Awaiting Patients – comedy for high school festivals

comedy for high school


It’s a typical evening in the local doctor’s office and the reception is packed full to the brim with the its share of typical (and atypical) patients. There’s the heavily pregnant lady, demanding Nutella and cantaloupes, her flustered fiance, the seventy seven year old guy who just wants to find the bathroom, the suburban housewife and off course, the local oddball, Tom, who has made it his duty to hit on the air headed receptionist.

There’s only one thing missing and that’s “Cartwright,” the next patient on the doctor’s list. Company policy dictates that the doctor has to wait for any patient that is running late for up to an hour. And so the doctor waits. As does everybody else stuck behind him in the queue.

Tensions and frustrations run high in this off beat comedy by Chris Cartwright. ‘Awaiting Patients’ first premiered at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN. It opened on May 23rd, 2014 and was directed by Christopher Cartwright.

Further Performance History

Socastee High School, SC, USA, 2016
Fulton High School, IL, USA – 2016
New Hampshire Festival – Kearsage Regional High School, USA – 2017
Holy Rosary Convent, Johannesburg, South Africa – 2017
Jefferson High School, OR, USA – 2017
Stagefright Drama Group, Jersey, United Kingdom – 2017
Hermitage High School, VA, USA – 2017
Simsbury High School, CT, USA – 2017
Golden Windmill Historical Society, IL, USA – 2018
St. Stephen High School, NB, Canada – 2018
British International College, Bryanston, South Africa – 2018
Little Rock Christian Academy, AR, USA – 2018
Nairobi Institute of Music and Performing Arts – Nairobi, Kenya – 2019
Agoura High School – CA, USA – 2020
Snowy Mountains Grammar School, New South Wales, Australia – 2020
T.C. Williams High School, VA, USA – 2021
Bishop Chatard High School, IN, USA – 2021
Bishop England High School, SC, USA – 2022
Farmington High School, UT, USA – 2022
Conotton Valley Union Local Schools, OH, USA – 2022
Holy Rosary Convent, EDENVALE, SOUTH AFRICA – 2022
Indianola High School Theatre Department, IN, USA – 2022

Author: Christopher Cartwright

Genre: Comedy for high school festivals

Type: One act play

Cast:  Cast of 8. 3F, 3M, 2N (one is a one liner part)

Suitable for: High school drama festivals

Length: 40 minutes

Set: A small waiting room in a doctor’s office. This is your typical
waiting room – chairs placed uncomfortably close together, end tables with obviously fake plants, etc. There is a receptionist’s desk upstage right and a door upstage center next to the desk.

Level of difficulty: 6/10

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