"Maybe This Time" Information

Performance History

2015  Play was originally titled “It Had To Be You”. It was entered as a 10-minute one-act play in the 13th Annual North Park Vaudeville Playwright Festival.  Over 300 scripts are annually submitted, 24 are chosen. It won “Best Play”and sold out all three performances. (35-seat theatre)

2016  “It Had To Be You” was expanded to a 3-scene, one act play (45 minutes) and accepted into the San Diego International Fringe Festival. It played 5 consecutive dates at different times and averaged 140% capacity in 5 sold-out performances. (56 patrons in a 40-seat theatre) The only reason it wasn’t more is that there literally wasn’t any more room for anybody else. It won the “Audience Award”.  

2017  “It Had To Be You” was expanded to a 4-scene, 2-act play (90 minutes) and produced by PowPAC Community Theatre for two performances October 22nd and 23rd.  http://www.powpac.org/misc_pages/play.php?id=258

Both performances sold out (70-seat theatre)

Play title was changed from “It Had To Be You” when it was discovered that another play with the same title was already registered with the WGA. It was retitled “Maybe This Time” and re-registered. 

2018 “Maybe This Time” was performed with a different Cast and Director, August 17-19 at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis, Mo. It sold out all three performances (99-seat theatre).

Newspaper Review


TV Review with video excerpts


All versions were staged simply; black box, in front of a black curtain or on an empty stage, with a single table and two chairs.

2019 "Maybe This Time" was produced by Alton Little Theater, Alton IL on February 1-3. 

Articles and Interviews about the Alton Little Theater Production:




Feedback from Alton Little Theater Production:



We were so thrilled that “Maybe This Time” lit up Alton Little Theater for three performances this past weekend. Despite the Polar Vortex COLD and the Sunday Super Bowl, we still entertained and delighted 353 theater patrons. This was a great response for a show that we squeezed between two other productions because we didn’t want to miss out on the chance to produce your play! Your support and ongoing efforts to encourage and analyze our portrayals was such a welcome collaboration. We hope you send us previews of your upcoming works for the possibility of maybe producing them also. 

The comments on our Facebook site have been overwhelmingly positive. The cast was also unanimously positive in their response to your witty and very funny play. And since three-fourths of the cast are “seasoned” Directors, that is high praise indeed. As I made my way around the community this week I heard more positive feedback: most were similar: “it made me laugh…and still feel a little sad”. Two 90-year old sisters said “you should do more plays like this”.

We at Alton Little Theater (the oldest continuously-running community theater in the state of Illinois) look forward to seeing you soar with success with “Maybe This Time”. Thanks for allowing middle-aged actors to have some great roles in a romantic comedy. Clearly, our audiences could relate and cheer you on. 

With Gratitude and Love,

Lee Cox

Vice-President/Artistic Director Alton Little Theater

2020 Productions of "Maybe This Time"

February 7-9, 2020

Howard County Center for the Arts

Ellicot City, MD 21043

(between Baltimore and Washington DC)

Produced by Thunderous Productions

February 7-16, 2020

Stageworks Northwest Theatre

Longview, WA 98632

(between Portland OR and Seattle WA)

Produced by Stageworks Northwest



Interest in Future Productions

If you have an interest in producing "Maybe This Time", please contact me to discuss royalty options. I will make it easy on any company that wants to do it.  It is a logistically simple play to put on as it only requires one uncomplicated set. In the 5 different versions up to this point, all of the casts and theaters have enjoyed and profited from its' productions. I hope yours will also.

Michael Madden