Composers and their stage works 


Jennifer Klemm

(in German Plays) D. Rust - Trans R. Riggs
4m 2f (flexible). Experimental drama Minimal set.

A compelling montage of scenes from life in contemporary Germany, composed of fragments of youth culture and office jargon mixed with glimpses of personal crisis. Royal Court staged reading 1995.
ISBN 1 85459 338 2

Jenny Keeps Talking

Play: Richard Greenberg. : 1F - Unit set

In three monologues, one actress plays three women. First we meet Jenny, an established left-wing columnist whose newspaper is in the throes of a takeover. No thanks to her editor, with whom Jenny used to sleep and who promised he'd be able to save her job, she's tossed out after 14 years of service. No longer considering herself young enough to start life over, she reluctantly tails upon the charity of her grandmother who lets her stay at a leaky family cottage on a forgotten island off the coast of Maine. There she meets an (at first) overly friendly handyman whom by the play's end we find out isn't so bad after all. She also gets angry enough about the way she's been treated to write a book of essays which ultimately sweeps her back onto the national scene, 'and then some. In the second monologue, we meet Jenny's ne'er-do-well sister Claudia, an Upper West Side bohemian and failed opera singer whose life has been a string of get- ich-quick schemes and disastrous sublets (both in terms of real estate and relationships). "My future," she says, "is in break fast" -meaning she intends to open a breakfast - only restaurant in Jenny's cottage. This starts a series of answering machine arguments between Claudia and her sister as they vie for Jennys home and expose past wounds that have never healed between them. By the end of Claudia's scene she too gets tossed out of her familiar surroundings when the landlord finds out she's been renting illegally. In the play's last scene, the womens grandmother recounts how she's secretly saved up enough money to take care of both her granddaughters, if only they could do something she respected. The doorbell rings, and all three are about to get together for a bumpy evening of settling their scores.
ISBN: 0-8222-1333-8

Jenny Kissed Me

Comedy. Jean Kerr. 4 men, 10 women, girls. Interior

A charming young girl comes to live in the household of an elderly priest. Jenny, 18, is the precise opposite of the kind of smart, sophisticated, young miss that puzzles and exasperates Father Moynihan. The plot is concerned with the priest's clumsy endeavours to make Jenny attractive to the boys. Studying feminine magazines and getting pointers on feminine psychology and new fashions, he is so successful that he nearly overplays his hand. A romance runs through the play, which ends in the engagement of Jenny to an attractive, somewhat older man who, trying hard to be fair and give Jenny a chance to meet eligible youngsters, almost risks losing her. But this man had been Jenny's choice from the first. The play is made doubly amusing by several young girls and boys, all of whom manage to make Jenny "hep." Or rather, so they think, since Jenny remains to the end a simple and attractive girl, and her union with the man she loves is a proper solution to all the plots and plans of the various characters.
ISBN: 0-8222-0589-0

Jest a Second!

Comedy. James Sherman : 4 men, 2 women. Interior

Sarah and Bob, expecting their first child, are hosting a birthday party for Sarah's mother. Sarah's brother, Joel, arrives early to tell Sarah some news he's put off telling anybody: he's gay. Joel's date, Randy, is not the nice Jewish girl paediatrician Joel led his family to believe, but a nice Jewish boy paediatrician. Joel, divorced and about to enter a custody battle over his two sons, has picked this evening to come out of the closet to his parents, especially since he knows his homosexuality will be brought up in court. Joel and Sarah's parents, Abe and Miriam, arrive, looking forward to meeting Joel's new girlfriend. When the doorbell rings, however, Joel chickens out and won't let Randy in. The two argue and Randy leaves. Explaining to his family that Randy is painfully shy and too nervous to come in, Bob volunteers to talk to "her" and goes outside. Moments later, the bell rings again and Joel opens the door to Bob - dressed in drag, pretending to be Randy, and the hilarity begins. Abe and Miriam instantly like Randy, and the party, including the ruse, is a great success, ending with Sarah going into labour. Act Two is eight days later With Sarah and Bob hosting their new son's birth. There's nervous bickering about how many bagels to cut, where to put the chairs and who is coming to the ceremony. The mohel, Dr. Rosen, arrives and completely surprises Joel. Dr. Rosen, it turns out, is Joel's boyfriend, Randy! The tension builds and for Abe and Miriam's benefit, Bob again dresses as Randy (the girlfriend), only this time he must do double duty as himself as well. The humorous antics keep them all busy but when a bagel is dropped under a table, and Randy goes to retrieve it, it is Bob who comes back out. The truth exposed, Joel admits his secret to Abe and Miriam, who are relieved. They knew all the time, and they're just glad one of their children ended up with a doctor! Now at ease, everyone vows to help Joel win his custody fight, and when Randy identifies the judge as an old paramour, they all know they have little to worry about and can enjoy life as an open, loving family.
ISBN: 0-8222-1505-5

The Jew Of Malta

Christopher Marlowe
11-16m 4f, extras, doubling possible. Classic tragedy. Multipurpose set.

The payments made by Malta to the Turks have fallen in arrears, and the Governor decrees that the entire sum should be paid by the Jews, or they will be forced to accept Christianity. When Barabas objects to this, his goods are seized and his house converted into a nunnery. Barabas embarks on an elaborate plan of revenge, but events do not go entirely his way ... First performed c.1589.
ISBN 1 84549 199 1


Comedy. David French. 6 men, 3 women. Two Interiors.

The play begins on the set of "The Care and Treatment of Roses," an ambitious work by a budding young local writer, which is now in final rehearsal by a provincial Canadian theatre company. Animosity has already developed between the featured actress, a fading beauty who has worked extensively in the US and hopes to make a comeback, and her leading man, a local celebrity who has been fearful of venturing afield and who resents his co-star's haughty airs. Among the others present are a veteran character actor who cannot remember his lines; the male juvenile, who attends a wedding before opening night and turns up drunk; a tyrannical stage manager; an eager, if overly diplomatic young director; and the novice playwright, who radiates quiet desperation. Whatever can go wrong does so but the show, despite all, goes on, even though the New York producer who has promised to attend never arrives, and the surprisingly good (if somewhat sententious) opening night notices set the cast members at each other's throats - all lending special credence to a remark by one of the actors who, when the rattled director implores his cast to behave like adults, replies: "We're not adults, we're actors."
ISBN: 0-8222-0591-2