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A House of dolls – script about a crazy family

script about a crazy family

A HOUSE OF DOLLS – SCRIPT ABOUT A CRAZY FAMILY

In this script about a crazy family, Delilah, a young girl studying at college makes a big mistake by inviting her study partner (who just happens to be a boy) round to her house to study together.

Now the females in Delilah’s family, the ‘Austen girls’ are basically made up of women who in their own words “Love men who then break their hearts and leave them!” Besides this tragic characteristic, they all share another – they are beautifully made up and very concerned with their appearances to the point where Delilah’s granny, mother and sister all look very similar, like dolls even. Their world is an old fashioned one – titivate yourself, meet the man of your dreams and get married. That’s what the Austen women do. The fact that Delilah is a physics major baffles them and the fact that she doesn’t want to take over the family hairdressing salon is equally puzzling.

But the real problem for them is that Delilah seems to be making no effort to catch a man. So when she actually brings one round to the house, Heaven help him!

Other comedies by playwright James Hanson – The Fence – a comedy about guys and girls

Author: James Hanson

Type: One act play, ten minute play

Genre: Comedy, script about a crazy family

Cast: 4F, 1M

Ages of the actors: 3 teens or early twenties, 1 forties, 1 seventies

Suitable for: All ages to watch and teens up to perform

Set: The living room in the perfect house.

Length: Ten Minutes

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – comedic characterization.

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © December 2017 James Hanson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other funny plays about bringing boys home:

Mother – a comedy about being politically correct
Moose Tracks – a dark comedy about your evil family, your boyfriend and of course the Moose on the wall
Love in the time of Tourette’s – one act romantic comedy. Bastard.

Ratboy – failed superhero comedy script

failed superhero comedy script

RATBOY – FAILED SUPERHERO COMEDY SCRIPT

Meet Ratboy – a superhero who absolutely sucks at what he does. Since the age of eight, he began to understand what the rats were saying to him and decided then and there to use his powers for good and save the world. Unfortunately things haven’t quite panned out the way he planned. He’s currently involved in a lawsuit involving a little old lady and her purse, which he removed from her so called assailant, who turned out to be her husband.

His life blows. He’s overweight, in his forties and dresses as a rat. Now he’s in therapy. But will that actually help him? We’ll find out in this failed superhero comedy script.

Read more plays by American playwright James Hanson – The Fence – comedy about relationships as seen from both sides of the fence!

Author: James Hanson

Type: Ten minute play

Genre: Failed superhero comedy script

Cast: 2M (or 1M 1F)

Ages of the actors: One in his forties, one adult

Suitable for: All ages to watch and teens up to perform

Length: Ten minutes

Set: A psychologist’s office

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – thus type of comedy can be difficult to pull off because you end up feeling sorry for the main character which can easily get depressing, rather than funny. It’s a fine line.

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © October 2017 James Hanson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other superhero comedy scripts:

The Masked Avenger – superhero comedy skit
The Confederation of Radically Altered People (C.R.A.P.) – superhero play script – full length
Luke Warm – offensive superhero comedy script

The Girl Who Didn’t Exist – one act drama for 4 actors

one act drama for 4 actors

THE GIRL WHO DIDN’T EXIST – ONE ACT DRAMA FOR 4 ACTORS

Lucan is a bitter old man, on his deathbed. His only company is his dead wife, Maria, who may either be a ghost or part of Lucan’s imagination, depending on how the play is interpreted. Lucan’s children haven’t talked to their father for years, but now that they realise that he is ill, they have come back into his life. Lucan is bitter, feeling that the only reason they are there is for their inheritance. Have they truly come to make amends in this one act drama for 4 actors?

Other family dramas by James Hanson – A Castle: Broken Apart – drama about leaving home and your sister behind with a bitter crazy old father

Author: James Hanson

Genre: One act drama for 4 actors

Type: 1 act play

Cast: Cast of four – 2M 2F

Ages of the actors: One elderly, three in their 20’s-30’s

Suitable for: All ages to watch and also suitable for all ages to perform

Length: 15 minutes

Set: Lucan’s room, with a bed, a dresser with a glass of water on top of it.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – creating a real situation and a ghost who is real to Lucan at the same time

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © July 2017 James Hanson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Others like it:

The Promise – an eerie psycho thriller script
Tranquility Disturbed – comedy drama about a frazzled family and dying grandmother
Aldous remembers – drama about a man who battles to remember reality

A famed life – ten minute comedy for two women

ten minute comedy for two women

A FAMED LIFE – TEN MINUTE COMEDY FOR TWO WOMEN

Picture it. You’re famous, super rich, and adored by your fans. Basically, you’re a little spoiled and let’s face it, slightly past your prime. And today, of all days, Yvette, your faithful, um, um… (well, you can’t call them servants nowadays, darling) up and leaves you. And she has the audacity to tell you exactly why in this ten minute comedy for two women.

Other comedies (The Fence – a him and her comedy set on both sides of the fence) by James.

Author: James Hanson

Type: Ten minute comedy for two women, duologue

Genre: Comedy

Cast: 2F

Ages of the actresses: One over forty, other listed as mid thirties but can easily be played by an older woman

Suitable for: To act: middle aged to older female actors
To watch: All ages

Length: Ten minutes

Set: A fancy living room in a mansion

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – this script has plenty of material that can be played very humorously if one uses the correction inflection or tone of voice, otherwise it comes across as a very straight script. It’s all in the acting.

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Cost is $6.50 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © April 2017 James Hanson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other comedies for two women:

Nights – funny musical adapatation of the Arabian Nights
My middle name is angry – two hander comedy for woman
Well I never – comedy sketch about gossip for two to three women (one silent part that can be written out)

The Fence – ten minute comedy about relationships

ten minute comedy about relationships

THE FENCE – TEN MINUTE COMEDY ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

In this ten minute comedy about relationships, we take a humorous look at the lives of two ordinary suburban couples. They are friends and the girls often go round to visit each other as do the guys.They are both at the time of their lives when it’s time to settle down, get married and have kids. It’s clear that that’s what they all want. Or is it?? Perhaps it’s just what they’re telling each other…

‘The fence’ examines the expectations of the girls and then the guys on the other side of the fence, taking the same situations that happen to the couples from completely opposite and funny perspectives. While explaining what happened to their friends, it can be said that the girls tend to embellish somewhat and the guys tend to over dramatize! But if you think that’s not really the case, why not read this funny script set in suburbia?  You’ll identify with it.

Read other couple based plays by James – The Things that happen in New York – a drama.

Author: James Hanson

Genre: Short comedy about relationships

Type: One act play, ten minute comedy

Cast: 2M 2F

Ages of the actors: Thirty something

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Ten minutes

Set: The backyards of two houses, separated by a fence

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – easy dialogue but comic timing is important

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Cost is $6.50 for this new digital play script about couples

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about The Fence

Like this play? Other couple based comedies and dramas for your perusal:

Street Theatre – one act comedy about a couple in a diner
The Ship has sailed – short drama about finally plucking up the courage to ask her out, but leaving it too late
Out on a date – a date about dating, facebook, twitter and everything!

A Castle: Broken Apart – one act drama for three actors

ten minute drama for three

A CASTLE:BROKEN APART – ONE ACT DRAMA FOR THREE ACTORS

In this one act drama for three actors, Rebecca and Lana live with their father, Isaac, who isn’t the easiest person to live with. So much so, that Rebecca has decided to leave home and move in with her boyfriend. She offers to take her sister, Lana with her. Lana is torn between going with Rebecca and finally living a life she dreams of and her loyalty to her father, who basically can’t really fend for himself. However, his generally unpleasant nature as well as his refusal to admit that their mother isn’t coming back home anytime soon proves more tempting than her father realizes and the reality that his wife and both his daughters are soon going to be gone is a hard pill to swallow.

Other dramas by author James Hanson (The things that happen in New York)

Author: James Hanson

Genre: Short drama

Type: One Act Play

Cast: 1M, 2F

Ages of the actors: One older M, two F young adult

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Twenty five minutes

Set: The living room. The evening.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – characterization.

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Cost is $5.50

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Copyright © November 2016 James Hanson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Try another one act drama for three actors:

Choice – Hard Hitting British Drama scripts about child prostitution
Frida and Diego – play about Frida Kahlo
Love is a stranger – British drama about a transexual man’s love affair with a man who can’t admit it exists

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The things that happen in New York – drama set in New York

drama set in New York

THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN NEW YORK – DRAMA SET IN NEW YORK

In this drama set in New York, a young couple, Hank and Sarah struggling to make ends meet, lose their apartment and end up moving in temporarily with Hank’s brother Ted, his wife Joyce and their two babies. All in a one bedroom apartment. The stress brought on by losing their apartment after months of trying comes to a head as Hank and Sarah very naturally compare their situation to that of Ted and Joyce. When Sarah reveals that she has done something that in Hank’s eyes is an ultimate betrayal of trust, but in her eyes is something to bring them together, the couple is forced to confront that what they both want from life is ultimately very different.

The title of the play really reflects what happens in New York! The story is very realistic – it has been said that New York is the city where it is so easy to fall off (become homeless) because you give as much as much as you get. The story is an interesting and enlightening account of how a couple can suffer in the city, get a helping hand but still be at its mercy. The powerful way in which Sarah is revealed to be so patient with Hank who is somewhat foul to her and everyone around him is thanks to the writer’s smooth writing.

Author: James Hanson

Genre: One act American drama set in New York

Type: One act play

Cast: Cast of four. 2M 2F

Ages of the actors: All late twenties to early thirties

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Thirty five to Forty five minutes

Set: Ted’s living room

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – challenging piece but with easy dialogue great for one act festivals and drama school

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital script

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Copyright © August 2016 James Hanson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other great American plays for you to enjoy:

A Man’s home – one act American drama about a typical family
Dislocations – one act African American drama about a man lost in the wrong place at the wrong time
Early Liberty – two act American drama about a failing hotel

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