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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.


Middle Schoolin' It by Brian Armstrong, Allan Bates, Dan Berkowitz, Tim Bohn, Nancy Brewka-Clark, Kenyon Brown, Jonathan Dorf, Arthur M. Jolly, Nina Ki, Nina Mansfield, Keegon Schuett, Jeri Weiss, Nelson Yu and Don Zolidis

Anthology. 140 - 160 minutes. Up to 19 males and 23 females.
Middle school and older.

Fifteen short plays, ideal for classroom use, competition or one-act festivals, offer middle school actors the opportunity to tackle a wide variety of styles and subjects in plays that range from light-hearted romps to serious looks at what it means to grow up.


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.


As U Like It by Neeley Gossett

Comedy. 60 - 70 minutes. 4-15 females, 3-13 males (11-18 performers possible).
Suitable for middle school and older.

As You Like It goes to high school as Shakespeare's classic collides with “catfishing” in this contemporary adaptation.


An Avalanche of Murder by Matt Buchanan

Mystery/Suspense. 75 - 85 minutes. 8-11 females, 5-7 males (13-16 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

In this affectionate spoof of old-fashioned murder mysteries, will the two youngest members of the Hopkins family figure out who's killing off their relatives before there's nobody left?


The Baseball King by Amelia Ross

Comedy. 80 - 100 minutes. Flexible ensemble of 4-25 males, 2-25 females (17-50 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A modern retelling of the famous friendships, family, and feuds between David, Jonathan, and King Saul—baseball style.


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...?


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.


Crossing the Threshold by Maura Campbell

Dramedy. 60 - 70 minutes. 6-10 males, 6-10 females (12-20 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Despite cerebral palsy, a family who can't understand her and the bullying girls at school, the gift of a Morgan horse she names Ringo may make all the difference for fifteen-year-old Sarah as she fights to find wholeness in her body and spirit.


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.


Frog Quixote by Steph DeFerie

Comedy. 75 - 80 minutes. 6-17 females, 6-17 males (17-23 performers possible).
Suitable for middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

A bumbling frog causes chaos when he tries to save his lady-love who has been kidnapped by a dangerous duck...or has she...?


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.


The Goodcheer Home for Broken Hearts by James Grob

Comedy. 95 - 105 minutes. 7-30+ females, 4-30+ males (14-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

Can our hero, Steele Manly, save the sweet-smelling Shasta Bellflower and the saintly Charity Goodcheer, matriarch of The Goodcheer Home, from the evil, manipulative clutches of villain Severus C. Snackwell in this spoof of classic melodramas?


The Hanging of the Greens by Claudia Haas

Young Audiences. 60 - 70 minutes. 3 males, 8 females, 9 either (20 performers total).
Elementary school and older.

If children play instead of hanging up the evergreens for winter protection, they are in danger of being kidnapped by Pinella, the Winter Witch.


Harry's Hotter at Twilight by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy. 90 - 100 minutes. 5-25+ males, 7-25+ females (12-50+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Everyone's favorite vampires, wizards and werewolves battle lots and lots of evil in this crazed mash-up parody of the two biggest megahits of recent years, Harry Potter and Twilight.


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.


Les Examables by Don Zolidis

Comedy. 100 - 110 minutes. 8-28 females, 5-25 males (15-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A hilariously insane satire based on the mega-musical Les Misérables.


Little Women by Isabella Russell-Ides

Drama. 100 - 110 minutes. 11-16+ females, 4-8+males (15-24+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

In this tale of four sisters, we watch the fiercely independent Jo March become the woman who will one day pen the book that becomes the American classic Little Women.

 


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?


Melodramatics by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus

Comedy. 65 - 75 minutes. 4-8 females, 5-9 males (13-20+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A company of actors mount a new melodrama in a last ditch effort to save their Depression-era theater from the wrecking ball, but a pair of dastardly bank robbers are determined to destroy the show so they can dig up their buried loot.


Midsummer.com by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus

Comedy. 70 - 80 minutes. 5-11+ males, 10-16+ females (15-35+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

When Titania and Oberon zap all of Shakespeare’s fairies into our very real world, right into the middle of a theatre camp that’s mounting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, magic, Shakespeare and reality couldn’t get more tangled.


Miracle in Mudville by D.W. Gregory

Comedy. 60 - 70 minutes. 5-11+ males, 13-17+ females (21-31+ performers possible).
Middle school and high school.

With the help of a ghostly librarian, a frustrated little league ballplayer and his friends take an unexpected trip into their parents' past to fix the present.

 


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.


Robin Hood and the Heroes of Sherwood Forest by Randy Wyatt

Adventure. 60 - 70 minutes. 9-30 males, 6-24 females (18-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A fresh spin on the classic tale of the rogue Robin Hood and the entire community of heroes he inspires to save Nottingham from the greedy Prince John.


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Ed Shockley

Drama. 105 - 115 minutes. 6+ males, 4+ females (12-40 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A young girl comes of age in Jim Crow Mississippi in this authorized adaptation of the Newbery Award-winning classic.


Rumors of Polar Bears by Jonathan Dorf

Dramedy. 90 - 100 minutes. 8-25+ females, 4-15+ males (14-40+ performers possible).
High school (and advanced middle school) and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

A ragtag band of teens fights for survival and to find life's little moments of joy in the aftermath of a climate induced catastrophe.


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.


ShakeSPLOSION!!! by Andrew Geha

Comedy. 75 - 85 minutes. 9-21+ females, 4-14+ males (14-100+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Every play written by William Shakespeare! In 80 minutes!! Performed by teenagers!!!


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 Snow Queen by Ruth Cantrell

Young Audiences. 60 - 65 minutes. 5-6 males, 6-9 females, 8 either (12-23 performers possible).
All ages.

Facing frozen monsters, freezing weather, and the evil Snow Queen, young Gerda searches the northern tundra to save her brother Kai in this adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story.


A Stranger on the Bus by Ed Shockley

Drama. 110 - 125 minutes. Flexible cast of 12-50
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

A young African-American girl takes an epic fantasy journey set against the backdrop of the busing movement, as two families, one on each side of the racial divide, grow to discover their love for each other.


The Superhero Ultraferno by Don Zolidis

Comedy. 100 - 110 minutes. 6-50 females, 6-50 males (12-90+ actors possible).
Middle school and older.

 A crack team of actors tries to cover every superhero story in the craziest way imaginable.


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?!


The Very Bad Girl Scouts by John P. McEneny

Comedy. 60 - 65 minutes. 10-16 females, 4-7 males (11-30 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A brother and sister from Germany move to America, where they search for friendship and battle a troop of evil Girl Scouts.


War of the Buttons by Jonathan Dorf

Drama. 90 - 100 minutes. 10-14 males, 2 females, with some flexibility. Perfect for a school with a large number of male actors (e.g. boys schools).
Middle school and older.

The youth of a town on the brink of ruin battle the students of a local prep school that is gradually buying up their town, all the while protecting one of their own whose parents have abandoned him.


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

Alice on the Other Side by Matt Buchanan

Musical. 90 - 100 minutes. Flexible cast of 30+.
Middle school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

Follow Alice as she discovers the bewildering world on the other side of the mirror in this musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass.


The Argonauts by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus and Dennis Poore

Musical. 55 - 65 minutes. 6-14+ females, 6-14+ males (15-45+ performers possible).
High school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Jason's mythological quest for the Golden Fleece mashes up with modern times and rock & roll.


Brats in Space by Steve Flowers

Musical. 45 - 60 minutes. 7-9 males, 8-15 females, 9+ either (15-35 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

When a fed up principal ships a group of bratty middle school students off into space and they encounter a group of bratty aliens on another planet...what will happen when brats collide?


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.


Camp Monster by Kris Kukul and Sharyn Rothstein

Musical. 60 - 75 minutes. 7-11 males, 8-11 females (plus unlimited ensemble members; 15-50+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

In this fun-filled musical, a group of monster kids must work together to defeat an evil camp director and keep the world safe for weird folks everywhere.


Hank & Gretchen: A Modern Retelling of Hansel & Gretel; or Because Candy is That Good by Stacy Davidowitz and Mark T Evans

Musical. 60 - 75 minutes. 8-15 males, 8-15 females (23-75+ performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

In a suffering economy running on addictive candy, Hank & Gretchen embark on the greatest adventure of their lives to uncover family secrets, restore health and order, break evil spells, and form great friendships along the way.


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?


K.C.@Bat by Zachary Israel Nobile Kampler and Rocco Natale

Musical. 45 - 60 minutes. 1-5+ males, 4-7+ females (11-50+ performers possible).
Suitable for elementary school and older.

The new girl in town whips her down-and-out local baseball team into shape, teaching them teamwork and dedication and leading them all the way to the championship game, where she may learn a thing or two herself...


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.


Prince Ugly by Matt Buchanan

Musical. 100 - 110 minutes. 7+ females, 6+ males (15-50+ performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

What is a true friend? A fun, often zany contemporary musical fairy tale about identity and friendship.


The Secret Garden by Miriam Raiken-Kolb

Musical. 105 minutes, 5-16+ males, 8-16+ females (16-35+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A girl who has never been cared for by her parents experiences love for the first time when she discovers an abandoned secret garden, and helps to bring it back to life.


The Wind in the Willows by Diane Grant and Michael Reilly

Musical. 80 - 90 minutes. 3-25+ males, 8-25+ females (15-50+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

When Mole summons up the courage to leave her underground home, she might just find that friendship and adventure await in the world above.


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 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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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?


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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? 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.  


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?


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 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.


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.

 


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.


After The Hill by Meron Langsner

Comedy. 7 - 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female, 1 either.
Middle school and older.

Will Jack and Jill finally break the vicious cycle that they've been trapped in for as long as they can remember...?


Aleema the Boy Girl by Rex McGregor

Drama. 8 - 10 minutes. 3 females, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

An Afghan girl enjoys being raised as a boy, but her freedom won’t last long.


All A-Twitter by Kenyon Brown

Dramedy. 10 - 12 minutes. 2 females.
Middle school and older.

While two sisters watch a meteor shower, their divorced mother's annoying cell phone "tweets" force them to question their uncertain future and the reality of their lives, ultimately bringing them closer together.


Almost Immortal by Rex McGregor

Drama. 9 - 12 minutes. 2 females, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

In the distant future, a teenage girl and her great-great-great-great-great-grandfather are on the brink of immortality.


And Tomorrow And Tomorrow... by Carol S. Lashof

Comedy. 8 - 12 minutes. 3-4 females, 0-1 male (4 performers total).
Middle school and older performers, upper elementary and older audiences.

Stumbling from the battlefield into the afterlife, Macbeth encounters three spirits who offer him a chance for a do-over—will he get it right this time?


Andy and Chrys by Nicole B. Adkins

Comedy. 6 - 8 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Middle school and older.

Chrys may be in a wheelchair, but it’s Andy who needs help with his game.


The Ants and the Grasshopper by Trevor Suthers

Comedy. 5 - 8 minutes. 3 either (originally written for 3 males, but there's no reason why actors of either gender cannot play these roles).
All ages.

An updated version of the classic fable The Ant and the Grasshopper.


Awareness by Jonathan Price

Dramedy. 3 - 5 minutes. 3 females.
Middle school and older.

A bully tries to write an essay on bullying awareness, unaware of her own behavior.


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.  


Banned from Student Activities by Adam Hahn

Comedy. 9 - 12 minutes. 2 females.
Middle school and older.

Best friends Katie and Gretchen aren’t going to prom, but who cares? (Katie. Katie really cares.)


Bat, Birds, and Beasts by Dominic Mishler

Comedy. 7 - 9 minutes. 1 male, 2 females.
Middle school and older.

A teenager must decide how can she keep her both of her best friends without losing them both.


Bath Time is Fun Time by Arthur M. Jolly

Comedy. 10 minutes, 4 either.
Elementary school and older.

Four bath toys face an existential crisis in the aftermath of a traumatic bath encounter with a little boy—so traumatic, in fact, that they’ve become afraid of the water.


Brace Yourself by Keegon Schuett

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 males, 2 females.
Middle school and older.

When a girl gets braces, it sets off a train wreck of miscommunications between her and her boyfriendcourtesy of a couple of well-intentioned but clueless friendsthat could derail them for good in this teenage comedy of errors.


Bully Issues by Arthur M. Jolly

Comedy. 9 - 11 minutes. 1 female, 2 males.
Middle school and older.

Three bullies confront the challenges of bullying today and how they can become better at doing it…but do they really want to be?


Can't Forget by Liz Shannon Miller

Comedy. 6 minutes, 2 females.
Middle school and older.

Are some friendships too broken to be fixed?


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...


Cheer Squad by Jeff Goode

Comedy. 7 - 10 minutes. 3 females.
Middle school and older.

Mean girl cheer captains teach a new cheerleader how not to be a team player.


Chubby Bunny by Jonathan Josephson and Katy Muzikar

Comedy. 9 - 12 minutes. 1 female, 1 male, 1 either.
Middle school and older performers, and audiences of all ages.

Two marshmallows discover each other and find true love...until they are introduced to the realities of the campfire.


The Clarinet Section is Sick of Your Garbage by Megan Gogerty

Comedy. 9 - 11 minutes. 4 females.
Middle school and older.

The marching band clarinet section has to decide whether prom is capitalist propaganda designed to reinforce gender roles at the expense of individualism, or just, y’know, a really fun time.


Closeted by Jonathan Dorf

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Suitable for middle school and older.

When the smart but far from cool kid is trapped in the closet with the girl who's way out of his league during a game of the infamous teen rite of passage Seven Minutes in Heaven, will it be hell on earth or the heaven that neither of them expected...?


Confessions of a Peanut Butter Addict by Allan Bates

Comedy. 9 - 11 minutes. 1 female.
Middle school and older.

Wrestling with her addiction to peanut butter, a girl reaches out for help.


The Dance We Do by Anne G'Fellers-Mason

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 3 females, 1 males.
Suitable for middle school and older.

Becca is starting her senior year in high school, but the long shadows of her older siblings may keep her from doing the thing she loves most.


DragonSlay by Robin Pond

Comedy. 7 - 11 minutes. 1 male, 1 female, 1-2 either.
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

 A young prince goes on a quest to slay a dragon to win the admiration of a princess.


DragonzFire by Diana Burbano

Drama. 9 - 10 minutes. 2 females, 1 male, 1 either.
Middle school and older.

DragonzFire is Bailey and William’s refuge from the miserable realities of high school, but when bullies infiltrate their beloved video game, Bailey takes revenge in a way that puts her friendship with William to a painful test.


Erasing the Brain by Nina Mansfield

Dramedy. 8 - 11 minutes. 1 male, 1 female, plus a female offstage voice.
Upper elementary and older.

A battle between two siblings over a diary and a video game controller gives way to fears about their dad being "erased" from their memories...


Family Meeting by Don Zolidis

Comedy. 10 minutes, 2 males, 2 females.
Middle school and older.

At a family meeting, a teenage girl learns that her parents are trading her—for a foreign exchange student who can dunk.


First Dance by Nancy Brewka-Clark

Comedy. 10 minutes, 2 females.
Middle school and older.

When best friends Rain and Sophia attend their first school dance, they accidentally cause the boy who's captured both their hearts to fall, quite literally, for another.


Foam by Mike Rothschild

Comedy. 5 - 7 minutes. 3 females, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

A girl turns the tables on two popular girls bullying her over her diet.


Four Calls by Liz Shannon Miller

Dramedy. 5 - 7 minutes. 1 female, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

When Emma calls Josh to confront him about how he's been treating her brother, it may just be the wake-up call they both needed.


Friends by Karin Williams

Drama. 10 minutes, 2 females, plus possible extras.
High school and older (or possibly advanced middle school performers).

Popular Lily is strangely envious of freaky Amber’s free-spirited equanimity—until Amber learns Lily’s secret. Is she extraordinarily gifted, flat-out crazy, or both?


Full Circle by Wendy-Marie Martin

Comedy. 5 - 7 minutes. 2-4 females, 1 male (3-5 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Since he's hit high school, Harrison's been changing identities as quickly as he changes clothes, but can his friendship with Sydney survive the roller coaster ride?


G.B.F. Forever by Asher Wyndham

Dramedy. 10 minutes, 1 male, 1 female.
Suitable for middle school and older.

Carly wants the latest school accessory, a G.B.F., but is Payton ready to be transformed into a Gay Best Friend?


Goodbye, Room by Kenyon Brown

Dramedy. 10 minutes, 2 females.
Middle school and older.

Two sisters prepare to move out of the bedroom they share—and discover they haven’t packed everything.


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?


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.


How Blue is My Crocodile by Arthur M. Jolly

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 females.
Elementary school and older.

Two young girls wait for their wounded father to return from his tour of duty.


How to Get Famous in Theatre by Karin Williams

Comedy. 10 minutes, 1 male, 1 female.
Middle school and older.

When a boy falls in love with a girl who wants to be an actress, thus begins the search for the perfect play.


I Know You Are But What Am I? by Laura King

Drama. 9 - 12 minutes. 4 either.
Middle school and older.

Four teenagers confront their roles as bullies, bystanders, and victims and ask themselves what they have become.


Jamie's First Day by Joanne Greene

Comedy. 10 - 12 minutes. 4 males, 7 females, 10-20 either (11-31 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

When a bratty twelve-year-old tells her mother three different versions of her first day at school, which one is the truth?


Jax-in-a-Box by Jeff Goode

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 males.
Middle school and older.

When an unpopular teen resorts to living in a cardboard box in the parking lot, his life gets a lot easier...or does it?


The Lion and the Boar by Mike Rothschild

Comedy. 6 - 7 minutes. 3 males.
Middle school and older.

Two boys fight over one cupcake, until a bully threatens to take it away from them both.


A Loser Like You by Julia Edwards

Dramedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 2 females, 3 males (flexible).
Middle school and older.

Five teens in five scenes that march backward through time experience the cruel ups and downs of any old school day, but the person we think is the jerk at the beginning is the victim in the very next scene, and on and on, until we find that the hurt has no beginning and no end.


Masks by Hillary DePiano

Drama. 8 - 12 minutes. 4 females.
Middle school and older.

When a cyber attack blurs the lines between good and evil, four friends must unravel who’s really the victim and who’s the bully.

 


Math-O-Freak by Nancy Brewka-Clark

Comedy. 10 minutes, 2 females, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

Libby and Robin calculate how to make ballet as much fun as football for their math-mad friend Kirk.


Message to Grandma by Claudia Haas

Dramedy. 10 minutes, 1-3 females, 1-3 males (4 performers total).
Elementary school and older.

A young boy devises a unique way to send a message to his grandma in heaven.
 


The Morgan Show by Laura King

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 1 female, 1 male, 1 either.
Suitable for middle school and older.

As the curtain rises once again on The Morgan Show, Morgan needs to decide whose opinion matters the most: the audience's...or her own.


Much, Much Later by Susan M. Steadman

Comedy. 10 minutes, 3 either.
Middle school and older.

When three aliens try to unravel the mystery of humanity's disappearance, could their last, best hope for answers be a Barbie doll?


My Little Brother by Dan Berkowitz

Dramedy. 6 - 8 minutes. 1 either.
Middle school and older.

A little brother can be a big pain in the you-know-what… but he’s still your brother.


Ninja In Blue Jeans by Scott Mullen

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 females.
Middle school and older.

A teenage girl spying on the boy of her dreams gains an ally in her quest, or is her new friend on a mission of her own...?


A Number of Secrets by Jeri Weiss

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 females.
Middle school and older.

Two teenage girls joke about eating disorders until they realize one of their classmates is bulimic.


An Old-Fashioned Christmas by Barbara Lindsay

Drama. 10 - 12 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

A girl tries to make Christmas for her cynical brother in their elegant, cold New York apartment.


One Word Too Many by Joanne Greene

Comedy. 10 minutes, 12-16 either (plus possible extras).
Suitable for elementary and older performers and audience.

Navaeh’s drama class seems to be invading her other classes:  is she dreaming or is this nightmare real?


Pepperoni Apocalypse by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy. 8 - 12 minutes. 5 either.
Suitable for middle school and older.

A pizza delivery arrives at the exact moment a doomsday cult expects the world to end.


Piglet by Brian Armstrong

Comedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 3 males, 3 females (with possibility to expand cast with background animals).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

The Bard meets the barnyard in this ten-minute parody of Hamlet—with farm animals.


A Poodle More Beautiful by Stacey Lane

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 either.
All ages.

A purebred poodle lands in the pound after running away from a home that isn't up to snuff, but will a meeting with a mutt change the pompous puppy's tune?


The Raven and the Swan by Dave Ulrich

Comedy. 4 - 6 minutes. 2 males or 2 females (not mixed).
Middle school and older.

If you can't change who you are, be happy with your green hair.


Room Temperature by Ellen Margolis

Dramedy. 9 - 10 minutes. 2 females, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

A teen tries to deflect a bully by responding with openness, but his sister insists on fighting fire with fire.

 


Silver Linings by Dan Berkowitz

Dramedy. 7 - 9 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Middle school and older.

Two teenagers, each trying to recover from a devastating loss, discover their shared grief might lead to a special friendship.


Six of Beer by Adam Hahn

Comedy. 6 - 8 minutes. 0-1 females, 2-3 males (3 performers total).
Middle school and older.

In the face of impending/imminent beer, teenager Brice finds six reasons and six ways to say no to drinking on a school night.


Snakes in a Lunchbox by Arthur M. Jolly

Dramedy. 10 minutes, 2 females, 1 either.
Middle school and older.

Two girls plan the ultimate revenge on the school bully stealing their lunches, but just when their plan is a go, the bully turns the tables on them in a way they never imagined...


Speech & Debate by Will Coleman

Drama. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 females.
Middle school and high school.

 Can Karen convince her mom that wanting what's best for her doesn't mean running her life?


Stak by Stacy D. Tanner

Dramedy. 12 - 15 minutes. 2 females or 2 gender-neutral roles.
All ages.

A young girl's imaginary friend may not be so imaginary...


The Student and the Mathematician by Adam Hahn

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 males, 1 female.
Middle school and older.

David will do anything to get out of his math homework.


Sugar Horror by Rex McGregor

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 females, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

Trick-or-treaters Ansel and Retta are lured by irresistible candy.


Three First Kisses by Tim Bohn

Dramedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 3 females.
Middle school and older.

When three eighth grade girls discover that not one of them has kissed a boy, is it time to get it over with and do the deed, or is that perfect moment worth waiting for...?


Three Padded Walls by Hillary DePiano

Drama. 8 - 12 minutes. 2 females, 0-1 either (2-3 performers possible).
Middle school and older.

How can Jenny be crazy when she's the only one who knows what's really going on? 


Time Warp by Karin Williams

Comedy. 10 minutes, 2 either.
Middle school or high school performers.

A parent hatches a plot to get a hard-core gamer teen away from the virtual world and out into the sunshine.


Twilight of the Grizzly by Rex McGregor

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 females, 1 male.
Middle school and older.

Trapper Joan has the last surviving California grizzly in her sights…until an unlikely savior comes to its rescue.


The UnderGroundHog Railroad by Jeri Weiss

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female (gender flexible).
Elementary school and older.

Two middle schoolers try to save a baby groundhog before it gets picked up by Animal Control.


Up A Tree by Nathaniel Kressen

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Elementary school and older.

Up a tree in the middle of the night, two children consider pressures from parents, classmates, and unwanted Barbie pajamas, and come up with an exciting new adventure forward.


The War on Little Women by Laura King

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 4 females.
Middle school and older.

The Little Women of Alcott's classic novel promise to be together always, but promises aren't so easy to keep, especially when men are involved.


The Warrior's Belt by Samantha Macher

Comedy. 7 - 9 minutes. 1 male, 1 female, 1 either.
Middle school and older.

Miguel is willing to do whatever it takes to get his karate yellow belt, even if it means going to the mat with his twin sister.


What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing by Arthur M. Jolly

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 females.
Middle school and older.

When Jennifer makes the mistake of asking Sandra for help choosing the perfect outfit for a date with Sandra's secret crush, will Jennifer end up wearing a pope's hat and puke-green fishing waders?


Wherefore Art Thou...Todd? by Steven Stack

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2-3 males, 1-2 females (4 performers total).
Middle school and older.

After Todd, cast as the lead in Romeo and Juliet, gets knocked out by a stray ball, he may suddenly have awakened a little too in character.


White Roses and Gooseberries by B.J. Burton

Drama. 9 - 12 minutes. 2 females.
Suitable for middle school and older performers, upper elementary and older audiences.

When two young pioneer girls stop along the trail on their way West, they find strength in each other as they continue forward on the dangerous journey ahead.


Who Remembers Eponine's Sister? by Rex McGregor

Comedy. 10 - 12 minutes. 3 females.
Middle school and older.

Azelma Thénardier gets a chance to escape her notorious elder sister's shadow and be the heroine of her own story.


Wrong Number, Romeo! by Alex Rubin

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 either, plus 1 offstage voice (either).
Middle school and older.

Shakespeare’s classic love story takes a turn when Romeo spouts proclamations of love, not at Juliet’s window, but at Brenda’s...


Featured Play


The Goodcheer Home for Broken Hearts by James Grob

Comedy. 95 - 105 minutes. 7-30+ females, 4-30+ males (14-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

Can our hero, Steele Manly, save the sweet-smelling Shasta Bellflower and the saintly Charity Goodcheer, matriarch of The Goodcheer Home, from the evil, manipulative clutches of villain Severus C. Snackwell in this spoof of classic melodramas?

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