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.

 High School (non) Musical
Comedy. 75-80 minutes. 6 males, 5 females plus a flexible ensemble (14-40+ actors possible).
Suitable for middle school and older.

In this parody of Disney's High School Musical, join Toy Boatin, Gaberella, Shitzu, Cryin and the rest of your favorites as the Roswell High bowling team goes for a state championship, students pursue their dreams of performing in the Winter Muse Cycle and surgical decathletes compete in real live surgery. But when Gaberella's singing voice turns out to be so bad it could cause mass casualties, what will win out--following your dreams, or preserving life as we know it?  Order it now from Playscripts!

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 4 A.M. (the musical)
Musical. 75-80 minutes. Ensemble cast of 8-30+ (minimum of 4 males, 4 females).
Suitable for high school and older actors (possibly skilled middle school performers) and middle school or older audiences.

A world full of teen characters, ranging from a lonely short-wave radio DJ to a modern Romeo and Juliet to the writer of a most unusual letter, try to balance their fears and dreams and navigate that magical hour between night and morning.  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Dear Chuck
Dramedy. 60-70 minutes. 8-50+ performers (gender flexible).
Suitable for middle school and older.

Through scenes and monologuesfrom finding the right words to say to that wannabe special someone to dealing with parents who want to run their lives to carving out calm amidst the chaos of technologythe play's eclectic assortment of teen characters, caught between being children and adults, search for their "Chuck," that elusive moment of knowing who you are.  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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Recent News
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Three New Plays Now Available
Check out the latest additions to my catalogue!  There's a crazed one-act comedy Run Like the Dickens (the younger, shorter sibling of the full-length version), and two new ten-minute dramedies, perfect for competition and short play fests.  Straight Eye for the Gay Guy is about a gay kid who turns to his straight friend for help, and in Closeted, two teens are trapped in the closet during a game of the infamous teen rite of passage Seven Minutes in Heaven.
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:  http://www.writersstore.com/playwriting-101-everything-you-need-to-know-to-write-a-play.
Upcoming Guest Artist Visits

In March, I'll be at the Nevada Thespian Festival to work with their Playworks playwrights (and with lots of YouthPLAYS scripts in tow) and I'll be returning to the California Thespian Festival the weekend after to teach a pair of playwriting workshops.

Upcoming Productions
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Channelview High School (Channelview, TX), April 2015
 
4 A.M.
North Richland Middle School (North Richland Hills, TX), April 2015
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Coldbrook & District School (Coldbrook, NS, Canada), April 2015
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Waller Middle School (Enid, OK), April 2015
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (full-length)
La Joya Middle School (Visalia, CA), April 2015
 
High School (non) Musical
Ilwaco High School (Ilwaco, WA), April 2015
 
4 A.M.
Wetaskiwin Composite High School (Leduc, AB, Canada), April 2015
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Leota Youth Theatre (Woodinville, WA), April 2015
 
After Math
Oak Hill Middle School (Newton, MA), May 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Memorial Drama Group (Sydney Mines, NS, Canada)
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
University Academy Upper School Theater (Kansas City, MO), May 2015
 
Dear Chuck
Fernley High School (Fernley, NV), May 2015
 
4 A.M.
All Saints Episcopal (Tyler, TX), May 2015
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Palmetto Ridge High School (Naples, FL), May 2015
 
4 A.M.
Culver High School (Culver, OR), May 2015
 
After Math
Oaks Christian High School (Westlake Village, CA), May 2015
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
St. Roch CSS (Brampton, ON, Canada), May 2015
 
You Should Never Eat Your Heroes
Lancaster Country Day School (Lancaster, PA), May 2015

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Murdock High School (Winchendon, MA), May 2015
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Ilion Little Theater Club (Ilion, NY), May 2015
 
After Math
Montevideo Senior High School (Montevideo, MN), June 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
St. Charles East High School (St. Charles, IL), November 2015
 
 
You Should Never Eat Your Heroes: Sweeney Todd meets high school in this dark comedy, which will premiere in May 2015 at Lancaster Country Day School (Lancaster, PA)!

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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