One-Act Play

Monday, January 14, 2019




One- Act Play by  Jessica Chipman

Cast: 7 m, 4 w, 3 - 10 flexible

This Greek myth follows inventor and architect Daedalus, who commits a crime in Athens and is banished to Crete to serve King Minos. Determined to right the wrong of his crime, Daedalus becomes a father to Icarus, a daring and precocious boy whose eyes are on all the glories of the world around him – the sky, the sea, the stars – while Daedalus buries himself in his work, attempting to save the people of Crete from King Minos' shrewd plans, which include sacrificing humans to a ravenous minotaur. Complicating things further, Icarus falls in love with Ariadne, the daughter of Minos. After adventures involving sea god Poseidon, the Labyrinth, the slaying of the minotaur, and a broken heart, Daedalus and Icarus find themselves in a locked tower, surrounded by Minos' ships. Daedalus makes wings made of feathers, wax, and wood – their only hope for escape from the tower. With his eyes on the sky, Icarus soars and hollers with joy. Daedalus watches in horror as his son flies too close to the sun, which melts the wax in his wings. Icarus falls into the sea and perishes. A grieving Daedalus flies on to Athens, honoring his son by keeping his eyes on the beauty of the world around him.  Approximately 45-50 minutes.  


Fantasy by Brent Holland

Cast: 6 Actors

An Experiment

Portrayed in a fantasy world, five confused participants wake up with no memory of their past life … with only one word, a personality descriptor (such as compassionate, courageous or orderly) written in type on their shirts.  The doctor explains that each is here willingly, and that they are all being compensated for their participation in a research study. Will the assigned attribute of each participant affect their behavior when under extreme duress? Once the experiment begins and they find out that to lose is to die, all five do what they must to survive the experiment.  The Hunger Games meets Survivor in this experiment. This show requires very little set, few costumes, and is entirely gender flexible.  It is perfect for one-act competitions. Time:  25 - 30 minutes.


Comedy by Kory Howard

Cast: 5 m, 4 w

My Thoughts, Not Exactly!

Have you ever asked yourself, “What was I thinking?” Well Spencer and Olivia are doing just that – while on their first date!  Their conscious minds (played by two separate actors) are present on stage, sharing their thoughts (often contradictory thoughts!) on the conversation. Things get off to a rocky start, the usual awkward silences ensue, but the complications really begin when both their exes show up. Furthermore, Olivia produces her checklist of grueling questions for Spencer to test whether he is “boyfriend material.” The date concludes with Olivia meeting Spencer’s parents, even though it is just a first date!   This show offers a lot of laughs and opportunities for physical humor.


Comedy by  Wade Bradford

Cast: 2 m, 5 w

Escape Room

The high school girls’ softball team has one last shot to make it to playoffs.  However, that doesn’t seem likely since Wacy and Emma can’t seem to stop fighting, while Riley and Kylie are so inseparable that they don’t work with the rest of the team.  So instead of scheduling extra practice hours before the game, Coach forces the girls to participate in team-building activities. That’s perfect for Professor Diabolical, as he has been perfecting his evil laugh and is ready to have customers in his escape room.  Unfortunately, his assistant Brad is more focused on a single member of the team than on the minor details like clues and keys. This is one team-building exercise that goes hilariously wrong!  


Farce by  Eddie McPherson

Cast: 3 m, 6 w, 4 flexible, plus extras

Glitz Family Robinson

Funny one-liners and silly sight gags make this show a laugh riot, as the most well-to-do family on all the seven seas tries to survive their plight (without their nanny). 

The posh and well-to-do Robinson family is on a ship excursion (without their nanny) when they shipwreck on a deserted island. The mother is at her wit’s end about having to do actual parenting (without their nanny) and feels sorry for herself when she realizes her acting career might take a nosedive in her absence. The father of the clan is also at a loss (without their nanny) and spends all his time speaking with a British accent and playing golf down on the beach. So, the kids find themselves on their own (without their nanny) and begin to devise a survival plan. A band of not-so-bright pirates (also without a nanny) land on the island, searching for a treasure chest they buried there months earlier. Desperate to regain their lost booty, they even kidnap one of the Robinson kiddos and hold her for ransom. Mother and Father, however, refuse to rise before 9 AM to deliver any money. (That would be a nanny’s job.) Then, another castaway shows up (also without a nanny) who has been living on the other side of the island and might know the whereabouts of the treasure chest, but might not be willing to help. Then the nanny (ta da!) shows up after searching for her long-lost family for months. But because the family changes due to their experiences on the island (without their nanny) they realize they don’t need help after all and leave her there, taking her boat and sailing back home. But Nanny has a little surprise of her own. Oh, and there are monkeys, but whose side are they on?