Family Ties

Plays About Family Ties

Discover play scripts about family ties and relationships – parents and children, brothers and sisters, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons. You will find hilarious comedies, touching dramas, short plays, full-length plays about the ties that bind.

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  • 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
  • The Hidden Stream

    by Stephanie Sugioka
    • 15 -90 minutes
    • 1 F

    Monologue, Poetic Drama, Reader's Theater

    A moving, insightful autobiography combining poetry and reflection reveals the emerging life and art of a poet.

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    $11.00$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
  • 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
  • I Am The Brother of Dragons

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 50 - 60 minutes
    • 3 Males, 2 Females, Max/Min Cast 5

    Collection, Simple Set, Touring

    collection of 50-minute plays for teens

    Original plays by Gillette Elvgren.  Teen suicide, drug abuse, school drop out, and peer pressure are among the teen challenges that form the substance of the dramas in these 50-minute plays. With simple sets, props, and masks, these teen plays provide a springboard for meaningful discussion.

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    $13.95
  • Shakespeare-On-The-Go: 4 Touring Plays For Young Audiences

    by Gillette Elvgren

    Collection, Touring

    4 skilfully adapted plays for young audiences: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Plays are each around 45 to 50 minutes, are fast-paced, engaging, and make the language more accessible to young audiences, while including both Shakespeare’s original language and theatrical devices. As exciting participatory theater they appeal to elementary school students. With the participatory elements removed, each play’s frame story is producible as a play for teens or for teen drama groups to perform for a younger audience.

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    $13.95$60.00
  • The Unmasking of Yetta Breen

    by Mickey Coburn
    • 120 Minutes
    • 5 Male, 5 Female, Min/Max 10

    Simple Props, Simple Set

    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
  • The Chimes

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 90 Minutes
    • 8 Male, 3 Female, 11 Min, 19 Max

    Comedy, Simple Set

    Give Scrooge a break for the winter holiday production! THE CHIMES is a full-length comedy and large-cast adaptation of another Dickens’ classic Christmas/New Years tale. Toby Veck, an impoverished London porter wants to bless his daughter’s marriage by New Year’s Day. Alas, he doesn’t have even a shilling in his pocket. Surely, the wealthy families he carries packages for will find enough work for him to do before the New Year comes and he must break a promise made on his late wife’s deathbed.

    This Dickens’ comedy is a great Christmas change-of-pace for schools, communities, and regional theaters.

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    $7.97$95.00
  • Robert Arthur’s Eastern Shore

    by Robert P. Arthur

    Musical Drama, Poetic Drama, Colleges, Community, High School, Large Cast, Middle School, Professional

    ROBERT 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.

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    $14.95
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    Oregon Fever

    by David Rush
    • 30 minutes
    • 3 Males, 3 Females, Min/Max 6

    In this one-act period drama Joshua Blanchard is preparing to leave Kansas to head west on the Oregon Trail in l835. On this climactic day, his youngest son dies, his daughter decides to marry and stay at home, and he has an important confrontation with his wife.

    Performs well for middle school, high school, community theater. Great for Reader’s Theater, American history or social studies class.

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    $7.00$75.00
  • Phaedra

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 90 Minutes
    • 4 Males 4 Females Max 15+ Min 9

    Drama, Simple Props, Simple Set

    A full-length, poetic drama resurrects the love, lust, and retribution of the original Greek legend in modern surroundings. A stepmother’s insatiable desire for her husband’s son destroys a family. Set in a beach house with the sound of drumming waves and ghostly figures of fishwives in the background, this verse play brings the ancient story back to life.

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    $11.00$70.00
  • The Best Is Yet To Be

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 30 minutes
    • 3 Males, 3 Females, Min/Max 6

    Emily Mason returns home to live with her son and his family–a wife and 2 grandchildren. They have her rocking chair ready for her. The problem is, she isn’t ready for it. Will her family come around and let her continue the kind of life she is used to leading?

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    $7.00$60.00
  • The Dead

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

    Simple Set

    A one-act play adapted from “The Dead” in James Joyce’s “Dubliners”

    During an annual Christmas celebration, Gabriel Conroy has to cope with his doddering aunts, discover the true nature of his relationship with his wife, Gretta, and confront his own academic pedantry.  He condescends to the provincialism of his friends, family, and his wife. But a big surprise about Gretta awaits him after he retires for the night.

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    $7.95$75.00
  • 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
  • Hymn to the Chesapeake

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 95 Minutes
    • 5 Males, 5 Females, Max/Min 10

    Musical Drama, Flexible Casting

    An award-winning, full-length play with music filled with the poetry of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Robert P. Arthur weaves fragments of conversations and traditional melodies to portray the love and heartbreak of its watermen and women–the love of the sea, a mother for a child, a man for a woman.

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    $11.00$90.00

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