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plays in 2 acts with an intermission, usually 40 to 90 minutes long

Prelude to Murder – British Whodunit Script

British whodunit script

PRELUDE TO MURDER – BRITISH WHODUNIT SCRIPT

Well-deserved holiday? Check. Beautiful apartment in the Canary Islands? Check. Some much needed R&R? Double check for both R’s. Good friends, James and Ollie are supposed to be enjoying their time on holiday. It is also the perfect opportunity to catch up with some friends who’ve also taken to the Canaries (though Ollie is somewhat ambivalent to them). That is until tragedy strikes. Ollie has been murdered and for a hot second it seems that James might be a key suspect in this British whodunit script.

Less than a few hours after James is questioned by investigating officers, when none other than Ollie himself walks into their shared apartment. It seems someone has been murdered but the police have no idea who. In this two act comedy-drama not all is as it seems as the mystery unfolds to reveal ghosts from the past, obscurities of the present and the guilty feet that will try their luck, dancing into the future.

It isn’t how you’re murdered but how you’re not.

Author: Stan Thompson

Genre: British whodunit script, crime

Type: Two-act play script

Cast: Mains 2M, 1F. Total cast: 7M, 4F (but one of the F must play two F characters)

Ages of the actors: Adult. Main characters are in their mid twenties

Suitable for: Adults

Length: Ninety minutes

Set: The apartment terrace is furnished with two sun loungers, a large table with a parasol, four high-back chairs with cushions, and a small plastic side table. Two large cactus plants, in tubs, stand either side of the patio doors leading into the apartment.
The exterior walls of the apartment are painted brilliant white. The terrace tiles are cream terracotta. There are four exterior walls lights – two each side of the double patio doors, which are shaded by an internal vertical blind.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – characterization

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Like this script? Read more like it:

Crossword – award winning British play about murder
Merriweather’s Murderous weekend – a British whodunit comedy
Marvin’s Fetish – gay tension filled drama with murder for two actors

Dr. Reason – sci-fi play script about mental health and mind control

sci fi play script

DR REASON – SCI-FI PLAY SCRIPT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND MIND CONTROL

 

Dr. Rachel Junger, a psychologist is trying to find out why her former patients have devoted their lives a revolutionary movement called ‘The Analog Underground’ when she’s called on to counsel a man with no past who believes he comes from a future where all of humanity shares a single consciousness. Is his vision a heaven or a hell? After the strange man makes an impossible escape, Dr. Junger has to find him to find out what happened that time long ago in the near future.

The man is Simon,  and it is he who tried to break into the Cybernetics Lab of the medical facility she works for. Little does Dr. Junger know that her interview with Simon (who thinks he is from the future) would be the catalyst to events that would change her life and the world, forever in this sci-fi play script about mental health and mind control.

Simon, a guinea pig, for some sinister testing within the Cybernetics Department, reveals his true nature as Dr Junger encourages him to do so. His current psyche is a result of a growth that’s being used to control his mind and rationale by an organisation known only as the Singularity. But then Simon disappears as it’s revealed that other very specific patients whom Dr Junger has encountered, have also been experimented on by the Singularity. Dr Junger gets closer to understanding why she must escape the Singularity’s clutches but initially, no less closer to understanding why the Analog Underground resistance movement has chosen her to be at the helm of a budding revolution. It’s a fight against time, for the future and for the people.

The heroes of the revolution never really know they are.

Read other plays by playwright – Sexbot – a female robot must be a spy for the enemy by David Philippe

Author: David Philippe

Type: Two-act play script

Genre: Sci-fi play, science fiction, play about mind control

Cast: 3M, 3F, 2N

Ages of the actors: Late twenties to middle aged

Suitable for: Adults to perform and watch.

Length: Two hours

Set: Various settings within an unnamed city; offices, holding cells, apartments, street scenes and warehouses.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – getting into the mindset of the paranoid schizophrenic and building tension

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Like this play? Others like it:

Boy-1 – science fiction play for teens
Where’s Mr M? – a world where you are controlled by the corporations, and you don’t know it
Lovely, dark and deep – sci fi play about a man’s journey to another world

Ejected – Two-act comedy about a video store

comedy about a video store

EJECTED – TWO-ACT COMEDY ABOUT A VIDEO STORE

‘Same Day Video Rental’ is quite literally on its last breath and the owner, Henry, is equally over being the heir to a crumbling and profitless video rental store. In Ejected, the world is simply streaming via the Internet more and more every day and there is no room for an establishment like Henry’s in this two-act comedy about a video store.

Duke, the local ‘tough guy,’ who was once a ‘loser’ compared to Henry in their youth, has a large stake in the property market surrounding ‘Same Day Video Rental’ and also owns a very successful movie streaming service. His big property stake is as large as his tolerance for his dumb girlfriend, his ego and his disposition for anabolic steroids.

Duke antagonises Henry, his staff (Wilson and Justin) and his sister (Rachel) just enough to push Henry to sell the store…to him. In this comedy/drama in two acts, the force that is family and loyalty coming together for a cause that is more than worthy, change this sad excuse for a video store for the better and give Henry a sense of optimism he hasn’t seen in too many years. Blurb If he can’t save it – Rachel, Wilson and Justin will!

Read other plays by Drew – What Happens in the Sky – drama about suspected infidelity and its consequences

Author: Drew Moyer

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Comedy-drama

Main Characters: 2 – M, 1 – F, total cast 4M 1F

Ages of the actors:  Younger adults 20’s-30’s

Suitable for: All ages to watch. Older teens up to perform

Length:  100 minutes

Set: The interior of Same Day Video Rental

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – characterization.

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Like this play? Others you may enjoy about failing businesses:

Anniversaries – two-act comedy about rescuing a failing Hotel
Fishwrap – two act comedy about a struggling newspaper in a small country town
Foulweather friend – a failing community theatre group resurrects its members to sell tickets

 

 

The Hopeful Diamond Caper – Two-Act Crime Comedy

two-act crime comedy

THE HOPEFUL DIAMOND CAPER – TWO-ACT CRIME COMEDY

It’s 1939 aboard the S.S. Princess Susan. A host of colorful characters including an Italian Mobster and his moll, a down on her luck opera singer are setting sail for an unknown destination. Everyone aboard is excited that the famous Baroness Priscilla Montegue, the owner of the world renowned Hopeful Diamond Ring is to be on the trip. The Baroness, a strong and powerful woman is accompanied by her pitifully, whipped wimp of a husband, Baron Bernard Montegue.

Joining the Baron and Baroness are Captain Stubing and his faithful right-hand girl, Julie, who commandeer the ship during the entire trip due to a workers strike. Many of the passengers would simply love to get their hands on the Baroness’ priceless gem, including the Italian mobster and his moll.

Of course the diamond ring is stolen. Also on board are a couple who have just retired from being private detectives who helpfully volunteer to find the culprit. But not before one of the passengers pulls a gun….

Author: Carl Megill and Patricia Winter

Genre:  Two-act crime comedy

Type: Two-act

Cast: 5M 4F and some extras

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Ninety minutes

Set: Various locations on a ship including the deck and a cocktail lounge.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – period piece set in 1939 – getting the ambiance of a luxury ship and its passengers right.

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Like this play? Other similar plays about diamonds, thieves and such like:

The Worst Law Firm in Merry Old England – two-act farcical play about corrupt lawyers
Lofty Larceny – two act comedy about a man trying to claim for stolen jewellery from his insurance…when they weren’t stolen at all
Don’t say you’re Harry – two act farce about diamonds, dead bodies and John Smith

Repertory Theatre – Two-act comedy about trying to get a play staged

comedy about trying to get a play staged

REPERTORY THEATRE – COMEDY ABOUT TRYING TO GET A PLAY STAGED

Meet our young hopeful playwright. He has, of course, written a play and has approached a colleague of his late father’s (an artistic director (specifically of repertory theatre)) in the hopes of getting it produced. He hopes that the relationship between the artistic director and his late father will be in his favour and that his play will be staged at his theatre in this comedy about trying to get a play staged.

Meet our artistic director. It’s true that he is a colleague of the young playwright’s late father who unfortunately died during a production of Hamlet. It’s also true that he is a typical director – self inflated ego, bombastic and possibly slightly mentally unstable. He also has no intention of staging the play.   He, however lacks the ability to say so directly and thus leads the young man on a merry dance through the play to break the news to him. He may or may not have had sex with the playwright’s mother. Okay, he did.

Meet the ghost of the young playwright’s father, also known as Richardson. He’s dead, extremely pissed off, haunts the theatre and he has a good suspicion that the artistic director slept with his wife.

This play is both uniquely comical (It had me in stitches) and challenging to play for the actors. In act one, the interview between the playwright and the artistic director takes place.  In act two, the same actor who plays the playwright plays his late father’s ghost and the dialogue in act one repeats itself from the ghost’s perspective and reveals a secret surrounding his death during the final performance of Hamlet.

Read about playwright Eldad Cohen. Other plays by Eldad – Family exercise – a drama about a family falling apart in free verse.

Author: Eldad Cohen

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Comedy about trying to get a play staged

Cast: 2M – two characters are played by one actor so the play has three parts played by two actors.

Ages of the actors: 50’s and 20’s

Suitable for: Adults

Length: One hour

Set: Artistic director and young playwright are sitting in the director’s office. The room was once a stage theatre. Down side left, a chair. Downside right, a desk and a chair. A manikin wearing blond wig on its head and a sword is positioned upstage left. Upstage center, two empty frameworks are hanging side by side. One is substantially bigger than the other. A pile of plums lies on the desk.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – this play is very funny. Delivery of lines is important as many of them need to be delivered deadpan on the director’s side with emotional reactions on the part of the son and his late father. A skilled actor needs to play two different roles in act one and two.

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Like this play? Other funny plays of a similar vein for you to enjoy:

The Ten Minute Hamlet – full length large cast comedy play
Matter Matters – comedy set in a a biplane
One act play – British comedy-drama set in bed

Thirds – suburban satire play about inheriting a house

satire play

THIRDS – SUBURBAN SATIRE PLAY ABOUT INHERITING A HOUSE

Muriel Tuck, a quirky widow who succumbs to a burst aneurysm, has left her estate to be divided equally among her three adult daughters. The oldest, Delilah, is the executor of the will and the mother of three young children. She intends to sell the sisters’ girlhood home and to divide the proceeds between them. This plan is amenable to the middle daughter, neurotic librarian Olivia, whose primary concern is family harmony. But the youngest daughter, Maya, still lives rent-free in her late mother’s house, and refuses to leave. Instead, she begins constructing a brick wall across the living room—separating her one-third from the two-thirds belonging to her sisters. Maya acknowledges that her sisters may sell their parts of the house—“like a lopsided duplex”—but she refuses to give up her portion, and its “lifetimes of memories,” under any circumstances in this suburban satire play about inheriting a house.

Enter Phyllis Hofmeyer. Phyllis, a former schoolmate of the Tuck sisters, wishes to purchase the house because she wants her own daughters to have “as wonderful a childhood” as she imagines the Tuck girls enjoyed as children. She is so determined to purchase the property that even Maya’s fabrications regarding the calamitous condition of the house—infestations of fire ants and bedbugs and termites, the tale of a fourth sister murdered by an escaped baboon, etc.—prove unable to dissuade her. But as Phyllis’s motivations become clearer, and increasingly more disturbing, Maya is not the only Tuck daughter who begins to have second thoughts.

Thirds offers a satiric romp through suburbia, and a heartfelt, if zany, account of one family’s efforts to make the best of life’s plenteous surprises. It is intended to be off-beat, provocative and fun.

Other plays by author Jacob Appel – The Mistress of Wholesome – one act comedy where Mistress takes on Wife

Author: Jacob Appel

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Satire play

Cast: 4F

Ages of the actors: Late twenties to early thirties

Suitable for: Adults to perform, all ages to watch

Length: 90-110 minutes

Set: The entire play takes place in the combination living room / dining room of the Tuck residence in an upscale suburb of New York City. One door exits to the garage stairs, the other to the kitchen and beyond. Neither the garage nor the kitchen are visible. Those who favor realism might furnish the stage with a damask sofa stacked high with pillows, an assortment of armchairs, a rocking chair, cluttered bookshelves, armoires filled with knickknacks, a dining room service beneath a chandelier, and a crescent-shaped glass coffee-table of the variety that was fashionable during the 1970s. A tablecloth should cover the dining room table; a bouquet of flowers sits in a vase on the tabletop. High budget productions might include a piano—although no one in the Tuck household has played a piano in many years, nor ever played one well. Above all, the room should appear “lived-in”: pizza boxes open on the coffee table, old board games piled high on the sofa. Also gardening supplies, an easel, maybe works of sculpture in progress. In short, this is what happens when a free-spirited twenty-seven year old takes over a house from a middle-aged matron.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – satire is an art – to play the comic elements off with a straight face

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Copyright © April 2018 Jacob Appel and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other satires you may enjoy as well as plays about family feuds over estates:

The Heirs – British comedy script about a family fighting to get the inheritance of a crazy old lady
Nuns a two act satire about Nuns who chain smoke and revolt against the mother superior
Shapeless – dark satire about body size

What happens in the sky – a drama about suspected infidelity

drama about suspected infidelity

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SKY – DRAMA ABOUT SUSPECTED INFIDELITY

In this drama about suspected infidelity, Jonathan is to some extent obliged to have Brett his publisher over for a drink and his wife Madeline is quite irritated at having the publisher in their home. The evening gets off to a pleasant enough start when the drinks flow and the trio engages in a light conversation about the general goings-on of life.

Brett soon divulges his real reasons for wanting to see Jonathan at his home and with the truth that his job may slightly be in the balance, finally out in the open, things go from uncomfortable, to cringe worthy to completely awry in a hot minute. The suspicious air surrounding Madeline and Brett’s relationship to one another grows even thicker with apprehension as Jonathan’s better judgement is severely impaired and lines between professional and intimate are completely blurred. Jonathan’s fears for the worst are put to the test as he questions his marriage and his sanity in two acts.

In more ways than one, marriage is a certain death.

Read other dramas by Drew – The Back Seat – a drama about College Rape

Author: Drew Moyer

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Drama about suspected infidelity

Cast: 1 – f, 2 – m

Ages of the actors: All adult, late twenties to thirties

Suitable for: Adults – language and content

Length: 100 minutes

Set:   The interior of Jonathan and Madeline’s one bedroom apartment; specifically the living room, and half of a kitchenette, which is separated from the playing space by a high countertop. A couch and easy chair split center stage, with a matching coffee and end table set. A small lamp sits on one of the end tables. To the side, a portable bar, fully stocked with multiple liquors and rocks glasses. There is a medium-sized, decorative fountain in one corner of the room that is turned off. Many framed photographs are tastefully dispersed throughout the wall space, complimenting a large, prominently placed, classic analog clock.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – holding characters and building tension to a climax over two acts

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Copyright © 2016 Drew Moyer

Like this play? Other dramas about infidelity:

The Best Policy – her husband dies and she finds a ring in his pocket
The Associate – ten minute drama about how easily infidelity can happen
The Gold Locket – family drama – when your father dies and you discover he’s been having an affair

Tumbleweed – a Comedy Play set in the Wild West

comedy play set in the wild west

TUMBLEWEED – COMEDY PLAY SET IN THE WILD WEST

Tumbleweed tells the story of love, family, betrayal and murder in North West America. There’s a new sheriff in town and he may just be what the town of Bannack, Montana needs and desperately so. The outlaws, namely ‘The Innocents’ have one motive: gold. The gold is to be found, according to the ‘prophetic’ Chief Raging Bear, whose daughter has been kidnapped by ‘The Innocents’, on a creek and the outlaws will stop at nothing to get that land in this play set in the wild west.

When the previous sheriff is murdered amongst other townspeople by ‘The Innocents’, Calvin saves the life of the previous sheriff’s daughter, Jessie, in the nick of time. He is consequently shoved into the position of sheriff and begins work, together with the help of the Bannack’s best (and sometimes worst) on bringing ‘The Innocents’ to justice.

Read other plays by Brent Holland – the award winning Getting this Close – a teen drama about being in love with your best friend.

Author: Brent Holland

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Comedy play set in the Wild West

Cast: 9M, 10F

Ages of the actors: The play was written for a teen cast but can be played by adults as well

Suitable for: Teens up to perform and can be watched by everyone

Length: 90 minutes

Set: A Town in Montana in the time of the Wild West

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – large cast, crowd control

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Like this play? Others set in the Wild West you may enjoy:

Puss in Boots in the Wild West – pantomime script
The Pied Piper of Hawaii – a.k.a. trouble in the Wild West
The Blueberry Balladeer – script about some folks saving some blueberries

Day of all days – drama script about secrets and lies

drama script about secrets and lies

DAY OF ALL DAYS – DRAMA ABOUT SECRETS AND LIES

Jean is the perfect host and has planned a get together to celebrate their friends Diane and George’s 25-year partnership. Bringing everyone together has been a bit of a trial and things go wrong – the cake is destroyed in an accident involving Dan and Jean’s best friend, Karen. Their daughter Sarah’s boyfriend decides not to attend, Karen’s husband Harry prefers to support his football team and to cap it all George’s car breaks down, which results in the celebration being postponed to the following day in this drama about secrets and lies.

About 23 years ago Dan and Karen had an affair and Dan is unaware that a child, Chris, born of the relationship was adopted rather than aborted. Dan thinks that Jean, although aware of the relationship, knows nothing about the child and has been living under a cloud of guilt ever since. Everything goes wrong when Chris, now 22 years’ old arrives at the party.

Tension builds as other family members start to let their secrets out as well, culminating in the final arrival of the last guests of the evening!

Read about playwright Keith Passmore. Other dramas – Deliverance – a play about Joan of Arc by Keith.

Author: Keith Passmore

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Drama about secrets and lies

Cast: 6M, 5F – cast of 11

Ages of the actors: Adults forties to fifties, their kids in their twenties

Suitable for: Adults only

Length: 120 minutes – Two hours

Set: Dan and Jean’s lounge hasn’t changed much from the late 1990’s, but it is homely, stylish to a degree and simply furnished and is part of a four-bedroom house in a semi-rural setting in middle class South of England.

Level of difficulty:  7/10 Building tension throughout to reach a peak at the end of two hours

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Copyright © November 2017 Keith Passmore and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other family type dramas:

Memory Palace – poignant family drama about the family home
Check off in the sun – family drama about the passing away of a beloved family member
Riding a Peacock – African American family saga type drama

Saving Persephone – Modern Greek style comedy

modern Greek style comedy

SAVING PERSEPHONE – MODERN GREEK STYLE COMEDY

When you’re the God of the Underworld, you certainly have to live up to expectations and Hades is not one to let reputations slide. The plan: reinvigorate his status, the pawn: his wife, Persephone, the execution style: well… the execution of life itself. Knowing that the earth cannot thrive with Persephone otherwise ‘engaged’ Hades’ plan is the seemingly perfect way to garner the respect he seems to have misplaced-err or rather lost along the way.

For in this two act comedy we see how easy it is for a god to be forgotten and well Hades cannot tolerate that now can he? And if it takes a village of Alseids, Dryads, Hesperides, Nereids, Oreads, Pleiades, hell – even Zeus himself, to save the day then so be it. Hades will be waiting, in the Underworld, of course.

If you alter your perspective, holding the goddess of vegetation hostage is just a bit of fun!

Author: Meghan van Lelyveld

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Modern play with classic Greek characters, modern Greek style comedy

Cast: Main Characters – 1 – M, 1 – F. Total cast large: 35 – at least 10 non speaking roles included which can potentially be cut.

Ages of the actors: Teens up

Suitable for: Teens up – ideal play for high school or community theatre

Length: 100 minutes

Set: The woods and the underworld. The set is often created by actors within the script which is quite interesting and lighting effects.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – crowd control

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Like this play? Other plays with traditional Greek cast and characters:

Antigone – Greek Tragedy
Acrisius – modern classic Greek play
Thesius and Ariadne – modern classic Greek love story play

Anastasia Romanova – alternative history play about Russian Romanov dynasty

play about Russian Romanov dynasty

ANASTASIA ROMANOVA – ALTERNATIVE HISTORY PLAY ABOUT RUSSIAN ROMANOV DYNASTY

It is the final days of the rule of the Russian Romanov dynasty. Communism is taking hold and their power is growing. Against a backdrop of fake news and revolution, the grand duchess, Anastasia, plays a childish prank on her family, in which she swaps places with a scullery girl who looks like her. The game becomes serious when Anastasia masquerading as the servant is sent off to work in a factory while the family are murdered by the Communists.

Anastasia escapes from the factory and, helped by members of the clergy, after much hardship including prostitution, abortion and a mental breakdown survives in a broken down Germany and lives out her life there.  A romanticised tale that is still steeped in history, a tale of the last years of Anastasia Romanova. Play about Russian Romanov dynasty.

Other plays by Pilar – Santa’s Holiday – a South African comedy panto.

Author: Pilar Pringiers Spinnox

Type: Two act play, play about Russian Romanov dynasty

Genre: Drama, alternative history – a “what if she had escaped?” play

Cast: It needs a big cast: 23 M and 14-15 F

Ages of the actors: Suitable for high school up

Suitable for: Teens up

Length: 90 minutes

Set: A few scene changes but easily accomplished as many are set outdoors and other require the use of simple furnishings like chairs.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 Needs competent direction and actors. A good lighting operator will help set the mood in the various scenes.

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Copyright © October 2017 Pilar Pringiers Spinnox and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other alternate history plays and historical dramas

Teru’ah – alternate history drama with a different outcome years after world war two
Mersey Boys – screenplay about the Beatles – alternate history
Becoming Disappeared – short sci fi script set in a post apocalyptic world

Tales of Dark Imagination: The Many Ghosts of Doctor Lazarus

tales of dark imagination

TALES OF DARK IMAGINATION: THE MANY GHOSTS OF DOCTOR LAZARUS

If it’s ghostly services you require Lucinda Lazarus is your woman. Lucinda and her occasional shamanic partner, Victor Valiant, have gained some notoriety for their night work: getting rid of the wicked supernatural forces that torment unsuspecting folk.

In Tales of Dark Imagination, Lucinda recounts some standout cases that both she and Victor have been called on to investigate. In act one, Abigail Prescott, director of Foxmoor School for girls, enlists the help of Lucinda and Victor after a ghost she has become accustomed to, starts behaving violently towards the inhabitants of Foxmoor.

Act two sees Lucinda and Victor learning that in some instances, life truly does imitate art and act three puts Lucinda in the middle of a ghastly love triangle that ends as ghostly tales tend to. All in a day’s work for the minders of the mysterious metaphysical and The Many Ghosts of Lucinda Lazarus.

If you sit on their graves, they will not sleep. An adaptation of a story by Edgar Allen Poe – “The Oval Portrait.”

Read about playwright David Schmidt. Read chapter one of Tales of Dark Imagination: The Golden Raven Society.

Author: David Schmidt

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Ghost story, horror

Cast: Mains: 1F 1M. (6F, 2M)

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: Older teens and adults to watch and perform

Length: 60 minutes

Set: The description of the set can be found in the opening of each play. It is one stationary set each show using different set pieces to make it look different. This makes for an easy production to put on. It can, of course, be as simple or as elaborate as you like.
Act 1: The walls of the chamber are made of polished wood. UC is an archway with a staircase leading up. DR is a writing table. C is a sofa and an overstuffed chair. Entrances and exits are made from the archway.
Act 2: The walls of the chamber here are made of polished wood. UC is an archway leading on and off stage. R of the archway is a cold fireplace. Hanging above the fireplace is an oval portrait of a beautiful young woman. C is a sofa. DR of the sofa is a writing desk.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – building a climax

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Like this scary play? Other ghost stories for you to shiver through:

The Release of Theodore Marlow – when your love beckons from beyond the grave
Victims of the Forest – medieval ghostly scary plays
the witch’s cackle – scary ghost play for Halloween

Transcendental Exercises – drama script about a marriage falling apart

script about a marriage falling apart

TRANSCENDENTAL EXERCISES – DRAMA SCRIPT ABOUT A MARRIAGE FALLING APART

In Transcendental Exercises we are introduced to the Goodall family. Harold – a surgeon, his wife Louise and their soon-to-be divorced son Albert. Harold is a forthright and practical man, void of any
agendas, Louise is, well, special or rather, one who would find ease in even the most uncomfortable situations, while their son Albert walks and talks according to the wisdom of his own inner voice (a
sign to some of madness) in this drama script about a marriage falling apart.

Perhaps the madness within is what attracted Albert to his soon-to-be ex wife Jennifer who pays the Goodall family one last visit before she makes her grand exit. As most young women are, Jennifer is volatile, passionate, mischievous, emotional, impetuous and fearless (a perfect villain) and she has one last seed to sew in the lives of the ‘’family’’ she was once a part of.

The seed is one of doubt. For it only takes the tiniest dose to set an entire world on fire. A dose that might confirm Louise’s hunch that her husband’s relationship with her daughter-in-law is
inappropriate, a dose that might get Harold thinking seriously about the random men who visit Albert, a dose that may confirm Harold’s suspicions about Albert’s character as one that is weak and
insignificant. It is the last card that Jennifer will play and she won’t even be around to see the consequences of her dalliance with said, doubt.

To call their lives a mess would be unreasonable. To call it human nature, would be logical.

Transcendental Exercises has been produced at the Corner Theatre in Baltimore. I feel this play is the very best play of George’s we have published on Off The Wall Plays. 

Read about playwright George Freek. Other plays by George – You do what you can – a parody on Macbeth.

Author: George Freek

Genre: Drama script about a marriage falling apart

Type:The play is written in four scenes so how it is played can be at the director’s discretion. Breaking it into two acts of two scenes each would be logical.

Length: 80 minutes

Cast: Mains: 2M 2F and a two small parts – 2M (can be played by the same actor)

Ages of the actors: Adults – two older, two younger (young man)

Suitable for: Adults only – references to sex.

Set: Harold and Louise’s Living room in a Midwestern City of 160,000.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – the play has a twist at the end which makes how the lines are performed throughout the play quite interesting.

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Cost is $7.50 for this editor’s choice script

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Copyright © August 2017 George Freek and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other family dramas for you to enjoy:

Memory Palace a family drama spanning generations
Irish Jack – family drama comedy about marrying outside your culture
The Best policy – drama about the death of a spouse who you then suspect of having an affair

The Seven Suits – Funny Science Fiction Teen Play

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THE SEVEN SUITS –  FUNNY SCIENCE FICTION TEEN PLAY

In a never seen before plot (in a stage play, that is), extremely evil aliens plan to invade Earth and do away with silly mankind once and for all. However, all is now lost. Good aliens plan to stop them by creating 7 suits which endow wearers with superhuman powers. They select 7 humans who would best make use of the suits, people who represent the very best of humanity. But before the suits can be distributed, the extremely evil aliens thwart their plans and wipe out all but one of the good guys.

Luckily the single survivor manages to give the suits to 7 very ordinary teens out camping. These seven teens carry the very fate of humanity. Will they work out how to use the suits and defeat the extremely evil aliens or is earth doomed to be destroyed forever? Find out – in this week’s  funny science fiction play:

“THE SEVEN SUITS!”

Other comedies by Brent – The way out – a comedy about escaping from the loony bin

Author: Brent Holland

Genre: Funny science fiction teen play

Type: Two-act play

Length: 2 hours and forty five minutes

Cast:  5 baddies, teens 3F 4M, Bountyhunters 3M 2F, 4 goodies

Ages of the actors: Teens to adults

Suitable for: All ages to watch, Teens and older to perform

Set: Press conference, Lab, Woods

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – great fun for both performers and the audience

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Cost is $6.50 for this previously produced stage play that played to packed houses.

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Copyright © August 2017 Brent Holland and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other cool fun plays of a similar genre:

Goddle – science fiction comedy scripts
Explain the Handcuffs – a time travel adventure
Alien Research – funny play for primary school

Juan and Emmett – a tragic LGBT love story script

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JUAN AND EMMETT – TRAGIC LGBT LOVE STORY SCRIPT

The hardest pills to swallow are the ones we recognise well; it is difficult to accept the life your heart did not expect. Even more difficult to see the life you could be living as it passes you by and most difficult to dare explore that life. Emmett is a father, husband to Linda and a successful lawyer who lives, yes, but is not really alive…until he meets Juan. Younger, beautiful and bursting with joie de vivre, Emmett cannot deny the attraction he feels to this man; he must talk to him, befriend him, love him, protect him, save him. In this two-act tragic LGBT love story script, loneliness is dissected to reveal that even the simplest or briefest encounters, can provide a long-lasting cure to a disease that still goes otherwise undetected, even today. The ache in Emmett’s soul led him to Juan’s heart, but even a heart as young as Juan’s can struggle to accept the life (love) he could (should) be living.

Two lives, six stories, one tragedy.

Author: Alan Baxter

Type: Two-act drama

Genre: LGBT love story script, a tragedy

Cast: Main characters: 4M, 2F

Ages of the actors: Four in their twenties up, two middle aged

Suitable for: Adults only, LSV

Length: Two hours

Set: Linda and Emmett’s upper middle class apartment and Juan’s working class apartment, the strip club. 

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – a challenging piece that will inspire the actors and enthrall the audience as it reaches the tragic climax. 

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Cost is $6.50 for this previously published play

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Copyright © June 2017 Alan Baxter and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other LGBT plays for you to enjoy:

Love is a Stranger – British LGBT play about a young man who loves someone he never should have.
Boise, USA – play about the homosexuality scandal in 1950’s USA
Marvin’s Fetish – award winning gay drama for 2M