Composers and their stage works 


The Last Gamble

Play. Bill Macllwraith
M2 (36, 64, 72) F2 (27, 64). A living-room and a kitchen.

From the author of The Anniversary v comes an exciting thriller. The Colonel has never got over the loss of his elder son, killed in action in Cyprus. Peter, his younger son, a corrupt solicitor, feels his father's resentment and hates him for it. When Peter becomes involved in another unethical scheme that goes badly wrong, he is forced to turn to his father for help, with unexpected and tragic results.
ISBN 0 573 01821 9

The Last Good Moment of Lily Baker

Play Russell Davis. 2 men, 2 women. Interior.

Bob and Sam work for the same corporation, but have not seen each other for three years since Sam has been heading the companys new operation in Italy. Sam and his wife, Molly, return for a visit to the United States and invite Bob and his wife Lily to spend a weekend with them at the country inn where fifteen years ago the two couples honeymooned together. Through the course of the weekend, it becomes apparent that Bob and Sam have grown to have very different ideas about business, success, honesty and marriage, yet both feel a pressure to ignore these differences, and to somehow find ways to celebrate their friendship. Bob's troubles are magnified when he finds out, early in the weekend, that Lily, who lately has seemed distant and sad, has been having hallucinations. Hoping his old friend can advise him, Bob confides in Sam about the problem; but Sam later jokes about it with Lily, revealing her secret as public and adding to the chaos of the weekend. Bob and Lily, find themselves struggling with some of the notions, roles and structures they once upon a time accepted for themselves. They struggle with a world which seems to have expanded on them. Or perhaps with their own inner spirit which is reasserting itself. This play has an essentially realistic surface, but underneath are surreal lurches and political undertones. But it is a play with a happy end. Where a husband and wife fall in love again.
ISBN: 0-8222-0635-8

Last Looks

Play Grace McKeaney. 3 men, 4 women. Interior

After more than 30 years in their comfortable summer home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Ray and Delia Morrow are preparing to sell the house and move to New Mexico. They summon their grown children to sort out the sharing of a lifetime's accumulation of. possessions, but their recur. brings an uncomfortable juxtaposition of cherished memories and a sometimes harsh present. Son Guy, a hard-driving commodities broker now living in Chicago, is divorced and drinking more than he should; daughter Val, also divorced and raising two children, laments her failed marriage; while Clair, the egghead of the family, puts career ahead of anything else. And there is Howard, a now successful local businessman who cannot shake his .self-consciousness despite his material possessions and whose adoration of Val has never dimmed. While old rancors and joys are revived, so are present needs and frustrations, but always with humour, compassion and a leavening irony. And, in the end, there is also a sense of unity and understanding- the inescapable knowledge that while the bric-a-brac in the attic can be disposed of, a family, for better or worse, is forever.
ISBN: 0-8222-0636-6

The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia

Comedy/Drama. Preston Jones.

One of the three independent plays comprising the celebrated A Texas Trilogy 9 men. Interior.

A fraternity of Bradleyville's "good ole boys," which meets in the now decrepit Cattleman's Hotel, the Knights of the White Magnolia has long since lost sight of its espoused concern with patriotism and racial purity, and has become an excuse for a handful of cronies to share a game of dominoes and a spot of liquid refreshment. Having dwindled steadily in membership, the lodge has unaccountably found a new recruit from a neighbouring town, and his appearance gives the remaining members a chance to resurrect their ancient "mystic" initiation file, an event which, for all its intentional seriousness, becomes one of the wildest, funniest scenes imaginable. However, in the end the inevitable disillusionment sets in - sending the would-be applicant scurrying for home and leaving the others to contemplate the wreckage, and loss, of still another glory that once was.
ISBN: 0-8222-0637-4

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Comedy/Drama. Alfred Uhry. 3 men, 4 women. Unit Set

The Last Night of Ballyhoo takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone With the Wind is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo believing it will be Lala's last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage - several social rungs below the Freitag, in Beulah's opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala's cousin, Reba's daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
ISBN: 0-8222-1617-5

The Last of Mrs Lincoln

Play. James Prideaux. 9 men, 5 women, 2 boys. Unit Set

Impulsive, imperious and foolish in money matters, Mary Todd Lincoln was beset by a series of unhappy events in the years following her husband's tragic assassination. Disturbed by still persistent rumours that she, as a southerner, had hampered the Union cause, frustrated in her attempts to obtain a pension from Congress and deeply grieved by the untimely death of her beloved son, Tad, she was, for a brief time, committed to a mental institution by her sole surviving son, Robert. But, as the play so eloquently makes clear, Mary Lincoln was also a woman of great courage and compassion, who grew in stature as she came to accept the vicissitudes of her life - and her ultimate reconciliation with her remaining son is a moment of deep emotion and human understanding. Told through a sequence of varied and theatrically brilliant scenes, the play is both a true and touching portrait of a remarkable and much maligned woman, and an ironic statement on the misconstructions which history so often imposes on the truth.
ISBN: 0-8222-0638-2

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Comedy. Neil Simon
M 1 (46) F3 (20, 30s). An apartment.

Barney, who has been married to an irreproachable wife for twenty-three years, feels the urge to join the sexual revolution before it is too late. Taking advantage of the fact that his mother's flat is unoccupied two days a week he invites three women to his lair in succession. With no experience of adultery he fails on each occasion. As the play ends he is telephoning his wife - to meet him that afternoon in his mother's apartment.
ISBN 0 573 61143 2

Last Tango in Whitby

Play. Mike Harding
15 speaking, 6 plus non-speaking can be played by M4 (middle-age) F8 (young, middle-age), with doubling. Extras M and F. Various simple settings.

For Pat, recently widowed, this year's charabanc trip to Whitby is tinged with sadness, but she is determined to enjoy herself. Phil and Edna provide entertainment with old-time dancing. Phil, too, is trying to enjoy himself, despite being trapped in a dead marriage, and during their first dance together he and Pat feel the unexpected spark of mutual attraction. Despite disapproval from others, they decide to seize this second chance and start a new life together.
ISBN 0 573 01822 7

The Last Yankee

Drama. Arthur Miller : 2 men, 3 women; interior.

Two men, one in his late forties, the other twenty years older, meet in the waiting room of a New England state mental health facility only to discover that they have done business together in the past. Inside the facility, each of their wives recovers from a nervous breakdown. Leroy Hamilton, a descendent of founding father, Alexander Hamilton, has spent his life as a highly skilled carpenter. His wife, Patricia, the daughter of Swedish immigrants and herself the mother of seven children, cannot reconcile what she considers to be Hamilton's deliberate under-achievement with her own family's grasping attempts at assimilation and affluence. Purposefully foregoing her anti-depression medication for a number of weeks, Patricia has begun to display a new clarity of thought that promises to shatter irrevocably the status-quo of her life with Hamilton. The older, more affluent couple, share an equally tense marriage despite their prosperity. Karen Frick, though, has gone farther down the path of no-recovery than even the more frequently hospitalised Patricia. As roommates, Karen and Patricia have been sharing stories about their husbands-and the final meeting between them all, demonstrates the price and rewards of even strained marriages.
ISBN: 0-8222-1337-0

The Last Yankee

Arthur Miller : Drama 2M 2F 2 Interior sets

A play in two parts which focuses on the relationships of two couples - Leroy and Patricia Hamilton, married many years with seven children, and John and Helen Frick, a childless couple. Both women are patients at a mental institution, and act one sees the two men meet for the first time in the waiting room on visitors day. Helen has not long been institutionalised, and Frick is having a difficult time coping with her mental illness, while Patricia has been in and out of institutions for many years. The two men struggle to communicate under the circumstances, though even this breaks down in the face of their respective situations. Patricia and Helen have become friendly during their time together in the ward, and act two sees the four characters brought together inside, where a picture emerges of a society whose members feel obscurely cheated and where success is equated with failure.