Big Dog Publishing
Plays by Big Dog Publishing
A group of wannabe actors converge at Camp Soap to hone their acting skills under the tutelage of a washed-up soap opera star, Dirk Svenson. The actors include a man with an overabundance of testosterone, an idiotic Barbie doll lookalike, a Goth, an insecure dork, a pair of movie extras, and a couple of Dirk-a-holics. Not only do the campers have to put up with Dirk's enormous ego, his entourage, and his theatrical rants, but they have to sleep on the floor or in chairs since there are no beds in the cabins-only posters of Dirk. But the campers gladly suffer the camp's hardships after Dirk announces that they will be cast in a new soap opera pilot, "The Day Before Wednesday" (Tuesday), which will hopefully launch Dirk's comeback. The campers eagerly begin rehearsing so they can impress the Oxygen network executives while Dirk unsuccessfully tries to romance one of the campers. Your audience will roar with laughter!
If You Really Loved Me
In this haunting tale of despair, anger, and fear, two teenagers find themselves on the run with their dead baby in the trunk of their car. Still bleeding heavily from giving birth, Bonnie convinces her boyfriend, Duane, to rob a convenience store in order to get enough money to make it to Florida, where they can start a new life together. But as their journey unfolds, Bonnie sees her chance for happiness unravel. This riveting one-act offers tour de force performances for young actors.
Home For Snowflake, A
One day, a young dove named Snowflake encounters a pigeon who tells her of a marvelous land called “New Jersey,” where there’s green grass, trees, birdbaths, birdhouses, and clean air. Snowflake wonders if such a place could really exist, but eager to escape New York and the ill-tempered street magician who keeps her locked in a box, Snowflake sets out on a dangerous journey through the streets of New York to find this fabled land. Along the way, she meets a street-smart dog, a wiley rat, some pet store parakeets, and a homeless cat, who join Snowflake on her quest to find a new home. This heart-warming play will enchant people of all ages. “A Home for Snowflake” is based on the true story of a young dove who was thrown off a roof in New York City and landed on the author’s fire escape. Ms. Harmon rescued Snowflake and cared for her until she could locate a bird sanctuary. Snowflake eventually learned how to fly and now lives with a family in New Jersey.
R Eugene Jackson
Rednecks Bite Back, The
After winning the lottery, a redneck, Heyweed Throttlebottom, moves into a mansion and becomes an insufferable snob who speaks with a fake British accent. To protect himself from “undesirable” neighbors, Heyweed makes plans to purchase the wooded lot next door. But before he can do so, a family of rednecks arrive and park their beat-up house trailer on the land. With country music blaring, the truck engine revving, and a whole lot of duct tape, this family of Bubbas soon make themselves at home—and with everyone in the family named “Bubba,” there ain’t no mistakin’ they’re Bubbas! Determined to force the Bubbas off the land, Heyweed hires the Blubber Team, a bumbling paramilitary group, to capture the Bubbas and relocate them. But the Blubbers are no match for the Bubbas’ secret weapon—Bubba Cousin!
Last Resort, The
Grab yourself a can of Aqua Net hairspray! There's a hot new beauty craze that's driving the men of Lost Creek mad. It's the beehive hairdo, and the higher the hair, the better. Dixie, a beauty shop owner and a master of beehives, has been inundated with customers who are desperate for high hair. Eager to win the heart of Avis Crum - a 90-year-old womanizer who happens to be the only available bachelor in Lost Creek - Granny Rose and Wider Snipes decide to get themselves a beehive since 'There ain't nothin'more sexy to a man than a woman with high air.' Determined to become a beehive master herself, Linda Jean sets out to learn the art of the beehive by practicing on neighborhood scarecrows. In the meantime, a couple of city slickers arrive in Lost Creek looking to sign up organ donors. The hospitable folk of Lost Creek are more than willing to oblige. You see, they've been wanting to get rid of their organs for years in order to make way for the hottest 'new' instrument to hit the region, the harmonica. This richly entertaining character-driven farce will charm audiences with its down-home humor and its eccentric and lovable cast of characters.
Blue Hotel, The
Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Award. Adapted from the short story by Stephen Crane. Three strangers arrive at the railroad town of Romper, Nebraska, and seek out a room at a local hotel. Upon their arrival at the hotel, one of the strangers, a Swedish tailor from New York, begins to act strangely. He becomes extremely frightened, so much so, that he fears for his life. The hotel proprietor, Pat Scully, tries to calm him down, but the Swede's paranoia only increases, making the others feel more and more uneasy. As the play progresses, the Swede becomes increasingly alienated and estranged from the group, and his outlandish behavior only creates further hostility that threatens to erupt into violence at any moment.
Above the Bitter Cafe
Jenny Ananias is on the verge of being fired from her high school teaching job. So what better time to take a group of students on a New York theatre trip? Now to be fair, things were actually going smoothly for Mrs. Ananias at first--until that unfortunate "coin off the Empire State Building" incident. Of course, there was that typical teacher/student romance misunderstanding that happens on all student trips. . .and the angry, browless cafe manager. . .and the bungee jumping with the Martha Stewart bed sheets. . .And of course, a handful of angry Muppets. . .In the tradition of a classic French farce, this fast moving full length play is guaranteed to sell tickets!
Jacob M Byers
Lives And Adventures Of Cobbler And Knobs, The
When the Night is kidnapped, two bumbling security guards, Cobbler and Knobbs, along with the help of a giant snail, set out to free the Night so that everyone can get a good night's sleep. It sounds like a good plan, except that Cobbler and Knobbs forgot to bring along a tent or sleeping bags for their journey, and the only food they remembered to bring is a bag of old Rice Krispies treats. And if that isn't bad enough, they soon encounter a pack of hungry wolves, a band of dim-witted pirates, a washed-up magician, a de-fanged rattlesnake, and a door-to-door sales dragon. When the heroes finally reach the kidnapper's hideout high atop a mountain, Cobbler must come up with a bedtime story good enough to help the kidnapper overcome his fear of the dark. Will the Night be freed so that the heroes can celebrate with a well-earned ginger ale?
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Sick of those cheesy Hollywood versions of Dracula with stock characters and silly plots? This adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic preserves the psychological terror and complex characterization of the original Victorian gothic novel. Jonathan Harker, a young lawyer, travels to Transylvania to transfer real estate in England to Count Dracula, but soon finds himself a prisoner in the Count's castle. With Jonathan locked in the castle, Count Dracula travels to England to claim his new property. Not having heard from Jonathan in several weeks, his fiancée, Mina, anxiously awaits news of his return as she tends to her friend, Lucy, who has become weak with a mysterious illness. Mina notices Lucy's propensity to sleepwalk and finds two small holes in Lucy's neck. Unable to diagnose Lucy's illness, Dr. Seward, the overseer of a sanitarium, wires his mentor Dr. Van Helsing for help. Upon examining Lucy, Van Helsing is convinced a vampire is the cause of her illness and sets out to convince
Carl L Williams
Little Off The Top, A
With the help of a toupee salesman, Steve and Jerry, two lonely balding bachelors, find a perfect toupee with which to attract women. The only problem is that they don't have enough money to buy it. Desperate for hair, they purchase a used toupee that was repossessed from a dead man and decide to time-share the toupee by taking turns wearing it. The new toupee gives Steve and Jerry a confidence boost, and they soon meet two lovely ladies. Romance is in the air until both girlfriends show up at Jerry and Steve's house at the same time. With two bald men and just one toupee, things get a bit hairy for Steve and Jerry.