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Anthologies

Bullying, Ink. by Diana Burbano, Hillary DePiano, Jonathan Dorf, Julia Edwards, Jeff Goode, Neeley Gossett, Bradley Hayward, Arthur M. Jolly, Laura King, Hayley Lawson-Smith, Ellen Margolis, Daniel Rashid, Dylan Schifrin and Don Zolidis

Anthology. 130 - 150 minutes. 4-25 females, 3-17 males, 8+ either (6-50+ performers possible).
Advanced middle school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Fourteen of YouthPLAYS' most exciting playwrights each contribute a short play as together they explore bullying from many angles in this collection with a widely flexible cast and running time.


Classics for Kids: Four Plays Adapted from the Books of Don Freeman by Wysteria Edwards

Anthology. 40 - 60 minutes. 3-13 females, 3-14 males (6-24 performers possible with considerable gender flexibility).
Elementary school and older.

A praying mantis with a passion for music, a boy in serious need of a haircut, a lion playing dress-up and the iconic teddy bear, Corduroy, are just a few of the characters from the magical and welcoming worlds created by Don Freeman.


Follow That Funny by Nancy Brewka-Clark, Jonathan Dorf, Arthur M. Jolly, Meron Langsner, Donna Latham, Robin Pond, Nathan Selinger, Ed Shockley, Steven Stack, Trevor Suthers, Karin Williams and Asher Wyndham

Comedy. 140 - 165 minutes. 2-21 males, 2-30 females (4-41 performers possible).
High school and older.

Fifteen short comedies, ideal for classroom use, competition or one-act festivals, offer teen actors the opportunity to tackle a wide variety of styles and subjects as they stretch their acting chops and tickle their funny bones.


Great Expectations: Eight Short Plays About Teens Under Pressure by Nicole B. Adkins, Will Coleman, Anne G'Fellers-Mason, Laura King, Wendy-Marie Martin, Marshall N. Opie, Jeri Weiss and Ricky Young-Howze

Anthology. 65 - 70 minutes. 4-18 females, 4-9 males (8-27 performers possible).
High school and older.

Eight short plays by emerging and experienced playwrights about teens navigating the pressures imposed by others and those they impose on themselves.


On the Edge: Challenging Short Plays for Teen Actors by Dan Berkowitz, Jonathan Dorf, Sara Glancy, Evan Guilford-Blake, Linda Kampley, Steven Korbar, Steve Lambert, Patricia Lamkin, Carol S. Lashof, Barbara Lindsay, Kate McGrath, Ed Shockley, Trevor Suthers and Karin Williams

Anthology. 120 - 140 minutes. 2-12 males, 2-18 females (4-30 performers possible).
High school and older.

Fifteen edgy short plays to challenge high school actors, ideal for classroom use, competition or one-act festivals.


Please Say Yes: Short Plays About Promposing by Nicole B. Adkins, Will Coleman, Anne G'Fellers-Mason, Megan Gogerty, Neeley Gossett, Adam Hahn, Laura King, Samantha Macher, Wendy-Marie Martin and Ricky Young-Howze

Anthology. 95 - 110 minutes. 4-17 females, 3-11 males, 6+ either (7-34+ performers possible).
High school and older performers, and middle school and older audiences.

Ten short plays about the cultural phenomenon known as "promposing" explore both the sublime and the ridiculous in this modern coming-of-age ritual.


Pushed by Nicole B. Adkins, Jeff Goode, Adam Hahn, Samantha Macher, Greg Machlin, Wendy-Marie Martin, Liz Shannon Miller, Jonathan Price, Mike Rothschild and Dave Ulrich

Anthology. 65 - 75 minutes. 5-23 females, 3-17 males (8-35 performers possible).
High school and older, with a few selections suitable for middle school.

From cyberbullying to sibling rivalry, struggling with peer pressure, depression and talking carrots, this collection of short plays tackles real issues in the lives of high school students through comedy, drama and everything in between.


Full-Length Plays

Alice in Wonderland (and back again) by Randy Wyatt

Adaptation. 75 - 90 minutes. 4 males, 4 females, 21+ either. (9-60 performers possible).
Suitable for all ages.

Alice chases a White Rabbit down a hole to a world in which she encounters strange creatures and even stranger poetry.


Brownies, Bicycles and Bigfoot by Callan Stout

Comedy. 60 - 70 minutes. 2-4 males, 4-6 females (8 performers total).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

When their well-intentioned but ill-fated batch of brownies attracts Bigfoot, will the Creamer kids be in the kind of trouble they can't get out of...?


Choose Your Own Oz by Tommy Jamerson

Comedy. 85 - 100 minutes. 4-15 females, 4-15 males (10-30+ performers possible).
High school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

The audience calls the shots as the The Wizard of Oz meets Choose Your Own Adventure in this fast-paced comedy for all ages.


A Christmas Carol by Roger Butterley and Tom Smith

Drama. 90 - 100 minutes. 5+ males, 5+ females (10-35+ performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

When four ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge, he is forced to look at his life—past, present and future—and witness the effect he has on others. 


The Christmas Princess by Arthur M. Jolly

Fairy Tale. 60 - 80 minutes. 4-5+ males, 4-8+ females (8-25 performers possible, including a flexible ensemble of dancers).
Middle school and older.

A spoiled princess must find three magical Christmas gifts for her parents if she is to escape an arranged marriage to the world's stupidest prince.


Cuentos de Josefina (Josephine's Tales) by Gregory Ramos

Dramedy. 100 - 110 minutes. 6+ females, 4+ males (10-50+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A heartfelt memory in the form of multiple tales as they follow the story of Young Josefina and her brother Ignacio’s journey from Mexico to the United States.


Dear Chuck by Jonathan Dorf

Dramedy. 80 - 90 minutes. 8-50+ performers (gender-flexible).
Middle school and older.

Through scenes and monologues, a group of teen characters search for their "Chuck," that elusive moment of knowing who you are.


Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum by Greg Romero

Young Audiences. 60 - 65 minutes. 4-8+ females, 2-6+ males (6-14+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

Turtle carries the world on her back as the Red Fox, the Great Blue Heron, and otters Earle and Pearl must survive the wild banks of the Delaware River and each other, weaving together the wampum belt of their lives.


Girls on the Brink: Seven female-forward plays for young adults by Rex McGregor

Anthology. 70 - 80 minutes. 4-23 females, 0-8 males (4-23 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A collection of short plays about coming of age and the dramatic impact of sudden change on young lives.


Golden Ladder by Donna Spector

Dramedy. 95 - 110 minutes. 2-4 males, 4-8 females (6-12 performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Coming from a family of mixed religions, Catherine discovers friendship, sex and love in this bittersweet comedy as she explores various religious beliefs in order to find her own identity.


Great Expectations by Rocco Natale

Drama. 75 - 90 minutes. 1-5 males, 1-7 females (4-8 performers total).
High school and older.

An orphan named Pip overcomes adversity for the sake of childhood love in this timeless story of the enduring power of the human spirit.


JOAN by Donna Kaz

Dramedy. 60 - 80 minutes. 2-6+ males, 3-10+ females (6-16 performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

A dynamic and exhilarating modernization of the story of the peasant girl who led an army to help crown a king and was burned at the stake for her efforts.     


The Jungle Book by Callan Stout

Adaptation. 70 - 75 minutes. 7-24 performers possible (gender-flexible).
All ages.

Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, learns the Law of the Jungle as he is kidnapped by lawless monkeys, watches the elephants dance and comes face to face with his arch-enemy, Shere Khan, the tiger who is trying to eat him.


Love (Awkwardly) by Maryann Carolan and John Rotondo

Comedy. 90 - 100 minutes. 4 males, 4 females, 3-6 either (8-14 performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Eight juniors and seniors navigate the wonderful, painful, exhilarating and awkward minefield of high school relationships and the moments that matter the most: the first kiss, flirting, dating, breaking up, going to college and what goes through their heads as they sit in the most boring class ever.


The Matsuyama Mirror by Velina Hasu Houston

Drama. 60 - 70 minutes. 4 females, 1 male, 3 either
Suitable for high school and older performers, and upper elementary and older audiences.

When a young girl escapes into an enchanted world where her dolls come to life, will she stay there forever or discover the true magic of life?


Mi Coche, Mi Quince by Susan Lieberman

Dramedy. 95 - 110 minutes. 5-12+ females, 3-8+ males (8-20+ performers possible).
Suitable for high school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

High school senior Luis is central to his sister Ana’s dreams for a beautiful quinceañera, but plans for a joyful rite of passage are derailed when Luis’ girlfriend Miriam becomes pregnant and the Mexican-American teens face adulthood far sooner than expected.


Patagonia by Robert George

Comedy. 80 - 90 minutes. 2-7 males, 1-6 females (6-8 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

A nine-year-old boy joins a grumpy old man on an adventure that just might change both of them for good.


Perchance to Dream: A Sleeping Beauty's Faerie Tale by Randy Wyatt

Adventure. 65 - 75 minutes. 2-5 females, 2-6 males (7-8 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers and audiences of all ages.

A young adventurer must travel forward 100 years in time to save a headstrong princess cursed by the chaos faerie Maelstrom in this re-telling of Sleeping Beauty inspired by European faerie folklores.


Queen Zixi of Ix: Or The Story of the Magic Cloak by Jason Tremblay

Dramedy. 60 - 75 minutes. 5-25+ females, 5-25+ males (10-50+ performers possible).
Suitable for all ages.

From the man who brought us The Wizard of Oz, this is the story of two orphaned children, aided by a group of misguided fairies, who unwittingly become rulers the great land of Noland and must battle to save it from the clutches of the evil Roly Rogues and the mysterious Queen Zixi of Ix.


The Secret Adversary by David Hansen

Mystery/Suspense. 65 - 75 minutes. 2-6 females, 3-12 males (5-18 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

In this adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, down-at-the-heel jazz-era young adventurers Tommy and Tuppence endeavor to solve an international plot to bring down the British government.


The Secret Garden by Isabella Russell-Ides

Drama. 105 - 120 minutes. 3 males, 4-8 females, 2-6 either (9-17 performers possible; cast may be expanded further with additional non-speaking roles).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Two 19th Century teenagers, prisoners of privilege and neglect, penetrate the heart of a dark mystery in this Gothic tale set on the moors in England.


The Snow Globe by Sara Crawford

Young Audiences. 90 - 100 minutes. 4-5 females, 2-3 males (7 total performers).
Middle school and older performers, upper elementary and older audiences.

When a witch traps a boy from her neighborhood inside an enchanted snow globe, Tabatha will have to summon courage she didn't know she had to rescue him.


The Stalking Horse by Ed Shockley

Drama. 90 - 110 minutes. 5-20 males, 5-20 females (includes speaking roles, as well as roles for drummers and dancers; 10-40 performers possible).
High school and older.

A bilingual fable of young hunters competing for leadership of an ancient society which is threatened by a mysterious beast.


Tales of the Windship by Fengar Gael

Young Audiences. 75 - 80 minutes. 3-25+ males, 3-25+ females (6-55 performers possible).
All ages.

Step aboard the Windship, then set sail with a lost girl seeking a home somewhere in the wide world of fairy tales.


Teen Mogul by Lucy Wang

Dramedy. 75 - 90 minutes. 5-16 males, 3-13 females (8-20 performers possible).
High school and older performers, and middle school and older audiences.

Tracy discovers the only way to save her family, her house, and herself is to rise up and be equal to her talent, not her age.


Totally Okay, Right Now by Madelyn Sergel

Comedy. 65 - 70 minutes. 6 females, 1-2 males (7-8 performers possible)
Suitable for middle school and older.

Between too helpful parents, not always so helpful friends, and high school in all its glory and fury, can Lizzie negotiate the minefield that is being a teenager without detonating?!


Whirligig by John Newman

Drama. 65 - 75 minutes. 2-21 females, 3-21 males (5-30+ performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

When a teenage boy kills a girl in a drunk driving accident, he seeks to rectify the pain he has caused by building whirligigs as memorials to his victim in this adapation of the novel by Newbery Award-winner Paul Fleischman.


Xtigone by Nambi E. Kelley

Drama. 90 - 100 minutes. 5-15+ females, 4-15+ males (9-30+ performers possible).
Suitable for high school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Using hip hop poetry, dance, and dialogue that pulses with the voice of our cities, this re-imagining of Sophocles’ Antigone tells the story of the ill-fated Xtigone and her quest for her community’s truth. 


Musicals

4 A.M. by Jonathan Dorf and Alison Wood

Musical. 75 - 85 minutes. 4+ males, 4+ females (8-40+ performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

A world full of teen characters, ranging from a lonely short-wave radio DJ to a modern Romeo and Juliet to the writer of a most unusual letter, try to balance their fears and dreams as the rest of the world sleeps.


Alley Dog by Paul Lewis

Musical. 110 - 125 minutes. 6 males, 5 females, 15+ either (10-50+ performers possible).
High school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

A musical, modernized retelling of a story from The Odyssey, in which a dog stubbornly awaits a missing soldier's return from the Korean War, long after everyone else has lost hope of ever seeing him again.


The Buttonhole Bandit by Fengar Gael and Michael Silversher

Musical. 60 minutes, 3-6 males, 3-6 females (6-12 performers possible).
All ages.

Little Phoebe spends her after school hours cowering in a closet -- until she spies a moth flying through a buttonhole that draws her in, hurling her into an alien galaxy and a perilous journey of self discovery.


It's Raining Tamales! by Kit Goldstein Grant

Musical. 55 - 65 minutes. 3-9+ females, 3-7+ males (6-13+ performers possible).
Suitable for late elementary and older performers, and elementary and family audiences.

Hector finds a bag of money hidden in the woods, but when he brings it home to his wiser wife, Inez, she must devise a clever plan to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.


Jennifer the Unspecial: Time Travel, Love Potions & 8th Grade by Matthew Mezzacappa and Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong

Musical. 90 minutes, 5-30 males, 3-30 females (8-60 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

When awkward eighth grader Jennifer finds herself thrust into a time-traveling adventure with three of her classmates, is it time for her to step up and discover just how special she really is?


One Smart Pig by Matt Buchanan

Young Audiences. 45 - 55 minutes. 3-20 males, 5-20 females (8-40+ performers possible).
Elementary school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

A respectful yet hilarious take on a traditional fairy story of three young pigs and their battle with the Bad Wolf, with eleven original songs, all carefully written to work well with young voices.


The Pirates of Penzance by Zachary Israel Nobile Kampler and Rocco Natale

Musical. 80 - 90 minutes. 4-50+ males, 4-50+ females (8-100+ performers possible).
Elementary and older.

Well-mannered, gentle and compassionate pirates woo and marry wealthy heiresses in this refreshing update of the classic nautical-themed musical comedy.


One-Act Plays

The Absurdist Super Hero Fairy Tale by Deanna Alisa Ableser

Comedy. 30 - 45 minutes. 5-7 males, 4-6 females, 1 either. (10-12 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

It's up to a bumbling, absent-minded hero to save Basiltown and his own crumbling world from the insane and misguided crimes of a sentimental and emotionally fragile villain.


The Adventures of Rocky & Skye by Kelly DuMar

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 2-16 males, 2-21 females (4-37 performers total).
All ages.

Four characters grow up before our eyes as they journey from elementary to middle school in this fast-paced series of scenes that inspire us to appreciate the extraordinary moments of ordinary life.


Aesop Refabled by Nicole B. Adkins, Jeff Goode, Adam Hahn, Samantha Macher, Liz Shannon Miller, Dominic Mishler, Mike Rothschild and Dave Ulrich

Anthology. 45 - 60 minutes. 3-11 males, 3-11 females (with the option of a gender-blind 3-actor cast; 3-21 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Aesop's timeless fables get a 21st century reboot, with 8 writers putting a contemporary comic spin to the classic yarns.


Al Dente by Sierra DuCharme-Hansen

Comedy. 45 - 55 minutes. 5-6 females, 2-3 males (8 performers total).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Rivalry, romance, blackmail and mac n’ cheese are on the menu in this tasty comedy that won the 2013 New Voices One-Act Play Competition for young playwrights.


Alice in Wonderland by Randy Wyatt

Adaptation. 35 - 45 minutes. 2 males, 2 females, 14+ either. (9-30 performers possible).
Suitable for all ages

Alice chases a White Rabbit down a hole to a world in which she encounters strange creatures and even stranger poetry.


And We Will Share the Sky by Donna Latham

Dramedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 3-5+ females, 3-4+ males (6-8 performers possible, plus optional non-speaking roles).
Suitable for middle school and older performers and audiences of all ages.

Long, long ago, when the world is new, extroverted Brother Sun and introverted Sister Moon struggle to find their places and make peace with their differences in this play inspired by traditional tales of Nigeria and Senegal.


Anna's Perfect Party and the Amazing Magician's Marvelous Mistake by Karin Williams

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 2 males, 2 females, 2 either (very gender flexible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of any age.

Nobody's perfect, but Anna can't stop trying - until she meets an Amazing Magician who makes her wish come true!


Aurelia's Magic by John Bolen

Dramedy. 55 - 60 minutes. 3-4 males, 2-3 females (5-7 performers possible).
All ages.

For a young girl aching to grow up, what could be better than to find a fairy that can grant her that wish?


Band-a-thon! by Don Goodrum

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 4-6 females, 2-4 males (6-10 performers possible).
High school and older.

Band-a-thon hosts Ryan and Maddie battle jealousy, ineptitude and plain old bad luck as the band trip to Orlando and their very relationship hang in the balance.


The Beggar Prince by Brenna McBride

Comedy. 45 - 55 minutes. 5-12+ females, 2-8+ males (7-20+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

When a stuck-up prince is married off to a most unusual "beggar," they’re both about to learn some hard-won lessons about kindness, compassion and second chances.


The Big Bad Bullysaurus by Tommy Jamerson

Comedy. 40 - 45 minutes. 3 males, 2 females, 2 either.
Middle school and older performances, elementary audiences.

When Ryan Rex Jr., a little dinosaur with a lot of gumption, finds himself in the middle of a big bully problem, he ends up learning a valuable lesson about friendship and forgiveness.


The Boy Who Cried Dragon by Inda Craig-Galvan

Young Audiences. 25 - 30 minutes. 3-4 females, 2-3 males (6 actors total).
High school and older actors, and elementary school and older audiences.

The one time Travis needs people to believe one of his wild stories might be the one time he’s actually telling the truth. 


Brink Time by Rex McGregor

Dramedy. 40 - 45 minutes. 3-13 females, 0-5 males (4-13 performers possible).
Suitable for middle school and older performers and audiences.

Young people must face the dramatic impact of sudden change in this quartet of short plays.


The Butterfly: Legends from the Middle Kingdom by Ruth Cantrell

Young Audiences. 50 - 55 minutes. 2-4 males, 2-4 females (5-6 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

Born in prison, Chou is befriended by an enchanted butterfly whose stories take Chou around the middle kingdom; could they take Chou to freedom?


Calamity by E. J. C. Calvert

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 3 females, 4-12 either (7-15 performers possible).
High school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

The new, completely, absolutely, one-hundred-per-cent true (no fooling!) story of how twelve-year-old Calamity Jane saved the terrified town of Hoopersville.


The Carol of Tiny Tim by Laura King

Comedy. 25 - 30 minutes. 2 females, 2 males, 2 either, plus a chorus of 2+ (8+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

Five years after that life-changing night when Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by the spirits and discovered the true meaning of Christmas, an older, jaded Tiny Tim may be in need of just such an intervention.


Carolina Dive by Neeley Gossett

Drama. 30 - 35 minutes. 2-4 males, 5-10 females (7-12 performers possible, plus extras).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Jenna's plans to escape her small town through a diving scholarship are put in jeopardy when a dive damages her inner ear, and she can no longer keep her balance.


Charlie the No-Good, Really-Rotten, Cheat-A-Saurus Rex by Tommy Jamerson

Comedy. 35 - 40 minutes. 2-3 females, 2-4 males (4-7 performers possible).
Suitable for middle school and older performers, and elementary and older audiences.

Journey back in time with Charlie Cheat-A-Saurus Rex, a young dinosaur who’d rather spend his time playing Rex Box video games than studying for his SAT’s (Scales and Tails Examination)--but on the day of the big test, an underprepared Charlie is forced to make a tough decision, try the best he can...or cheat! 


Chiraptophobia by Hannah Estelle Sears

Drama. 30 - 40 minutes. 2 males, 6 females, 4 either (8-12 performers possible).
High school and older.

Friends and family come to terms with the death of a teenage girl at the hands of an eating disorder through sadness, anger, and regret. 


The Cinderella Chronicles by Susan M. Steadman

Comedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 1-11+ males, 7-17+ females (8-21+ performers possible).
All ages.

When two girls discover Cinderella’s diary in an old museum trunk, the stage is soon flooded with characters in a strangely different version of the oft-told tale.


Clever Catherine by Rachel Bublitz

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 1-6 females, 1-6 males (5-7 performers possible).
Elementary and older.

The King marries Catherine for her wit, only to discover that she is unable to turn it off--but perhaps crafting the most clever riddle of all will prove just how much she loves him...and he needs her.


The Coloring Book by Bradley Walton

Dramedy. 55 - 65 minutes. 8-14+ performers, gender-flexible.
Middle school and older performers, and audiences of all ages.

In the pages of a coloring book, animals who have been colored in different styles must learn not to judge each other based on appearance.


The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Now New and Improved! by Hillary DePiano

Comedy. 15 - 20 minutes. 3-12+ either.
Middle school and older.

All six of Jane Austen's novels get reboots in modern styles ranging from soap opera to sitcom, paranormal romance to reality TV and more in this flexible cast, fast-paced comedy, but maybe keeping it classic is just the thing to stay trending...


Creature Features (Modern Day Mutants) by Christian Kiley

Dramedy. 20 - 30 minutes. 7-9 either.
Middle school and older.

A group of students who each have a unique physical feature become an alliance of friends who must stand up for their originality against a group of students who want everyone to be normal.


Cupid and Psyche: An Internet Love Story by Maria Hernandez, Emma Rosecan and Alexis Stickovitch

Dramedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 3-4 males, 3-4 females (7-8 performers possible).
High school and older.

Is a teenage girl's new internet boyfriend everything she ever dreamed of, or a nightmare waiting to happen?


Dancing With Myself by Leanne Griffin

Dramedy. 35 - 45 minutes. 7 females.
Suitable for middle school and older.

Seven high school girls use music as their inspiration to break free of the labels they've been forced to wear.


Dandelion by Wysteria Edwards

Young Audiences. 10 - 15 minutes. 1-5 males, 1-5 females (6 performers total).
Elementary school and older.

Dandelion overdresses for a come-as-you-are party and is turned away because the hostess does not recognize him in this adaptation of the Don Freeman book.


Dear Chuck (one-act version) by Jonathan Dorf

Dramedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 8-30+ performers (gender flexible).
Middle school and older.

Through scenes and monologues, a group of teen characters search for their "Chuck," that elusive moment of knowing who you are.


Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick) by David Hansen

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 2-3 females, 2-6 males (4-8 performers possible).
High school and older performers, and middle school and older audiences.

It's a Renaissance rom-com: this prequel to Shakespeare's classic Much Ado About Nothing imagines the early, sparks-flying courtship of sharp-tongued lovers Beatrice and Benedick, chronicling love—and its opposite.


Everybody Comes to Tim's by Allison Williams

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 3-15 males, 3-15 females (10-30 performers possible).
High school and older.

Mike's gotta break some...awkward...news to Tony, despite the doctors, tango dancers, and guerrilla platoon blocking his way.  Part of the "It Gets Better" project.


The Exceptional Childhood Center by Dylan Schifrin

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 2-4 females, 2-3 males (5-6 performers possible).
Suitable for middle school and older.

On Reggie Watson’s first day at a highly competitive preschool, he makes a critical error that may threaten his entire future—but it also teaches him and his classmates what it truly means to be exceptional.


Exposure by Vishesh Abeyratne

Drama. 35 - 45 minutes. 3-4 males, 3-4 females (7 performers total).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

When the embarrassing video footage of her drunken exploits is broadcast throughout cyberspace, will the mistakes of one night change the lives of Jenna and her friends forever?


The Fantasists by Randy Wyatt

Comedy. 45 - 55 minutes. 1-8 males, 2-9 females (10 performers total).
Suitable for middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

Two young wizard-storytellers compete to be named Fantasist of their island, but for either to win, both will have to work together or crash and burn in spectacularly comic fashion.


For (Sandwich) Lovers Only by Owen Stone

Comedy. 35 - 45 minutes. 5-20 males, 4-20 females (9-40 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A teenage boy embarks on an epic quest to rise above average, stop a zombie apocalypse and win the heart of the girl of his dreams.


From Shakespeare with Love? by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy. 35 - 40 minutes. 2-9 males, 2-7 females (4-16 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

When Romeo reveals that he plans to revenge himself upon Shakespeare by killing him in a duel, it's up to three characters from the comedies to make sure that all's well that ends well and save the Bard.


The Ghost Moments by Randy Wyatt

Drama. 45 - 70 minutes. 1-10 females, 1-5 males (2-15 performers possible).
High school and older.

An evening of monologues from a kaleidoscope of characters, each in the process of exorcising their own "ghosts"—or being haunted by them. 


Girls by Linda Kampley

Comedy. 25 - 30 minutes. 6 females, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

Three teen apprentices at a summer Shakespeare festival experience the rollercoaster highs and lows of young love...all while awaiting their entrance for that evening's performance.


Goodness Gracious by Henry W. Kimmel

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 3+ males, 3+ females (6-18 performers possible).
High school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

A fractured fairy tale based on Little Red Riding Hood takes a contemporary comedic look at overcoming loneliness and self-pity.


Gwen and Mary at Glenn Ross by Robin Pond

Comedy. 54 - 64 minutes. 7 either.
Middle school and older.

Mamet's classic tale of cutthroat real estate salesmen reset among the pre-teens of Glenn Ross Academy manages to be simultaneously comical and ominous as it skewers the world of education.


Happy Happy Happy by Steve Lambert

Comedy. 40 - 45 minutes. 2-5 males, 2-5 females, 1 either (7 performers total).
High school and older.

Two families and an amorous dolphin seek the ultimate contentment.


Herby Alice Counts Down to Yesterday by Nicole B. Adkins

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 3 females, 3 males, 4-20+ either (10-50+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of any age.

The universe may very well be at stake when Rose Plum pressures middle school rocket scientist Herby Alice to provide the juicy story she needs to get in good with the school broadcast elite.


HKFN: The Abbreviated Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Jeff Goode

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 3-8 females, 2-6 males (5-10 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

When an actor tries to escape a production of the controversial Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by running away from school, the play gives chase.


How the Elephant Got His Trunk by Cary Nothnagel

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 7-18 females, 2-13 males (9-20 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

When a nosey young elephant tangles with the wrong reptile, has he bitten off more than he can chew?


In the Village of the Brothers Grimm by Claudia Haas

Dramedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 3-29 males, 4-35 females (7-43 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

A play rich with the finely-drawn characters from the Brothers Grimm entices you into a magical world of once upon a time.


Johnny and Sally Ann by Tom Smith

Comedy. 55 - 65 minutes. 2 males, 1-5 females, 2-28 either (3-35 performers possible).
All ages.

Johnny Appleseed and his friend Pete travel the countryside encountering real and fictional female figures in American folklore.


Kim Arthur and the Nerds of the Round Table by Daniel Guyton

Comedy. 35 - 45 minutes. 6-10 females, 3-7 males (10-13+ performers possible).
Suitable for elementary and middle schools.

A book-smart girl removes the mysterious "Motherboard in the Stone" and becomes queen of Game-A-Lot, where she and her fellow nerds must invent the greatest video game of all time to save their beloved arcade in this spoof of the King Arthur legend.


Know Your Role by Brandi Owensby

Dramedy. 40 - 50 minutes. 5-25 females, 5-25 males (10-50 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Through scenes and monologues that range from hilarious to heartbreaking, this one-act explores how society's gender expectations affect teens’ daily lives.


La Bella Cinderella by Claudia Haas

Young Audiences. 50 - 60 minutes. 3-4 females, 2-3 males (6 performers total, plus optional extras).
Suitable for high school and older performers, and young audiences.

Silly rules the land as the Primo Pasta Players turn the Cinderella tale topsy-turvy with their own brand of zany, pasta-loving fun that's perfect for young audiences.


The Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragons by Kemuel DeMoville

Comedy. 20 - 30 minutes. 10-14+ performers, gender-flexible.
Elementary school and older.

With the help of some friendly fish, a leafy sea dragon and a weedy sea dragon learn how to hide from predators and dance in the currents around Australia's Kangaroo Island.


Like a Metaphor by Emily Cicchini

Dramedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 3 males, 4 females.
Middle school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

A girl named Scout who uses a wheelchair and loves to dance meets a boy named Jazz who follows the beat of his own drum.


Lipstick and Heroics by Evan Baughfman

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 6 females.
Middle school and older.

Young women audition to be part of a superheroine team, but one of them is a spy sent to kill the others in this super-powered comedy.


Little Miss Dreamer (A Nite in the Life of Bessie Smith) by Ed Shockley

Comedy. 45 - 55 minutes. Flexible cast of 9-40.
High school and older.

Young Bessie Smith tries to find the courage to perform before a northern audience for the first time.


Love (Awkwardly) (one-act version) by Maryann Carolan and John Rotondo

Comedy. 35 - 40 minutes. 4 males, 4 females, 3-6 either (8-14 performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Eight juniors and seniors navigate the wonderful, painful, exhilarating and awkward minefield of high school relationships and the moments that matter the most: the first kiss, flirting, dating, breaking up, going to college and what goes through their heads as they sit in the most boring class ever.


Manuelo, the Playing Mantis by Wysteria Edwards

Young Audiences. 10 - 15 minutes. 6 either (with the potential to use puppets instead of live actors).
Elementary school and older.

After many failed attempts, Manuelo the praying mantis learns to make a cello with the help of his friend the spider in this adaptation of the book by Don Freeman.


Marvelous Tales by Laura Lewis-Barr

Comedy. 40 - 55 minutes. 1-20 males, 1-20 females (8-30 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

Children will actively participate in these four updated and charming folk tales from around the world.


Me, My Selfie and I by Jonathan Dorf

Dramedy. 35 - 45 minutes. 2-20+ females, 2-20+ males (6-40+ performers possible).
High school (and advanced middle school) and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

A group of teens struggle to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them.


A Midsummer Night's Nap by David J. LeMaster

Comedy. 30 - 37 minutes. 4-13 males, 4-13 females (8-17 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Take a madcap dash through A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with three narrators and a comic company navigating Shakespeare's classic tale of fairies, lovers and rude mechanicals.


Mop Top by Wysteria Edwards

Young Audiences. 10 - 15 minutes. 2-4 males, 1-3 females (3-7 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

An almost-six-year-old with a mass of floppy red hair tries to postpone the inevitable trip to Mr. Barberoli's barber shop in this adaptation of the Don Freeman book.


Murder (Comedy) in Space! by Ed Shockley

Comedy. 45 - 55 minutes. Flexible ensemble of 9-30 actors.
Middle school and older.

An intergalactic detective discovers a well-intentioned and possibly beneficial fraud, and must decide whether to reveal it.


The Mystic Tale of Aladdin by Randy Wyatt

Adventure. 50 - 60 minutes. 9 females.
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

Seven maidens and their attendants, waiting to hear which of them the Sultan has chosen for his bride, pass the time by enacting the classic tale themselves.


Nessie and the Terrible Troll by Jean Lorrah and Lois June Wickstrom

Young Audiences. 30 - 40 minutes. Flexible ensemble of 8-25+ performers.
Elementary school and older.

A little boy, a seal, and a mermaid join forces to save Nessie when a troll threatens to drain Loch Ness.


A Ninth Time by Danny Rothschild

Drama. 25 - 35 minutes. 4-24 males, 1-21 females (10-25 performers possible).
High school and older.

When a storyteller tells the story of his tribe - of his past - what characters does he become?


Nobody's Listening by Ed Shockley

Dramedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 3 males, 3 females, plus flexible extras.
Middle school and older.

A feisty kid sabotages a live television broadcast to make a statement about gun violence in this anti-violence dramedy.


Now You See Me by Jonathan Dorf

Dramedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 5+ females, 3+ males (8-22+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A play about what happens when young people slip through the cracks, and what drives them to violence.


O Holy Nite by Samantha Macher

Comedy. 40 - 50 minutes. 7-13 males, 2-9 females, 9 either. (9-21 performers possible).
High school and older.

Five comic Christmas vignettes tell stories themed on the (public domain) Christmas carol that accompanies them.


Of Gods and Cows by Andy Boyd

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 4-11 females, 2-10 males (10-16+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

When Prometheus steals fire from the all-powerful gods and gives it to humanity, he unleashes both the wrath of the Olympians and the human power to create.


Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings by Greg Romero

Young Audiences. 45 - 50 minutes. 2-10 males, 3-10 females (5-20 performers possible; cast size may be reduced to 2-3 performers with the use of puppets).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

A plastic water bottle, a blue crab with a giant claw, a parrot who thinks she is a seagull, and the Oldest Sea Turtle Who Ever Lived journey together to save us all from a lonely, swirling ocean landfill twice the size of Texas.


The Old New Kid by Adam J. Goldberg

Comedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 2-9+ males, 3-10+ females (8-30+ performers possible).
All ages.

The former "new kid" battles for the meaning of identity, Thanksgiving, dodgeball, and the correct spelling of "cornucopia."


Pinata Utopia by Christian Kiley

Dramedy. 20 - 25 minutes. 5-16 females, 3-16 males (10-21+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Follow the journey of piñatas as they go from the party store to the birthday party in the hopes of reaching that magical place where their torment will end.


Princess Pigface by Tommy Jamerson

Comedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 2 males, 1 female, 3-4 either (6-7 performers possible).
Middle school and older actors, audiences of all ages.

When a beautiful princess is cursed with the face of a pig, she sets out on a magical journey - only to discover that true beauty is found within.


Reassembling Sasha by Patrick Gabridge

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 1-3 males, 7-9 females (8-12 performers possible).
High school and older.

Professor Sasha Marlowe's newest experimental device has split her into seven elemental parts, but now that they're free, not all of the elements of Sasha want to go back to the way things were before.


Scheme Space by Claudia Haas

Drama. 25 - 35 minutes. 2 males, 5 females.
High school and older.

Events rapidly "go viral" after a group of teens put an inappropriate photo online.


screens by Jessica McGettrick

Dramedy. 35 - 45 minutes. 3 males, 7 females, 30 either (10-40 performers possible).
Suitable for middle school performers and older, elementary and older audiences.

If no one could see you behind your computer screen, what would you say--and who would you become?


Sidekickin' It! by Adam J. Goldberg

Comedy. 23 - 30 minutes. 2 females, 6-9 either (8-11 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

When the world's greatest supercriminal, Von Darkness, gets a new partner, the heroic Daybreak learns that he may need to reach out to succeed.  


Silver, from the Wind by Evan Guilford-Blake

Comedy. 38 - 45 minutes. 3-12+ males, 2-12+ females (5-24 performers possible).
High school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

A snowflake wishes to stay a snowflake forever, and a boy wishes he could keep her forever in this story about wishes coming true.


Stolen Fire by Cate Mullen

Drama. 25 - 35 minutes. 1 female, 8 either (with the flexibility to add speaking and non-speaking roles).
Suitable for elementary school and older.

Coyote tries to steal fire from the Great Spirit, and havoc ensues.


The Tea Servant by Ed Shockley

Drama. 25 - 35 minutes. 3+ males, 2+ females (5-25 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A Japanese serving woman dresses as a man to accompany her mistress through a dangerous forest.


Techies by Don Goodrum

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 5-6 males, 3-4 females (8-9 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

All Tony Sullivan wants to do is graduate high school and go to Harvard, but as he stage manages his last high school play, it seems that his friends, his teacher, his old girlfriend, his friends’ parents and even Harvard itself are all lined up against him: will the show go on?


A Tiny Tern of the Whole Wide World by Kemuel DeMoville

Young Audiences. 20 - 25 minutes. 6-10+ either.
Elementary school and older.

When a little Arctic tern is teased by the other animals for being so small, the tern sets off on the trip of a lifetime to show them that even though you’re little, you can still do big things!


The Totally Life Changing Letter That Doesn't Really Matter by Marisa Kanai

Comedy. 15 - 20 minutes. 2-9 males, 3-9 females (7-15 performers possible).
High school and older.

A high school senior stands on the edge of triumph or disaster:  she has received the response to her college application. 


The Treasures of El Mundo by Ruth Cantrell

Young Audiences. 55 - 60 minutes. 5-20 females, 4-19 males (9-24 performers possible).
High school and older performers, elementary school audiences.

An unlikely heroine and her unlikely allies struggle to save the world’s natural treasures from a destructive mega-conglomerate.


Twinkle Toes by Bradley Hayward

Dramedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 3 males, 3 females.
High school and older performers.

When a high school senior puts on his dancing shoes, he discovers that it's not who you love that matters...it's how you love.


What Comes Around... by Tom Smith

Drama. 50 - 60 minutes. 1-4 males, 2-8 females (3-9 performers possible).
High school and older.

In the style of La Ronde, a group of high school students meet at a local coffee house to gossip, confess and confront each other about everything from relationships to addictions and longings to suicide...


What's Past is Prologue by David J. LeMaster

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 2-6 females, 3-8 males (6-10+ performers possible).
High school and older.

The truth about Shakespeare and Marlowe...really... 


The Wheels Go Round and Round by Spencer Robelen

Comedy. 20 - 30 minutes. 3-4 males, 5-8 females (8-12 performers possible).
High school and older.

A typical teenager's attempt to get his driver’s license turns into an epic struggle against unenthusiastic employees, catastrophic traffic, and violent parental guardians with anger management issues.


The White Pages by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy. 25 - 30 minutes. 2-4 females, 2 males (4-6 performers possible).
Suitable for high school and older.

A customer takes matters into his own hands when he discovers a used bookstore is removing the pages from classic books and replacing them with blank ones.


The Wild and Wacky Rhyming Stories of Miss Henrietta Humpledowning by Tom Smith

Comedy. 35 - 45 minutes. 2-11 males, 2-15 females (4-22 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

Four strange, funny, and offbeat stories told in rhyming couplets.


Youth on the Roof by Laura King

Anthology. 55 - 65 minutes. 3-14 females, 1-9 males (4-16 performers possible).
Suitable for high school and older.

As high school comes to a close, the teenagers in these plays are faced with the choice of whether to play it safe or take a leap of faith—in their friends, in their family, and, most importantly, in themselves.


The Zombie Effect by Kenyon Brown

Dramedy. 35 - 40 minutes. 4 males, 2 females.
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

When a zombie comes to his rescue—againand helps a boy captures one of the guys who attacked him in the park, will there be food for thought, or food of another kind...?


Ten-Minute Plays

Aberzombie by Megan Gogerty

Comedy. 10 minutes, 2-9 females, 2-8 males (4-11 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

An all too cheerful spokesmodel guides us through a nightmare world of the living dead, and if that weren't bad enough, there are zombies!


Add Nauseam by Thomas J. Misuraca

Comedy. 8 - 12 minutes. 2-4 males, 2-6 females (4-10 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Throwing up in math class is bad enough, but when Ginny tells a friend her tale of projectile vomiting woe, it takes on a life of its own, rising to new and ever more ridiculous heights with each new teller.


Babies by Don Zolidis

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 5 females, 3 males.
Middle school and older.

In a maternity ward, four couples fantasize about their babies becoming huge bullies.  


The Catnapper Mystery by Isabella Russell-Ides

Comedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 2-6 females, 2-6 males (5-8 performers total, including 3 optional walk-on roles).
Elementary school and older.

First a boy and then a cat go missing from Witchy Way, a street that appears normal but is far from it...


Count Spatula by Keegon Schuett

Comedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 6 females, 2 males.
Suitable for middle school and older.

When the students at Bram Stoker High worry that their new chef, Count Spatula, may be a bloodsucker, it's up to Vanessa Helsing to stick her neck out and rescue their classmate Mina in this high stakes parody of Bram Stoker's Dracula.


Everything you need to know about The Scarlet Letter in 10 minutes or less by Don Zolidis

Comedy. 10 minutes, 1-8 males, 1-8 females (2-16 performers total).
High school and older.

Two overcaffeinated actors try to distill The Scarlet Letter into ten minutes in this ridiculously fast-paced and free-flowing madcap romp.


The Godot Variations by Meron Langsner

Comedy. 9 - 15 minutes. 3-10 either.
High school and older.

In this series of send-ups of one of the best known classics of existential drama, will Godot ever show up anywhere?


Hashtag Adorable by Samantha Macher

Comedy. 8 - 12 minutes. 2 females, 1 male, 5-10+ either.
Middle school and older.

Elizabeth is dying to ask her crush to prom, but that means coming out publicly—can Elizabeth find the courage to take that step?


Her Reign by Neeley Gossett

Drama. 10 minutes, 2 females, 2-15+ either.
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

After finding out her nomination for homecoming court was a cruel joke, can Sophie find the courage to go to homecoming and face her bullies?


HKFN: The Abbreviated Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Jeff Goode

Comedy. 10 minutes, 3-7 females, 2-6 males (5-9 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

When an actor tries to escape a production of the controversial Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by running away from school, the play gives chase.


Holding by Nicole B. Adkins

Dramedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 4 females, 4 males.
Suitable for high school and older.

Four teens grapple with their uncertain futures as they wait to be picked up at a police station.


King's Gambit by Greg Machlin

Drama. 7 - 9 minutes. 1-6 females, 2-5 males (7-14 performers possible with addition of non-speaking chess pieces).
High school and older.

Transgender high school freshman Cassius plays a high stakes game of chess with himself…


Moby (No Last Name Given) by Arthur M. Jolly

Comedy. 10 minutes, 1-10 males, 3-10 females (5-10+ performers total).
Suitable for high school and older.

When Ish (for short) joins mad Captain Ahab in his search for the great white whale, hilarity ensues as Herman Melville’s classic tale gets twisted, fractured, and stitched back together in this warped, high speed not-quite-a-musical.


Romeo and Juliet Revised by Daniel Glenn

Dramedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 2 females, 2 males, 3+ either (7-25 performers possible).
Suitable for high school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Young Will Shakespeare desperately searches for a new ending to his beloved tragedy, and nothing—not puppies, not high school guidance counselors, not singing street urchins nor anything else—is off limits, but is his search destined to bring him back where he started?


Featured Play


Dracula of Pennsylvania by Don Goodrum

Dramedy. 105 - 115 minutes. 6 females, 4 males, 2 either plus 3+ non-speaking (15-30+ performers possible).
High school and older performers; middle school and older audiences.

Blaming himself for the death of his mother, teenage Drake believes he is a vampirecan he find his way out of the rabbit hole before it's too late?

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