Plays for High Schools
A large selection of more than 60 plays for High Schools that include comedies, dramas and farces. All geared to draw in pupils to engaging stories they will enjoy acting in and performing for the school show.
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- 100 minutes
- 2 Males, 1 Female
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. Available in USA Script Format Only prior to publication.Read More
Refraction of Light
- 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.Read More
A Touch of Frost
- 20 - 60 minutes
- 2 Males, 1 Female Max/Min 3
In these three short plays in one act, 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?
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.Read More
- 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.
Inside and Out
- 10 minutes
- 1 Male, 1 Female. 1 M or F. Max 3, Min 3
This 10-minute poetic play by Jean Klein 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. This 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.Read More
- 15 minutes
- 2 Males, 2 Females
Cell, a 10-minute play 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.Read More
Monologues for Men: Voices from the Old Testament
- 10 - 60 minutes
In these voices from the Old Testament, prolific Christian writer Gillette Elvgren brings to live both characters from the Bible, but also voices of contemporary men of faith, struggling or affirming their beliefs. Perfect not only for inclusion in religious services and programs, but also as audition pieces.
For performance rights for individual monologues, please contact HaveScripts/Blue Moon Plays for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
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
Shorts for All Seasons: America Revisited
Shorts for All Seasons: America Revisited – a collection of six 10-minute plays written by the Virginia Playwrights Forum, skewers the American political and social landscape. From taxes and lotteries, to classrooms and talk show hosts, the foibles of present-day America are revealed.Read More
Shakespeare-On-The-Go: 4 Touring Plays For Young Audiences
These 4 adapatations of Shakespeare plays are skilfully adapted for young audiences and include: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Plays are each approximately 45 to 50 minutes. They are all fast paced, engaging, and include both Shakespeare’s original language as well as theatrical devices that make the language more accessible to young audiences. 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.Read More
A Mirror in Time
- 10 - 60 minutes
- 2-6 M. 2-6 F, Max 12, Min 2
The monologues in A Mirror in Time: History in First Person–Reflections on Love, Relationships & Marriage by Doris Gwaltney focus on how love and marriage may have changed course of history. Tense and revealing, sometimes comic, selected monologues have created successful evenings of Readers Theater for community theaters and schools. They are also ideal for use in English and history courses in middle school and high school.
Romeo and Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words
- 50 Minutes
- 5+ Females 5+ Males Minimum 10 Maximum 20+
This adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” by Robyn Hilt pares down the original but retains the major plot points and beauty of the poetry. “Romeo & Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words” is an ideal 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.Read More