Daniel S Kehde

Dan Kehde is a playwright, librettist and director who, for the past 15 years, has served as co-founder and managing director for The Contemporary Youth Arts Company of Charleston,WV, an organization dedicated to giving young artists hands-on opportunities to bring new works to the American stage. A nearly unfunded, for-profit theater company, CYAC has produced over 50 new works in the past 15 years including 15 new Scarpelli-Kehde musicals, more than thirty new plays and eight touring social action one-acts. Together with his persevering wife, Penny, Dan continues to work with the young people of CYAC while constantly striving to challenge the ever-changing lists of new actors that come into the company. Dan is currently working on new pieces of musical theater with composer/collaborator Mark Scarpelli, as well as continuing to create and produce three or four new plays of his own each year.

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  Coffee With Kiffie

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

3 pages

By Dan Kehde


A teenage girl at a coffee shop tells about the fight for control with her father, a stubborn man quick to anger. She knows what buttons to push to make him react with violence. Then she must lie about the cause of her bruises.

  Dances With the Minotaur

Drama by Daniel S Kehde

44 pages

4 m, 4 w, extras


Sam and Billy are two wheelchair-bound kids who have been mainstreamed into a regular high school. Billy is a poet who, under under the pseudonym of "Minotaur" for half man, half beast, exchanges romantic e-mails with Miranda, one of his classmates. Sam is a rebel with devastating wit, who fights against the double standards that excludes them from some activities. When Billy reveals who he is to Miranda, she is stunned at first, but they become friends, and he asks her to the prom. Sam attends with a teacher. But when Sam goes to the chem lab to smoke a ciga...

  Electric Preacher

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

9 pages

By Dan Kehde


A young man talks about his good friend Bucky who tried to become a "healer" as well as a preacher at tent revivals. After considerable practice, Bucky learns a trick involving a few wires to get a spark of reaction. Trouble is, one night Bucky steps into a puddle of water and gets a shocking reaction himself!

  Girls' Room

Drama by Daniel S Kehde

41 pages

4 w


This powerful drama takes on the subject of date rape. Four girls meet throughout the school year in the girls bathroom, in the mornings when it is off-limits to students. It's their secret refuge where they share stories, tease and argue with each other, but above all, support one another. When one of the girls, a freshman, reveals the name of the guy she is seeing, her sister, a senior, is horrified as he is the boy who raped her in eighth grade. By the end of the school year, they have all grown, learned, and are ready to leave their refuge for good. This play deals with a difficult...

  Important Things in My Life

Resource by Daniel S Kehde

50 pages

Resource Book


The thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams - the important things in the lives of teens - are explored honestly in this collection of 18 monologues. For humor, two of our favorites are "Studs," about trying to don a tux for the first time while running late for the prom, and "Bubbacar," about a teen's first car which is so ugly it should only be driven at night. We can all identify longing for Saturdays after tough school days in "Making It to the Weekend," or laugh at the frustration in "The Proper Way to Wear a School Uniform." In addition to those typical "teen pr...

  Jenny's Christmas

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

2 pages

By Dan Kehde


A teenage girl, perhaps now in a group home, reflects on family holidays from her childhood. It was a safe world of which she is no longer a part.

  Locker Reaction

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

3 pages

By Dan Kehde


When a friend tries to hold her back from seeing an ex-boyfriend, a teenage girl pushes her--hard--with serious consequences.

  Mel And Gloria

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

2 pages

By Dan Kehde


What girl hasn't daydreamed of marriage, scribbling her possible, maybe, wanna-be future new name? Sigh! So romantic.until another guy steps into view!

  Poof Goes Alex

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

2 pages

By Dan Kehde


An older sibling laughs about the anticipated reaction Alex will cause in her new kindergarten class. Based on her behavior at home, the little demon sister will probably make her whole class go running and screaming into the street.

  Preparer, The

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

5 pages

By Dan Kehde


An older servant directs a younger one in preparing the king's body for burial. After specific procedures and treatments with special oils and herbs, the body is ready. The older servant then tells the younger one how to die peacefully herself as the two servants are finally sealed in the royal tomb to serve their master in the afterlife.

  Side That Wins The War

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

5 pages

By Dan Kehde


A Yankee soldier describes his dread before and during a fierce battle against waves of Reb soldiers. The sounds, the sights, and even the smell of battle assault him as he tries to survive while shooting from a small hole in a low rock wall. He wonders what is the difference between bravery and sheer stupidity.

  Spare Change

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

2 pages

By Dan Kehde


A 17-year-old male, panhandling on a freezing winter day, gets frustrated by an unseen reporter trying to learn his story.