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.

 The Locker Next 2 Mine
Dramedy. 90 minutes. 5-12+ males, 8-16+ females (14-40+ performers possible).
High school and older.

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 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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 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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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

I'm looking forward to offering playwriting workshops at the California Educational Theatre Association conference in October, and then later that month at the Virginia Theatre Association conference! In December I'll be teaching at the Pennsylania Thespian Festival, and in January, I'll be at the Tennessee Thespian Festival.  Stay tuned for more guest artist visit news!
 

Upcoming Productions
Dear Chuck
Independence Middle School (Virginia Beach, VA), September 2014
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Doveton College (Doveton, VIC, Australia)
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
JL Long Middle School (Dallas, TX), October 2014
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Frank Day Middle School (Newton, MA), October 2014
 
4 A.M.
Coral Gables High School (Coral Gables, FL), October 2014
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight
Spotlight Players (Canton, MI), October 2014

Just Add Zombies
Original Kids Theatre Company (London, ON, Canada), October 2014
 
4 A.M.
John Milledge Academy (Milledgeville, GA), October 2014

High School (non) Musical
Austin High School (Austin, IN), October 2014
 
Dear Chuck
Shaker Heights Middle School (Shaker Heights, OH), October 2014
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Alma Bryant Theatre (Mobile, AL), November 2014
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Union Scioto Local Schools (Chillicothe, OH), November 2014
 
Just Add Zombies
Atwell College (Perth, WA, Australia), November 2014
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Cheney High School (Cheney, KS), November 2014
 
High School (non) Musical
Meridian High School (Decatur, IL), November 2014
 
After Math
Oak Hill Middle School (Newton Centre, MA), November 2014

Rumors of Polar Bears (full-length)
Olathe South High School (Olathe, KS), December 2014

Rumors of Polar Bears (full-length)
Fremont High School (Sunnyvale, CA), February 2015

 
My Rock Star Can Beat Up Your Boy Band: Look for this one-act comic whodunit in 2014...

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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