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Who..You..Me..Someone – funny whodunit script

funny whodunit script

Who..You..Me..Someone – funny whodunit script

Someone is dead. Stabbed in the back on the living room floor, the blood just missing the priceless Persian rug in this funny whodunit script. But who did it? Could it be Mr Who, called in investigate the murder of Mr Someone, the unfortunate victim found lying in the living room by Mr You the night before. Mr Me, who lives in the cupboard can definitely vouch for someone’s whereabouts. He was in the cupboard with Mr Me the whole evening. Where? Oh, that’s also the name of the sister of the deceased, Mrs Where. So the investigation begins and continues with the appearance of the extremely suspicious Miss Hymn. So to sum it all up: Someone was killed by the suspect, who could be either Me, You or Hymn. When more bodies start to fall, it falls upon the shoulders of Mr Who to unravel it all.

If you think that’s confusing, imagine the confusion of the characters themselves in this funny whodunit.

Read another bestselling play by Chris – The Game of Life.

Author: Chris Connors

Type: One act play

Genre: Funny whodunit script

Cast: Cast of 5 3M 2F

Ages of the actors: Adult but could be played by any age above 14

Suitable for: All ages

Length: 20-25 minutes

Set: The Living room of a large home. A closet door stands in the corner of the room (upstage right). There is an eloquent, Persian rug neatly covering the stage where the men stand.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – keeping a straight face

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Copyright © January 2017 Chris Connors and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other funny and bizarre whodunit scripts:

Murder in the Asylum – absurd whodunit script
Murder and Other Fun things – off the wall whodunit
Ralph – a monty python film noir type whodunit
Mascot Masquerade – a costume party whodunit comedy

 

Down by the River – ten minute romantic comedy script

ten minute romantic comedy script

DOWN BY THE RIVER – TEN MINUTE ROMANTIC COMEDY SCRIPT

A ten minute romantic comedy script in which Cindy, a thirty something divorced woman meets Brandon, also a thirty something, and also divorced man in a bar. They get on quite well, and he hints at a cabin down by the river where they could go. The date ends well, and they part, planning to meet up. However, the next time they meet it isn’t Cindy who meets Brandon, but Sandy, her twin sister who is there as a prank (and to find out more about him!) and who pretends that he thinks she’s Cindy.

Author: Randall Davis Barfield

Type: Ten plays, short one acts

Genre: Ten minute romantic comedy script

Cast: Cast of four – 2M (one very small part) 2F

Ages of the actors: Three thirty something, one small part in college

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Ten minutes

Set: An upmarket bar

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – easy dialogue. Only challenge would be two F that look very similar. But could be achieved with the use of a wig etc as the two girls are only on stage for a second at the end as the one waves to the other

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script for a small cast

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Copyright © January 2017 Randall Barfield and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play?

Other ten minute comedies for a cast of four:

Insurance on the line – ten minute comedy plays
Out on a date – short romantic drama – comedy about getting dumped…online
The Dane – ten minute comedy script about an audition for Hamlet

My little mermaid – Skit on The Little Mermaid

skit on the little mermaid

MY LITTLE MERMAID – SKIT ON THE LITTLE MERMAID

In this skit on The Little mermaid, Arial, our little mermaid (Not to be confused with the font) has her eye set on Prince Error (an unfortunate name that he couldn’t really help) who is a human. The only was she can get married to him and have lots of little merchildren is to become human. Since she is just sixteen, she just doesn’t have a checking account or even a credit card so she gives the evil sea queen, ”Umbrella” her voice as payment.

But the story ends well – she gets her voice back. Although she kind of sounds like Pinky Pie, nobody minds, really. As long as she doesn’t sing. Ever!! And they live happily ever after.

Read more about best selling skit writers Lois and Kelly Corcoran. Read some more material of Lois and Kelly’s – Start Wreck – skit on Star Trek.

Author: Lois and Kelly Corcoran

Type: Skit on fairy tales, short skit

Genre: Comedy, one acts, skits

Cast: 2F, 4M and 1N.

Ages of the actors: Any age

Suitable for: All ages

Length: 4 minutes

Set: Any, at director’s discretion

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – comedy characterization

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Cost is $4.50 for this short digital skit

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Copyright © January 2017 Lois and Kelly Corcoran and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this skit? Have a look at some other really great skits for the holidays:

The Masked Avenger – Superhero skit
Launching a Kid’s comedy club – book of skits
Ye’ll Vote for Me – short Irish Political skit

Getting this close – award winning play for high school

award winning play for high school

GETTING THIS CLOSE – AWARD WINNING PLAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL

Danny Taylor is a senior in high school and has been in love his best friend Emma for as long as he can remember. She is equally interested in him, but neither knows because of the interference of their mutual friend Jessica (Who wants Danny to herself.) Chronicling his final year in high school, Danny finds success, failure and endless frustration in his attempt to win the girl of his dreams.

A show with a great comedic vibe and true love.

This show was produced by E.A. Laney High School in October of 2016.

At Ashley High School the play took awards in:

Excellence in production design
Excellence in fight choreography
Excellence in Acting (Sam Weaver as Brett)
Excellence in Acting (Dallas Thompson as Danny)

At Washington High School the play received a standing ovation from the 350 present and took the following awards:

Excellence in comedic timing
Excellence in fight Choreography
Excellence in Acting (Sam Weaver as Brett)

Other plays – The Confederation of Radically Altered people (C.R.A.P.) by playwright Brent Holland.

Author: Brent Holland

Type: One act play

Genre: Award winning play for high school, comedy

Cast: Roles for 5 males and 3 females

Suitable for: Middle school, High School or Secondary school students

Ages of the actors: Teenagers

Length: 35-40 minutes

Set: No set has been specified so is entirely up to the director’s discretion

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – a play that will appeal directly to teens.

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Copyright © December 2016 Brent Holland and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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

Boy – 1 – science fiction drama for teens
Lady T – drama for high school
The lost treasure map – pantomime for teens

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The Ten Minute Hamlet – very funny large cast comedy

funny large cast comedy script

THE TEN MINUTE HAMLET – VERY FUNNY LARGE CAST COMEDY SCRIPT

Meet Miguel Hernandez. He is the protagonist of this funny large cast comedy script. When young Miguel is sentenced to community service at an old folks home he initially thinks he’s up for yet another colossal waste of his life. After a few minutes there, he learns very quickly that The Aurora Arms retirement home houses anything but waste. Aurora is the dwelling of a dynamic bunch of retirees who would rather spend their time spending it for goodness sake! They are not dead, yet!

Accepting that he won’t get away with murder, excuse the pun, Miguel realizes fast that it is not only he that needs some rehabilitating… and that’s where Hamlet saunters in. You see Hamlet is Miguel’s buddy, a heartrending figure in the young convict’s life, one who takes his time, is quite popular and inspires many with his reach. Hamlet is a play. And Miguel is going to direct this emotionally compelling and almost too influential
Shakespearean tragedy with the use of Aurora Arms retirement homes’ residents. Oh, and in ten minutes.

Author: Sharon Talbot

Type: Two-act comedy, large cast comedy script

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Mains: 2 – F, 1- M, total cast of 14 characters

Ages of the actors: Two around 20, two 40-50’s and the rest over 60.

Suitable for: All ages, also ideal for play readings for mature casts

Length: Ninety minutes

Set: Upstate New York, the Day Room of The Aurora Arms, a retirement village

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – comic timing and characterization

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Cost is $6.50 for this play with numerous stage readings.

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Copyright © December 2016 Sharon Talbot and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Have a look at our other Shakespearean offerings:

Cuckold – ten minute period piece
You do what you can – parody on Macbeth
Prelude to Macbeth – modern Shakespearean plays

A Gift – ten minute play for two actors

ten minute play for two actors

A GIFT – TEN MINUTE PLAY FOR TWO ACTORS

Two young men meet on a train in this ten minute play for two actors. One is an earnest young man on his way to propose to his girlfriend, the other is a cynical loner who advises the first to escape marriage while he can. The advice falls on deaf ears and the earnest young man goes on his way leaving the loner with a delightful twist in his tale in this comedy-drama.

Read about renowned playwright Jean Blasiar. Other plays by Jean: Yoo Hoo Mister Solomon – Ten minute Jewish comedy for an older couple.

Author: Jean Blasiar

Type: One act, short one acts, ten minute plays

Genre: Comedy-drama, dramatic comedy

Cast: 2M

Ages of the actors: Approximately 30-40 years of age

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Ten minutes

Set: Simple – two chairs facing each other and a window to represent the cabin on a train.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – static if both actors sit for the entire play

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Copyright © December 2016 Jean Blasiar and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other ten minute plays for a cast of two actors:

But I’m French – ten minute romantic comedy
Hikers – sci fi play about a chance encounter on a hillside that can change your life forever
Road Rage – ten minute sharpish comedy play

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The Masked Avenger – superhero skit

superhero skit

THE MASKED AVENGER – SUPERHERO SKIT

When there’s danger….he’ll come. When there’s a damsel in distress….he’ll come. When there’s life threatening circumstances….he’ll be there to save the day. All you need to do to call him is to give the super signal in this superhero skit.

But one day, two policeman get to reminiscing about old times and working with The Masked Avenger. The fact that they’re in the same vicinity as the super signal seems too good to be true. So….they press it. What happens next?

Author: Peter Keel

Type: Short one act comedy play, skit.

Genre: Superhero skit

Cast: 3M

Ages of the actors: Any age

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Seven minutes

Set: The rooftop

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – a funny skit for three actors. Characterization.

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Copyright © December 2016 Peter Keel and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this skit? Other fun skits for you to enjoy:

Orphan Antsy – skit on Annie the Musical
Sketches – selection of comedy and drama sketches for teens
Start Wreck – skit on Star Trek

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The Astounding Works of Simon Trout – hilarious teen one act

hilarious teen one act

THE ASTOUNDING WORKS OF SIMON TROUT – HILARIOUS TEEN ONE ACT

When Karen Carter has yet another fight with her family and she storms into her room, the last thing she expects to find is a fully grown good looking guy sitting on her bed. After getting over the shock of this (and passing out a few times), she confronts him. It turns out that he is actually a magical creature, called a Sprite, but who is generally known as ‘Simon,’ whose power is to restore balance to those who have called for help.

He assures her that he can change her family to the way she would like them to be. This appeals and so he waves his magic hand over the unsuspecting family who are sitting down to dinner. A series of very funny identical scenes follow in which they are at first made more honest (doesn’t work), more loving (too much!) more affectionate (OMG) and so on until they reach the inevitable conclusion in this hilarious teen one act script.

Performance history:

Sir John Talbot’s Leisure Centre…Whitchurch, Shropshire
Kino Culture Oswestry Shropshire
Silvester Horne Institute Church Stretton Shropshire
Theatre Severn (Walker Theatre) Shrewsbury Shropshire.

Read about playwright Owen Lewis

Author: Owen Lewis

Type: One act play

Genre: Comedy, British comedy

Cast: Cast of five, 3M 2F

Ages of the actors: Three in their twenties, two older but can be made up.

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Forty Five minutes

Set: The action is initially in Karen’s bedroom and then the Carter family kitchen – diner.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – repeating the same scene over and over with changes in the dialogue

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Cost is $6.50 for this previously produced digital play

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Copyright © December 2016 Owen Lewis and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other funny teen plays for you to enjoy:

Jack Masterson and the case of absurdity – a ”who stole it” teen farce
Aladdin – comedy script
ESPN, B.C. – teen comedy with no words!

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Nietzche’s Nose – Comedy about a dysfunctional family

comedy about a dysfunctional family

Nietzche’s Nose – Comedy about a dysfunctional family

A play about a seriously dysfunctional couple: Frederick: a slovenly, cantankerous husband, who firmly believes in his own superiority over everyone – including his talented wife Alice who somehow still manages to get the last word in! Frederick and Alice two are visited by his brother, Kurt who has news of their daughter, who was summarily thrown out of the family home some years previously. Kurt is also on a mission to get Frederick to help their ailing father, and has brought God with him as a Christian to use as a guilt trip in this comedy about a dysfunctional family.

When Frederick’s health suddenly gets worse, they all have to find the real source of the problem….

A comedy with abrupt mood swings that makes this a challenging play for actors, but nevertheless, quite enjoyable.

Other plays by George – Try psychology – melodrama in two acts.

Author: George Freek

Type: Four act play

Genre: Dark comedy about a dysfunctional family

Cast: 4-5M, 1F

Ages of the actors: Adult.

Suitable for:All ages

Set: FREDERICK and ALICE’S modest living-room

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – A comedy with abrupt mood swings that makes this a challenging play for actors, but nevertheless, quite enjoyable.

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital script by a well known author.

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Copyright © December 2016 George Freek and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other dramedies and comedies about families that just aren’t the norm.

Some unfinished chaos – poignant comedy about a writer and his protege
Something’s got to give – suburban family comedy on the night it all falls apart
A love, never forgotten, humorous comedy drama for mature actors

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A Mayor for Dixie – comedy about running for mayor

comedy about running for mayor

A MAYOR FOR DIXIE – ONE ACT COMEDY ABOUT RUNNING FOR MAYOR

Mr Pope will do just about anything to become Mayor of Dixie. And why not? He’s always had plenty of money, so a large expensive campaign will do the trick. He’s also always gotten exactly what he wants from life and this time, it’s his opponent’s wife, who is feeding him covert information, as well as, um…other things. The thing is, although he has a sixty percent majority, he can’t help being just a teeny bit concerned that his opponent, Mr Crance may just beat him, by being just the bleeding hearted sucker that the public loves in this one act comedy about running for mayor.

He has just a bit of scandal about the very same Mr Crance, which just might tip the odds in his favour…

Read other one act comedies (The Great Bank Robbery Hostage Crisis) by Landen.

Author: Landen Swain

Type: One act play

Genre: Comedy, political comedy about running for mayor

Cast: Cast of ten. 5M, 5F.

Ages of the actors: All adult

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Forty minutes

Set: Two candidate campaign offices, separated by a wall, on the right is CRANCE’s office, on left is POPE’s. CRANCE’s office has a big desk with two chairs on the opposite side of the desk, the desk has several family photos, a mini American flag, an intercom system, and a phone. CRANCE has a coat rack against the back wall. A door is on the wall upstage, opposite his desk against the wall S.L. is a couch. A big campaign poster with CRANCE’s face in red, white, and blue, with words in all caps reading “The best chance is with Crance, Vote For Crance” is hanging on the wall S.L. of the door. POPE’s office has the same things in it, except he does not have campaign posters up around the office. Against the wall behind POPE’s desk is a mini bar with a mirror above it. Opposite POPE’s desk is a couch, above the couch is a window which can be opened easily. The directions are a suggestion and the set can be modified to fit the needs of the producers.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – set as it is split in two, one should ensure visibility to all audience members. The directions are a suggestion and the set can be modified to fit the needs of the producers.

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Copyright © December 2016 Landen Swain and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other political comedies and dramas:

Shadow Government – tense political drama script
Ye’ll vote for me – three minute Irish comedy sketch
Nicer Republicans – short political satire

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Hell Froze Over – Comedy Script about Sports

comedy script about sports

HELL FROZE OVER – COMEDY SCRIPT ABOUT SPORTS

What are the perfect conditions for every American sports fan’s dreams to come true? Why, a temperature drop, of course in this comedy script about sports.

One so low that OJ Simpson (almost) finally confesses, Fahrenheit so
chilly that Magic Johnson is declared HIV free and thermometers correctly reflecting the icy ‘nature’ of things, to the degree that Tom Brady comes clean about Deflate gate. But this could only be a
reality if the temperature was affected in one place specifically, ahem, hell to be exact. On this day, in this sketch comedy, hell froze over and everything in the sporting world went to shit- AKA ….
mushrooms. So, have YOU ever wondered what would happen if hell were to freeze over? Find out tonight on the Chicago Radio- err – rather from Anchors 1, 2 and 3 in the play, Hell Froze Over.

Don’t hold your breath…No actually, today, feel free to do so!

Read other plays by Demarquis – Out on a Date – a comedy about dating, and twitter, and facebook and tumblr..and…

Author: Demarquis Lamar Johnson

Type: One act, ten minute comedy sketch

Genre: Comedy script about sports

Main Characters: 4F/M and a variety of celebrity callers. They can be done by one talented actor or a variety.

Ages of the actors: Teen to Adult

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Ten minutes

Set: A Radio Studio

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – movement as the actors would generally be sitting which can get static.

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Copyright © Demarquis Johnson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays about sports and hell

ESPN, B.C. Script for teens (all mimed) about sports
Alice in Football land – teen Alice in Wonderland cum football game!
Blasphemous rumours – full length drama comedy about landing up in hell

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The three unwise men – Spoof on Nativity plays: The REAL bureaucratic story

spoof on nativity plays

THE THREE UNWISE MEN! – SPOOF ON NATIVITY PLAYS: THE REAL BUREAUCRATIC STORY

Once upon a time, a baby boy was born in Bethlehem. And everyone was very, very late for it.

Mary and Joseph were late, because they got held up in traffic; but actually, they had left late because Mary had nothing to wear. The wise men were late because they were arrested for having an expired camel license. (Luckily they escaped and made their way to the stable) The shepherds were late because someone forgot to turn on the star above the stable. The Angel Gabriel, however, was early. Being divine, he doesn’t suffer from the side effects of bureaucracy.

This is a spoof on the events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. Guaranteed to annoy everyone including Australians and Englishmen, Jewish people, Muslims, Christians and, in particular, Catholics, Zoroastrians, Hindus and Confucians. It should not annoy Shintos or Buddhists. It will also annoy trade unions, civil servants, policemen, customs officers and shepherds.

For everyone who enjoys the ”Carry On” films and ”The History of the World,” this play smacks of them.

Author: Tom Considine

Type: Two act very short play. Can be played as one act for festivals.

Genre: Spoof on Nativity Plays, offensive funny plays

Cast: Cast of 18. 2F, 13M, 3N

Ages of the actors: All adult

Suitable for: Adults

Length: Thirty minutes

Set: The desert, the customs office and the stable.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – quickness in delivery and a deadpan expression.

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Copyright © November 2016 Tom Considine and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other Christmassy type plays for your to enjoy:

The Rocking Horse Christmas – movie scripts
A contemporary Christmas Carol – modern day Scrooge!
Santa’s holiday – South African Christmas Play

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Cuckold – ten minute period play script

ten minute period play script

CUCKOLD – TEN MINUTE PERIOD PLAY SCRIPT

In eighteenth century England, CUCKOLD is a scandalous romp that surrounds a playwright, his muse, and her hapless husband.

One flew over the cuckold’s nest. He flew over, was seen by the Cuckold and invited to enjoy the most prized piece of his household for the sanctity of the creative pursuit. In Cuckold  we are given an opportunity to observe a one of a kind domestic ‘agreement’. Simply put, the Cuckold agrees to his wife’s adultery as it aids in the flow of a certain playwright’s artistic, uh, juices in this ten minute period play script.

Pray take heed; the lady knows not what she does. Yet… the Cuckold and the playwright have been brought together for some or other plight. By surety, anonymity, complacency and zero propriety can art be well made and when sealed with a kiss, oh, the possibilities are endless…even when the kiss is shared by the unlikeliest pair!

This short was runner-up at Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s One Act Competition.

Author: Wesley Taylor

Genre: Saucy ten minute period play script!

Type: Ten minute play, one act play

Cast: 2M, 1F

Length: Ten minutes

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: Adult only – sex.

Set: The bedroom of a poet, with a writing desk

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – getting the language  of eighteenth century England correct

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Copyright © October 2016 Wesley Taylor and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other Shakespearean type and period plays that we stock:

Prelude to Macbeth – modern Shakespearean plays
You do what you can – one act parody on Macbeth
Sarah wants the moon – period comedy script set in the comedy Francaise

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The fourth wall – one act teen adventure comedy

one act teen adventure comedy

THE FOURTH WALL – ONE ACT TEEN ADVENTURE COMEDY

For those of you that do not know the most important aspect of the moments leading up to the performance of a staged play, LISTEN UP! The fourth wall exists and to all kamikaze’s, beware! Jack,
Jason and Sarah fail to heed this fierce and true warning when they decide to do a bit of exploring on a blank stage, in ‘The Fourth Wall’ – a one act teen adventure comedy.

When the performers discover the kids, they call off their show in the beginning scene and attempt to catch them and take them to the stage manager. When one of the three kids get caught by the performers, the other two kids left must equip themselves with prop weapons and team up with theatre thugs to fight their way through egotistical lead roles, a stunned narrator, epic soldiers, chaotic scene changes and a short tempered stage manager to get their friend back.

In this comedy, a few frivolous minutes of exploration unravel a series of unfortunate events for a show that is already a hot mess. It is up to the Stage Manager to get it together before the show goes on, as he carefully weighs the risk, reward and raucousness of running a revue.

Author: Jonathan Smith

Type: One act teen adventure comedy play

Genre: Action, comedy, adventure, teen

Length: Thirty minutes

Cast: 6M, 2F, 6N (either M/F) Parts may be doubled

Ages of the actors: Three teen, rest are adult but can be played by any age from teens to adults

Suitable for: All ages

Set: Initially a blank stage, then the stage manager’s office with a desk and chair.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – a fun filled play with a unique idea

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Copyright © October 2016 Jonathan Smith and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other one act teen adventure comedy scripts:

ESPN – teen action scripts in mime
Mirror – play about a spoiled princess for younger teens
The Wandering Bard’s Tale – teen medieval adventure story

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Murder in the asylum – absurd whodunit script

absurd whodunit script

MURDER IN THE ASYLUM – ABSURD WHODUNIT SCRIPT

It’s another day at Saint Woden’s Asylum. Another day and another mysterious murder has occurred in this absurd whodunit script. The patients at the asylum are dying like flies and nobody has a clue as to who’s knocking them off. In fact, it’s driving Doctor Mario von Woden a little round the twist himself. Let me rephrase that – he’s just very, very, very stressed. He’s most stressed that even the simple task of dictating a memo for the police is a struggle. When a policeman arrives at the asylum and starts interviewing patients and staff, who then die in a number of weird and wonderful ways, Doctor von Woden’s suspicions are aroused….

The original version of Murder in the Asylum was presented Off-off Broadway in New York City at Stagelights II in
1971, with Ray Hagen, Penny Pettis, Fran Berzanski and Saul Fredricks and directed by Jim Carroll.

Read about playwright James Campbell. Other plays (Jumping the league – comedy about a priest who doesn’t want to be) by James.

Author: James Campbell

Type: One act play

Genre: Absurd whodunit script

Cast: 3M, 2F

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Twenty minutes

Set: The office of MARIO VAN WODEN, MD, Phd, Saint Woden’s Asylum. The office is furnished with baby furniture. A little white table and a little white chair and little red telephone on the little white table. The room is white, with two revolving doors, SL and SR.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – being serious in the face of absurdity

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Like this play? Other absurd and dark comedies:

Murder and other fun things – off the wall whodunit
Ralph – film noir Whodunit
Mascot Masquerade – whodunit at a costume party

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