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Every Secret Thing

Judy GeBauer
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In this discomfiting study of McCarthyism, Richard Packard, a teacher, is contacted by an F B I agent and asked to spy on his colleagues.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (2 female, 4 male)
Full Length Drama (about 85 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“… Judy GeBauer’s haunting new Red Scare drama, EVERY SECRET THING … More than 50 years after McCarthy, EVERY SECRET THING ought to feel as incongruous and innocuous as a Twilight Zone episode. Seriously: The F B I muscles an eighth-grade civics teacher into spying on his fellow teachers? Ridiculous. Except it’s not. Instead, the play ripples through the years like a direct timeline to today … two aspects keep this old subject feeling disquietingly new. First: While most think McCarthyism targeted the Hollywood elite, EVERY SECRET THING shows just how insidiously it infiltrated suburban middle America. And second: As was the case then, and as is the case now, when adults speak, our children listen … It’s a disquieting and refreshingly civil look at a disease still infecting our country long aster we’ve thought it lulled into remission.” —John Moore, Denver Post

“… EVERY SECRET THING by Judy GeBauer … begs to be absorbed by every human being from 7th grade on up. Astute 5th and 6th graders with civic minded parents could indeed wrap their minds around EVERY SECRET THING, speaking directly to a slice of history that dares not, for one second, be ignored.” —Holly Bartges, Backstage

About the Author


  • Judy GeBauer

    Judy GeBauer has had plays performed at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre, the Long Wharf Theatre, the Irish Arts Center, the Chocolate Bayou Theatre, Modern Muse Theatre Company, and has had four scripts presented at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Among her awards are the HBO Writing Award, the Dennis McIntyre Playwriting Award, the Denver Post Ovation Award, and an Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation for the Arts. She has received grants from the W. Alton Jones Foundation, the Steinberg Charitable Trust, and the Denver Women's Press (Grand Citation), and a residency at the Djerassi Artists Colony. Her plays include THE HIDDEN ONES, BOBBY SANDS, MP, MAGICIAN REVERSED, THE NIP AND THE BITE, MRS. PLENTY HORSES and EVERY SECRET THING. Her monologues appear in Heinemann Books' From the Road, Baseball Monologues, and Elvis Monologues. Ms. GeBauer was playwright-in-residence at the Denver Center Theatre Company in 1995, and is an alumna of the Denver Center Playwrights Unit. She is a recipient of the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild's Julie Harris Playwriting Award and first prize in the Dubuque Fine Arts One Act Play Festival.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/21/2011
Pages 62
ISBN 9780881455076

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced by Modern Muse Theater Company, Denver

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Every Secret Thing is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC