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The Last Voyage of the Albatross – play based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe

play based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe


In this play based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, the Voyage of the Albatross follows the fateful voyage of a ship hit by a storm so severe that it almost seems supernatural. When only three people survive the storm, they believe that their troubles are over. But the ship was never destined to have any survivors…

Desperate for someone to hear what happened to them, Sara, one of the survivors writes a message and places it in a bottle, casting it overboard before she meets her destiny. She can only hope that it will be found by someone and her story told.

Read other ghost (horror) stories by David Schmidt – The Henderson Hall Horror.

Author: David Schmidt

Type: One act play

Genre: Horror, Ghost story

Cast: 3M, 2F

Ages of the actors: Teen up

Suitable for: All ages to watch. Some scenes may be scary fr younger children

Length: Thirty minutes

Set: The beach and then on board a ship

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – a lot of the things that happen have to be described by the actors in a realistic and convincing manner

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Copyright © August 2019 David Schmidt and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Others like it:

Beside the kitchen table – the ghost of a murdered young girl seeks revenge
Victims of the forest – medieval scary plays
The release of Theodore Marlow – a ghost tries to get her love to join her in the afterlife

The things that happen in New York – drama set in New York

drama set in New York


In this drama set in New York, a young couple, Hank and Sarah struggling to make ends meet, lose their apartment and end up moving in temporarily with Hank’s brother Ted, his wife Joyce and their two babies. All in a one bedroom apartment. The stress brought on by losing their apartment after months of trying comes to a head as Hank and Sarah very naturally compare their situation to that of Ted and Joyce. When Sarah reveals that she has done something that in Hank’s eyes is an ultimate betrayal of trust, but in her eyes is something to bring them together, the couple is forced to confront that what they both want from life is ultimately very different.

The title of the play really reflects what happens in New York! The story is very realistic – it has been said that New York is the city where it is so easy to fall off (become homeless) because you give as much as much as you get. The story is an interesting and enlightening account of how a couple can suffer in the city, get a helping hand but still be at its mercy. The powerful way in which Sarah is revealed to be so patient with Hank who is somewhat foul to her and everyone around him is thanks to the writer’s smooth writing.

Author: James Hanson

Genre: One act American drama set in New York

Type: One act play

Cast: Cast of four. 2M 2F

Ages of the actors: All late twenties to early thirties

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Thirty five to Forty five minutes

Set: Ted’s living room

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – challenging piece but with easy dialogue great for one act festivals and drama school

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Cost is $6.50 for this new digital script

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Copyright © August 2016 James Hanson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other great American plays for you to enjoy:

A Man’s home – one act American drama about a typical family
Dislocations – one act African American drama about a man lost in the wrong place at the wrong time
Early Liberty – two act American drama about a failing hotel