Poetic Drama Scripts – modern verse drama include Shakespeare adapted for young audiences, Romeo and Juliette, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Other poetic drama plays include a collection of funny, irreverent, and fanciful journeys based on 8 ancient solar festivals, a modern take on Buddhist wisdom, award-winning Hymn to the Chesapeake and a poetic drama about the Holocaust.
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- 110 Minutes
- 2 Males, 5 Females; 1 African dancer (optional) (small roles are doubled).
A full-length drama script for a play by Robin Rice, Humans Remain challenges our views on cultural bias, assimilation, values, and assumptions. A well-meaning “foreigner” attempts to rescue the White Cliff Kinfolk – a mixed-race society isolated from civilization in the hills of New Jersey for over 200 years. Love. Death. History. Magic. Nature. Belief. All of these are played out on the stage. All but one character are mixed race, mainly African-American. One character is specified as African-American. The others are as diverse as desired.
Highly theatrical staging possible.
Inside and Out
- 10 minutes
- 1 Male, 1 Female. 1 M or F. Max 3, Min 3
This 10-minute poetic play by Jean Klein 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. This 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.Read More
Shakespeare-On-The-Go: 4 Touring Plays For Young Audiences
These 4 adapatations of Shakespeare plays are skilfully adapted for young audiences and include: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Plays are each approximately 45 to 50 minutes. They are all fast paced, engaging, and include both Shakespeare’s original language as well as theatrical devices that make the language more accessible to young audiences. 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.Read More
Romeo and Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words
- 50 Minutes
- 5+ Females 5+ Males Minimum 10 Maximum 20+
This adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” by Robyn Hilt pares down the original but retains the major plot points and beauty of the poetry. “Romeo & Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words” is an ideal choice for classroom presentation. All of the major scenes and plot points are intact, as well as the humor of the Nurse and Mercutio. Students take one role and develop that character through analyzing motives and decisions.Read More
In the Pastures of the Sun
- 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.Read More
- 70 minutes
- 5 Male, 3 Female, Doubling Possible Cast: 7 - 14
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. Inspired by Buddhist teachings on the nature of Mind, 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.Read More
The Quest of the Yellow Pearl
- 50 Minutes
- 12 Male, 5 Female, Min/Max 17
In ancient times, Eldad, a gem merchant hears rumors of a magnificent pearl. He spends his life seeking for this marvelous jewel. Throughout his travels——and travails——he encounters both the splendor and the baseness of humanity. When his riches and health, and even his sight are finally gone, he discovers that the rumored pearl is, in fact, a man named Jesus, the true pearl beyond price.
Robert Arthur’s Eastern ShoreROBERT ARTHUR’S EASTERN SHORE by Robert P. Arthur, twice nominated for Virginia’s Poet Laureate: The book includes 4 one-act plays, a selection of his award-winning poems, and “Hymn to the Chesapeake,” a play with music. The culture of the Eastern Shore watermen and waterwomen has long been threatened by the erosion of winds off the Chesapeake Bay and a dwindling supply of crabs and “ersters” to be harvested. These poems and plays celebrate that life and allow us, for a brief moment to share the triumph and the pain of finding one’s livelihood and reason for being in an environment that is both beautiful and unforgiving.Read More
- 90 Minutes
- 4 Males 4 Females Max 15+ Min 9
A full-length, poetic drama by Robert P. Arthur resurrects the love, lust, and retribution of the original Greek legend in contemporary surroundings. A stepmother’s insatiable desire for her husband’s son destroys a family. Set in a beach house with the sound of drumming waves and ghostly figures of fishwives in the background, this verse play brings the ancient story back to life. With minimal stage requirements, this drama relies heavily on the rhythm of language. Great for college, community, and professional theaters.Read More
Hymn to the Chesapeake
- 95 Minutes
- 5 Males, 5 Females, Max/Min 10
This award-winning, full-length play with music is filled with the poetry of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Robert P. Arthur weaves fragments of conversations and traditional melodies to portray the love and heartbreak of its watermen and women–the love of the sea, a mother for a child, a man for a woman. Easy to stage with a variable cast, this haunting drama can be performed easily by high school, college, community, and professional theaters.
- 60 Minutes
- 4 Males, 1 Female, Max/Min cast 5
In this poetic drama, we see the past through the eyes of a German-American who looks back on his ancestral heritage and tries to come to terms with it. He encounters voices and embodiments of World War II, like echoes from the past and tries to find answers where there are only shadows. Distant Survivors was conceived and adapted for the stage by director June Prager, based on Holocaust poetry by William Heyen.Read More
- 120 Minutes
- 2 Males, Max/Min 2
In this picaresque comedy/drama for 2 actors, Brendan and a companion journey in a small boat to the ‘promised land over the waves.’ Using props and costumes, the actors portray pivotal and conflicting characters from their past friendship. Gradually, they confront and resolve differences that threaten their relationship.Brendan’s Journey is a play about relationships: with friends, with spouses, and with God.