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Ken Ludwig

KEN LUDWIG

  (1950 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West end, and he has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards and the Edgar Award. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Broadway and West end shows include Crazy For You; Lend Me A Tenor; Moon Over Buffalo; Twentieth Century; the Adventures of Tom Sawyer; and Treasure Island. Other major plays include Shakespeare in Hollywood; Leading Ladies; Be My Baby; the Beaux' Stratagem, an adaptation with Thornton Wilder at the request of the Wilder estate; the Three Musketeers; the Fox on the Fairway; 'twas the Night Before Christmas; Midsummer/Jersey; the Game's Afoot; and the Hound of the Baskervilles. His book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, will be published in 2012 by Crown Publishing. He studied music at Harvard with Leonard Bernstein and Theatre history at Cambridge University in england.

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        Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, The         American In Paris, An         Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery         Be My Baby         Beaux' Stratagem, The         Class Night         Comedy of Tenors, A         Crazy For You         Divine Fire         Dramatic License         Fox On the Fairway         Game's Afoot, The         Leading Ladies         Lend Me A Tenor         Midsummer/Jersey         Moon Over Buffalo         Our War         Over the Moon         Postmortem         Shakespeare In Hollywood         Sullivan And Gilbert         Three Musketeers, The         Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol         Treasure Island         Twas the Night Before Christmas         Twentieth Century



Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, The

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Music And lyrics by Don Schlitz; book by Ken Ludwig. Based on the book by Mark Twain

1st Produced:
Minskoff Theatre, New York     26 Apr 2001

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American In Paris, An

Synopsis:
Monumental Pictures, Paris. Michel Girard fails to turn up for the first day's shooting for a new musical. Head of the studio sends his secretary to find him.

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Music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin; book by Ken Ludwig

1st Produced:
Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas     2006

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Get your deerstalker cap onthe play's afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone's favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 30 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

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1st Produced:
Arena Stage At The Mead Center For American Theater, 1101 Sixth Street, Sw Washington     16 Jan 2015

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comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Be My Baby

Be My Baby
the play tells the story of John, an irascible Scotsman and an uptight english woman, Maude, both in their late 50s, who take on the journey of a lifetime. they are brought together when his ward marries her niece. then, when the young couple decides to adopt a new born baby, the older couple has to travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. the problem is, John and Maude despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. there they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.

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1st Produced:
Alley Theatre     2005

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Beaux' Stratagem, The

Beaux' Stratagem, The
the play tells the story of two young bucks who, having spent all their money by living too well, leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant - exchanging roles from one town to the next. In Lichfield, Aimwell is the master and Archer the servant, and there they meet the lovely, wealthy Dorinda and her equally desirable sister-in-law, Mrs. Kate Sullen. they set their caps for these women, but problems abound. Kate is married to a drunken sot who despises her; the innkeeper's saucy daughter, Cherry, has set her cap for Archer; Dorinda's mother, Lady Bountiful, mistakenly believes herself to be a great healer of the sick, and she guards her daughter like a dragoness; and a band of brigands plans to rob the house of Lady Bountiful that very night, putting all schemes in jeopardy. This is a play in the great tradition of Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer and Sheridan's the Rivals and the School for Scandal. It is classic, formal, robust and hilarious.

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Original Playwright - George Farquhar. Adapted by Thornton Wilder And Ken Ludwig. In the summer of 2004, the estate of Thornton Wilder asked Ken Ludwig to complete a play that Wilder had begun in 1939 and never finished. It was an adaptation of the Beaux' Stratagem, a classic piece of late Restoration comedy written in 1707 by the British playwright George Farquhar (author of the Recruiting Officer). Wilder had made a brilliant start - he'd finished about half of it - and Ludwig was delighted to be asked to complete the rest.

1st Produced:
Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington Dc     07 Nov 2006

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comedy adaptation

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Male:  8            Female:  5            Other:  with doubling

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Class Night

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1st Produced:
Haverford, Pennsylvania     1970

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Sketches Sketch

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Comedy of Tenors, A

Comedy of Tenors, A
One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It's 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the centuryas long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife Maira from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight.

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Crazy For You

Crazy For You
Setting: New York City and Nevada in the 1930s. Bobby Child the heir of a wealthy banking family is hooked on the theatre. He has been told by his family he must marry Irene but he does not want to. He sent to Deadrock to foreclose a theatre because the mortgage payments are over due. Polly Baker is the daughter of the theatre's owner and she has threatened to see off anyone who comes from the bank. When she meets Bobby it is love at first sight. . .

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Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by Ira Gershwin; Book by Ken Ludwig; Conceived by Ken Ludwig And Mike Ockrent; Inspired by material by Guy Bolton And John McGowan

1st Produced:
Washington D.C.     1991

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Contained in: "Best Plays Of the Year 1991 - 1992" published by Applause Theatre Books   

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Original cast recording: Capitol: (54618) 1992

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Divine Fire

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1st Produced:
Washington D.C.     1979

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Dramatic License

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Cleveland, Ohio     1985

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Fox On the Fairway

Fox On the Fairway
a tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great english farces of the 1930s and 1940s, the Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with. . . golf.

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Genre:
Farce

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Game's Afoot, The

Game's Afoot, The
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. the danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

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Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America edgar Allen Poe Awards  Best Play!

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Genre:
Full Length Play, Comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies
In this hilarious comedy by the author of LeND Me a TeNOR and MOON OVeR BUFFaLO , two english Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, Pa is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost english nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. the trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it

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1st Produced:
Cleveland Playhouse, Ohio     2004

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor
a meek understudy replaces the drunken Italian tenor and becomes a star overnight.

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aka Opera Buffa

1st Produced:
Milford, New Hampshire     1986

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1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York 1985   

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Midsummer/Jersey

Midsummer/Jersey
Midsummer/Jersey is the hilarious high-octane re-telling of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey. the story revolves around the impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon (run by Patti Quince and Stylist Nikki Bottom). the night takes a magical turn when Oberon and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief making. With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, the lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.

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1st Produced:
James W Robinson Jr Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road Fairfax, Va. 22032     17 Nov 2011

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Genre:
Full Length Play, Comedy

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Male:  5            Female:  10            Other:  -

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Moon Over Buffalo

Moon Over Buffalo
Disjointed on-goings backstage through a performance of the Scarlet Pimpernel

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aka Over the Moon

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1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York   

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Genre:
Farce

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Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Our War

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While the plays that took the perspective of participants were some of the most crisp, the last kind of play in the evening, plays that look at today with the eyes of the present (but through the lens or with the lighting of the Civil War), hit the hardest. Most of them use the Civil War as a way to talk about race in America, from Ken Narasaki's thoughts on racism that isn't divided into Black and White to Lydia Diamond's chastisement of White liberal guilt. - http://dctheatrescene.com/2014/10/28/war-arena-stage-resounding-success/

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An esteemed collection of American playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, creates a dynamic new theatrical event reflecting on the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War. Through a rich tapestry of short monologues, a core ensemble of gifted actors, accompanied by notable Washingtonians such as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Chris Matthews, explorethrough diverse perspectivesthe historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. Our War, commissioned by Arena Stage for the National Civil War Project, uses the power of live theater to bring new understanding to the shades of Blue and Gray that define one of the most significant periods of American history.

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Genre:
monologue

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Over the Moon

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Was 'moon Over Buffalo'

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Bill Kenwright

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Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  formerly Moon Over Buffalo

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Postmortem

Postmortem
This clever thriller by the author of Lend Me a Tenor and Sullivan & Gilbert has delighted audiences nationwide. Actor manager and playwright William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in his hugely successful adaptation of Conan Doyle a popular play available from Samuel French, has invited his sister and the cast of his latest revival of the play for a weekend at his magnificent pseudo medieval castle on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. For entertainment Gillette has arranged a seance. Now the scene is set for his greatest role. Someone is trying to murder William Gillette and he suspects it is one of his guests. Intrepid, eccentric Gillette plans to solve the case himself a la Sherlock Holmes.

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1st Produced:
Milford, New Hampshire     1984

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Samuel French Inc, New York   

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Genre:
Thriller

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Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Shakespeare In Hollywood

Shakespeare In Hollywood
the real Oberon and Puck find themselves on the set of Max Reinhardt's 1935 film of "a Midsummer Nights Dream" along with Tarzan, Dick Powell and Groucho Marx.

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Samuel French Inc, New York 2005   

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Genre:
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Male:  14            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Sullivan And Gilbert

Sullivan And Gilbert
This clever show takes place at the Savoy theatre in 1890. Gilbert and Sullivan, who have been feuding for years, are forced to work together one more time: Queen Victoria commands a performance of their most popular songs. Part docu Drama, part period comedy, and part "Gilbertt and Sullivan's Greatest Hits," this is a delightful revue from the author of Lend Me a Tenor, Leading Ladies, and Moon Over Buffalo.

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Milford, New Hampshire     1983

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Samuel French, NY, 1989   

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Genre:
Full Length Musical, Comedy

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Male:  8            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Three Musketeers, The

Three Musketeers, The
This adaptation is based on the timeless swashbuckler by alexandre Dumas, a tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor. the story, set in 1625, begins with d'artagnan who sets off for Paris in search of adventure. along with d'artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, the quintessential tomboy. Sent with d'artagnan to attend a convent school in Paris, she poses as a young man - d'artagnan's servant - and quickly becomes entangled in her brother's adventures. Soon after reaching Paris, d'artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day, athos, Porthos and aramis, the famous musketeers, and he joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. In so doing, he finds himself in opposition to the most dangerous man in europe, Cardinal Richelieu. even more deadly is the infamous Countess de Winter, known as Milady, who will stop at nothing to revenge herself on d'artagnan - and Sabine - for their meddlesome behavior. Little does Milady know that the young girl she scorns, Sabine, will ultimately save the day.

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Genre:
adventure

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Male:  8            Female:  4            Other:  doubling

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Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol

Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol
Tiny Tim hatches a plan to get his father home for Christmas day. With the help of some kindly sellers at the market and his friend Charlotte, Tiny Tim stages a spectacle filled with ghosts and Christmas cheer to convince Scrooge to give his father the day off. It all seems to be going according to plan until a little bit of real Christmas magic catches everyone by surprise . . . .

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written by Jack and Ken Ludwig. Based on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

1st Produced:
Adventure Theatre Mtc, 7300 Macarthur Blvd Glen Echo, Dc     14 Nov 2014

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Christmas play 40 min

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island
Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of england in 1775 and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones (played unforgettably in the movies by Lionel Barrymore', the sinister two-timing Israel Hands, the brassy woman pirate anne Bonney, and the hideous form of evil incarnate, Blind Pew. at the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Silver is an unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold, coupled with his affection for Jim, cannot help but win the heart of every soul who has ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure.

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from book by Robert Louis Stevenson

1st Produced:
Alley Theatre     2007

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  10            Female:  1            Other:  doubling, flexible casting possible

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas
'twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. But wait! A mouse is stirring - because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say "Merry Christmas!", we're off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer. Don't miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!

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Adventure Theatre In Glen Echo, Maryland     20 Nov 2011

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Genre:
Full Length Play, Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Twentieth Century

Twentieth Century
Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche starred on Broadway in this hilarious adaptation of the classic play. Bankrupt, with his career on a downslide, egomaniacal Broadway director Oscar Jaffe boards the Twentieth Century Limited and encounters his former discovery and ex-chorus girl Lily Garland, now a tempermental Hollywood star on the train between NY and Chicago. He pulls out all the stops in persuading her to return to Broadway in his upcoming show.

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Based on a play by Charles Bruce Milholland

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Genre:
Full Length Play, Comedy

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Male:  12            Female:  4            Other:  -

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