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.

 Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. Flexible cast of 8-30+.
Middle school and older.

Using scenes and monologues and a combination of wild theatricality and quiet, thoughtful moments, the play explores one of the toughest issues facing teens today: bullying. As two bullied students try to survive their daily lives, they wrestle with a terrible question: is the only way out to become the people they hate?  Order it now from Playscripts!

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 Run Like the Dickens
Comedy. 90-100 minutes. 4 males, 8 females plus a flexible ensemble of 2-40+ actors.
Suitable for high school 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...  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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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 January, I'll be at the Kansas Thespian Festival, where I'll be teaching workshops and getting to watch a production of the one-act version of The Locker Next 2 Mine.  And then it's off to Nashville and the Tennessee Thespian Festival to teach more eager young writers. I'll finish the month at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA, where I'll be in-residence during their production of the full-length Rumors of Polar Bears!
 

Upcoming Productions
Supermodels in Jeopardy
Payson High School (Payson, AZ), February 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Watertown High School (Sioux Falls, SD), February 2015
 
4 A.M.
Colman-Egan High School (Colman, SD), February 2015
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
John Connally Middle School (San Antonio, TX), February 2015
 
4 A.M.
Actors of the Round Table (Tucson, AZ), February 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Chaparral High School (Glendale, AZ), February 2015
 
4 A.M.
Loudoun County High School (Leesburg, VA), February 2015
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Siegel High School (Murfreesboro, TN), February 2015
 
4 A.M.
Burnett Junior High (Wylie, TX), February 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
DeLand High School (DeLand, FL), February 2015
 
4 A.M.
Otter Valley Union High School (Brandon, VT), February 2015
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Camden Hills Regional High School (Rockport, ME), February 2015
 
4 A.M.
BFA St. Albans High School (St. Albans, VT), February 2015
 
4 A.M.
Washington Academy Players (East Machias, ME), March 2015
 
The Locker Next 2 Mine
DeSoto High School (DeSoto, KS), March 2015
 
High School (non) Musical
Fleming Island High School (Fleming Island, FL)
 
4 A.M.
Edward Little High School (Auburn, ME), March 2015
 
High School (non) Musical
Cajon High School (San Bernardino, CA), March 2015
 
Just Add Zombies
High Desert Middle School (Bend, OR), March 2015
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Southwest Preparatory School (San Antonio, TX), March 2015
 
Dear Chuck
Waccamaw High School (Pawleys Island, SC), March 2015
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (full-length)
Campo Verde High School (Gilbert, AZ), March 2015
 
High School (non) Musical
Ilwaco High School (Ilwaco, 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
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Palmetto Ridge High School (Naples, FL), 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
 
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, available for a world premiere in winter/spring 2015.

Man's Best Friend: Two college acting students confront family expectations, the threat of alien invasion and the accidental vaporizing of a beloved pet in this futuristic short dramedy.

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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