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the broken badge

Also known as "Oils Well That Ends Well"

The story Prologue opens in 1939 as the popular “San Juan Radio Theater” radio broadcast is about to begin its final weekly installment entitled "The Broken Badge". Through the magic of radio, we are transported to that much simpler year of 1896 ... for the retelling of tale of the old west ... in a time before the crash ... a time before two world wars ... a time of Heroes and Villains. This "Play within a Play" welcomes the audience back to the small western town of San Juan Capistrano (or your town if you want) for the story of a lost love, a "rehabilitated" villain, a jilted woman, and a framed sheriff.

At the same time, it is also the story of one actor at the end of a radio career and another just at the beginning of a whole new life. Familiar melodrama friends have returned including ... that scoundrel Professor Mack, the Judge Jerry Mander and that irrepressible Gypsy Claire Voyant. New friends include Justin Credible, and Sally Mander (her friends call her "San Juan Sally").

The radio cast also plays the roles of the Melodrama characters ... so expect some quick costume changes. Of course, included are a whole slew of authentic old-time songs. Now gather around your radio and turn back your clocks as a story of love across the centuries unfolds. Prepare yourself for the twists and the turns, found in "The Broken Badge".

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How do I buy a printed perusal copy of this script? If you prefer paper ... just click the link below and one can be professionally printed on-demand and a perfect-bound script can be sent your way. 

CAST: 7F / 7M plus a piano player and several optional extras

WHAT YOU GET: HeroAndVillain Melodramas are turn-key productions and include downloadable links for a printable script as a PDF and editable MS Word doc (so you can customize this play), a full musical score, sample rehearsal tracks as MP3 files, resource graphics and photos, plus printable cue-card signs. Some Schools, Playhouses, and Theatres have used the rehearal tracks for performances when they could not find a piano player. The tracks are not made for that ... and live piano is always best ... but with our plays you call the shots.

Many of those performing melodramas are community theatres, schools, churches or non-profit organizations and so our prices are purposely kept very affordable for these groups. When you consider all the flexibility to change, modify, print, and even video our Melodramas ... we think that they are the best value by far. Buy one today.

But if you have a specific production or casting question before you click that buy now button ... go ahead and send the author a message and you will get an answer in the next day or two if the stars align.