Samuel French Releases Six New Titles

by Jacob Coakley


Samuel French is the publisher of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot!
Samuel French is the publisher of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot!

Samuel French has released six new titles, including 4 new full-length plays, a musical and a collection. The new full-length plays include: Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot, by Ken Ludwig; Radiance, by Alan Alda; She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition, by Qui Nguyen; and Violet Sharp, by William Cameron. The new musical is Savin' Up For Saturday Night: The Honky Tonk Musical, by Jeff Goode and Richard Levinson, and the collection is All the World's a Stage: Volume III, by Joann Rose Leonard.

Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot
by Ken Ludwig
"An inspired whodunit...a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer
When a dinner party guest is stabbed to death in a Broadway star's Connecticut castle, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

by Alan Alda
"Juicy, gaslit melodrama...illuminates the challenges that Marie Curie faced in pursuing a career in the sciences at a time when it was virtually unheard of for women to take prominent roles in academic or public life." -The New York Times
With backbreaking work in a ramshackle lab in Paris, Marie Curie and her husband, Pierre, achieve a revolutionary understanding of radiation and share a Nobel Prize. When her beloved Pierre dies, Paul Langevin, fleeing an unhappy marriage, gives her the strength to return to her work. But the scandal over their affair threatens to end her career - just when she might become the first person ever to receive a second Nobel Prize.

She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition
by Qui Nguyen
"Positively slays the audience. Delightfully farcical."- Stage & Cinema
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, in a new edition created specially for High School performing groups! In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture,
playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Violet Sharp 
by William Cameron
"Smart, emotional, thoroughly to watch." - Pittsburgh City Paper
Based on the true story 1932 Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, Violet Sharp is named for the young British maid working at the home of Anne Lindbergh's mother. In the wake of the historic kidnapping of beloved aviator Charles Lindbergh's 20-month-old son, Violet raises the suspicion of the police with a contradictory testimony about her whereabouts to police investigator Officer Walsh. Under pressure from her own personal demons as well as the police, Violet's efforts to clear her name cannot seem to overpower a growing reputation of guilt.

Savin' Up For Saturday Night: The Honky Tonk Musical    
by Jeff Goode and Richard Levinson
"This musical will take you completely by surprise, exuberant and fresh...bright, original...authentic and romantic and loads of fun!" - The Santa Monica Daily Press
Lovin' ain't easy in this one-honky-tonk town, so when the bartender and the bandleader fall for the same dance hall girl, you're in for an evening of toe-tappers, cat fights, and love quadrangles that'll keep any joint jumpin' till way past last call.

All the World's a Stage: Volume III
by Joann Rose Leonard
Welcome to six more globe-trotting one-acts with various plays for ages 8-18. Flex-gendered roles and cultural insights are incorporated into plays from Africa, Finland, India, Russia and the USA. Discovering inner qualities beyond appearances, modern day children time-warped back to pioneer days, children and parents at odds with each other, and what brings happiness in life are some of the timeless and universal lessons that folktales bring to bear on our own journey.

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