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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- 100 minutes
- 2 Males, 1 Female
Diverse Cast, Drama
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. 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 for. 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
Professional, Simple Set
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. Rose is a white teacher who has befriended both Nettie 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
School Touring, Simple Set, Touring
Three short comedies in one act. Wilford, from New York, has just bought and moved to a new homestead in Vermont, but he realizes that his new neighbors may not be from this planet! Mila, her son Klig, and husband Kulerie Klee, live on a farm next to Wilford’s and 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 what are they walling in and walling out? Can be performed by high school, college, university students or groups.Read More
- 110 Minutes
- 2 Males, 5 Females; 1 African dancer (optional) (small roles are doubled).
Doubling Possible, Staging Design Potential
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.Read More
Inside and Out
- 10 minutes
- 1 Male, 1 Female. 1 M or F. Max 3, Min 3
Competitions, Fantasy, Simple Set
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. The 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
Bare Stage, Comedy
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 [email protected].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. 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
Doubling Possible, Edgy Play
Award-winning full-length drama for 8-10 actors, SNIPER is very loosely based upon the nation’s first school shooting in 1975. The drama explores the mind and life of seventeen year old Anthony Vaccaro, who fatally shoots 9 citizens of a small town in upstate New York. Moving back and forth in time, Vaccaro searches his own past and remembers….
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.
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 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.Read More
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, 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