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.
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Contemporary Plays With Challenges For Teens and Adults
Full-Length Plays for Teens and Adults
consists of two companion plays: male and female versions of a therapy group for survivors of sexual abuse. From all walks of life, these characters meet, clash with, and eventually work to bring comfort to one another.The language and delicacy with which the subject matter is handled make it accessible to high school and college students, a number of whom, statistically, have probably experienced some of the situations in the plays.
Characters: 5 (M or F)
adapted by Jean Klein:
Cut but uncensored!
This version of Enemy of the People is prophetic social comedy and political satire. It sends the naive optimism of Dr. Thomas Stockmann to joust with the greed and pragmatism of his brother, the mayor as the environment of a small, seaside community dependent on tourist dollars is threatened.
Characters: 9+ 7M, 2F, Citizens
One-Act Plays For Teens & Adults
The 5 plays in the collection are also available as separate plays, listed below.
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
by Gillette Elvgren.
A comically dysfunctional family is transported back to Christmas Eve, 1776 and discover the Christmas roots and traditions they had lost.
Through the use of a magical old barrel organ this comically dysfunctional family is transported back to Christmas Eve, 1776 where they meet up with General George Washington as he is considering crossing the Delaware.
Characters: 13+ 9M,4F, Carolers (doubling possible)
by Valetta Anderson: A love story
This compelling love story is a fictionalized account of the courtship of Martha and Isaiah Montgomery, the historical founders of the African-American town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi.
“Like August Wilson’s scenes of blacks at home and at leisure, these moments have the natural, artless flow of life itself. And below the easygoing horseplay, the historical context creates an undertow of suspense, for these are the lonely advance scouts on a perilous journey from slavery into an alien white world.” (Dan Hulbert, Theater Critic, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, February 6, 1991. )