Looking for new works for your theatre or university to produce? From comedies to historical dramas to family dramas to social issues to family-friendly to holiday fare, TPS Scripts include award-winning plays with diverse casts for every occasion. See list below and email us to preview scripts/secure rights.
DON'T LOOK BLACK by Preston Crowder
A group of white friends are enthused after being given a chance to participate in a "Black Immersion Experience". What they figure will be an opportunity to play in their harmful stereotypes quickly turns into a house of nightmares as they are shown the true magic of blackness.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Original Modern Retelling) by Mary McCallum
BLACK GIRL LOST by Mary McCallum - We all know the names Laci Peterson, Chandra Levy and Natalee Holloway but how many of us know of Matrice Richardson? In “Black Girl Lost” two mothers, one Black and one White, have daughters that are missing at the same time. “Black Girl Lost” explores the issue of greater media coverage given to missing White women than those of other ethnicities and how mothers and families try to cope when a child is missing. How do you go on when you can’t find your child? Performed at D.C. Black Theatre Festival and Manhattan Repertory Theatre Summer Festival. Feature length independent film.
BOO'S BLACK HISTORY BLUES by Mary McCallum - A children’s show with a twist on “The Wizard of Oz”. Boo loves to watch television and hates to listen to her granny’s stories about Black History. Will Boo be cured of her “black history blues”?
CHASING JEREMY by Mary McCallum - Stageplay/Screenplay: After a run-in at a convenience store, Jeremy is haunted by the revenge-seeking black male teen victim. Tensions escalate as both families struggle to deal with the tragic event. As media pressure continues to mount, the community is confronted with issues of race, class and police handling of the case. One moment forever changes two lives, and the men must face their altered futures and the impact of their actions. UrbanWorld 2015 Screenplay Finalist.
DO OVER by Mary McCallum - At her twenty- year reunion, a woman wonders if she chose the right guy from high school. Will she make the right decisions given an opportunity to do it all over?
FLY, GIRL! by Mary McCallum- A fictional dramatization based on the life of Bessie Coleman, the first African American female pilot. Performed around the country, including the inaugural D.C. Black Theatre Festival and the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival.
HOLIDAY BAE by Mary McCallum - What do you do when you don't have a "bae" for the holidays? Hire one!
HUNGER IN PARADISE by Mary McCallum- Set against the backdrop of the 1921 Tulsa massacre, “Hunger In Paradise” introduces the audience to the citizens of Greenwood, a thriving area of black-owned businesses and prosperity. When proprietor Damie Rowland's adopted son "D" becomes involved with a white woman, racial tensions explode into violence and destruction, irreversibly altering the relationships among the Greenwood and Tulsa neighbors. Selected for the National Black Theatre Festival Reader’s Series, performed Atlanta Black Theatre Festival
ONE LAST SONG FOR CHRISTMAS by Mary McCallum- The popular 60’s family singing group, “The Medley’s”, find themselves stranded on the way to a Christmas Day performance. Will the power of love and song help them save their family and an orphanage in time for Christmas, or will this be their last song?
70% MORE by Mary McCallum - Sequel to The 70% Club
SINGLEVILLE by Mary McCallum - this raucously funny play, three bachelorette pals explore single life. Parody is the name of the game as a host of goofy male stereotypes appear in flashbacks, pickup scenarios, and TV show satires, with the three women gleefully trading off the male impersonations. Main Stage Selection, National Black Theatre Festival- Main Stage Selection, D.C. Black Theater Festival- Winner One Act Battle Competition.
SIX TRIPLE EIGHT by Mary McCallum - The worlds of four women collide as they serve in the first African-American female battalion sent overseas during World War II to distribute 7 million pieces of mail in three months. Winner Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Tampa Bay Theatre Festival
THE D WORD by Mary McCallum
Can a person or a marriage really live up to other’s expectations without exploding under the pressure? The “D” Word is a drama/comedy that delves into the subject of divorce by exploring a group of family and friends who are gathered for the 18th wedding anniversary of Marshall and Mona. Mona and Marshall have a storybook life- Marshall is on the fast-track at a major law firm and Mona is a stay-at-home wife and mother. As the weekend unfolds, drama follows their recently divorced best friends, Jason and Justina, as well as visiting parents and friends. The anniversary celebration brings to light love, anger, past demons and reveals surprising secrets.
THE 70% CLUB by Mary McCallum - As friends prepare one friend for ‘I Do’ and another for divorce; secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to derail the wedding. As they each struggle to hold on to their relationships the women can’t help but wonder if it’s even possible to find lasting love, especially for a black woman? The 70% Club offers a fresh and contemporary look at the issues faced in relationships, dating, and marriage. The 70% Club was accepted into the New York International Fringe Festival and the D.C. Fringe Festival. It was made into a feature length film which was the Best Feature Winner at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville and is distributed by Maverick Entertainment.
DEVIL SEDAN by Kenley Smith - One shotgun blast. Two young women. Two brothers. Four lives fatally intertwined. "Devil Sedan" unfolds as a tale of defied expectation, a journey into the deepest mysteries of faith and duty.
EMPIRE OF THE ETERNAL VOID by Kenley Smith - Locked in a transparent cell with a seemingly delusional young soldier, a military chaplain attempts to learn the truth about a violent, shocking crime. But as the session unfolds, punctuated by threats and even torture, the chaplain's sense of reality begins to shift. Are the prisoner's conversations with God the ravings of a disturbed soul, or the revelations of an enlightened one?
FAN ME WITH A BRICK by Kenley Smith - When Victoria sets out to learn more of her family’s history, she opens a portal to a past full of loss, pain and indomitable perseverance. Her mother reluctantly joins her, and the two women uncover old wounds — a scandalous affair in segregated Virginia, a stolen child, a lost parent, a horrific accident — that linger unhealed in the present. The play is based on actual events. Original research by Yalewa Sparrowhawk.
MAIDENS by Kenley Smith- In the spring of 1946, five SS Aufseherinnen (female guards) from the Stutthof concentration camp are sentenced to death by a Soviet/Polish tribunal. Jenny-Wanda Barkmann, infamous for her cruelty and known as the “Beautiful Spectre” by the camp inmates, shares a cell block with 22-year-old Elisabeth Becker; together, they wait out the five weeks until they are scheduled to hang. Elisabeth maintains her innocence and enlists the help of Lech, a Polish guard, to begin crafting a letter-writing campaign to the President of Poland. Jenny, who knows Lech from his previous job, uses that information as leverage to begin a project of her own.
23/1 by Shawn Whitsell
Born into a dysfunctional family in an impoverished neighborhood, Darnell's childhood was riddled with neglect, violence, school suspensions and run-ins with the law. Inevitably, he finds himself in prison, where the inhumane conditions of solitary confinement keep him bound to his cell for 23 hours a day, fighting for his sanity.
143 by Shawn Whitsell
A series of scenes in which black couples are portrayed at pivotal moments in American history, struggling to maintain their love and commitment even as they confront racial injustice and inequality.
BEYOND LOOSE TIES by Shawn Whitsell
A son returns home from prison to live with his estranged father and his new family.
HOLIDAY'S AT MAMA DEE’S by Shawn Whitsell
Holidays at Mama Dee’s” is the story of a strong, loving family matriarch by the name of Beatrice Dee Wilson (affectionately known as “Mama Dee”) and the big family she holds together with faith, love and wisdom. Mama Dee has finally gotten all of her children to agree to spend Christmas with her in their childhood home at the same time, a first in 15 years. She has a special surprise in store for her family but when things don’t go quite as planned, drama ensues. “Holidays at Mama Dee’s” is a humorous, dramatic and heart-warming holiday play about family love, faith and perseverance.
HOUSE OF HARTS by Shawn Whitsell
An unlikely chain of events changes a family forever.
IN THE PASTOR'S SHADOW by Shawn Whitsell
A pastor's wife puts her dreams aside, only to find herself overshadowed by her husband's success and indiscretions.
LIFE TO COME by Shawn Whitsell
A husband and wife find themselves strangers in the same house.
MOMENTS IN TIME by Shawn Whitsell
A dramatic and sometimes comedic recreation of stories from the life of the actor and director about bonding with his father; losing his grandparents; his hilarious experience on the inside of a jail cell; and his three-year stint in an R&B boy band.
NEVER BEEN HOME by Shawn Whitsell
The Anderson family gathers for a funeral, as tensions mount and dark secrets are revealed.
NOWHERE NEXT TO NORMAL by Shawn Whitsell
The story of Omari James, a young man struggling to come to terms with the tragic suicide of his best friend and roommate. While loved ones push him to pick up the pieces of his shattered world, Omari finds that even the slightest amount of normalcy alludes him.
PAPA WAS… by Shawn Whitsell
A passionate jazz/blues musician traveled the world, playing music and falling in love over and over again. When he dies, he leaves behind seven sons in seven different cities, an inheritance and mission to do in death what he didn’t have the courage to do in life – bring his sons together. In order to recieve their inheritance, all seven sons (who only find out about each other after their father’s passing) must spend a few days in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, getting to know each other.
STEREO-TYPE by Shawn Whitsell
An exploration of the lives of five very different black men — and the hip hop music that provides the soundtrack of their lives.
STORIES OF OUR LIVES by Shawn Whitsell
THE COLOR THAT LIES BETWEEN US by Shawn Whitsell
Couples on a rollercoaster ride through life and complex relationships.
The D… by Shawn Whitsell
A journey throughvthe high, lows, joys, pains and nuances of black manhood through the eyes of eight men.
UN-SHELTERED by Shawn Whitsell
Women in a domestic violence center struggle to reconcile issues of their past.
THAT WOMAN: Monologues from the perspectives of women involved (or-rumored-to-be-involved) with President John F. Kennedy
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