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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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Should you be sufficiently adventurous as to purchase these poems, I say “Thanks!­” I hope you will enjoy what you will and disregard any that appear to you to have been written in what may be best described as an addled mental and emotional condition.
I do not now nor ever have written poems with the intent of publication, but only to relieve tragedy of its bile and allow whimsy to lighten hearts.

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An exceedingly cockeyed cuckoo in a cuckoo clock strives to achieve the impossible. This ambitious bird desires nothing less than to,

“FLY BEYOND THAT MIDNIGHT TWELVE,
TO FLY BEYOND INFINITY!­”

Appealing to children as well as adults, this gentle whimsy astonishes with its ideas while inciting our laughter.

To tell more would spoil the story, which positively begs reading aloud.

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An exceedingly cockeyed cuckoo in a cuckoo clock strives to achieve the impossible. This ambitious bird desires nothing less than to,

“FLY BEYOND THAT MIDNIGHT TWELVE,
TO FLY BEYOND INFINITY!­”

Appealing to children as well as adults, this gentle whimsy astonishes with its ideas while inciting our laughter.

To tell more would spoil the story, which positively begs reading aloud.

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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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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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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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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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Though written for youngsters, these seven plays are suitable for audiences of all ages. All but one have been successfully produced in the U.­S. by amateur theatre companies as well as university theatre departments. You will find here simple plays in one act, as well as full-­length dramas epic in scope, comedies and melodramas. There is even a short radio play, which offers an illuminating moral, and a whimsical farce to be acted by clowns. These plays are also fun to read, and especially to read out loud.

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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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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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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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Should you be sufficiently adventurous as to purchase this volume of poetry, I say “Thanks!­” I hope you will enjoy at least some of my poems and disregard any that appear to you to have been written in what may be best described as an addled mental and emotional condition.­I do not now nor ever have written poetry with the intent of publication, but only for my personal enjoyment, be it cathartic to cleanse tragedy of its bile or whimsical to celebrate a comic vein. Consequently, you may find some of the poems whimsical and some cathartic without, of course, the addling of your mental or emotional condition.­Don Marquis, the poet whose wonderful creations, Archy the Cockroach and Mehitabel the Alley Cat, have given so much pleasure to so many people, wrote that, “Publishing a volume of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.­”He was right, of course, and still is right, at least when it comes to publishing a volume of poetry the . . .

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Though written for youngsters, these seven plays are suitable for audiences of all ages. All but one have been successfully produced in the U.­S. by amateur theatre companies as well as university theatre departments. You will find here simple plays in one act, as well as full-­length dramas epic in scope, comedies and melodramas. There is even a short radio play, which offers an illuminating moral, and a whimsical farce to be acted by clowns. These plays are also fun to read, and especially to read out loud.

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Atascadero! tells of the handsome Prince Paolo of Ipanema who falls in love with the beautiful Princess Miranda of Bahia. Unfortunately, Miranda’s beauty is only skin-­deep. Insulting her own father, mistreating her ladies-­in-­waiting, and rudely refusing Paolo’s wonderful gifts, the Prince, to teach her manners, takes on the guise of a swineherd. Taking with him two magical toys, which he knows will entice the Princess to misbehave in most alarming ways (and with most unexpected consequences), he’s ready—with the gleeful help of the pigs!­—to stir up a lot of mischief in the pigpen. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s folktale, The Swineherd (a story Andersen first heard as a bawdy German joke), this play takes the tale to Brazil where, with Samba dancing pigs and fighting Ladies-­in-­Waiting, all the salacious innuendos remain intact, though still suitable as family entertainment. As much fun to read as it is to experience on stage, this ebook of the play asks to be read out loud. . . .

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Do you have a theatre group that wants to do an epic melodrama, with equal parts comedy and terror? Here it is!­The ages-­old tale of the dwarf who changes straw into gold in exchange for the heroine’s first-­born is created anew in this highly entertaining epic melodrama. Successfully and elaborately produced in the U.­S. by a small theatre group, this play, which features intelligent dialogue and characters, is also a delight to read aloud.­Now offered at a modest price as an Ebook, for Theatrical Production, Performance Information is included in the script about the payment of royalties, which are reasonable and within the budgets of most non-­professional companies.

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