Paper Cuts

Book By: Ken Preuss
Play #: 2565
Pages: 26 pgs
Cast: (3 m, 5 w, with some flexibility)

Three comedic short plays featuring mixed-up love letters, messed-up decorations, and misplaced notebooks, lead to big laughs and moving reminders that relationships unfold in unexpected ways.


"After Math Aftermath" (1m, 2w) When Alice’s plans to deliver her secret admirer poem to Dylan go awry, her best friend, Gabby, jumps in to save the day.

"Pinning Punning Pining" (1m, 1w) While preparing decorations for a dance, Blake and Corey pin hearts, make puns, and pine for their dream dates.

"How to Make a Play for a Girl" (1m, 2w) Justin’s older sister offers advice on winning the heart of new girl, Katie. Can notebook mix-ups, drama auditions, and robot stories possibly lead to a happy ending?

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Behind The Scenes

With Ken Preuss


What inspired you to write this play?

All three love stories are based on my not-so-successful romantic escapades in middle and high school. I placed a math test in a locker when I meant to place a secret admirer note. I made corny puns attempting to flirt while decorating for a dance. I accidentally let my notebook fall into the hands of my crush, revealing doodles and writing expressing my feelings. I thought it would be fun to share the tales with teens… and rewrite the endings as I wish they had occurred.


What's your favorite part or line in the play?  Why?

I love moments in all three plays, but I think my favorite joke might be from HOW TO MAKE A PLAY FOR A GIRL. Justin’s sister, Parker, knows that he likes to doodle his crush’s name all the time. She sees Justin with a book his crush has dropped and playfully teases him.

JUSTIN: Her name isn’t written on it. How do you know it isn’t mine?

PARKER: Because if it was yours, her name would be written all over it.

The line makes me laugh, it’s a fun moment between the siblings, and it captures that comical all-consuming infatuation of first crushes.


Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?

The characters are based on friends I had in school and students I have taught over the years. I love combining personality traits of different people to create unique and memorable personas that are interesting for actors to play and relatable for the audiences who see them on the stage.


What did you try to achieve with this play?

I wanted to create fast and funny scenes that explore universal experiences we all share in our school days: confiding in friends, relying on family, dreaming of crushes, and more. I hope the laughter and romance leave audiences happy and hopeful and headed home with memories of their own school-related adventures whether awkward or awesome.


Do you have anything else you'd like to add?

Have fun! Break legs!