The official website of professional playwright 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.
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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.
The Magic Hour: All of your favorite characters are back in this follow-up to 4 A.M., my hit one-act about a group of teen characters awake at 4 A.M. The Magic Hour can stand on its own or play together with the original, as a group of teen characters, still awake, cope with change and moving on. It has a cast of 8-20+ (possibly even as few as 6) and should run around 35 minutes. Want to premiere it? Email me! 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...