Composers and their stage works 



Drama. Edward Albee. 4 men, 4 women. Unit Set

Several people sit together reading proverbs aloud to each other. From these proverbs are prompted stories of each one's past, or musings surrounding life-long mysteries. Each tries to tell about some incident which they-hope will illuminate their own being; hoping the others will understand who they are. Each story flows to the next, with a musical quality to the randomness. Albee explains it,this way: "Fragments lacks plot in any established sense; there is no clear dilemma and resolution - no "story," no apparent - sequentiality. The piece proceeds as a piece of music does - accumulating, accumulating, following its own logic. Its effectiveness, its coherence reside in what we have experienced from the totality of it. Fragments is also a very simple, straightforward piece - on its own terms, of course."
ISBN: 0-8222-1421-0


Play. Julian Mitchell : M 18 F2. Extras. Various simple settings.

Saint Francis was born in Assisi in 1181 and in his early life was the playboy son of a rich merchant. Today the whole city is a memorial to him, but even during his lifetime there was conflict in his Order as to how far simplicity and poverty were to be taken. The play pictures him as 'a man whose inspiration could never come to terms with the real world'. Period 1205-1226


Tim Kelly, adapted from Mary Shelley's novel : M4 F4. 1 set.

Perhaps the truest adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, this play opens on Victor's, a young scientist, and Elizabeth's wedding night. Previously Victor has created a 'Creature' out of bits and pieces of the dead. The creature tracks Victor to his sanctuary to demand a bride to share its loneliness. Against his better judgement Victor agrees and soon the household is invaded by murder, despair and terror! However there is enough macabre humour to relieve the mounting tension.
ISBN 0 573 60917 9


Play Victor Gialanella from the novel by Mary Shelley. 8 men, 3 women, 1 boy. 3 Interiors, 4 Exteriors (All can be Simplified).

Set in 19th century Switzerland, this classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Purchasing cadavers from two unsavoury grave robbers, he give life to a creature both hideous and touching - and so physically powerful and mentally twisted that he soon brings death and destruction to all who stand in his way. Adhering more closely to the original novel than did the famous motion picture versions, the play blends moments of brooding terror and sudden shock with questions of morality and the dangers of unrestrained scientific inquiry.
ISBN: 0-8222-0419-3

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Terrence McNally : Comedy 1M 1F Interior set

This bittersweet comedy is set in a West Side Manhattan apartment where the curtain is,, on Frankie and Johnny (a waitress and short order cook in the same restaurant) discovered in bed. It is their first encounter outside work, and now Frankie is hoping Johnny will depart so that she can return to her normal routine. Johnny is convinced, however, that he is in love with her, which she finds absurd. She has had more disappointments in life than most, he is divorced, and neither one is in the bloom of youth. Yet out of the often hilarious interplay the promise of a relationship beyond a ore- ight-stand begins to emerge in this most unlikely of romances.
ISBN: 0 8222 0420 7

The Free State

Janet Suzman

This powerful adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard is set in South Africa after the restoration of democracy in 1994. Located in an African landscape of harsh beauty, Chekhov's drama of class conflict takes on a stark political reality. The Free State tours Britain in spring 2000.

The Freedom of the City

Play. Brian Friel
M16 (20s, 60s, elderly) F1 (43). Extras. A parlour in the Town Hall.

Set in Derry in 1970, in the aftermath of of a Civil Rights meeting, this play conjures the events of Bloody Sunday. Three unarmed marchers find themselves in the mayor's parlour in the Guildhall. Reports and rumours exaggerate their 'occupation' to forty armed rebels and they are shot by British soldiers as they surrender. The play documents the victims' final hours and a subsequent tribunal of inquiry into their deaths.


Amy Freed. 3 men, 4 women. Unit Set

Ages ago, Noah and his wife took their children to the amusement park, "Freedomland." After that trip, Noah's wife ran off and left him to raise the family. Now a retired professor of religion, Noah has married Claude, a sex therapist, and lives a secluded life in the family farmhouse. Breaking this seclusion are Noah'ss two daughters and son who return home for an impromptu reunion. Polly, an eternally lost Greek-studies major, is the first to arrive. In pursuit is her ferocious sister Sigrid, a painter of clowns, with a befuddled magazine interviewer in tow. Soon after, their brother Seth, a survivalist, arrives with a backwoods pregnant girlfriend. An overdue showdown between Seth and his father sets off fireworks that illuminate the neurosis, rage and anxiety of one family - and of America at the turn of the millennium.
ISBN: 0-8222-1719-8


Play. Phillip Hayes Dean. 3 men,: 2 women. Divided Interior.

Freeman Aquila is a young black man, son of an industrious foundry worker and a practical nurse, who is trapped not so much by the color of his skin as by the complexities of his nature. Spurning the conventional routes to possible "success" in a white-dominated world, Freeman pursues an independent, free-wheeling course through attempts at politics and real estate schemes - only to be frustrated at every turn. The irony is that Freeman's disturbing ambitions are curbed not only by the local establishment, but also by his own family and friends; his weary, middle-class parents, who are fearful of jeopardizing all that their years of resigned acceptance have brought them; his boyhood friend, Rex, now a successful doctor, who has gained power and wealth through "practical" compromise; and his pregnant wife, Osa Lee, who yearns only for security and a home of her own. Inevitably Freeman's dogged persistence brings on a crisis which gives tragic dimension to his plight. He is dearly in the right, yet he must also lose - as, by powerful implication, does society as a whole.
ISBN: 0-8222-0422-3

French Without Tears

Comedy. Terence Rattigan
M7 (15, 20, 30, 60) F3 (20s). A living-room.

At the Villa Miramar, in the south of France, a group of young men are being coached in French by M. Maingot and his daughter, Jacqueline. They do not find French easy, but their progress is bedevilled by Diana Lake who has a gift for making men fall in love with her. Diana resists them, awaiting the arrival of Lord Heybrook, who turns out to be a fifteen-year-old schoolboy. She decamps to pursue a former victim, leaving another to be consoled by Jacqueline
ISBN 0 573 01144 3

Fresh Horses

Play Larry Ketron. 3 men, 4 women. Interior & Exterior

The setting is an abandoned railroad maintenance station in the rural South which Larkin, a temporary college drop-out, has moved into both in order to think over his future and to spend more time with his nubile young girlfriend, Jewel. Larkin believes Jewel to be 19 and a virgin but, as subsequent events reveal, she is actually 16, and married, and on the run from her lecherous stepfather. As Larkin dreams up toys and board games (which he sends off to Parker Brothers in the hope of making his fortune) he is visited by his college pals Tipton and Sproles, who try to lure him away from Jewel with promises of wild parties and compliant coeds. Tipton is a fount of miscellaneous (and often hilarious) information; while Sproles, a "fifth year senior," is a sardonic schemer and incipient troublemaker. In the second act a party does take place with the arrival of three high spirited college girls who, after deftly putting down every boy of their acquaintance, draw their hosts into a wildly comic marshmallow fight - during which Jewel unexpectedly returns, confronting the now uncertain Larkin with an ultimatum which both dampens the festive mood of the others and impels the play toward its affecting, bittersweet conclusion.
ISBN: 0-8222-0424-X


Play. Andrew Johns. 4 men, 2 women. Interior.

The Friday night poker game in George Herrick's basement has been a tradition for the past 30 years. George is the quintessential family man while his best friend, Holly, is a crusty old bachelor with a mouth that could alienate the most patient of saints. During a particularly trying Friday evening, when only one other player has shown up, George collapses. Upon his return from the hospital, George tells Holly the doctor's have discovered a brain tumor and he must go back in for a dangerous operation. In a funny and moving scene the friends plan for the worst should it happen, even to making funeral arrangements, and we see the love the men have for each other. George does die, and there is renewal mixed with loss when George's son continues the rite of the game, and life-long misogynist Holly is forced to make a final sacrifice and allow a woman to join the table. The healing begins and we realise the humour, courage and sensitivity we've associated with George are basic elements of our humanity.
ISBN: 0-8222-0426-6