Plays about Historical Figures
These shows all relate to Historical Figures. Put them together to create a production of any length. Click on the title for play information and to read a FreeView, then order your copy.
Arches, Balance and Light
60 minute drama
1 man, 3 women, 1 either plus 4 extras that can be double cast
This lovely play brings Julia Morgan to life. She was a ground-breaking architect who designed more than 700 buildings during her long and prolific career, including Hearst Castle.
Readers Theatre: Legendary Ladies and Their Gents
Five 12-15 minute plays
Casts from few to 12, both men and women
For ten years the author toured these shows throughout her community. The actors love them, the audiences love them. They combine rich history with solid theatre. This royalty-free collection includes:
Molly Brown: She Was Unsinkable Full of spirit, this is Molly Brown’s tale of rags to riches and her courage when the Titanic was sinking.
Amelia Earhart and the Powder Puff Derby This is the story of Amelia Earhart and 19 other female aviators who competed in the harrowing, first All Women’s Transcontinental Air Race in 1929. What a story!
Annie Oakley: A Wild West Legend Annie Oakley comes alive as the best and most exciting sharpshooter on both sides of the ocean in her tour with Buffalo Bill’s Wild Wild West Show.”
The Harvey Girls: They Tamed the West In the Old West when your train stopped at the depot, you ate in Fred Harvey’s restaurants which were famous for good food, friendly service, and the famous Harvey Girls who won the hearts of travelers.
Pauline Cushman: The Union Spy This true, but little-known story is the tale of a brave woman who helped the Union Army win the Civil War. She was a legend!
The Glass Slipper Still Fits: A Senior Cinderella Story
70+ minute comedy
1 man, 4 women plus audience participants
A widow lives in the attic of her own house but finds that her later years are more fulfilling and exciting than she could have ever expected.
30 minute comedy
3 men, 1 woman, 2 either
Laugh along as Noah builds his gigantic boat in the wilderness while his wife and neighbors complain bitterly. A laugh-filled show that gives a new slant to an old story!
When Irish Cows are Smiling
80+ minute comedy
2 men, 1 woman, plus audience participants
With all of its wit, charm and laughter, this is a knee-slapping performance. Set in March 1872, five months since the Great Chicago Fire, this MOO-morial pays tribute to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, the infamous firebug.
Drama Duets: Two Mark Twain Classics
40 minutes/8 minutes
1 man, 1 woman
Adapted for Readers Theatre, Diaries of Adam and Eve and Noah’s Ark, brings Mark Twain’s keen wit and an updated twist to your audiences. They will love it!
The Helpmate (in Age on Stage Comedies for Readers Theatre Vol II)
10 minute comedy
1 woman, 2 men, plus narrator
We look in on Adam in the Garden of Eden. Everything has been just fine until now, but what to do about some very startling discoveries?
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