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2018 

Nebraska

State Qualifier!

CONFLICT
One Act Drama, Approx. 30 min
Cast of 23- 8 Females, 9 Males, 6 Either
ROLES:
30-40 Lines: 1 Female, 2 Male
20-29 Lines: 2 Female, 2 Male
10-19 Lines:  4 Female, 4 Male, 2 Either
 0-9 Lines:  1 Female, 1 Male, 4 Either

"This play was very powerful and moving"

The 60's were a decade of great conflict in America.  The Vietnam War and the hippie counter culture were sources of much of this.  CONFLICT is the story of Vietnam vet Bob who suffers from PTSD and flashbacks.  the play starts at a hippie anti-war rally.  Although he is at the rally, Bob soon gets drafted and is torn about what to do.  His girlfriend, Moonbeam, tells him that they will go to Canada.  Instead, Bob goes to Vietnam where he meets other recruits from all across the nation.  Bob and his best friend Joe manage to have some fun, but also face horrors when Joe saves Bob's life, but then is killed.  Meanwhile, the hippie rallies go on, although some hippies are much more committed to the cause than others.  Finally the war ends, but when the soldiers come home, it is to jeers, disdain and insults.  

Years later, Bob and his daughter are at a Veteran's Day parade and are encouraged by a reporter to visit the Vietnam Memorial wall.  Here, in the moving last scene, Bob finally finds peace, touching Joe's name on the wall.

FORGE
OF THE
SOUL
One Act Drama,   Approx. 30 min
Cast of 21: 8 Female, 11 Male, 3 Either 
Extras, doubling possible
ROLES
31-40 Lines: 1 Female, 1 Male
11-30 Lines: 5 Female, 6 Male, 1 Either
0-10 Lines:  3 Female, 4 Male, 1 Either
 

"Retreat!  Fall back!"  The play opens with George Washington's Continental army in full retreat....yet again.  It is the brutal winter of 1777.  However, even after Washington leads his army into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the fighting does not end.  Instead of battling redcoats, the people there battle sickness, starvation, discouragement and doubt.  

  Teenagers Mary and Lucy, caught up in patriotic fever, decide to take some supplies to the army encampment, hoping to meet some officers.  Instead, they meet with a deserter who attacks them.  An army patrol rescues them, but Lucy is wounded so they are taken to a field hospital where they see deplorable conditions.  Meanwhile, Major Thomas Conway is seeking to get Washington replaced as Commander in Chief and tries to get others, such as the Marquis de Lafayette, to join him.  

Fights, surgeries and an on-stage flogging add action and excitement.  Historical figures add authenticity, and the end is a breathtaking scene that is sure to touch many with patriotic pride.

BLIND TIGER
One Act Drama,  Approx. 30 min
Cast of 15 - 6 Female, 6 Male, 3 Either
 Extras, doubling possible
ROLES
30-50 Lines:  3 Female, 3 Male
10-29 Lines: 2 Female, 2 Male
0-9 Lines:  1 Female, 1 Male, 3 Either

Frankie Falco is a tough, merciless mob boss, who owns a speakeasy during Prohibition.  Everything seems great at the speakeasy, where people go to drink at a time when alcohol is illegal.  There is music, dancing and drinking.  

Sara Stevens, whose husband died after drinking bad booze at Frankie's speakeasy, is determined to do something about it.  First she asks Frankie to close it, but he simply laughs at her.  She decides to become a police informant and goes to work for Frankie as a waitress, but runs into trouble with Frankie's girlfriend Mae.

Several sub-plots and suspicious people are introduced until Frankie is killed by an unknown person.  Malloy, the cop who has been trying to arrest Frankie, must now find out who killed him. 

Although the suspects and motives are many, Malloy unravels the mystery and finds the true culprit.  

This play features fun music, costumes and dancing from the 20's, and a simple set that transforms onstage from a dance studio (when cops are present) to a speakeasy.

THE
SILVER SCREEN
One Act Comedy,  Approx. 30 min.
Cast of 20-21 -
7 Female, 8 Male, 5-6 Either
ROLES:
30-50 Lines: 2 Female, 3 Male
10-29 Lines: 5 Female, 4 Male, 1 Either
0-9 Lines:   1 Male, 4-5 Either

It is 1928 and the first talking movie has just been made.  Some people love talkies, some think they are just a fad, but very few people know how to make them.

Mrs. Hickenhoofer is the rich, ditzy owner of a studio that is making a silent movie about pirates.  When she sees “The Jazz Singer”, she decides that Hickenhoofer studios must make a talkie as well.

Mr. Cobb the producer, Francine the director’s assistant, and Julius the director, try to make her see that they can’t turn a silent movie into a talkie, but Mrs. H refuses to listen.  Furious, Julius quits, and Buzz, a handymen who knows how microphones work, takes over as director.  The results are a disaster!  Nobody can figure out what to do with the microphones. Carl the cameraman refuses to work in the small, cramped “sound booth” and Gloria the Hollywood star/diva, finds that her voice sounds ridiculous on film and decides to retire.

Desperate to persuade Julius to come back, Mr. Cobb disguises himself as a gangster and threatens Julius into making the talkie.  Julius comes back and takes charge, but still has no leading lady.

Then they accidentally find a leading lady - Maria, the wardrobe assistant who speaks Spanish when nervous.  Julius calls for a rewrite of the whole movie, makes Maria a star, and even manages to get Gloria back for a non-speaking cameo – as a ghost!

Features lots of fun, unique characters, swordfighting, and fast-paced plot development.   Production Notes offer costuming suggestions and tips for obtaining and/or making several props.   Copyright-free music is available.

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