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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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  • Digital Disturbances-Three 10-Minute Comedies of Modern Technology

    by Bonnie Culver
    • 10 - 30 minutes
    • 3M/2F Max 5/Min 3

    Farce, Aging, Bare Stage, Collection, Colleges, Comedy, Community, Doubling Possible, High School

    Who hasn’t struggled with expanding technology? In these three 10-minute comedies, cell phones disrupt lives to uncover a serial philander, a GPS unit miraculously provides comfort to a widower, and Everyman seeks, in vain, a Representative!

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    $9.97$60.00
  • Dreams of Glass

    by Margaret McSeveney
    • 40 Minutes
    • 1 F

    Monologue, Colleges, Community, Competitions, Teens

    A one-woman short play with comedic and dramatic elements. Daisi Dickie, a young woman with dreams of becoming a clairvoyant and a changer of lives discovers her power to influence her own life.

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    $9.97$50.00
  • Original Relocation

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    Fable, Farce, 2-Character, Bare Stage, Comedy

    Adam and Eve start the first world war as they negotiate an uneasy peace when banished from Paradise. A comedic look at the likely discussion shortly after being removed from Paradise. And of course, there are rules about Apples.

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    $6.97$29.95
  • The Don

    by William Heyen
    • 1 - 60 min
    • 1 - 50 M or F

    Fable, Farce, Bare Stage, Collection, Community, Doubling Possible

    41 Plays-On-A-Page convey slices of sometimes fantastical life. Sometimes biting social commentary, sometimes whimsical asides. These short dramas and comedies leave the audience guessing about their own lives and the world around them. William Heyen, National Book Award Finalist and major American poet, has turned his pen to the stage, with stellar results.

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    $11.95$89.87
  • Backwards from Winter

    by Juanita Rockwell
    • 60 Minutes
    • 1 Soprano; 1 Electric Cello

    Musical Drama, Poetic Drama, Bare Stage, Small Cast

    Backwards from Winter is a modern opera, a  “monodrama for soprano, electric cello, computer, and video.” Composed by Douglas Knehans with libretto by Juanita Rockwell,  is the story of a young woman who loses her lover in a fatal accident. The story is told in four scenes – one representing each season.

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  • Ten After Ten: Ten 10-Minute Comedies

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 2 M/F - 20+ M/ F Doubling possible

    Classroom Use, Farce, Seniors, Collection, Comedy

    In Ten After Ten, Jack J. Berry uses unique settings to highlight current problems and issues. These short comedies can be performed as a single evening or used separately as part of a larger presentation to underscore a point. Excellent for classroom, church, or senior facility.

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    $9.97$69.95
  • River Country

    by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda & Robert P. Arthur
    • 70 minutes
    • 4M/5F; Max 9/Min9; 3 musicians

    Classroom Use, Poetic Drama, Bare Stage, Minimal Set, Music Lead Sheets

    A lilting poem for the stage, follows the passionate meeting of a man and woman who share neither language nor culture, yet fall in love. Through the rhythmic blending of language and song, the play combines poetry and both traditional and original melodies to illuminate this romantic union that ultimately overcomes geography and tradition. Instant Printable PDF

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    $13.95$125.00
  • The Crying Tree

    by Peter Gunter
    • 110 Minutes
    • 4 Males/3Females/Max/Min 7

    Dramedy, African American Theme, Colleges, Community, Diverse Cast, Drama

    A stunning, dramatic reminder that the politics of money and the politics of slavery in America are joined at the hip. In his latest full length drama with great comic scenes, Peter Gunter reminds audiences that the roots of racial division ran as deep as kudzu and that our recently discovered “enlightenment” is planted in shallow ground.

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    $11.00$125.00
  • Tom and Huck–Breakin’ The Law

    by Gregory Fletcher
    • 110 Minutes
    • M 5-6/ F 2-3/Max 9/Min 7

    Colleges, Comedy, Competitions, Doubling Possible, Edgy Play, Friendship, High School, Teens

    An award-winning romantic comedy that imagines Tom and Huck as gay sixteen-year-olds, trapped in the 1850’s in St. Petersburg, Missouri. The adventures will be familiar, yet comically twisted, full of teenage angst, and discovery of one’s sexuality and uniqueness. The beloved characters in this send-up remain innocent, and true to the loving spirit of Twain’s original novels.

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    $9.95$125.00
  • Angel Band

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 110 Minutes
    • 14 Males, 5 Females, Max. 19+/Min 15

    Drama, Edgy Play, Large Cast, Lust, Prejudice, Tolerance

    Leaders of the snake-handling Signs Following Church in the hills of Appalachia are threatened by the snakes they handle to prove their Godliness and by the law enforcement and child welfare agencies of the surrounding community.  They live side-by-side with the Blue People, a society of outcasts whose skin is marked by a blue skin tone.  Into the mix comes Jay, a shy, possibly autistic, journalist intent on uncovering the secret world of these hidden cultures.

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    $7.99$110.00
  • N

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

    Colleges, Community, Diverse Cast, Drama

    Adrienne Earle Pender’s “N” dramatizes the struggle between playwright Eugene O’Neill and actor Charles Sidney Gilpin over the inclusion of the “N” word in the script for O’Neill’s first box office hit, The Emperor Jones.  in 1920. They fight from rehearsal to Broadway run and, eventually, to the London tour. To Eugene O’Neill, a word is just a word.  For Charles Gilpin, 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.

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    $11.00$125.00
  • Refraction of Light

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 100 minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 4

    Drama, 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.

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    $9.00$60.00
  • A Touch of Frost

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

    School Touring, Simple Set, Touring

    Three 20-minute 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.

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    $9.95$50.00
  • Humans Remain

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

    Doubling Possible, Drama, Staging Design Potential

    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
  • Inside and Out

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female. 1 M or F. Max 3, Min 3

    Competitions, Fantasy, Simple Set

    This 10-minute poetic play 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.

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    $5.00$20.00
  • Cell

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

    Bare Stage, Comedy

    Cell, a 10-minute comedy for 4 actors, takes us inside connecting and disconnecting calls among 4 different cell phone users. Each looking for answers to the central problems in their lives with hilarious results.

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    $5.00

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