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  Another Chance

Drama by Martin Follose

26 pages

5 m, 3 w


"Along with success comes a reputation of wisdom." But all the wisdom that Sally has learned from her school successes don't prepare her when her life seems to fall apart. After she gets an F on a paper, is harassed by the school's popular jock, and learns her parents are getting a divorce, she contemplates suicide. Her thoughts about dying are revealed in familiar quotations she repeats - quotations other students think she is writing for an English paper. But then the most unlikely person helps Sally find that "Everything is possible, including the impossib...

  Attack of the Giant Ex's

Comedy by James Rayfield

23 pages

1 m, 3 w


Danny's journey into the world of high school romance begins with Laurie, a girl who shares his enthusiasm for videos and hanging out at the neighborhood shopping center. But when a hot number named Brooke blows in from Hollywood, things start to fall apart as Danny shifts from hometown girl to movie star "gonnabe." The girls plunge into a fight over Danny that has all the intensity of a professional wrestling match. As a matter of fact, that's how it's presented in this play of love, and love and hate, and then love, and then hate again. Enemies become frien...

  The Gingerbread Man Gets Schooled

Comedy by Patrick Rainville Dorn

26 pages

6 m, 7 w, additional cast possible


The dashing, fleet-footed Gingerbread Man has gotten loose at Baker Street School, proud home of the Spatula Flippers. Now it’s up to a comical assortment of nerds and cheerleaders to put the bite on him. Principal Linzer Macaroon, cafeteria lady Muffin Topp and janitor Roland Butter enlist science teacher Newton Figg’s Mad Science Club and Lorna Doone’s pom squad to use their skills, talents and knowledge to capture the slick-sneakered cookie. This fast-paced show is filled with jokes, gags, slapstick humor, chases, and a riotous climax that will have audien...

  Heaven Only Knows

Comedy by Corey Sprague

14 pages

2 m, 1 w


A messenger of the Devil is sent to destroy the world but when he reaches Earth, he encounters a girl with ideas and problems of her own. Then we find out that the girl has been sent by ... you know who! One easy set.

  In the Park

Comedy by Neal Barth

21 pages

3 m, 3 w, 3 flexible


What fun jogging can be! Think of all the people you can meet! Here's a spoof on America's biggest health habit. Jill and Nathan have stopped jogging for a moment for him to gasp for breath. Soon Jill is off again with a spring in her step while Nathan tries to recoup on the park bench. Before long Ralph appears, who, in between his panting and wheezing from running, is vicariously plotting the demise of his physician who ordered him to start exercising. Edna, sobbing and exhausted from her half block run, makes her appearance, and soon other runners, happy a...

  Machinations

Farce by Reid Conrad

24 pages

Approx. 4 m, 2 w, 20 flexible.


The game of “Machine” is a staple of drama classes, but in this 1950s sci-fi flavored one act the Machine, played by a group of actors, becomes a character itself. Professor Chester Pochesnik has been laboring over his Machine in the lab. He and Team Leader Osten are happy to announce to the Board that the Machine has reached its potential. Board Leader Evens is thrilled and awards Professor Pochesnik the apprentice he has longed for. Apprentice Timothy Albright, however, not only circumvents the Professor’s ideas and authority, he steals the Professor’s girl...

  Rivers of Ink

Drama by Henson And Menefee

24 pages

5 m, 3 w, and ensemble


Hassan works as a scholar in the House of Wisdom specializing in translating legends. She spends her days alongside her father and twin. Together they are all living a dangerous secret. It is 13th century Bagdad at the height of Islamic civilization and women are forbidden in the House of Wisdom, so Hassan and her sister are posing as men. The daughters are living a protected and peaceful life, yet Hassan dreams of travelling the world. The arrival of a new scholar expands Hassan’s horizons, but will he jeopardize her secret identity as well as her future? Wh...

  Scandal in Bohemia

Reader Theatre by Al Rodin

28 pages

5 m, 1 w


To save his crown, a distraught King of Bohemia comes incognito to 221B Baker Street to seek the help of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes quickly sees through the man's disguise. The throne is threatened by a photograph of the King and Irene Adler taken five years previously. She is threatening to reveal it, now that the King is planning to marry someone else the second daughter of the King of Scandinavia. Holmes makes valiant efforts to retrieve the document, but Irene Adler outwits his every move. On her marriage to Godfrey Norton, a lawyer, she indicates that she w...

  Scars & Stripes

Drama by Thomas Cadwaleder Jones

47 pages

1 m, 1 w


Two teenagers, an African-American urban girl and a white rural boy, confront their racial prejudices when they meet at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Looking for clues into their fathers' pasts, they discover more about themselves and each other and are changed forever. About 60 mins. Winner of the 1994 AATE Distinguished Play Award. Ideal for Black History month observances.

  Shakespeares

Comedy by Colleen Shaddox

29 pages

5 m, 3 w, 1 flexible


William Shakespeare retired at about age 48. Why did this prolific genius stop writing? How did he get along with his long-neglected wife, Anne, once he gave up the stage? “The Shakespeares” imagines what The Bard’s last years were like in Stratford-upon-Avon. The play is full of inside jokes for Shakespeare fans. But even for those unfamiliar with his plays, there are laughs (and a few tears) as we watch this profoundly mismatched couple try to make a go of it. Shakespeare’s confidante, daughter Susanna, realizes that her father’s creative spirit is being cr...

  Shelby's Song

Drama by Renee Rebman

16 pages

3 m, 3 w


Shelby has been feeling depressed and seeing her grandmother in constant pain has upset her even more. Finally, she decides to steal two bottles of her grandmother's pain pills and commit suicide. But Grandma finds the pills and confronts Shelby - admitting that her age and illness have caused her to consider overdosing on the pills herself. Horrified, Shelby realizes she has her whole life ahead of her and both recommit to life.

  Storm-Breeder

Drama by Brian Billings

29 pages

2 m, 2 w, 3 flexible


Adapted from the story "Peter Rugg, the Missing Man" by William Austin. This play tells the story of the phantom coachman Peter Rugg, a man doomed forever to race along the roads to Boston but never to arrive there. Overtaken by a fit of rage while traveling during a stormy night, Bostonite Peter Rugg made a dangerous promise: "Let the storm increase! I will see home tonight in spite of the tempest, or may I never see home again!" He never arrived in Boston. Now his ghost rides the roads leading to and from that city, and he always brings behind him the feroc...

  Things That Fly

Drama by R. James Scott

23 pages

4 m, 4 w, 2 flexible


Eleven-year-old Robert, with help from his little sister Sally, has built a flying machine in their backyard. On launch day, he is hassled by his older brother Bryan, as well as the local neighbor kids. When the machine fails to operate as Robert expects, he is laughed at and ridiculed by those who have come to watch. Little Sally comes to his rescue, and together they fly. About 35 minutes.

  The Fairyland Detective Agency

Fantasy by Vin Morreale, Jr

25 pages

5 m, 2 w, extras


Jack Sprat is a peeper, a gumshoe, a bloodhound for rent, a freelance flatfoot, a man on the case, a hired nose -- a detective, actually, and the only detective in Fairyland. So when femme fatale Red Riding Hood hires him to find Grandma, he knows something is up (well, actually his secretary Tinkerbell figures it out first). Red has teamed up with Prince Charming in order to trick Jack into learning the password for the fairy godmother's magic wand. In the end, Jack figures it all out with the help of his friends, Mr. X, really Rumpelstiltskin; Humpty Dumpty...

  Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shakespeare by Tom Smith

42 pages

4 m, 3 w, 7 flexible parts, some doubling possible


Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy follows the adventures of best friends Valentine and Proteus and the intrigues that ensue when Proteus, engaged to Julia, falls in love with Valentine's beloved, Julia. Reduced from the original 2 ½ hours to 45 minutes, this competition-length adaptation is for teachers who would like to present Shakespeare but feel intimidated to find ways to make it accessible to their students. This adaptation is fast, funny, easy to stage and easy to understand, even for middle school students.