Recently Published Plays
These plays throw a light on the cultural diversity of America and give space to under-represented topics, cultural groups, and largely hidden issues.
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By Robin Rice
2 Males, 5 Females; 1 African dancer (optional) (small roles are doubled).
A hidden mixed-race society fearful of the outside. A curious stranger pulled into their world. A romance threatens the community’s survival.
This full-length drama script challenges our views on cultural bias, assimilation, values, and assumptions.
2 Males, 3 Females, Min/Max 5
A full-length, African-American, post-Civil War drama. Martha Robb, the only child of a wealthy Mississippi slaveholder, views her coming of age with the hope promised by the victorious Union Army and her quadroon complexion. She and her friend, Thomas, could forge new lives for themselves without barriers… if they could only get past her mother. Great for community theaters, high school theaters, and Readers Theater.
3 Males, 4 Females, Max/Min 7
A play about shifting sexuality.
In this one-act drama, seven teenagers laugh and cry as they tell their personal stories.
Playing roles in each other’s scenes, they confront growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. Needing only a bare stage, seven actors, and 50 minutes.
14 Males, 5 Females, Max. 19+/Min 15
Leaders of the snake-handling Signs Following Church in the hills of Appalachia are threatened by the snakes they handle, by law enforcement and by child welfare agencies. They live side-by-side with the outcast Blue People. Jay, a shy, possibly autistic journalist becomes entangled in their culture and their mythology. Where does his identity as an outsider begin and end? What defines our culture and identities?
By P. A. Wray
50 – 60 minutes
1 Male 1 Female Max/Min 2
It is November 5, 1831 – the day that Nat Turner, leader of a bloody slave rebellion, will be tried, convicted and sentenced to death. In the predawn hours before the trial, a mysterious woman enters to purify the courtroom. When Nat is finally given light he struggles to make his case – taking us on a journey where we see a bright, enslaved boy grow into a divinely-inspired freedom fighter.
By Adrienne Pender
2 Males, 1 Female
“N” dramatizes the struggle between Eugene O’Neill and African-American actor Charles Sidney Gilpin in 1920, as they mount O’Neill’s first box office hit, “The Emperor Jones.”
From rehearsal to Broadway and London, they clash over Gilpin’s reluctance to say the “N” word in O’Neill’s script. To O’Neill, a word is a word. For Charles Gilpin, those six letters have the power to unravel his life, his career, and his pride.
2 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 4
On the day World War II ends, another war begins. Joe Taylor, an African-American veteran decides he wants to marry and buy the house belonging to Rose Beauchamp, a white teacher who has befriended him and encouraged his academic aspirations.
Rose’s prejudice rears its head and her reluctance to sell her house to Joe sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy all their futures. Harry Rosen, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany, enters their lives and helps them find their way home.
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