This selection of contemporary plays – comedies and dramas, illuminate some aspect of our social or political condition and our ability or inability to cope with increasing violence, domestic upheavals in all parts of the world.
Some of these plays take a fresh, contemporary look at historical events and set their characters in a past time which examines the values of then and now in illuminating ways.
It is our belief that art of all kinds leads us to a better place–but especially theater. As an audience, we can laugh and cry together. As performers, we connect with the audience in healing ways.
All play scripts are available in both print copy and via download on our site immediately after payment. If you wish to produce or perform a script, there is a ” Performance Fee” button under each product price list which brings up a form to complete to request performance rights.
Contemporary Plays With Challenges For Teens and Adults
Full-Length Plays for Teens and Adults
Group S.O.S.: Survivors Of Sexual Abuse
- 50 - 60 minutes
In GROUP S.O.S. by Bonnie Culver, the S.O.S stands for Survivors Of Sexual abuse. In two separate 1-hour plays, male or female survivors both confront and comfort one another as they begin their processes of healing. Appropriate for a teen or adult audience, previous productions of these plays have led to audience members seeking help as they begin to recognize themselves among the characters.Read More
- $11.00 – $95.00
An Enemy of the People
- 100 minutes
- 8 Males 4 Females Max 15+ Min 12 (Doubling Possible)
Community, environmental satire, Flexible Casting
Cut but uncensored! This full-length play by Jean Klein is true to the original text which savages corrupt institutions, greedy corporations, arrogant politicians, and our disdain for protecting the environment. This large-cast play can be performed by 10+ actors and plays well for high school, colleges, universities, community and professional theaters.Read More
One-Act Plays For Teens & Adults
The 5 plays in the collection are also available as separate plays, listed below.
I Am the Brother of Dragons ( stand alone play)
by Gillette Elvgren.
Using 4 chairs and masks, the actors dramatize a family struggling with drug abuse. Highly theatrical and simple to produces as a touring show.
Characters: 4 (2M, 2F)
Ophelia Lives! by Gillette Elvgren.. A young girl is driven to consider suicide by forces in her school.
Characters: 5 (3M, 2F)
All Dressed Up by Gillette Elvgren. is concerned with sexual activity in the high school arena.
Characters: 7 (5M, 2F doubling possible)
Drop Out by Gillette Elvgren. deals with the issue of school dropout in urban areas.
Three Long Days by Gillette Elvgren. Teenagers come to grips with stereotyping and the need for tolerance and understanding for one another.
Plays About USA History
- $11.00 – $90.00
A Colonial Christmas
- 110 Minutes
- 9 Males, 4 Females, Max Cast 20+, Min Cast 16
Comedy, Fantasy, Large Cast
A full-length holiday comedy by Gillette Elvgren with a large cast and possible doubling.Read More
In A Colonial Christmas, the Hartley family has decided to downsize the holidays which seem to have lost their significance. However. an old barrel organ is a portal to Christmas in Revolutionary days for a renewal of faith and the Christmas spirit. Great for community theaters and church audiences.
- $11.00 – $75.00
She’ll Find Her Way Home
- 100 minutes
- 2 Males, 3 Females, Min/Max 5
Community, High School, Reader's Theater
A full-length, African-American, post-Civil War drama by Valetta Anderson. The only child of a deceased well-heeled Mississippi slaveholder. Martha Robb views her coming of age full of the adolescent longings and unending horizons promised by the victorious Union Army. and her quadroon complexion. She and her companion, Thomas, could forge different lives, lives absent of the old barriers … if they could only get past her mother.Read More
- $9.00 – $70.00
Nat’s Last Struggle
- 60 Minutes
- 1 Male, Min/Max 1
A one-man play by P. A. Wray. Nat Turner confronts his conscience between his sentencing and his hanging. Nathanial “Nat” Turner (1800-1831) was an American slave who brought about the only direct, continuous slave rebellion (August 1831) in U. S. history. Some regard him as a monster, others as a hero in search of freedom. Which was he?
Great for high school, college, community theater, and readers theater.Read More
- $7.00 – $75.00
- 45 Minutes
- 4 Males
Two retired Marine Corps pilots, Rory “Roar” McMahon, and his longtime squadron buddy, Austin “Toad” Campion, conspire to “escape” from the Navy Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA where they have both been admitted with a life-threatening illness. The two characters are opposites in everything except their love of flying. With the help of two old combat buddies, they plan how to outwit the hospital staff in one, last. “impossible” escapade. Great for seniors and community theaters.Read More
- $5.00 – $30.00
- 15 minutes
- 1 Male, 2 Females, Max/Min cast 3
Competitions, Holocaust Theme, Mother-Daughter, Simple Set
A one-act, 3-character drama. An elderly Holocaust survivor encounters a rebellious teenager in a tattoo parlor. Melanie is determined to get a butterfly tattoo against her mother’s wishes. Sarah is removing her own concentration camp tattoo–91366. Great for competition one-acts, an evening of short plays, or to introduce Holocaust Literature, parent-teen relationships or survival.Read More
- $7.00 – $75.00
- 30 minutes
- 3 Males, 3 Females, Min/Max 6
In this one-act drama Joshua Blanchard is getting ready to leave Kansas to head west on the Oregon Trail in l835. On this climactic day, his youngest son dies, his daughter decides to marry and stay at home, and he has an important confrontation with his wife.
Performs well for middle school, high school, community theater. Great for Reader’s Theater, especially tied into a history or social studies class.Read More