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The Shadow Box

by Michael Cristofer

Licensor: Samuel French
The setting for "The Shadow Box" is three cottages on the grounds of a large hospital. Three tales unfold, at first serially, and then simultaneously. Each tale features a person who is dying. Each person is surrounded by loved ones. All are trying to face and make sense of death. The first family we meet is the most conventional. Joe, a working class husband and father, is joined by his wife Maggie, who, in denial of Joe's impending death is afraid to enter the cottage. Their son, Stephen, age 14, has not yet been told of his father's terminal condition. The second family consists of Brian, who is brutally forthright about his demise; Mark, his doting lover; and Beverly, Brian's wild ex-wife who comes to visit them. The third family is a feisty, blind, and wheelchair-bound mother, Felicity, and dutiful daughter, Agnes. An off-stage character, "the interviewer," pops in and out of the scenes, offering insight into the various characters through questioning.
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The Impossible Years

by Robert Fisher and Arthur Marxe

(Drama / Comedy)
Licensor: DPS
Jonathan Kingsley, a university psychiatrist who specializes in problems of adolescence,is shocked to learn that his 17-year-old daughter, Linda, has been arrested for picketing on campus. Fearing that the incident will cost him an important appointment, he decides to put an end to his daughter's slovenly ways. He blames the boy next door for many of her problems and suggests that she enlarge her circle of friends. When she follows his advice and invites new friends to the house, the noise makes it impossible for Jonathan to work on his book. Reluctantly, he agrees to let Linda go to Catalina Island with friends for a weekend. When she returns from the trip, Linda has become a sophisticated young lady. Although she finally confesses to her parents that she has secretly married, she refuses to divulge her husband's identity for fear that her parents will have the marriage annulled. Jonathan calls together several of Linda's boyfriends,and the hysterical Linda runs away,pursued by her father on a motorcycle. The chase ends on campus when Jonathan is dumped at the feet of the school board,which has just appointed him head of the new psychiatric clinic. Linda's husband is revealed to be Jonathan's colleague,Richard Merrick,and all seems to be ending happily,until Linda's younger sister runs into the house with a new boyfriend following her.

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by Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle

Licensor: MTI
'Tintypes' chronicles the growing pains of a nation in a musical revue that takes the audience back to turn of the century America, when the innocent, slower-paced days of ice cream socials and hoop skirts are giving way to a bustling world of automobiles, electricity and the telephone, where American optimism and ingenuity run high in leaders like J.P. Morgan, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.It is also a time of growing social turmoil, as increased immigration begins to change the cultural and ethnic makeup of the nation.
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Children’s Show - Music Machine

A kid's musical with 14 songs that are value oriented.

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