The Return of Ben Morgenstern


And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19)

The Return of Ben Morgenstern has a customizable cast size, with a range of 11-25 possible characters (plus optional extras). The play requires a minimum of 5 male actors and 6 female, but for a bigger cast we can customize the script to accommodate any number of performers up to a maximum of 9 male and 16 female.

We’ve pre-designed four versions of the script, and if one of these presets works for your cast, you can purchase immediately. But if your cast doesn’t match any of our presets, we can tailor the script to fit your requirements. (Pricing and turnaround time may vary based on your specifications, but we typically complete customizations within 1-2 weeks.)

Below, you’ll find the play’s plot summary, production notes, and a script excerpt, and you can watch a video recording of a full performance! If you’d like to request this script with a customized cast size, just email us at, and we will format the script to your specifications.

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In The Return of Ben Morgenstern, it’s December 1872 and there’s a stir onboard the Arabian when the crew rescues a castaway with a mysterious history. Ben is his name, and he’s on his way home to Charleston, South Carolina. But where has he come from, and why?

Meanwhile, in Charleston, young Christopher Morgenstern receives exciting news in the post, while his cousin Clara faces challenges as governess to the spoiled Lula Ann. Between struggling to manage her frivolous pupil and trying to befriend the peculiar Miss Hazel, Clara begins to doubt there’s any future for her in Charleston.

The questions pile up as Christmas approaches. Will Christopher’s dreams ever be realized, or Clara’s doubts resolved? What secrets are hidden onboard the Arabian? And will Ben Morgenstern ever make it back to the home he hardly knows?

The Return of Ben Morgenstern has a flexible cast of 11-25+ performers and runs 100-120 minutes in performance. Although it portrays the time of year leading up to Christmas, its emphasis on Christmas themes is slight, so it can be performed at Christmastime or other times of the year.

On our Facebook page you can watch a video recording of a full live performance! (This production used the smallest cast size possible—11 performers.)

The Return of Ben Morgenstern: Script Sample

The Return of Ben Morgenstern: Production Notes

Additional information

Dimensions 11 × 8.5 in

Digital Download

Cast Size

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Male/female characters

5-9 M, 6-16 F


Comedy, Drama, Time period: Victorian/Edwardian