Composers and their stage works 


Sabrina Fair

Romantic comedy: Samuel Taylor:
7 men, 7 women. Exterior.

The story is a modern version of the Cinderella fable. It is set on Long Island in the 1950s, and deals with the involvement of a very rich family named Larrabee with Sabrina Fairchild, the daughter of their family chauffeur. She is bright, well-educated and has just returned from five years in Paris, where she has done a brilliant job as an executive in a US government overseas office. She has come home to find out if she is still in love with the younger Larrabee son, David. The elder son, Linus, a cynical, good-humoured tycoon who has taken control of the family fortune, detects Sabrina's feeling for his brother and, for his own amusement, lays a trap to bring them together. It works: David falls in love with Sabrina and wants to marry her. At the same time, a rich young Frenchman who has known Sabrina in Paris turns up and asks her to marry him. Faced with this dilemma, Sabrina discovers it is really Linus she wants. After an amusing scene in which Sabrina's father, the chauffeur, makes a rather amazing revelation, Sabrina breaks down Linus' resistance and gets her man. An unusual number of fine character parts for actors: the beautiful mother of wit and perception; the father, whose one passion is attending funerals; the chauffeur who has been dabbling in the stock market and likes his job because it gives him time to read; the smart magazine editor who, as a house guest, is the interested observer.
ISBN:, 0-8222-0979-9

The Sacred Flame

Play. W. Somerset Maugham
M4 (young, 30s, middle-age) F4 (20s, elderly). A drawing-room.

Maurice Tabret, paralysed from the waist down, has only love and pity for his wife Stella, who is thus denied a normal life and children. Maurice's mother lives with them. Stella falls in love with Maurice's brother, Colin, and soon she is pregnant by him. When Maurice dies in his sleep Stella is accused of murder, but Mrs Tabret confesses that she killed her son out of love for Maurice, no less than for Stella and Colin.
ISBN 0 573 01394 2

Sad Hotel

Play. David Foley
M3 (40s, 50s) F3 (40s). A kitchen and sitting-area.

Set in a house on the Florida coast in the early sixties, Sad Hotel is a fictionalised account of a famous playwright's relationship with his male lover. The play traces the dissolution of a fifteen year relationship under pressures of fame, failure and addiction. Trapped between a choice of love or loneliness, and the extremes of desire and betrayal, the characters in Sad Hotel test the limitations of human contact. Yet in the face of final loss, they struggle towards reconciliation, forgiveness and a kind of peace. Period 1961-1963

Sailor Beware!

Comedy. Philip King and Falkland Cary
M4 (20s, 40s, 50s) F5 (20s, 40s). A living-room.

Beware of mothers-in-law, especially of one like Emma Hornett. Albert Tufnell, AB, is anxious that his fiancee, Shirley, should not take after her mother, Emma. Albert is also disturbed to find that Shirley has weakly acquiesced to living only three doors away from her mother. Albert's only defence is not to turn up at the church. Later he makes peace with Shirley and the wedding is 'on' again.
ISBN 0 573 01395 0

St. Nicholas

(in an edition with The Weir) - Conor McPherson
1m. Full length monologue. Minimal set.

A cynical and jaded drama critic falls for a beautiful young actress. In pursuing her he meets a group of modern day vampires, who offer him eternal life. His part of the bargain is to feed their bloodlust ... McPherson, the author of The Weir, is 'already heir to the great Irish tradition of absorbing tale-telling ... [he] has a priceless narrative gift' Michael Billington, Guardian.
ISBN 1 85459 347 1

Sally and Marsha

Play: Sybille Pearson
2 women. Interior

Sally, a waif-like young wife and mother originally from South Dakota, has settled into a rather cramped New York City apartment with her two young (and unseen) children, while her husband is on the road selling detergents. Desperate for a friend, Sally strikes up a conversation with her next door neighbor, Marsha, a cynical, wise-cracking native New Yorker who is impatiently waiting for her own husband to complete his residency in orthopedics. Although complete opposites the country mouse and the city mouse the two women gradually warm to each other as they exchange ever more personal (and amusing) confidences about their hopes and fears, their likes and dislikes, and their relationships with their two very different husbands. In time, despite occasional misunderstandings, they become each other's main moral supports, as the homespun Sally grows more worldly and the neurotic Marsha regains her self-esteem with both benefiting more than they might realize from the growing closeness and mutual admiration which, inevitably, makes their eventual parting all the more poignant.
ISBN: 0-8222-0980-2

Sally's Shorts

Short Plays. Sally Nemeth. A collection of short plays and monologues for women. 7 women (flexible casting). Unit Set

  • Lily. In a small town during World War One, two sisters are banished for the infidelities of a married man.
  • Living In This World. The haunting story of one woman's journey through a post-apocalyptic landscape.
  • Black Cloud Morning New York. The day from hell takes a turn for the better with the discovery of what a jeans pocket holds.
  • Word Games. Two young women getting stoned, riffing on words and on the memories those words bring.
  • Visions of Grandeur. She becomes herself filming herself. Her life in black and white.
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreement. A merciful nurse, in white, like a bride. A soldier with unimaginable wounds and unimaginable requests.
  • Pagan Day. The wearing of gazes, the keeping of counsel. The art of seducing the seducer.
  • The Cat Act. When you can no longer care for yourself, how do you feel about your caretaker? And how does she feel about you?

ISBN: 0-8222-1454-7

Salt Lake City Skyline

Play: Thomas Babe.
13 men, 2 women. Interior

A striking and brilliantly theatrical retelling of the trial of Joe Hill, the famous labour organiser and political radical, to whom time has granted the status of American folk hero.

The time is 1915, the place the Salt Lake City courtroom where Joe Hill, the celebrated local radical, is on trial for murder. Obviously mistrusted by the conservative folk of his day, Hill senses that his cause is lost, even though the evidence presented against him is less than decisive. This, he knows, is his last forum, and he uses it to expose the complacency and small-mindedness of his attackers, even refusing to use the one alibi which could save him, because doing so would compromise a lady whom he loves and respects. Taking over his own defence, and punctuating his telling, irreverent interrogations with songs and fantasy sequences, Hill angers, dismays and ultimately shames his tormentors - bringing the play to a powerful, poignant conclusion and establishing the martyrdom which, he knows, will be his greatest contribution to the ideals which have motivated his short and turbulent life.
ISBN: 0-8222-0982-9

Salt of the Earth

Play. John Godber
M5 F6 or M3 F3. Various simple settings.

Hull Truck Company's production of this richly humorous, affectionate and touching portrait of life in the West Yorkshire coalfields won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival and was presented in London at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre. Spanning three generations, from 1947 to the present, this compelling saga vividly captures the dreams, ambitions, joys, fears, heartaches and disappointments of the Parker sisters, Annie and May, whose hopes centre on May's son, Paul, and his academic success.
ISBN 0 573 01689 5

Salt Water Moon

Play: David French
1 man, 1 woman. Exterior

The time is 1926, the place the front porch of a summer home in the tiny coastal town of Coley's Point, Newfoundland. Mary Snow, a lovely young girl of 17, studies the evening sky through a telescope. Her reverie is interrupted by the unexpected appearance of Jacob Mercer, the boy with whom she had once fallen in love, and who, a year ago suddenly departed for Toronto without so much as a goodbye. Now Jacob has returned to Coley's Point, wanting to win back the affection which Mary once felt for him. In his absence, however, Mary has decided to accept the marriage proposal of Jerome McKenzie, the local schoolmaster, who may be on the dull side but is certainly reliable and more than willing to provide for her younger sister, Dot. But when memories of Jacob are revived, and when he feigns leaving for good, she suddenly realizes that he just may be the man for her.
ISBN: 0-8222-1388-5

Same Old Moon

Play. Geraldine Aron
M 10 F11, may be played by M3 F5 (minimum). Various simple settings.

Chosen to reopen the Oxford Playhouse in 1991, and then seen in London's West End, Same Old Moon shows us scenes in the life of Brenda Barnes, the aspiring writer. We follow her from age nine to fortyish, and see through her eyes her eccentric and sometimes fiery Irish family; her wilful and self-destructive Dad, her put-upon, sometimes hot-tempered Mum and many others. A charming, but not uncritical, look at family life with some wonderful acting roles.
ISBN 0 573 01892 8

Same Time, Next Year

Comedy. Bernard Slade
M 1 F 1. A bedsitting-room.

This long-running Broadway hit is about an adulterous love affair taking place only once a year - and also a reflection of twenty-five years of American attitudes. George picks up Doris in a California inn in 1951 and they agree to meet there once a year. Before each scene, tapes portray America of the time in speeches, sports and news broadcasts. The New York Times described it as the 'funniest comedy about love and adultery to come Broadway's way in years'.
ISBN 0 573 61604 3

Santa Fé Sunshine

Comedy. Preston Jones.
6 men, 3 women. Interior.

The place is Santa Fé, New Mexico; the time the late 1950s and the scene is the adobe house of Gino Bruno, a genial but largely untalented sculptor who believes that, at long last, he has created a masterpiece. His long-time friend, an equally bumbling painter named Claude Nordley, refuses to look at Bruno's sculpture, and professes to hate everybody and everything - except himself and the cheap local wine known as Santa Fé Sunshine. In fact, no one gets a peek at Bruno's creation until it is unveiled at a disastrous party arranged by a scheming gallery owner and attended by a rich hillbilly art patron and an assortment of resident oddballs: a homosexual poet; a wood carver skilled at faking local artifacts; a college-girl folk singer and her over-intense boyfriend, a would-be writer. As the wine flows, and personalities clash, the play reaches its very funny climax in which all present learn something about life, themselves, and the vagrant nature of the muses they would serve.
ISBN: 0-8222-0986-1

The Santaland Diaries and Season's Greetings

Comic Monologues. David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello.
1 man, 1 woman. Unit Set

The Santaland Diaries (1M) is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill just before his employment runs out.

Season's Greetings

(1W) Another funny, touching and twisted monologue about the season.
ISBN. 0-8222-1631-0


Play. Vladimir Gubaryev. Translated by Michael Glenny M 12 (20s, 50s) F6 (20s, 40s, 70s). Extras. A clinic ward.

In this moving play by the science editor of Pravda, victims of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station embark on a non-return journey in a terminal radiation clinic. The arrival of nine survivors from the disaster starts a string of confessions and recriminations which ends in a powerful condemnation of the bureaucratic muddle and official cover-up.

Saturday Adoption

Play Ron Cowen.
3 men, 2 women, 1 boy. Unit Set.

Overflowing with good intentions, Rich Meridan becomes a "Big Brother" to Macy Stander, the teenage boy of an ambitious, AfricanAmerican mother. Rich hopes to inspire Mary to overcome racial prejudice and achieve success in spite of the world being against him. While Macy is initially resentful towards his "Big Brother," it's Macy's actual brother, Paul, who is openly antagonistic towards Rich and what he considers his patronizing generosity. Paul suspects that the "Big Brother" will be unable to deliver on his promises to send Mary through college and law school. Ultimately Rich's grand idea for Macy's education falls through, leaving Mary embittered and Rich disillusioned, feeling as if he is just another fervent idealist who has been defeated.
ISBN: 0-8222-0987-X

Saturday Night

Play. Jerome Kass.
4 men, 2 women. Interior.

On the Saturday night on which the play occurs, Rochelle Harris is as usual expecting her friend Ellie. As soon as her father leaves she excitedly changes into a splashy hostess gown and covers the drab furniture with bright-colored spreads, much as she has covered her life. Then she proceeds to share cultural and sexual fantasies with her friend while damning the world, her own in particular, for its crudeness, its insensitivity, its dreariness ... and soon, very soon, we realize just how troubled Rochelle really is ... Rochelle's mother was mad and she fears the same fate. Rochelle is is not really a martyr to her father's needs. He needs her and does fear abandonment, but she is also using him as an excuse for self-seclusion. A family friend brings his buddy around to cheer up the girls and for a moment she leaves her self-made tragedy in a cathartic gale of laughter (the buddy, a wonderful character, is a would-be comedian, short on education but long on reflexive understanding). Finally the father returns with a revelation about himself that ultimately shatters the glass lid that this poor girl has, in fright, placed over her life.
ISBN: 0-8222-0988-8

Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Play. Eduardo de Filippo, adapted by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
M 11 F6. An apartment in Naples.

At first sight a typical picture of Italian family life with characteristic displays of Mediterranean temper, the play concerns the essence of any relationship between a man and a woman after years of married life. A monumental family row begins to brew on Saturday night while the Sunday ragu is being prepared in the kitchen. The row breaks on Sunday, the traditional day for family quarrels, and is finally and touchingly resolved on Monday.

The Savage Dilemma

Comedy. John Patrick. Sequel to The Curious Savage.
4 men, 6 women (plus one very brief part for a boy). Interior.

Depressed and world-weary, after extensive travels, the reputedly wealthy Mrs. Ethel Savage returns to the sheltered precincts of The Cloisters, seeking refuge among her former fellow patients. But The Cloisters is on the verge of closing due to lack of funds. As Mrs. Savage's fortune is now in the control of her greedy stepchildren she is powerless to help. Until, that is, a "hippy" couple storm in bent on robbery - and Mrs. Savage persuades them to "kidnap" her, with her share of the ransom going to the sanitorium. From then on the plot twists and turns delightfully, as one hilarious event follows another, leading in the end to a heart-warming lesson in the essential goodness which lurks somewhere even in the worst (and sanest) of us.
ISBN: 0-8222-0989-6

Savage In Limbo

Drama. John Patrick Shanley.
2 men, 3 women. Interior.

The setting is a slightly seedy neighborhood bar in the Bronx, where a group of regulars (who all happen to be the same age - 32) seek relief from the disappointments and tedium of the outside world. The first to arrive is Denise Savage, a perennial loner who announces that she is still a virgin, but would like to remedy the situation. She is joined by an old school friend, Linda Rotunda, whose problem has been the opposite - too many lovers (and illegitimate children) but who is now fearful that her current boyfriend, Tony Aronica, is losing interest in her. And when the macho Tony comes bursting in shortly thereafter and announces that he is leaving her to pursue "ugly girls," girls who have read books and can teach him something, Linda is desolate. Denise, sensing an advantage, makes a play for Tony, and the action quickens, moving swiftly from zany comedy to tense confrontation which requires the muscle and mediating skills of the taciturn bartender, Murk, who, heretofore, had been content to keep the glasses filled, including that of his mixed-up girlfriend, April, a failed nun who is also a classmate of the others. In the end tensions .subside, Linda recaptures Tony, Murk proposes to April, and only Denise remains as she was - still in the limbo of loneliness from which she so desperately wants to escape.
ISBN: 0-8222-0990-X


Play. Christopher Hampton
M10 (3 Brazilian Indians) F1. Extras M. Multiple set.

In a passionately angry, bitterly cynical and yet wholly workable play which veers from the soapbox to high comedy we are shown the contrasting publicity surrounding the murder of one diplomat and the anonymity surrounding the slaughter of a hundred Brazilian Indians. Period 1963 to 1970

Saved From Obscurity

Play. Tom Mardirosian.
3 men, 1 woman. Unit set

An actor (in this case the author himself) faces an audience and, with unfailing wit and humor, tells all about what it is like to pursue an acting career in the challenging and often discouraging environs of New York and Hollywood. From the first school play to auditioning for Joseph Papp at New York's famed Pubfic Theater; from doing bit parts on television soap operas and commercials to getting his first minor role in a Hollywood film; and on to becoming an understudy for a star in a Broadway play, the author pulls no punches - or laughs - in providing an insider's view of the whole zany, illogical, but so often stimulating process. Interspersed with his own colorfully recounted memories are brief scenes in which the other actors (each taking a variety of roles) join him in recreating actual events and experiences. And along the way; a number of famous theatrical personages come under his scrutiny, with sometimes unflattering but invariably hilarious results. But, throughout, in both the vignettes and the solo pieces, the author is able to find the funny side of everything - even rejection - and with an unquenchable spirit and resilience which will be readily understood and delighted in by all who love, participate in, or even just follow the fortunes of, the wonderful world of the theatre.
ISBN: 0-8222-0991-8