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Performance rights to all the plays and musicals listed below are available from either the author or publisher as noted. Every script has been produced, tried and tested before a live ticket-paying audience. Information about most of those productions can be seen at www.OnStageLive.ca. Any queries can be made directly by email. Thank you!

FADED SHORTS
Written by Len Cuthbert

Faded Shorts

SYNOPSIS
A collection of 7 unique short plays about the mysteries of life and beyond.

THEMES
Death, disease, relatives, WW2, future, relativity, space, artificial intelligence, time travel, Rostock, Germany

CAST
2-12 female (20's)
1 flexible (20's)

LENGTH
1 Hour

PREMIERE PRODUCTION
Fridge Door Live Theatre Company in London, Ontario
Date TBA
Featuring: Naomi Simpson, Cheyenne McLean, Lauryn Andersson, Sarah From

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REUNITED SHORTS
Written by Len Cuthbert

Reunited Shorts

SYNOPSIS
A collection of 6 unique short plays about reunions; the awkward, humorous and emotional experience of humans coming together ... again.

Reunions can be anything, from joyous to awkward, angry to confusing. London-area playwright Len Cuthbert touches all those bases and more in his Reunited Shorts. The show is comprised of scenes from six outstanding short plays about reunion. It is performed by five talented young actors, including Fynn Cuthbert, Aaron Mayordomo, Naomi Simpson, Emma Vanderkuyl and Haley Kriz.

Len Cuthbert's scripts for each of the six vignettes are taut and clever, especially The Gift Exchange. In putting them together, Cuthbert is able to tap a wide range of emotions in his audience, supported by some very fine acting, that makes it truly delicious Fringe fare. Delilah is about the reunion of two young women when one is dying. The Gift Exchange is about a woman hiring an old friend who is also a new lawyer for being falsely accused of stealing a collector's edition of Pink Floyd's The Wall. Table for Two Rendezvous is about a married couple, an airline pilot and Broadway actress, whose relationship is built around meeting for a brief coffee. You, Me. Me, You is about a man and woman meeting at a high school reunion but don't recognize each other for good reason. Benched is about two young people, a former couple, who meet unexpectedly at a park bench and fall into the same troubles that broke them up. The final vignette, Last Dance, is such a poignant, beautiful surprise, I'll say no more.

The sets are sparse and quickly arranged by the actors without interrupting the flow of emotion. There's nothing terribly quirky about this show, just straight-ahead traditional theatre. But it is excellent entertainment and I strongly recommend it be included on the lists of Fringe goers.
London Free Press, June 5, 2019

THEMES
Reuninons, friends, dating, lawyers, WW2, Anne Frank, John McGee, marriage, aviation, transgender, passive euthanasia.

CAST
2-7 female (20's)
1-5 male (20's)

LENGTH
1 Hour

InspiraTO

PREMIERE PRODUCTION
Fridge Door Live Theatre Company in London, Ontario
May 31 - June 8, 2019
Featuring Fynn Cuthbert, Haley Kriz, Naomi Simpson, Emma Vanderkuyl, Aaron Mayordomo

Above photo from InspiraTO Festival, Toronto, May - June 2017, featuring Jonathan Ho and Sydney Herauf in Last Dance. Photo by Lumir Hladik

 

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Dramatic Publishing
This collection will be available in 2020
 
OZ IN A CLOZET
Written by Len Cuthbert
Oz in a Clozet

SYNOPSIS
On the night Chet is supposed to propose to his fiance, he finds himself locked in a custodial closet at a movie theater with a strange woman who is a big fan of The Wizard of Oz. Soon, the two are dressing up and dancing around like Wizard of Oz characters in this asylum of mops and brooms. Chet's future happiness depends on whether he can escape from this freak-show-in-a-closet ... or does it?! Opportunities for physical comedy are endless in this clever, quirky, award-winning comedy.

Winner, St. Tammany National One-Act Festival, 2009. Finalist, Drury University One-Act Play Competition, 2007.

THEMES
Wizard of Oz, dating, marriage, engagement, movie theatre

CAST
2 female (20's)
1 male (20's)
1 flexible

LENGTH
1 Hour

Oz in a Clozet
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DELILAH.
Written by Len Cuthbert
delilah.

SYNOPSIS
delilah. presents the entwined conflicted relationships of twelve year-old Dee-J, her brother and legal guardian, Mick, his former foster sister, Jade and her best friend, Delilah. Strewn with subjects like cancer, passive euthanasia, and adoption, the driving central theme of this play is abandonment. Take a journey with these four characters as they are confronted with Life and Death; Love and Hate; Discovery and Abandonment.

Life is seldom fair, but somehow it mostly balances out in the end. The fun, the joy, love lost and found, the hurt and pain is the stuff that feeds that desperate need within us all to belong to a family, to friends, to somethinhg -- anything -- that helps us cope with the uncertainty of life and certainty of death, And that's about all one really should say about the story that is called delilah, written and directed by London's Len Cuthbert. 4/5* London Free Press, June 8, 2012.

THEMES
Passive euthanasia, adoption, fostering, friendship, abandonment.

CAST
2 female (20's)
1 female (12)
1 male (30's)

LENGTH
2 Hours, 2 Acts

delilah.
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GRACE MISSION: A Musical
Created by Len Cuthbert & Fynn Cuthbert

Grace Mission

SYNOPSIS
Seven Grade 12 students are in their final year of high school. The guys have a band and want to enter a big music contest but need one more guy to compete. The girls want to be part of it but don't have the musical talent, so they think. Enter O'Grady, a new student, the perfect addition to the guys dilemma. But by the time prom night arrives, everything about O'Grady's past, present and future will have created enough chaos to leave everyone pondering the values of life, acceptance, and grace.

THEMES
Second chances, grace, justice, acceptance, space

CAST
4 female, High School Students
3 male, High School Students

LENGTH
2 Hours. 2 Acts

Grace Mission Musical
PREMIERE PRODUCTION
Fridge Door Live Theatre Company in Hamilton, London & Strathroy, Ontario
May 27 - June 10, 2017
Featuring Fynn Cuthbert, Sarah From, Haley Kriz, Alexandrea Kennedy,
Felicia Wilson, David Macdonald, Carter Tomlenovich
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SHORT OF 30: A Musical
Created by Len Cuthbert & Fynn Cuthbert

Short of 30

SYNOPSIS
Seven posthumous WW2 heroes under the age of 30 arrive at a playground after their death. While there, they discover their heroic role in life, and their ability to inspire those still fighting to win the war.

THEMES
Being inspired, inspiring others, WW1, WW2, WW3, learning from History, resistance, aviation, John McGee Jr., Marina Raskova, Sophia Scholl, Lepa Raic, Noor Khan, Petr Ginz, Anne Frank.

CAST
5 female, playing characters 16-30 years old
2 male, playing characters 16-19 years old
1 Flexible (possible doubling)
Band
Optional unlimited ensemble

LENGTH
2 Hours. 2 Acts

Short of 30 Curtain Call

PREMIERE PRODUCTION
Fridge Door Live Theatre Company in Hamilton, London & Strathroy, Ontario
June 9-16, 2018
Featuring David Macdonald, Sarah From, Haley Kriz, Alexandrea Kennedy, Jaiden French, Jordan Classen, Eden Reshef.

Band: Fynn Cuthbert (Leader, Piano, Vocal), Luke Roussy (Trombone), Griffin Goble (Drums)

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Music on YouTube

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FINDING FOX
Written by Len Cuthbert

Finding Fox

SYNOPSIS
A high school drama teacher is approached in the airport waiting lounge by a young lady who says she knows him. Through a series of additional scenes from the past to the future, it is evident that we have the potential to impact lives beyond our reach.

THEMES
Teachers / Professors, dysfunctional people making a difference, inspiring others.

CAST
3 female, (about 19, 26, 50's)
1 male, playing characters 16-19 years old
1 Flexible (Busker)

LENGTH
2 Hours. 2 Acts

PREMIERE PRODUCTION
Fridge Door Live Theatre Company in London, Ontario
October 16-20, 2018
Featuring Chris McAuley, Tammy Vink, Joanne Grivich, Heather May.

Busker: Felicia Wilson, Skylar Shelley

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THE TRILOGY OF BOB & ANDGELINA
Written by Len Cuthbert

The Maladroit Romeo

SYNOPSIS
A collection of 3 plays, about a young couple, Bob and Andgelina.

THE MALADROIT ROMEO: Angelina is meeting Bob at the library where they first met nine and a half months ago. Except for bordering a tragedy, this marriage proposal is no Romeo and Juliet.

ENIGMATIC LUCIDITY: A man keeps waking up from a horrible dream only to discover that he's still dreaming. Or is he?

ONE YEAR ONE DAY: Bob and Angelina experience the art of communication as they celebrate one year one day.

THEMES
Marriage, Engagement, Proposal, Nighmares, Anniversary,

CAST
1 female, (20's)
1 male (20's)

LENGTH
40 minutes

PREMIERE PRODUCTION
Fridge Door Live Theatre Company in London, Ontario
June 2010 - London Fringe Festival
Featuring Ray Wiersma, Sarah Abbott

PERFORMANCE RIGHTS Big Dog Plays
 

4 IN A LOO
Written by Len Cuthbert

4 In A Loo

SYNOPSIS
A collection of 5 ten minute plays

SHANNON IS GONE: A bride abruptly stops her wedding ceremony, arguing with her groom about the meaning of the song he has selected to sing. In the end she storms out, only to the relief of the groom who had used the circumstance to get himself out of the abusive relationship.

JACK'S DILEMMA: Jack arrives at a local diner and tries to make amends with a long-lost friend by offering him a cup of coffee, some money, and a heart-felt apology. The only problem is that the man at the diner is a total stranger.

4 IN A LOO: 4 desperate college students fight for the use of a small, cramped bathroom..

DEATH BY DYSLEXIA: An assisted suicide gone bad goes worse when the victim takes the job into his own hands.

THEMES
Marriage, wedding, forgiveness, college, hit man.

CAST
1 female, (20's)
4-10 male (20's)

LENGTH
50 minutes

 
PERFORMANCE RIGHTS Big Dog Plays
 
TIME IS THE SEASON
Written by Len Cuthbert
Time Is The Season

SYNOPSIS
A successful businessman goes to the same restaurant and orders the same thing every day -- a steak sandwich. But on this day, the man's normal routine is upset by an appalling reality -- absolutely everything in the restaurant has changed. After enduring atrocious service and a horrible meal, the man gets up to leave but finds that the door to the restaurant has disappeared. Trapped in a restaurant from hell, this modern-day Scrooge is confronted by an unruly host of "angels" who give him a holiday gift he'll never forget!

THEMES
Christmas, Holiday, Angels, Comedy, Employers

CAST
1 male
5 flexible

LENGTH
30 minutes

 

 

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TRUE COLORS
Written by Len Cuthbert

True Colors

SYNOPSIS
A youth theatre cast are preparing to stage the musical Joseph for a drama contest. Ironically, some of the cast members become jealous of the lead actor, who seems to be favored by the director. When they devise a plan to oust him, the production gets derailed and their chance to compete in the contest is jeopardized.

THEMES
Jealousy, collaboration

CAST
13-18 (Flexible), Grade 4-12

LENGTH
30 minutes

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