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.

 Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Comedy. 35-40 minutes. 4-20+ males, 4-20+ females (10-40+ performers possible).
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 TwilightOrder 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.
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. 3+ males, 3+ females (6-30+ performers possible).
High school and older.

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 Playscripts!

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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:  http://www.writersstore.com/playwriting-101-everything-you-need-to-know-to-write-a-play.
Upcoming Productions
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Florence School District (Florence, SD), 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)
 
The Locker Next 2 Mine (one-act version)
Covenant College (Alberton, South Africa), May 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
University Academy Upper School Theater (Kansas City, MO), May 2015
 
4 A.M.
Westlake High School (Austin, TX), May 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Walnut Grove High School (Loganville, GA), May 2015
 
The Locker Next 2 Mine
Shafter High School (Shafter, CA), May 2015
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Alta Loma High School (Alta Loma, CA), 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
 
4 A.M.
Escalon High School (Escalon, CA), 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
 
4 A.M.
McQueen Theatre (Reno, NV), 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
 
After Math
Glenwood Springs Middle School (Carbondale, CO), June 2015
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Florence Hallock High School (Edmonton, AB, Canada), July 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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