James Hutchison

James Hutchison

James Hutchison is a playwright focusing on comedy, romance, and mystery. He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he writes plays, walks his dog Zeke and has never tried to keep up with the Kardashians.

Plays

  • A Christmas Carol (Small cast)
    A cast of ten brings to life this fresh, fun and lively adaptation of A Christmas Carol where you’ll meet Mr. Bentley, learn about the letters Scrooge wrote to his sister Fan, and find out who Mr. Newbury is. You’ll still find all the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future along with Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Old Fezziwig, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, and the love of Scrooge’s life,...
    A cast of ten brings to life this fresh, fun and lively adaptation of A Christmas Carol where you’ll meet Mr. Bentley, learn about the letters Scrooge wrote to his sister Fan, and find out who Mr. Newbury is. You’ll still find all the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future along with Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Old Fezziwig, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, and the love of Scrooge’s life, Belle. There are some new scary bits, a few good laughs, a tender moment or two, and some surprises! It’s a fresh take on an old tale sure to thrill young and old alike.
  • Stories from Langford
    The Short Synopsis: Six characters from Langford tell stories from their lives: stories about, jealousy, revenge, love and forgiveness.

    Scene 1 - Back Roads: Mitch just wants to get drunk with his friends, roast marshmallows, and burn every copy of, The Story of Langford: A Century of Progress, the book he was commissioned to write by the Mayor.

    Scene 2 - Bad Habits: Simone is...
    The Short Synopsis: Six characters from Langford tell stories from their lives: stories about, jealousy, revenge, love and forgiveness.

    Scene 1 - Back Roads: Mitch just wants to get drunk with his friends, roast marshmallows, and burn every copy of, The Story of Langford: A Century of Progress, the book he was commissioned to write by the Mayor.

    Scene 2 - Bad Habits: Simone is busy getting things ready for her parent’s 50th wedding anniversary while she talks about Debbie Fisher and how much the two of them hated each other and how she caught her father cheating at the Green Gables Motel when she was sixteen and how that forever changed the relationship between her and her father.

    Scene 3 - Ain't Nothing Better Than Fried Chicken: Earl is eating fried chicken and potato salad, on a hot summer day, in the park, while remembering, how twenty years ago, all that trouble started and people ended up getting killed.

    Scene 4 - Bad Habits: On a hot summer day during the Harvest Festival Carol is packing a picnic basket and talking about wanting to leave Langford when she was growing up and having to come back years later to look after her sick mother.

    Scene 5 - Dandelions for Becky: Trent Bowers is painting his fence and talking about the first summer he and his wife Tammy moved into the old neighborhood and how every Sunday morning they’d wake up and find a dandelion bouquet wrapped in a white ribbon on the bottom step of their front porch.

    Scene 6 - Twelve Years: Nora is celebrating her twelfth wedding anniversary alone, drinking wine, and talking about how cities and buildings and mountains and trees and animals and people all have souls and that sometimes you can capture that soul in a photograph.
  • Heart of Stone: A Jessica Quinn Mystery
    Jessica Quinn is a hard-drinking female detective who has to be twice as tough and twice as smart in order to succeed in a man’s world where women are seen as merely housewives, tramps, and gold diggers. Twenty years ago, Mary McConnell was forced to give up her baby girl for adoption by her father Colonel McConnell. Now a woman by the name of Hannah Stark has shown up claiming to be Mary’s daughter and the...
    Jessica Quinn is a hard-drinking female detective who has to be twice as tough and twice as smart in order to succeed in a man’s world where women are seen as merely housewives, tramps, and gold diggers. Twenty years ago, Mary McConnell was forced to give up her baby girl for adoption by her father Colonel McConnell. Now a woman by the name of Hannah Stark has shown up claiming to be Mary’s daughter and the Colonel’s granddaughter. Quinn has been hired to find out the truth. Complicating matters is Quinn’s relentless crusade to put Alexander King, a local crime Lord, whom she blames for her father’s death, behind bars. There are plenty of twists and turns and a few gun fights as Quinn tries to find out the truth about Hannah and put King in jail.
  • What the Dickens!
    Even Scrooge got a second chance.
    Two Act Comedy, 6M 3F, Multiple Sets, 100 minutes

    Marty Fisher has doubts and fears about getting married and staying in Pine Ridge with his fiancée Tami Cooper and so he’s been focusing on directing the Pine Tree Players Production of A Christmas Carol instead of helping his fiancée plan their wedding. On opening night when his Uncle, who’s playing...
    Even Scrooge got a second chance.
    Two Act Comedy, 6M 3F, Multiple Sets, 100 minutes

    Marty Fisher has doubts and fears about getting married and staying in Pine Ridge with his fiancée Tami Cooper and so he’s been focusing on directing the Pine Tree Players Production of A Christmas Carol instead of helping his fiancée plan their wedding. On opening night when his Uncle, who’s playing Scrooge, turns up drunk, half the cast gets food poisoning, and Marty gets caught kissing his stage manager Samantha both the production and Marty’s relationship with Tami are on thin ice. As the curtain rises and the show lurches forward Marty will do all he can to save his show while trying to salvage his relationship with Tami.

    CAST
    Marty Fisher - Director of the play mid to late 20s
    Tami Cooper - Marty's fiancée playing Belle and Lucy mid to late 20s
    Kate Cooper - Tami's mother and Mayor of Pine Ridge plaing Mrs. Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig 50s
    Kevin Fisher - Marty's Uncle and the Chief of Police playing Scrooge 50s
    Peter Bingham - Marty's best friend and lighting director mid to late 20s
    Samantha Banger - Stage Manager 19
    Jayson Moore - Playing Young Scrooge and Topper mid to late 20s
    Ed Markger - Playring Bob Cratchit late 30s
    David Owens - The town Doctor playing Mr. Granger, Ghost of Jacob Marley, Fezziwig, the Ghost of Christmas Present and Cousin Herb 50s

    SETTING
    The entire action of the play takes place at the Grand Theatre in the city of Pine Ridge

    Time
    DECEMBER
    Act 1: The Day Before Opening Night
    Act 2: Opening Night
  • A Christmas Carol (Large Cast)
    Every man has the power to do good.
    Two Act Drama, 26M 12F, 11Boys 7 Girls, 56 Characters, Multiple Sets, 100 minutes

    In this fresh, fun and lively adaptation of A Christmas Carol you’ll meet Mr. Bentley, learn about the letters Scrooge wrote to his sister Fan, and find out who Mr. Newbury is. You’ll still find all the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future along with Tiny Tim, Bob...
    Every man has the power to do good.
    Two Act Drama, 26M 12F, 11Boys 7 Girls, 56 Characters, Multiple Sets, 100 minutes

    In this fresh, fun and lively adaptation of A Christmas Carol you’ll meet Mr. Bentley, learn about the letters Scrooge wrote to his sister Fan, and find out who Mr. Newbury is. You’ll still find all the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future along with Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Old Fezziwig, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, and the love of Scrooge’s life, Belle. There are some new scary bits, a few good laughs, a tender moment or two, and some surprises! It’s a fresh take on an old tale sure to thrill young and old alike.

    CAST of CHARACTERS

    Ebenezer Scrooge - A bitter old miser
    Mr. Bentley - A business associate
    Bob Cratchit - Scrooge's Clerk
    Fred - Scrooge's Nephew
    Mr. Granger - A philanthropist
    Mr. Harrington - A client of Scrooge's
    Mr. Murdock - Mr. Bentley's accountant
    Boy - A poor boy
    Man - A Gentleman
    Woman - A Lady
    Mrs. Dilber - Scrooge's cleaning lady
    Ghost of Jacob Marley - Scrooge's business partner
    First Spirit - Ghost of Christmas Past
    William Turner - Boyhood friend of Scrooge
    Simon Hardcastle - Boyhood friend of Scrooge
    Charlie Campbell - Boyhood friend of Scrooge
    Headmaster - The Headmaster at Scrooge's school
    Scrooge as a young boy - A nice quiet boy
    Scrooge as a young man - Scrooge was a different man
    Fan - Scrooge's sister
    Mr. Fezziwig - Scrooge's old boss
    Mrs. Fezziwig - Fezziwig's wife
    Fezziwig daughter - The oldest Fezziwig daughter
    Fezziwig daughter - The middle Fezziwig daughter
    Fezziwig daughter - The youngest Fezziwig daughter
    Jacob Marley - Scrooge's business partner
    Fiddler - Fiddler at Fezziwig party
    Belle - Scrooge's Fiancée
    Dick Wilkens - Belle's husband
    Hugh - Belle & Dicke's 1st child
    George - Belle & Dick's 2nd child
    Alice - Belle & Dick's 3rd child
    Grace - Belle & Dick's 4th child
    Tabatha - Belle & Dick's oldest child
    Second Spirit - Ghost of Christmas present
    Mrs. Cratchit - Bob Cratchit's wife
    Belinda Cratchit - 2nd oldest Cratchit daughter
    Peter Cratchit - Oldest Cratchit son
    Justin Cratchit - Youngest Cratchit son
    Abigail Cratchit - Youngest Cratchit daughter
    Martha Cratchit - Oldest Cratchit daughter
    Tiny Tim Cratchit - Second youngest Cratchit son
    Emma - Fred's wife
    Topper - Friend of Fred and Emma
    Cousin Herb - Fred's cousin
    Rose - Emma's sister
    Ignorance - A scrawny boy
    Greed - A scrawny girl
    Third Spirit - Ghost of Christmas Future
    First Man - Business Man
    Second Man - Business Man
    Third Man - Business Man
    Mr. Newbury - The undertaker
    Old Joe - Receiver of stolen goods
    Thomas - A young man
    Caroline - Thomas's wife
    Boy - Boy in the street on Christmas morning
    Various town-folk - As many as needed to set the scene.

    You can break down the casting according to he talents and availability of actors for your production. For example Mr. Granger, Fezziwig, and the Ghost of Christmas Present and some other minor roles could all be played by the same actor. The genders of certain characters, spirits, and children is flexible as is the total number of Fezziwig daughters or number of business men.

    SETTING

    A Christmas Carol - ACT I

    Scene i - A London Street
    Scene ii - Scrooge & Marley's
    Scene iii - Scrooge's Street and Front Door
    Scene iv - Scrooge's Bed Chamber
    Scene v - Scrooge's School & Classroom
    Scene vi - Fezziwig's Warehouse
    Scene vii - Scrooge & Marley's
    Scene viii - Belle's home

    A Christmas Carol ACT II

    Scene i - A London Street
    Scene ii - Bob Cratchit's Home
    Scene iii - Fred's Home
    Scene iv - Mr. Bentley's Place of Business
    Scene v - London Business District
    Scene vi - Old Joe's
    Scene vii - The Undertakers
    Scene viii - Thomas and Caroline's Home
    Scene ix - Bob Cratchit's Home
    Scene x - Church Yard
    Scene xi - Scrooge's Bed Chamber
    Scene xii - A London Street
    Scene xiii - Fred's Home
    Scene xiv - Scrooge & Marley's

    TIME

    Christmas Eve Long Ago in Victorian England
  • Death and the Psychiatrist
    Even Death Could Use a Friend.
    One Act Comedy, 3M, Single Set, 45 minutes

    When Mortimer Graves shows up at Psychiatrist Dr. Donald Thompson’s office claiming to be the Grim Reaper the good Doctor simply assumes that Mortimer is under the delusion that he is death. Although Mortimer says he is there to escort Dr. Thompson to the other side, Dr. Thompson convinces Mortimer that he should go...
    Even Death Could Use a Friend.
    One Act Comedy, 3M, Single Set, 45 minutes

    When Mortimer Graves shows up at Psychiatrist Dr. Donald Thompson’s office claiming to be the Grim Reaper the good Doctor simply assumes that Mortimer is under the delusion that he is death. Although Mortimer says he is there to escort Dr. Thompson to the other side, Dr. Thompson convinces Mortimer that he should go into therapy in order to help him deal with his loneliness and emotional issues. With the Doctor’s help Mortimer confronts his emotional issues and Doctor Thompson, with Mortimer’s help, reevaluates his life priorities.

    2015 2nd Place Frostburg One Act Playwriting Competition
    2014 Short Listed American Actors UK
    2011 Suncor Energy Stage One Festival Lunchbox Theatre

    CAST
    Dr. Donald Thompson - the psychiatrist
    Randy Cooper - the patient
    Mortimer Graves - the Grim Reaper

    SETTING
    The office of Psychiatrist Dr. Donald Thompson

    Time
    Just before 4:00 pm the Friday before the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend*

    In Canada Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October. In the United States Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November. Alternate lines have been provided for an American version where needed.

    *Just before 4:00 pm the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
  • 500 bucks and a pack of smokes
    How much is your life worth?
    One Act Comedy, 2M 1F, 8 Characters Three Sets, 60 minutes

    After being told by his doctor that he’s dying Donny Bracco put out a contract out on his own life. So, when his Doctor calls him on his birthday and tells him the lab made a mistake, Donny is more than a little upset. Making matters worse, the original killer Donny hired, subcontracted the hit to...
    How much is your life worth?
    One Act Comedy, 2M 1F, 8 Characters Three Sets, 60 minutes

    After being told by his doctor that he’s dying Donny Bracco put out a contract out on his own life. So, when his Doctor calls him on his birthday and tells him the lab made a mistake, Donny is more than a little upset. Making matters worse, the original killer Donny hired, subcontracted the hit to another killer – who subcontracted it to another killer – who subcontracted it to another killer – who doesn’t know Donny is the one who put the hit out on himself. With time running out, Donny has to find the killer and convince him to call off the hit, otherwise this might be the last birthday he ever celebrates.

    CAST
    Donny Bracco - A Teacher
    Vinnie Torelli - A Hitman
    Sophia Falco - A Widow
    Sid Valencia - A Butcher
    Carmen Valencia - A Sister
    Detective Murphy - A Cop
    Detective Powell - A Cop
    Stubby - A Hobo

    Vinnie, Sid, Detective Murphy, and Stubby can all be played by the same actor.
    Sophia, Carmen, and Detective Powell can all be played by the same actor.

    SETTING
    Stromboli's Italian Restaurant
    The Sausage King
    Donny's Apartment

    TIME
    Donny's 30th birthday
  • The Phantom of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
    After being drugged playwright Morgan Brown and theatre critic Scarlet Osgood wake up tied together back to back on stage at the abandoned Chelsea Theatre. Leo a failed playwright and Scarlet’s ex-husband has brought Scarlet and Morgan there to prove that his most recent play The Phantom of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is better than anything Morgan has ever written and worthy of Scarlet’s critical praise....
    After being drugged playwright Morgan Brown and theatre critic Scarlet Osgood wake up tied together back to back on stage at the abandoned Chelsea Theatre. Leo a failed playwright and Scarlet’s ex-husband has brought Scarlet and Morgan there to prove that his most recent play The Phantom of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is better than anything Morgan has ever written and worthy of Scarlet’s critical praise. Desperate to win back his wife and get his play produced Leo is prepared to kill – or so he says - to get what he wants.
  • QUOTA
    Dave Dixon is looking for a job on-line when he is interrupted by the Metro City Census Taker. This is unlike any census Dixon has ever taken and when he’s asked whether or not he was spanked as a child he refuses to answer. That causes the Census taker to call for police back up and Dixon finds himself being targeted for corrective action because of his unemployment and the fact that he’s left handed. When a...
    Dave Dixon is looking for a job on-line when he is interrupted by the Metro City Census Taker. This is unlike any census Dixon has ever taken and when he’s asked whether or not he was spanked as a child he refuses to answer. That causes the Census taker to call for police back up and Dixon finds himself being targeted for corrective action because of his unemployment and the fact that he’s left handed. When a 2 kilo bag of white sugar is found on the premises and Dixon is facing jail time he has to make a moral choice between naming names and protecting himself.
  • Perfect Match
    The Perfect Match Corporation provides humans with robotic companions. Sarah Quan has run into her old boyfriend Christopher Connor and invited him and his robotic companion Melissa over to have dinner with her and her glitchy robotic companion Leo. It soon becomes apparent that Sarah and Christopher still have feelings for each other and Leo sensing the attraction is determined to keep Sarah and Christopher apart by any means necessary.
  • The Blood of a Thousand Chickens
    Phallus, the son of Oedipus and Jocasta, the King and Queen of Thebes, wants to marry Clitoris. Unknown to Phallus, Clitoris is actually his sister and Oedipus and Jocasta believe that their son’s love for Clitoris is why the Kingdom was cursed by a pox and now faces a terrible drought and possible starvation. To save the people from the wrath of Zeus, Oedipus must offer the Gods the blood of a thousand...
    Phallus, the son of Oedipus and Jocasta, the King and Queen of Thebes, wants to marry Clitoris. Unknown to Phallus, Clitoris is actually his sister and Oedipus and Jocasta believe that their son’s love for Clitoris is why the Kingdom was cursed by a pox and now faces a terrible drought and possible starvation. To save the people from the wrath of Zeus, Oedipus must offer the Gods the blood of a thousand chickens and maybe even the life of his own son.
  • Never Give Up
    Nigel Davenport is a playwright who has been entering the Short Cuts Playwriting Festival for years. He’s never won, in spite of submitting hundreds of plays. When Nigel gets a call from Artistic Director Todd Sparks, he thinks his luck has finally changed, until he meets with Todd and Todd tells him that they’d like him to stop submitting to the Festival because he’s a terrible playwright. In fact, three...
    Nigel Davenport is a playwright who has been entering the Short Cuts Playwriting Festival for years. He’s never won, in spite of submitting hundreds of plays. When Nigel gets a call from Artistic Director Todd Sparks, he thinks his luck has finally changed, until he meets with Todd and Todd tells him that they’d like him to stop submitting to the Festival because he’s a terrible playwright. In fact, three members of this year’s reading committee resigned, two were treated for depression and one tried to commit suicide all because of Nigel’s plays. But instead of giving up this only inspires Nigel to try harder and figure out how to write an award winning play that will win the festival.
  • A Lumberjack, a Eunuch and a Pope
    Mr. Kensington has died without learning the true meaning of life and must plead his case for another chance or be returned to earth as a slug.
  • Elvis is Dead
    Time travellers Dr. Fred Bunson and Commander Robert Frump have travelled back in time to retrieve a lost book and save the universe. With no library card and the book already signed out things look dim for our intrepid time travellers until librarian Sally Knowlton comes to the rescue.
  • Valentine's Day
    On Valentine’s day, Tom remembers the day, fifty years ago, he met the love of his life Heather.