Hundreds of Plays and Musicals

Eldridge Publishing, a leading play publisher since 1906, offers hundreds of full-length plays, one-act plays, melodramas, Christmas plays, children's theatre plays, and musicals of all kinds.

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  The Viewing Room New Release

Comedy Drama by Mark Edward Smith

60 pages

4 m, 3 w, 1 flexible


Stern patriarch Chester Dumbrosky has decided to make amends. Unfortunately, he waited for the day of his wake to do so. Lots of angst and laughs as his dysfunctional family tries to heal old wounds. Approximate run time 1.5 hours.

 

"For many, as funny as this play was, it was also introspective and probably hit home for many in the audience."

--Jay Pateakos, Broadway World R.I.

 

"Dark comedy The Viewing Room a must-see performance" - Th...

  If a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood New Release

Comedy by Brian Sylvia

56 pages

2 m, 2 w, 2 flexible, extras


When the colorful residents of an out-of-the-way trailer community meet an unknown lumber executive, questions and assumptions abound! Charles Stashgrove appears as a corporate executive who wants to buy the 200+ acres of woodlands the trailer community, Woodchuck Estates, sits on. Little do the residents know, Charles is actually escaped thief Rocco Riccardi. He seems to fool all the residents while another mysterious character, Lucinda, who gives off a sinister vibe, scares all the locals.

 

The residents are a colorful bunch: Dorothe...

  A Caterpillar’s Tale

Children by Carlos Perez

39 pages

Flexible cast of 8 to 15. Min: 1 m, 1 w, 6 flexible


Periwinkle, a curious caterpillar, feels compelled to find out what happens when caterpillars climb up the Great Tree –and never return! He decides to follow grumpy Thistle, who seems to be next to do the climb, but Periwinkle encounters some big obstacles he must overcome, including evading the clutches of a black widow spider. Meanwhile, on the ground, Periwinkle’s worried “family,” Sepia and two boisterous babies, escape their own predators, vicious wasps and a praying mantis, along with a comical pair of hungry flies. Finally, Thistle emerges from his coc...

  Secret Agent Man New Release

Comedy by Tony Howell

51 pages

5 m, 10 w, 3 flexible


Matt is a former secret agent who is determined to live a normal life after he was nearly blown up on his last mission. But then he finds out that his new life has been compromised and agents from around the world want him dead. He has to stay alive, capture assassin after assassin, and keep his buddies from getting killed, all while trying to figure out who blew his cover and actually wants him eliminated. The show has seven parts where the actor gets a great scene, gets to do a comic fight with the hero, and then is finished, making it perfect for cameos or...

  Crossing Over New Release

Comedy by Laura Mazzuca Toops

60 pages

3 m, 5 w


Six current-day ghost hunters set out to find the truth in the murder legend of Vinney Keller, a naïve teenager who was found dead in her farmhouse cellar in 1903. Historical opinion places the blame on the Keller’s hired hand: Enos Patchett, a lumbering, illiterate man in his 40s, who was with the Keller family for years. But there were other suspects as well. The ghost hunters hope to contact Vinney’s spirit to find out the real story. But for some of the hunters, truth is secondary to hyping their methods and results to increase their media popularity and ...

  Alice and the Rabbits of Wonderland New Release

Children Drama by Kate Bauer

64 pages

3 w, 30 flexible, doubling possible


This show is a celebration of the works of Lewis Carroll. All the classic characters that audiences expect are featured including the Red and White Queens, Humpty Dumpty, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and the talking Flowers. Additionally, the Borogoves give an added layer of poetry by Lewis Carroll from his other works. The script is extremely faithful to Carroll’s original novel, oftentimes using his exact wording, yet the twist of following our rabbit heroes gives a refreshing new take on this classic tale.


When Alice ...

  Lost in the Woods New Release

Comedy by Stephen Murray

30 pages

7 w, 7 flexible, ensemble of 8 or more


A group of students enrolled in a technology-free wilderness camp find themselves lost in the middle of the woods. As darkness falls, a mysterious counselor that wasn’t introduced at orientation finds the students and sets up camp with them. Around the campfire, the students and counselor share ghost stories and tales of the mysterious creatures of the forest like sasquatch and the chupacabra. But not all creatures are big and scary. Gnomes also appear and explain that they are guardians of the woods. Will the campers ever get out of the woods? When the real ...

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"My students seemed bored by Civil Rights.  I took out their textbook and put the images and events into a play to show them the natural drama and that it was regular people who made the difference in the Civil Rights Movement." 

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  Just Another High School Play

Comedy by Bryan Starchman

73 pages

Minimum cast of 10 plus drama teacher, maximum of 40


Here's a comedy that covers nearly every angle of the typical high school play with a dose of history and improvisation thrown in for good measure! A group of actors, who have apparently been abandoned by their drama teacher, have to fend for themselves opening night in front of a live audience. Their teacher has left them hanging because no one has been showing up to rehearsals and no one is really quite sure what they are supposed to do. The student assistant director and the stage manager step in, find a box of scripts which they pass out to the cast, and ...

  An Experiment

Fantasy by Brent Holland

28 pages

6 Actors


Portrayed in a fantasy world, five confused participants wake up with no memory of their past life … with only one word, a personality descriptor (such as compassionate, courageous or orderly) written in type on their shirts.  The doctor explains that each is here willingly, and that they are all being compensated for their participation in a research study. Will the assigned attribute of each participant affect their behavior when under extreme duress? Once the experiment begins and they find out that to lose is to die, all five do what they must to survive ...

  Superhero Sanitarium

Comedy by Scott Haan

41 pages

3 m, 3 w


Lois Lancaster is a big-city journalist writing about the current state of mental health facilities. Her research takes her to a hospital populated with a unique group of quirky inmates who imagine they are crime-fighting superheroes. Speed Freak thinks he can run at incredible speeds, while enthusiastic Dim Bulb thinks he has the ability to turn off lights with his brain. Mental thinks she can read minds, despite being prone to sudden outbursts of bizarre non-sequiturs. Kevin, much less quirky and flamboyant than the other inmates, doesn’t embarrass himself ...

  The Actor Games

Comedy by Wade Bradford

32 pages

13, plus extras


In this dystopian/Hunger Games parody everyone is starving...for attention! Society's obsession with all things drama has become so distracting, the Capitol has outlawed all auditions and has divided the population into ten districts: Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare Drama, Commedia Dell'Arte, and others. During the annual Actor Games, a tribute from each district competes to become a star. The losers must suffer the fate of the Fallback Wheel. This year, Meryl hopes to become the first ever winner from High School Drama. Unfortunately, the odds are never in her fa...

  Alice in Wonderland

Classic by Shauna and Vern Adix

49 pages

Large, flexible cast, approx. 30+ roles. Much doubling possible


From the book "Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. Here's a charming, yet faithful adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Alice meets a hurried White Rabbit, swims in a sea of her tears, confronts a Caterpillar, and questions a grinning Cheshire cat, all in an effort to find out what kind of place she happened in to. But she has to attend a Mad Hatter's tea party, learn to dance from a Mock Turtle, play an unusual game of croquet, and finally challenge the outcome of the Knave's trial before she wakes up and realizes she has dreamed of the world of ...

  The Little Town of Christmas

Christmas Comedy Holiday by Pat Cook

68 pages

Flexible cast of 15 to 50


Here's a comedy package of 12 yuletide sketches just perfect to give your audience for an evening's entertainment this Christmas! Everybody in the little town of Christmas is friendly and funny and you'll meet them all, including Skeezix and Sylvester, an elf comedy team that is short in stature and long in laughter; Dancer, the reindeer with a whacky sense of humor; Mrs. Claus, the REAL boss of the outfit; and a hilarious street corner Santa, tested and almost bested by one tough little kid with a sticky sucker. Also included are old favorite stories such as...