Composers and their stage works 


The Foreigner

Play. Larry Shue
M5 F2. Extras. A fishing-lodge parlour.

Trying to forget his marital problems, dull and doleful Charlie Baker takes a fishing-lodge holiday in the Deep South of America, and to avoid being pestered by the locals pretends that he is a foreigner who speaks no English. This leads him to become involved, at first unwillingly, in bizarre goings-on featuring a corrupt preacher, his pregnant girl-friend, her none-too-bright kid brother and the local branch of the Ku Klux Klan! The London production of this play starred Nicholas Lyndhurst.
ISBN 0 573 11282 7

The Foreigner

Comedy. Larry Shue. 5 men, 2 women. Interior

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should - the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word of what is being said. That he does fuels the non-stop hilarity of the play, and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys" and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.
ISBN: 0-8222-0418-5

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

Drama. Michael Tremblay. 1 man, 3 women. Interior.

Presenting both their past and present lives, Carmen and Manon agonize - within and between themselves - over the relationship between their parents, Leopold and Marie-Lou. The two sisters are torn in their loyalties to a mother who was un-involved and a father who was emotionally and physically abusive. They struggle with the image of their father as a monster and who has caused a rift between the sisters, who, until a visit to the family home one weekend, have been unable to confront their anger. Scenes from the past reveal the father as a dominant sexual ogre and the mother as submissive, repressed, and resentful. We learn that to alleviate his own frustration, Leopold drove Marie-Lou over a cliff, ridding himself of the constant pain in his life. The twó daughters are left with the legacy of torment, as they struggle to identify their father as a monster and then move on with their own lives.
ISBN: 0-88922-083-2

Forget Herostratus!

Play. Grigory Gorin, translated by Michael Glenny
M9 (30s, 50s, old) F2 (old). A prison cell, a palace chamber.

Herostratus, a shopkeeper in ancient Ephesus, seeks to achieve fame by burning down the Temple of Artemis. Despite the state's determination to render him anonymous, he is accorded neargodlike status and assures himself of immortality. Intended as an oblique examination of Hitler's rise to power, the play also addresses issues common to all states, liberal or repressed. Satirical and astute, this is a play of great humanity and depth, as well as superb entertainment.

Forget-Me-Not Lane

Humorous, serious and dramatic selections. Peter Nichols
M5 F4. (Several of the characters age between 5 and 25 years.) Stylized setting

This is a visit inside Frank's memory-jumbled mind where he is thinking over various memories of his youth, his growing up, relations with his parents, his friends and his wife. His thoughts dwell particularly on the Second World War and his attitude towards his parents and wife. The play takes place on an almost bare stage peopled with both his real and fantasy characters.
ISBN 0 573 01140 0

The 49th Cousin
Comedy. Florence Lowe and Caroline Francke. 7 men, 3 women. Interior.

The story is based on [Lowe's] reminiscences of her late grandfather. Isaac Lowe was a cantankerous, opinionated man. He founded a synagogue in Syracuse at the turn of the century and almost wrecked it. His possessiveness and prejudice kept his three daughters on the verge of spinsterhood until they revolted against his tyrannical ways. Being of German Jewish stock, Isaac looked down on Russians, Poles, Austrians and Hungarians. When one of his daughters defied him and married a young Russian salesman, he was irate. He was even more so when another became engaged to a Gentile school principle. Isaac thought the Lord had deserted him. He tried to turn atheist. But in the end, everything came out all right. The generosity of others made him see the error of his ways - a lightning bolt that hit the temple also helped! The title refers to the fact that if we believe in Adam and Eve, we're all cousins - 49th or farther removed.

The Forsyte Saga.

Play. Pat and Derek Hoddinott, dramatized from the novels of John Galsworthy
M6 F5, M5 F5 with doubling. Extras 1M 1E Various simple interior and exterior settings.

Galsworthy's famous trilogy has been superbly adapted for the stage and achieved enormous acclaim following a national tour, starring Nyree Dawn Porter. Set between 1886 and 1920 with multiple locations cleverly contained within one set-a Victorian-style conservatory-requiring the minimum of props, the play centres on Soames and Irene and the stifling, destructive power of the Forsyte family, embodied in the cold hauteur of Soames.
ISBN 0 573 01766 2


Lee Blessing : Comedy 10M 4F Flexible staging

The play takes up where Hamlet left off, but proves to be as relevant to today's political landscape as from when it is set.

Young Fortinbras, a modern man of action, enters during the last scene of Hamlet only to order the bodies of the royal family be shuffled off while he devises the best possible media blitz to legitimise his ascension to the throne of Denmark. Horatio, sworn to the dead Hamlet to convey the truth of his actions, is immediately cast by Fortinbras into the role of an unwilling public relations person. Meanwhile, Fortinbras is forced to balance a disastrous and mistaken invasion of Poland with a seductive and harrowing array of ghosts, ranging from a vampish Ophelia to a repentant Claudius and Gertrude, all of whom cast doubts in his mind as to what really makes up the character of a ruler. Finally, Horatio, driven to madness by the refusal of everyone to believe in him, assassinates Fortinbras and then kills himself. In the afterworld, all of the characters reconvene, wizened now by their deaths and ready to make a new go of it in Elsinore, though what their fates have to say about the world they left behind remains a sobering prospect.
ISBN: 0 8222 0421 5

Forty Years On

Play. Alan Bennett
M5 F2. Schoolboys (minimum of 6). A public school assembly hall.

At a public school, now past its prime, the annual school play is being prepared. The progress of the play is severely impeded by the conflicts between the Headmaster and the play's producer, Franklin, and by the behaviour of the boys. Forty Years On is original, witty, erudite, moving and frequently hilariously funny.