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Summary:The story of a family that was torn apart by their father's brutal abuse of one of his children. Now, years later, they've come together again for to bury the old man. Tensions are high; there is layer upon layer of chaos, anger and hatred between the siblings. Will they be able to make peace. Do they even want to? (Note: The play is set in an African country, but may easily be transferred.)
Style:  Intense.    Duration:  40min (approx.)
Actors: 3M, 4F

The script may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

 

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Summary: Mum is out shopping with her two kids. She has a battle on her hands getting them to agree what they want for lunch.
Style: Dramatic (with light touches).  Duration:  6min
Actors: 1F, 2C
Theme:    Stress, frustration or challenges of motherhood.

 

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Summary: A successful businessman discovers that all he has accumulated is worth nothing when weighed against his relationship failures.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 8min
Scripture:  Mark 8:36
Actors: 4M, 2F

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Summary: Meena lives in a poor family, who fall into the clutches of a moneylender. How can they escape, and save Meena from having to stop going to school?
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 10min
Actors: 13C, OR 1N, 3M, 1F, 2C, + various

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Summary: A Christian woman shares her frustrations about counseling women on adoption verses abortion at a crisis pregnancy facility. Themes: Abortion, Adoption, Crisis pregnancy, Choices. Christian service, Support.
Style:  Dramatic.   Duration:  4min
Actors: 2F

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Summary:  A sketch exploring issues of exclusion. Uses a mix of puppet and live action.
Style: Dramatic.  Duration:  5min.
Scripture:   based around Matthew 15: 21-28
Actors: 1 Puppet and 5M/F

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Summary: A girl going through variouis stages of life tells how in each one she has the meanest mother in the world.
Style: Dramatic.     Duration: 7min
Actors: This can be done as a monologue or with four characters.     

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Summary: A light-hearted sketch about identity and pressures put on women in particular to conform to the right “look”.  The 3 women in the sketch represent types: 1 – confident, individualistic, always searching for what’s new; 2 – constantly looking to magazines and “celebrity culture” for inspiration and reassurance; 3 – low self-esteem.
Style: Light-hearted.    Duration: 4min
Actors: 3F

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Summary: Set in the office of an abortion doctor, this drama brings to the forefront the idea that a baby in the womb is a child.
Style: Dramatic.    Duration: 4min
Actors: 1M/F, 2F, 1C

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Summary: This play uses characters from the "Mr Men" children's books.  In a panel discussion, Mr Greedy, Mr Muddle and Mr Nonsense try to answer audience questions about world trade, poverty and policies to improve the situation. This sketch was written by the layfolk at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Battlehill, Wallsend, England. It's a novel way of putting over a serious message. Most appropriate for family services.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 10min.
Actors: 3M, 1F

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Summary: Two Christian families with similar difficult experiences. One turns bitter, the other finds forgiveness, thankfulness, and evidence of God's power. Key Words:  Thanks, Thankfulness, Ephesians, Thessalonians.
Style:  Dramatic.  Duration: 12min
Actors: 2C, 3M, 1F

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Key words: Kids • Children • Lying • Cheating • School Parties • Temptations • Choices • Decisions: Tough choices begin at a very early age, even for "good" kids. These characters demonstrate that not only are the choices hard, sometimes they're also hard to see. Purpose: To point out some of the difficult decisions children have to make. Key words: Kids • Children • Lying • Cheating • School Parties • Temptations • Choices • Decisions
Style: Dramatic.   Duration:  5min
Actors: 2C

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Summary: A man has had a real bad day and his friends at the neighborhood restaurant just don't seem to care. Purpose: To make people ask themselves if they have missed opportunities to encourage a brother or sister or... (There are three possible endings given for this sketch.) Key words: Depression • Encouragement • Listening• Complaining • Sharing • Fellowship
Style: Dramatic.  Duration: 10min
Actors: 4M, 2F

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Summary: A sketch exploring the sacrificial nature of love.
Style: Dramatic/light.   Duration: 10min.
Actors: 1M, 1F, 1M/F
Scripture:  based around Luke 5: 12-15

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Summary: A sketch exploring issues of exclusion.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 6min
Actors: 5M/F, 1Puppet.
Scripture: based around Matthew 15: 21-28

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Summary: A cautionary monologue about the dangers of unforgiveness.
Style: Dramatic.  Duration: 5min
Actors: 1M/F

 

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Summary: Three high school students, John, Brian and Amy, are invited to dinner by the family of another student, Mark, who rescued the three from a fire but died while looking to see if anyone else was trapped.  John is a self-centered jock who only came because his mother made him.  Brian cares more about drinking and drugs than school.  Amy is a member of the school Goth subculture.  How will Mark's family react when they meet the three students Mark gave his life for?  Will Mark’s sacrifice have any effect on John, Brian and Amy?

Style: Dramatic.  Duration: 15min
Actors: 5F, 3M

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Summary: This skit shows the real thoughts of three women.  It then shows the women in conversations.  Two of them hide behind masks when relating to others and don’t reveal how they really feel. 
Style: Drama.   Duration: 8min
Actors: 3F

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Summary: The head of a ballet school discusses the stage setting for her new presentation with a pretty dodgy handiman.  As they discuss the main feature, the tree of promise, it soon become evident that to keep a living thing alive, it has to stay connected.
Style:  Comedy-drama.   Duration: 10min
Actors: 1M, 1F

 

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Written by the members of Creative Justice 2010-2011: Demond Bush, David L. Hamilton IV, Ryan Hodge, Keesean Hudson, Ronald L. Kirk, Fawn Knight, Leonard Knight, Craig Lindsey, Jacob McQueen, Diego Phillips, Yorig R. Reyes. Edited by Fawn Knight

Summary:  The man called Legion is terrorized by demons from his past who continually assure him that he can never be free of their influence.  Guilt, shame, and addictions hold Legion in bondage until Jesus intervenes.

Note:  This play was written by a group of Christians, some incarcerated and some the family members of men in prison.  The demons in the play come from their experience.  Several speak the language of the streets.  Some, like Mom, are not demons as we usually think of them, but rather memories we replay endlessly in our heads, feeling helpless and ashamed.  The authors invite you to replace these “demons” with others from the experience of your group.  Dialogue is improvised and performers should feel free to use humor in their roles.
Style: Serious, but with occasional humor    Duration: 22 minutes
Actors: 11M, 1F (parts may be doubled)
Biblical Text:  Mark 5

 

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Summary:  A man who is about to become a father goes to the local Pop in the Box to get some help.  While he’s there he discovers that God is what he really needs. Keywords: Parenting, fathering, role model
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 5min
Actors: 1M, 1M/F

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Summary:  Bickering with her brother, Sue learns quickly how fleeting life is and is forced to focus on what’s really important. Keywords: Fighting, complaining, bickering, cancer.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 7min
Scriptures: 1 Cor 9:16-17; 2 Cor 16-19
Actors: 1M, 1F, 2M/F

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Summary:  A wife confronts her husband when he returns home late yet again, suspicious that he is having an affair. Note: This play has minimal text, relying heavily on subtext (the unspoken thoughts/words of the characters). Assume plenty of space around each line when necessary, to add tension. Keywords: Suspicion, mistrust, honesty, truth-telling, marriage.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 5min
Actors: 1M, 1F

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Summary: A skit about contentment .The 4 characters are traveling to the Emerald City to see the great Wizard, discovering about each other that they are discontent – only their greater concerns turn out to be over shallow, materialistic things.  Their whole journey becomes nothing more than a search for meaning in temporary things.  Keywords: Contentment, materialism
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration:  6min
Actors: 1F, 3M

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Summary: Gree Scenes is an environmental allegory set the day after tomorrow. It is designed for performance during a church service and requires no set, sound or lighting effects. The play is set in the office of E.D.E.N., a land development company. When John Newman applies for a top managerial post with a land development company, he little realises that the owner has plans for him, Unfortunately, his wife Evelyn has more than second thoughts about the new job. Her previous dealings with the company owner were disastrous and not only for her. It falls to Mrs G., the mysterious company watchdog, to prevent a catastrophic tragedy. Keywords: Environment, ecology, stewardship, ethics.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration :  15min
Actors: 2M, 2F

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Summary: Wanting to put together an act designed to pack in the crowds, our stage manager must decide what is extraordinary enough to make the show. When an ordinary man mistakenly shows up, our stage manager asks the question: what can be done with ordinary people? Keywords: Talents, gifts, purpose.
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration : 6min
Actors: 5M/F

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Summary: a one act play which concerns a man questioning his faith in God in the face of a series of setbacks. This is a three character comedy with the Man, a Nun and a Drunk.
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 25-30min
Actors:  2M, 1F
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Summary: People wearing labels representing many of the hurts faced by people today speak out their pain. They find release by transferring it to Jesus.
Style:  Dramatic.  Duration:  7-10min
Actors: 1M, +V

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Summary: Three workmates meet up in the local pub for a drink after work and discuss the new barmaid. In the process, they traverse a significant number of the 10 Commandments. Keywords: 10 commandments, lust, stealing, theft, adultery.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 5min.
Actors: 3M, 1F. (A male can take the part of the barmaid)

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Summary: The play is set some time in the 1980s. A boy and girl have been set up for a blind date, but because of their insecurities talk themselves out of it. Keywords: dating, love romance, insecurity.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 7min
Actors: 1M, 1F, 2M/F, 1VO

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Summary: Two women neighbours are outside hanging up their wash and having a discussion. Both see the others items and make comments and small talk based on the obvious. What both women don’t realize is that they are both talking about their life secrets in a surface kind of way. The women talk about the obvious stains in their families laundry, while being as evasive about the truth behind the stains. Keywords: gossip, life, community, reality, real life
Style: Dramatic  Duration: 6min
Actors: 2F

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Summary: Dialogue contrasting the lives of two young women, one brought up in typical Western fashion, and the other in a 3rd World slum. Keywords: consumerism, mission, slums, 3rd World, deprivation, luxury
Style: Dramatic.  Duration:  4min
Actors: 2F

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Summary: A skit about contentment. The 4 well-known characters are traveling to the Emerald City to see the great Wizard, discovering about each other that they are discontent – only their greater concerns turn out to be over shallow, materialistic things.  Their whole journey becomes nothing more than a search for meaning in temporary things. Keywords: Contentment, happiness, consumerism, Wizard of Oz.
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: 10min
Actors: 1F, 3M/F
Scripture: I Timothy 6:6-10

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Summary: A group of people are helping a friend who is looking for an elephant.  They think they know what they’re looking for, but it becomes obvious that not all large grey things with tough skin are elephants. This play was first performed by a group of young people, speaking to their peers about their vulnerability to the world’s temptations and false representation of truth. Keywords: Truth, deception.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 5min
Actors: 1N, 4M/F
Scripture: John 14:6

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Summary: A skit about planning things through. (We meet a stuntman who doesn't.)  Keywords: Planning, bungee, foolhardy, daredevil, risk, trust, stunts.
Style: Lighthearted. Duration: 5min.
Actors: 1M, 1M/F

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Summary: Husband & wife are arguing over blame for sin. Each is challenged by their conscience, that given a second chance they would make the same mistakes again. They are taken to the garden of Eden to be tested. The twist in the plot is when the actors come out of character and become ‘themselves’ & consider the gospel
Style: Comedy/Drama    Actors: 2w, 4m
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Scripture: Genesis 3

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Summary: In this script, in which dialogue consists of one word responses, John and Sheri demonstrate how lack of communication has brought their marriage to rock bottom. Is there a better way? Keywords: Marriage, communication, divorce, reconciliation
Style: Drama.  Duration: 7min
Actors: 1M, 1F, 1N
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:5 “Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

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Summary: Kirsten has hidden secrets from her past. She’s never dealt with them or shared them with her soon-to-be fiancé. Will she be able to share them? Will he forgive her? Or will their relationship end? Kami has secrets, too. Is it her fault her mom is sick? Who can she tell of her feelings about her dad? These and other questions are answered when both girls find out that God forgives all. Keywords: Family relationships, mental illness, hurt, anger, forgiveness, marriage
Style: Dramatic.  Duration: Approx. 60-75mins
Scripture reference: Luke
7:47,48
Actors: 5M, 6F, 3C, 6M/F, 1VO (doubles can be used)

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Summary: At this shop, you can purchase a new life in exchange for your old. This customer surprises the sales assistant by wanting something other than fame and fortune. Keywords: New life, consumerism, fame, conscience, selfishness, materialism, happiness.
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: 7min
Actors: 2M/F

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