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California, Pennsylvania
May 2-4, 2019
An Evening of One Acts

250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419


California University of Pennsylvania's Department of Music and Theatre concludes its spring season by presenting "An Evening of One Acts" at 7 p.m. May 2-3, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 4. The student-directed event is open to the public and will be performed in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall on the Cal U. campus. Murder by Midnight by Jeff Goode, Christmas Breaks by Patrick Gabridge, and Dark Road by Laura Lundgren Smith will be performed. Subject matter may not be suitable for younger patrons. Ticket price is $12 for adults; $6 for those 55 and older and 12 and younger. For ticket information, or to charge tickets by phone, call the Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943. Participating in the performance are, from left, Marissa Sorenson, sophomore theater major from Corry; Jeromy Mackey, sophomore theater major from Waynesburg, and Amanda Rhoades, senior theater major from Bethel Park.
Greetings from California University of Pennsylvania Theatre Department.

We would like to request your permission to use the following play at our school: "Murder by Midnight", as part of our Student Directed One Acts in early May near the end of our Spring semester.

If you could please advise if this is permissible and the best way to purchase the script? Also, the amount of royalties owed for four performances if this meets with your approval, we would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. We look forward to your reply.

Lindsey Lawrence, Graduate Assistant
Janie Walmsley, Secretary/Office Manager
Cal U Theatre
California Univ of PA

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SOURCE: email 3/19 Lindsey Lawrence / Janie Walmsley


Belmont, Massachusetts
May 10 & 11, 2019
Student Directed One Act Play Festival
(Little Theater)
221 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA 02478
Friday & Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday matinee @ 4:00 p.m.

Join BHS-PAC for the annual Student Directed Festival of short plays. Featuring 10-minute plays directed by PAC Members, the One Acts are a mix of comedy, drama and everything in between. TICKET INFO: 7 PM SHOWS: ADULTS $12 / STUDENTS $5 SATURDAY 4 PM SHOW: ALL TICKETS $5 WHERE TO GET TICKETS: Tickets are now on sale online and at Champions in Belmont Center


Directed by Alice Turner and Grace Christensen

Dick Piston is a world-renowned hotel detective. A guest at the hotel comes to him, distressed by the murder of her husband. Hilarity and chaos ensue. THE BEST DADDY By Shel Silverstein
Directed by Jacob Makar-Limanov and Sam Lubarr
It's Lisa's birthday and she's getting a pony...
Or is she?

THE WEDDING STORY By Julianne Homokay
Directed by Liz Biondo and Sri Kaushik
An innocent attempt at a bedtime story quickly goes astray after the tale's characters begin to inform the storyteller that she has got the facts all wrong.

THE MIME CRIME By Jonathan Yukich
Directed by Alyssa Bodmer and Megan Bodmer
A seemingly ordinary mime appears to have a connection with recent mysterious murders in a park.

Directed by Alyssa Allen and Zoe Armstrong
The feud between the Hatplains and the McCroys has been in a slump for some time now, but perhaps a forbidden love between Romero McCroy and Julia Hatplain can get things going again.

THE GAME By Louise Bryant
Directed by Nathan Miller
Life and Death play a game of dice to decide the fates of two young people.

THE ZERO SUM MIND By Stephen Gregg
Directed By Sammy Haines
A group of people deal with the implications of the revelation that every time they learn something, they forget something else.

Mr. Goode,

Hello, I am interested in licensing performance rights for your play Murder by Midnight as part of a Student Directed Play Festival at Belmont High School in Massachusetts. The show would have three performances, May 10 and 11 as part of the festival. Please let me know what is required to secure these rights and about payment. We love your show and are very excited to include it in our Student Directed festival.


Ezra Flam

Ezra Flam
Belmont HS Theater Specialist
Performing Arts Company Producer/Director
617-993-5994 / bhs-pac.org

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SOURCE: email 4/9/19 Ezra Flam


Williamstown, Massachusetts
May 24-26, 2019
Spring Arts Weekend 2019

291 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. - Presentations by the Drama I & II classes (Theatre)

Allison Lerman-Gluck's
Drama I and II Classes
Theatre Presentations


Check Please
by Jonathan Rand
directedy by Lila Janski, Angus McPherson, and Junzhe Yan

Cast List
Girl, Pearl, Girl - Jusmaylin Melo
Ken, Guy, Brandon - Julian Minigiello

directed by Ava Freyer and Sophie Lane

Dick Piston - Aurora Sikelianos
Woman - Karleigh Bath
Bellhop - Maura Michalowski

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
by Charles M. Schulz
directed by Bryan Asare, Kayla Flaherty, and Addie Lane-Peterson

Kids at my child's school did one of you pieces

Haha. High school, but this is her last year. She's a filmmaker, and makes"immersive, experiential" video.

The kids that did your piece did it quite well, some double entendres went over the heads of older and younger audience members

All the actors were female

I'm curious how they stumbled across this piece. I'll have to interview the teacher

There's only 80 in the whole school. So casting is catch as catch can

It is a very low budget department. They do a lot of public domain or write their own. I'm guessing Williams College had a copy of that collection you referenced (it's the college next door)

I just moved to Chicago after 31 years of living in Mass. I know from beautiful property being sold and sub-divided

Allison Lerman-Gluck's bio:
In the fall, she will be joining the full-time faculty at Buxton School in Williamstown, MA as the drama teacher and theatre director.
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SOURCE: FB message 5/25/2019 from Deanna Meyers


Tampines, Tanah Merah, Singapore
May 30, 2019
Murder by Midnight + Intro to Drama

8 Somapah Road
Singapore 487372
Venue: LT5 (2.505)
Thursday @ 7:30pm

+ Intro to Drama
Organised by DSOC Drama Club

Showcase of a short detective comedy (~10 minutes, popcorns provided) to show how acting looks like. (Afterwards you can leave to catch up with other DiscoverSUTD sessions.) The show is then followed by introductory session to drama which includes a short presentation that outlines the goals of the club, and fun drama-related icebreakers / warm-ups.

Participants can expect to be be lightly entertained! See for yourself what we do at DSOC Drama find out if acting, directing, productions crew, playwriting or props-making is your thing.

Important Information
Date: 30 May
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue: LT5 (2.505)
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SOURCE: https://discover.sutd.dev/events.html#dsoc-drama


Anniston, Alabama
July 12, 2019
A Summer Night of One-Acts
1224 Noble Street
Anniston, AL 36201
Friday @ 7:00 p.m.

8 newer and new directors have created a fabulous night of one-acts under the Artistic Direction of Carrie Colton. Come see what Stephonn Ammons, Chloe Barnes, Dylan Curvin, Darrell Farmer, Dylan Hurst, Sterling Jenkins, Dani Ratliff, and Tristan Waid have cooked up for your entertainment!! All tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Come see what 8 new directors have created at CAST's fabulous night of one-acts! All tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. July 12 at 7:00--1224 Noble Street. Plays include adult content and adult language.

directed by Darrell Farmer

Dick Piston - Jay Jenkins
Woman - Ryleigh Freeman
Bellhop - Chris Roden

Hotel Detective Dick Piston is hoping for a quiet night at the Lakeview Hotel, but nights are never quiet in the big city. When a half-naked widow enters his office just before midnight, Dick Piston has only 10 minutes to solve her husband's brutal murder or risk losing the case to the dayshift.

Hello Jeff, I represent a non-profit community theatre group, CAST. I am writing to request a license to perform your work Murder by Midnight, to be performed on July 12, 2019. Please provide information concerning what will be required to secure the license. Thank you so much, Lynn G. Rice Production Chairman
Hi Jeff, My name is Darrell Farmer, and I am a member of CAST which is a community theatre group in Anniston, Alabama. CAST is offering an opportunity for actors/non-directors to learn to direct as well as direct a 1-act play that is 10-30 min in length. I was selected as 1 of those to direct, and as I searched for some, I came across one from you called Murder By Midnight. I immediately loved it, and I hope that we will be able to purchase the rights. I do believe CAST will reach out to you, to ask you, but I wanted to reach out to you myself. We will be performing it for 1 night maybe 2, and it is going to be for a learning experience and not really a pull for huge audience. There may only be 20-40 people in attendance and there are also other 1 Act shows performed the same night. In a sense, I would only need to use 4-5 scripts, and am curious about the cost. I would be greatly appreciative to hear back from you about the cost, and how or who we would need to reach out to. Thanks for your time, Darrell Farmer
CAST facebook page
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SOURCE: Darrell Farmer email 5/18/19
SOURCE: email 6/13/19 Lynn G. Rice


Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia
September 5-7, 2019
Acting Out (Season 4)

Macquarie Park Campus
69-71 Waterloo Rd
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Thursday & Friday @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets - $10 - $15

Written by Jeff Goode
Directed by Tristen Knox

Dick Piston is a 1930's Hotel Detective. 10 minutes out from finishing his shift, a woman comes barging in claiming she's been the victim of a hideous murder. Dick Piston has to try and solve this case within 10 minutes, without leaving the room, and all the while badly dodging the romantic advances of the woman.

Let There Be Bugs
Written and Directed by Tiana Pickstone

Why do we follow leaders? Whether that be a religious leader or a politician. Who are we under them? And are they actually for us? This play connects these ideas and brings them alive in the world of bugs! Self discovery is at the heart of Let There Be Bugs, which you'll discover as you go on a journey with the humble character, Caterpillar. Along the way she meets Ant, who represents government, and Moth, who represents religion. As these two major institutions battle it out for power and control, Caterpillar is left questioning their authenticity, which leaves her wondering - who is she?

Balancing Act
Written by Jonathan Solomon
Directed by Ebony Loloa

Have you ever felt like you just can't stop? Ever felt like every day is a blur? Ever felt working was your whole life, day in, day out, and you just don't know how to stop it? Even if you want to? Well then, like you, most people feel that way. Most people begin to take up things or hobbies such as ballet or yoga, or they may just go for a run every now and then to switch off. Not Andy. Andy loves being in a state of perpetual stress. He enjoys the nice cool air of the office air conditioner. The sweet warm taste of instant coffee that's so much better then the garbage you wait 4.54 seconds for at the cafˇ. And, getting up 32 minutes earlier everyday just so he can walk past Officeworks to see the binder folder window display that he fought with the manager to put up in the first place. Andy is a workaholic and he has a serious problem.

Dear Jeff, My name is Emily Lambert, I work as the Drama Coordinator at Excelsia College, which is a tertiary performing arts college in Sydney Australia. In a students final year of study, they participate in an Independent Project which is aimed to equip students with the skills to produce and stage a short play. One of our current third year students has expressed that they would like to utilise your play Murder by Midnight for this subject. I am emailing to find out if the rights are available to this play and if so how much they would be. Here is a little more information about the production: Name of venue: Exclesia College Theatre Contact Details: Emily Lambert emily.lambert@excelsia.edu.au 9819 8850 69-71 Waterloo Road Macquarie Park NSW, 2113 Date: 5th - 7th September 2019 Total number of performances: 4 Venue seating capacity: 155 Ticket Prices: Adult $15, Concession $10 We look forward to hearing from you in regards to the availability of this script. Many thanks, Emily Lambert Drama Coordinator
Hi Jeff, I would like to enquire about the potential of securing performance rights for your play "Murder by Midnight" published in the anthology Ten 10-Minute Plays: Volume III. I am a student currently completing my final year of a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts degree at Excelsia College in Sydney, Australia. I would like to use this script as part of a production which I will be getting assessed on. I have included some details about the proposed production below: Production Type: Education Proposed Dates: 15 - 17 August 2019 Performances: 4 Venue: Excelsia College Theatre Venue Capacity: 155 Price (full): $15 Price (concession): $10 Please note that all the actors are student volunteers who will not be getting paid for their time. Please contact me via email or mobile on +61 407 033 819 to discuss this query further. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards, Tristen Knox
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SOURCE: youthPLAYS production list
Tristen Knox email Emily Lambert email


Enid, Oklahoma
October 11 & 12, 2019
A Night of Addiction & Murder

221 N. Independence St.
Enid, OK 73701
Friday & Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.

A Night of Addiction & Murder

4 One-Act Plays - Gaslight Fundraiser


directed by Tammy Berry

starring Ashley McConnell and Jim Clark

"Murder by Midnight (by Jeff Goode) - Bungling hotel detective Dick Piston is hoping for a quiet night at the Lakeview Hotel. But the nights are never quiet in the big city. And when a half-naked widow staggers into his office just before midnight, Dick Piston has only ten minutes to solve her husband's brutal murder or risk losing her case to the day shift.


I read your play and wanted to inquire about getting the rights/license to produce this play as a fundraiser for our community theatre.

Gaslight theatre in Enid, OK
Sept or Oct 2019
1 performance
Thank you.

youthPLAYS production list:
10/11/2019 (2) Organization: GASLIGHT THEATRE
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SOURCE: email 3/28/19 Tammy Craun confirmed YP website


Surathkal, Karnataka, India
October 25, 2019
NOTE TO SELF: Surathkal is a "locality" in the city of Mangalore (Mangaluru), but I could not find any address for NITK that included Mangalore in the address. So better to use the address above for Silver Jubilee Auditorium
Surathkal -- Mangalore -- Karnataka -- India
In a Nutshell
An evening of 5 short plays

(Silver Jubilee Auditorium)
Dodda Kopla, Surathkal
Karnataka 575025
Friday - one night only!

Ever dream of getting out there Want to step out of your cage? If you want a chance in the spotlight Then In a Nutshell is your stage.

The Literary, Stage, and Debating Society is proud to present its annual series of short plays, In A Nutshell!


Hello, Sir!
I am writing this email on behalf of the Dramatics society of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India (NITK Surathkal).

We have successfully performed adapted versions of stories by O. Henry, Sadat Hasan Manto and plays such as 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', 'Fools', 'Deathtrap', 'And Then There Were None', etc. in the past.

We conduct a show called 'In a Nutshell' every October which is basically a compilation of 5 short and diverse plays. This show is non-ticketed (i.e entry is free) and will not feature sponsors nor will it generate revenue. It is held purely to provide an opportunity for budding theater enthusiasts to showcase their skills as well as an evening of entertainment for our college folks. The production will be staged in the premises of the college solely for students and faculty members.

We came across your play 'Murder By Midnight' and were interested in performing it as a part of the show. We will definitely give you credit as the author of the play.

Please do let us know of your decision or of any requests from your side.

Sankarshan Guru
Nutshell Coordinator, Dramatics Society
NITK Surathkal, India

The event is scheduled for Friday, October 25th 2019 06:30 pm IST (01:00 pm GMT).
Location : Silver Jubilee Auditorium, NITK Surathkal, India

This is Shankarshan Guru's facebook page - it features an In a Nut Shell poster from 2016. But the page has not been updated since 2016:
This is FB page for Literary, Stage & Debating Society, but it has not been updated since May of 2019:
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SOURCE: Sankarshan Guru email 8/8/2019


Camden, New Jersey
December 5-8, 2019
The Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival
(Black Box Studio)

314 Linden Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M.
Sunday at 5:00 P.M.

VMPA Theater presents

The Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival

Brevity is the soul of wit, and this smorgasbord of short comedies and dramas directed by Rutgers students is sure to be both brief and witty!


directed by Doaa Ouf

DICK PISTON ... Josh Feinbaum
BELLHOP ... Hunter Smith

Theater Program Presents Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival

By Tom McLaughlin

World premieres of two student-written plays will highlight the Rutgers University-Camden theater program's annual Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival.

Performances, which are free of charge and open to the public, are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec. 7; and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Black Box Studio on the Rutgers-Camden campus.

The Walk, written by senior English major Matt Fulton of Browns Mills, dramatizes the story of America's first mass shooter, Howard Unruh, who gunned down 13 people in Camden in 1949.

"We're looking to create a conversation," explains director Hunter Smith, a senior theater major from Medford Lakes. "This man has so many ties to themes we talk about today: PTSD, sexual/mental abuse, homosexuality, bullying, and so many more. Through this play, we not only look at the murderer, but at society as well."

The play features senior theater major Anthony Diaz of Cherry Hill in the role of Unruh.

Tensions rise at an Italian restaurant when a young woman confronts her parents with dramatic news in The Dinner by Starla Blatcher, a junior film studies major from Haddon Township. Directed by Courtney Miller, a junior film studies major from Williamstown, the cast features Rachel Aspen, a sophomore double major in theater and childhood studies from Deptford, as Jennifer, the young woman with a secret.

The tone of the festival is lightened by two short comedies directed by Doaa Ouf, a senior double major in art and theater from Cairo, Egypt. Murder by Midnight by Jeff Goode features the classic themes of film noir as hotel detective Dick Piston, played by senior theater major Josh Feinbaum from Voorhees, who has only ten minutes to crack the case. Film Appreciation by David Susman explores the ups and downs of relationships through a direct conversation between the audience and Trisha, played by senior accounting major Sarah D'Agostino from Haddon Township.

The Black Box Studio is located in the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers-Camden campus. Get directions to Rutgers-Camden

Eric Zavadsky email 10/2/19:
Hello Mr. Goode,

One of our students at Rutgers University - Camden has shown a strong interest in producing your play Murder by MIdnight as part of our annual One Act Festival. With that, we are interested in acquiring performance rights.

We are currently planning four performances from December 5th through the 8th. As it is a primarily student-run event, there will be no ticket sales or profit being made for ourselves or the University. The space that the production takes place is a generic Black Box space that you'd see at any other university theater department.

If you have any clarifying questions, please let me know.

Warm regards,

Eric Zavadsky
Production Manager
Rutgers University - Cam

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SOURCE: Eric Zavadsky email 10/2/19 confirmed on YP website