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CHRISTMAS AT THE CRICKET COUNTY CAFE
A one-act hillbilly comedy with heart
By: Eddie McPherson
(Duration: 45 minutes; Speaking Cast: 10 females, 9 males, 1 either, 20 total cast)
Granny Taylor is fixin' to cook up a storm at her famous Christmas supper, and she asks the snooty City Cousins to help. Though such manual labor is clearly beneath them, the only reason they agree is to hear the amendment to rich Uncle Zeke's will after the last customer leaves. Dodging grouchy Granny's verbal bullets, they bust their britches to get their work...  read more
CHRISTMAS IN CRICKET COUNTY
A one-act Christmas comedy
By: Eddie McPherson
(Duration: 40 minutes; Speaking Cast: 5 females, 4 males, 9 total cast)
Hillbilly hilarity abounds in this down-home drama with broadly played characters. It's a clash of cultures when the well-heeled preppie city cousins take a limo to their country cousins' home for the reading of their Uncle Zeke's will on Christmas Eve. When they discover that they are to receive only one hundred thousand dollars apiece, they throw a tantrum...  read more
CHRISTMAS LEAVES CRICKET COUNTY
The big city beckons to the country cousins
By: Eddie McPherson
(Duration: 45 minutes; Speaking Cast: 6 females, 5 males, 1 either, 12 total cast; 
     Flexibility: gender flexible)
From their flashy entrance flinging fistfuls of cash into the audience, it's Swarovski crystal clear: the Country Cousins have totally embraced their nouveau riche status! The erstwhile hicks, in their quest for "the good life," are fixin' to move to a mansion in the city, just in time for Christmas—all but Fester, that is. He's content to stay in his...  read more
CRICKET COUNTY ACADEMY
A one-act hillbilly comedy
By: Eddie McPherson
(Duration: 45 minutes; Speaking Cast: 8 females, 4 males, 12 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 1-20 extras)
When Elkin inherits huge wealth from Uncle Zeke, he enrolls his hillbilly cousins into Gold-Leaf Academy, a highbrow private school. The school wants to reject the kinfolk when their cultural gap becomes a black hole of hilarious miscommunication. But when the school administration discovers that super-rich Elkin may endow the academy, everything changes. Cousin...  read more
A CRICKET COUNTY BLIZZARD
A winter wonderland winds up wacky
By: Eddie McPherson
(Duration: 45 minutes; Speaking Cast: 7 females, 7 males, 14 total cast)
Of all the tasks on the Country Cousins’ Christmas to-do list, becoming ice sculptures was definitely not one of them! It's dang near freezin’ in the holler—colder’n y’all can shake a stick at. As the snow comes down, the anxiety levels go up. How in tarnation is Christmas supposed to happen when the “chillbillies” are snowbound? And what will happen to their...  read more
A CRICKET COUNTY CABIN MAKEOVER
A One-Act Christmas Comedy
By: Eddie McPherson
(Duration: 45 minutes; Speaking Cast: 6-7 females, 7-8 males, 1-6 either, 14-21 total cast)
It’s an extreme down-home makeover for the country cousins’ humble cabin this Christmas! In an ostentatious gift-giving display, the city cousins contact a fancy-schmancy interior decorator from TV to swoop in and spiff things up. Generous? Kind? Of course not. The city slickers have some tricks up their well-tailored sleeves! Having read a mysterious letter...  read more
CRICKET COUNTY CHRISTMAS (MUSICAL)
A musical version of Christmas in Cricket County
By: Eddie McPherson, Lauren Mayer
(Duration: 40 minutes; Speaking Cast: 5 females, 5 males, 10 total cast)
A musical version of Christmas in Cricket County. Come on over and stay a spell! The original best-selling play, with its hilarious culture clash between the prissy and proper city-slicker cousins who visit their redneck cousins "in the sticks," inspired this new musical just bustin' with laughs and darn good tunes. Six original songs with musical...  read more
A CRICKET COUNTY CHRISTMAS CAROL
A country take on Dickens' classic story
By: Eddie McPherson
(Duration: 45 minutes; Speaking Cast: 9 females, 4 males, 13 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 1-15 extras)
Hillbillies past, present and future take the stage in this version of the classic tale. Entrepreneur Mimi is the proud owner of a dress shop. Problem is, the more money she makes, the more money she wants. Greed prompts her to spend Christmas Eve at home alone, counting her day’s take instead of celebrating with her Country Cousins. At midnight Glenda Mae and...  read more
 
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