Poetic Drama

poetic drama scripts verse drama stage drama Verse on Stage – Scripts for Poetic Drama and Spoken Word Performance

Modern verse drama – including award-winning Hymn to the Chesapeake, adaptations of Shakespeare for young audiences – Romeo and Juliette, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Other poetic drama plays include a collection of hilarious, irreverent, and fantastical journeys based on 8 ancient solar festivals, a modern take on Buddhist wisdom, and a poetic drama about the Holocaust. Great for Spoken Word Poetry events.

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  • PTSD

    PTSD & Me

    by Erika Renee Land
    • 60 - 90 minutes
    • 1 F

    Monologue, Poetic Drama, Bare Stage, Community

    one-woman play script consisting of a collection of poetic monologues, that is irresistibly lined with head-bopping rhythms and palpable poetry, is Spoken Word Poetry at its best. Lays bare the horror and humor of war.

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    $9.97$85.00
  • Drowning Ophelia

    by Rachel Luann Strayer
    • 60 - 90 minutes
    • 2 Male, 2 Female, Max 4/Min4

    Dramedy, Poetic Drama, sexual abuse, Comedy, Edgy Play, Highly Theatrrical, Trust

    The set of this one-act comedy for four actors is Jane’s bathtub. She finds it inhabited by a strange, Shakespearean woman whose enigmatic commentary intrudes on Jane’s thoughts and her new romantic relationship. This dark comedy is about the long-term consequences of childhood abuse and a love letter to those who have suffered. There is always hope.

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    $11.97$125.00
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    Ghosts of Silver Beach Road

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 60 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 1 Female

    Classroom Use, Poetic Drama, Spoken Word Theatre, Bare Stage, Colleges, Competitions, Reader's Theater

    A 3-character poem-play that reveals the first ten years of the life of an abused child struggling on the cusp of mental illness and successfully hiding it from his dysfunctional family.

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    $11.97$80.00
  • ABC's of Memory-lenny Lianne

    ABC’s of Memory

    by Lenny Lianne
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1 - 50 M or F

    Auditions, Monologue, spoken word, Spoken Word Theatre, Variable Length, Reader's Theater

    Lianne’s ABCs of Memory touch on cultural milestones such as Elvis, Nancy Drew, Wonder Bread, 9-11, and Ty Cobb, as well as personal memories of family life. These poems both celebrate and mourn America’s past and present.

    These are dramatic poems. Life happens. Events occur. Here is an elegy for our American Dream. As such. these poems are naturals for forensics, scene study, and spoken word events.

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    $12.95$75.00
  • Floyd Collins and the White Angels of Sand Cave

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 120 Minutes
    • 3-7M/2-3F - MAX 50+/MIN 7

    Colleges, Community, Doubling Possible, Drama, Edgy Play, Highly Theatrical, Large Cast

    In Kentucky, caves were popular tourist attractions and a source of revenue. In 1925 Floyd Collins hoped to find another entrance to the Mammoth Cave, He got trapped undergound for two weeks  and a frantic media circus ensued, heightened by a new invention, public radio broadcasts.

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    $11.00$115.00
  • The Hidden Stream

    by Stephanie Sugioka
    • 15 -90 minutes
    • 1 F

    Monologue, Poetic Drama, Reader's Theater

    A moving, insightful autobiography combining poetry and reflection reveals the emerging life and art of a poet.

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    $11.00$60.00
  • Monsters

    by Chris Bullard
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1-6M; 1F; Min 1, Max 7

    Auditions, Monologue, Poetic Drama, Variable Length, Bare Stage, Collection, Highly Theatrrical, Reader's Theater

    Seven contemporary monologues that take the audience into a roller coaster ride of the psyche from predators to bizarre takes on the afterlife. Featuring an electric chair experiment, missing body parts and a weird scientific experiment to name a few. Great solo performance ideas.

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    $10.80$79.98
  • The Don

    by William Heyen
    • 1 - 60 min
    • 1 - 50 M or F

    Fable, Farce, Bare Stage, Collection, Community, Doubling Possible

    41 Plays-On-A-Page convey slices of sometimes fantastical life. Sometimes biting social commentary, sometimes whimsical asides. These short dramas and comedies leave the audience guessing about their own lives and the world around them. William Heyen, National Book Award Finalist and major American poet, has turned his pen to the stage, with stellar results.

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    $11.95$89.87
  • Backwards from Winter

    by Juanita Rockwell
    • 60 Minutes
    • 1 Soprano; 1 Electric Cello

    Musical Drama, Poetic Drama, Bare Stage, Small Cast

    Backwards from Winter is a modern opera, a  “monodrama for soprano, electric cello, computer, and video.” Composed by Douglas Knehans with libretto by Juanita Rockwell,  is the story of a young woman who loses her lover in a fatal accident. The story is told in four scenes – one representing each season.

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    $8.95$9.95
  • Silver Beach Road

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1 - 7 M or F

    Spoken Word Theatre, High School, Reader's Theater, Theatrical Staging Possible, Touring

    This collection of over 50 poems has all of Robert P. Arthur’s skill and lovely, rhythmical language, but also a sense of loss of both life and love, the former viewed with both curiosity and indifference, the latter producing some of the author’s most moving love poems. The sea is. however, ever-present, just like in his other works.

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    $14.97
  • River Country

    by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda & Robert P. Arthur
    • 70 minutes
    • 4M/5F; Max 9/Min9; 3 musicians

    Classroom Use, Poetic Drama, Bare Stage, Minimal Set, Music Lead Sheets

    A lilting poem for the stage, follows the passionate meeting of a man and woman who share neither language nor culture, yet fall in love. Through the rhythmic blending of language and song, the play combines poetry and both traditional and original melodies to illuminate this romantic union that ultimately overcomes geography and tradition.

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    $13.95$125.00
  • Inside and Out

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female. 1 M or F. Max 3, Min 3

    Competitions, Fantasy, Simple Set

    This 10-minute poetic play dramatizes a mother’s attempt to reach inside the autistic mind of her young son. Characters include Jonah, the boy, his mother, Jonah’s mind. The play is a great change of pace in an evening of short plays and as an introduction to discussion groups and classes in social work and mental health settings.

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    $7.99$30.00
  • Plays, Poems and Pratfalls: Will Shakespeare, An Introduction

    by Evan Guilford-Blake
    • 45 Minutes
    • 1 or 2 Males, 1 or 2 Females

    Audience Participation, Comedy, Drama, High School, Middle School

    A 45-minute introduction to various works of The Bard. Written to be performed by 2 or 4 actors within a single class period. ideal for ages 8 – 12. Includes excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, As You Like It, and one of the sonnets: number 18. Printable PDF available

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    $7.95$40.00
  • Shakespeare-On-The-Go: 4 Touring Plays For Young Audiences

    by Gillette Elvgren

    Collection, Touring

    4 skilfully adapted plays for young audiences: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Plays are each around 45 to 50 minutes, are fast-paced, engaging, and make the language more accessible to young audiences, while including both Shakespeare’s original language and theatrical devices. As exciting participatory theater they appeal to elementary school students. With the participatory elements removed, each play’s frame story is producible as a play for teens or for teen drama groups to perform for a younger audience.

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    $13.95$60.00
  • In the Pastures of the Sun

    by D.D. Delaney
    • 120 minutes/play
    • 4 Males, 4 Females, Minimum Cast, 8 Maximum Cast 20+5

    The plays in this collection are based on 8 ancient solar festivals. Funny, irreverent, and fanciful they take us on journeys with one foot in this life and the other in . . . well, another world whose planet is somewhere between poetry and outer space. Read more to see a list of the plays in the collection.

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    $15.95$60.00
  • Between Trains

    by Juanita Rockwell
    • 70 minutes
    • 5 Male, 3 Female, Doubling Possible Cast: 7 - 14

    Colleges, Community, Edgy Play, Large Cast

    In this strangely magical play with songs, a woman wakes up in a train station someplace between Maybe and Nowhere. Everyone she meets is waiting for something or going somewhere, but she’s just looking for a way out. The play explores how we get stuck and how we get unstuck – and what can happen in those crucial moments when how we respond makes all the difference . . .

    Great for site-specific theaters or professional theaters, as well as college and university venues.

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    $9.95$80.00

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