SCREAM – ONE ACT SUSPENSE THRILLER
The power is out as Mary Jones enters her kitchen early one morning to prepare breakfast. She and her husband will discover from their neighbors that what looks like a meteor shower has not only knocked out all electricity but batteries as well as cars and all electrical items.
How long this blackout will last is one of many terrifying realizations as the neighbors try to go about the task of maintaining order (protecting the neighborhood) and taking care of daily necessities (how will they cook, how long before the freezer contents go bad, how extensive is this power disabling celestial occurrence, what about the children away at school, what about world peace).
Doug Jones, seeking that all elusive Pulitizer winning story realizes that this is a golden opportunity.
There is nothing normal about the next few hours as the neighbors try to plan ahead. The women are quick to want to share what they have with the others on the street; the men cautious about survival.
Herb Smith, the self appointed policeman, envisions robbers from a nearby housing complex about to descend upon them. As he readies his guns to secure his property as well as his neighbors, a young man who has escaped from a gang related incident in the housing complex is desperately seeking a place to hide. Mary Smith, alone and frightened, is his victim.
The true traits of the neighbors (Mary, Doug, Sally and Herb) not only come to the fore in this crisis but determine who will survive and who will not.
SCREAM was a finalist in the Tennessee Williams One Act Play Competition in 2014.
Author: Jean Blasiar
Genre: Suspense thriller play script
Type: One act play
Cast: 3M 2F actors
Ages of the actors: Four middle aged to older and one teenage boy
Suitable for: PG 8
Length: 45-50 minutes
Set: Home of Mary and Doug Jones, specifically the kitchen/office.
Office is set up with a FAX, computer, monitor, wireless phone, (2) lap tops, a partner’s desk, chairs with knee holes facing each other
Kitchen is very modern, all electric: stove, ovens, dishwasher, microwave, coffee pot, toaster. Small color TV on counter
Small round table and four chairs
Door stage left to rest of house
Door upstage center to driveway with window, top half
Window over sink looking out onto the driveway and house next door.
Level of difficulty: 8/10 – building up to the climax in this suspense thriller
Cost is $7 for this finalist digital script
Copyright © November 2015 Jean Blasiar and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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