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I AM AMERICAN by Jennifer E. Tibbetts
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Upper and Middle Grades; 4 male, 5 female, 3 male or female; contemporary; bare stage; 10 minutes.

A series of monologues representing nine diverse immigrant populations that have helped to make the United States a true melting pot.  Provides thoughtful and insightful commentary that promotes ethnic pride and appreciation for different cultures and religions.


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NEWTON'S DOLLHOUSE by Steve Pricone
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Upper Grades; 7 male, 7 female; 17th-century England; 30 minutes. A young girl and the shy, awkward, and brilliant Isaac Newton develop an unusual friendship, exchange meaningful Christmas presents, and build an extraordinary bond that spans a lifetime.
 
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SOJOURNER TRUTH by Joanna L. Evans
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Upper Grades; 2 female; 1 male or female; 10 minutes.
The fight for suffrage and equality drives a wedge between a spirited young woman and her mother in a story about the work of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, and Sojourner Truth.
 
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BALANCING ACT by Christina Hamlett
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Upper and Middle Grades; 5 male, 1 female, 8 male or female; as many male and female extras as desired. 30 minutes. High above the streets of New York City, Native American construction workers connect the giant steel beams that create the City’s skyscrapers, while telling stories about the Iroquois Nation and its culture.
 
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SHIRLEY CHISHOLM: "UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED" by Mary Satchell
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Upper and Middle Grades; 11 female, 7 male, and 20+ males or females; 30 minutes. Scenes from the inspirational life of Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005), the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and minorities.
 
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BEOWULF adapted by Eddie McPherson
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Upper Grades; 13 male or female, plus; 25 minutes. A great introduction for students to Beowulf, the epic tale from 1000 AD with monsters and heroes, good and evil, fame and infamy.
 
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RALPH BUNCHE, MAN OF PEACE by Mary Satchell
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Upper and Middle Grades; 7 male, 4 female, 25 male or female; 30 minutes. The inspiring story of Detroit-born Ralph Bunche (1904-1971), the first African-American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (1950) for his work with the United Nations to help create a cease-fire in the Middle East.
 
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A NEW DAY COMING by Christina Hamlett
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Upper Grades; 4 female, 3 male; 25 minutes. On the first day of the new century—1901—a feisty Irish maid living in Southern California speaks boldly about the justice of a woman's right to vote, and attends a rally in Los Angeles to make her point.
 
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ONCE UPON AMERICA by Claire Boiko
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Upper Grades; 4 male, 5 female, 7 male or female; 40 minutes.
A story of the coming of different immigrant groups from Europe to America, full of hope and the yearning for a better life for themselves and their children. A wonderful play to include with classroom discussion on current immigration issues.
 
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CLARA BARTON, BATTLEFIELD NURSE by Jeannette Covert Nolan
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Middle and Upper Grades; 7 male, 2 female, male extras; 30 minutes.
A heroine of the Civil War, Clara Barton (1821-1912) fought discrimination against women while working to save the lives of hundreds of young men wounded in combat. She is responsible for the creation of the American Red Cross.
 
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ONCE UPON A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS by Kate Falconer
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Upper Grades; 3 male, 2 female, 1 male or female; 1870s; 25 minutes.
Join a merry holiday gathering at the Perry Mansion in Southern California, where water rights, the immigration "problem," and other concerns of the day are being discussed. As for the predictions that were foretold by the I Ching and the visiting Archduke, see if you recognize how many of them actually came true!
 
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ROMEO AND JULIET AT THE WILLIAMSBURG THEATRE by Ellen M. Eleder
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Upper and Middle Grades; 15 male/female and extras; 30 minutes. Actors rehearse Shakespeare's play in Colonial Williamsburg, against the backdrop of the fast-approaching Revolutionary War.
 
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SABOTAGE by Craig Sodaro
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Upper and Middle Grades; 5 male; 4 female; 25 minutes. A tense historical drama set in war-torn England. What happens when three girls are sent to live outside London for their safety, and they start seeing spies at every turn.
 
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FREEDOM RIDERS, by Tom Quinn
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Upper and Middle Grades; 12 male, 6 female, and male and female extras. 35 minutes. A story of the struggle and heroes of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, with reference to the basics of human dignity: riding a bus, using the restroom, eating in a restaurant, and going to school.
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THE WHITEMARSH AFFAIR by John Murray
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Upper and Middle Grades; 4 male, 4 female, 20 minutes.

Brave seamstress defies convention and uses her skills to aid General George Washington and the Continental Army.
 
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STEALING CHRISTMAS by Craig Sodaro
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Upper and Middle Grades; 3 male; 3 female; 25 minutes. Petty thieves in the year 1920 rediscover the spirit of the holiday when they encounter a war widow and her young daughter.
 
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THE ANCESTORS' BOX by Christina Hamlett
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Upper & Middle Grades; 13 female, 3 male; 35 minutes. A large-cast play that tells part of the story of Japanese-American internment camps created in World War II, through the eyes of a high school girl who was sent off and her best friend, who stayed behind.
 
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EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSIES by Christina Hamlett
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Upper Grades; 14+ actors: 10 female, 4 male; 35 minutes. The story of a “Rosie the Riveter” and the women who joined the previously all-male workforce when the men left their jobs and joined the military to fight in World War II. Historical notes are included to give perspective to the role women played in the war effort and the jobs the women lost when the war ended and the men came home.
 
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ABOVE THE FOLD: THE STORY OF NELLIE BLY by Christina Hamlett
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Upper & Middle Grades; 10 female, 9 male; 30 minutes. America's first female investigative reporter set the standard for the best in newspaper journalism.
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THREE TULIPS by Craig Sodaro
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Upper Grades; 6 female, 2 male; 4 female; 25 minutes.
Dramatic story of patriotic Dutch families working to save priceless art from the Germans and their local collaborators.
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MATHEW BRADY, CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPHER by Christina Hamlett
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Upper & Middle Grades. 18 actors: 10 female, 8 male; 30 minutes. Mathew Brady takes photos of the famous and brings the human face of the war to the nation for the first time.
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