Plays for Production


If you're looking to produce a play at your school, youth theatre, college, community theatre, camp, church or professional theatre, you've come to the right place.

Below, you'll find my plays broken down roughly by length, with bulleted cast, run time and age-appropriateness information, along with a one-liner about the story.  Click on the title of any play below to go to its own page, where you'll find production information, a synopsis, a short excerpt and order information or, in the case of my published plays, a direct link to its publisher's order page.

(WARNING: All material on these pages is protected by U.S. and international copyright law. Using any part of it without my explicit permission and without properly crediting me as the author is illegal.)

Want to look only at plays that were written particularly with teens in mind?  Click on the Teen Favorites link from the Plays for Production menu above.  If you wish to produce one of my published plays, while I'm happy to answer questions, please contact the publisher directly to place your order.  Happy hunting!



A NOTE ABOUT COPYRIGHT

Producing any play by a living author (or even by a recently dead author) requires explicit permission and payment of a royalty. It doesn't matter whether you charge admission, whether you make a profit or whether you pay your actors. Forgetting the fact that infringing upon a playwright's copyright violates federal law and is potentially subject to statutory damages of up to $150,000 per incident (plus actual damages and lawyers' fees), morally, expecting a playwright to provide his or her work for free makes the statement that the work is of no value, and that's simply not fair. Is it fair to pay someone to flip hamburgers at McDonald's but not pay a playwright for his or her time and effort? So if you want to produce my work, expect to pay a royalty (depending on your situation--for example, if it's a ten-minute play staged only for a class and not open to the public--it may be extremely nominal).

Scroll down to browse a complete list of my plays and musicals, or use one of the "Jump to" buttons to browse only scripts of the length you need.



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Musicals

 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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 Day One
Musical. 90 minutes. 3 males, 5 females plus an ensemble of flexible size and gender.
High school and older.

Some people wish the high school years would last forever. Others would do anything to get them over with. What if they all had a chance to get their way?  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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Full-Length Plays

 Ben
Drama. 90 minutes. 4 males, 3 females.
College and older, though suitable for mature high school audiences.

A homeless teenager in Cambridge looks for the woman he believes to be his mother but instead finds a surrogate father in a gay restaurant owner.

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 Dear Chuck
Dramedy. 80-90 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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 Harry's Hotter at Twilight
Comedy. 90-100 minutes. 5-25+ males, 7-25+ females.
Suitable for 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 Twilight.  Order it from YouthPLAYS now!

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 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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 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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 Milk and Cookies
Dark Comedy. 70-80 minutes. 2 males, 2 females.
College and older.

Marge Nancy Reagan Ballmoth goes on the lam after her children poison the cookies they give the drive-through teller at a local bank. She meets up with another fugitive, Bruce, who believes there is a milk conspiracy. They hit the road for Montana in search of the mysterious Rufus, a man they believe can provide them with new identities

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 Neverland
Dark Comedy. 90 minutes. 1 male, 2 females.
Suitable for college and older.

Eight year old Wendy decides that Peter is the boy for her, then proceeds to "stalk" him, reinventing herself and reappearing in his life each time he moves on. She follows him into a new neighborhood, through college, homelessness, even incarceration--until her own crisis reverses their relationship.  Order it now from Original Works Publishing!

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 Rumors of Polar Bears (full-length)
Dramedy. 90-100 minutes. 4+ males, 8+ females (14-50+ performers possible).
High school and older performers and middle school and older audiences.

A ragtag band of teens fights for survival and to find life's little moments of joy in the aftermath of a climate induced catastrophe. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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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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 Shining Sea
Tragicomedy. 90 minutes. 2 males, 3 females, 90 minutes.
Suitable for college and older. .

Three squeegee people, two mayors, one Winnebago and a parking authority that gives new meaning to the phrase “parking Nazis,” all set in a self-destructing New York City.

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 War of the Buttons
Drama. 90-100 minutes. 10 males, 2 females.
Suitable for high school and older performers and audiences 10 and up.

The youth of a town on the brink of ruin battle the students of a local prep school that is gradually buying up their town, all the while protecting one of their own whose parents have abandoned him.  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Yard Wars
Comedy. 65-75 minutes. 1 male.
Suitable for high school and older.

A backyard wrestler traces his career as he wrestles with whether to continue in a match after suffering a concussion. One performer shifts in and out of ten different characters in this challenge for an actor of high school age or older. Available in both an unedited version and in a version edited for language to make it appropriate for high school audiences.

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One-Act Plays

 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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 After Math
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. 2+ males, 3+ females (8-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A student mysteriously disappears in the middle of math class. What happened? Why? In a series of scenes and monologues, those left behind try to find some answers. Did anyone really know who he was? And why is it they've only noticed him now that he's gone? Order it from Playscripts now!

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 Beef Junkies
Dark Comedy. 25-30 minutes. 2 males, 1 female.
High school and older.

A woman addicted to beef searches for her fix, and there's only one cow left on earth. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Bookends
Dark Comedy. 35 minutes. 1 male, 1 female, 1 either.
College and older.

A college student's absurdist nightmare about the break-up of his first sexual relationship. Not appropriate for high school production except in the most liberal of high schools, but ideal for colleges.

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 Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Dramedy. 30-40 minutes. 8-30+ performers (gender flexible).
Suitable for middle school and older.

Through a series of 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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 From Shakespeare with Love?
Comedy. 35-40 minutes. 2-8 males, 2-6 females.
Middle school and older.

Four of the Bard's characters wait for an overdue flight to London. When Romeo reveals that he plans to revenge himself upon Shakespeare by killing him in a duel, it's up to the others—Titania, Viola and Antipholus—to save their creator by convincing Romeo that Shakespeare “does indeed love love.”  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 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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 Just Add Zombies
Comedy. 35-45 minutes. 3+ males, 8+ females (11-40 actors possible).
Middle school and older.

When a desperate high school drama troupe gambles that adding a zombie or two to the cast will bring them enough audience to save their program, their hungry new actors threaten to change forever the meaning of "live theatre."  Order it now from Playscripts!

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 The Locker Next 2 Mine (one-act version)
Dramedy. 35-45 minutes. 5-12+ males, 8-16+ females (12-40+ performers possible).
High school and older (or possibly advanced middle school performers).

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 Playscripts!

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 The Magic Hour
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 internet radio DJ to a modern Romeo and Juliet to a serial letter writer who's never sent a single letter, navigate that magical hour between night and morning as they wrestle with the changes in their lives. Order it now from Playscripts!

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   Me, My Selfie and I
Dramedy. 35-40 minutes. 2-20+ females, 2-20+ males (6-40+ performers possible).
High school and older.

A group of teens struggle to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them.

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 Now You See Me
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. 3+ males, 5+ females (8-22+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A play about what happens when young people slip through the cracks, and what drives them to violence. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Play's End
Tragicomedy. 20-25 minutes. 2 males.
High school and older.

A door-to-door gun salesman comes home from work to learn from his young son that "something happened today." Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. 3-4 males, 8+ females.
Suitable for middle school and older.

A band of teenagers struggles for survival and to find the little moments of joy in the wake of a global warming disaster.  Order it now from Playscripts!

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 Run Like the Dickens (one-act version)
Comedy. 40-50 minutes. 3 males, 10 females, 4+ either (9-30+ performers possible).
Suitable for high school (or possibly advanced middle school actors) 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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 Supermodels in Jeopardy
Comedy. 30-35 minutes. 1-2 males, 4-5 females, 4-24 either (4-30 actors possible).
High school and older.

When a convention center collapses and all of the world's supermodels are trapped in their dressing rooms beneath the rubble, will the "regular folks" ride to their rescue? No supermodels required to cast this play.  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers.

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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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 This Magic Moment
Dark Comedy. 30 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Suitable for high school and older.

Boone just wants to leave home and start college. Forget that his father has mysteriously disappeared. Forget that there's a man stuck in the garage door. But Debbie, his mother, isn't ready for the days of motherly tips, sipping cocoa and watching car crashes together to end--not by a long shot. Probably suitable for high school production.

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 Ticking
Dark comedy. 20-25 minutes. 3 males.
Suitable for high school audiences.

A gun disappears from the pot on the right rear burner in the Doe family kitchen, replaced by an egg. John Doe, traveling gun salesman, thinks his teenage son Jay has taken it, and he wants it back.  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Twisting Carol
Comedy. 30 minutes. Flexible cast of 8-30+,.
Suitable for middle school and older.

Young Ebenezer Scrooge dancing with a popsicle stick, a ghost named Bob, another ghost who thinks his name is Bob and a Tiny Tim who considers himself short but not tiny.  Order it now from Playscripts!

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 Vital Organs
Dark Comedy. 15-20 minutes. 2 females, 3 males with some gender flexibility.
Suitable for middle school and older.

A recovering transplant patient determined to stock up before he leaves the hospital. Doctors supplementing their salaries by selling an organ or two. A kleptomaniac kid on the loose. A soup-cooking candy striper right out of Sweeney Todd.  Calling it a health care crisis would be an understatement...  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 The White Pages
Comedy. 25-30 minutes. 2 males, 2-4 females (4-6 performers total).
Suitable for high school and older.

A customer takes matters into his own hands when he discovers a used bookstore is removing the pages from classic books and replacing them with blank ones. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 You Should Never Eat Your Heroes
Comedy. 35-45 minutes. 7-21+ females, 1-14+ males (9-22+ performers possible).
High school and older.

It's Sweeney Todd meets high school in this dark comedy with scheming cheerleaders, mysterious loners and a couple of teens just trying to survive their daily lives with their dignity - and their bone structure - intact. Order it now from Playscripts!

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 You're Next
Drama. 15-20 minutes. 2 males.
Suitable for high school and older.

A teenager brings a gun to school for a friend to defend against a school bully.  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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Ten-Minute Plays

 A-Bomb Wedding
Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

Two twentysomethings strapped to nuclear weapons look for love in a convenience store.  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Closeted
Dramedy. 8-10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Suitable for middle school and older.

When the smart but far from cool kid is trapped in the closet with the girl who's way out of his league during a game of the infamous teen rite of passage Seven Minutes in Heaven, will it be hell on earth or the heaven that neither of them expected...?  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 The Cooking Gene
Dramedy. 10 minutes. 2 males.
Suitable for high school and older.

When a high school home economics family budgeting assignment requires each student to choose a pretend husband or wife, a gay teen chooses his boyfriend to be his husband.  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Cracked Sky
Drama. 9-11 minutes. 1 female, 1 male.
Suitable for high school and older.

A bullied teen's random encounter with another student before school might be just the hope he's looking for, or everyone else's last chance.

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 Crash Positions
Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

Mayhem takes off when two passengers think their airplane is about to crash.  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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 Dolphin
Drama. 10-15 minutes. 3 females, 1 male (additional actors possible to create the soundscape).
Suitable for middle school and older.

A teenage girl repeatedly relives the cyberbullying of her best friend as she tries to cope with the aftermath. Order Dolphin now from Playscripts!

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 F-Stop
Dramedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

A couple sorts out the drowning death of their son--in a water fountain--and their own second-hand lives. Nothing offensive, but probably too difficult for high school performers to handle.

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 Jesus at the Taco Stand
Dark Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 2 females.
College and older.

A breast cancer survivor working as a waitress at a taco stand receives a new breast as a tip from a customer who claims to be the Messiah. Is her miracle cure merely an insidious plot to push her out of her breast cancer survivors group so that he can take her spot?

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 Last Right Before the Void
Comedy. 10 minutes. 2 males, 1 female.
High school and older.

Reality gets seriously bent as a teenage boy hitchhikes at the last exit before a Minnesota highway turns into nowhere. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Leapers
Dark Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

When two jumpers end up on top of the same building, it's a fight to the finish, because nobody likes having their thunder stolen.  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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 Menagerie
Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

A missing roommate. An eight year old thief on the loose. Sleep deprivation. A gift of a chicken. It all comes to a head on Valentine's Day in this ten-minute duet.  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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 The Midnight Club
Comedy. 10-15 minutes. 2 females, 3 males.
Suitable for middle school and older.

Five teen monsters serve midnight detention in an homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film in this short comedy. 

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 Newt Gingrich Visits a Residential Youth Facility Not Near Omaha
Dramedy. 10 minutes. 2 males.
High school and older.

A pair of residents at a home for troubled teens wait for a photo op with Newt Gingrich.  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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 Pepperoni Apocalypse
Dark Comedy. 8-12 minutes. 5 either.
Middle school and older.

A pizza delivery guy arrives at the exact moment a doomsday cult expects the world to end.  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Stealing Saxophones from Homeless People
Dark Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 either.
Middle school and older.

When your mother tells you at the age of three that you're going to end up stealing saxophones from homeless people, it's all downhill from there.  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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 Straight Eye for the Gay Guy
Dramedy. 10 minutes. 2 males.
Suitable for high school and older.

When you're a gay teen but apparently not the right kind, where else can you turn for help...but to your straight friend!?  Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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 Sudden Death Debating League
Dark Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Middle school and older.

When a high school debate tournament's sudden death round turns out to be exactly that, losing is no longer an option...  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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 Ten Minutes
Drama. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

After two of their classmates stage a Columbine-style massacre at their high school, a pair of students hiding in a custodian's closet must decide whether ten minutes of silence means it's safe to come out, or something else entirely...  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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 The Wash
Dark Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
College and older.

A strange man and his laundry invade the laundry room of a woman's New York apartment building. Pushes the high school envelope a bit, but not impossible.

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 Whatever Happened to Godot?
Comedy. 10 minutes. 3 either.
High school and older.

The untold story--until now--of why Godot, one of the most famous characters in all of theatre, never showed up.  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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   Wingman
Comedy. 8-10 minutes. 2 males.
Suitable for college and older.With Preston as his wingman, sensitive college kid Charlie's finally going to lose his V-card, if only things go as planned...
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 X Marks the Spot
Comedy. 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
High school and older.

A modern-day Moses and Zipporah try to rekindle their flagging romance with a trip to a middle-American burning bush.  Order it now from Brooklyn Publishers!

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Upcoming Productions
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Buckingham High School (Buckingham, VA), October 2017
 
After Math
Philip Barbour High School (Philippi, WV), December 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Hillard City School District (Columbus, OH), January 2018
 
 
Stay Tuned...: Several new plays are in the works... 
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