Composers and their stage works 


The Crocodile Smile

Play. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. 11 men, 2 women, I boy, extras. Unit Set

The story tells of two inspired French comedians, both popular favourites. A beautiful woman, in love with both of them, agrees to build them their ideal theatre. Then the rivalry begins for she agrees to marry the "better actor." In tour-de-force roles which truly give actors a chance to show their talents, each goes to extravagant extremes to prove his mettle. The second act brings the deeply human awareness that genius cannot be handed over, gift-wrapped, to another generation. It is a fierce indictment against retirement, and offers a challenge to continue living in the living theatre.
ISBN: 0-8222-0253-0

Crwon Matrimonial

Royce Brain : Drama 4M 6F Interior set

The fascinating story of Edward VIII's abdication. Set in Marlborough House between 1936 and 1945, this powerful play focuses on the private family drama of Edward VIII and the Royal Family leading up to the abdication. An engrossing and moving study of both a major constitutional crisis and an overwhelming issue of private and public conflict.
ISBN: 0 85676 200 8

The Crucible

Arthur Miller : Drama 10M 10F Flexible staging

This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our reincorporate, society. The story tells, 'how small lies - children's lies - build and build until a whole town is aroused and 19 men and women go to the gallows for being possessed of the Devil ... They are good men and women, upright, hardworking, compassionate and Godfearing ... The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife and a young servant girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie - and here in this trial scene, is the big moment. It is a thrilling, bloodcurdling, terrifying scene, as it depicts the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused, imprisoned and condemned.
ISBN: 0 8222 0255 7

The Crucifer of Blood.

Play. Paul Giovanni, based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
M10 (20, 30, 50, black pygmy) F1, with doubling. Three exterior, two interior settings.

A Sherlock Holmes pastiche based mainly on The Sign of Four, though with some fundamental differences (the lady in the case proves to be far from Dr Watson's true love), and bringing in elements from other stories. The action starts in India with the theft of the Agra Treasure, moves forward thirty years to deal with the exciting events resulting from the crime and concludes with a tantalising hint of one of Watson's most famous unwritten adventures - 'The Giant Rat of Sumatra'. Period 1857 and 1887
ISBN 0 573 60757 5

Crumbs From the Table of JOy

Play. Lynn Nottage. 1 man, 4 women. Unit set .

Recently widowed Godfrey, and his daughters Ernestine and Ermina, move from Florida to Brooklyn for a better life. Not-knowing how to parent, Godfrey turns to religion, and especially to Father Divine, for answers. The girls absorb their new surroundings, but not necessarily religion. Lily, Godfrey's sisterin-law, shows up from Harlem, having promised her sister that if anything ever happened, shed look out for the girls. Lily, while fascinating to her nieces, stands for everything Godfrey dislikes: communism, sexual freedom and the fight against racial discrimination. As the racial and social issues of the late 1950s escalate, personal issues between Godfrey and Lily explode, prompting him to walk out. A few days later, he returns, with a new wife - a white, German immigrant, Gerte. With Godfrey immersed in religion, Lily claiming to be a part of the new revolution, and quiet, stoic Gerte coming from the horrors of Germany, life in the household gets heated. Ultimately, Lily must leave, seeing as she's neither Godfrey's wife nor the girls' mother. Godfrey and Gerte keep the family together as best they can, but nothing lasts forever. Ernie, about to graduate from high school, gets a job offer from her father, but it's not what she wants to do. Instead, as a young woman in the dawn of a new age, she sets off for Harlem in search of her spiritual mother, Lily, and all of the causes she supposedly stood for during the "revolution."
ISBN: 0-8222-1572-1

Crunch Time

Drama. Mark Medoff and Phil Treon. 7 men, 3 women, 4 boys, 5 girls. Unit Set

High school senior Robin Wingstrom's life is going nowhere. She's juggling a newspaper round, schoolwork, basketball, and a would-be boyfriend - all with little success. To make matters worse, her only living relative, Gramps, is a senile old poop who's driving her certifiably nuts. When Robin misses a key shot in an important basketball game, her team loses, their coach collapses (dead on the spot), and Robin becomes the school goat. A new coach arrives. Smooth-talking Miles Murdock offers Robin the deal of her life - an infallible jump shot. It's a 100% sure thing - guaranteed. She can't miss! But a price must be paid. As Robin's jump shot earns her glory, Gramps suffers a series of excruciating maladies. The cafeteria lady, Lily Wintergarden, knows there is more to Coach Murdock than meets the eye, but she's not into helping folks anymore. It's a Faustian deal Murdock has struck with Robin, but he doesn't need any more souls; it's just plain old human suffering he relishes. Despite Murdock's diabolical intentions, Robin leads her team to the state championship game. It's the biggest contest of her life, and when she and Murdock go one-on-one, it's crunch time!
ISBN: 0-8222-1621-3

The Cryptogram

Drama. David Mamet : 1 man, 1 woman, 1 boy. Interior.

A young, boy, John, comes downstairs to tell about his upcoming trip with his dad to the family friend, Dell. Mother, Donnie, is in the kitchen making tea. Soon the three are discussing the excitement of the trip, why John can't sleep, and why Donnie's husband and John's father, Robert, is not yet home from work. Consenting to try to sleep, and on his way upstairs, John finds a note on the steps for Donnie: Robert is leaving her. Over the next month Donnie finds solace with her old friend Dell, as they try to comfort John, who becomes ill with fever. Still not sleeping, John consistently interrupts with his fears of not sleeping, and with questions about life and death. While John comes in and out of the living room, Donnie quizzes Dell about discrepancies she's noticed lately. Dell avoids her probes, but Donnie asks about her husband's Air Force knife now in Dell's possession. Saying Robert gave it to him on a camping trip, and finding out Donnie knows there was no trip, Dell finally admits to allowing his apartment to be used by Robert for an affair, with the knife being a payoff. Thinking Donnie will forgive him, Dell is jolted when she throws him out of her house. John still can't sleep, and worries more about death as he is now visited by voices. Realizing Donnie's thrown him out of her life, Dell tries once more to set things right. He visits and begins to convey his life and decisions he's had to make, and how he's relied on the relationship they have all had over the years. Donnie goes further into a state of panic and anxiety. She has been betrayed by all the men in her life and she's not willing to forgive Dell. John all the while keeps interrupting and telling his mother about the voices he hears and how he still cant sleep. He needs the blanket already packed; he needs her help to rid himself of the voices. So angry and annoyed, Donnie allows John to carry the Air Force knife, open, upstairs to cut the string on the box which holds the blanket. As John pleads for help to rid himself of the voices, he goes upstairs, knife in hand, as the lights fade.
ISBN: 0-8222-1495-4

Crystal Clear.

Play devised by Phil Young in collaboration with Anthony Allen, Diana Barrett, Philomena McDonagh
M 1(30) F2 (30). A flat.

When Richard, who is partially sighted, meets blind Thomasina and subsequently loses the sight of his other eye, he and Thomasina are forced to confront the basic question of how successfully two blind people can live in a world made for the sighted. This beautiful and moving play enjoyed a successful run at Wyndham's Theatre in 1983, and won Phil Young The Standard's Drama Award for Most Promising Playwright (1983).
ISBN 0 573 11521 4