The official website of professional playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf, co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, resident playwriting expert for Final Draft, resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store and creator of Playwriting101.com, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

 

Welcome!  Looking for a play to produce?  You've come to the right place.  Visit my Play Catalogue to read synopses and excerpts of my plays available for production, or go to Teen Favorites to find plays that are great choices for youth theatres and schools.  There's even a rotating play listing below, Hot Script Picks for Schools, to highlight some of my most popular works for young people.  You'll also find free monologues for use in class and for auditions, free playwriting tips, information on guest artist visits, classes I teach, and much more.  So come in and stay a while!

 
Hot Scripts Picks for Schools

"Jon Dorf is the voice of this generation's high school student. He has captured the inner and outward struggles that confront today’s youth and brings light to those issues that we deem important but are too afraid to broach. The significance of his work is far beyond that of his writing genius. It speaks to everyone on a personal level and gives a voice to a growing population that has so much to say. His plays have proven vital, not only to the growth of our young actors but also to the development of their young minds. We continue to use Jon’s works here at Choate Rosemary Hall and look forward to his next creation."

Paul Tines, former Executive Director of the Paul Mellon Arts Center and Head of the Choate Rosemary Hall Arts Department.

 The Locker Next 2 Mine (one-act version)
Dramedy. 35-45 minutes. 5-12+ males, 8-16+ females (12-40+ performers possible).
High school and older (or possibly advanced middle school performers).

Alisa arrives at a new high school in the middle of the year to find her locker next to a shrine for a popular lacrosse player who's died in an auto accident, but as she digs deeper, she discovers another loss that no one talks about, even as it's left many of the school's students trying to pick up their own pieces.  Order it now from Playscripts!

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 Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. 3-4 males, 8+ females.
Suitable for middle school and older.

A band of teenagers struggles for survival and to find the little moments of joy in the wake of a global warming disaster.  Order it now from Playscripts!

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 The Locker Next 2 Mine
Dramedy. 90 minutes. 5-12+ males, 8-16+ females (14-40+ performers possible).
High school and older.

Alisa arrives at a new high school in the middle of the year to find her locker next to a shrine for a popular lacrosse player who's died in an auto accident, but as she digs deeper, she discovers another loss that no one talks about, even as it's left many of the school's students trying to pick up their own pieces. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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Recent News
World Premiere!!!
Me, My Selfie & I co-premiered at Lompoc High School (Lompoc, CA) and Westmont High School (Campbell, CA) at the end of September. This one-act with a flexible cast introduces us to a group of teens as they struggle to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them. 
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The Midnight Club is Now Published!
Read a sample of my latest play, the short comedy The Midnight Club, my teen monster-themed homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film. It's now published by Playscripts as part of a new collection, Scared Silly!
Playwriting Webinars!
Now available for purchase, two great webinars from yours truly! Each is nearly 90 minutes and packed with info (with a PowerPoint too!):
Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play
Writing Plays for Young People: How to Write for the Biggest Market Nobody Knows About

Upcoming Productions
The Magic Hour
Viking Theatre (Rock Hill, SC), February 2018
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
White Knoll High School (Lexington, SC), February 2018
 
4 A.M.
Thurso Players (Caithness, United Kingdom), February 2018
 
Dear Chuck
Hardee High School (Wauchula, FL), March 2018
 
Me, My Selfie & I
The Young Creatives (Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom), March 2018
 
Me, My Selfie & I
Berkhamsted School (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom), March 2018
 
High School (non) Musical
Montrose Area School District (Montrose, PA), March 2018
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Fremont High School (Plain City, UT), March 2018
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Del Valle High School (Del Valle, TX), April 2018
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
H. Hardcastle School (Edam, SK, Canada), April 2018
 
From Shakespeare with Love?
Bad Theatre Co. (Asuncion, Paraguay), May 2018
 
Me, My Selfie & I
Woldingham School (Woldingham, Surrey, United Kingdom), May 2018
 
Pepperoni Apocalypse
St. Helen Catholic School (Georgetown, TX), May 2018
 
High School (non) Musical
Coakley Middle School Drama Club (Norwood, MA), June 2018
 
After Math
Pope John Paul II High School (Hendersonville, TN), November 2018
 
 
Stay tuned...: I've got multiple play ideas I'm developing. See what appears first...
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