Melodrama - The Great American Art Form

What You get

In Melodrama ... the good guys are really good ... and the villains are really bad. Misadventures are resolved at the very last moment with unexpected revelations and unexpected plot twists. Happy endings are the rule and villains always gets what they deserve in the end. Across America ... theatres, playhouses, schools, and communities keep Melodrama alive. Although some of the elements of American Melodrama have their roots in old world theatre ... we feel safe in saying that old west style Melodrama is unique and should be considered a truly American art form ... as much as Jazz or Baseball.

While Hero and Villain plays are available for Theatres and Playhouses, they also work great as fund raisers for civic organizations, clubs, church groups, community centers, mountain retreats or dinner theaters. We believe that licensing a play for performance needs to be uncomplicated ... so our family-friendly melodramas are provided for a flat royalty fee based upon whether you want unlimited ability to perform a play for a whole year or if you will only be having a few performances.

All plays have been produced successfully and some many times across the globe. Each of our Melodramas are full length plays ... but unlike other plays ... our author is fine if you change the names of places or characters. Even songs are optional. If your venue limits you to 60 or 90 minutes ... you call the shots and receive a modifiable electronic version of your script. You can print them yourself to save money. For standard scripts we have perfect-bound scripts you can purchase. Now explore the 10 plays currently available below.

Family Friendly

All Hero And Villain Melodramas are Family Friendly PG-rated, but making it a G-rated play is easy since we let you customize any script to your venue and community standards.

You are in Charge

Quick online 'script & score & more' delivery right to your computer ... so you can customize each play to tell your town's story. Or buy professionally printed perfect-bound scripts.

Turnkey Melodrama Packages

Affordable turnkey Melodrama packages that include everything you need for a great play (just add a cast & set). Includes printable scripts and sheet music and even cue-card graphics.

Video & Social Media Friendly

Unlike plays from those pesky other companies - You are allowed to distribute photos and videos and even sell your own DVDs to make more money. We actually encourage it!

performed across America and internationally for 15 years so you know audiences love them

Hero And Villain Melodramas have been thrilling audiences for years and years ACROSS THE GLOBE!

Meet the Author

A "Living Legend"* in the world of Melodrama Authors. (*Most lived 100 years ago so that is not too hard).

Gary McCarver

Gary McCarver

Author, Founder & So Much More

During the day ... a mild mannered financial professional. But at night he becomes the Melodramatic Author.

Professor Mack

Professor Mack

Gary's Persona to perfect each Play

For over 15 years the "Professor" has been perfecting the character that audiences love to hate.

Rose McCarver

You and Your Theatre

You and Your Cast are also authors

Melodrama is meant to reflect your community - and customizable plays make that easy to do!

Our Latest Melodrama Plays

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

George Bernard Shaw once said "When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones." We think the same truth applies to Melodramas. It is our hope that as you look at our scripts that you will recognize the quality of writing and music and appreciate that every play has been performed many times in front of live audiences to determine just the right amount of wrong. (CLICK BELOW)

Why to choose us

They are full-length melodramas. This enables them to fit into your regular season's schedule. But if you want a shorter version for schools, churches, or community events ... you can customize them to your venue. Other providers of Melodramas prohibit you from making modifications to published scripts. We encourage it. In the past ... Villain names have been changed, local establishment "shameless plugs" have been added, casts were shrunk for smaller venues, casts were expanded so more actors could have fun. No permission is needed to change our Melodramas around to fit your town's history of personalize the play. They are PG-rated, but if you need to change 'beer' to 'root beer' for a G-rating ... no problem.

Yes ... you get to print out copies of as many scripts you might need. Other publishers seriously frown on this and prohibit even the thought of it. Perhaps you have lots of paper, a free copier and lots of time on your hands ... When you pay royalties you get access to a downloadable and printable version of the script and music score. So, if you need to print out another copy when someone misplaces their script ... no problem ... you can stay in the "Hero" category and make extra copies to your heart's content. You are very welcome..

While Hero and Villain plays are available for Theatres and Playhouses, they also work great as fund raisers for civic organizations, clubs, church groups, community centers, mountain retreats or even dinner theaters. These family-oriented melodramas are now provided for a flat royalty fee based upon whether you want to perform a play for a whole year or if you will only be having 5 or less performances. These plays have been produced successfully and are designed to help you have a production that your town will be talking about all year.

Many of those performing melodramas are community theatres, schools, churches or non-profit organizations and so our prices are purposely kept affordable for these groups. When you consider all of the flexibility to change, modify, print, and video our Melodramas ... we think that they are a great value. By paying appropriate royalties you help support this great American theatre art ... and we thank you from the bottom of our Heroic hearts.

PLEASE NOTE: Melodrama royalty payments are determined by how many times a play is performed in front of a audience, whether or not admission is charged. Click on any Melodrama and pay royalties simply through PayPal.

Piano players are the unsung heroes of your melodrama by providing constant underscoring. In case you had forgotten ... underscoring is simply the playing of music quietly under spoken dialogue or a visual scene. It is done to establish a mood or theme, to recall and/or foreshadow a character or plot point in your Melodrama ... which adds so much to tie the entire play together. In the score ... musical vamps precede many of the songs which can be used as character theme music. Some plays have an overture included that helps with underscoring.

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Click this link for the Official National Melodrama Directory: http://heroandvillain.com/directory.html Then email us to get your playhouse or theatre added to the list.

Affordable Melodrama Royalties

Limited Run

A discounted price for just a few performances.

$150

The Real Deal

  • 1 to 5 performances
  • Even though it is discounted ... you still get a PDF script, modifiable Word-Doc script, PDF full music score, downloadable rehearsal music tracks, cue-card graphics and much more.
  • Melodrama royalty payments are determined by how many times a play is performed in front of a audience, whether or not admission is charged.

One Year Unlimited

For Those wanting a longer run.

$250

The Amazing Bargain

  • As many performance as you want for a full year. Great for schools and diner shows
  • Unlimited for a year access to a PDF script, modifiable Word-Doc script, PDF full music score, downloadable rehearsal music tracks, cue-card graphics and so much more.
  • Now available for all of our Melodramas. Printed scripts and piano scores are now updated for 2018 and available online.

The Whole Kit & Caboodle

Let us Customize your Melodrama

$550

Any of our Melodramas customized for you by 'Professor Mack' himself.

  • You could do it yourself ... but sometimes life gets so busy and maybe you have a whole season of plays that are needing more of your attention. So our playwright will personally send you a questionnaire of 10 key items and customize those changes into any of the plays you have a hankering to perform.
  • Email your contact information and we will send you the questionnaire and an invoice.

Swag & Gifts

For those Heroes and Villains in your life. Also great for cast gifts.

$6 up*

many choices

  • From "Got Melodrama" t-shirts, bags, mouse pads, coffee mugs and so much more!
  • Customized for most of our most popular plays with general Melodramatic items that everyone enjoys.
  • We use CafePress to directly deliver your items right to your door.

    *That means you pay their delivery cost.

NEWs & REVIEWS

Hero and Villain Melodramas have been performed throughout the United States and internationally (from Auckland to Oxford, Germany to south Africa). Take a moment to look at half a dozen newspaper reviews, advertisements and cast photos below about HeroAndVillain Melodramas performed around the world. If you need more ... let us know or simply Google any of our Melodrama titles.