Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays

These four one-act musical plays span such seemingly incompatible subjects as White House secretarial chit-chat, construction site visitations by the Virgin Mary and flop house plumbing, are all unified by a sense of irony, irreverence and, finally, compassion for the work-a-day lives of their characters. Each one-act can be licensed separately.

After being deserted in her wheelchair while her cranky nurse goes shopping, the title character of AGNES persuades a stranger to kill her, thus releasing her from her limited and unhappy life.

In BREAK, two construction workers achieve new insight into their lunch hour woes when the Virgin Mary pays them an unexpected and confused visitation.

The sundry characters of EULOGY FOR MISTER HAMM wait on line to use their flop house’s one available bathroom, and find they must unwillingly band together when they fear that their superintendent may be dead.

The action of LUCKY NURSE takes place in a single night. Madge, a nurse who works with newborns, worries about having to put her dog to sleep because he’s getting too old. Her friend Jerry leaves his shift to cruise a singles bar where he meets and seduces Sherri. Afterwards, Sherri takes a cab home and meditates on her frequent one-night-stands, but the driver upsets her and she jumps out. Finally, the cabbie ends up at the hospital to have a look at the baby he abandoned only hours ago while Madge looks on and wonders, unknowingly, how anyone could desert their child in the middle of a cold night.

75 minutes


Michael John LaChiusa

Michael John LaChiusa

Book, Music & Lyrics Michael John LaChiusa is a five–time Tony® Award-nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine and Chronicle of a Death...

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"Michael John LaChiusa has a heightened hothouse style reminiscent of that in Leonard Bernstein’s TROUBLE IN TAHITI, with everyone singing intensely about seemingly mundane matters."

The New York Times


1 Musician


Production Materials

Included in your license are the following cast and crew scripts. These materials will be shipped upon receipt of payment if your license request is approved.

6 Cast Script/Vocal Books

A combination of the show’s full script and the full vocal book. All dialogue within each song is printed in the score to prevent flipping back and forth during rehearsals. All books are spiral-bound and double-sided.

2 Director’s Scripts

A single-sided, spiral-bound script designed with plenty of space for the director to take notes and add blocking during the rehearsal process.

1 Stage Manager’s Script

A single-sided, three-hole punched script that can be inserted into your three-ring binder.

2 Piano/Vocal Scores

This piano score includes all vocal parts. It can be used during the rehearsal process and during performance.

Promotional Resources

Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays Logo Pack

Official Logo Pack

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Includes color and black and white high-resolution logo files in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.

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Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays Official Show Artwork

Official Show Artwork


Creating artwork for your performance has never been easier – customize online in minutes, download a print-ready PDF, order printed posters, access layered files.

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Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays Promotion Kit & Social Media Guide

Social Media Marketing Kit


Includes everything you need to plan and implement the promotion of your show – 50+ graphics for social media, original show specific content, social media guide, promotion calendar and press release template.

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