Plays for College Student Audiences
These plays are ideal for theatre companies going into colleges with a theater production, or student actors performing a show for their peers. Discover full-length plays, dramas, comedies as one-acts, short plays, monologues, The scripts are good plays for college students because they engage the audience in big questions of modern life, including drug misuse, sexual abuse, school shootings, faith, belief, racism, the environment, twists on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, famous marriages from history.
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- 110 Minutes
- 2 Males, 5 Females; 1 African dancer (optional) (small roles are doubled).
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 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.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
- 70 minutes
- 5 Male, 3 Female, Doubling Possible Cast: 7 - 14
In this strangely magical play with songs, a woman wakes up in a train station someplace between Maybe and Nowhere. Everyone she meets is waiting for something or going somewhere, but she’s just looking for a way out. Inspired by Buddhist teachings on the nature of Mind, the play explores how we get stuck and how we get unstuck – and what can happen in those crucial moments when how we respond makes all the difference . . .
Great for site-specific theaters or professional theaters, as well as college and university venues.Read More
- 90 Minutes
- 8 Males; 2 Females; Doubling Possible
Banned in Boston! Before a successful run off-off-Broadway, scheduled productions of Sniper were canceled by high schools after the Oklahoma City and Columbine shooting, fearful that this play would incite violence. Set in 1974, Sniper invites us into the fictional world of real-life sniper Anthony Barbaro, who on December 30, 1974, took a gun up to the third floor of his high school and became one of the nation’s first headlined teenage rampage killers.
Great for high school, college, and community theater and discussion groups.Read More
- 20 Minutes
- 1 Male 1 Female Max/Min 2
An “outdoorsy” couple on their honeymoon discover what it means to be caught, or bound together in love. This award-winning one-act comedy by B. A. Hite was a First Place winner, Actor’s Theatre; produced by Theatre Wagon of Virginia and Tidewater Community College. Simple set. Easy to stage.
Great fit for community theaters and high school competitions. Downloadable, printable PDF available.
Robert Arthur’s Eastern ShoreROBERT ARTHUR’S EASTERN SHORE by Robert P. Arthur, twice nominated for Virginia’s Poet Laureate: The book includes 4 one-act plays, a selection of his award-winning poems, and “Hymn to the Chesapeake,” a play with music. The culture of the Eastern Shore watermen and waterwomen has long been threatened by the erosion of winds off the Chesapeake Bay and a dwindling supply of crabs and “ersters” to be harvested. These poems and plays celebrate that life and allow us, for a brief moment to share the triumph and the pain of finding one’s livelihood and reason for being in an environment that is both beautiful and unforgiving.Read More
Behind Closed Doors
- 15 - 90 Minutes
- 1+ Male 1+ Female Max 16 Min 2
The monologues and dialogues in “Behind Closed Doors” are gripping fictional insights into the psyches of historical married couples. They are set in prisons, bedrooms, palaces, gardens and Hitler’s bunker. These scenes reveal dark, tense moments in famous, tormented lives. Great acting scripts for auditions and competitions.
NOTE: The performance fee is applicable to a production of the complete script. Prices for performance of individual monologues may be obtained by emailing HaveScripts/Blue Moon Plays at email@example.com.Read More
Nat Turner’s Last Struggle: Finding His Way Home
- 50 - 60 minutes
- 1 Male 1 Female Max/Min 2
This one-act, two character play opens during the pre-dawn hours of November 5, 1831. It is 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. Seven days later she is there by the hanging tree when Turner is executed and thrown into the darkness of death – where he fears he has been eternally abandoned. 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. And the mysterious woman is there – stealthily guiding Nat and us to our long-forgotten home.Read More
An Enemy of the People
Cut but uncensored! This full-length, 90-minute version Enemy of the People by Jean Klein is faithful to the Ibsen text which savages corrupt institutions, greedy businessmen, arrogant politicians, and our disdain for protecting the environment. This large-cast play can be performed with 10+ actors and plays well for high school, colleges, and community and professional theaters.Read More
The Devil’s Due
- 45 Minutes
- 2 Males 2 Females Max 4 Min 4
In The Devil’s Due, a one-act drama/comedy, an artist, Eric Talmadge, confronts the decline of his aesthetic powers and the possible dissolution of his marriage. In a satiric tour de force, a visitor—possibly a neighboring psychiatrist and possibly a more fearsome presence—offers him a possible way out of his dilemma. Is M. Boudreaux really an unorthodox psychiatrist practicing from his apartment in NYC or does he represent a power other than the mind? And what choice does he give Eric in order to regain his peace of mind and his artistic abilities?Read More
Jake Revolver: Freelance Secret Agent
- 90 Minutes
- 7 Males/4 Females/Min 6, Max 11/ Doubling Possible
In this radio-noir, private detective parody, by Matthew Konkel, Jake Revolver fights against conspiracy, double cross and self-reference to uncover the killer of his own narrator. Meant to be performed as the premiere episode of a nineteen-forties live radio broadcast complete with foley artistry and on-stage standup microphones, Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent is packed with puns, play on words, oodles of self-referential absurdity (and Beatles references?)Read More