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 is a customizable script, meaning we can tailor the number of characters to fit your cast, with anywhere from 11 to 25 characters possible! The proportion of male to female actors is also flexible, from a minimum of 5 male and 6 female to a maximum of 9 male and 16 female. Pricing and customization time will vary based on your requirements, but we do our best to get the script into your hands within 1-2 weeks.

Below, you can read the play’s plot summary, preview the opening pages, read the production notes, or watch a video recording of a full performance! If you’re interested in learning more, just request a quote here or email us at with the specifications for your cast, and we’ll send you an estimate!

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It’s December 1872, and there’s a stir onboard the Arabian when the crew rescues a castaway with a mysterious history. Ben Morgenstern 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?

This drama runs between 100 and 120 minutes in performance, and although it portrays the time of year leading up to Christmas, its emphasis on Christmas themes is minimal, making it suitable for performance at 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 characters.)

Script Sample

Production Notes

Additional information

Dimensions 11 × 8.5 in
Number of Characters

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


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