Adam and Evangeline

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes
• style: gothic satire
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (19 female, 6 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Adam and Evangeline” is set in the Canadian wilderness in 1919. The matriarch of a wealthy family has spent the family’s fortune on the construction of an airship on which the family and their servants hope to escape from an apocalyptic fire that will consume the earth.

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Alpha Omega

by Richard Stuart Dixon
© Richard Stuart Dixon, 2003

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 40 minutes
• style: ensemble drama
• suitable for general audiences
• 19 characters (10 female, 9 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

“Alpha Omega” is an allegorical tale of rebellion against rigid dogma on an ancient space vessel that is beginning to malfunction.

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Audition in Black

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: allegorical comedy
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (18 female, 9 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Audition in Black”  takes place during a rehearsal of a production of “Hamlet” in a traditional theatre. A young woman awaiting an audition witnesses the turmoil of the rehearsal, but no one but the caretaker and stage manager seems to know she’s there.

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Blüddengütz

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes
• style: clown satire
• suitable for general audiences
• 23 characters (gender interchangeable)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

Blüddengützis an impoverished medical institute in pre-World War One Europe. Doktor Gütmann, the head of the institute, tries to raise money by promoting Blüddengütz as a holiday spa for rich people.

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Bulge

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: satire
• suitable for general audiences
• 26 characters (17 female, 9 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Bulge is a suburban satire about a boy who must give a speech at his high school, and who grows strange bulges all over his body as he makes his way to school on the morning of the speech day.

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Coldark Castle

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: English gothic farce
• suitable for general audiences
• 22 characters (17 female, 5 male)
• roles can be split or doubled
• gender-flexible casting
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

Coldark Castle” takes place in an English castle just before World War One. A German spy and two ghosts create chaos among the quirky denizens of the castle. In the end, love and British pluck save the day!

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Crabby Old Man

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes
• style: domestic satire
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (14 female, 11 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

Crabby Old Man* is the story of the last day of Chuck Mudrack’s life. He must endure the persistent bickering of his family and the aches and pains of his declining health, but he puts up a spirited resistance to the varied assaults on his human dignity.

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Cyborg Alley

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: post-apocalypse clown play
• suitable for general audiences
• 26 characters (18 female, 8 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Cyborg Alley is a clown play about a gritty, divided community in an impoverished post-apocalypse urban zone. When two cyborgs are discovered in a crypt, the community’s seething survivalism erupts into mayhem and  disaster.

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Dreaming Lady

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 40 minutes.
• style: lyrical drama
• suitable for general audiences
• 28 characters (20 female, 8 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary Statement of Script Content:

• “Dreaming Lady  is a dreamlike tale of a group of runaway families aboard a sailing ship. They sail westward toward unknown shores, enduring dissension, hardships and doubt. Becalmed, they’re threatened by a pirate ship and must decide upon a drastic course of action.

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Dr. Nancy

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: satirical realism
• suitable for general audiences
• 20 characters (11 female, 9 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

 “Dr. Nancy is a young woman who is tyring to get through her first day at her new counselling clinic in the inner city. She discovers that her dream of helping others is great deal more taxing than she’d anticipated.

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Filthy Dougie

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: fairy tale clown play
• suitable for general audiences
• 21 characters  (gender interchangeable)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Filthy Dougie  is a comic fairy tale about an exiled prince who is used by a witch who wants to take control of the Kingdom of Oopsy-Daisy.

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Gallery

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 50 minutes.
• style: satirical realism
• suitable for general audiences
• 24 characters (19 female, 5 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Gallery is a light, quirky satire about a group of students competing to win an art contest at a newly-opened gallery.

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Granny Torkelson Goes to Sea

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: clown comedy
• suitable for general audiences
• 27 characters (gender interchangeable)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

 Granny Torkelson Goes to Sea”  is a full-steam-ahead clown play in which the inveterate nincumpoop Granny Torkelson creates havoc on a cruise ship, causing it to run aground on an uncharted island where secret experiments are being conducted.

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Greatland

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

• running time: approx. 50 minutes.
• style: tragic melodrama
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (18 female, 7 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

• “Greatland is a tragic fable about a blighted nation that oppresses an ethnic minority, resulting in the destruction of the nation.

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Harry’s Dog

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: clown play
• suitable for general audiences
• 17 characters (11 female, 6 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Harry’s Dog is an unabashed clown play in which a neurotic robot goes on a rampage in a funeral home.

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Janie’s Bedroom

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: satirical clown play
• suitable for general audiences
• 26 characters (15 female, 11 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Janie’s Bedroom  is a satire about a magical head who appears in a Canadian teenage girl’s bedroom, thus setting off an international uproar. Whimsical and sometimes bizarre, the play roundly lampoons various iconic cultural norms that permeate personal and public life.

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Jenny Logan

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: light dramatic realism
• suitable for general audiences
• 22 characters (18 female, 4 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Jenny Logan  is a light realist drama set in the airport of a remote rural community in the winter of 1960. An unmarried pregnant girl challenges the social orthodoxy of that time, and helps the people in her life reconcile their prejudices by rekindling their capacity for compassion.

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Johnny Flamingo and the Tough Talking Dames

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes
• style: clown parody of film noir
• suitable for general audiences
• 30 characters (20 female, 10 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary Statement of Script Content:

• “Johnny Flamingo and the Tough Talking Dames is a lighthearted, clownish romp through the shadowy world of film noir. Intrepid private investigator Johhny Flamingo searches for a femme-fatale’s missing sister and finds himself embroiled in the supernatural schemes of two all-female gangs, a pair of gypsy fortune-tellers, a mad doctor, and a group of zombies.

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Laura Secord

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes
• style: historical fantasy
• suitable for general audiences
• 27 characters (18 female, 9 male)
• roles can be split or merged, and are gender-flexible
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• Real and imaginary people, places, and events are woven into this fictional and fantastical account of Laura Secord’s famous adventure during the War of 1812 in Canada. Laura must go into the forest on a journey to warn Lieutenant Fitzgibbon about the American plan to attack his troops. On her journey, she encounters spirits and apparitions who symbolize the Canadian wilderness, a place of deep mystery that both threatens and enchants her.

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Ludmila Pavlichenko

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: episodic drama
• suitable for general audiences
• 17 characters (10 female, 7 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

“Ludmila Pavlichenko” is the fictionalized story of a World War Two sniper who fought with the Red Army during the sieges of Odessa and Sevastopol in 1941-42.

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Mobbrat Elementary

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: satirical realism
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (17 female, 8 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

• “Mobbrat Elementary” examines the anarchic antics of a group of primary school children as they playfully test each other’s boundaries during a noon hour in May.

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Murkolump

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 40 minutes.
• style: allegorical clown play
• suitable for general audiences
• 27 characters (gender interchangeable)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Murkolump”  is an allegorical tale of a community who discover a “lump” in their midst. The community is divided in their opinions about the lump’s significance. This leads to suspicion, hostility, and ultimately, to civil war. They fight to defend what they love, and to defeat what they hate, but the thing they love and the thing they hate is nothing at all.

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Providence

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: comedic parable
• suitable for general audiences
• 27 characters (20 female, 7 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content for “Providence:

• A group of actors arrive in a village and put on an epic play about a besieged garrison in a desert. The villagers are drawn into the play and their vices and virtues are put to the test.

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Refugee Camp 25

by Richard Stuart Dixon,  Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 50 minutes.
• style: ensemble drama
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (18 female, 7 male)
• most roles are gender-interchangeable
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Refugee Camp 25  is an ensemble play that features five ironic stories about fictional refugees.

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Rising and Falling – a Tragic Romance

by Richard Stuart Dixon,  Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 50 minutes.
• style: satirical realism
• suitable for general audiences
• 27 characters (14 female, 13 male)
• roles can be split or doubled
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Rising and Falling  is a comedic cautionary tale, offering four stories that explore four stages of romantic love.

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Rose-Lisa and the Magic Stones

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: fairy tale
• suitable for general audiences
• 21 characters (16 female, 5 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

 “Rose-Lisa and the Magic Stones  is a fairy tale about a fractious little village that’s visited by an old woman who offers to save the inhabitants from a natural catastrophe.

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Rotten Not Forgotten

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: satire
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (13 female, 12 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Rotten Not Forgotten takes a wry and clownish look at death, food, and love when a small-town man and woman refuse to bury their dead spouses.

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Sector Nine

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: post-apocalypse melodrama
• suitable for general audiences
• 27 characters (18 female, 9 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

Sector Nineis set in the future, after a catastrophic environmental collapse. An urban militia controls the downtrodden masses, using their nominal leaders as puppets. An unlikely heroine emerges, leading to the collapse of corrupt authority and the regeneration of hope.

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Shiloh

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 50 minutes.
• style: ensemble tragedy
• suitable for general audiences
• 21 characters (10 female, 11 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Shiloh  is set in a small town during the US Civil War. A Rebel deserter hides in the forest near the town and falls in love with the widow of a Union soldier killed at the Battle of Shiloh.

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Snowy Mountain

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: light dramatic realism
• suitable for general audiences
• 23 characters (18 female, 5 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Snowy Mountain  is the story of a group of townspeople and bus passengers who find themselves changed by unexpected circumstances on the evening of December 24, 1945.

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Spacebus

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 50 minutes
• style: satire
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (gender interchangeable)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Spacebus” takes place on a “spacebus” travelling to a distant planet. The passengers and crew become enmeshed in a mishmash of deepening conflicts as conditions on the spacebus deteriorate and the universe teeters on the brink of disaster.

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Spaceship

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 50 minutes.
• style: satirical realism
• suitable for general audiences
• 25 characters (17 female, 8 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• In “Spaceship soul-searching turmoil erupts in a suburban neighbourhood when a large spaceship manifests on a family’s back lawn.

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Staffroom

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: satire
• suitable for general audiences
• 20 characters (13 female, 7 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• In “Staffroom” a group of high school teachers celebrate the joys, sorrows, banalities, and absurdities of their professional lives in the public school system.

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Subway Redux

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production notes:

running time: approx. 55 minutes.
• style: post structural satire
• suitable for general audiences
• 27 characters (20 female, 7 male)
• roles can be split or doubled
• black-box staging (no set required)

• “Subway Redux  examines the ambiguous converging and diverging of language and action as private and public agendas conflict deep underground in an urban subway station.

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Summer Rain – An Act of Union

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: post-structural melodrama
• suitable for general audiences
• 26 characters (16 female, 10 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Summer Rain – An Act of Union  is the story of a high school student trapped by cultural expectations embedded in language.

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Sundenfall

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 60 minutes.
• style: gothic drama
• suitable for general audiences
• 23 characters (17 female, 6 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “Sundenfall”  is a  tale set in a remote castle in Germany during World War One. A countess in the grip of madness summons her resources and her will to bring about the creation of monstrosity in the service of grief.

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The Cold Gray Sea

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

© Richard Stuart Dixon, 2006

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 50 minutes.
• style: satirical drama
• suitable for general audiences
• 28 characters (19 female, 9 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• “The Cold Gray Sea  is a mythic, satirical tale about a childlike man and woman who emerge from the sea as if in fulfillment of an ancient prophesy. Their appearance prompts a crisis in which rigid religious orthodoxy struggles to maintain legitimacy in response to a series of destabilizing events.

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The Red Flag

by Richard Stuart Dixon
© Richard Stuart Dixon, 2009

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 40 minutes
• style: political tragedy
• suitable for general audiences
• 12 characters (7 female, 5 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

The Red Flagis the story of a group of people who get drawn into the machinations of a revolutionary movement in a country in which oppressive political and economic institutions force difficult moral choices, with tragic results.

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Waiting for English

by Richard Stuart Dixon

© Richard Stuart Dixon, 2007.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes
• style: ensemble, satirical realism
• suitable for general audiences
• 23 characters (18 female, 5 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary Statement of Script Content:

• “Waiting for English follows the joys and sorrows of a group of high school students who explore (due to the absence of their teacher) an unexpected opportunity for group intimacy.

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Winterfall

by Richard Stuart Dixon, Good School Plays.

Production Notes:

• running time: approx. 45 minutes.
• style: ensemble tragedy
• suitable for general audiences
• 18 characters (11 female, 7 male)
• black-box staging (no set required)

Summary of Script Content:

• The citizens of the village of “Winterfallgather to tell a tale of a dark event. There has been an insurrection in the capital. The village has been inevitably drawn into the conflict, with tragic results.

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