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Strange Bedfellows – Script about the American War of Independence

script about the American war of independence


In a war there are more than just the men in the firing line. There are the superiors who risk their lives, to some extent, as well. The women, who must continue on with the lives their men left behind, the frustrated people who support neither warring faction and prefer to remain neutral and the men who are influenced by all of the above, who make the vital decisions that could change the face of the war. Lawyers, polymaths, inventors and… revolutionaries. A word that goes beyond ‘politician’. A word fitting to the three men that would play a role in the American Revolution in this script about the American war of Independence.

In three acts, Strange Bedfellows, documents a moment in time of the lives of Benjamin Franklin, Edward Rutledge and John Adams, who spent the night at a somewhat grotty tavern in New Jersey. Franklin brought with him his sense of humour, penchant for libations, ill-health in old age and a journal. Adams; his wife, Abigail’s, spirit, a staid disposition, passion and outrage at Franklin’s lack of etiquette. Rutledge; his cynicism, a suspicious and thought-provoking mind and a habit of falling asleep when inconvenient to do so. In this drama, the trio are on the cusp of realising what could very well be the first American Dream.

What say you to a night with Franklin, Adams and Rutledge?

Strange Bedfellows recently enjoyed a week long workshop at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival for their Southern Writers Project. It has been recognized by over a half dozen national writing competitions including The Stanley Drama Award and The Harriet Lake Festival of Plays. It was selected by Tony Award winning Broadway producer Ken Davenport for his Broadway Blacklist of the Top Ten Unproduced Plays of 2016.

Author: Jason Boies

Type: Three Act Play

Genre: Drama, Historical, Biography

Length: Ninety minutes excluding intervals

Cast: Cast of 7: 6M 1FMain Characters: 3 – M

Ages of the actors: From a teenage soldier up to a seventy year old Benjamin Franklin

Suitable for: All ages to watch, teens up to perform

Set: A tavern 

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – getting the characters right, their mannerisms and accent of the times correct

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Copyright © February 2019 Jason Boies and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays of war you may enjoy:

Dr Kritzinger’s Twelve O’Clock – play about the meeting that set the events of World War II in deadly motion
A Field of Glory – American Civil War Drama
Agatha the ugly – romantic drama set in World war 2

Daughter like you – Family drama script about losing a child

British family drama script


A married couple still mourning the death of their child Abby who passed away fifteen years ago are both struggling to keep their relationship alive.
David works as an engineer and his latest job will see him return to the small town where he and Maria first met and fell in love. He brings Maria along with him with the idea to rekindle their love but also for Maria to reconnect with her Sister Elle, who she has not spoken to in over a decade.

Elle and Maria quickly make up, a little too quickly but Elle fears that her own daughter Sam fifteen years old is focusing too much on a foolish career as a fashion model and is risking destroying her education and chances of going to college. Elle enlists Maria to hang out with Sam and to find out more for her, hoping that Sam will open up more to Maria than she ever would to her.

Maria now starts a close relationship with Sam, unwittingly using her to fulfill her own desires to be a mother at long last. If Abby, the child she had lost all those years ago was still alive today she would be Sam’s age. Maria wants to help Sam become a model, going against everything that Elle had asked of her and tries to convince Sam to come away with her to London to begin her modelling future and where they can exist together as mother and daughter. Secrets and lies come pouring out as everyone fights for what they really want; to be happy.

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Author: Simon Parker

Genre: Family drama script, three act drama script

Type: Three act drama script

Cast: 2M 3F

Ages of the actors: Three in their forties, two late teens, early twenties

Suitable for: PG 10 – heavy topic

2-2.5 hours

Set: Various houses but set can be minimal – for example the first scene just needs a large sofa with a wicker chair next to it.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – heavy piece dealing with family tragedy and loss. Performances should be genuine.

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Copyright © August 2015 Simon Parker and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other family dramas we stock:

The Happy hornbill – play scripts about spousal abuse
The Associate – short play about infidelity and the effect it has on a relationship
My child – drama about an unwanted teen pregnancy
Taylor – beautiful story about the loss of a spouse and finding love again

War Stories – Three Act Drama Play

three act drama play script

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Phil Lavan an ex cop, haunted by his past, has decided to go into business with an acquaintance of his,  Carmen Guzzo. Carmen owns a pet store and his aim is to sell the business to Lavan.  Lavan has secrets in his past as a cop that he shares with his ex partner, and close friend,  Joey Nicks. When internal affairs sends an investigator to the pet store because they suspect Joey of being a dirty cop, the friendship is threatened as Joey becomes paranoid that Lavan will expose him now that Lavan has left the force. Joey gets a local girl, Jane Smith to spy on Lavan in order to try and find out if he will expose him.  Tensions climb throughout this three act drama play to reach a bloody climax where all the secrets and lies are exposed for good.

Donald Dewey is an established playwright and author and has had more than 30 plays staged in the United States and Europe, as well as published 33 books of fiction, nonfiction, and drama. More about Donald Dewey

Author: Donald Dewey

Genre: Drama

Type: Three act play, 3 act play, three-act plays

Length: Full length play 2 hours.

Number of  actors: 5 actors, 4M, 1F, 4 men 1 woman

Ages of actors: 30-65 – there are four younger characters and one older man

Suitable for:  PG 12 violence

Set:  2 different areas or sets on stage can be used. The main action takes place in a pet store, which should have a counter as well as various cages to contain the animals.  The other part of the play takes place in an apartment where the bedroom with a doubled bed in it is shown as well as a refrigerator in another room.

Level of difficulty:  8/10 Maintaining the tension and building slowly to a climax. This play could do very well with the right accomplished actors.

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