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By the Rivers of Babylon – American Drama script

 American drama script

BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON –  American  Drama Script

It’s a small community, really, between two rivers to be exact, in Kentucky State. It is not much, but it’s theirs … or rather it was. In ‘’By the Rivers of Babylon” the  community of this quaint albeit thriving town is facing eviction by land developers, or is it the government, or rather big business.  Does it even matter whom? In this two act American drama script, the relationship between ‘the land’ and its ownership is explored through the eyes of wives, sons and grandpa’s, as families turn their faces up to a darkened sky of what was hope. The citizens of Kentucky’s ‘Babylon’ are in essence facing the firmament of ‘coulda’, ‘woulda’, ‘shoulda’ three words so tightly wound in regret that their chances of moving on both physically and emotionally from the land are as wide as it is a small community really, between two rivers to be exact.

“If we ever owned the land we own it still, for we never sold it…” – Native American Chief Joseph-Nez Perce

By the Rivers of Babylon was given two dramatic readings; one in Cincinnati and one in Hawaii. Read other topical plays by David Clear as clear – play about cowboys and the take over of Native American lands

Author: David Greenberg

Genre:  American Drama Script

Type: Two-act play

Cast: Main Characters: 3 – M, 2 – F Whole cast: 8M, 3F

Ages of the actors: All adult, many older.

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Two hours

Set: Various – the kitchen is central and various outdoor scenes

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – colloquial accents and mannerisms – getting them right

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Cost is $6.50 for this previously performed stage play as a digital script.

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Copyright © November 2016 David Greenberg and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other similar plays:

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Dislocations – One act American drama

one act American drama


In a split second, your life can change. Just ask Levar Penningsworth, an African-American man who gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Levar is having a really bad day, and the day gets even worse during a fit of road rage that leads him to a world he could hardly have imagined – all he wants to do is get home.

Out of gas and hopelessly lost in a small suburb where he is an outsider, he wonders just how possible it’s going to be for him to return home unscathed. He meets two characters, one of whom can get him the gas he needs to get out of town, but will he give it to him?

Everyone’s been lost before in a city they’ve never been in, or a road they shouldn’t have turned on. “Dislocations” is a horror story without supernatural monsters, vampires or werewolves. It explores the stereotype of the “angry black man,” and the consequences of living up to that stereotype. It’s a story about America through the lens of an African-American searching for his way home.


Winthrop University Theatre and Dance, SC, USA – 2018

Author: Cornelius Fortune

Genre: One act American Drama

Type: One act play

Cast: Mains 4M 1F. Smaller parts 2M 4F 6N (1 liners or no lines) These smaller parts are not integral to the story.

Ages of the actors: Adult actors

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Play Twenty minutes Long

Set: Black box set (minimal set)

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – the set is imaginary and actor driven so a great play for festivals.

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Cost is $8.00 for this previously staged digital script

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Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Dislocations

Like this play? Other American and African American plays:

A Deep Rural Tract – African American Court case Drama script
Early Liberty – American drama about a crumbling family in a crumbling hotel
Great Land – drama about two people on their trip to Graceland