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Sindication – American one act play that breaks the fourth wall

American one act play

SINDICATION – AMERICAN ONE ACT PLAY THAT BREAKS THE FOURTH WALL

 

This experimental, short comic drama is a thought-provoking, Ionescu-like political play that mars the line between Man and Media. The fourth wall becomes especially dynamic in this amusing drama, in its role as a television screen, flashing across the eager, dumbed-down faces of a seemingly typical American family waiting for dinner, on a Sunday, after church in a small town we’re all somehow familiar with. Here they sit, this seemingly typical American family, each making wild accusations about the audience—who unwittingly takes on the role of the Media in all its forms—as this family tries, like they do every Sunday, to talk to each other by talking about everything else in this American one act play that breaks the fourth wall.

Sindication was an Official Finalist at the 2018 Manhattan Downtown Urban Arts Festival.

Author: T.K. Lee

Type: One act play

Genre: Drama, poignant comedy, satire depending on how it is played

Cast: 2M 2F and four voices 2F 1N

Ages of the actors: The four mains are middle aged and old and the voiced vary from a young girl’s to an adult reporter and an old woman

Suitable for: Older teens up to watch and perform. This play is an ideal play for drama students as it explores the concept of the Fourth Wall. 

Length: Fifteen to Twenty minutes

Set: A den with couch, recliner, and rocking chair. Dressed as any typical, southern, middle-class household might appear. Though we do not see an actual TV, the lighting should have the effect of a flashing TV screen of any nondescript channels across their faces.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – showing the detachment of the characters to the sometimes awful events they describe which mirror everyday life. 

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Copyright © March 2019 T.K. Lee and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays you may enjoy:


Shadow Government – American political drama/thriller
Dislocations – a drama about an African American man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Final Conversations – award winning drama about a mother and son’s final conversations

The memory jar – AMERICAN DRAMA play

American drama play

THE MEMORY JAR – AMERICAN DRAMA PLAY

Like any family matriarch, Cassandra Barrett sometimes knows things her three kids and her husband, Christopher, may not. It’s the job of a mother to know things about them, things about herself. Things best left to the last minute, to blurt out and have the fast approaching reality concerning this or that, cushion the blow. In this two act drama, a few weeks after Thanksgiving, the Barrett kids will be paying their parents another visit. Alan, the somewhat spoilt baby, Alexandra, the neurotic daughter and Arthur, the very reserved, eldest son, impending visit is suspicious to Christopher and his suspicions fall squarely on Cassandra in this American drama play. It’s a reunion that may never happen with the entire family again and Alexandra is determined to make it count. She suggests a memory jar that the family can work on to make a record of the best times they shared together as a unit. With the hospitalization of Christopher smack in the middle of the reunion, a memory jar might not be such a bad idea.

A story of loss and how to prepare for it.

“The Memory Jar,” was produced by Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, California, in 2012.

Author: Kurt Schauppner

Type: Two-act play

Genre: American Drama play

Cast: 5M, 3F

Ages of the actors: All adult, the youngest in his twenties. The rest are each a decade apart with the eldest actor in their eighties.

Suitable for : All ages to watch but written for adults. Adults to perform.

Length: Two and a half hours

Set: The kitchen/family room of the Barrett family home in Deseret Valley. A small dining room table and chairs dominate the center of the room. To stage left sits a refrigerator, sink and stove. A window over the sink looks out over a desert garden. There is a frying pan on the stove. Next to the sink a strainer holds some dishes, including a cereal bowl, some silverware and the pieces of an old-fashioned coffee percolator. To stage right is a doorway leading to bedrooms. Upstage is a front door. To the left and right of the door are cabinets. The cabinet to the right is decorated with souvenir plates from around the country. The cabinet to the left is covered with Barrett family photos. A ceiling fan spins slowly overhead. A hat rack directly left of the front door holds several trucker caps. There is a cordless phone on the table.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – portraying the real raw emotion involved with a family death.

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Copyright © March 2019 Kurt Schauppner and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Others you may enjoy:

Check Off in the Sun – family drama script
The Appointment with God – when you receive that final phone call
Waiting for John – drama about losing a son

Waiting for John – drama about a family torn apart by a son’s death

WAITING FOR JOHN – DRAMA ABOUT A FAMILY TORN APART BY A SON’S DEATH

Fred has a son called John. He’s all grown up now, but still a good lad. Fred and John spend hours together, but what they like to do best is watch the stars, naming all the constellations. Today Fred is getting the tea ready for John and his wife, Edith. He likes to do this whilst he’s waiting for John. He should be home soon. Any minute now.
Edith had a son called John. He isn’t coming home, not ever again. Not since he got in that car. But she’ll wait as well, wait for her husband to come back to her. A drama about a family torn apart by a son’s death.

Waiting for John won best play in the 2018 Franklin and Friends one act play festival in Roosevelt Park.

Author: Spencer Rowley

Type: One act play

Genre: Drama about a family torn apart by a son’s death

Cast: 1M 2F

Ages of the actors: Mains: middle aged up. Nurse: Any adult age

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

Length: Twenty minutes

Set: The set is quite simple; no walls or doors, except for a shelf which splits the stage centrally into two parts left and right, and which can be accessed by either character. The shelf is otherwise see-through and must be designed in such a way that it does not affect the audience’ concentration or view. Each character has a chair (Edith’s is a rocking chair). Fred has a trunk containing toys or mementos of his son. Each side has a tea-making facility with kettle/cups/etc., and a small side-table. Each side table has a framed photograph of John, placed so that the audience can see. In the picture John is a young man/teenager.

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – simple character portrayal is the essence of this award winning play

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Copyright © March 2019 Spencer Rowley and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other family dramas you may enjoy:

Daughter like you – family drama about a couple trying to cope with losing a young child
Love, Norman. Norman is about to take his life when his family arrives with an unusual request
Memory Palace – poignant drama surrounding the life of a family as they sell their home

Happy Wife – a drama about infidelity

drama about infidelity

HAPPY WIFE – A DRAMA ABOUT INFIDELITY AND NARCISSISM

What if you discovered on your wedding day that your husband wasn’t the man you thought he was? What if you discovered he loved another and that on your very wedding day they were together. Would you say nothing? Would you leave him? Or would you make him pay and ruin his life? It may not be the right thing to do, but it’s exactly what Nadine decides to do to Rashad, her new husband. Until one final day it all comes to a head in this drama about infidelity and narcissism.

Read other plays – Out on a date – short comedy about social media by American playwright Demarquis Johnson

Author: Pepper Chambers

Type: One act play

Genre: Drama about infidelity

Cast: 1M 1F

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: Adults up

Length: Thirty minutes

Set: A hotel room and then the kitchen in their family home

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – wordy dialogue

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Copyright © February 2019 Demarquis Johnson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays about infidelity and being in love with another person on your wedding day:

The best Policy – when your husband dies, and you find an engagement ring in his pocket
For Never, not always – when your wedding is broken up by the best man. Because he’s in love with your husband to be!
What happens in the sky – a drama about a suspected infidelity and what suspicions can do to a marriage

The Girl in the Lavender Glasses – Children’s play about being different

children's play about being different

THE GIRL IN THE LAVENDER GLASSES – CHILDREN’S PLAY ABOUT BEING DIFFERENT

Like any other little girl, Marion wanted to go to school, play with her friends and be a kid. For ten months these little things that sometimes go unappreciated, became completely off-limits to Marion when she was hospitalised due to a rare eye condition. Dr Williams had the child’s eyes bandaged completely for her time in the hospital and she had no existence beyond the doors of her hospital bed in this children’s play about being different.

One day, Marion’s parents and Marion herself were presented with a donation of night eye glasses to help her see in her everyday life. She would get back to her normal routine before the hospitalisation. Marion’s story then began again and ended where her new world took shape and in three acts, this drama shows that the ones amoungst us who are scorned for being different, are magic.

She was a friend, she was a daughter, she was a girl, and she was a hero.

Author: John Zurn

Type: Children’s play about being different

Genre: Children’s drama

Cast: 10F, 11M, 6-10N. Mains: 2 – M, 2 – F

Ages of the actors: Children to adult

Suitable for: Children up

Length: Thirty minutes

Set: Doctor’s Office, her school, a restaurant, library, the family home, the playground, a house. Scene changes can be simple, to indicate basic changes , like a chair and tables moving round.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – crowd control and scene changes

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Copyright © February 2019 John Zurn and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays for kids dealing with social issues and bullying.

In tents – one act play about bullying
Molly and the Magic Phone – musical play for children
The Christmas Ghosts – modern Scrooge play for kids

Strange Bedfellows – Script about the American War of Independence

script about the American war of independence

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS – SCRIPT ABOUT THE AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE

In a war there are more than just the men in the firing line. There are the superiors who risk their lives, to some extent, as well. The women, who must continue on with the lives their men left behind, the frustrated people who support neither warring faction and prefer to remain neutral and the men who are influenced by all of the above, who make the vital decisions that could change the face of the war. Lawyers, polymaths, inventors and… revolutionaries. A word that goes beyond ‘politician’. A word fitting to the three men that would play a role in the American Revolution in this script about the American war of Independence.

In three acts, Strange Bedfellows, documents a moment in time of the lives of Benjamin Franklin, Edward Rutledge and John Adams, who spent the night at a somewhat grotty tavern in New Jersey. Franklin brought with him his sense of humour, penchant for libations, ill-health in old age and a journal. Adams; his wife, Abigail’s, spirit, a staid disposition, passion and outrage at Franklin’s lack of etiquette. Rutledge; his cynicism, a suspicious and thought-provoking mind and a habit of falling asleep when inconvenient to do so. In this drama, the trio are on the cusp of realising what could very well be the first American Dream.

What say you to a night with Franklin, Adams and Rutledge?

Strange Bedfellows recently enjoyed a week long workshop at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival for their Southern Writers Project. It has been recognized by over a half dozen national writing competitions including The Stanley Drama Award and The Harriet Lake Festival of Plays. It was selected by Tony Award winning Broadway producer Ken Davenport for his Broadway Blacklist of the Top Ten Unproduced Plays of 2016.

Author: Jason Boies

Type: Three Act Play

Genre: Drama, Historical, Biography

Length: Ninety minutes excluding intervals

Cast: Cast of 7: 6M 1FMain Characters: 3 – M

Ages of the actors: From a teenage soldier up to a seventy year old Benjamin Franklin

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

Set: A tavern 

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – getting the characters right, their mannerisms and accent of the times correct

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Copyright © February 2019 Jason Boies and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays of war you may enjoy:

Dr Kritzinger’s Twelve O’Clock – play about the meeting that set the events of World War II in deadly motion
A Field of Glory – American Civil War Drama
Agatha the ugly – romantic drama set in World war 2

Leonardo – a Murder Mystery play set around Leonardo da Vinci

murder mystery play

LEONARDO – MURDER MYSTERY PLAY SET IN THE TIME OF LEONARDO DA VINCI

The time: The late 1400’s. The place: Renaissance Italy. Leonardo da Vinci, already a notable artist and inventor is called upon by one of his clients, Mona Lisa to solve the mystery of the mysterious illness and subsequent death of a her sister who is nun in the covent of San Domenico.  Rumours of her being with an illegitimate child abound, but also the presence of an unusual book, containing content that may not have been sanctioned by the church is found in her belongings.

Leonardo must solve the mystery of first of all how she died, and secondly, who killed her. Using a combination of wits, alchemy and good old fashioned detective work he unearths the mystery surrounding her death and perhaps that of Christ himself.

Read other plays by Pilar Pringiers Spinnox – Anastasia Romanova – an alternative history play

Author: Pilar Pringiers Spinnox

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Murder mystery script

Cast: 8M,8F, 1N  (uo to sc 8 incl mother superior)

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: PG 12 (odd reference to sex)

Length: Seventy five minutes

Set: Various: Leonardo’s studio, a market, a bar and various rooms in an Abbey, a church, a cloister and a library

Level of difficulty: 7/10 A complex piece, perfect for Drama departments. On the surface, a simple detective plot with overtones of CSI, Bones and Sherlock but contains a lot of subtext. In addition, the play uses dancers to express the emotion of the scenes and sometimes a choir is used for the same purpose. The director’s challenge is to synchronise the players with the dancers and the music. Permission of the playwright may be sought to omit the dancing and live music if need be.

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Copyright © January 2019 Pilar Pringiers Spinnox and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other whodunits that will fascinate you:

Crooked hand – funny film noir script
Merriweather’s Murderous Weekend – when a murder party goes wrong…
The Lady of the Lake murder – an Arthurian whodunit

A Walk in the Park – Short play for Seniors

short plays for seniors

A Walk in the Park – Short play for Seniors

When Jack meets Esther in the park one day, he swears she looks familiar. Although Esther initially denies knowing him at all, she invites him to sit down and they get to talking. Jack tells her the story of the girl he knew long ago, the girl he called “Essie,” who helped him get over another girl who broke his heart a long time ago. A five minute short play for seniors – one male and one female.

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Author: Stanley Dyrector

Type: Five minute plays, short plays, dramatic sketch

Genre: Romantic drama

Cast: 1M, 1F

Ages of the actors: Both over seventy. The female can be older

Length: Five minutes

Set: A Park. Daytime in the present. It is a bucolic atmosphere in the middle of a city.

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – conversational, easy lines to remember and that also flow easily

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Copyright © December 2018 Stanley Dyrector

Like this play? Other Two handers for you to enjoy:

Benny and Boris – two-hander for two mature male actors
Chicken Salad – one act drama for two women
One act play – award winning British colloquial comedy

Second Glance – Hour long one act play

hour long one act play

SECOND GLANCE – HOUR LONG ONE ACT PLAY

It was a long time ago, Sam was still a kid, when he lost his grandmother, Amelia, to a car accident. His grandpa and best friend Jimmy was too drunk and had to be picked up by Amelia at the bar. She never made it to the bar and none of Jimmy’s kids or grandkids (including Sam) have paid him any attention since. It’s a compelling premise, right? In fact Sam intends to use it for his book. Only snag is that he won’t get published without Grandpa Jimmy’s side of the story being told too. It’s time for Sam to take a trip back home and hear Grandpa Jimmy out. Sam will likely run into his ex-girlfriend too and the truth of it is that he cannot fathom what other facts lie waiting for him. The good, the inevitable and the ugly truth in this  hour long one act play.

Read about playwright Zachary Mark.

Author: Zachary Mark

Genre: Drama

Type: Full length one act play

Length: Hour long one act play

Cast: 9M, 9F, 1N

Suitable for: All ages to watch.

Ages of the actors: 8 seniors, rest young to middle aged adults

Length: 60-70 minutes

Set: Various – publisher’s office, apartment, bar, senior home

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – easy reading script.

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Copyright © December 2018 Zachary Mark and Off the Wall Play Publishers

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

Memory Palace – poignant family drama spanning generations
Daughter like you – drama about the loss of a child
The appointment with God – the final phone call that let’s you know it’s over

Jump – one act drama about suicide

one act drama about suicide

JUMP – ONE ACT DRAMA ABOUT SUICIDE

A boy named Navii,  who doesn’t feel like a boy, draped in a pink dress on the verge of tears ascends a building and slowly steps towards the edge of it. However, he is interrupted from his “fate” by a man named London who has been living on the roof for years, contemplating every day whether to jump or not. London’s curiosity gets the better of him and Navii wants to find out more about this strange man living on top of the building. They slowly unravel the mystery of each other’s pasts, their minds and the true nature for their ascension all the while a quirky fellow with a box of popcorn watches them and a deadly supernatural presence is lurking all around.

Author: Ryan Naamdhew

Genre: Drama

Type: One act plays

Cast: Six to nine actors

Ages of the actors: Teen to adult. The play was written for high school students.

Suitable for: Teens up to watch and perform

Length: Forty minutes

Set: A rugged, worn-out couch lies at stage center, slightly skewed. A couple of boxes lay at stage right. A heap of clothes, newspapers and other miscellaneous objects are placed mainly at stage left but also sparsely scattered across various parts of the stage.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – play is almost surreal and that feeling should come across as well as the raw emotions that lead people to commit suicide

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Copyright © November 2018 Ryan Naamdhew and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays about suicide and other thought provoking plays:

Love Norman. Normal plans to die today. But doesn’t count on his family arriving with a lot of stuff for him to do
When summer dies of shame. A dying rapist is tracked down by his daughter set on revenge
Some unfinished chaos- play about the relationship between a dying writer and his protege

Maya from Madurai – one act drama about drugs

drama about drugs

MAYA FROM MADURAI – ONE ACT DRAMA ABOUT DRUGS

Maya was a dealer. A drug dealer. He grew up in Madurai under the tutelage of hippie-type parents. They loved him. They still do and he does too. He saw them smoke it once and only once. That’s all it takes. That’s all it ever really takes. One go, one take in one act. They were smoking. Cannabis. He’d seen them that one time but they seemed to be accustomed to it. Cannabis, that is. It became Maya’s bread and butter. He lived for it and would surely die for it too. This is Maya and this drama is his story. From one puff to a life wasted in this short one act drama about drugs.

Maya from Madurai is an Indian play written by Naren Weiss. The play explores the life and death of a drug dealer, and marked the directorial debut of actress Pooja Devariya. It premiered at the 2013 edition of the Short and Sweet Festival in Chennai, India; where it won the Play of the Day award. Three days before script submission, director Devariya called former classmate Weiss and asked him to write something, describing what she had in mind.

The play subsequently toured the country as a part of The Park’s New Festival in 2013. South Indian theatre troupe Stray Factory took the one act play to six Indian cities, with four other short plays.The original production starred Venkatesh Harinathan, who also translated the play.

Author: Naren Weiss

Type: Ten minute plays, Indian plays

Genre: Drama about drugs

Cast: 2M

Ages of the actors: Adult but could be played by teens

Suitable for: Teens up to watch and perform

Length: Ten minutes

Set: There are four blocks set up to form two benches parallel to each other. They face the wings so that the audience can see the space between the two benches. They remain in this position for the entire duration of the play.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – the players should be adept storytellers

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Copyright © November 2018 Naren Weiss and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays from the Far East for you to enjoy:

Tribute to Mother Mangalam – a Malaysian screenplay about the coming of age of a girl
Why Affairs happen – Bollywood style play about love in one act

Beside the Kitchen Table – ghost and horror script

ghost and horror script

BESIDE THE KITCHEN TABLE – GHOST AND HORROR SCRIPT

Michael is Lily’s last hope. You see, she’s a ghost and has been for fourteen years. In this two-act drama, her haunt is the large kitchen of the Baker household and Michael is the son of Paul and Laura Baker. Lily has a score to settle and no one else but Michael is able to help her at this point. Robbed of her life at such a young age (she was a teenager) and unable to go on, Lily has spent her time trying to connect with the family that last saw her alive. While trying to be ‘’seen’’ she learns that she may yet have another chance at some things that were taken from her. As Lily and Michael grow closer, she reveals that she didn’t just disappear and that she was raped and murdered, right on the kitchen table where the family now sits in this ghost and horror script.

As for everything else she has missed out on, it isn’t up to her to decide what happens next but luckily for her, a ghost has another way to serve a helping of vengeance: her hands are cold and so is the heart that no longer beats. Thus, she must use the human to enact her revenge….

I’ll be here…
waiting…

Read about British playwright Jasper Kent.

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Author: Jasper Kent

Type: Two act play

Genre: Ghost and horror script, drama

Cast: Cast of Seven: 4F 3M. Main Characters: 2 M, 1 F

Ages of the actors: Teen and adult

Suitable for: Older Teens up – violence

Length: Two hours

Set: The action takes place in 1986. There is a single set: a kitchen in a family house in the countryside of southern England. A large wooden table is centre stage. There are exits to the garden and to the rest of the house.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – the play starts slowly then culminates in a climax and building the tension throughout the play together with a sense of unease is what will make it work beautifully.

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Copyright © November 2018 Jasper Kent and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays you may also enjoy – both thrilling and ghostly

Crossword – award winning British play about friendship. And murder
Tales of dark imagination: The many ghosts of Dr Lazarus
The Price of a Ghost – a dead son sent to Iraq haunts his father’s house with a dreadful purpose

Ronnie the Fird – School Drama set in 1960’s England

School drama set in 1960's England

RONNIE THE FIRD – SCHOOL DRAMA SET IN 1960’S ENGLAND

Meet Ronnie Mills, a street wise Londoner, aged 16 years, whose parents were killed in a motor car accident. Ronnie is sent to Wetherley College, a prestigious public school in in the South of England by his wealthy grandfather. Ronnie develops a love for history and  The Plantagenet kings, particularly Richard III. The students pick up on Ronnie’s interest and nickname him ‘Ronnie the Fird’ (partly using his vernacular) in this school drama set in 1960’s England.

Unfortunately, Ronnie soon becomes the target of the school bully, Henry Henderson, the son of a wealthy army officer and a benefactor of the college. When Ronnie stands up to him, Henderson seeks revenge and Ronnie is involved in a series of confrontations with Henderson and his cohorts. The situation culminates in Ronnie’s friend Jamieson supposedly ‘falling’ from a balcony and  being admitted to hospital in a coma.

Unfortunately no evidence is found against the alleged bullies, who were cleverly disguised, and no evidence of an attack was found on Jamieson’s body. However, a knife discovered close to the place where Jamieson fell reveals its owner as a member of Henderson’s gang and Ronnie helps to solve the problem and expose the members of the gang.

Read about playwright Keith Passmore.  
Other plays for teens – The Last time I saw Paris by Keith Passmore

Author: Keith Passmore

Type: Three act schoolboy drama

Genre: Drama

Length: Two and a half hours

Cast: 14M, 4F

Ages of the actors: Mostly teens, some adult

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

Set: Various locations – classrooms, offices and balcony in a typical 1960’s boys school.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – the colloquialisms and typical mannerisms of a period piece.

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Copyright © October 2018 Keith Passmore and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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

Grace will lead me home – Grace’s quest to find a cure for her dying mother takes her on a fantastic adventure
The back Seat – drama about college rape
The wrong side of the road – teen drama about a fatal car accident

Snow in July – collection of one act plays

collection of one act plays

SNOW IN JULY – COLLECTION OF ONE ACT PLAYS

A collection of one act plays by American playwright James Campbell. From the comedic absurd to the dark and sinister, these plays are both thought provoking and enjoyable to stage.

Hossback: This satirical off the wall comedy rips off typical cowboys from the old west, or at least modern society’s idea of what cowboys actually were like by taking an over the top view of them. From the way they loved their hosses like real women, to their predilection for hanging ‘criminals’ of an description to their manner of speaking – all those cowboy traits we are so fond of are chewed up and spat out again.

Murder in the asylum: The patients and the staff in the local lunatic asylum are getting murdered one by one until there’s only two men standing. One of them’s the murderer…. But, since they’re mad as hatters, they both think it isn’t them.

Sunset on the Potomac: Under absurdia, but poignant comedy about a music teacher and her family, her loves, life and children at the end of which a dark twist is finally revealed.

Baboons: It’s the time of the Romans and those annoying Christians (sorry Baboons) keep getting in the way! Should they kill them like wild boars and baboons? Or do they put on a play?

First to see the lights go on: A drama about post natal depression and its consequences. When Frank meets Arlene at the bus stop and they strike up a conversation, Arlene seems both child like and innocent. But her innocence hides a deathly secret.

Jumping the league: A comedy for a small cast. A priest (who has a foul mouth) and his best friend in 1960’s Pre Vietnam have both decided, and chosen this day to tell each other that they are literally both ‘jumping the league’ and leaving their old lives behind forever.

The Restaurants are Screaming: In this period drama set at the end of the second world war, Ludwig has been living with his daughter, Marcia and his son in law, Joe for the past three months. The play focuses on an abusive father, who now he is old, struggles to understand the consequences of his actions as well as the effect he has on other people. The play draws parallels between his two adult children freeing themselves from their abusive father, the death of the old way of life and the rebirth of the new way of life as the allies win the war in 1945.

Style: A drama about a rough group of factory workers on the line and the day they get the news their factory is closing and their work is gone. It’s all they’ve ever known.

The Watch Below: A group of sailors on a boat in the war are isolated due to an outbreak of deadly meningitis. It’s a tension filled situation as the sick man is at first missing then aggressive and no one can get away.

Read other plays by American playwright James Campbell – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropsists – the musical.

Author: James Campbell

Type: Collection of one act plays

Genre: Comedy, theatre of the absurd, drama

Cast: Various from cast of 2 (First to see the lights go on) to 10 for Style.

Ages of the actors: All adult

Suitable for: Some of the plays are for adults only due to suggestions of sex and the occasional bad language.

Length: From ten minutes to forty minutes

Set: As per play

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – play dependent – plays tend to be character driven, and explore the human condition

Many of these plays are also available to purchase singly.

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Read a Sample of the script for Murder in the Asylum

Read a sample of the script for Sunset on the Potomac

Read a Sample of the script for Baboons

Read a Sample of the Script for First to see the lights go on

Read a Sample of the script for Jumping the League

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The Beach House – comedy drama about family

COMEDY DRAMA ABOUT FAMILY

THE BEACH HOUSE – A COMEDY DRAMA ABOUT FAMILY

It’s meant to be a celebration of family and in particular, granddad Arthur’s birthday. Sure, Arthur and Ellen have been divorced a long time and he barely gets along with Abigail, his granddaughter, but at least Belinda is trying when it comes to her parents and children in this comedy drama about family.

It’s unfortunate really that Abigail and Jarvis, his grandson show their true and disingenuous reasons for attending the beach house celebration, in a situation that is unraveling almost as soon as they get to their home away from home. With a no-show father (Belinda’s husband who cares as much for the title as he does for Abigail) it seems Belinda is well and truly on her own as she tries desperately to keep a family as unified as ever. In this drama/comedy in one act, the odds are not so much in Belinda’s favour as a secret as old as Abigail threatens to tear the family completely apart…

Other plays by New Zealander writer James O’Sullivan – The Dane – comedy about two snotty older actors who audition for Hamlet.

Author: James O’Sullivan

Type: Full length one act play

Genre: Comedy drama about family

Cast: 4F 2M

Ages of the actors: Early twenties to seventy years old

Suitable for: Adults – odd references to sex

Length: 90 minutes

Set: The lounge of a beach house in the coastal resort town of Pauanui. The kitchen joins the lounge, demarcated by a bench. It is obvious from the lavish furnishings that rich people have their holidays here. There is a sofa and three chairs. It is summer and there is plenty of light.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – full length one act play, keeping the audience’s attention

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