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22 books of H.D. Greaves

Vikings, Ancient Egyptians, Goblins, Magical Transformations, terror, murder and mayhem, along with comedy and music, all come together in this exotic play adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a bewitched maiden, rescued and redeemed by a most unlikely character, a kindly old bird, none other than Father Stork—yes, the same stork famous for bringing babies! He is our storyteller.

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This One-­Act Play tells of the Firebird and her quest to destroy Kastchei, a sorcerer who has hidden his death. A centuries-­old Russian folk tale of magic and magical creatures and of how friendship and courage triumph over evil, this play condenses the action for contemporary audiences, yet retains all the wit, humour, and suspense. Important Performance Information is included.

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Throw together a successful British writer, his adoring wife, their two girls, a wealthy Grandmamma, one flamboyant Italian landlord, a gorgeous young woman, and a papa diavolo, and you have a concoction of romance, revenge, and murder, all played out under an innocently sunny Italian sky. Not to worry, though. After all, it’s nothing but A Slight Contretemps. Or is it?

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In Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1950, the Klu Klux Klan held devious power over politicians and the police. In this vivid remembrance by an elderly lady, she reveals how, as a child, she and her mother were in mortal danger through the folly of a much-­loved aunt. Through her eyes, we see the facile face of bigotry and its devastating effect on the living and the dead. Woven throughout the horror of lynchings and other murders, a thread of uncommon humanity, and even humour, anchors this surprising tale.
And, should you think that this story rings true, you would be correct, because it is true, with only names changed for the sake of discretion.

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This radio play, adapted from a Hans Christian Andersen story, illustrates how easily racism, bigotry, hypocrisy, stupidity, and apathy can escalate into violence and destroy an innocent and gifted creature. Andersen’s folk tales always have a dark side and involve moral and ethical issues. Using poultry and droll humour to show us ourselves, this one is, indeed, a cautionary tale.

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‘Akiro Maru did not look like a chef, far less a man of thirty. Thin, pale, and possessing a boy’s face, everyone mistook him to be no more than sixteen. Everyone mistook him in other ways as well.­’
So begins this droll comedy of lust, deception, adultery, and an Ambassador’s obsessive desire for superb Japanese cuisine. It may leave you wondering just how high, really, is the cost for a pot of hot green tea and fresh conch sushi.
Heartburn, or . . . ? The answer will astonish you.

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Gnatwing! A Farce for Clowns is Theatre-­of-­the-­Absurd for youngsters. Featuring direct audience involvement in a frantic game of hide-­and-­seek, and a chase that mirrors animated cartoons, Gnatwing!­—in clown face and exaggerated movement—is incredibly zany. This simple play when read is, in performance, transformed into a wonderfully inspired madness. Important Performance Information is included.

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Of Bliss and Granted Wishes is a true story. To avoid a nursing home, Sam and Sophie Foster ask a family (mother, father, three children, and a dog!­) to move in with them. Filled with humor, compassion, undying love, and a determined refusal to give in to decrepitude and Sam’s loss of memory, their story is proof that “the heart that has truly loved never forgets.­”

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Add a conniving servant and his amoral master; a murderous priest and his homicidal sidekick; a beautiful but barren wife wed to an ancient attorney; and a potion brewed from Mandragora, a root alleged to help women conceive, and you have a prescription for pandemonium, for Mandragora possesses a fatal flaw: after a woman drinks the potion, her body becomes a temple of poison. What's a man to do?

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Here are ten honest stories honestly told, each by a different narrative voice. Five are about real people and events, with names and locations changed, and five are pure fiction. Which are real and which are fiction? You may guess, but I’ve sworn the tellers I won’t tell. Discover in the variety of The Narrative Voice an enjoyable and enlightening reading experience.

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