Hello Resistors! We are so glad you’ve found us. This sight is dedicated to connecting you with playwrights writing political and socially inspired plays – plays that you can use in your protest events, rallies, and for community outreach.
Important: Each play submitted to our site is owned/copyright protected by the playwright. Permission to read/perform these plays has been granted to protestors, rally-wranglers, and activists – as long as said reading/production is presented free of charge and is open to the public. Anyone wishing to produce/present these plays for a paying audience MUST get permission from the playwright in accordance with standard theatre practice.
If you decide to present work from this catalogue, we ask that you register your event with our site. This way our playwrights know where their words are going to work, and we can help promote your event through our creative circles.
We are currently developing a Creative Resistors Resource page, so check back soon for that, or follow us on Twitter to be among the first to know when it is live!
How this catalogue works:
Simply select a category below for a list of plays fitting the category’s description. A link to each play, hosted on the New Play Exchange (NPX), is available after a brief description of the play.
Important: To read and download copies of the Protest Plays, visit the New Play Exchange (NPX) and create a profile. It’s quick and the Basic level of membership is just $7. (The NPX is a non-profit platform developed by the National New Play Network designed to connect plays with producers all around the world. Once you’ve created an NPX profile, you can click on the title of any Protest Play to get immediate access to the full script!)
*The New Play Exchange recently changed their basic free membership option to a paid only plan ($7) . We apologize to non-NPX members who might not otherwise need access to plays via the New Play Exchange and encourage you to check out our other initiatives: Nurture the Network and Heal the Divide.*
Each play listed includes a brief synopsis, and may feature additional tags to help you decide if it covers topics relevant to your event.
If you have questions, you can email us at ProtestPlays[at]LittleBlackDressINK.org
Call us old fashioned, but we’re going with the scientists on this one: Climate Change is real. It’s happening. And we should be doing everything in our power to slow it down, because – and we’re pretty sure most humans agree on this – this is the only planet we’ve got. Plays in this category address the environment/the natural world in jeopardy, climate science, the climate change debate, etc.
Theatre is all about empathy, connectivity & collaboration – which is why we believe we should be tearing down walls, not putting more up! Plays in this category address immigration issues, the dangers of nationalism, and that fucking border wall.
It’s ludicrous to us that – in 2017 – we still have to have this discussion – but we will have it, again and again, until every human has the same rights as every other human. Rights like being able to marry who you want, love how you want, and use whichever f*cking bathroom you want…
We believe Women’s Rights are Human Rights. Some people disagree. This category is designed for fabulous femme-powered plays that support/draw attention to women’s issues.
We are currently building the following catalogues, which will be going live soon
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter.
Plays for Healing
Plays that present opportunities for healing through theatrically stirred conversation. We recommend these plays for groups who want to dive into (potentially difficult) conversation with their community, but don’t know how to start. Healing plays might consider multiple sides of an issue or present less seen perspectives – but they definitely strive to present issues in a manner that invites conversation rather than condemnation. *We are very interested in presenting multiple sides of social/political issues in this series!*
Spiritual Response Plays
This category seeks to highlight plays that examine our current political/social landscape through a lens of faith – any faith. Plays in this category may ask religious questions, seek healing through faith, or explore social issues from a religious/spiritual perspective.