

“A revelatory experience . . . . A good review of McLuhan: The Musical is almost redundant: the word of mouth is doing it all.”
– The Ottawa Express

McLuhan succeeds because it never loses its sense of fun . . . . [it] conveys the life story of Marshall McLuhan, but more important, it compares the utopian aspirations of a generation which saw the introduction of the electronic mass media to the complex reality of a wired society.”
– The University of Ottawa Charlatan

“Combines fantasy, humour, and great musical numbers for an evening of enjoyable intellectual stimulation . . . . Whether you’re a communication theory buff, or a musical theatre patron, McLuhan: The Musical is sure to please.”
– The Fulcrum (Ottawa)

“McLuhan would probably be amused. And, in one or two transcendent moments, perhaps even a little honored.”
– The Ottawa Citizen

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About the Playwright: Frank Moher’s plays have been produced internationally, at theatres including South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Detroit Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), the Canadian Stage Company (Toronto), the Wellington Repertory Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand), Workshop West Theatre (Edmonton, Alta.), the Asolo Theater (Sarasota, Fla.), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), Dodona Theatre (Prishtina, Kosova), The Mingei Theatre (Tokyo), and OmaDa Theatre (Athens, Greece). He has won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Writing (for Odd Jobs), the Edmonton Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play (for both The Third Ascent and Prairie Report,), and is published by both ProPlay and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Frank has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta (where he was a Distinguished Visiting Artist), and is currently an instructor in scriptwriting and journalism at Vancouver Island University. He has also worked professionally as a literary manager and dramaturg, and written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Saturday Night magazine, The Georgia Straight, and

McLuhan: The Musical was premiered by The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa, in October, 1994.

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Metastasis: Chain of Ruin by Gordon Pengilly

Tragi-comedy/ 8 Characters, 5 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Named for the pathological spread of live rot through a system, Metastasis sets 25 characters in motion, rippling out from a random drive by shooting, to conjure a world of missed connections and crossed wires.

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About the Playwright: Gordon Pengilly has written more than 50 plays for TV, film, radio and the stage. His work, including Seeds, Swipe, Metastasis, Yours ’til The Moon Falls Down, Tom Three Persons, Tom Form And The Speed Of Love, Contraption and They Don’t Call Them Farmers Anymore, has been produced across Canada and abroad. His one-act playThe Work Play, which premiered in New York at the Actor’s Loft in 2000 before being produced in Japan in 2002, was made into a short film seen at Fourth Wall Screenings in 2005.Gordon is also one of the most prolific radio dramatists in Canada. In 1989, CBC selectedThe Ballad Of An Existential Cowboy as one its Best-of-Decade. In The Middle Of Town Stands The Dreamland was nominated for a Peabody Award in 1993 and rebroadcast in Australia, and Seeing In the Dark received the 2007 BBC International Radio Drama Prize and was broadcast on the World Service.

Gordon has been resident playwright for theatres and institutions in Edmonton, Calgary, Banff, Red Deer, Toronto and Fredericton and routinely runs workshops for Alberta Playwrights Network. His first collection of plays, Metastasis And Other Plays, published by NeWest Press received the 2009 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

Metastasis: Chain of Ruin was first produced by Northern Light Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta in 1995.

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