Historic & Fantasy
Summary: This two act play is the true story of the sinking of the Menominee, a commercial, unarmed tug, attacked during the early morning hours of March 31, 1942 at the beginning of WW II. It is important to the story to realize that the Menominee was the only unarmed, commercial tug sunk along the eastern seaboard of the United States by the waves of German subs (U-boats) that were off the Atlantic coast. Though there were other tugs sunk, these were in service to the Navy or Coast Guard and were generally armed. In the first six months of WW II (January to July) the Germans conducted Operation Drumbeat which was to sink as much shipping off the U.S. east coast as possible. For security reasons, the U.S. government was not forthcoming to the American public or to the seamen working these waters in the number of friendly ships sunk nor in the approximate number of German subs plying the shore lines. The U.S. Navy at the time was run pretty thin in trying to fight a war in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters as well as providing convoy escorts to ships going to Europe. This left the East coast of the U.S. virtually unprotected, at least during the very beginning of WW II. The coasts of Virginia and North Carolina as well as farther south off Florida were particularly popular hunting grounds for German subs. The mission was to sink ships (freighters) of 10,000 tons or more. The German U-boat captains had “tonnage wars” as to who could sink the most ships and achieve the highest tonnage sunk.
The watermen from Virginia, who traveled and fished the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean, had heard rumors of these German subs not long after Pearl Harbor. Many thought these were only rumors. Others felt that there was real danger. However, many could not imagine that a German sub would attack a small tug (440 tons) and her barges. On the early morning of March 31st, for
Captain Leslie L. Haynie of Reedville, Virginia and the crew of the Menominee, the unthinkable happened. U-754 under the command of Captain Hans Oestermann fired upon them. The Menominee sunk and 16 crew men of the 18 member crew died. This is their story.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 90-120mins(approx.)
Actors: 10M (?), 2F
Note: Act One of the script can be downloaded from the link below. The full script may be obtained by contacting the author,
Susan Anthony Tolbert, 2216 Gilliams Road
Heathsville, Virginia 22473
The author is more than willing to allow any non-profit to use the script for free. However, a nominal fee will be charged for a "for-profit" group.
Summary: A script for a radio play on the life of St John of the Cross. St John of the Cross, a renowned reformer in the Catholic Church, was a special saint in the history of the Church whose spiritual journey brought him to a unique and living union with God. Along this journey, as he distanced himself from material attachments and worldly possessions, he developed a deep spiritual awareness that led him to become one of the great mystics and spiritual writers of the Church, whom theologians today compare to St. Thomas Aquinas and Augustine.
Style: Intense drama. Duration: 30min (?)
Actors: Numerous, all voice only. Many parts could be doubled.
The full script may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Summary: A dramatization of the events leading up to the Battle of Saratoga, which became the turning point in the American War of Independence. The script is designed specifically for production as a radio drama, but could be adapted to other uses.
Style: Heavy drama. Duration: Approx. 15min
To download a copy of the full script, click on the link below.
Summary: The true story of Sean McCarthy, one of Ireland's great song writers. McCarthy, known as the Bard of Finuge, composed 160 songs, many sung by Maggie Sheehan, who also features in this play. He wrote songs tragic, touching, sad, sentimental, lyrical and light, and all had a story. Despite sharp wit and great humour, the sad song became his trademark. "Why is there no humour in your songs?" he asked Ewan McColl, who - probably trying to beat a Kerryman at his own game- answered with a question: "Why does somebody die in all your songs?" He wrote on many subjects but his sensitivity sharpened when writing of death.
Style: Dramatic (note: not suitable for a young audience). Duration: 60min+
Actors: 3M, 1F
A copy of this script may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Summary: It has been 12 years since Henry VIII broke finally with Rome. At that time, Henry's vice-regent Thomas Cromwell established some limited tolerance for Protestantism, and its influence gre. But now Cromwell is dead, and Henry sees the growing Protestant movement as a threat to his crown. Schismatic he may be, but Henry is determined not also to be a heretic, and has taken a hard line with the Protestants, including burning them at the stake. But unknown to Henry, the Protestant cause is favoured by some within his own household, even those closest to him. In 1545. Anne Askew became the first woman burned to death under Henry for the crime of heresy.
Style: Dramatic (note: portrays violence, intemperate language, sexism, and moral confusion, all four quite typical of the Reformation era).
Actors: 11M, 2F, 3M/F, +V
To read or download the full script, click on the following link: http://www.mediafire.com/view/r3s2aoaml21g771/The_Play_of_Anne
Summary: This was a script that my drama class wrote for a Fall festival on October 31. We wanted a funny, yet biblical, look at the day. We thought we could accomplish that by pointing people back to what else happened on that day (ie, October 31).
Style: Light-hearted. Duration: 15min
Actors: 9M, 1F
Summary: A group of school teachers are whisked away to a fantasy world where various familiar cartoon and nursery rhyme characters have all lost their joy and purpose for living. They have to find the Prince, the only one who can expel the evil wolf from destroying everything, and restore to everyone their joy and renew their purpose.
Style: Drama/light. Duration: 60min??
Scriptures: Lk 10:3; Jn 10:12; Prov 3:5,6; Jn 8:36; Gal 5:1;
Actors: 6M, 9F, 1M/F
A royalty is required for this script. To read the first two scenes free, click here.
Summary: It has been 12 years since Henry VIII broke finally with Rome. At that time, Henry's vice-regent Thomas Cromwell established some limited tolerance for Protestantism, and its influence grew. But now Cromwell is dead, and Henry sees the growing Protestant movement as a threat to his crown. Schismatic he may be, but Henry is determined not also to be a heretic, and has taken a hard line with the Protestants, including burning them at the stake. But unknown to Henry, the Protestant cause is favored by some within his own household, even those closest to him. Keywords: Reformation, history, England, persecution.
A word of advice: this play is not for children, owing to its portrayals of violence, intemperate language, sexism and moral confusion - all four quite typical of the Reformation era.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 90min (?)
Actors: 11M, 2F, 3M/F, + Various
To read the full script (pdf file), click here.
Summary: A dramatisation of the life of St Francis of Assisi.This script attempts to follow as accurately as possible the life of one of the best-known Christian saints. Keywords: St Francis, poverty, simplicity, Franciscan.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 90min (?)
Actors: 19M, 3F, + Various
To read a copy of this script, click on the link below.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 30min
Actors: 18F, 10M
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Summary: Goldilocks is not the sweet young girl the fairytale would have us believed. But the three bears turn the tables.
Style: Lighthearted Duration: 7min
Actors: 1M, 2F, 1M/F