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Moving On - Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy

Moving On

Maureen Brady Johnson

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Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy


ISBN: 9780874403107

"Moments of comic genius - huge laughs with each of her lines" - Justin Steensma, Managing Director, Pro Musica Tours, NY

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: Acting Edition
: Large Print
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
$45 per short play individually

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Collection / Anthology

Dramatic Comedy

40 minutes


Scene work, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Winner! 2008 Kansas City Women’s Playwriting Contest
Finalist! 2001 Heidemann Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Finalist! 2007 Eileen Heckart Senior Drama Play Competition

This collection is filled with winners. Every play is an award winner and has been performed around the country. Each part gives an actress a chance to put in a winning performance. From the quirky characters in Rock, Paper, Scissors to the exercising ladies in Harvesting the Marigold Seeds; from the two caretakers of all the unborn babies in Limbo and with the final appearance of God, these characters will delight audiences from start to finish. Moving On is a hilarious evening of short plays that will have the audience laughing, crying and thinking about how women face the challenges of moving on while staying connected to the past. A winning combination!

"Moments of comic genius - huge laughs with each of her lines" - Justin Steensma, Managing Director, Pro Musica Tours, NY

"A palpable hit for an enthusiastic audience" - Alan Woods, ICWP Archives at the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, The Ohio State University

"The beauty of these plays is that the playwright doesn't tell you how to play it, she leaves the door open for you to discover the richness of the subtext." - Rose Leininger, Artistic Director, Red Hen Productions

Rock, Paper, Scissors was a 2001 finalist and nominated for the Heidemann Award in the Actors Theatre of Loisville National Ten-Minute Play Contest. The play was first presented by The Brief Acts Company, a Division of Love Creek Productions Network, at the Parker Theatre at the Algonquin Theatre in New York City on July 23, 2008. It was directed by Steven Barrett. Harvesting the Marigold Seeds was first presented at the Red Hen Theatre Cleveland, Ohio, in June 2005. It was directed by Rose Leininger and subsequently won the 2008 Kansas City Women’s Playwriting Contest. Limbo was first presented by the Red Hen Theatre in August 2007 and was a finalist in the 2007 Eileen Heckart Senior Drama Play Competition. It was directed by Rose Leininger.





All Female, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting

BUTTERFLY - 27. She is a hippie-wannabe.
KATE - 27. A new mother who’d rather be doing anything else.
DOTTIE - 27. Definitely a pastel green person who swears there is a neon yellow inside her dying to get out.

MARY - 48, single. Teacher. Lived at home all of her life taking care of her mother who just recently entered an assisted living home. Wears a big-eyed cat t-shirt to exercise.
CAMILLE - Late 50s, married. Gently opinionated. She wears a t-shirt to exercise that says, “Good Morning is an oxymoron”.
ANNIE - 28. Teaches dance at the local college. Wears a “Race for the Cure” t-shirt.
GRACE - Late 60s to 70s. Potter/Gallery owner. Wears a t-shirt that says “Art. Ask for More”.

AUGUSTA and THOMASINA - caretakers of Limbo

Maureen Brady Johnson

Maureen Brady Johnson

Maureen Brady Johnson has been writing, teaching and directing for over thirty years. Her first ten minute play, Rock, Paper, Scissors was a finalist for the National Ten Minute Play contest for Actor’s Theatre Louisville. Her plays are published by Samuel French and Brooklyn Plays and have been performed all over the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and in England. Ms. Johnson is also ... view full profile

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