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James Magruder

JAMES MAGRUDER  

Nationality:    USA
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Dead Parents         Imaginary Invalid, The         Miser, The         Nine Rooms Worth         Penelope And The Sterile Field         Too Much Of Me         Triumph Of Love         Would That You Were Cold Or Hot



Dead Parents

Synopsis:
Two brothers sit at the bedside of their abusive father waiting for him to die

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One act

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Imaginary Invalid, The

Synopsis:
In Moliere's outrageous satire of medicine and its practitioners, the wealthy argan, to put it mildly, enjoys poor health. Laxatives, suppositories, bloodlettings, and second and third opinions from the leading quacks are the order of his day-and hell on his wily, back-talking servant Toinette. His daughter angelique is in love with the impoverished Cleante, but argan wants to marry her to Thomas Diafoirus, a medical dunce who can assure his father-in-law a lifetime of health care. Cleante disguises himself as a music teacher to gain access to his love, but Beline, argan's mercenary second wife, threatens to expose them. a disguised Toinette, sage advice from his brother Beralde, and a faked death scene finally teach argan where to place his trust. The play ends with argan's ceremonious, pig-Latin induction into the medical profession.

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
comedy adaptation

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Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  doubling

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Miser, The

Synopsis:
The widower Harpagon, so cheap he'd swipe the pennies off a dead man's eyes, rules his roost with a tight, iron fist. His unhappy, rebellious children, Cleante and Elise, are afraid to tell him of their romantic attachments: Cleante has fallen in love with the beautiful but penniless Mariane, who lives with her invalid mother, and Elise has secretly promised to wed Valere, a young charmer of unknown parentage who has flattered his way into being Harpagon's chief steward. When Harpagon reveals his own marital designs-he will wed Mariane himself and yoke Elise to the wealthy but aged Seigneur anselme-children, suitors, disgruntled servants, and the wily Jill-of-all-trades Frosine conspire to foil the miser before the marriages can take place. When Harpagon's treasure, buried in the backyard, is stolen, he rounds up all the suspects-including the audience-and threatens torture and imprisonment. Only the last-minute arrival of Seigneur anselme, bearing secrets of his own, can unite the proper couples and restore Harpagon to his one true love-40,000 pounds in gold.

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
comedy adaptation

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Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Nine Rooms Worth

Synopsis:
a gay couple are looking for an apartment. Toby wants to settle down but his older partner Jack does not and objects to every place they see

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Genre:
One act. - - Gay, one act

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Penelope And The Sterile Field

Synopsis:
Clement has been diagnosed HIV+ and is now trying to figure out how to date in his changed circumstances.

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Genre:
One act. - - AIDS, one act

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Too Much Of Me

Synopsis:
Vergil's psychotic mother Georgette turns up at the flat he shares with lover Dennis. She veres from being ultra religious to telling risque jokes much to Vergil's distress

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Genre:
One act. - - Gay, one act

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Triumph Of Love

Triumph Of Love
Princes Leonide, in disguise, arrives in the garden of the philosopher, Hermocrate. She has come to try and win some time in his retreat for she has fallen in love, from afar, with Hermocrate's student, agis, who is the "legitimate" prince of the realm over which Leonide rules. Knowing that Hermocrate is steadfastly against women joining the retreat (except for his sister, Leontine, who helps run the place), Leonide puts on the disguise of a man, calling herself Phocion, and brings along her servant Corine, under the alias Hermidas. Phocion proceeds to woo all the people at the retreat depending on what they figure out about her/him. Hermocrate sees through the disguise so Phocion convinces him she has fallen in love with him and until Hermocrate gives her some time to prove herself, she will not leave. When Phocion meets up with Leontine, who buys the disguise, Phocion persuades her he is in love with her so she will petition Hermocrate to let Phocion stay. all the while, the jester and gardener, who now know of the disguise, are being bought off by Leonide and wooed by Corine. all of this just so Leonide can find some time alone with agis. Once she corners agis, she first wins him over as a friend, then later reveals she is a woman. Since he has been taught to loathe love, and women as the object of love, he is at first resistant; but soon, attracted to Phocion, and he so very innocent, he is won over and falls in love. Now all the major players in the retreat prepare to marry Phocion (who by now calls herself by all different names). When they all meet in the courtyard, in wedding attire, Leonide not only reveals to Leontine that she is a woman, but reveals to all that she is the illegitimate ruler-so often feared and reviled-she is not hateful, loves agis, and wants to abdicate the crown to him. The two young lovers go off together, leaving the older philosopher and his sister stunned and silent.

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Original Playwright - Marivaux; Book by James Magruder; Music by Jeffrey Stock; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

1st Produced:
Royale Theater, New York    23 Oct 1997

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1st Published:
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Original cast recording: Jay (1315) 1998

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Would That You Were Cold Or Hot

Synopsis:
Healer Ruth Dupree has gone missing and there appear to be victims of nerve gas in the meadow.

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