Poetic Drama

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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.

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  • The Don

    The Don

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

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

    These 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
  • modern opera backwards from winter

    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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  • silver beach road spoken word, drama book cover

    Silver Beach Road

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

    spoken word, High School, Reader's Theater, Theatrical Staging Possible, Touring

    The book has all of the 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. It is his mother, father, deity, heaven, a place of love and death to escape to. Surrealism has its place, as does the seriocomic and other post-modern elements.

    Available in Hard Copy only

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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. Instant Printable PDF

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    $13.95$125.00
  • Play Script front cover - Inside and Out

    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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    $5.00$20.00
  • PLays Poems and Pratfalls - Will Shakespeare an Introduction

    Plays, Poems and Pratfalls: Will Shakespeare, An Introduction

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

    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
  • Fron Cover Shakespeare On-The-Go Shakespeare Adapted For Young Audiences

    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
  • Front Cover - play script Pastures of the Sun

    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
  • Front cover Between Trains - A full Length Play With Songs

    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
  • Shakespeare on the go

    Romeo and Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words

    by Robyn Hilt
    • 50 Minutes
    • 5+ Females 5+ Males Minimum 10 Maximum 20+

    Classroom Use

    This adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” by Robyn Hilt reduces the original but retains the major plot points and beauty of the poetry. A great 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.

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    $11.00$75.00
  • Collection of one act plays - robert arthur's eastern shore

    Robert Arthur’s Eastern Shore

    by Robert P. Arthur

    Musical Drama, Poetic Drama, Colleges, Community, High School, Large Cast, Middle School, Professional

    ROBERT 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, 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.

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    $14.95
  • Play Script Phaedra mythical drama Cover Image

    Phaedra

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 90 Minutes
    • 4 Males 4 Females Max 15+ Min 9

    Drama, Simple Props, Simple Set

    A full-length, poetic drama resurrects the love, lust, and retribution of the original Greek legend in modern 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.

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    $11.00$70.00
  • front cover Hymn to the Chesapeake - A Play in Poetry and Song

    Hymn to the Chesapeake

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 95 Minutes
    • 5 Males, 5 Females, Max/Min 10

    Musical Drama, Flexible Casting

    An award-winning, full-length play with music 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.

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    $11.00$90.00
  • Book cover Image fro Distant Survivors a holocaust play

    Distant Survivors

    by June Prager
    • 60 Minutes
    • 4 Males, 1 Female, Max/Min cast 5

    Poetic Drama, Simple Set

    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.

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    $9.97$70.00
  • Christian, Irish monks Brendan Finnoag,

    Brendan’s Journey

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 120 Minutes
    • 2 Males, Max/Min 2

    Friendship, Simple Set, Trust

    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.

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    $9.95$75.00
  • the canterbury tales stage adaptation script cover

    The Canterbury Tales

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 90 Minutes
    • 3+ Males, 4+ Females, Max Cast 20+, Min Cast 8

    Accessible, Doubling Roles, Flexible Casting, Music Lead Sheets

    This full-length comedy play with music brings rapid-fire dialogue to an old classic.  With a flexible cast, it is an excellent play for high school performances, college theaters, or community productions.  Elvgren has selected the bawdiest and most satirical tales for this version.  A sense of Chaucer’s language is maintained but is made accessible to a modern audience.

    (Lead sheets available)

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    $11.00$80.00

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