The Blue and the Grey by RS Paulette - Theatrefolk

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The Blue and the Grey

Recommended for High Schools

The Blue and the Grey

by RS Paulette

This award-winning piece is haunting, exhilarating and theatrical.

 About 35 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks

3 M | 4 W, Plus Students

Simple set

 34 pages


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Charlie is surrounded by ghosts. The ghost of an estranged father who leaves her an antique musket. The ghost of a classmate’s sister who cautions Charlie, The Grey will hear you.

Who are the Grey? Ghosts of Lost Confederate soldiers ambushed following the first battle of Fredericksburg, 1862.

As the Aurora Borealis light up the Virginia night sky Charlie must confront the living and the dead. She’s trying to find peace but will she make the right choice? What brings her to the centre of a barely frozen lake with the musket and her ghosts? Beat! Beat! Drums! Blow! Bugles! Blow!

This award-winning piece is haunting, exhilarating and theatrical.

7 Characters
3 M, 4 W, Plus Students

Characters in this play are currently identified as male or female. Directors are welcome to assign any gender (binary or non-binary) to any character - with the exception of CHARLIE and UNCLE WALT - and modify pronouns accordingly.

“Charlie” is a high school junior, female, protagonist. Sees ghost, worries for her sanity; One monologue.
RACHEL CARR [W] 61 lines
High school junior, female, Charlie’s best friend. Civil War buff, snarky, on the overbearing side, worries for Charlie’s sanity.
DARREN ALGER [M] 57 lines
High school junior, male, outcast. Haunted by the death of ANA, withdrawn, insular; One monologue.
ANA ALGER [W] 19 lines
Child of eight or nine years old, female, ghost. Wears a blue parka/winter coat. Never doubles as a Student.
MORRISSEY [M] 12 lines
Late thirties, AP US History teacher, male, liked. Trusted teacher, half-hearted confidant, called “Moz” as an honorific by students.
UNCLE WALT [M] 24 lines. lines
Mid-forties, poet, ghost/figment. Manifestation of poet Walt Whitman, though possibly something else. Never doubles as a Student; One monologue.
MRS. E. [W] 11 lines. lines
Late thirties, early forties, female, mother to Charlie. Presumed widow, husband disappeared fourteen years ago. Strong, bedrock, single mother. Doubled by a student.
STUDENTS [A] 32 lines
The nameless,faceless crowd. Also plays The Grey, The Drummer and the Captain. Can double other small roles. Lines can be said as a group, or divided up individually. Group can be small as 10 and as large as 21.

Awards and Accolades

  • RCHS Drama Club - 1st place finish at VHSL One-Act Competition, conference & regional level

Prop List

Cell phone with camera, papers, muskets, drums


"America" as recited by Walt Whitman (p. 28)
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