African American Play Scripts
These dynamic play scripts illuminate contemporary African American life experience and African American history. With compelling roles for black actors, contemporary monologues for male and female black actors.
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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
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, 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
She’ll Find Her Way Home
- 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.Read More
Nat’s Last Struggle
- 60 Minutes
- 1 Male, Min/Max 1
A one-man play by P. A. Wray. Nat Turner confronts his conscience between his sentencing and his hanging. Nathanial “Nat” Turner (1800-1831) was an American slave who brought about the only direct, continuous slave rebellion (August 1831) in U. S. history. Some regard him as a monster, others as a hero in search of freedom. Which was he?
Great for high school, college, community theater, and readers theater.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