Composers and their stage works 


The Case in Question.

Play. Ronald Millar, Suggested by C. P. Snow's novel In Their Wisdom
M 14 (30s, middle-age, elderly) F6 (20s-middle-age). Two offices, two law courts.

When old Mr Massie dies he leaves almost his entire fortune to young Julian Underwood, nothing to his daughter Jenny. Suspecting injustice, tycoon R. J. Selby persuades the reluctant Jenny who works for one of his charities - to contest the will. The resulting conflict sheds light on many dark corners of present-day standards and attitudes, and finally springs a variety of surprises.
ISBN 0 573 01589 9

Cash on Delivery

Farce. Michael Cooney
M6 F4. A living-room.

Michael Cooney's riotous farce has all the ingredients for rib-tickling hilarity and offers a colourful selection of character roles. Eric Swan (aided by his Uncle George and unbeknown to his wife, Linda) has pocketed thousands of pounds through fraudulent DSS claims. When Norman Bassett (the lodger) opens the door to Mr Jenkins, the DSS Inspector, deceptive mayhem follows - as do the undertaker, bereavement counsellor, psychiatrist, Norman's fiancee, a corpse, the ominous Ms Cowper and a rather rebellious washing-machine!
ISBN 0 573 01752 2

Cash Flow

Comedy D.B. Gilles. 4 men, I woman. Interior.

Things are not going well at the Gallagher Publishing Company, an old-line textbook house which is faced with mounting losses because of the failure of its latest publishing venture. Staving off financial ruin is the pressing problem, and the men who head up the company have varying opinions as to how to deal with the crisis. Elliot Gallagher, the ineffectual son of the former (and very dynamic) president (and now president himself) wants to bring in a rather shady outside investor, but his colleagues fear that this would lead to a takeover which could cost them their cushy jobs. Marty Blasingame, the meekmannered company treasurer, urges that they file for bankruptcy; while Casey McDermott, the hard-driving veteran sales manager, has a more draconian suggestion - burn down their warehouse and collect the insurance money. They even go so far as to interview a professional arsonist, who proves to have more conscience than they do when he turns down the job because of the possibility of harming people in nearby tenements. One glimmer of hope is an imaginative new educational program devised by the resourceful editorial chief, Carolyn McNeil, but where to find the money to develop it? In the end Elliot, after wrestling with the spectre of personal as well as professional disaster, pulls himself together and decides to invest his own money in the business - a move considered radical in corporate circles but, in this instance, perhaps the only way to salvage not only the company but also the integrity of those committed to it.
ISBN: 0-8222-0187-9

The Castro Complex

Comedy. Mel Arrighi. 2 men, 1 woman. Interior.

Smitten by fantasies of Fidel Castro, Betsy finds that she cannot respond to the advances of her fiancé, Hadley, unless he assumes the guise of the Cuban leader - beard, army cap, cigar and all. Hadley has reached the point of suggesting psychiatric help when onto the scene bursts Paco, a bearded revolutionary, seeking refuge from (he says) the CIA men who are pursuing him. Betsy's immediate attraction to the debonair stranger is the last straw for poor Hadley - and from there on the plot, twists and turns hilariously until the truth is out (or is it?) and Betsy's hang-up has (or has it?) been overcome for good.
ISBN: 0-8222-0188-7

Cat Among the Pigeons.

Farce. Georges Feydeau. Translated by John Mortimer
M 13 F7. A drawing-room, a bedroom, an apartment.

Feydeau's lady this time has two lovers: a ne'er-do-well who has secretly affianced himself to a baroness's daughter, and a flamboyant Spanish general who challenges anyone who comes near her. Complications arrive with an amateur composer of a bad song which he hopes the lady will sing in the theatre ... This translation was presented at Wyndham's Theatre. 'A triumph of ingenuity, gaiety, absurdity and laughter.' Daily Telegraph. Period early 1900s
ISBN 0 573 60683 8

Cat Among the Pigeons

Comedy. Duncan Greenwood
M4 (20s, middle-age) F5 (18, 20s, middle-age, 75). A sitting-room.

Three generations of Tinsleys live in uneasy contentment dominated by Nora and her daughter Edna until Nora's son comes home from National Service in Indo-China. Explosive disruptions occur with the arrival of Yvonne Chartreuse, an exotic French dancer, to whom the male Tinsleys gravitate, while the females are suspicious, jealous and determined to expel this dangerous intruder. Salvation comes when Grandma helps Ernest to win lots of money on the pools!
ISBN 0 573 01063 3

The Cat and the Canary.

Melodrama. John Willard by arrangement with Alan P Twyman for the Rohauer Collection
M6 (30s, old) F4 (young, old, black). A library, a room.

The family of Ambrose West attend a reading of his will at midnight. Mr West feared that a touch of insanity ran in his family. Annabelle West is made sole heir of his estate, but if there is any indication of insanity another will should be opened and a different heir named. From then on the family attempts to frighten Annabelle, by murders, tales of lunatics and the like. One of the most successful of mystery melodramas.
ISBN 0 573 60684 6

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Play. Tennessee Williams
M7 (young, 60, 2 black) F3 (young, 60). 2 small girls. Extras. A bedsitting-room.

This award-winning play is set in a Mississippi plantation house where the family celebrate Big Daddy's birthday. '... a stunning drama ... It is the quintessence of life. It is the basic truth ... The tone is gay. But the mood is sombre. For a number of old evils poison the gaiety- sins of the past, greedy hopes for the future, a desperate eagerness not to believe in the truths that surround them ...' New York Times

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof

Drama. Tennessee Williams. 8 men, 5 women, 4 children. Interior.

The rich, tyrannical owner of a cotton plantation, Big Daddy, returns home from a clinic unaware that he is dying of cancer. Except for his wife, the older members of Big Daddy's family, two sons and two daughters-inlaw, all know his true condition. Indeed, it is really because of Big Daddy's illness and the hope of featuring in his will that his eldest son Gooper has taken time off from his law practice to bring his wife and children to visit the plantation. The excuse for the visit is that Big Daddy's homecoming coincides with his birthday. As Gooper and his wife angle for advantage over Big Daddy's favourite son, the retired football player Brick, they flaunt their brood of six children, and deride Brick's drink problem and barren marriage to Margaret. Brick and Big Daddy retire after the birthday celebrations for an awkward, intimate conversation during which it is revealed that Brick's alcoholism was precipitated by the suicide of his closest friend. Discovering from Big Daddy that family and friends all thought the friendship `unnatural' Brick angrily reveals Big Daddy's true condition in reprisal. At the same time, it becomes evident that Brick's marriage is barren because he has rejected Margaret, after learning that she had once successfully tried to seduce this same friend. Big Daddy retires to his room, furious and fearful, where he is followed by a hysterical Big Mama after she, too, learns the truth. The play closes with Margaret trying to seduce Brick in the hope that she will conceive and produce an heir for Brick and Big Daddy's fortune.
ISBN: 0-8222-0189-5

Cat on the Fiddle.

Farce. John Dole
M6 (20s, middle-age) F5 (young, middle-age). A living-room.

As David's Italian penpal, Mario, is coming to stay, his wife Kate goes to her mother's so that they can practise their languages in peace. When the penpal turns out to be a shapely brunette named Maria David is in big trouble, not least because Maria has smuggled in a packet of diamonds. The flat is soon besieged with assorted gangsters, a lady plumber, a curate, the police and an angry Kate!
ISBN 0 573 11538 9

Cat On the Rails

(in Czech Plays) : Josef Topol, Trans G. & C. Voskovec
4m 1f. Essentially a two-hander. Drama Simple set.

An ordinary couple from Prague out on a day's ramble are stranded at a country railway station. They pass the time with games and reminiscences, but are interrupted by a boy in flight from a local vendetta and his two pursuers.
ISBN 185459074X

Catfish Moon

Comedy. Laddy Sartin. 3 men, 1 woman.

The old fishing pier out on the end of Cypress Lake has just fallen under the magic of another Catfish Moon. It was the favorite hangout for three best friends when they were kids - skipping school, skinny dipping, and even experiencing the mysteries of kissing girls. Now Curley, Gordon and Frog are older and they have tasted the bitterness of life as well as the sweetness, and the pressures and problems that come with middle age have eroded the closeness between Frog and Gordon. The final straw comes when Frog discovers that Gordon is dating his ex-wife. Curley, the "big brother" of the bunch, in an attempt to recapture the friendship and settle all disputes, convinces Frog and Cordon to go on an overnight fishing trip like old times. On the pier, the weight of adulthood is lifted by laughter and their love of fishing and the three guys discover that their friendship was never really lost. However, in the midst of catching the biggest fish of all time, life brings them back to a painful reality. The poignant resolution of the play brings Gordon and Frog to the realization that life is too precious and too short to let true friendship get away.
ISBN: 0-8222-1577-2

Cat's Cradle

Leslie Sands :Thriller/Suspense 4M 4F Interior set

In a last desperate attempt to resurrect his career in the CID, Inspector Frost re-opens the case that ruined him - a kidnap and possible murder he failed to solve some years before. With a new piece of evidence, he returns to the village in which the disappearance occurred. Where he was once a welcome guest, he now finds the villagers are no longer interested in reliving the past and in seeing old faces. As it becomes increasingly apparent he is facing a conspiracy of silence and hostility, he enlists the assistance of a local ambitious journalist to help him with his investigations. The guilty and terrible secrets of those who have spent years shouldering the burden of the truth is finally resolved in a series of startling revelations, much to the Inspector's horror and the surprise of the audience.
ISBN: 0856760609

The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Play. Bertolt Brecht


W. H. Auden and James and Tania Stern
Ralph Manheim, music by Dessau
Eric Bentley, music by Durrent
John Holstrom, music by Griffiths

M38 F11 with doubling possible. Various simple settings.

In this adaptation of an old Chinese legend, a cruel town governor is murdered. His wife escapes but abandons her baby, who is harboured by a kitchen-maid, Grusha. Later the governor's widow returns and a trial is ordered with the test: which woman can drag the child out of a chalk circle? In refusing to harm the child by pulling it, Grusha is ruled to be the 'true' mother. Period 1945

Caught in the Act.

Comedy. Trevor Cowper
M4 (30s, middle-age) F2 (30s). Composite set.

Cherry awaits the return of her lover Bill. However, it is not Bill who creeps into her dark flat but Martin, mistaking it for the one opposite which is inhabited by his own fiancée, Helen. Unfortunately, he mistakes the bed as well and Cherry, thinking it is Bill, welcomes him with open arms. The hilarious ensuing complications are compounded by Cherry's need to cultivate an amorous sheikh for business purposes! Presented at the Garrick Theatre with Judy Geeson and Martin Jarvis.
ISBN 0573111391

Caught on the Hop.

Comedy. Derek Benfield
M4 (30s, middle-age) F4 (20s, 37, middle-age). A sitting-room and patio.

When Phil tells his friend George that he is leaving his wife, Maggie, to move in immediately with a girl he met on the top of a bus, George is appalled. However, George is persuaded to give a helping hand-thus setting in motion the most frenetic confusion of mistaken identities, plotting and counterplotting that ever erupted on one quiet summer's day.
ISBN 0 573 11066 2

Cause Célèbre.

Play. Terence Rattigan
M15 (young, 18, middle-age, elderly) F5 (40, middle-age). 1 boy (9). Composite setting.

When Alma Rattenbury, attractive wife of an elderly man, engages the handsome but uncouth Wood as odd job boy it has tragic consequences, culminating in murder. The story follows the course of the trial, and also the lasting effect on a woman member of the jury. The play, first presented in London at Her Majesty's Theatre, was partly inspired by the facts of a well-known case. Period 1934-5
ISBN 0 573 11059 X


Play. Noel Coward
M 12 F16. 4 children. Extras. (Some of the characters age during the thirty-year span of the play.) Various interior and exterior settings.

Written before the Second World War, this is the story of a family and a nation, with a message of faith in the future. Its grand procession of time and events opens with bells ringing in the twentieth century as the Marryots drink a toast to the year 1900 and follows the family and friends over the next thirty years, mingling their private ups and downs with more public events.

Cave Life

Play. David Steven Rappoport. 5 men, 4 women. Unit Set.

Charleston is a young woman living in Manhattan who has a history of mental illness. She hallucinates visions of a Neanderthal caveman named Enki who seems to be more accepting and loving of her than her husband, Frank. The household is further complicated by Frank's emotionally disturbed teenage son from a previous marriage, Frank's lover Sophronia, and Charleston's disturbed mother, Irene. Charleston has become pregnant, and Enki tells her that she will have to choose between being crazy or having the baby. Frank, comes to the realisation that he too has choices to face - the choice of remaining with Charleston or getting on with his life in a healthier way. Rappoport's sharp-edged humour dissects the despair, brokenness and pain of life. Cave Life, powerfully and unusually, explores what Sophronia calls the "geography of good intentions," raising the questions of what we owe ourselves, what we owe others and what borders between them.
ISBN: 0-8222-0192-5

Cavern of the Jewels

Children's Play. John Heuer. 2 men, 3 women, 2 boys, 2 girls. Exterior.

The greedy Buncharot, a blustering tycoon, treats his son and daughter like servants, while his wife clucks over him and dotes on the fortune he has amassed. Sent out to search for strawberries, the children go off to the forest, where they befriend two enchanting gnomes, Peri and Ponke, who guard the treasure of glittering jewels from which Nature draws its brilliant colors. The gnomes give their new friends a gigantic emerald, and Buncharot, once he lays eyes on it, realizes that the children have stumbled across the richest treasure in the world. He and the unscrupulous Reverend Archer plot to seize all the jewels and, for a time, they apparently succeed. But the children, along with Peri, ponke and their woodland allies, soon outwit the thieving adults - restoring Nature's Treasure to its rightful guardians, while teaching Buncharot and his cronies a lesson they will not soon forget.
ISBN: 0-8222-0193-3