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Candy is money. Money is candy. Candy is dangerously addictive. And no one knows where it's coming from. While on a forced vacation to visit their witch step-grandmother Baba Yaga, Hank and Gretchen are about to be made into the most poisonous candy to date. Will young Sally Soda Pop save her best friends with sugar-driven energy and unwavering loyalty? Will Barbie Yaga find the love in her heart to free herself from her mother's evil Tic Tac popping spell? Will homeless, candy addict Sugar Daddy discover his purpose and long-lost familial roots? Narrated by an inflicted, conflicted foursome of grandparents, Hank & Gretchen tells the story of family and friends, health and control, and an economy that rides on chocolate. 60-75 minutes. 8-15 males, 8-15 females (23-75+ performers possible). Ideal for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, youth theatres, universities, and community theatres. Published and performances licensed by YouthPLAYS (www.youthplays.com), publisher of plays for young actors and audiences.
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Mark T Evans is a composer and musical director from Long Island and Philadelphia. Other than Hank & Gretchen, Mark has written music for I Am Jim Thompson and Big Star California (EAT/Notes on a Page), Buddy Holly at the Armory (Prospect Theater Co.), King of Ghosts (Missing Bolts Prod./Philly Fringe) and Summit Ave (Figment Festival/Governor's Island), all with Zac Kline and Eric Kubo. Notable projects as a musical director include The Judy Holliday Story (NY Fringe; NJ Rep) and The 10th Floor (NYMF/ATA Chernuchin). Mark also works as the director of the Marsh & McLennan Corporate Chorale. He has won the ASCAP Frederick Loewe Award for Emerging Musical Theatre Composer, and was a Barrymore Award co-Nominee for his contributions to the original score of Grease and Desist (BRAT Productions). Mark received his BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Stacy Davidowitz is a NYC-based playwright and actor. PINK!, published by Broadway Play Publishing and Indie Theater Now, was a Lark Finalist and received seven NY Innovative Theatre Nominations for its production by Down Payment Productions. Her screenplay of PINK! was optioned as an independent feature film. Stacy’s other work includes Camp Rolling Hills (Ripley Grier), Stage 4: Jeopardy! (NYMF), Run. Run. Stop. (Samuel French OOB Play Festival), and The Rubber Room (OVNV TS Eliot US/UK Exchange at the Old Vic, London). Stacy is a resident playwright for The Flea Theater’s #serials, Broken Box Mime Theater, Exquisite Corpse, Original Binding, and Amios Theatre Company. Other publications: Hank & Gretchen (YouthPLAYS), The Rubber Room and her Join the Circus: a Collection of Short Plays (Indie Theater Now). As a teaching artist, Stacy has taught in over 20 NYC public schools, private schools, and camps. Stacy is a graduate of British American Drama Academy; BS, Tufts University; MFA in Acting, Columbia University. www.StacyDavidowitz.com
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