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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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A SCHOOL FOR BLACK GIRLS by Renée Rebman
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Middle and Lower Grades; 5 male, 4 female, and many extras; 1800s; 25 minutes.
The true story of Prudence Crandall, a bold pioneer in equal rights for women and African-Americans, who faced racism and resistance when she open a revolutionary new school in 19th-century Connecticut.
 
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BEYOND SANTA CLAUS by Virginia Miller McDonough
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Upper and Middle Grades; 3 female; 10 minutes; contemporary.
What if you don't celebrate Christmas? This thoughtful play provides a great springboard for classroom discussion about tolerance, accepting and celebrating differences, and respecting all religions, cultures, and points of view.
 
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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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QUEEN OF THE PLAYGROUND, by Eric Alter
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Middle Grades; 2 female; 15 minutes. An explanation of Tourette’s Syndrome and the problems of understanding differences as told through the conversation of the new girl at school and the popular “Queen of the Playground.”
 
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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 WHOLE LOTTA LATKES by Joyce Christmas
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Middle Grades, 4 male, 5 female; 20 minutes.
Neighbors with different faiths join together to share their holiday traditions.
 
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DAVITA'S HANUKKAH by Renee C. Rebman
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Middle Grades; 4 male; 7 female; 25 minutes. Kids who celebrate Christmas gain a new perspective on holiday customs, thanks to the new Jewish girl in town.
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THE PIE THAT CHANGED HISTORY by Maureen Crane Wartski
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Middle & Lower Grades; 4 female, 3 male; 20 minutes. The story (maybe true, maybe not) of a couple who baked their way on to a wagon train to Oregon so they could open a school where Native people and settlers could learn together in peace. Their children settled in Kansas, where they were active in the 1850s Underground Railroad.
 
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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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A KWANZAA STORY by Claire Boiko
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Middle Grades; 10 female, 8 male, 9 male or female; 40 minutes. An appreciation of Kwanzaa comes to a girl who tries to boycott her family's celebration because she's in a snit; mad about something she can't even remember!
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RACE TO THE FUTURE, by Janet Carl
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Middle and Lower Grades; 5 male, 5 female, plus many extras; mid-1800s; 25 minutes. A young girl invited to a "Bloomer" picnic—an unheard-of event for women to wear pants!—stands up for her beliefs in women's rights and freedom of expression.
 
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KWANZAA HEROES by Virginia A. Artist
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Middle Grades; 5 female; 4 male; 25 minutes.
Stacey learns about purpose, ethics, and the rewards of hard work when she writes a report about "lesser known" Black achievers for a Kwanzaa contest. Discussion questions at the end include the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
 
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A TALE OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Carmen Anthony
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Middle Grades; 5 male, 7 female, 6 male or female; 20 minutes.
A family finds a hidden room under their stairway and learns that their house had been a station on the Underground Railroad.
 
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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 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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EMILY GEIGER, TEENAGE PATRIOT by Tara Wise Montgomery
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Middle Grades. 8 actors: 5 male, 2 female, 1 male/female. 25 minutes. Set during the Revolutionary War, a young woman volunteers to carry the General’s message through Redcoat territory, in a dangerous mission no one could imagine a woman could carry out.
 
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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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GINGERBREAD MEN by Michael Kerr
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Middle Grades; 5 female; 1 male; 15 minutes.
Trick-or-treaters let their imaginations run wild when they knock on the door of a newcomer to town.
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THE TALKING BURRO by Barbara Winther
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Middle and Lower Grades; 4 male, 4 female, 4 male or female; 25 minutes. Talented animal joins in Mexican Christmas celebration.
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ARMADILLO'S CHOICE by Pamela Love
ARMADILLO'S CHOICE by Pamela Love
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Middle & Lower Grades: 6 actors: male/female; 10 minutes. Animals meet in the desert and learn to respect their differences, without asking each other to change the way they are.
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THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELET by Patricia Clapp
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Middle Grades. 5 actors: 3 male, 2 female; 20 minutes. Prelude to Thanksgiving: A Pilgrim family and a Native American connect in friendship, thanks to a young girl’s generosity and spirit of diversity.
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