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Plays with two male characters

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  • African-American, black actor, Eugene O'Neill, racism, history

    N

    by Adrienne Pender
    • 100 minutes
    • 2 Males, 1 Female

    Who owns the role – playwright or actor?

    Adrienne Earle Pender’s N dramatizes the struggle between playwright Eugene O’Neill and actor Charles Sidney Gilpin in 1920, as they mount O’Neill’s first box office hit, The Emperor Jones. From rehearsal to Broadway run and, eventually, to the London tour — they fight over the inclusion of the “N” word in O’Neill’s script. To Eugene O’Neill, a word is just a word. Using the N-word heightens the character and strengthens the impact of the play. For Charles Gilpin, who becomes the first black man to be honored by the Drama League of New York for his portrayal of the lead in The Emperor Jones, those six letters have the power to unravel everything that he has ever worked. At stake for O’Neill? His artistic vision. For Gilpin? His entire career and family.

    Downloadable PDF available.  Diverse casting.

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    $11.00$80.00
  • Refraction of Light

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 100 minutes
    • 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 Nettie French, a childhood sweetheart, and buy the house belonging to Rose Beauchamp, a white teacher who has befriended both Nettie, daughter of Rose’s deceased best friend, and Joe and encouraged their friendship and 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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    $9.00$60.00
  • one-act, comedy. Robert Frost. New England, aliens, magical realism

    A Touch of Frost

    by Jan Quackenbush
    • 20 - 60 minutes
    • 2 Males, 1 Female Max/Min 3

    In these three short one act plays, Wilford, from New York, finally realizes that his new neighbors–Mila, her son Klig, and husband Kulerie Klee–may not be from this planet but live on a farm next to Wilford’s newly purchased homestead – in Vermont! Their adjoining farms are separated only by a stone wall which is beginning to fall apart. What to do? Knock it down? Build it back? – and by what are they walling in and walling out?

    These three gentle one-act comedies raise a question suggested by Robert Frost himself: Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out, a question that hints at issues of knowledge, self-recognition, bias or prejudice—or even, these days, politics.

    Small cast of 3; simple set: bare stage with a few rocks; downloadable PDF available; can be performed by high school, college, university students or groups. Excellent for touring to schools.

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    $11.95$50.00
  • Forn Cover - HUMANS REMAIN A Full Length Drama Robin Rice

    Humans Remain

    by Robin Rice
    • 110 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 5 Females; 1 African dancer (optional) (small roles are doubled).

    A hidden society fearful of the outside. A curious stranger accidentally pulled into their world. A romance that threatens their survival. Humans Remain is a celebration of love, familial responsibility, and honor.

    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.

     

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    $9.95$80.00
  • Cell by Bonnie Culver

    Cell

    by Bonnie Culver
    • 15 minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females

    Cell, a 10-minute play by Bonnie Culver, takes us inside connecting and disconnecting calls among 4 different cell phone users attempting to find answers to the central problems in their lives with sometimes odd results.

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    $5.00
  • 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

    Plays, Poems, and Pratfalls: Will Shakespeare, an Introduction, by Evan Guilford-Blake is 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. Printable PDF available

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    $9.95$75.00
  • Talk the Musical book cover

    Talk: The Musical

    by Lori M. Myers
    • 45 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 1 Female, 9 M or F, Min 5, Max 12, Doubling Possible

    There are plenty of roles for everyone in this large-cast one-act musical for children and community audiences.  There are talking and singing stones, trees, and yams, not to mention animals who help the natural world come to life once a year. Things are not well in this magical village, and trees, flowers, and animals tell it in story and song.  Full of lively songs like “We Are Here for the Halibut,” these characters sing and dance their way into our hearts.

    Music lead sheets and downloadable PDF available. Great for elementary schools.

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    $9.95$80.00
  • Front Cover Short Skits for Long Lives - comedy plays for seniors

    Short Skits for Long Lives

    by Ed Friedman
    • 10 - 60 minutes

    Short Skits for Long Lives by Ed Friedman, contains six 10-minute plays for seniors. With mostly senior cast members, these short comedies play well for senior groups and senior actors.  They may be produced as Readers Theater, or on stage individually or as a group. A downloadable PDF is available.

    Should children interfere in the romantic lives of their parents? What happens when a son discovers that there’s more to his mother then he realized? How does an aging parent know when it’s time to give up the car key? These issues and more are explored in this collection of 10-minute plays written to spark conversations between the generations.

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    $9.95$40.00
  • Book Front Cover independence day

    Independence Day

    by Marj O'Neill-Butler
    • 10 - 40 minutes

    In these three short comedies for seniors by Marj O’Neill-Butler,  characters of a certain age struggle against grown children, spouses, or former tormentors to maintain their own psychological and social independence.

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    $9.00$30.00
  • She'll Find Her Way Home Play Script Book Cover

    She’ll Find Her Way Home

    by Valetta Anderson
    • 100 minutes
    • 2 Males, 3 Females, Min/Max 5

    A full-length, African-American, post-Civil War drama by Valetta Anderson. The only child of a wealthy though deceased Mississippi slaveholder. Martha Robb views her coming of age with the adolescent longings and unending horizons promised by the victorious Union Army and her quadroon complexion. She and her friend, Thomas, could forge new lives for themselves, lives without barriers… if they could only get past her mother.

    Great for community theaters, high school theaters, and Readers Theater.

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    $11.00$75.00
  • Captures high and low points of a 30-year marriage.

    Snapshots

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 45 Minutes
    • 2 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    Snapshots is a three-actor touching comedy that captures the high and low points of a 30-year marriage. Maggie ages from 27 to 60’s and Sy, her husband, ages 32 to 60’s. The Man represents various pivotal figures in their lives. Great for competitions, high schools, community theaters. Simple set: 3 cubes and a coat rack.

     

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    $7.00$50.00
  • Cover- Elder Pair - Four senior Comedies

    ElderPair: Four Senior Courtship Comedies

    by Pat Montley
    • 15 -90 minutes
    • 2+M 2+F Min 2 Max 8

    Four one-act senior  comedies by Pat Montley, for the young-at-heart senior community, these plays dramatize a variety of romantic relationships among characters who are determined to live their lives to the fullest. They may be performed as a complete program for the evening or separately as short plays. Running time is about 10 – 15 minutes apiece. Great for senior or retirement communities. Downloadable, printable PDF available.

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    $9.00$50.00
  • Shakespeare-on-the-go

    Midsummer Night’s Dream for Youth

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 45 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 4

    In this one-act adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy by Gillette Elvgren, four players in a traveling clown troupe wake up one morning to discover that they have been abandoned by the other members of the company. That evening they are required to perform A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM before the local Squire and they have to madly re-invent the play so that it can be done with four clowns.

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    $8.00$75.00
  • Shakespeare on the go

    Macbeth for Youth

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 45 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 4

    A one-act adaptation for children of Shakespeare’s harrowing story of the ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth by Gillette Elvgren as they acquire the crown of Scotland through devious means. The theme of greed and ambition is emphasized and the part of the Porter is expanded to provide more comic relief. The Porter serves as an intermediary between the play and the audience, as do the Witches, in order to make the Shakespeare story fully accessible to a younger audience.

     

    Ideal for grades 3 – 8, the small-cast drama tours easily. It has a framed story involving a teen drama group. With the participatory elements removed, it also works as a teen one-act play.

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    $8.00$75.00
  • By Gillette Elvgren

    I Am the Brother of Dragons

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 45 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 4

    In this insightful drama by Gillette Elvgren, a family struggles to cope with drug addiction. Highly theatrical, the actors wear the masks that represent the many disguises they all assume in the dance of addiction.

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    $13.95
  • Fron Cover Herschel and Happy Participatory Comedy for Children

    Herschel and Happy

    by Mickey Coburn
    • 60 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 4

    Herschel and Happy, a play for children by Mickey Coburn, consists of 3 short plays which follow two wandering friends who can’t stay out of mischief. These plays are highly participatory for a younger audience. The show lasts approximately an hour.

    Written for children, to be performed by adults.  The show tours easily with simple sets, costumes, and props.

    Downloadable, printable PDF available.

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    $9.00$75.00

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