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The Scepter has Departed – a Jewish drama play script in two acts

Jewish drama play script


The year is 1937  – before world war two erupts in Europe and anti Jewish sentiment is rife.  Hitler is gaining power and the persecution of the Jews has begun.  Millions of Jews from around Europe have fled their homelands in Poland and Lithuania and moved back to Jerusalem,  the city of their forefathers. Tension is high from  the Arab population in Palestine leading to the Arab riots against immigrant Jews. The British Balfour Declaration has increased pressure on both the British and Palestinians to obstruct Jewish presence in Palestine.

At a Tipat Chalav in one of Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhoods, Jewish militants of the Irgun meet to discuss their ongoing response to the Arab riots. A new arrival from Lithuania who has made aliyah is instructed about the many concerns confronting his new organization.

Then the murders begin. A  “non – Zionist” Rabbi is murdered,  and a grenade is thrown into a bus full of Palestinian civilians.  The British capture some of the militant Jews responsible for the attacks and they are sentenced to death.

“The Scepter has Departed” , a Jewish  drama play script, explores all sides of this age old conflict, asking the question, “Who is right and who is responsible?”

Author: Sterling Cullipher

Type: Two act Play

Genre: Political Drama – Jewish drama play script

Suitable for: All  ages

Ages of actors: Adult

Number of actors:  19, 18M, 1F

Length of play: 90 minutes

Set: There are a number of scene changes from a number of simple rooms, to a bar, a warehouse, a market place and a prison. The changes can be simply accomplished by changing basic furnishings in the room and alternating sides of the stage that are used.

 Level of Difficulty:  9/10 This play has a lot of dialogue, so keeping the focus of the audience is important. It also deals with a sensitive issue which should be dealt with respectfully.

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Cost is $5.50 for this digital script

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Copyright December 2012 Sterling Cullipher Off The Wall Play Publishers.




The Pump Room – a Drama set in Post Apartheid South Africa

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Force creates pressure and pressure creates counter- pressure. The result? A blowout.

The Pump Room is a drama about the intersection of the criminal and political worlds, the sexual and the ideological. It is a play about the South African reality of the late 1990s, but one which applies to many other societies that have experienced epochs in their history when, after a long period of oppression, a new period struggles to resolve the past and deal with fresh challenges.

The central event that drives the play is the murder of a ‘postman’ carrying drugs. Over several hours on a hot summer’s night, the consequences of this action cause a number of inter-connected people to meet in the pump room of a public swimming pool in Cape Town. These disparate characters play out the tensions and contradictions of their pasts and presents, and a complex web of relationships emerges.

It has been performed at the Windybrow Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 and the the Theatre in the District in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011.

Author: Allan Kolski Horwitz

Genre: Drama, Protest Theatre

Type: 5 act play

Characters: 4M, 2F

Length: 90 minutes

Suitable for: Adults (language)

Ages of actors: most in 40’s, 2 in 20’s, 1 in 30s.

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – getting the tension of protest theatre correct and maintaining it

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Cost is $6 for this digital play script

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Copyright Allan Kolski Horwitz 2009