- Cathexis…or is it something else? by Julie Marino
Comedy/ 6 Characters, 3 men, 3 women/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: Tony-winning playwright Brett has lost his creative mojo and ended up at a small regional theater as Artist-in-Residence, hoping to fix the disaster that is his latest script. But Brett does not play well with others, and he especially doesn’t want input from those he considers small-town wannabes and not in his league.
Meanwhile, the members of the company, all hard-working professionals with years of experience, have no patience for the carryings-on of divas. After weeks of putting up with Brett’s resistance and tantrums, the cast decides to rewrite the ...Read more . . .
- James Joyce on the Witches’ Sabbath by Giuseppe Cafiero
Drama/ 13 Characters, 9 men, 4 women, doubling possible/ Full Length, Two Parts
Synopsis: 1934. Kusnacht, Switzerland. Herr Dr. Gustav Jung’s clinic for the mentally ill. One of the patients is Miss Lucia Joyce. In a nightmarish atmosphere, her father, the Irish writer James Joyce, is pressed by the ghosts of his past to revisit his life, and his relationship with a daughter lost to madness and love for him.
The ghosts gradually become the protagonists of the drama. In song and word, they reconstruct the fragments of Joyce’s love-hate bond with Lucia, as well as his resentment towards Ireland, which ultimately ...Read more . . .
- Idols by Nicholas Bompart
Comedy-Drama/ 11 Characters, 4 men, 5 women, 2 Either-Or, multiple casting possible/ Full-Length, 70 mins.
Synopsis: As a pianist plays in a corner of the stage, we meet Alex, a 10-year old piano prodigy who has been diagnosed with ADHD after getting into trouble at school. His parents are given an ultimatum: Alex must take Ritalin or face expulsion. As they struggle with the choice, Alex’s grandparents object. Russian immigrants, they have vivid memories of the 2nd World War, when Hitler gave the drug to his troops. They don’t want to see Alex turned into “an obedient little soldier.”
Meanwhile, Alex ...Read more . . .
- Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Lee Wilson
Drama/ 40 characters: 21 Nonbinary, 11 Female, 8 Male, 8 actors minumum, doubling/tripling possible/ One Act
Synopsis: Charles Dickens himself takes us through this new adaptation of one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told. Lee Wilson had yet to find a version of Dickens’ masterpiece that satisfied him as a director, so he was inspired to create one. He has endeavoured to create a version that is true to Dickens’ original story and also catered towards non-traditional proscenium theatre spaces (although this version works beautifully on those as well).
Performance rights must be secured before production
Amateur and professional rights:
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- The Valiant by Lee Wilson
Drama/ 4 Men, 1 Woman, or non-binary/ One Act
Synopsis: Adapted from the original by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass, The Valiant tells the story of James Dyke, a confessed killer who has been sentenced to die. As he awaits execution at a prison in Connecticut, the warden, chaplain, and others fight to learn his real identity and why he is so determined to take this secret with him to the grave. Then, on the night of Dyke’s execution, a young woman shows up adamant that this prisoner is her long-lost brother.
We are taken through many twists and turns, as she ...Read more . . .
- Wall: A Product of Resourcefulness and Efficiency in America’s Never-Ending Battle for Absolute Supremacy and General All-Around Kick-Assedness — by J.R. Spaulding Jr.
Comedy/ 11 characters + ensemble, 4 men, 2 women, 5 gender-fluid, 3 characters may be doubled/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: A team of idealistic Americans sets out to build a “grandiloquent wall of epic proportions” as a symbolic testimony to America’s strength and all-around kick-assedness. However, after receiving a cease and desist notice from the Dept. of Redundancy, Waste, and Red Tape, they discover that their blue-collar intentions may not be so well-received by those in charge.
Brilliantly written . . . . Accurately capture(s) the absurdity of the state of the nation. – The Columbus Underground
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- The Myth of Summer by Conni Massing
Comedy/ 8 Characters, 5 women, 3 men/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: A lightning strike and the inspirational story of Joan of Arc trigger a series of magical occurrences for 16-year old Jessica and everyone else around her caught up in the fleeting euphoria of this most maddening season of the year. German massage therapist Werner and frantic puppeteer Melanie fall in love over dreams of the Canadian wilderness and French erudition, both of which turn out to be empty promises. Party planning duo Dacia and Kevin orchestrate important events for others while deluding themselves about the lack of meaning in ...Read more . . .
- Bertha and Bertman by Zsolt Pozgai
Drama/ 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: Bertha, a nurse, lives peacefully in her apartment in Austria. She has had no success in finding a partner, but has resigned herself to the situation. One day, an unexpected guest arrives. Her love from grammar school — an established, wealthy man, youthful and athletic. But lonely. He lives with his mother, who is terminally ill. He needs somebody, a partner who loves him.
Bertha welcomes him. They live together. The man takes her on fabulous journeys. They sometimes visit his mother in the hospital. She is glad that her son is ...Read more . . .
- A Road To Nowhere by David Earle
Drama / 7 Characters, 5 Men, 2 Women/ One act
Synopsis: Lost and alone at night on an unfamiliar, desolate country road following an auto accident, Sam Kaufman, a middle-aged businessman, seeks help at an eerily unimpressive roadside motel. Its bleak and depressing ambience, however, is nothing compared to the bizarre behavior of the manager and his guests. Gradually, Sam comes to realize the macabre circumstances of where he is and that the road that led him to this motel was, in fact, a road to nowhere.
This stage version of A Road to Nowhere is the basis for the multiple award ...Read more . . .
- Oh! Christmas Tree by Conni Massing
Comedy/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, app. 90 minutes
Synopsis: Algar and Lucy have just moved in together and plan to get married. Lucy, a hysterically busy party planner, is the youngest of four sisters in a claustrophobically close-knit Scandinavian family. Algar, on the other hand, is an only child who has purposely moved to the opposite side of the country from his parents. The two have embraced their differences — and each other — except, now that it’s December, there’s trouble on the horizon.
Algar has thus far managed to avoid much of the seasonal brouhaha during his ...Read more . . .
- Postnuptials by David Earle
Comedy (Farce)/ 10 Characters, 6 Men, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: A ménage à trois of love, secrets, and drag, set in present-day Fresno, California, that begins shortly after newlyweds Kevin and Lillian cross the threshold into matrimony only to have their first night of wedded bliss degenerate into a nightmare of chaos and confusion. A female impersonator from the Las Vegas strip named Joey (a.k.a. Amber Star) arrives at their apartment with the intent of finding closure with the husband who jilted him the morning after their impromptu wedding in The Little Chapel on the Strip. News that ...Read more . . .
- The Cruel Lesson by Valentin Krasnogorov
Drama/ 4 Characters, 2 Women, 2 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: The Cruel Lesson is inspired by a real psychological experiment that received broad international attention. Two students, guided by their professor, torture a woman for scientific purposes. As the strange experiment proceeds, the personal relationships of all four participants are rocked by ethical questions and emotional dilemmas. A riveting play about the social and psychological roots of cruelty, and the fine line between moral and immoral actions, The Cruel Lesson, which has proven especially popular among young people, keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.
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- Out Among The Dragons by Dan Noonan
Comedy-Drama/ 6 Characters, 3 Women, 3 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: Ever have trouble getting off the couch? Patrick has the same problem, only it’s been two years, and it’s his Mom’s couch. Being a 26-year old virgin with severe hemophilia, HIV, and lousy joints hasn’t given him much impetus.
Encouraged by his therapist, Patrick is determined to shake things up. He decides to cruise his infectious disease clinic for the HIV positive woman of his dreams. But instead of finding “Ms. Right”, Patrick meets two people from the HIV landscape.
The first is Joe, a gay man close to Patrick’s age, who ...Read more . . .
- On The Roof by Donna Hoke
Drama/ 8 Characters, 2 Women, 6 Men/ Full Length, can be played with optional intermission
Synopsis: It’s 1955, at the height of McCarthyism, and years before Stonewall. Mitzi runs a cabaret and gay bar where five men have gathered. Cruz is a playboy bartender, Levi an aspiring composer, Bob a WWII vet, Mac just wants camaraderie with his Coke, and Andy is a newcomer with a law degree. Together they struggle to find solidarity and courage, maybe even love, as they take the first steps towards revolution.
“One of the more authentic and up-close looks at post-WW2/Korea pre-Stonewall eras of LGBT history, bringing ...Read more . . .
- Elevator Girl by Donna Hoke
Comedy-Drama/ 3 Characters, 1 Woman, 2 Men/ Full Length, 90 mins.
Synopsis: Superhero “Elevator Girl” was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But when the character unleashes her boyfriend’s darkest fantasies, as well as a flesh-and-blood copycat, Vanessa must stop EG in her tracks — with the truth.
“Hoke mixes the allure of superhero mythology with the very real subject of rape culture. Metaphoric and evocative, this play delves into a world where villains are often where you least expect, and heroes are not always a single person.”
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- Premiere After-Party by Valentin Krasnogorov
Black Comedy/ 7 Characters, 3 Women, 4 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: The curtains have just closed on the long-awaited premiere of Shakespeare’s Othello and the actors stay to celebrate opening night. The festivities end, though, when the party is marred by a mysterious death, and suspicions arise that a party participant may be involved. Dark yet humorous, with “whodunnit” plot twists leading to an unexpected finale, Premiere After-Party is riveting until the very end.
The world premiere was staged in 2009 by Russia’s most famous theater director, Roman Viktyuk, to critical acclaim, and has been hailed as an enormous success.
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- Shave ’em Dry by JG Simmons
Drama/ 1 Woman, 5 Men, and 1 character who could be male, female, or nonbinary/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: Based on real people and real events, Shave ‘em Dry is about liberty and libertinage, copyright and copulation, and human rights in the flesh. In 1935, Blues singer Lucille Bogan arrives for a recording session in a Manhattan studio, accompanied by Spenser, a white man she met the night before. Egged on by her piano player, Walter, she confronts her producer about the terms of her contract, and spontaneously introduces Spenser as her manager. He’s as surprised as the producer.
Alone in the ...Read more . . .
- The Dallas File by Kenneth Robbins
Drama/ 4 characters/ 2 men, 2 women/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: The lives of a young journalism student and his wife are threatened after he discovers a file left behind in a security-box. Stolen from the Dallas Police Department 10 years earlier by his father, a policeman, and placed in the security box just before his father’s unexpected death, the file contains the names and testimony of people who saw others besides Lee Harvey Oswald involved in the murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
“Contains the elements of increasing suspense, quick moving dialogue and an ending
that comes ...Read more . . .
- The ProPlay Diversity Project
At ProPlay, we’d like the plays on our site to represent the wide diversity of the communities we live in.
ProPlay will post the script of any play that has received a full professional production. We particularly encourage BIPOC playwrights to submit, and will be featuring the work of BIPOC creators on the top of our site through the end of this year.
There is no charge for posting, and ProPlay does not participate in production royalties. For more information, please see the Submit your play page and our Agreement and submission form.
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- Christmas 2.0 by Donna Hoke
Comedy/ 5 Characters, 3 Women, 2 Men/ Full Length
Synopsis: All Angela wants is a happy Christmas, but her daughter’s left for college, her husband’s busy with fantasy football, and her cat won’t stop peeing where he shouldn’t. In desperation, Angela turns to Facebook, where some old friends help her see things in a new light. CHRISTMAS 2.0 is a contemporary comedy about how much too much connection can drive us apart.
“A timely and VERY funny play about marriage, loneliness, the holidays and the lure of social media.” – David Lee White, New Play Exchange
Most of Christmas 2.0 may be read by clicking ...Read more . . .
- To Each Their Own by Tracey Knight Narang
Drama/ 5 Characters, 3 Women, 2 Men/ Full Length
Synopsis: To Each Their Own is a compelling story of three women, and three choices. After years of heartbreaking infertility, career couple Liz and John unexpectedly become pregnant. Exhilaration and honesty are quickly replaced by jealousy and deceit when important moral issues, and a dark family secret, threaten their marriage. To Each Their Own will tug at your heart, leaving you to wonder what you would do . . .
“To Each Their Own will grab your attention from start to finish.” – Theatre is Easy — Best Bet
“Striking and heartfelt.” – Splash Magazine
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- Sons & Lovers by Donna Hoke
Comedy/ 4 Characters, 1 Woman, 3 Men/ Full Length
Synopsis: Ellen knows the score — her son is gay and her husband is cheating — but it’s so much easier to pretend than to talk about it. It takes fantasy, farce, and one fabulous makeover before the truth flies free, mother and son discover just how much they have in common, and Ellen realizes the reality she’s been avoiding most is her own.
From Buffalo Rising: “Overall, this is a play about relationships. Yes, it’s about coming out, but it’s also about making commitments of any kind. Is marriage a stable environment in ...Read more . . .
- The Way It Is by Donna Hoke
Comedy-Drama/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: When Cane dumps fiancée Yasmine after eight years, he thinks he’s done with the relationship. But a trip back to their apartment to collect his things becomes a lesson in truth… and consequences. A taut two-hander in real time.
“A brilliant piece of theatre! Edge of the seat stuff, compelling, intense, daring, full-on and real.”
“Powerful, personal, provocative and profound.” – Audience reviews on Timeout London
“A very powerful piece that challenges traditional ideas of dominance, sexual tactics, and violence” – George Sapio, New Play Exchange
Finalist, IATI Theatre Contest, IATI Theatre, 2015
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- Welcome To Paradise by Julie Marino
Comedy-Drama/ 5 Characters, 2 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: Evelyn thinks this may be her last solo trip to her Caribbean beach house before encroaching old age and interfering children dictate otherwise. Global vagabond Rory is just looking for a warm, congenial pit stop. Taking up Evelyn’s offer of a place to stay a night, maybe two, Rory finds himself feeling more and more at home at Evelyn’s place. She meanwhile is unexpectedly delighted to have an agreeable, helpful young companion. They both realize that their friendship is offering more than they thought.
“Evelyn, an active but lonely widow, ...Read more . . .
- A Weekend in Logatec by Evdokimos Tsolakidis
Comedy-Drama/ 4 characters, 3 Men, 1 Woman/ Short play, 15 minutes
Synopsis: Marcos takes a short vacation for a weekend, in Logatec, Slovenia, far from his home in Athens, Greece. He does so every year, right before his long vacations with his family on a Greek island.
This year, though, his wife surprises him with a visit, to find out what’s going on. She doesn’t find out much, but the audience does. Here, in Logatec, at the same hotel, in the same room, when he was a student, Marcos attempted to make love with his best friend . . .
Performance rights must ...Read more . . .