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Curtain Call Productions, LLC


Curtain Call Productions, LLC presents

Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays
Four Short Musical Plays by Michael John LaChiusa

June 2004

These four one-act musical plays span such seemingly incompatible subjects as construction site visitations by the Virgin Mary and flop house plumbing, are all unified by a sense of irony, irreverence and, finally, compassion for the workaday lives of their characters.

THE STORIES: After being deserted in her wheelchair while her cranky nurse goes shopping, the title character of AGNES persuades a stranger to kill her, thus releasing her from her limited and unhappy life. In BREAK, two construction workers achieve new insight into their lunch hour woes when the Virgin Mary pays them an unexpected and confused visitation. The sundry characters of EULOGY FOR MISTER HAMM wait on line to use their flop house's one available bathroom, and find they must unwillingly band together when they fear that their superintendent may be dead. The action of LUCKY NURSE takes place in a single night. Madge, a nurse who works with newborns, worries about having to put her dog to sleep because he's getting too old. Her friend Jerry leaves his shift to cruise a singles bar where he meets and seduces Sherri. Afterwards, Sherri takes a cab home and meditates on her frequent one-night-stands, but the driver upsets her and she jumps out. Finally, the cabbie ends up at the hospital to have a look at the baby he abandoned only hours ago while Madge looks on and wonders, unknowingly, how anyone could desert their child in the middle of a cold night.

AGNES calls for 1 man, 2 women, directed by ?.
BREAK calls for 2 men, 1 woman, directed by Cristen Susong.
EULOGY FOR MISTER HAMM calls for 2 men, 2 women, directed by ?.
LUCKY NURSE calls for 2 men, 2 women, directed by Scott Susong.

Audition/Interviews for this collective production will be in February of 2004



Future Projects

June 2005
Scott & Cristen Susong in
The Last Five Years
a chamber musical
by Jason Robert Brown

Frida and Diego
a new musical about Mexico's most colorful couple.
by Keiko Takeda and Adair Seldon

Winter of the Fall
a new epic musical
by Lawrence Rush and Lee Wind