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

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About The Play

Overland High School (Aurora, CO; photo by Dedy Rusli).

Performable Collection. 65-75 minutes (flexible). 4-18 females, 4-9 males (8-27 performers possible).

Great Expectations premiered at Overland High School (Aurora, CO). It was conceived and developed through the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University.

The plays in this collection were written to be performed together in any order, and any may be omitted from the production. They may also be performed or used in competition on their own (see individual listings).

Printed Script: $7.95 (contains special author commentary). Digital Perusal Script: $7.50. Performance Royalties: $65.00/performance. Production Photocopy License: $45.00 (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: $70.00 (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!


Today's teens grow up under pressure. While often it comes from peers, it comes just as frequently from the parents and other adult figures in their lives. The teen characters in Great Expectations navigate these pressures as they sneak in and sleep out, and as they overcome divorce, siblings with long shadows, and loss—but also discover joy in the magic of fairies, dancing and their imaginations.

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Did You Know?

Donna Spector directed and acted in an improvisational theatre troupe in Berkeley, California, in the late ‘60s. Her troupe performed in the Bay Area with rock groups like Santana and the Grateful Dead.