Composers and their stage works 


The Tibetan Book Of the Dead (or "How Not To Do It Again")

A Theatre Piece. Jean-Claude van Itallie.
5 men, 2 women. Unit Set

Based on the classic Buddhist text, the play deals with the transmigration of the soul, and the choices to be made as the spirit hovers in suspended animation. Brilliantly theatrical in concept and execution, the piece blends music, mime, dance movement and spoken dialogue to create the perpetual stream of colours, sensations and illusions which assail the transient soul and seek to distract it from its proper course. Visualised as taking place within a human skull, the play depicts the soul re-experiencing the life cycle as, momentarily, it floats free from the trials of earthly existence, while striving to overcome the ambitions, wants, jealousies and fears which can obscure the crucial turning point at which it can rejoin the living "like a king" - head held high and with the errors of previous existence both comprehended and surmounted.
ISBN: 0-8222-1148-3


Play, Jeffrey Sweet.
6 men, 2 women. Unit Set.

Invited by an old friend, who is now a faculty member, to guest-direct a student production at a small midwestern college, Walker, whose New York theatre career has reached a standstill, warily accepts. Sharp-witted, humorously caustic and bohemian in conduct, Walker quickly shakes up the tightly knit academic community, which his candor sweeps across like a hurricane. While hard-pressed to fathom Walker's laid-back nature, the others, students and faculty alike, quickly find themselves confiding in him, and emotional attachments soon develop - principally one between Walker and his friend's divorced sister, an affair which dashes the hopes of another young professor and yet is doomed, for both, by the ghosts of past loves. In time the central questions are whether Walker will accept an offer to stay on at the college, and, beyond that, how he will deal with the possibility of another kind of love put forth by his old friend - and it is in the working out of these questions that the warmth and wit and sensitivity of this deftly written play are realised to their fullest.
ISBN: 0-8222-1149-1

Tilting Ground

Play. Guy Hibbert
M2 (late 20s, early 60s) Fl (mid 50s). A beach-house patio.

Nancy, recently widowed, lives in a luxurious beach house overlooking the sea near Puerto Escondido on the Pacific coast of Mexico. When her son, Jack, arrives after a year-long disappearance she is overjoyed to see him but perturbed by his mysterious lifestyle. Fuelled by alcohol, Jack's emotional turmoil begins to disrupt Nancy's peace of mind and to fracture her new relationship with the sensitive Charles. Then Jack discovers that Nancy is financially supporting Charles. One of the men has to go ...
ISBN 0 573 01946 0

Time and the Conways

Play. J. B. Priestley
M4 (20s 30s) F6 (17, 20s, 40s). A sitting-room.

Mrs Conway takes life cheerfully: she and her daughters enjoy entertaining and, although in 1919 war's shadow still lingers, the Conways look forward optimistically. Act II is the same room in 1937 and all the happy homes of 1919 are more or less in ruin. The married girls are miserable, those left spinsters are disillusioned and bitter. Act III returns to 1919 where Mrs Conway and the girls cheerfully look forward to a happy future.
ISBN 0 573 01446 9

Time and Time Again

Comedy. Alan Ayckbourn
M3 (30s, 40s) F2 (20s, 30s). A garden and conservatory.

When womaniser Graham meets his employee Peter's fiancee, he makes a bee-line for her as usual. However, the young lady strays instead to Graham's brother-in-law Leonard, a poetic fumbler who holds conversations with the garden gnome. When Leonard half-heartedly tries to tell Peter about the relationship, cricket, football and even draughts supersede all other considerations in Peter's sports-mad mind.
ISBN 0 573 01457 4

Time and Ginger

Comedy Ronald Alexander. A sequel to Time Out For Ginger.
4 men, 3 women (1 of the male roles and 1 of the female roles are teenagers).

The setting is a familiar one: the former home of Ginger Carol and her family. But now Ginger is Mrs. Edwin Davis, with two children of her own, and a new generation is in residence. Ginger herself is as much of a rebel as ever, but while she believes in her daughter Winnie's sexual freedom, she draws the line at letting her boyfriend, Sam, move in with her. Her husband, Eddie, otherwise a conservative sort, thinks the idea is fine - and might even prompt the young couple to get married. The situation is further complicated when Winnie announces that she is pregnant - and while Sam now resolves to do the right thing, she rebuffs his proposal. At the same time, Ginger's teenaged son, Tinker, is giving evidence of being attracted to his own sex, despite his cosy relationship with Billie, the stunning girl next door. The only one who seems untouched by all this is Ginger's septuagenarian father, who pretends to be ailing and absent-minded, when the truth is that he is the strongest, and sharpest, of them all. Needless to say, the complications are numerous - and hilarious - as Tinker elopes with the lovely Billie (he's definitely not gay after all); Winnie moves out and concedes that in time, she might consider marrying Sam; and Ginger and Eddie are left with the placid, but not entirely welcome, prospect of life without their lively offspring underfoot.
ISBN: 0-8222-1151-3

Time For Elizabeth

Comedy. Norman Krasna and Groucho Marx.
8 men, 6 women. 2 Interior.

Ed. Davis, General Manager of a washing machine company, is a successful business man who needs a long vacation. When an elderly employee of his company retires, Ed, too, dreams of going away with his wife to enjoy his declining years without business worries and ulcers. But Ed and his wife, Kay, cannot call their souls their own when the boss and his wife force them to accept engagements for business reasons and otherwise make life miserable. So Ed speaks his mind to his boss and is fired. The next act finds them settled in an apartment in Florida. Everything promises happiness, even the simple neighbours. Soon, however, the Davises begin to get on each other's nerves and when their daughter and her husband appear, Ed secretly plans to go into business again. But these plans turn out disastrously and Ed is faced with bankruptcy. He is even ready to ask for a humble job with his ex-boss, when the big boss appears. The boss misses Ed and fears for the security of his company, and Ed is offered every inducement to return. Ed and his wife are delighted to return to New York and the things which only a big city can offer.

A Time for Loving

Play. Constance Cox
M2 (20s, 50s) F2 (18, 40s). A large manor hall.

Joanna has taken refuge in an empty manor house after her father tried to force her to have an abortion. The arrival of Frank, a runaway from a robbery and hit-and-run accident, disrupts her plans. Their initial dislike of each other turns to love, and when Joanna goes into labour unexpectedly early, causing their discovery and Frank's arrest, they both look forward to the future when they will once again have a time for loving.
ISBN 0 573 11417 X

Time Murderer Please

Raymond Dyer : Comedy/Thriller
5M 5F Interior set (Pub)

This comedy thriller keeps you guessing until the final curtain falls. Quick, slick and thoroughly entertaining, the play holds the attention of the audience from beginning to end. The action is dynamic and with a neat twist at the end, the real murderer gives himself away by a single word.

Time of My Life

Play. Alan Ayckbourn
M4 (20s, middle-age, 50s) F3 (20s, 50s). A restaurant.

Gerry Stratton has organised a family dinner with his sons Glyn and Adam at his favourite restaurant to celebrate his wife Laura's fifty-fourth birthday. The occasion suggests a happy domestic scene, but gradually we are made aware of the family skeletons. The present opens up to have Glyn's story move forward in time and Adam's backward, while at the centre Gerry and Laura pick apart their marriage and recall first love.
ISBN 0 573 11444 7

Time Out For Ginger

Comedy. Ronald Alexander.
5 men, 5 women (2 of the 5 men are teenagers, 3 of the 5 women are girls). Interior

The story starts out with a fairly staid banker who needs some sort of creative release and finds it in lecturing to local high school classes on the need for self-fulfilment. It quickly develops however, that one of the banker's daughters - the youngest of three - has been very much impressed by her father's exhortations. She has decided that her own true fulfilment can best be realised by going out for the football team. Any number of complications result: the father's job is jeopardised because the bank president doesn't approve; the girl's elder sisters insist that their social life has been blighted - especially the sister whose boyfriend is captain of the football team; and the girl football player herself finds that playing football and being a girl aren't always compatible, particularly when her own boyfriend disapproves of what she's doing. After any number of riotous mishaps, the play ends on a happily tender note with the whole family going out to see one of the other sisters in the high school play, as Ginger is escorted by her reconciled boyfriend.
ISBN: 0-8222-1152-1

Time to Kill

Play. Leslie Darbon
M2 (30s) F4 (30s). A living-room.

After Maggie's husband Don leaves home on a business trip, Alan arrives at the house expecting an intimate interlude. Instead he finds himself handcuffed and faced by Maggie and three women of their local set. He is to be put on trial for causing the death of another woman. During the trial unforeseen revelations surprise all the participants, including Don who, returning unexpectedly, becomes involved in the Defence. The proceedings culminate in a few moments of violent action.
ISBN 0 573 11445 5

Time Was

Play. Hugh Leonard
M3 (20s, 30s) F3 (30s, 40s). Extras 2M, 1 M voice only. A living-room.

When Bea and John visit Ellie and PJ., John explains his theory that so many people are longing for the simplicity of bygone days that Time has ruptured and people are disappearing back into the past. Similarly people we want to see again are appearing by the score! The hilarity dissolves later to show the strains of suburbia underneath until PJ. wishes himself back - and disappears. Period next year

Tiny Alice

Drama. Edward Albee.
4 men, 1 woman. 2 Interiors/ 1 Simple Exterior

Tiny Alice begins with a venomous exchange between a lawyer and a cardinal whose contempt for each other careens back to their school days. Eventually, the lawyer offers the cardinal $100 million a year at the request of Miss Alice, the world's richest woman. Julian, the cardinal's secretary, is to come to Miss Alice's castle to complete the details, but while there, Julian falls prey to Miss Alice as she contrives to make him her lover. Through the related transmutations of religious ecstasy and orgasmic pleasure, Julian's true feelings are terrifyingly revealed and the stage is set for the electrifying climax of this eloquent, compelling play.
ISBN: 0-8222-1154-8

Tiny Tim Is Dead

Play. Barbara Lebow
3 men, 2 women, 1 boy; unit.

December 24th and 25th, amidst card board shelters and trash-can hearths, Otis Pope, a sardonic army veteran, decides who is allowed to stay in the enclave, and who must go. Currently part of this "family" are Verna, a disoriented frequently pregnant, sometimes gritty, other times childlike woman; her nameless and mute eight-year-old son; Charlie, a down-on-his-luck unemployed blue collar worker; Azalee Hodge, an outspoken woman trying to climb back up and Filomeno Cordero, a recent immigrant from Central America, who finds the group on Christmas eve. Discovering a worn out copy of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the group responds to Verna's pleas to re-enact the old story as a gift for her son. She can't wait to be Tiny Tim. The others cast Pope in the Scrooge role, though he resists playing along. In a revisionist inspiration, Pope becomes MC of the "Tiny Tim Telethon." Filo, unfamiliar with the story, assumes a reggae interpretation of the wrong Marley's ghost. Verna becomes delusional, Azalee wants to leave, Charlie tries to keep the peace, but antagonisms, opinions, addictions and moments of violence overtake them. The tale is never completed and the family is broken up, the boy left alone. One by one, willingly or not, the characters depart with no promises for the future, though Pope then grudgingly returns.
ISBN: 0-8222-1363-X

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones

Comedy-thriller. Norman Robbins
M4 (25, 30s, 70s) F6 (18, 30s-60s). A library.

Some months have passed since the ghastly events in Monument House, well-known to those familiar with Norman Robbins' earlier A Tomb with a View. (Previous acquaintance with the Tombs is not required!) Now Mortimer Crayle, the lawyer, has gathered the last remaining Tomb family members (as offbeat a bunch as the original occupants) at the old house, ostensibly to inform them about their inheritance. But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demand the death of all Tombs ...
ISBN 0 573 01917 7


Play. Louise Page
M 1 F2 (20s). Open setting.

Louise Page has written, in darting, daring, time-chopping structure, a play about breast cancer in which she has to deal with dominant definitions of femininity in order to probe the pain in the problem. As she herself says, 'once I started talking openly about writing a play on mastectomy, women whom I had no idea had had mastectomies began to confide their experiences to me. I began to understand more and more the taboo nature of the subject I was writing about and how much women wanted the subject discussed.'