New Titles of the Month: February Edition

Fresh from the presses and bursting with potential, these titles are primed for your production! Discover the latest releases from Broadway Licensing Global and bring a touch of magic to your stage.

Dramatists Play Service

Continuity by Bess Wohl

It’s magic hour in the New Mexico desert as an exhausted film crew races against the setting sun to shoot their blockbuster (but artsy) action movie, which takes place on an arctic (Styrofoam) ice floe, and features an ecoterrorist plotting a bombing mission to save all of humankind (supposedly). As the clock ticks and the desert sun beats down on the not-so-frozen landscape, personalities clash, artistic vision meets Hollywood demands, and the gap between fiction and science grows wider than ever. A dark but hilarious “play in six takes,” CONTINUITY interrogates the role of storytelling in a world on the brink of actual environmental crisis.

The Making of a Great Moment by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Mona Barnes and Terry Dean are actors on a mission: As members of the Victoria Canada Bicycle Theatre Company, they aspire to change people’s lives with the power of theater—while traveling by bicycle and camping out on the side of the road. Their show is Great Moments in Human Achievement, an exploration of humanity’s great forward leaps throughout history. The “theaters” are makeshift, the camping is uncomfortable, and bicycling sixty miles is exhausting. But Mona and Terry’s greatest challenge is within themselves: Why have they chosen to do what they do? Does it have impact? Is their life’s work worth the effort or should they give up? As their tour grinds forward, the questions only mount as they reckon with the scope and significance of their own lives. What will their Great Moment be?

The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard

Winner of the 1984 Tony Award® for Best Play

Henry is a successful playwright married to Charlotte, who has the lead role in his latest play about adultery. Her co-star, Max, is married to another actress, Annie, and Annie and Henry are madly in love. As Henry navigates his personal and creative passions, the line between truth and fiction is blurred in this devastating portrait of love, performance, and the “real thing.”

On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard

adapted from Einen Jux will er sich machen by Johann Nestroy

Two naughty grocer’s assistants go on a wild spree to Vienna when their master skips town with his new mistress. A free adaptation of the nineteenth-century farce by Johann Nestroy, On The Razzle is a boisterous reimagination of a classic.

Fucking Men by Joe DiPietro, adapted from La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler

Fucking Men is a free-wheeling adaptation of the 19th century play La Ronde, in which ten men in ten scenes sleep with and seduce one another; each encounter subtly, sometimes radically, changing their lives. The search for emotional fulfillment—the thread that connects the episodes in La Ronde—is given fresh resonance in Tony Award®-winning playwright Joe DiPietro’s hilarious and heartwarming take on the German classic, transposed to the gay subculture in contemporary Manhattan.

Frankenstein by Victor Gialanella

From the novel by Mary Shelley

Set in nineteenth-century Switzerland, this classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Purchasing cadavers from two unsavory grave robbers, he give life to a creature both hideous and touching—and so physically powerful and mentally twisted that he soon brings death or destruction to all who stand in his way. Adhering more closely to the original novel than did the famous motion picture versions, the play blends moments of brooding terror and sudden shock with questions of morality and the dangers of unrestrained scientific inquiry.


I Heard You Were Dead by Don Zolidis

Constantine Wright spent his sophomore year in high school surviving lymphocytic leukemia. But going back to school for his junior year might be harder than beating cancer. Especially since the girl of his dreams, Chloe Jimenez, doesn’t realize she inadvertently saved his life. With the help of his best friend Piper, who specializes in writing steamy werewolf fan fiction, he tries to formulate a plan to win her over. But Piper has issues of her own, and needs Constantine’s help as much as he needs hers. A play about love, friendship, trauma, and recovery.

If All the Sky Were Paper by Andrew Carroll

After bestselling author Andrew Carroll found a riveting, heartfelt letter written by a distant cousin deployed as a pilot in World War II, he embarked on a trip to all fifty states and to more than thirty countries across the globe, including two active war zones, in search of more wartime correspondences. The letters and emails he found—by combat troops, medics, nurses, and chaplains, as well as family members on the home front and civilians caught in the crossfire of battle—came to represent to Carroll the “world’s great undiscovered literature.” They weren’t just about warfare, he realized, they were about the human condition itself—love and longing, courage and resilience, grief and hope, compassion and mercy, and, ultimately, reconciliation. Carroll’s journey, which is at times harrowing but also humorous, creates the narrative arc of the show. Already performed in high schools and colleges, community theatres, and major venues, including the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., across the country, If All the Sky Were Paper is a play that is both timely and timeless.

Lysistrata adapted by Ellen McLaughlin

This fresh, fast-paced comedy, inspired by the Aristophanes play, follows Lysistrata, an Athenian who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: All Greek women must refuse to engage in lovemaking until the men see reason, lay down their arms, and come home to lie down with their wives in peace. The women agree to make the sacrifice and all hell breaks loose as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?

Ajax in Iraq by Ellen McLaughlin

Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin’s mash-up of Sophocles’ classic tragedy Ajax with the modern-day Iraq war. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a female American soldier serving in Iraq. Both are models of valor in combat, and both pay a price for their valor as they struggle within themselves. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, AJAX IN IRAQ explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.

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