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Oatmeal and Kisses

Comedy. Murray Schisgal. 2 men, 1 woman. Interior

Schneider has become a glutton, and Roxanne, his pretty, and much younger wife, is surprised by the new method of trimming him down: a live-in, over-,zealous, yet attractive doctor, Peter Wellington. Though Schneider agreed to this method, he rebels when he can't have all his vices around him while he diets and cleans his system. After lots of door-slamming and double-daring, Schneider becomes the epitome of a make-over to an extreme degree, Dr. Wellington falls hopelessly in love with Roxanne, and Roxanne struggles to get her old life back, though she'll settle for compromise. In the end, Roxanne gets her way as she straightens out both men in a style all her own.
ISBN: 0-8222-0834-2

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Play. Frank McGuinness
M9 (20s, 30s, old). Various simple interior and exterior settings.

Eight men volunteer to serve in the 36th Ulster Division at the outbreak of the First World War. Seven are from working-class backgrounds, fervent Protestants united in hatred against the Fenian. The eighth is from a wealthy family, a widely-travelled sculptor who has lost faith and enlists in the sole hope of dying. 'A play of extraordinary depth of feeling and understanding.' Sunday Telegraph

The Odd Couple

Comedy. Neil Simon
M6 F2. A living-room.

Divorced from his wife, Oscar lives in the cheerful chaos his carefree nature thrives on. Into the midst of his smoke-laden, beer-sodden weekly poker session, comes Felix, newly separated from his wife and, so he says, suicidal. At Oscar's invitation Felix moves in, and is soon finding comfort in performing, with the same thoroughness which lost him his wife, the cooking, cleaning, polishing and laundry until Oscar is almost reduced, by continuous nagging, to a nervous wreck.
ISBN 0 573 61331 1

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

Comedy. Neil Simon
M2 F6. An apartment.

In this hilarious female version of The Odd Couple, Olive Madison, like her original male counterpart, is divorced and living in cheerful chaos in her New York apartment. At Olive's invitation, the suicidal Florence Ungar, newly separated from her husband, moves in and is soon finding comfort in cooking, cleaning, and fussing until Olive is almost reduced to a nervous wreck. It becomes clear that the patterns of their disastrous marriages are already reoccurring.
ISBN 0 573 61828 3

The Odd Women

Play. Michael Meyer. After the novel by George Gissing
M4 (20s-40s) F6 (20x, 30x). Simple settings.

Michael Meyer's play, based on Gissing's feminist Victorian novel, was presented at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in 1992. Genteel but impoverished Monica escapes her life of drudgery by marrying, with disastrous results, a rich man twice her age. In contrast, the emancipated Rhoda rejects marriage to secure her own freedom. Period 1880s. 'It was a remarkably prescient book when it first appeared in 1893, and in spite of its period flavour still seems topical.' Financial Times
ISBN 0 573 01852 9

The Odyssey of Jeremy Jack

A play for children.
Mark Medoffand Carleene Johnson. Flexible casting, minimum of 5-11 boys, 1-7 girls. Open Stage

An inventive and delightfully highspirited comedy, so easily staged that it can be performed indoors or out, in which the children of the audience have an active participation.

Jeremy Jack, a turtle, is dissatisfied with his lot in life, and has decided that his only hope is to rid himself of his shell. With the help of his friend Lou (a lizard), he begins an odyssey which leads him from Miles, Niles and Giles (triplet raccoons), and others, on to Oliver the Oracle (who can't stay awake long enough to be of much help). In fact no one seems to be able to figure out a way to free Jeremy from his burden. During all this he is stalked, and finally trapped, by Bad Irving (a sinister buzzard), who covets his shell and concocts diabolic schemes to win it. In the end Jeremy not only escapes intact, but also learns a most important lesson: to accept what you are, and to make the best possible use of attributes with which Nature has endowed you.
ISBN: 0-8222-0835-0

Oedipus at Colonus

Play. Sophocles. Translated by Christopher Stace
M6 F3. Chorus. Simple settings.

The blind Oedipus, close to death, accompanied by his faithful daughter Antigone, arrives at his final resting place near Athens, only to become involved in a power-struggle with his sons and his brother-in-law, Creon. In death, Oedipus' sins are expiated and he becomes a hero. This translation of Oedipus at Colonus was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester with Oedipus the King, under the collective title Oedipus. 'Christopher Stace's new translation ... bright, brisk and accessible ...' Guardian

Oedipus the King

Sophocles. Translated by Christopher Stace
M7 F3, Chorus. Simple settings.

Oedipus, King of Thebes, discovers that he is the cause of a curse that has fallen upon the city. As revelation falls upon revelation - he has, unwittingly, fulfilled a prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother- his very sense of identity is shattered, leading to a tragic act of self mutilation. Commissioned as the I 00th production of the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre Company, this new translation renders Sophocles' tragedy into clear modern English, making the play accessible, thrilling, taut and powerful.