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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 one act plays, 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?
These three gentle one-act comedies raise a question suggested by Robert Frost himself: Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out, a question that hints at issues of knowledge, self-recognition, bias or prejudice—or even, these days, politics.
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
Voices from the Bible: Monologues for Women
These fictional monologues by Gillette Elvgren are based on women in the Bible. They range from the profound and moving to the comic and even sassy. Find the biblical characters you would expect: Mary, Mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and Martha. Add to that the Witch of Endor and Claudia, the wife of Pilate and you have a vibrant mix of voices, both serious and comic. This collection of monologues can be performed as an evening or individually as a portion of a church or school event.
- 10 - 60 minutes
- 1 - 12 Females
- 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
Talk: The Musical
- 45 Minutes
- 2 Males, 1 Female, 9 M or F, Min 5, Max 12, Doubling Possible
There are plenty of roles for everyone in this large-cast one-act musical for children and community audiences. There are talking and singing stones, trees, and yams, not to mention animals who help the natural world come to life once a year. Things are not well in this magical village, and trees, flowers, and animals tell it in story and song. Full of lively songs like “We Are Here for the Halibut,” these characters sing and dance their way into our hearts.
Music lead sheets and downloadable PDF available. Great for elementary schools.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
Spread Your Garment Over Me
- 10 - 60 minutes
- 1 - 12 Females
A monologue collection by Gillette Elvgren, based on women from the Bible, presents issues of faith, religion, and contemporary challenges. SPREAD YOUR GARMENT OVER ME (Ruth, 3:9) is written as a series of monologues and songs which capture the spirit and character of several women revealed to us in the Bible. Monologues may be used separately as part of a church service or be performed by 1 or more actors an a production. For use of individual monologues, email email@example.comRead 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
I Love Jack Kerouac
- 10 - 30 minutes
- (Doubling Possible), 3+ Males 2+ Females Max 8+ Min 3
Three short quirky Rom-Coms for senior performers by Jan Quackenbush. In the title play, a lonely waitress finds hope through a character strangely resembling Jack Kerouac. In “A Rose, A Cane” an aging couple comes to terms with their declining years. In “Two Roads Diverge”, a Vermont farmer encounters life of the strangest kind during a chance meeting at a fence at his property’s fence line…
The Unmasking of Yetta Breen
- 120 Minutes
- 5 Male, 5 Female, Min/Max 10
A full-length touching and funny ‘dramedy’ by Mickey Coburn, about a newly widowed woman and her changing relationships with her grown children. Yetta’s family expect her to remain ‘mama’: dependent and indecisive but Yetta has ideas of her own. After years of marriage, she wants to live for herself. But when the suitors begin to appear!!!! Will Yetta be able to emancipate herself from the role of “Jewish Mother”? Even if her new beau is the “likker” salesman?
Great for community and regional theaters. Downloadable PDF available.