Composers and their stage works 


Reindeer Soup

Play. Joe Pintauro.
3 men, 1 woman, 2 girls, 1 boy (flexible casting). Unit set

Atop the arctic world, pilgrim members of a Detroit family huddle around a giant soup pot filled with nothing but melting ice and a gauze-wrapped raccoon head. The starving family awaits the return of Vince, the eldest, who has promised food from the company store where he works. Charlie, the next oldest, is mentally slow but he is the kindest, tending the soup which is barely saving their lives. Julie, a vegetarian, is the most distressed. Little Chrissie wants her mother. Klute, the middle son, has stolen and hoarded what little food remained. The children have tied up Pop who is distraught over his wife's death and his layoff by the auto industry. Though deceased, Mom shows up in a yellow pinafore with fabulous food for breakfast but she is forced to leave when the children convince her she is only a hunger hallucination. Vince arrives all wet, after having lost the whole supply of food in a stream so polluted that the water couldn't freeze. Later that night, Pop steals away with Charlie and they return with a beautiful reindeer that Pop killed with his pickup truck. They dress the animal, store its parts and throw the rump in the soup. Just when the soup is ready, Iona, an Eskimotype woman appears with a helicopter escort and a blue blizzard lamp, like a big blue star, to help the helicopter track her movements. She is searching for Norman, her pet reindeer who somehow became lost in the blizzard. As she is about to sip the hot soup to warm herself, Chrissie blurts out that Norman is in the soup. Iona is seriously shaken but recovers enough to forgive them, recalling how loyal and tender a reindeer Norman was. Seeing how weak Julie is, Iona convinces her eat some soup, then takes half of the family in the helicopter to her commune colony under the ice, leaving the blue blizzard light out on the tundra so the helicopter can find its way back for the rest of them. Pop, Chrissie and Charlie put on their coats and sit at the open barn door, guarding the blue fight so it will not disappear, hoping that Iona will remain real and not become another maternal hallucination.
ISBN. 0-8222-1533-0

Relative Strangers

Play. Trevor Cowper
M2 (middle-age) F4 (teenage, 20s). A living-room.

A business partner recommends to George, a successful and overworked architect, a therapeutic affair to take his mind off all his pressures. Along comes Gina, beautiful, clever and, on the face of it, aggressively feminist, to fill this prescription. But this play is no average knockabout farce: the complications that ensue raise thought-provoking questions on the easy assumptions we tend to make about modern manners.
ISBN 0 573 11353 X

Relative Values

Light comedy. Noel Coward
M5 (30-middle-age, 60) F5 (18, 35-50s). A library living-room.

Moxie is maid to Felicity, Countess of Marshwood. When Felicity's son Nigel announces his engagement to Miranda Frayle, the film star, Moxie is distressed as Miranda is really her sister, who ignored her family after becoming famous. Miranda starts describing the home from which she ran away, saying her sister drank and she had to care for her mother. Outraged, Moxie blurts out the truth - and the engagement becomes rather strained.
ISBN 0 573 01375 6

Relatively Speaking

Comedy. Alan Ayckbourn
M2 (young, middle-age) F2 (young, middle-age). A bed sitting-room, a garden patio.

Greg and Ginny are living together, but Greg is becoming somewhat suspicious that he is not the only man in her life. He wonders about Ginny's plan 'to visit her parents' and decides to follow her. Ginny is really going to see a considerably older lover, but only in order to break with him. Greg mistakes the ex-lover and his wife for Ginny's parents. Ginny's arrival further compounds an already wildly hilarious situation.
ISBN 0 573 11355 6

The Reluctant Debutante

Comedy. William Douglas Home
M3 (20s, middle-age) F5 (young, middle-age). A sitting-room.

Jane is totally uninterested in her mother's valiant efforts to give her a successful 'season', and much prefers the company of horses to that of the chinless drips who are assigned to her as escorts. When she does fall in love with a man, it is with one who seems to her parents to be most unsuitable. However, he turns out to be much more acceptable than they had thought - he even has a title - so everybody is happy.
ISBN 0 573 11348 3

Reluctant Heroes

Colin Morris : Farce
8M 3F 2 Interior sets

A deferred public schoolboy, a deferred married man from Lancashire and a cockney lad all report to the army for National Service. This lively comedy deals with this ill-assorted bunch of conscripts who get themselves in and out of all sorts of adventures. Great barrack-room humour in a hilarious caricature of military life.
ISBN: 0 85676 099 4

The Reluctant Rogue (or Mother's Day)

Comedy. John Patrick.
2 men, 5 women, 1 boy. Interior.

Reed Dolan would seem to be living in the best of all possible worlds: he is young, attractive and a professor of drama at a small college teeming with toothsome co-eds anxious for good grades. Reed's specialty is inviting his better-looking students to his apartment to discuss their term papers, after which, it all goes well. The next step is a weekend at his hideaway on nearby Lake Hocapocapoo. The problem is that his amorous exploits are too successful as, much to his consternation, not one but three lovesick co-eds descend on him in succession one afternoon - with Reed then struggling hilariously to keep each from discovering the presence of the others. And in (a) the unexpected arrival of an irate father who intends to shoot his daughter's seducer, and (b) the sudden reappearance of a former student who brings along her young son claiming that Reed is the father, and the stage is set for the wildly funny finale - with Reed's desperately devious (and hilarious) alibis growing ever more outrageous as he attempts to side-step what, for a less resourceful liar, would be pure and inescapable disaster.
ISBN: 0-8222-0942-X

Remember This

Play Stephen Poliakoff

Stephen Poliakoff's provocative new play for the Royal National Theatre is the story of the intense rivalry between the generations in a world which seems to record everything and remember nothing as it hurtles into the next century. Rick, a middle-aged man at a crossroads in his life, stumbles on a disturbing technological mystery which threatens to replace his reality with an imagined, recorded version of his life on videotape.
The foreign country to which [Poliakoff's] imagination travels is the past, a secret hinterland common to us all' Evening Standard


Play. Graham Reid
M2 (30s-40s, 68) F4 (30s-40s, 63). A cemetery, two living-rooms, a garden.

Bert and Theresa, both mourning sons, meet in the cemetery and fall in love. Their blossoming relationship is complicated by the fact that he is a Protestant and she a Catholic ... and this is Belfast. Bert's son, who believes his father would rather have lost him than his adored brother, and Theresa's daughters, one of whom is married to an imprisoned IRA gunman, oppose the romance from the start, but Bert's daughter-in-law, herself trapped in an unhappy marriage, supports the elderly lovers.
ISBN 0 573 69321 8