Family Relationships

Play Scripts About Family Relationships

Find Dramas and Comedies about family issues. See below, plays that explore the emotional connections between parents and children, between brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren, husbands and wives. There is love, hate, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness.

In different societies and cultures, expectations of the shape of family relationships differ greatly: fathers and sons, fathers and daughters. mothers and sons, mothers and daughters. Relationships between step-mothers and their step-children have traditionally been unfairly portrayed as fraught with difficulty and used as a dramatic device for comic or dramatic effect.

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  • the crying tree play about slavery book cover

    The Crying Tree

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

    African American Theme, Colleges, Community, Diverse Cast

    The Crying Tree is 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
  • Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, LGTBQ, gay romance, plays for college, university plays

    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. By the concluding scenes, the boys find their place in this world from the power of the family. 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
  • A large trunk sits abandoned at a railway station

    The Trunk

    by L. Elizabeth Powers
    • 15 minutes
    • 2 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    Competitions, Fantasy, Simple Set, Small Cast

    A man is about to board a mysterious train when he is stopped because of the size of his luggage. What is in his trunk that he is so reluctant to part with? And where is the train going? In this 15-minute play, L. Elizabeth Powers bears witness to the fact that it’s never too late to take a different path.

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    $6.97$48.00
  • play script n-word front cover

    N

    by Adrienne Pender
    • 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 over the inclusion of the “N” word in O’Neill’s script in 1920, as they mount O’Neill’s first box office hit, The Emperor Jones. 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, who becomes the first black man to be honored by the Drama League of New York, 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. 

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    $11.00$125.00
  • refraction of light play script cover

    Refraction of Light

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 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.

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    $9.00$60.00
  • Play Script front cover - Inside and Out

    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 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.

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    $5.00$20.00
  • play script front cover - A Slippery Slope

    A Slippery Slope

    by P. A. Wray
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 2 Females, Max/Min cast 3

    Simple Set

    In this 10-minute comedy play by P.A. Wray, a student at a Christian academy discovers some truths about the culture wars and his own family when he is forced to defend his oral report which contained facts at odds with the school’s ideology. Ideal for community theater or as part of an evening of short plays. 

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    $5.00
  • Front Cover Sniper - A Play in One Act

    Sniper

    by Bonnie Culver
    • 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.

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    $9.95$90.00
  • Play Script An Evening With Joyce's Women Cover Image

    An Evening With Joyce’s Women

    by David H. Klein
    • 100 minutes
    • 3 Males 4 Females Max 12 Min 4

    Community, Flexible Casting, Fundraiser, High School, Middle School

    A trilogy of one-act plays, An Evening With Joyce’s Women allows us to enter the lives of three women from Dubliners by James Joyce. The frustrations, fantasies, and follies of Irish women who are also victims and victimizers of their mates and their society come to life in this trilogy of The Boarding HouseEveline and The Dead.

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    $9.95$90.00
  • Play Script Campers One Act Comedy Cover Image

    Campers

    by B.A. Hite
    • 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.

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    $5.75$45.00
  • Play Script The Unmasking of Yetta Breen Cover Image

    The Unmasking of Yetta Breen

    by Mickey Coburn
    • 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.

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    $11.00$70.00
  • She'll Find Her Way Home Play Script Book Cover

    She’ll Find Her Way Home

    by Valetta Anderson
    • 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  deceased wealthy 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.

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    $11.00$75.00
  • Shakespeare on the go

    Romeo and Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words

    by Robyn Hilt
    • 50 Minutes
    • 5+ Females 5+ Males Minimum 10 Maximum 20+

    Classroom Use

    This adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” by Robyn Hilt reduces the original but retains the major plot points and beauty of the poetry. A great choice for classroom presentation. All of the major scenes and plot points are intact, as well as the humor of the Nurse and Mercutio. Students take one role and develop that character through analyzing motives and decisions.

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    $11.00$75.00
  • Play Script Cover - The Dead - One- Act Play

    The Dead

    by David H. Klein
    • 40 Minutes
    • 1 Male. 4 Females

    A one-act play adapted from James Joyce’s “Dubliners” by David Klein. During an annual Christmas celebration, Gabriel Conroy must cope with his doddering aunts, discover the true nature of his relationship with his wife. Gretta and confront his own academic pedantry.  Somewhat condescending toward the provincialism of his friends, family, and even his own wife, he retires for the night only to discover that she has lived–and lives–a fuller, more vibrant existence than he could have previously imagined.

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    $7.95$75.00
  • The Boarding House - Adapted from James Joyce

    The Boarding House

    by David H. Klein
    • 40 Minutes
    • 1 Male, 3 Females

    Colleges, Community, Fundraiser, High School

    A one-act play, The Boarding House is a dramatic satire, by David.H. Klein, of the story by James Joyce. Mrs. Mooney, the owner of a boarding house of questionable reputation, uses the wiles of her daughter Polly and the power of the Church to snare one of her more respectable boarders as her potential son-in-law.

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    $7.95$50.00
  • The Hypochondriac - Moliere Adapted by George Freek

    The Hypochondriac

    by George Freek
    • 45 to 60 minutes
    • 7 Males. 4 Females Max 11 Min 11 (Doubling Possible)

    Simple Props, Simple Set

    A one-act, satirical caricature on the practice of medicine, Human nature is revealed and pilloried in this comedy which skillfully skewers the medical profession, a narcissistic patient, and his conniving wife. The Hypochondriac (also known as The Imaginary Invalid) is as germane today as it was in Moliere’s France.

    Easy to produce on stage or in a classroom as reader’s theater. (We have special copying rates for classroom use.)

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    $7.97$75.00

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