Teen Favorites


While there are numerous plays on my Play Catalogue page that have been performed by teen actors at high schools, middle schools and youth theatres, the plays on this page were, by and large, written with them in mind.  In fact, many were specifically written for teen performers.  Why not consider them for possible production at your school, theatre, camp or other program?


Jump to  • Musicals    • Full-Length Plays    • One-Act Plays    • Ten-Minute Plays    

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

 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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 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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 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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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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 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. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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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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 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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 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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 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

 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. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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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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 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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 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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Recent News
World Premiere Coming Soon!
Me, My Selfie and I will co-premiere at Lompoc High School (Lompoc, CA) and Westmont High School (Campbell, CA) at the end of September. This one-act with a flexible cast introduces us to a group of teens as they struggle to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them. 
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The Midnight Club is Now Published!
Read a sample of my latest play, the short comedy The Midnight Club, my teen monster-themed homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film. It's now published by Playscripts as part of a new collection, Scared Silly!
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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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