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.


An Actual Baby Person by Barbara Lindsay

Drama. 12 - 15 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Suitable for high school and older.

A very young, very Goth, very pregnant teenage girl teaches her irresponsible husband to love their unborn baby.

 


The Adventures of Little Red Robin Hood by Katherine Dubois

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 7-12 females, 2-7 males (14 performers total).
Suitable for all ages.

In this madcap mash-up of Robin Hood and Little Red Riding Hood, will Grandma lose her cottage to a developer who wants to cut down Sherwood Forest, or can her granddaughter, Robin Hood, save the day?


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 and George by Claudia Haas

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 4-14 males, 8-18 females (16-24 performers total).
Middle school and older.

Aesop the storyteller and George the theatrical ghost have a chance meeting and try to outdo each other in a debate of tales that teach and stories that entertain – with feeling!


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.


Alice's Birthday Suprise by Katherine Dubois

Comedy. 35 - 40 minutes. 7 males, 15 females.
Middle school performers, elementary and older audiences

Too many people have too many plans to surprise Alice for her birthday, and when the colliding plans wind up on live TV, Alice isn’t the only one who gets a surprise.


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!


The Astonishing Adventures of the White Weevil by Don Zolidis

Comedy. 40 - 45 minutes. 5-8 females, 4-7 males (12 performers total).
High school and older.

To give it a ratings boost, a chauvinistic 1942 radio show gets a female superhero...and hilarious chaos ensues.


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.


Batten Down the Hatchlings by Scott Icenhower

Comedy. 35 - 45 minutes. 3 males, 3 females, 7 either.
Middle school and high school.

The Native American tale of an eagle being raised as a prairie chicken is retold with a happy ending and as many bad chicken jokes as possible.


Beef Junkies by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy. 25 - 30 minutes. 1 female, 2 males.
High school and older.

What do you do when you're addicted to beef and there's only one cow left on earth?


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 Boston Massacre by Ed Shockley

Drama. 40 - 50 minutes. Gender-flexible cast of 14-40+.
Middle school and older actors, audiences of all ages.

A fast-paced ensemble work explores the varied accounts of the historic events in Boston Commons that transformed a collection of colonies into a democratic nation.


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. 


Boys vs. Girls: Armageddon by Adam J. Goldberg

Dramedy. 38 - 55 minutes. 5 males, 6-8 females, plus non-speaking roles (11-60+ performers possible).
Suitable for middle school and older.

Two best friends may be the only thing standing between total male vs. female armageddon.


The Boys, The Bed, and The Balsa by Will Boersma

Comedy. 25 - 30 minutes. 3 males.
Middle school and high school.

When three feuding friends are forced to share a motel room and a single bed the night before the National Balsa Wood Tower Competition, will their tower still be standing in the morning?


Brave Little Tailor by Randy Wyatt

Comedy. 40 - 60 minutes. 2-20+ males, 2-20+ females (13-30 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

A child, through the magic of his grandmother's attic, is transported into the fable of the Brave Little Tailor and must outwit a host of colorful characters to learn where true bravery comes from.


The Bread, the Bracelet and the Dove by Claudia Haas

Comedy. 40 - 50 minutes. 2 males, 10-16 females, 6 either (12-24 perforrmers possible).
All ages.

Based on an Italian folktale, this lively play centers on the joys of family and the wonders and magic of Italian food.


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.


Caliban's Island by Diana Burbano

Dramedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 2 females, 2 males, 1 either.
Middle school and older.

Characters from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and The Tempest intertwine and the mortal clashes with the magical as a pair of twins are shipwrecked on an island and encounter a half-human "monster," fairies and a young girl with magical powers who has been there since babyhood.


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.


Chairs by Scott Mullen

Mystery/Suspense. 15 - 20 minutes. 11 either, plus up to 9 optional extras.
Middle school and older.

Ten teens who have been mysteriously locked in a room try to survive a deadly game of musical chairs.


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! 


Children of Hooverville by Hollie Michaels

Drama. 45 - 55 minutes. 3 males, 10 females (with up to 7 additional non-speaking roles; 13-20 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

During the Dust Bowl era, a hopeful 13-year-old journeys with her friends and family to California in search of a better life.


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.


Clay by Carol S. Lashof

Dramedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 2 males, 2 females.
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Forced to work together on a group project, three very different high school students confront their stereotypes and anxieties—and even more troubling, their wishes and dreams.


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...


Corner Critics by Donna Latham

Dramedy. 20 - 30 minutes. 2 males, 2 females, plus possible extras.
High school and older.

Bully Bree waits for her meet-up, poetic Locust, but her snarky comments outrage hippie chick Jessica, who Bree once stabbed in the back.


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.


Crimes and Rhymes by James Grob

Comedy. 55 - 65 minutes. 5 males, 5 females, 5 either (with some flexibility).
All ages.

Strange things are afoot in Storyland.  Can the world's greatest special agent get to the bottom of this fairy tale mystery?


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.


Dodge by Ed Shockley

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 6-15 males, 5-15 females (11-30 performers possible).
Elementary and middle school.

When a lazy but basically good elf disappears, will her apparent abduction trigger a war between the elves and the gnomes?


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.


ESL by Tom Smith

Drama. 45 - 55 minutes. 2 males, 2 females.
High school and older actors, middle school and older audiences.

Four high school students struggle to confront their own biases of multiculturalism and language.


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?


Fanny Otcott by Hal Corley

Drama. 30 - 40 minutes. 6-7 females, 5-6 males, 1+ either (11-12+ performers, with possible extras).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Against a rich 19th century theatrical backdrop, a great stage diva and her first love, now an Anglican Bishop, revisit their all-too-brief backstage romance and question why they parted and whether a long-delayed happy ending is still possible.


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.


The Frankenstein Revenge Society by Dylan Schifrin

Comedy. 15 - 18 minutes. 1-3 females, 2-4 males (5-6 performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s famous monster has gotten the spotlight for far too long, and some of Frankenstein’s lesser-known creations are sick and tired of being locked up in the basement.


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.


Furry Tales by JoŽl Doty

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 8-28 males, 7-27 females (15-35 performers possible).
All ages.

When the animals in Furry Tale Land begin losing their tails because the famous book characters are forgetting the fairy tales, it's up to three brave animals to find a human who still knows the stories, bring her back to their magic land and unscramble the mess before the tales and tails are gone forever!


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.


Goldilocks In Nurseryland by Trevor Suthers

Comedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 5-8 males, 6-7 females (3 roles are voice only; 11-15 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

In the spirit of Shrek, this fractured fairy tale comically chronicles the exploits of Goldilocks as she flees the Three Bears and seeks asylum with the compulsive kisser Georgie Porgie and a host of nursery rhyme characters.


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.


The Grippe of October by John P. McEneny

Drama. 50 - 55 minutes. 13-18 females, 5-12 males (18-30 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

As the Spanish Flu epidemic carves its way through Albany, New York, teenage Alice McMahon's world will never be the same.


Grow Up, Girls by Rex McGregor

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 3-10 females, 0-3 males (4-10 performers possible).
High school and older.

Three takes on coming of age: a girl with Peter Pan syndrome, the aftermath of a cyberbullying case and a Shakespearean heroine who may just be the victim of an elaborate hoax.


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.


Hi, We Thought You Were Dead by Kenyon Brown

Dramedy. 15 - 20 minutes. 4 males.
Middle school and older.

A middle school star basketball player has died in a car accident—at least that's what they tell him when he shows up for school.


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?


Imitate the Sun by Kate McGrath

Drama. 10 - 15 minutes. 3 males.
High School and older performers.

Two promising acting students have been working on college audition pieces from Henry IV, Part I when their drama coach breaks the bad news:  he has just lost his job.


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.


Kadija & Swann by Ed Shockley

Comedy. 15 minutes, 2 females.
High school and older.

Two sheltered girls imagine that the death of a pet rabbit means that one of them is pregnant.


The Kennel Club by David Muncaster

Dramedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 4 either.
All ages.

Dogs in a rescue kennel come up with a plan to find themselves new homes.


Kitty Steals a Dog by Keegon Schuett

Comedy. 22 - 30 minutes. 2 males, 2 females.
Middle school and older.

When reluctant ballerina Kitty and uptight teenage lemonade salesman Liam form an unlikely alliance to kidnap the girl next door's dog, will their unsuspecting suburban neighborhood erupt into canine chaos?


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.


Le Goalie by Nelson Yu

Dramedy. 13 - 17 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Middle school and older.

In hockey, boy meets girl, girl slashes boy, girl gets a penalty, boy's team scores and boy loses girl...or not? 


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.


A Legendary Christmas by David C. Field and Michael Silversher

Comedy. 55 - 65 minutes. 5 males, 3 females, 4 either (12 performers total).
High school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

Santa quits, setting off the Halloween Witch, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and a host of other legendary characters on a mad, mischievous competition to fill the vacancy.


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.


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.


The Milli Vanilli Orchestra by Ed Shockley

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 2-16 males, 2-21 females (16-37 performers total).
Middle school and older.

A young slacker tries to hide the incompetence of his band by lip syncing the William Tell Overture.


The Minotaur by Carol S. Lashof

Drama. 45 - 60 minutes. 5-15+ males, 4-20+ females (12-35+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

The Princess Ariadne promises her brother—known as “The Minotaur”—that she will not let anyone hurt him, but now Theseus has come from Athens to slay the famous monster. 


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.


Mother's Day by Kate McGrath

Drama. 15 - 20 minutes. 2 females.
High school and older.

Two teenaged girlfriends hesitantly share their fears and hopes about motherhood when they meet for the first time since one has had an abortion.


Multicultural Education by Alan Haehnel

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 2-18 males, 6-22 females (18-30 performers possible).
High school and older actors, middle school and older.

Ellen and the other students at North Valley High School get an absurd crash course in what living in other cultures can be like.


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.


My Big Adele Moment by Kenyon Brown

Dramedy. 15 - 20 minutes. 2 females.
Middle school and older

As two best friends wait backstage at a rehearsal for the school talent show, will their competitiveness get the best of them and ruin their friendship?


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?


No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by Cheryl Hadley

Comedy. 40 - 50 minutes. 4-32 males, 8-32 females (12-48 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

What's a kind, level-headed girl to do when she keeps finding herself on the wrong end of every fairy tale plot line that crosses her path?


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 Love and Shampoo by Jonathan Josephson

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 2 males, 2 females.
High school and older performers and audiences.

Miles locks himself in the bathroom on the day he is supposed to meet his girlfriend’s parents.  Hilarity ensues.


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."


Outside the Box by Bradley Hayward

Dramedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 12 either.
Middle school and older.

A group of imaginative teenagers offer their friends, parents and teachers a way to view life from a whole new perspective by inviting them to think outside the box.


Persephone Underground by Carol S. Lashof

Drama. 45 - 60 minutes. 2-15 males, 7-20+ females, 8-10 either (19-45 performers possible).
High school and older.

When Persephone runs away with the boyfriend from hell (literally), her mother--who happens to be the goddess of the harvest--holds the whole earth hostage. 


The Pied Piper of Hamelin Town by Steph DeFerie

Fairy Tale. 30 - 40 minutes. 3-15+ males, 3-15+ females (22-40 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

When the Pied Piper comes a-callin', it's up to three unlikely heroes—a cat, a mouse and a bird—to save the lost children of Hamelin Town and give this traditional tale a happy ending.


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.


Platform Nine by Rebecca Moretti

Dramedy. 20 - 25 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older actors, middle school and older audiences.

Two teenagers on the run, Sonny and Adelie, meet at a deserted train station in the middle of the night—seemingly opposites and in the midst of separate journeys, the two form a connection that they will not soon forget.  


Play's End by Jonathan Dorf

Dramedy. 20 - 25 minutes. 2 males.
High school and older.

A door-to-door gun salesman comes home from work to learn from his young son that "something happened today."


A Pocket for Corduroy by Wysteria Edwards

Young Audiences. 10 - 15 minutes. 1-3 males, 2-4 females (5 total performers).
Elementary school and older.

When a curious stuffed bear is left at the Laundromat, many adventures await him in this adaptation of the Don Freeman book.


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.


The Prom Dress by Kitty Dubin

Dramedy. 12 - 15 minutes. 3 females.
High school and older.

A mother and daughter go shopping for a prom dress and battle for control over who will choose which dress to buy.


Puss N. Boots by Ruth Cantrell

Young Audiences. 50 - 55 minutes. 5-10 males, 8-13 females (14-18 performers total).
Middle school and older performers, middle school and younger audiences.

Puss N. Boots leads a ragtag group of misfits to help Robert, Duke of Wessex, regain his dukedom from an evil Ogre.


Ranger by Nina Ki

Drama. 11 - 14 minutes. 2 males.
Middle school and older.

When Luis's father sells his dog to a man up north, Luis makes a plan with his brother to go retrieve him—but is Luis ever planning to come back, or will he leave behind the town he hates and everything he has ever known?


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.


Scareville by Julia Edwards

Young Audiences. 40 - 50 minutes. 2+ females, 3+ males (5+ gender-flexible performers total).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

When Milo and Clare find themselves trapped in Scareville one dark, haunted night, the only way out will be to conquer their deepest, darkest fears.


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?


Secret Life Under the Stairs by Kris Knutsen

Young Audiences. 30 - 35 minutes. 2 males, 2 females.
All ages.

A new kid shows up and disturbs the secret hideout of a group of misfits in this play about making friends, navigating change and exploring imaginative worlds lurking just beneath the stairs.


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.


Slow by Keegon Schuett

Drama. 45 - 55 minutes. 1 male, 3 females, 1 either.
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

When a new boy shows up at the bus stop, Lizzy “Camera Girl” Slominski has to put down her camera and look at a complicated world of love, divorce, and cell phones with her own eyes for once.


Small Talk by Linda Kampley

Comedy. 16 - 20 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

The first date between the rough-edged carny and a girl who couldn't be more different isn't going well, or is it...?


Stars (two females) by Evan Guilford-Blake

Drama. 12 - 14 minutes. 2 females.
High School and older.

A bright young suburban teen hesitantly reveals affection for a recently transplanted inner city teen who is both streetwise and emotionally mature, with surprising and moving results.


Stars (two males - Persian version) by Evan Guilford-Blake

Drama. 12 - 14 minutes. 2 males.
High school and older.

A bright young suburban teen, born in Iran, hesitantly reveals affection for a recently transplanted inner city teen who is both streetwise and emotionally mature, with surprising and moving results.


Stars (two males) by Evan Guilford-Blake

Drama. 12 - 14 minutes. 2 males.
High school and older.

A bright young suburban teen hesitantly reveals affection for a recently transplanted inner city teen who is both streetwise and emotionally mature, with surprising and moving results.


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 Story Club by Nicole B. Adkins

Young Audiences. 45 - 50 minutes. 1 male, 3 females.
All ages.

When her role as Storyteller is challenged by an enthusiastic new neighbor, Ivy must decide whether it is more important to be a lonely queen, or a creative collaborator!


The Superhero Ultraferno by Don Zolidis

Comedy. 40 - 45 minutes. 6+ females, 6+ males (12-52 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A crack team of actors works its way through the highlights and lowlights of the superhero pantheon in the craziest way imaginable.


Supermarket of Lost by Cassandra Hsiao

Drama. 15 - 20 minutes. 2 females, 1 male, 1 either (optional).
Middle school and older.

Three souls collide in the Supermarket of Lost, each desperately searching for something they once had in this cosmic warehouse.


A Tale from the North Woods by Lynn-Steven Johanson

Fairy Tale. 55 - 65 minutes. 9 males, 7 females, 7+ either (17-40 performers possible)
Elementary school and older.

When a gnome and a troll become friends, they must overcome the prejudice of their families if they are to maintain their friendship.


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?


Ticking by Jonathan Dorf

Dramedy. 20 - 25 minutes. 3 males.
High school and older.

The gun is missing from the pot on the right rear burner at the Doe house, replaced by an egg.


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 and 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.


Two Dudes from Daytona by Matt Buchanan

Comedy. 55 - 65 minutes. 6-11 males, 7-12 females, 5+ either (15-30+ performers possible).
Suitable for high school and older performers, and middle school and older audiences.

Two young men trying to make it in the big, bad city fall for the same girl - with hilarious results.


Uncertainty Theory by Maura Campbell

Drama. 40 - 50 minutes. 5-10+ males, 6-10+ females (11-30 performers possible).
High school and older.

Two versions of reality collide when a senior boy disappears on graduation day and his classmates and friends struggle with their loss and confusion about him and their own uncertain futures.  


The Unscary Ghost by Matt Buchanan

Comedy. 40 - 50 minutes. 3+ males, 5+ females, 8+ either (13-30+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

What do you do when you're a ghost, but nobody is afraid of you?


Vital Organs by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy. 15 - 20 minutes. 3 males, 2 females (flexible).
Middle school and older.

A recovering transplant patient determined to stock up, doctors selling organs, a kleptomaniac kid, and a soup-cooking candy striper right out of Sweeney Todd--calling it a health care crisis would be an understatement...


Warriors by Hayley Lawson-Smith

Drama. 40 - 50 minutes. 4 females, 1 male (5 performers total).
Suitable for high school and older performers and middle elementary school and older audiences.

Worlds and lives separated by space and time will intersect as fate brings five teenagers together.


Welcome to the Neighborhood by Steven Stack

Mystery/Suspense. 25 - 35 minutes. 1 male, 5 females, 4-12 either (10-22 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Chloe is enjoying a slumber party with her new friends when she suddenly learns that nothing in her neighborhood is as it seems.


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 Happened at the Mud Puddle by Tara Meddaugh

Comedy. 25 - 30 minutes. 8 females, 4 males (12 performers total).
Suitable for middle school and older.

When Taylor decides to hold an over-the-top yacht party on the same day as her best friend’s backyard birthday party, tensions rise, guests are forced to take sides, true colors will be on display—and, of course, someone gets pushed into a mud puddle.


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.


The Wind In The Willows by Diane Grant

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 7-20+ females, 3-20+ males (12-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

Mole leaves her underground home and finds adventure and friendship in the world above.


The Wise Peasant Girl by Donna Spector

Fairy Tale. 20 - 30 minutes. 1 male, 1 female, 9-13 either (11-15+ performers possible).
Elementary and middle school.

A wise peasant girl teaches King Alexander how to solve the bizarre problems in his kingdom.

 


You're Next by Jonathan Dorf

Drama. 15 - 20 minutes. 2 males.
High school and older.

Two teenagers struggle with how to defend themselves against a bully.


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...?


Featured Play


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.

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