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Robert Thomas Noll

ROBERT THOMAS NOLL

  (1951 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Robert Thomas Noll has won over 34 national and international awards including a Silver Medal at the International Film and Television Festival of New York, a CINE Award, a National Education Association National Award, a Telly Award and nine Emmy Awards. His 31 produced plays have been performed throughout the U.S.(including six in New York City), Canada and Europe. Eight have been published. Three of his plays have aired on radio and one was taped and televised by NBC. In TV, he has produced and written hundreds of programs including the nationally syndicated NBC Dramatic children's series, "Hickory Hideout." Five of his screenplays have been produced as films. Noll teaches in the Tim Russert Communications& Theatre Department at John Carroll University, where he also serves as adviser to their award-winning newspaper, the Carroll News. He spent 20 years teaching playwriting at the Cleveland Play House. He has also been the Screenwriting Instructor for the Cleveland Filmmakers and Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland School of the Arts. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and the Society of Professional Journalists. He also works with the National Association of Black Journalists annual urban journalism workshops.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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        About Tremont         Balto: the Dog That Saved Nome, Alaska         Champagne Ladies, The         Circus Time!         De Rattenvanger van Hamelen (the Pied Piper of Hamelin)         Dinner with Mother         Famous         Harry and Mary         Hedda  a Modern Day Version         Hit Or Miss         Lady Tess         Little Blue Pill, The         Live at Eleven!         Love, Honor & Other Complications         Luck Of Barry Lydon, The         Mother's Day         Night in the Garden of Eden, A         Nightmare of Frankenstein         Oliver Twist         One-On-One         Phantom of the Opera, The         Pied Piper of Hamelin, The - the Musical         Pied Piper of Hamelin, The - the play         Red Badge of Courage, The         Reptarium         Scent of a Rose, A         Tchaikovsky's Desires (Beloved Friend)         Three Graces, The         Tree and Baby Bee         What is Love?



About Tremont

Synopsis:
About Tremont is set in The Silver Bush a neighborhood tavern with a small but loyal clientele. Eva is waiting tables and living above the bar, having fled to its safety when her home was broken into. Zoltan, the owner has fallen in love with her. An elderly couple, the Popovich's, are regular customers, although Marijka is trying to get her husband, Roman, to move to Parma. Tree has just lost his job and thinks he can start a new career as a gambler betting on the Cleveland Indians. Eva's brother, Andre (the Polish Milton Berle) has reappeared after a long absence and is demanding his share of his parent's savings. The characters, like the city and its neighborhoods, are in the midst of change. The world in which immigrants could get good jobs, buy homes, cars, and raise their families in comfortably isolated ethnic neighborhoods is falling apart. Some flee to the suburbs while others fight a rear guard action trying to hold onto the old ways.

Notes:
written by Robert Thomas Noll and Pamela Noll. An earlier version of this play was produced by Actors' Summit in Hudson, Ohio.

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Genre:
comedy drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Balto: the Dog That Saved Nome, Alaska

Synopsis:
Balto: the Dog That Saved Nome, Alaska, book co-written with Bill Hoffman. Music & Lyrics by Bill Hoffman. February 1925. the mining town of Nome, Alaska, stricken by a diphtheria epidemic, awaits its last best hope. Twenty sled-dogs teams are making a six-day relay run over 674 miles in minus 50 degree temperatures and ales force winds. Musher Gunnar chooses Balto to lead the last 53 miles of the dangerous journey, and when they arrive, dog and man become international heroes and a media sensation. the true story features a wonderful eclectic score that includes the tuneful "That's the Dog!", the blues number, "Why Not Me?", the pulsating "Keep Running," the plaintive "This is My Story" and the toe-tapping "Ev'ry Little Penny. "Balto" is an inspirational, true, heartwarming story of adventure, courage and compassion.

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1st Produced:
Cleveland Play House     23 Apr 2005

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing, 2007   978-1583423561

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Genre:
Musical for children & adults

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Flexible cast of 3 to 17 actors

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Champagne Ladies, The

Synopsis:
The Champagne Ladies chronicles the last night of the sexual revolution. The entire action of the play takes place in Dante's Inferno, a sleazy stripper bar in New York City on one hot summer night. The play is about the women who work in this establishment. They are all B-Girls/Strippers/Prostitutes. Their stories are based on the lives of 40 real-life working girls that the authors have interviewed. The play is a theatrical, hard-hitting, and realistic look at the "World's Oldest Profession." This unique play requires seven "earthy" actresses and two actors (the owner and a drag queen). The play was written to show that the life of a prostitute is nothing like the life of Juliet Roberts in "Pretty Woman." It takes a no-holds bar look at the profession. To make sure of its accuracy, the national support group for prostitutes, COYOTE as well as a psychologist who works with "working girls" was consulted in the writing of this script. They all found the script true to life with something important to say. This play was written with long-time producer/writer John L. Price and award-winning writer and psychologist Pamela V. Noll. The play takes place during the last days of "The Sexual Revolution." "The Champagne Ladies," is based on real-life women and their lives. The play is about a day in the life of a group of stripper/B-girl bar taking place in their dressing room during the early 1980s when the outbreak of AIDS was first becoming known in the sex industry. Many of the ladies are too much into "the life" to quit, but a social worker is determine to at least save one lady from this dangerous world.

Notes:
written by Robert Thomas Noll, John L Price and Pamela Noll.

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Genre:
one act and full length

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Male:  2            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Circus Time!

Synopsis:
Circus Time! with book by Robert Thomas Noll. Music by David Pogue. Lyrics by Noll & Pogue. "Circus Time!" is a tuneful and hilarious story about an irresponsible boy who would rather play with his circus toys than do as his mother says and clean his room. One day, his circus toys come alive and he becomes the circus master. This new role gives him the chance to become responsible by solving problems like those of a high-wire artist who's afraid of heights, a dancing circus elephant who can't remember steps, clowns who forget how to make people laugh, and a magician who has many tricks up his sleeve. This upbeat, fun-filled, colorful and highly theatrical musical gives actors of all ages a chance to join the circus and will give audiences a chance to go behind the scenes of the zaniest show on earth!

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1st Produced:
Cleveland Play House     08 Apr 1982

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing, 2006   978-1583422878

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Genre:
Musical comedy for children of all ages

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Flexible cast of 14 plus extras as desired

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De Rattenvanger van Hamelen (the Pied Piper of Hamelin)

Synopsis:
the town of Hamelin is suffering from a rat infestation. A man dressed in pied clothing comes on the scenes and claims to be a rat-catcher. He promises the people of the town he'll get rid of the rat problem if they agree to pay him. the Pied Piper lures the rats with his song to the river where they all drown. Despite doing what they asked him to do, the people refuse to pay him the amount owed. the Piper leaves angry and says he will have his revenge. He returns playing his pipe and this attracts the children from the town leaving only one lame boy behind. Finally, the townspeople pay the Piper and the children are returned happily to their parents.

Notes:
Adapted by Robert Thomas Noll And translated into Dutch by Lies Sotthewes.

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Toneeluitgeverij Vink B.V. -Alkmaar, 1983   -

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Genre:
Drama/comedy for children of all ages

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  A flexible cast of 15 or more

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Dinner with Mother

Synopsis:
A lesbian daughter tries one last time to get her conservative mother to accept her lifestyle.

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1st Produced:
The Theatre-Studio, 8th AVenue, New York City    

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Genre:
LGBT short play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Famous

Synopsis:
A frustrated artist who wants to be famous meets a homeless man who once was famous, and a homeless woman who wishes to be, causing him to reconsider his own desire.

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1st Produced:
The Theatre-Studio, 8th AVenue, New York City    

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Original Works: http://www.originalworksonline.com/eTens.htm   -

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Genre:
10 min comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  1

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Harry and Mary

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written by Robert Noll And Ed Walsh

1st Produced:
Dobama Theater in Cleveland    

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Hedda  a Modern Day Version

Synopsis:
I've always loved "Hedda Gabler" but I've noticed in using it in the classroom that my college students have a hard time relating to the characters, especially Hedda, and to the world of the late 19th century Northern Europe. I told my wife the idea of doing a modern translation that young people could relate to yet remain faithful to Ibsen. She immediately agreed to work on the script with me. Pamela is an experienced psychologist and an award-winning dramatic writer who I knew could add insights into the psychology of Hedda and the other characters. We went back to the original 1890 first English translation of the play. We then changed the time period to the present and set it taking place in Shaker Heights, Ohio though it can be any city that has a college nearby. When we first started to adapt the play, we had hoped that we'd be able to stay completely faithful to Ibsen, but we soon realized if we were going to make our Hedda, a true modern woman today, more changes would have to be made. Through months of work and what we learned from the reading, we now have a 21st century "Hedda" that audiences and actors, especially college age students would love to perform and see. It's a Hedda that we both feel Ibsen would have approved. His story is just too great for us not to keep its great characters and situations. He truly was a master.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen adapted by Robert Thomas Noll and Pamela Noll.

1st Produced:
stage reading at Judson Manor in Cleveland, Ohio    

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  cast of 7

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Hit Or Miss

Synopsis:
The play concerns the efforts of two cross-dressing hitmen to take credit for a murder they didn't commit. In doing so, they find they have some differences that could bring deadly consequences.

Notes:
written by Robert Noll And Ed Walsh

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Genre:
comedy drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Lady Tess

Synopsis:
A faithful adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic Victorian novel, "Tess of the d'Urbervilles," written with Pamela V. Noll, presents a compelling, exciting, and fast-moving story about Tess, of poetic beauty, proud and intelligent, that people can relate to today. Her spirit tied to the past, ironically causes her to live like a modern woman of today, whose dilEmmas, in this fast-paced story, are caused by three men in her life: John, her boozy, but loveable father; Alex, who behaves like a lord; and the handsome Angel, her beloved, who behaves like a devil. "Lady Tess" is a great story of love, betrayal, and being true to oneself. Staging is simple with set pieces and Dramatic lighting or may be an elaborate production

Notes:
from Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles", written by Robert Thomas Noll and Pamela Noll.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
Theatervision/Playtime Series

1st Published:
Brooklyn Publishers, LLC (2010)   1600035442

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  10            Other:  plus extras as desired

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Little Blue Pill, The

Synopsis:
An elderly couple at a senior citizen home decides that sex isn't just for young lovers.

Notes:
written by Robert Thomas Noll and Pamela Noll.

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Genre:
10 min comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Live at Eleven!

Synopsis:
A fast-paced dark comedy about a day in the life of a Cleveland TV news department as various outrageous personalities interact while making decisions that have literally life and death ramifications.

Notes:
written by Robert Thomas Noll and David Manocchio

1st Produced:
John Carroll University Theater    

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Genre:
dark comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  cast of 13

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Love, Honor & Other Complications

Synopsis:
Romantic comedy about a middle-aged man who is about to marry a much younger woman. Things get complicated when he realizes that his soon-to-be mother-in-law was his Prom Date in high school.

Notes:
written by Robert Noll And Ed Walsh

1st Produced:
John Carroll University Theater    

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Genre:
romantic comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  cast of 6

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Luck Of Barry Lydon, The

Synopsis:
The play recounts the exploits of a Barry Lyndon, a fictional 18th century Irish adventurer.

Notes:
adaptation for the stage of William Makepeace Thackeray classic 1844 novel, The Luck of Barry Lyndon

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Mother's Day

Synopsis:
A full-length play about an estranged mother and daughter trying one more time to become friends.

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1st Produced:
Berea Summer Theater    

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Genre:
play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Night in the Garden of Eden, A

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written by Robert Thomas Noll and Pamela Noll.

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A new adaptation of the classic Dion Boucicault farce that was regarded as one of the funniest plays written in the 19th century. In the tradition of the great French farces.    -

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Genre:
farce

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Nightmare of Frankenstein

Synopsis:
the House of Frankenstein is in turmoil. Victor Frankenstein, engaged to a woman he deeply loves, has fallen into a fit of despair. the cause of Victor's behavior is, in fact, a Creature he brought to life. Contrary to what Victor intended, however, his Creature is hideous to look upon. So much so, that the Creature has covered his face so he won't have to see his own reflection. Desperate, the forlorn Creature strikes a bargain with Victor: If the young scientist will create a suitable bride for him, the Creature will retire with her to the cold and distant Arctic, never to be seen again. When Agatha, the blind housemaid, senses the "faintest Pulse of life" and tries to touch the bride's body still being formed, the Creature pushes the maid away, accidently killing her. A furious Victor shouts, "the life of your bride for Agatha's" and destroys the Creature's unfinished mate. the Creature vows a terrible revenge and Victor must set out to destroy the very life he created.

Notes:
written by Robert Noll And Ed Walsh

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1st Published:
Eldridge Publishing, 2011   -

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Genre:
Classic Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  4 flexible roles

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Oliver Twist

Synopsis:
This faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens' second novel is an exciting, fast-moving meloDrama about the adventures of an orphan redeemed from a life of cruel poverty and crime by an act of unselfish courage. Filled with an atmosphere of mystery, its major characters - Fagin, Bill Sikes, Mr. Bumble, Nancy and the Artful Dodger - some of the most theatrically realized characters in all of literature. Flexibility is the keyword in presenting this play from the staging.

Notes:
adapted from the book by Charles Dickens

1st Produced:
Dallas Children's Theater     17 Jul 1992

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing, 2000   871299999

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  21 roles to be played by a minimum of 12 actors to a maximum of your choice, with extensive gender flexibility.

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One-On-One

Synopsis:
While revisiting an inner-city basketball court where his best friend from high school died from a gunshot wound, a man learns the truth about the cause of his friend's death and his own role in it. In doing so, he relives an era when violence erupted and injustice prevailed in a changing neighborhood. What he gains is forgiveness.

Notes:
written by Robert Noll And Ed Walsh

1st Produced:
Ensemble Theater in Cleveland Heights, Ohio     01 Mar 2013

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1st Published:
Heartland Plays, Inc   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Phantom of the Opera, The

Phantom of the Opera, The
This love story-thriller tells the full story of the mysterious masked terror who inhabits the cellars of the Paris Opera House. Born disfigured, he has avoided and has been avoided by one and all, except the lovely Christine, who is his musical protege. He arranges for her to sing the lead in the opera, "Faust," and expects her to love him in return. This she cannot do because she has seen his ugliness under the mask and also because she is in love with her childhood sweetheart. the Phantom's fury takes off at her, at her lover, and his only ally (a mysterious Persian) and all. Despite his evil doings, audiences never fully reject the Phantom. A bitchy tenor and temperamental diva relieve the tension with some humorous backstage bickering. the entire play is musically underscored.

Notes:
the Play from the Gaston Leroux novel. Written by Robert Thomas Noll And John Kenley. Music by David Gooding

1st Produced:
Carousel Dinner Theatre     1988

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1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, 1989   0 573 68912 3

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Genre:
MeloDrama

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  7            Other:  Plus an ensemble of singers and dancers

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Pied Piper of Hamelin, The - the Musical

Synopsis:
the town of Hamelin is suffering from a rat infestation. A man dressed in pied clothing comes on the scenes and claims to be a rat-catcher. He promises the people of the town he'll get rid of the rat problem if they agree to pay him. the Pied Piper lures the rats with his song to the river where they all drown. Despite doing what they asked him to do, the people refuse to pay him the amount owed. the Piper leaves angry and says he will have his revenge. He returns playing his pipe and this attracts the children from the town leaving only one lame boy behind. Finally, the townspeople pay the Piper and the children are returned happily to their parents. Filled with a score that includes songs like "Sweet Spring Day,"the Pied Piper", "Wondrous Day." As well as songs of longing and thought like "Why Not I?" and "Sad is the Home."

Notes:
Book And lyrics by Robert Thomas Noll. Music by Peter J. Wilson. Piano Arrangements by Rosemary Hozdic.

1st Produced:
Musicarnival Professional Theatre     01 Jun 1976

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1st Published:
Baker's Plays, 1981   -

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Genre:
Musical comedy for children and adults

Parts:
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Pied Piper of Hamelin, The - the play

Synopsis:
the town of Hamelin is suffering from a rat infestation. A man dressed in pied clothing comes on the scenes and claims to be a rat-catcher. He promises the people of the town he'll get rid of the rat problem if they agree to pay him. the Pied Piper lures the rats with his song to the river where they all drown. Despite doing what they asked him to do, the people refuse to pay him the amount owed. the Piper leaves angry and says he will have his revenge. He returns playing his pipe and this attracts the children from the town leaving only one lame boy behind. Finally, the townspeople pay the Piper and the children are returned happily to their parents.

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1st Produced:
Cleveland Play House     1983

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1st Published:
Baker's Plays, 1983   -

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Genre:
Drama/Comedy for children of all ages

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  A flexible cast of 15 or more

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Red Badge of Courage, The

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While still in his early 20s, Stephen Crane wrote "The Red Badge of Courage." Born seven years after America's Civil War, and yet to witness combat situations as a war correspondent, Crane nevertheless wrote what is acknowledged as a masterpiece of American literature. The timeless story of Henry Fleming, an 18-year-old who must come to grips with his own fears in a long and bloody battle during America's Civil War, speaks to the terrors and doubts besetting soldiers then and now. But the novel also speaks to the courage they somehow find in the midst of carnage. Adapting this great novel for the stage presents both great opportunities and tremendous challenges. Our intent from the beginning was to preserve the integrity of Crane's masterpiece - its essential characters, its language, its probing of young Henry Fleming's mind and heart. In doing our adaptation, we were going to stay true to the story Crane wrote. And why wouldn't we? The novel has captivated readers for more than 100 years. The audience for our adaptation whether they had read Crane's book or not, would not see a prettied-up or fanciful version of "The Red Badge of Courage." They would see the real thing-the novel transformed-on stage. We read and re-read the novel, culling the narrative for its most telling moments. We converted these narrative moments into scenes, and introduced certain of Crane's characters into those scenes. In a few instances, we devised scenes in order to enhance the audience's understanding of the story or the realties soldiers North and South faced during this epic struggle. Our determination to stay true to Crane's work never wavered. Now, at a time when the nation is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we have an adaptation that never strays far from the honesty of the novel. That honesty is sometimes ennobling, sometimes not, but it is what makes The Red Badge of Courage so extraordinary. Joseph Conrad is only one of many literary titans who revered the novel. We share the passion of Conrad for this unforgettable story of a young man come face-to-face with the horrors of war. We hope and believe our adaptation does the story justice.

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A new adaptation of the Stephen Crane novel adapted by Robert Noll And Ed Walsh

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Reptarium

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Two prisoners, an African named Victor, and an American named Crawford, are placed in a life and death situation. Locked in a cell by Uganda's notorious Lords of Liberation, they have been told one must kill the other or both will die. But each has information that the other desperately wants. A deadly game of survival ensues, with the two adversaries facing off against each other as well as against a deadly unseen serpent that haunts the cell. Condemned to fight to the death in a dank cell, two prisoners, an African and an American, must contend with each other and a deadly serpent for survival.

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written by Robert Noll And Ed Walsh

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Scent of a Rose, A

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This sensual story is about a spoiled heiress, with a forbidding past. When Life throws her a curve, she turns to the Mexican-American chauffeur for solace. She discovers life changes only to stay the same, with tragic results. The characters in this play live in a hacienda surrounded by roses, in New Mexico, where class struggles between Latino employees (the chauffer, Miguel and the cook, Maria) and Rose (the daughter of the Anglo employer) take on a deeper and more intimate meaning when some unexpected revelations change the courses of two of their lives. Like a bolero, the relationships between the three coruscate in a downward spiral leading to unplanned directions, and even disaster. Miguel's machismo pervades each scene, while we watch him charm the women. Maria's dotes on Miguel naively as she tries to seduce him, unaware of how he uses her. It is one of his manipulations to let her think they are engaged, but never confirms or denies it. Always the opportunist, Miguel immediately senses an opportunity when Rose presents herself as a pseudo-equal the night she falls off the wagon, and gets completely drunk. It is the night her cancelled wedding is celebrated, notwithstanding. Rose loses her sobriety, and then her dignity when she succumbs to Miguel adept seduction and mind-bending games. The morning after his seduction, he shows only indifference to her rebound passion. Fired by her sudden love for Miguel, Rose desires to flee her secret shame, and is spurred on by Miguel to flee with him to Mexico. He convinces her to put up the money so they can buy a hotel for him to manage. His scheme is so successful; Rose is compelled to plunder her father's library. When she returns, she brings with her not only the money demanded by Miguel, but a pistol. Maria awakens the next morning to discover the unfaithfulness of her fiance, but maintains her dignity when she finally recognizes Miguel's true nature. She exclaims his worthlessness, and leaves for church enraged. Now free to carry out their plan, it somehow goes pear-shaped when she discovers the truth about her family's shameful secret... Confronted with the debasing truth, Rose realizes running away to Mexico with Miguel will not solve her problem, but neither can she continue to live on in society which will rebuke her when the truth is unavoidably revealed. Rose takes the only way out she can, and Miguel goes back to another day of chauffeuring.

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Inspired by Strindberg's "Miss Julie" adapted by Robert Thomas Noll and Pamela Noll.

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Tchaikovsky's Desires (Beloved Friend)

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The true story of the tragic relationships between gay composer Peter Tchaikovsky and the two women in his life: his generous but judgmental patron Madame von Meck and his unstable wife Nina. These relationships lead to composing some of the greater music ever written and also to Tchaikovsky own mental problems.

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written by Robert Thomas Noll and Pamela Noll.

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The Theatre-Studio, 8th AVenue, New York City    

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one act play

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Three Graces, The

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The Three Graces is an African-American adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, set in a segregated army base in the South during the Second World War that celebrates the three graces of every woman of color: Brilliance, Joy and Flowering.

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Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov. written by Robert Thomas Noll, Zane Coleman & Pamela Noll

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Our Place Theater Project and Roxbury Center for Arts in Boston, Massachusetts     03 Mar 2006

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2 act adaptation 110 min

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Tree and Baby Bee

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Story of an estranged brother and sister who meet again after their parents' death.

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Lorain Community College    

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What is Love?

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Stage Left Theatre, Spokane, Washington.    

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