General Christian Plays
General Christian Plays sold at Scripts By Warren
This Thanksgiving story can be used at any time of year. The Thanksgiving theme is not crucial to the story and could be easily changed to Christmas or to a non-holiday theme without very much adapting. The story is about the Dowell family and a complete family reunion for the first time in 20 years. Three brothers and their families gather at the NYC home of the richest brother, who just learned he is broke and needs to file bankruptcy. The oldest brother has arrived with his 10 children and he has a surprise secret: The family farm has struck oil and they are all about to be rich. He has the right to keep all the money, but he chooses to share it with his siblings. A sub plot involves two young cousins who have musical talent and desire to move into some type of musical career. One of them has an aunt present who happens to be a Broadway producer, but she has never been one to help out anyone in her family to get their start. The story mixes comedy and drama, antics of the hired staff, and musical performances to round out the production.
Cast of 24 includes (7 adult males, 5 adult females, 12 children ages 7-16) The play runs about an hour not counting the musical numbers. Learn More
Here is a fun sketch for your youth or for a fun night at church.... maybe Valentine's Day. The king and queen of Mundania are having a joust. Well, actually, they just play "rock, paper, scissors". The champion, Sir Lovesalot is in love with lady Emeline, but he's too shy to talk to her. Little does he know that she is also in love with him. The theme of "love is patient" comes out a few times as the king and queen try to help the young couple. Meanwhile, visiting Knights of the Round Table show up looking for some new recruits, which the king is excited about, but will this mean the young couple will have to wait even longer? There is a jester who is not funny, a wizard who can't seem to do anything, and an ugly old peasant woman who is desperate to find a husband. The king and queen do talk about God's love and how God is the one who brings people together.
11 Actors (7 male, 4 female) Plus extras. About 17-20 mins. Learn More
Lara wants to end her life. Dana shows up and realizes that something is wrong, and she prays for her friend. She leaves her Bible and as Lara sits looking at the Bible, a stranger appears who begins to talk with her about Jesus. Soon more visitors come, all figures from the Bible: Stephen, Peter, Mary Magdalene, Paul, Judas, Matthew, etc. Each one telling their own story and all sharing about the life of Jesus. (these are in individual monologues) The first visitor reveals that He is really Jesus, and leaves a choice for Lara. Very evangelical, and strong salvation message. Lots of scripture. The parts of Lara and Dana can also be played by two men, as in the excerpt here. This play also works very well with an all male cast, just removing two of the female monologues.
12 actors (8 male, 4 female) No set changes, can be done very simply, with few props. About 50-55 minutes. Songs can be added to make a nice musical. Learn More
"Pilgrims, Patriots and Pioneers" This play is like a history lesson as each scene takes you to a different time in our nation's past. The play begins with a town gathering for their annual picnic and the kindly old Daniel begins telling the kids about the ordinary people who helped make our country great. Each following scene is acted out starting with the pilgrims in 1621 and ending with World War 2 in 1945. All the stories are based on real people and real situations, with a few fictional characters thrown in and some imagined dialogue. Some pilgrim women meet Squanto, the Indian who helped them get through the first winter in Plymouth. Abigail Adams has Martha Washington to tea to discuss the most recent letter from John. A pioneer wagon train on the way to Oregon finds they have seven orphaned children to deal with. Katherine Wright introduces her famous brothers to some friends who want to hear all about that famous first flight. Two soldiers learn to cope in a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1945.
31 female and 29 male roles fill this large cast. Very easy to have your actors play 2 or 3 parts. Great costume piece. About 60-65 mintues. Learn More
This THANKSGIVING DAY play was originally written and produced in 1985. With some slight phrasing changes it can easily be adapted to a modern day setting. Deni is a high school girl who prays and asks God for a simple request, that her family would all be together on Thanksgiving. This meets with oposition to almost every member of the family. Her parents are constantly fighting and there are hints of a break-up. Her oldest sister has moved away and has a new live-in boyfriend that does not make her parents happy. The brother is away at college, but he and his father are not on speaking terms. No one wants what Deni wants..and they try to tell her that. Deni is discouraged.. but doesn't give up entirely, so she and her best friend, Monica, invite people from church who had no place to go. Not only does God answer her prayer.. but He has much bigger plans for her crumbling family. There is a strong salvation message as well as lessons on having faith, reaching out to the lonely and unloved, and seeing God working above and beyond what we can imagine. This is a great deal with this low price for a full length play.
14 actors (teen through adult - 9 female, 5 male) plus 2 children. About 50-60 minutes. Learn More
This play tries to tackle the big question of why God allows suffering. In the opening scene, Sarah dies. She is surrounded by her loving, Christian family. (her parents and sister) As the story continues, we meet some of Sarah's friends who talk about her death. Some of them are believers and some are not. One compares her death to her father's sudden loss of employment. This man, Tom, is very bitter and angry about his situation, and even though his wife is a believer, he will not allow her to talk about God or try to say that this is part of God's plan or His working in Tom's life. Besides the young adults talking, we also have the parents from the two families meeting together. In the final scene, Sarah's father, Brian shares with Tom and Tom's heart begins to soften. Throughout the play there is a lot of witnessing and sharing of the gospel.
Cast of 12 actors (5 male, 7 female). The young adults are probably in their 20's or at least late teens. About an hour long. Learn More
Dave has gotten really messed up by dealing drugs. His wife, Sharon is now a Christian and has been sharing with him, so he is feeling convicted and guilty. He decides to tell his dealer bosses that he wants out. In the opening and dramatic scene... violence erupts as a gun comes out and Dave ends up dead. The rest of the play is about Dave's friends who are shocked and spend time discussing the events and Sharon and this also leads to opportunities to share the gospel. In another dramatic scene, Sharon has a gun and wants to end her life, when two friends come to her rescue. Bill, one of the dealers in the opening scene, comes to Christ at the end of the play. This can work at Easter as there is a scene where the Last Supper is discussed.
This is a very similar story (even sequel, if you will) to several other plays listed here: The Bench, The Bench in the Alley, It Happened in the Alley, and Conversations With Friends. You will find many of the same characters and even some similar situations... yet it is not the same script and the stories are different.
11 actors (6 male and 5 female) About 55-60 mins. Learn More
An original "modern day" drama in 2 acts that takes place around the time of Easter. Dylan is a young art teacher at the high school and also leads a weekly bible study. Every year on Good Friday, he carries a big cross around and witnesses to people as to what Easter is all about, and on Easter morning, he does a sunrise service on the beach. As he prepares for the big event, some of the students at the school get excited about helping out. One such girl is Alissa. Alissa has a little brother who gets picked on by a bully, and their parents decide to pull both children out of school and "home school" them. This is a big decision as the mom, Greta, has to quit her job to do it. The boy, Christopher, is very excited, but Alissa does not like the idea at all..and rebels. Meanwhile, Christopher runs into the bully again, (Henry) and has the boldness to tell him about Jesus and how He loves him. Henry's brother, Ian is concerned about Henry and their very depressed father, Sebastian. Ian also goes to Dylan's bible study, and he tries to get his dad to agree to attending the sunrise service. There are other stories mixed in and they all connect somehow and the entire cast ends up on stage at the last scene taking place on the beach. Dylan reads the Easter story and shares and many of them make decisions to follow the Lord more closely or for the first time. There are lessons on forgiveness and loving those who have hurt you, following the leading of God no matter how hard it seems, accepting that God allows sorrow in our lives, and the simple message of salvation.
Cast of 23, (14 male, 9 female) mostly young people (4 children - boys). 90-100 minutes. Learn More
Ready to tackle a serious drama that talks about a lot of serious issues? This drama covers many topics through many stories and it all takes place within one church congregation. The main character in this play is "judging", and practically every person in the story is guilty of it. As the pastor seeks to help his congregation and do what God leads him to do, we find out that a lot is going on and people are reacting to other people and events in a less than loving way. There are at least ten different stories intertwined that cover controversial topics such as suicide, abortion, homosexuality, infidelity and sex offenders, just to name a few. Most of the stories are not wrapped up in a nice little ending, but more like real life, and they are not all dealt with in the best manner. Some people react to what is happening in a loving and Christ-like way, and others simply judge, which is how most of us probably do it. When the pastor decides to ask his congregation to be courageous and seek help and ask for prayer, he finds out that there is a lot going on behind the masks that we wear as Christians. The largest parts are the pastor (because there is a sermon excerpt), a judgmental and troubled mother, a young man struggling with his feelings and his good friends, plus the choir director and a woman conflicted in her marriage.
This play is long, just under two hours. (adapted from a screenplay) However, you can easily remove some of the characters and also their story lines which would shorten the play quite a bit. As written, there are 30 speaking parts (13 males and 17 females) 2 are children and 1 teen. Also extras can be used. Most of the scenes take place in either the sanctuary of the church or someone's living room. This can be done by having your stage divided with the church scene on one side and the home scene on the other. That way you don't have to take down the sets a whole bunch of times. Learn More
This play is very similar to "The Bench", "The Bench in the Alley" and "It Happened in the Alley" as it contains some of the same characters. So, it is like a sequel. All of these plays were taken out of a large passion play, as the modern day sections. (Changing a bit from year to year) As those other stories contain some very dramatic and emotional scenes dealing with drugs, violence, death, suicide and cutting... this one is more of a witness. The young people (probably college students) have gathered to talk about the death of a friend, but it turns into a discussion about Christ with an atheist. Sarah is the girl seeking answers in this story and she talks with her mother about her father's death two years ago. The mother is moving on and has begun to date again and Sarah is not ready for that to happen yet. She is still mad at God for taking her dad away from her. In the final scene, she gets to talk with Alex, who helps her to realize that Jesus truly loves her and cares about her sadness. Her heartfelt prayer at the end is overheard by her mother and they reconcile. This also contains a scene discussing the Last Supper. New lower price.
7 actors (3 men and 4 women) Some genders could be changed. About 30-35 mins. Simple set, no changes. Learn More
This play takes place in the late 20's or early 30's in a fictional town called "Rain River Valley". The people are poor and live in the backwoods and their lives are simple and uneventful till the day that young Billy Brown prays for a dying boy and God miraculously heals him. Billy is slow, but he is mighty in spirit. He loves God and loves His Word. A new preacher in town comes along and befriends Billy and is able to help Billy overcome a disabling secret that was making him unnaturally fearful of the river and of the rain falling. The river and the rain are also characters in this drama that seems to be coming to a nice happy close just as the reality of death and eternity brings a surprise ending. The gospel is presented and choices are made.
10 actors (5 males - one child, and 5 females) Several extras needed. A few set changes, can be done very simply, with few props. 60-70 mins. Learn More
Here is a full length play for your church that is marked way down! A great deal! This play was formerly called "The Celebration". The play tells several stories while a church plans for their anniversary celebration. The pastor is busy praying over a sick woman, his wife is counseling a woman who's husband is unfaithful, and a group of ladies have a problem with gossip. Before the celebration weekend is over, we see the husband come back, a backslidden woman repent, and a man's life is changed toward God as his wife get's healed. This can be made into a musical easily by adding your own songs. There is a visiting choir in the script, they could sing several songs.
21 actors (11 male and 10 female with some extras as choir members) Few set changes, can be done very simply, with few props. About an hour without the songs. Learn More
This play is a rip-off of the popular TV comedy of the 60's about castaways stranded on a deserted island. In this one, the characters have similar names and a few of them even resemble the famous TV characters. It starts out with Carrie Ann and Pepper taking a short cruise with Skippie and during a stop for gas, the boat drifts out to sea because it didn't get tied down good. The two girls find themselves lost at sea and don't know what to do. They pray and end up near an island and just when they would have crashed on the rocks, they put down the anchor. Pepper learns the lesson that Christ is OUR ANCHOR in life. They meet other castaways on the island and try to get along with them and work together to find a way off the island. (their boat never got gas) In the final scene, Skippie arrives to rescue them and they end up in a big storm and the gospel is shared and Carrie Ann prays and all is well. Humor is scattered throughout with most of the comic lines going to Pepper. The parts of the actress and the billionaire should be played over the top like the ones on the TV show and that should come across funnier. I have changed all the names because these are not those characters and should only reflect their memory, for those who would recognize the old show. A big obvious difference is that Gillian is a girl's name. This play is also divided up into three skits and can be purchased separately under the skits category on this site.
8 actors (written as 3 male and 5 female) The part of Skippie could also be a male. About 40 mins. Learn More
Gladys wanted to go to China as a missionary, but she could not get any missionary society to accept her with her limited skills and knowledge. She saves up her money in England, and buys a ticket on a train across Russia in 1932. She gets held up there, and they do not want to let her go, thinking she can work for them as a machinist in their factories. She escapes with some help on a Japanese ship and gets to China. Once there, the local mandarin asks her to be the official foot inspector, to stop the foot binding of women and girl's feet. She sees a woman selling a small child and buys her for ninepence. She stops the riot in a prison by just praying, walking in and taking charge. She ends up with a home full of orphans and leads a young woman to Christ who was cruel to little girls. The mandarin converts to Christianity, and in the final scene, Gladys takes 100 orphans across the mountains to the Yellow River during the attack of the Japanese. After praying for help, a Chinese soldier shows up to help them get across the river to safety. This is the same story that you may have seen in the Ingrid Bergman film, "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness", but this play is based on her biography not this movie. (Gladys is a big part for an actress, she is in every scene)
Cast of 20 (10 male, 4 female, 6 children) with as many child extras as you can come up with. Approx. 45-50 mins. Learn More
This is a one act play (good for VALENTINE'S DAY) that takes place in a hair salon. It's Melissa's wedding day, so she and her mom and her sister are all coming in for the big make-over. A couple of other colorful characters show up and we end up with a big discussion on marriage, men and lots of humorous bantering. Melissa talks openly about her Christian views on marriage which actually has an effect on Charlotte, whose life has not been all that spiritual.
7 actors (all female) ages vary from teen to older adults. 20-25 mins. Learn More
Several years after Hurricane LuLu devastates much of Southern Louisiana, St. Genevieve Church of Slidell is still trying to rebuild. Our story begins when Max, a college student from Chicago, arrives to help out as part of a summer missions program. For Max, being in the south is a culture shock in many ways. The biggest surprise to him is probably the fact that he doesn't expect to fall in love with these special characters that he meets on the bayou.
Although the play is written as a Baptist man working to help rebuild a Catholic Church, the denominations can be easily changed to fit your preference to how the story plays out. In this play, Max falls in love with a local girl and by the end of the play, they are getting ready to be married and he has decided to stay in the south and is thinking about converting to Catholicism. Other scenes concerning the church committees and the things going on around the church could easily be changed to any other church. Being that this play was written for an actual Catholic church in Slidell, you can see the bend toward that church. But even if you change the church, you probably don't want to change the locale. The bayou is definitely a strong character in this play and helps to define the characters you meet. LuLu is a fictitious hurricane, but some of the other things in the story were actually real. (all the characters were fictional) You will want to show the New Orleans flavor in the characters in this play. This was written in collaboration with Tina Schultz, who is actually from Slidell and a member of St. Genevieve Church.
13 actors (5 males, 8 females) plus extras. About an hour and 15 mins.
This is a comedy about marriage. (or musical comedy if you wish) Perfect for a Christian dinner theater or Valentine banquet. The play centers around two best friends who live next door to each other and spend a lot of time together talking about their marriages and trying to think of ways to make them better. The play turns into a slapstick comedy several times with falls, gags and surprises and even a pie in the face. It might remind you of some of the old sitcoms of the 50's. There are plenty of husband and wife squabbles that you may find hilarious, especially if it reminds you of yourself. There is a tiny message at the end about love and feelings and what the difference is, as one of them expresses how love is from God and it involves a commitment. But overall, there is not a strong spiritual message. The play is mostly done for laughs and the two male leads have the largest parts by far. There are places where songs could be added to make it a musical. Some song suggestions have been made, but the songs are not included in the script.
5 major roles (2 males, 3 females) A few males and females in very small roles and as extras. (only 3-5 with lines)
Should take a little over an hour, or 90 minutes if 4 or 5 songs are added. Learn More
Hudson was a young man who struggled with the Christian life of his family. His mother spent an afternoon in prayer for him and he finally comes to the Lord at the same time. Once he is saved, Hudson feels the call to go to China as a missionary. In a flashback sequence, young Hudson is working for a doctor who keeps forgetting to pay him, and Hudson will not remind him, but asks God to take care of it. Later, an older Hudson almost dies from an infection he incurred, and he cuts open the wound to let blood and poison out. In act 2, Hudson is in China, wearing Chinese clothes and his hair dyed black with a queue (pigtail), which meets with various reactions. Maria loves him, and he has written to her and asked her to marry him. Her sister is happy, but not the mistress of the house: Miss Aldersey. She over reacts and forbids her to accept his proposal, and dictates the letter of refusal for her to write. (a great part for a good actress) The narrator gives the outcome which is a happy one and the play ends with Hudson back in England speaking about the need for more missionaries in China. Four young people come up to join with him.
Cast of 26 (15 male, 10 female, 1 narrator) with a few children (the segments with the children can be easily omitted without changing the message in the story - making it 4 males less) (some parts can be doubled) Aprox. 75-90 mins. Learn More
This play, with a great price, is sort of a sequel to "The Bench" and "The Bench In The Alley" as it follows a similar storyline and has some of the same characters and similar incidents, but different dialog. In the dramatic opening scene, a drug deal goes bad and Dave dies in the alley. His wife Sharon finds herself suicidal in another scene, but is helped by two Christian friends. Meanwhile, Lisa has been struggling with many things, one of them being her father's alcoholism and she becomes a cutter. (Her father comes home drunk and has a fight with his wife.) Becky and Sue confront Lisa and learn of her problem. By the end, Lisa and her father both have come to know the Lord as their savior. There is a scene where the Last Supper is discussed, so this could work at Easter.
13 actors (6 males, 7 females) college age and older. About 45-47 mins. Simple set changes. Learn More
This is a (re-written) mostly female sketch about Jochebed's choice to hide her baby in a basket and send him down the Nile River to hopefully spare his life. The half hour drama follows the biblical account as close as possible, with what little there is to know, and some created fictional dialogue to dramatize it better. The other characters are Miriam, the sister of Moses, the Pharaoh, his wife and daughter, her friends, a guard and two other women, one a friend and the other, the midwife. This sketch has been doubled in size and cast recently. The Egyptian scenes have a lot of fiction. Very affordable.
11 actors (9 female, 2 male) Biblical set and costumes (contrasting between poor Hebrews and wealthy Egyptians) . About 30 mins. Learn More
Go back in time to the old mysteries from the 40's and 50's where you hear the detective narrating as the story goes along. Based on "film noir" but not as dark: Think Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. As our story begins, we find Johnny Howland waking up in a coffin and wondering how he got there. He discovers he has amnesia, and as he tries to get his memory back, he continues with his work, faking it with his clients and looking for clues. Who wanted him dead, and also who killed Hanfield Rivers, or is he even dead? Mrs Rivers, the supposed widow, is your classic 'film noir' dame. Have fun with costumes and makeup, and play out the parts like 'Bogart and Bacall'. The big difference here is a sweet young Christian woman named Laura leads Johnny to Christ, and that brings a whole spiritual side to the story that you would not expect. But that doesn't mean we don't have the big finale with guns and blackouts, screaming and fainting, and twists to make the story more intriguing. This is one of my more popular Christian plays, and has been performed many times around the country in the past few years.
11 actors (6 male and 5 female) all adult or older teens. one hour long. Learn More
This Christian play takes place in a diner and all the scenes have the same set. The main characters are the 4 waitresses who work there and the town sheriff who comes by daily for his coffee. There is a lot of humor as the girls have a contest to see who can get the customers to order strange items that are not on the menu, and some interaction with some of the customers. We are introduced to Johnny, the cook, (another lead character) who hates his life and dreams of leaving the small town and trying to make it in the big city. Carrie Ann is a young mother working at the diner who tries to share the Lord with Johnny. A sudden tragedy rocks the town when a bus crash kills some kids and Johnny learns that his best friend was the driver who was also killed. The sheriff shares how he lost a brother in a similar crash back in 1981 and he tells how he got through that, and shares how he came to Christ at that time. Johnny is moved by his testimony and gets right with God as well. Johnny does leave town, but with a new lease on life and in an upbeat manner. The play ends on a humorous note as they get back to their funny contest. The play could be done any time of year and the references to Christmas easily removed.
Cast of 15 plus extras. (written as 2 males, 8 females and 5 children) Some of the customers can be easily changed to men. Two extras are a senior couple. Runs about 50 min. Learn More
A fun youth drama (high school or young adult/college age) with music and costumes from different eras. Perfect for a Valentine Banquet. You will get the real nostalgia feel on this one along with some science fiction. Abigail is a teenager who is frustrated with the dating scene and wants to know what true love is. A time traveler shows up to take her back in time to see how her parents met and fell in love, also her grandparents and great grandparents. This takes you to the 70's, the 40's and the 20's. Add songs from those periods with some fun costumes and you and your audience should have a delightful time. A spiritual message is woven into the story as Abigail watches her great grandparents get saved... which was when the Christian heritage began for her family. This is when Abigail decides to focus on her relationship with God and let the love thing happen in His timing. The gospel is shared in that scene and you will find period references and slang throughout the script. You will need to find your own music.
Cast of 17 actors. (7 males, 9 females, the time traveler can be either) About 30 minutes of dialog (before songs are added). Simple sets. Learn More
A bunch of kids are left alone in a room to keep busy and keep quiet while their parents are in a church meeting. The older kids are in charge. They are playing games and working puzzles when some of the kids are getting bored and want to do something as a group. They try playing "follow the leader" and "rock, paper, scissors" but one girl suggests a game that really isn't a game but an exercise in thinking about what is important in their lives. She first asks what they want to be when they grow up, then asks them to name three life changing events that they have experienced and finally, name three things that they can't live without. Many of the answers are humorous, but some get serious and it leads to a discussion of where Jesus might fall on a list of what is important. This causes one child to admit that she has doubts about her own salvation.
16 actors (easily changed to more or less) 10 females and 6 males (gender can be changed easily) All children, ages may vary. About 30 mins. No set or scene changes. Learn More
This is a short one-act play in just 2 scenes. The first part is Fanny as a young girl telling her mother and grandmother about writing her first poem. The second scene is Fanny as an adult meeting with a song writer who wants Fanny to write words to his tune. She tells of how she became blind and comes up with the words instantly after praying and asking for the Holy Spirit to inspire her. Includes a narrator.
About 25 mins. 5 adults, (4 female, 1 male) 2 children (girls) Plus a narrator and one extra servant. Only one male in the cast. Learn More