Old Mill Cafe is a play about the struggles of ordinary people in ordinary small towns across America as they face economic hardships and attempt to adapt to changing times. The characters represent a cross-section of people in one such town, Riverview. There is Amy, a widow left alone to try to save the once-upscale restaurant her she and her husband began. There is Jenny, who drains herself trying to be the perfect wife and mother. There is Frank, whose once-successful plumbing business is failing. There is Mattie, the motherly waitress, whose religious beliefs lend her strength and hope. There is Grace, the sophisticate, who is one of the few left of the town's upper class. And there is Chantal, the owner of the local beauty shop, who is a Dolly Parton-like force of nature. Despite the initially grave circumstances at the play's opening, it ends triumphantly. Change has come to Riverview, and with it, a new and better tomorrow. Old Mill is a play for general audiences. With music, memorable characters, laughter and wisdom, it is sure to entertain and leave the audience tapping their feet and singing along at the finale'. Old Mill Cafe was written with community theater and other amateur productions in mind. It involves only one simple set (the Old Mill Cafe), a minimum of set dressing (3 or 4 mismatched, small tables and chairs and a cashier's stand). The time is the present day in a rural setting, so no costumes other than the actors' everyday casual clothes are required.While it is a play, it does incorporate four musical acts using the device of an open mike night at the cafe. All the music used will be original songs by the musical acts or will be songs in the public domain, so copyright problems are avoided. Generally speaking, any songs published or in common use prior to 1923 are in the public domain, and long lists of these songs are available on the internet. No special lighting or sound effects are necessary, though the musical acts may require a microphone and speakers, depending on the size of the theater. The action takes place on a single early evening, more or less in real time, to avoid set and costume changes. There are 6 female and 3 male speaking parts plus at least 3 musical acts.
A Baby at the Beach Cafe is an engaging short story follow-up to Lucy Diamond's bestselling novel The Beach Cafe. Evie loves running her beach cafe in Cornwall but with a baby on the way, she's been told to put her feet up. Let someone else take over? Not likely. Helen's come to Cornwall to escape the stress of city living. She hopes a seaside life will be the answer to all her dreams. When she sees a job advertised at the cafe it sounds perfect. But the two women clash and sparks fly...and then events take a dramatic turn. Can the pair of them put aside their differences in a crisis?
The short stories in "The Time Merchant Cafe" tell the tales of a select few patrons that visit the cafe and are offered a glimpse into their future. The caveat is that once they view their future, their decisions can now change it. They all take that look. These stories tell how that glimpse changed their lives, favorably or fatally. The Waiter, if you can call him that, at the Time Merchant Cafe delivers a great cup of coffee along with a view into your future; if you accept his disclaimer. The Waiter tells you he can show you a glimpse into your future but warns that once you see your future, it can now change. That change can be by design or accident. The offer sounds too good to be true so why not take a look. What can it hurt? Once you see your future, your time-line is no longer fixed, so the Waiter tells you. What was once going to occur is now subject to change. It can be rewarding or make your life a disaster. Viewing a scene from your future may not be as promising as it sounds. The Waiter literally makes his living on how many years the patrons lose or gain by viewing their future. With all the years the Waiter has gained, he will be operating the cafe for many more years. After reading these six short stories would you take that look into your future, if offered, or would you simply settle for the really good coffee?"
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