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.

 Run Like the Dickens (one-act version)
Comedy. 40-50 minutes. 3 males, 10 females, 4+ either (9-30+ performers possible).
Suitable for high school (or possibly advanced middle school actors) and older.

When Tiny Tim throws away his crutches and declares his intention to run the marathon, he could inspire millions--but with big business behind Oliver Twist as their inspirational figure of choice, Tiny Tim may never make it to the starting line...

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 Harry's Hotter at Twilight
Comedy. 90-100 minutes. 5-25+ males, 7-25+ females.
Suitable for middle school and older.

Everyone's favorite vampires, wizards and werewolves battle lots and lots of evil in this crazed mash-up parody of the two biggest megahits of recent years, Harry Potter and Twilight.  Order it from YouthPLAYS now!

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 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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Recent News
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy short film screening at Woods Hole!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy, which I adapted into a short film directed by Mary Lou Belli, is screening at the Woods Hole Film Festival on Cape Cod during the last week in July. More festival news soon!
The Magic Hour to Premiere in October!
The Magic Hour, the follow-up to 4 A.M., my most produced play (though The Magic Hour stands on its own), will have its world premiere at Washington High School (Charles Town, WV) on October 30, 2015. It will subsequently be published by Playscripts, Inc., and performances opening October 31, 2015 and later may now be licensed.
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Want to study playwriting from the comfort of your home, workplace or anywhere at all?  In Introduction to Playwriting, you'll get all of the basics of playwriting and be well on your way to writing a new play, but you don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to!  Look for a new session this summer.  Get more information and enroll here:
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Two New Plays Now Available
Check out the latest additions to my catalogue!  There's a one-act dark comedy, You Should Never Eat Your Heroes (think Sweeney Todd meets high school), and a new short play, Dolphin, about the aftermath of a cyberbullying incident.
Playwriting Webinar!
I recently taught my first webinar:  Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play.  While the live presentation has come and gone, you can still purchase this 90-minute presentation, which includes me answering audience questions, here:  www.writersstore.com.
Upcoming Productions
After Math
Steel River Playhouse (Pottstown, PA), August 2015
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Johanna Wallace Acting and Personal Development (Cooribah, QLD, Australia), August 2015
 
Just Add Zombies
Jenison High School Thespians (Jenison, MI), September 2015
 
High School (non) Musical
Free State High School (Lawrence, KS), September 2015
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Beaconhills College (Pakenham, VIC, Australia), October 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
St. Charles East High School (St. Charles, IL), November 2015
 
Just Add Zombies
McKinney Repertory Theatre Young Actors Guild (McKinney, TX), November 2015
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Mondeor High School (Johannesburg, South Africa), January 2017
 
 
Thicker: Two brothers, one a twentysomething slacker and the other a high school honor student with a penchant for theft, try to get by on their own in this short play that's also in development as a short film...

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