“The United States was two years into a World War that was taking its toll. Millions of young men of all nationalities had lost their lives already, with no end in sight. This terrible destruction brought a country, determined to win, to its knees and united those on the Home Front—united the boys on the field, in the air, and on the seas. In spite of this global concern that was in the forefront of everyone’s mind, the stories of our personal lives continued to be woven with humor, streaked with pain, and decorated with fond memories that would change our lives and the lives of our children forever. As many of us stumbled into Grace Diner on January 19, 1943, our lives were unraveling—war or no war…” Click here for more.
10F, 6M. Running time: 2 hours. Royalty: $75 per performance. Click here to contact Gwen Mansfield regarding licensing and royalties.
The Luggage of Ellis
Designed for high school and university settings where theatres still have the luxury of producing large cast shows, the script features 26 actors, including several children. The unit set functions with symbolic props to represent the different rooms of Ellis Island. For a few days the families meet and unexpectedly impact each other’s lives forever. As culture is exchanged, friendships formed, and sacrifices made, these families learn what is required to make a meaningful mark on humanity’s story. The script weaves world cultures through music, accents, and community, allowing actors and audience to experience the history of Ellis Island and the heritage of those landing from Ireland, Ukraine, and Italy.
6 Children, 7M, 13F. Running time: 2:05. Symbolic unit set. Royalty: $75 per performance. Click here to contact Gwen Mansfield regarding licensing and royalties.
Mrs. Boggart Says
From a mule farm in Missouri in 1923 comes a tale of legacy and a story of challenge. Rose Hayes and Clara and Madeline O’Neal live side-by-side on two mule farms, and while their families are woven together by proximity, they are also connected through a story uncovered by Rose. The former owner of Rose’s family farm, Mrs. Boggart, wrote her life story in the margins of her Bible. The former school teacher who retired to start a mule farm found herself a widow far too early. She was destined to open her doors to passers who came her way. The farm became an ordained orphanage and a home for unwed mothers, matching childless couples with unwanted babies. Click for more.
8F, 5M. Unit set. Running time: 1:20 without an intermission. Royalty: $50 per performance. Click here to contact Gwen Mansfield regarding licensing and royalties.