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.
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 Foretold. LaChiusa’s acclaimed off-Broadway...
"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
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.