Calamity by E. J. C. Calvert

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About The Play

The Looking Glass Theatre (New York, NY).

Comedy.  50-60 minutes.  3 females, 4-12 either (7-15 performers possible).  Suitable for high school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

Premiered by The Looking Glass Theatre (New York, NY).

"[Calamity] delivers the goods, and much more! ... with audience members big and small finding themselves having a rip-roaring time." - Karen Tortora-Lee, The Happiest Medium

Printed Script:  $6.95 (contains special author commentary).  Digital Perusal Script: $6.50.   Performance Royalties: $40.00/performance.  Photocopy License: $30.00 (includes a digital script and permission to make copies of it as necessary for your production:  must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties).  Limited Video License:  $40.00 (right to record and make DVD copies for private use).  Classroom License:  $50.00 (right to copy the script for closed classroom use only--no public performance).  Professional production rights should be negotiated directly with YouthPLAYS at


The Looking Glass Theatre (New York, NY).

Every legend has to start somewhere. Twelve-year-old Calamity Jane and her mother are on their way to California when they find themselves in the beleaguered town of Hoopersville. With all but a trio of townsfolk kidnapped by the hilariously hair-raising hoopsnakes, can Calamity Jane rally the remaining townspeople out of their hidey-holes to face the Hoopsnake Queen and rescue the populace? Or will they too end up as dinner-in-waiting? And most importantly, will there be pie?

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Did You Know?

Hal Corley became a playwright after an acting debut in The Taming of the Shrew wherein he threw a pitcher of water at Glenn Close's Kate for an entire summer; alas, he missed her at half the performances.