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Dreamtime – play script about teen cult murder


play script about teen murder


The story is inspired by the murders of Dartmouth professors Half and Susanne Zantop, January 2001. Two high school boys from Vermont came to their home under false pretenses and murdered them for a hundred dollars in cash.

The murders were, of course, notorious. They followed on the heels of the Columbine murders and since then there has been practically an epidemic of senseless murders by young people in the USA. This is a play script about teen cult murder.

There’s a fine line between a dream and reality, well that is until there isn’t… that is until your dreams no longer serve their purpose as a subconscious escape and instead prey on your psyche: creating a world you can neither inhabit nor feel a firm part of.

Willy and Noah are young white youths, trying to both define themselves and make a stamp on their society. They dream of joining the American Nazi party. Both boys have dreams – they need something to make them stand out. They dream of doing something big. They dream of it day and night. Until it becomes hard to tell whether they’re awake or dreaming…

Both Willy and Noah tread the barrier in this play about the consequences of blurring the lines that separate delusions from actuality. Was their sense of self elevated in their dream state? Were Noah and Willy just plain bored with their reality? Or did they forget where in the world they truly belonged, when they made a choice that would affect them and two German professors? Dreamtime explores what happens when two doubtful aspiring American Nazi youths take certainty and uncertainty into their hands…and the cost of human life in between.

One of the monologues from the play is included in Best Men’s Stage Monologues in 2010 (Smith & Kraus, publisher.)


Maitland Repertory Theatre – NSW, Australia – 2017

Read other plays – Memory palace – drama about family spanning generations by Maura Campbell.

Author: Maura Campbell

Genre: Drama, play script about teen cult murder

Type: One act play, full length in seven scenes

Cast: 6 actors, 3M 1F and two extras who play multiple parts throughout the play

Ages of the actors: Two are young high school youths, two are middle aged to older college professors.

Suitable for:  PG 10 – concepts of violence

Length: 70 – 80 minutes

Set: A space that represents The Mountain, The Cell, and Joerg and
Greta’s Home. Many other locations are suggested. The fluid use of
space is effective since scenes and dialogue constantly overlap.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – a great, challenging play that would suit drama school students or fringe festivals

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $10 for this play with an award winning monologue

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Dreamtime

Copyright © July 2016 Maura Campbell and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays about murder

The Pump room – the story of a murder in post apartheid South Africa
Why shoot your husband – drama for 1M 1F
When Summer dies of shame – play about murder and revenge

Memory Palace – a poignant family drama play spanning generations

family drama play


A family’s home is their castle, a place where their dreams are made.

A family portrait is delicately unravelled in this generational two-act family drama play about the Fischer’s. From the purchase of the family home by Nancy and Daniel, the complicated and often tense concept of family is explored in a series of recollections throughout the Fischer’s history. Recollections shared by sisters, mother and daughter, grandchild and grandfather, memories happy and devastating as well as those that reveal secrets or rather the inquiring bottomless pit of any family dynamic. Memory Palace thoughtfully sheds light into the notion that human beings can be both complicated and amusingly simple at the same time.

MEMORY PALACE was commissioned by The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties in Vermont in 2013 and was first presented as part of The Full Circle Festival, a series of workshops and theatrical presentations on the subject of aging, in April 2014.

Author: Maura Campbell

Type: Two act play

Genre: Family drama play

Cast: Mains: 4F 3M (5 children 4M 1F and one 20 something play younger versions of the main parts. 1-2 minor parts as well)

Ages of the actors: Children through to older actors

Suitable for: All ages

Length:Two hours

Set: The home of Nancy and Daniel Fischer. Time is fluid and moves between the present and memories of the past. Lighting and incidental music are helpful for audiences to grasp time and place transitions.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – keeping the pace in this family drama play

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $7 for this editor’s choice digital play script

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Memory Palace

Copyright © January 2016 Maura Campbell and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other family sagas and dramas that we stock:

Taylor – a family saga about a man’s devotion to his dead wife
Chicken Salad – one act drama for two women about coping with a recent death
Check off in the sun – family drama about last wishes