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ArtReach's 'Yearning to Breathe Free' tells the touching story of a young Caribbean man who journeys to America in search of freedom and the American Dream.


Award Winning One Act Plays from ArtReach! Young Audiences will learn of the history of Ellis Island while coming to understand the issues of today's immigrants.

The exotic character of Junkanoo follows Rafael on his journey, symbolizing the spirit of his ancestors.

The play concludes with Rafael's return to his island with understanding, resolve and strength to help bring peace to his people.



Yearning to Breathe Free
One Act Play for Schools and Theatres

 Playscripts for Schools! Caribbean Adventure for Young Audiences! One Act Plays for Middle Schools!
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ArtReach Touring Theatre, Cincinnati, OH

Yearning to Breathe Free is the story of a young man who has grown up on a beautiful Caribbean island. Faced with political turmoil at home, Rafael sets sail for America where he meets a wonderful new friend, Violet.

Rafael Arrives in New York City!
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Rafael meets many people from other countries in New York!

Violet shares her adventures as a long-ago immigrant from Europe and together they find similarities in their experiences. From her Rafael gains a deeper understanding of the American dream.

Award Winning One Act Plays from ArtReach! Yearning to Breathe Free is a companion play to Island Son. It may be performed alone or after a performance of Island Son to give the stories length and depth. Together these plays create a two-hour show with intermission.

Production Information


Middle Schools, High Schools, Parents, Teachers, Families, Community


1m, 2f, flexible for larger casting


About 50 to 55 minutes


Royalty & Performance License Required (Details)

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