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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  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.

  Waiting For Destiny

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

3 pages

By Dan Kehde


A young man waits by a romantic spot at the river for Janice, a young woman he's recently seen and instantly fallen in love with. He thinks it was destiny that they were at the jazz club at the same time. He wonders and hopes, even though he's never called her, will destiny bring them together now at the river?

  Who Needs Jeremy

i-Monologue by Daniel S Kehde

2 pages

By Dan Kehde


A friend tries to comfort a crying teen girl who's just been dumped. The friend points out Jeremy's bad points, especially his need to control. She finally gets her to smile.before more tears start.

  You Don't Know Us

Resource by Daniel S Kehde

67 pages

67 pages.


Monologues are traditionally used for auditions and classroom work, but they are an overlooked form of performance art, epsecially for teenagers. This collection brings this usually standard genre into the performance spotlight. Like other collections by Dan Kehde, this one was developed and performed in what has now become an annual, and ever more popular, event at the playwright's theatre. Funny, hard-hitting, and poignant, these are honest portraits of young Americans searching for freedom, love and self-worth in the labyrinth of adolescence. Titles include "64 Reasons I'm Happy To B...

  Your Homework Ate What?

Resource by Daniel S Kehde

54 pages

54 pages.


Here's a nifty companion piece to "1400 Boxes of Jello." It's a passel of 25 monologues about pre-teen and adolescent fears and fantasies. Full of clever humor, they reveal the passions and dreams, worries and doubts of students as they fret about grades, dating, drugs, peer group pressure, identity questions, and, of course, the future. From the amusing dismay of "My Teacher's an Alien," to the serious self-doubts of "Maybe I'm Gay," to the hilarious title piece, these confessions all reveal the concerns and confusions of today's young people.

  Coal Camp Madonna - A Christmas Story

Drama by Daniel S Kehde

62 pages

4 m, 5 w, extras


It's winter in a poor coal mining town in the early 1900s. When a foundling baby girl appears on the doorsteps of the company store, Annie, the possessive wife of the proprietor, takes a shine to her. But Arly, who works at the store and makes Christmas presents for all the kids in town, learns that Francine is the real mother. Francine loves the baby, but is too poor to raise her with her other daughter. A cave-in at the mine sows tragedy among the miners and their families and complicates matters further. Francine, who has lost her husband in the disaster, ...

  Siege of Room 304

Drama by Daniel S Kehde

45 pages

3 m, 11 w


What happens when a high schooler brings a pistol to biology class? In this tense drama, Wesley, a 17-year-old boy with a handgun, holds 13 of his fellow students as voluntary hostages as he tries to come to grips with the events that brought him there. In the 24 hours that follow, the tension of the stand-off outside mixes with the casual attitude of the students inside. By the end, we see these rich characters relate their own experiences with violence, parental authority, peer pressure, high school and the pains of outgrowing childhood. Finally, too, we le...

  Gettysburg Canon

Drama by Daniel S Kehde

72 pages

6 m, 5 w


Early morning July 1, 1863. Gettysburg, Pa. As thousands of troops from both North and South amass for what will become one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, five teenagers from several local farms escape to the safety of the surrounding hills. There's the level-headed Eliza and her little sister, Justine, who's strong-willed; Georgina, whose mother has sheared her hair to make her look like a boy; and Rachel and Jeremiah, a brother and sister from a wealthier family. As they witness the horrors of battle over the next three days, the teens are force...