The Tea Servant by Ed Shockley

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About The Play

Drama.  25-35 minutes.  3+ males, 2+ females (5-25 performers possible).  Suitable for middle school and older, though there is nothing offensive for younger audience members.  

Premiered at Spirit Wind Cultural Center in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Printed Script:  $6.25 (contains special author commentary).  Digital Perusal Script: $5.95.   Performance Royalties: $35.00/performance.  Production Photocopy License:  $25.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for your cast/crew; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties)Classroom Photocopy License:  $50.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for closed classroom study only).  Limited Video License:  $35.00 (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!


Adapted from an anonymous Samurai legend, The Tea Servant is the tale of a serving girl whose impetuous princess is determined to travel alone to her lover. The servant dresses as a samurai to discourage robbers, but she is no fighter. When confronted on the road by a highwayman, the servant asks for time to deliver her mistress safe to the village and promises to return to duel. And when she does, her courage in facing death gains her far more than she could have imagined.

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Did You Know?

Cheryl Hadley's play, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, has been performed in venues as diverse as British Columbia, Costa Rica, and Guangzhou, China.