Civil Rights Plays and Black History Plays for Modern Audiences

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Are your students bored by the Civil Rights?


Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders - West Brunswick High School, Shallotte, NC

Are your students bored by just reading about the Civil Rights Movement?

Theatre can truly spark curiosity and understanding by bringing important moments in history to life.  See how historical figures and regular people made a difference in the Civil Rights Movement. These plays are ideal for Black History month observances and anytime of the year. 

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders

One-Act Play by Tom Quinn

Cast: 2 m, 2 w (playing 18 roles)

This show is set in 1961 as two young women from Harvard try to decide if they should join the Freedom Rides of the 1960s. As you travel along you will meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Bobby Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, W.E.B. Dubois and many others who fought both for and against our nation's struggle for Civil Rights. Experience sit-ins and lunch counters and the dark days of Jim Crow. Learn the history as four performers bring this struggle alive though the words of historical figures, song, and recreations. 

Good Trouble

Good Trouble

One-Act Play by Dolores Klinsky Walker

Cast: 9 m, 7 w, extras

Get a glimpse of the Civil Rights Movement in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, through the eyes of young Sandra. This play reveals the realities of segregation that prompted ordinary people to risk their security and sometimes their lives in pursuit of justice. Despite her father's disapproval and her mother's reluctance, Sandra skips school to attend Movement rallies, marches with adults to seek voting rights, and participates in "Bloody Sunday," the infamous failed march from Selma to Montgomery. A realistic but upbeat drama that can be a life-changing experience for both cast and audience.