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One blustery winter of eighteen-eighty-six in the home of John Louie, and Isobel Stanley Creightion, a gathering of mostly men discuss the various games played on ice with sticks and a disc. Their concern is the various rules followed by different teams in different areas of the country and in that of the world. The men decide that a set of rules should be drawn up for everyone to follow. They also decide to define the way the game should be played. Of most importance is the name to be associated with the game. Beware of the influence and suffrage of women making a stand in society and evolution in history. Many a man, woman and child of Canada’s landscape of snow and frozen ponds has contributed to the history in the making of a Hockey Night in Canada.
Simple set; play book $10.75; Royalties; first performance $35.00; each additional performance $25.00.
Prologue; Scream Queens 101: An introduction by a somber man educating the audience before the main play. He gives an academic appreciation of Horrifying women.
On a dark lonely night when only the flutter of bats wings is heard, a B-Movie Queen chronicles her life. From her earliest days on the set of her first horror film, to her rule as a reigning Diva of dread, she relates her life to us. In the mist of her lonely cavern, she tells of her dark nights as a nearly forgotten icon. Her career long over, her glamour fading, alone, forsaken, swimming in the depths of red wine, the Queen of horror dictates her memories into a tape recorder and becomes lost in her memories. The Queen of B-Movies languishes over her dead career hoping for an elusive come back, to rise again from the depths of the departed.
Simple set; play book $12.55; Royalties; first performance $35.00; each additional performance $25.00.
A Hobo is mistaken for Santa Claus. Santa brings various people together after combinations of different situations. Life’s downturns begin to show a positive up side when everyone leans on each other and prosperity and love develops.
Your mother really hates me. Never liked me stealing you and Molly and moving across the country.
We will be there shortly and she will have Molly to hug and spoil. She will thank you for bringing us safely to their home.
And resent me for free-loading on them. Despise me for not being able to provide a home for a wife and child. Tolerate me by providing an army cot in the cold dark dungeon of the cellar with the ghost of . . .
Fred looks at Beth with a bewildered questioning glare. Beth squints and shakes an accusing finger at Fred then both turn to look at Molly smiling and pointing forward through the windshield.
No . . . no . . . Molly, Grandma does not have ghosts in the cellar. Daddy is just making up a story, that is what Daddy does . . . writes stories.
An unemployed writer going to live in your parent’s cellar with the ghosts that haunted Ebenezer Scrooge not . . .
No . . . out there . . ., we are going to hit Santa!!
(blink eyes, hold closed then open to confirm what is seen)
Santa . . ., Daddy, . . . you killed Santa.
JUST THE KIND of MAN I NEED
Drama/Comedy Screen Play
(all ages) 100 pg. $14.25
7 main characters, 15 secondary characters
A man, Richard, who has lost his memory, is befriended by a young child, Whitney, who takes a liking to the dishevelled man and feels he will be the best person to meet, date and marry her mother, Sondra. Along the way, a cast of characters take it upon themselves to assist, a mother figure, Martha, who overlooks the financial needs of the man, a mall security custodian, Alloyuis, to mentor the man in the ways of social matters, Dora, a friend of Sondra to foil events, a doctor and a judge to mend matters, the mystery estate benefactors aiming to disrupt everyone’s life, all acting above the sub plot of a end destiny that was conceived before this story began.
Now if Mr. Magical is Martha Stanfield-Moncalm’s son then he is linked to old money and name.
Nope . . ., nope . . ., according to Whitney, Martha is just his benefactor and he just calls her Mother.
So . . ., no old money and no famous name. He is John-Doe, lives at the hospital and lost his memory from an accident.
Perfect, just the kind of man you need. Train him your way, just like a puppy and he will always be at your beckon call.
Puppies become dogs and eventually will go sniffing for a bi . . ..
If you don’t want him, I’ll . . ..
Dig your claws into . . ., he’s here, don’t look, turn this way, hide me.
(instantly search bar for man)
What does he look like?
Ah . . .
(whishy-washy gesture and facial expression)
Normal bum turned into a Prince Charming.
LEAVE ME TO CRY:
Richard E. Mousseau
Play, Fiction, 41pg. (60 to 90 min) (16 years to adult) $5.50
Drama, 4 male leads; 1 female lead; 5 second leads. A female university student interviews 4 male prisoners on death-row. Each prisoner relates past crimes and their outlook on life. During the play a murder is committed. 4 second leads (a quartet) sing 4 stirring songs. Best to present before the play a short musical variety of prison type songs by the quartet to set the tone of this play.
Simple set; play book $5.50; Royalties; First performance $35.00; Each additional performance $25.00; Musical Score book $3.50, Demo tape $3.50.
Richard E. Mousseau
Play, Fiction, 92 pg. (90 to 120 min) (16 years to adult) $9.75
Comedy; 3 female leads; 5 male leads. A mix-match of vacationers find themselves abandoning their safe yacht to crowd into a life-raft. When everyone sees Willy and Captain Crab taking a raft to go fishing, they mistake it for abandoning the ship. Now adrift, the various characters display their antics for survival on the high seas, sex, cannibalism, death by a swordfish, Moby Dick the whale. Will they ever reach land with sanity intact? Laughter is at their own expense.
Simple set; raft can be real or fabricated; play book $9.75; Royalties; First performance $45.00; Each additional performance $35.00.
Play, Fiction,72 pg. (four acts) (adult) $10.95
Drama, 2 male leads; 1 female lead.
A Patient is seeking unspecified assistance for the troubles he is having. There is a give and take of information between the doctor and patient. This meeting occurs in the Doctor’s office in the early morning, late afternoon and early evening. This office could be in Lausanne, Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires, or San Francisco. After a tie, they begin to discuss a woman, the wife of the patient, the mistress of the doctor. At a party in the fourth act all three meet and air out their wishes and compromises.
Simple set; play book $10.95; Royalties; First performance $35.00; Each additional performance $25.00.
Play, Fiction, 88 pg. (90 to 120 min) (16 years to adult) $11.00
Comedy /Drama; 2 female leads; 1 male lead; Elizabeth and Sonya share a senior’s citizen apartment, only because they are sisters by blood and have no other family members. As sisters, through their lives they have hated, loved, loathed and cherished each other. Just because of their advanced ages is no excuse to rehash their past over and over, but they make sure they do from the first thing in the morning to the last goodnight at bedtime. The centre of all their conversations revolves around Edmond. Though he has passed on, he seems to be constantly there among them. Intertwined between these three octogenarians, as they relive the sad, humorous, disappointed and happy moments in their lives, there is a love triangle. Old folks can be funny, serious and touching at the same time. You will laugh and cry then laugh again.
Simple set; Play book $11.00; Royalties; First performance $45.00; Each additional Performance $35.00.
MR. CHEEKS TOO SOFT:
Richard E. Mousseau
Play, fiction, 72 pg, (90 to 120 min) (10 years to adult) $10.85
Comedy, drama, 1 male lead, 6 extra leads, and musicians. Mr. Cheeks recites story poetry of the Canadian west in the late eighteen-hundreds. On hand are his fellow cowboys listening around the night’s camp fire. Male cowboys, a girl cowhand and the cook. Musicians may be part of the cast or in the orchestra pit. It is possible to have other members of the cast reciting selected poems. There are 12 story poems and 4 songs. Common cowboy banter fills the action between poems. The cowboys are a lively and a diverse group. The set is a typical camp setting on a cattle-drive. A campfire, saddles, coffee-pot, tin plates and cups and in the background the sounds of horses and cattle. Poems include the story of the first sleeping bag, a boy’s first horse trade, death in a log cabin, two Spanish crusaders of the west, a lovely female vet, a cowboy’s Christmas, the cook’s pot of soup, a lonely heart, a stuttering cowboy, a cry in the wilderness, a pioneer’s slim pickings and a cowboy’s true love. Songs deal with love, cows, thieves and memories.
Simple set; play book $10.85; Royalties; First performance $45.00; Each additional performance $35.00. Musical Score book $4.50. Demo tape $4.50.
ON WITH THE SHOW:
Richard E. Mousseau
Play, Fiction,119 pg. (90 to 120 min) (16 years to adult) $9.75
Comedy; 5 female leads; 6 male leads; It is opening night of a theatre production. Various people with very different backgrounds attend this production and just happen to sit in the same section of seats. Their lives are revealed to each other, overheard by others, commented on by others. No secrets are left unrevealed. The theatre patrons steal the show. Interesting characters, characters that are hidden within ourselves that we tend to keep hidden. Attend the production and laugh at yourself. Meet the old farm couple, a down and out theatre couple, there is a couple secretly meeting in dark theaters, a couple of the male persuasion, two modern young teenagers, and an innocent usher to tie in all the crazy people.
Simple set; Play book $9.75; Royalties; First performance $45.00; Each additional performance $35.00.
ON RELATIVE GROUND:
Play, fiction, 100 pg. (60 to 90 min) (12 years to adult) $8.95
Comedy; 4 female leads, 6 male leads. Nettie is trying to study for her final exams for her university courses when her mother and little sister arrive unexpectedly. Soon Nettie finds that she has no time to study with the antics that have suddenly occurred within the confines of her small apartment. With her sister being a party girl and her mother, a closet gambler, they both unknowingly take her good hospitality for granted. Nettie grows increasingly disturbed and nervous about her exams. To make matters worse, her older pregnant sister arrives with some shocking news that upsets the entire family. With her family around, and the chaotic antics surrounding them, Nettie becomes a nervous wreck and finally loses patience, resulting in a very unusual outcome for her.
Simple set; play book $8.95; Royalties; First performance $45.00; Each additional performance $35.00.
Play, Fiction, 116 pg. (120 min) (16 years to adult) $9.95.
Drama; 5 female leads; 12 male leads. A dramatic story of a young girl, being half-Native and half-Caucasian, is in a struggle between each culture. Different ideals have been pressing her mind during her entire life. She is now at the point where she feels she must find her path, know who she is as a woman. During this quest for identity, she must come to terms with religion, abuse of Native people, her father and mother’s past issues, and find self-worth within this controversy. She must struggle through the experiences of mental anguish and face head-on the issues that she has been avoiding her entire life. She finds herself surviving in a strange manner of being. It is too late to make amends in the present. Through her experiences, she has found the strength to be herself. A little too late. Left behind are the others that have entwined their lives with hers.
Simple set; play book $9.95; Royalties; First performance $45.00; Each additional performance $35.00.
The PRAYER - the LETTER - the DISCOVERY:
Play, Fiction, War, 68pg. (12years to adult) $10.95
Drama; The Prayer; six leads. In a disabled bomber, a tail gunner finds himself in need to pray at-the-moment of impending death.
Drama; The Letter; five leads. During the crossing of the Atlantic, a soldier pens a letter relating the conditions and his experiences during a time of war.
Drama; The Discovery; five leads. Two Canadian sir force radar technicians discover a crashed American, B-52 bomber west of Hudson’s Bay. The plane has been missing for ten years.
Simple sets; play book $10.95; Royalties; first performance $35.00, each additional performance $25.00.
THREE PLAYS BY ME:
Richard E. Mousseau
Play, Fiction, 69 pg. (Each 30 to 45 min) (16 years to adult) $6.50
Comedy; Three short plays, each giving a different point of view on love and life with a comic tone. Simple sets; play book $6.50; Royalties; First performance $35.00; Each additional performance $25.00. Musical Score $1.50, Demo Tape $2.00
THE CRABTREES ON BUTTERNUT CORNERS;
1 female lead; 1 male lead; This play takes place in a bed. Wilbur has worked hard all day and just wants to sleep when he gets home. Mildred has found the need to keep Wilbur awake to discuss their life together. Wilbur is a procrastinator and has lost interest in life’s goings on. Mildred is a bubbly blonde who craves affection and conversation. The only time she finds time for both is in the middle of the night. A married couple for eight years. Play is dated to the 1930 -40's. A laugh a line.
TWO POETS IN BELLEVUE PARK;
1 female lead; 1 male lead; Two poets meet on a park bench. They relate their lives, past, present and future to the audience in short verse poetry. They seem not to interact with each other. Their poetry does relate to each other and they react, the audience should sense that the actors are only communicating with them. Actors act out the lines of each poem. Witty poetry dialogue.
WOJO AND YOUNGIN;
2 male leads; 1 female lead; A day in the life of a 40-year-old bachelor (Youngin) and his 140 year old dog (Wojo). As Ma is in the kitchen of their homestead home, Wojo and Youngin discuss their love lives, or lack of, as they sling sarcastic remarks back and forth. Laid back farm humor.
A FIRE SIDE OLD TIME RADIO SHOW:
Edmond J. Alcid
Play, Fiction, 92 pg. (90 -120 min) (12 years to adult) $9.75
Comedy / Drama; 3 Female leads; 10 Male leads; All leads may be interchangeable; An old time radio show. Play could be presented with or without the use of on stage scripts. Drama, comedy, soap opera, education, poetry, stories from home, advertizing and music from ‘Our Almost There Orchestra’. Listen to the bickering Crabtrees, Wilbur and Mildred, western poetry recited by a real old cowboy, Mr. Cheeks Too Soft. Penelope Peabodie’s strange letters from home. A ventriloquist that talks for his dummy, Knot Head. A forty-year-old bachelor and his talking dog. Education lectured by Professor E.D. Ucation. A stage director and announcer filled with wit and humor. A mixed bag of antics in a fast-paced radio show. An Old Time Radio variety Show.
Simple set; Play book $9.75; Royalties; First performance $35.00; Each additional performance $25.00. Musical Score $4.50, Demo Tape $4.50.
FATHER, Pa, Old Man, Dude, Dad, Donor.
Story Board by Marc Cove
Play, Fiction, 68 pg. (All ages) $10.95
Drama, Comedy, 7 leads, various second leads.
Suited for Television series, Television Movie series, Adaptable for stage play.
What if a man had fathered ten, twenty, thirty children?
How would ten, twenty, thirty children relate to a man that is their unknown birth father?
This is where the story begins when Ed, the donor, meets Gwendolyn, a daughter, and the many children, the many lives of each, troubles, happy events, and the endless storied lives of all. Because of Gwendolyn, Ed reluctantly becomes involved in the lives of the children. Ed haphazardly learns to provide feelings, advice, affection and hard love. Each story segment relates to each child and how Ed is integrated into the child’s affairs and the everyday events that a child has from a first crush, first date, first fight, new glasses, braces, girl problems, boy problems, all that Ed is unable to handle yet muddles through with comical success. Ed becomes friend, confidant, hated, loved and in ways becomes a father, pa, old man, dude, dad and donor.
My Beau had a run of fourteen performances at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach, British Colombia by Echo Players in May of 2003. This play was their entry into the north Island Drama Festival. Out of eight presentations by other theatre groups, Echo Players’ presentation of My Beau placed second overall. Their efforts and talent garnished a total of seven honourable mentions for; achievement by female actors in a leading role, achievement is set design, costume design, lighting, sound, graphic promotion and ensemble acting.