Dear Chuck by Jonathan Dorf

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About The Play

Singapore Polytechnic's Theatre Compass (Singapore; photo by Raeha).

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

Dear Chuck
was developed and produced by the Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Arts Conservatory (Wallingford, CT), and was later revised and expanded into a full-length play. Producers have permission to cut any scenes in their entirety as necessary (with the exception of the Overture, Finale and the Chuck Interludes that connect the play), whether to align with their community standards or to reduce the running time. The play is also available in a 30-40 minute version here.

"We just finished our first show today and it was AMAZING!!  The audience loved the play, our actors had a fantastic time performing and the credit really goes to the amazing script." - Premela Rajasegaran, Singapore Polytechnic Theatre Compass (Singapore)

Printed Script: $7.95 (contains special author commentary)Digital Perusal Script: $7.50. Performance Royalties: $70.00/performance. Production Photocopy License: $50.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for your cast/crew; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties)Classroom Photocopy License: $75.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for closed classroom study only). Limited Video License: $75.00 (permission to record your production with limited distribution; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties). Professional rights should be negotiated directly with YouthPLAYS at Need detailed help? Click on Place an Order and then look for the blue What Do I Order? button!


Singapore Polytechnic's Theatre Compass (Singapore; photo by Raeha).

Teenagers are typically caught in the middle—they're not quite adults, but they're definitely no longer children. Through a series of scenes and monologues, we meet an eclectic group of teen characters who are trying to communicate with that wannabe special someone, coping with the loss of a classmate, battling controlling parents, swimming for that island of calm in the stormy sea of technology—and many others. What they all have in common is the search for their "Chuck," that elusive moment of knowing who you are.

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Did You Know?

Nambi E. Kelley served as a guest lecturer in playwriting at the University of Illinois at Chicago mentoring aspiring actors and playwrights in dramatic structure and the industry at large.