Published Family Plays (all ages)

PINOCCHIO  3.5

Computer magnate Gill Bates has the greatest software company on earth, billions of dollars, and more power than he ever dreamed of…but there’s still something missing in his life: children. So he builds a little robot named Pinocchio to keep him company. But this mischievous little bundle of microchips has his own headful of ideas about how to enjoy life, including following two shadowy characters into worlds of increasing consumer frenzy. What follows is a wacky, charming 21st-century retelling of the 19th-century classic about what it takes to become a real human being, for both father and child.

“A socially plugged-in, gleefully referential work.” — American Theatre

“A fast-paced action comedy that’s a blast to watch…a charming, delightful diversion.” –-The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Coble’s clever re-telling is an electric adventure for the entire silicon set.” –Atlanta Journal-Constitution

45-55 minutes; 2 women, 3 men (4-9 actors possible); Unit set.

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CINDERELLA  CONFIDENTIAL

The prince has the shoe. He’s ready to wed. But who’s the woman behind the foot? Two investigative reporters—Deb Jabber from Action News Day Now and Sonny Glamour from Glitter Kingdom Today—compete for the scoop of the century, interviewing everybody from a fairy godmother in desperate need of a day-planner to mice in the witness protection program. Look for cameos from Pinocchio, Jack and his cow and other celebrities in this no-holds-barred expose of the timeless love story and what it means to find—and TELL—the truth.

“This reworking of Cinderella’s story for the media age works magic for adults, too.” — Cleveland Scene Magazine

“Freshens up what can be a shopworn tale with smiles and laughs, while making a social comment on our time. Perfectly fun!” — Cleveland Plain Dealer

50 minutes; 2 men, 2 women, (4-13 actors, gender flexible); Area staging.

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PECOS  BILL  AND  THE  GHOST  STAMPEDE

Let’s get larger than life! When the biggest herd of cattle west of the Mississippi disappears during the worst drought in history, it’s weird. But when that herd transforms into ghosts, leveling everything in its path…well, now we’re into Pecos Bill tall-tale country. Young Missy Cougar-Wildcat has always wished she could live an adventure as big as her home state, and when the roughest, rowdiest cowboy of all enters her world, she quickly find herself up to her braids in a brand new hoot-n-holler legend packed with action, laughs…and the world’s largest prairie dog!

“With one layer of action appealing to kids, the next layer amusing adults, it’s a fast-paced whimsical romp that will electrify imaginations.” — Akron Beacon Journal

“A rip-snorting tale full of fun and thrills!” — Cleveland Call and Post

50 minutes; 2 men, 2 women, (extras as desired (up to 7,000 in herd of cattle, for example); Area staging.

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THE  EMPEROR’S  NEW  CLOTHES


Book and lyrics by Eric Coble. Music and additional lyrics by Kenneth Kacmar and Bill Hoffman.
A Caribbean musical adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale! It’s a big day on the tiny island of Little Iguana: it’s young Jasmin Martin’s birthday. Her wish is simple-to spend the day making sand castles with her parents and to try on the beautiful simple sash her father bought her. But the Emperor of the island sets all the fashion standards -from high-tops to headgear-and poor Jasmin’s big day doesn’t stand a chance against the thrills of the runway. Then “magic” tailor Uriah “Buzz” Butler swims ashore (having been kicked off the island of Little Barracuda for starting a rebellion), and he has his own ideas for a clothing line. Now the Emperor, his subjects, and the whole island are in for a shock. This charming version features song styles of the Caribbean-Calypso, Reggae, Ska, and even a hat-and-cane number (as well as audience participation and the most amazing loom you’ll ever see on a stage)—all to make the point that clothes don’t make the human!

“[This] hilarious, Caribbean-flavored Emperor’s New Clothes is an audience-participatory blast with a sneaky little moral.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Full of the little things kids love with a hilarious denouement worth the wait. Judging from the reaction of the young audience, the play’s title character was the only one who didn’t leave in stitches.” —St. Petersburg Times

45 minutes; 1 woman, 3 either gender, may be expanded to 20 or more of either gender); Area staging.

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VOTE?


Election Day. Eighteen-year-old Nicole Harrison registered to vote when she got her license but has no intention of casting a ballot today. Why bother? Too many better things to do. As her friends argue about the worth of trying to voice any opinion, Nicole suddenly finds herself slipping into the freezing cold. And in the blink of an eye, she’s right in the middle of Valley Forge in January 1778. Nicole fights to return to her own time while her compatriots battle for the very right she so casually dismisses. Sliding through time and historical events, standing beside women, minorities and young people all demanding their rights, Nicole discovers just how many shoulders we’re standing on every time we step into a voting booth.

“A wonderful timeless piece. It should be required viewing for all Americans.” —Paper Mill Playhouse

“A play that gets to kids before the politicians do, and says we can make a difference. What better message is there than that?” — Folio Weekly

“Drama that kindles the democratic spirit.” — St. Petersburg Times

50 minutes; 2 men, 3 women (may be expanded to 20 actors of either gender); Area staging.