American Plays and Scripts

American Plays – Contemporary American plays


American Plays and Scripts

These American plays are written for American audiences, and reflect the ups and downs of coming from one of the biggest countries in the world. We do have other plays written by Americans that do not appear on this page, as they tend to be more international in feel.


A Blind Date – a one act comedy about two misfits meeting for a blind date
A Contemporary Christmas Carol – modern day Scrooge set in Beverly Hills
A country reunion – American comedy about hicks and a bottle o’ moonshine
A deep rural tract – court case drama script -African American family drama
A Famed Life – ten minute comedy about a personal servant leaving her very needy boss who cannot cope without her!
A field of Glory – American Civil War Drama
A House Divided –  Civil war drama
A Less Expendable Husband – one act comedy for three women
A House of Dolls – script about a crazy man obsessed family

A Manger Carol  – Hilarious alternative nativity play
A Man’s home – one act American drama
A Matter of Who – he’s convinced she’s cheating as she’s just too damn happy!
A major for Dixie comedy about running for mayor
A NOT so dark and stormy night!  A (Okay, we actually know who did it) Whodunit Melodramatic Comedy
A Smart Alec and Two Idiots walk into a Closet – short one act comedy script
A Visit During Covid – comedy about being stuck at home during the Corona virus outbreak
A Walk in the Park – five minute romantic drama for seniors
Adam and Yoshi – award winning poignant American comedy
Adventures of Mojoe and Snowy in Lochloosa – Children’s play with a cast of children plus two adults set in Florida
Agatha the ugly – period drama about friendship
Alex and Lindsay take on the World – – what to do when all your friends hate your boyrfriend/girlfriend!!
Alice in Football Land – Modern day Alice in Wonderland for young teens
Alma – ten minute comedic character piece for a female actor
Alms – Dark Comedy about Catholicism (Digital Script)
Alms – Dark Comedy about Catholicism (Printed Book)
Another Anansi – traditional children’s play script about a cheeky spider!
Anne then Some – play about teen friendship and love
Ascorbic Acid Freak – dark comedy about HIV in the 1980’s


Barred – short one act for 4 actors
Barfly – ten minute romantic comedy about a blind date
Becoming Strangers – a lonely cabin in the woods and three very ‘helpful’ strangers? A dark comedy about not knowing people, really
Bench Buddies – play script for four mature actors
Berenice – stage play adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe Story
Bertie – one act thriller for a cast of 3
Believe – a play about believing in Elvis
Black Man – short comedy sketch about race
Blind Date. A play about dating in Central Park – Blindfolded!
Blind Date – 20 minute comedy for two actors
Blind Date: The Aftermath. When the date’s over, is it really?
Boise, USA Set in the turmoil of the homosexuality scandal in the 1950’s town of Boise, USA.
Boy’s Night out – comedy sketch about a super secret high school club
Breadman – a satirical comedy about marriage and sex
Buckingham’s Palace – a comedy about friends and family for a mostly senior cast
By The Rivers of Babylon – American Drama Script
By the Way – comedy about renting a room


Call of the Riled – Short skit for Thanksgiving
Calpurnia’s Misfortune – Ten minute Quirky Comedy
Cancelled – One act comedy set in radio station which is held hostage by a member of the mob
Captive Christmas – a comedy about kidnapping Santa
Channel Surfed – comedy about being sucked into your Cable TV!
Chelsea and Me – a short comedy about a cat lady and her lady cat
Chrissy’s Revenge – drama about being transgender and not being accepted by family
Christmas in Cape Coral – romantic comedy for the holidays

Christmas in the country – American period romantic drama
Clear as Clear –Cowboy drama
Cream Gravy Piled River: Satire about cooking shows
Cold War – American one act drama about the war on fraud by ordinary people
Condo Mania a teen sketch about a misunderstanding
Confession Air. A ten minute comedy set on a crashing plane
Conformity – drama for high school students
Creature Features!! A Comic Horror Script. (Part 2 of the Tales of the Cul de Sac…)
Crooked Hand – funny film noir script
Crooked Hand: Game of Cups. Comical whodunit!


Dead on Stage – comedy about high school drama club
Dinner for the End of the World – comedy about the end of the world. And murder!
Disharmony commercial -Skit about online dating website and it all going horribly wrong
Dirt nap – Two-Act Comedy about the mob (Or…what happens when you start digging them up)

Disastral Plane – comedy about getting involved with the supernatural
Dislocations – drama about an African American man lost in the wrong place at the wrong time
Don’t Tell – a comedy about newlyweds
Don’t think she won’t – a comedy about getting your old boyfriend in to do your husband’s life insurance policy.
Double Booked – a comedy about a wedding and funeral being double booked at the local church!
Dreamtime – play about teen murder based on the notorious murders of two Dartmouth Professors in 2001
Dueling Chefs – short skit on when chefs fight
DUMPED! – hilarious political satire about Donald Dump (mixed media)


Early Liberty – Best selling drama set in a crumbling hotel

Ejected – two act comedy about a video store
Empathy – a series of monologues celebrating women’s voices Exquisite Anxieties – Seven Slivers of Suspense – A Collection of Bone Chilling Short Scripts


Faith – Play about abuse of women and its consequences for an African American woman.
Falling Together – a Christmas Drama about a family in crisis
Fausto e Mefisto – funny Faust script
Final Conversations – award nominated short drama about the last morning a son spends on earth
First Date, First Base – a comedy about bringing a girl home and finding your mother there unexpectedly!
First Impressions – Pride and Prejudice Revisted – when the honeymoon bliss is over!
First Play – comedy about 2 unscrupulous Hollywood producers and a little old lady

Foreign Therapy – tongue in cheek political comedy script
Forsaken – a play about good and evil. In the Flesh…
Foulweather friend – Dark comedy about finding an audience for your stage play, even if they have to be brought back from the dead!
Fried Grits – play about saving a girl from domestic abuse
Funeral Skit – skit about a tragic funeral. For a fish!


Genealogy (Digital script) – comedy about DNA testing
Genealogy (Printed book) – a comedy about DNA and family heritage!
Gettin’ Hitched – skit about getting married. When you’re ninety!
Glasses – a children’s monologue about getting terrifying glasses! God’s Madmen – Drama horror about the human condition set in an asylum
Goon Today – funny fairy tale script for adults and older teens
Great Land -A romantic journey for two people down to Graceland to see The King
Grief and Grizzly Bears -a comedy about finding your family. And a bear.
Grudges – An American Political Satire
Grudges – An American Political Satire (PRINTED BOOK)


Ham and Eggs – ten minute melodrama
Handsome and Griddle – short skit on Hansel and Gretel
Happy Wife – a drama about newlywed infidelity
He Delivered – comedy about a taxi driver delivering a baby!
Hell Froze over – comedy script about sports taken a BIT too far
Hikers – one act for 2M. Where a chance encounter on a mountainside can change the course of your life forever
His Heinous Crime – a dramedy about being caught drunk driving
Holed up – Comedy about Two Idiot Bank Robbers caught in the wrong hole at the wrong time
Hoods Forever – Superhero Versus Supervillain Adventure Comedy Script
Hossback – a satire with cowboys in the old west
Holiday shorts –  Set of short plays for adults and children, perfect for the holidays
Husband’s anonymous – comedy about a support group for wives with annoying husbands


If God Ate Fried Chicken – Comedy about priest and nun going on a date to the local fried chicken joint
In Hyding – award winning chilling version of the classic story, with a feminine twist
In tents – one act teen play about bullying
In the KNOW – comedy about everyone knowing the future
Insurance on the line – Short one act satire about insurance
Irish Jack – drama comedy about marrying outside your culture
It’s a Good Fang – ten minute dark comedy
It’s Never too late! Comedy about coming out of the closet
Ivy – children’s play about finding a way home to your family


Jake Revolver – Freelance Secret Agent – a comedy whodunit
Jars – drama about love between two women
Jason and Ali – play about dating a high school girl with a bad reputation
Juan and Emmett – tragic LGBT love story
Judge Chewout – courtroom comedy skit
Juleo and Romiet – skit on Romeo and Juliet
Jumping the league – comedy about a priest who doesn’t want to be
Just us Girlz – full length Mafioso style farce set in a hair salon


Keeping Right. The New, mostly fake, Swedish Screwball Comedy (Digital Script)
Keeping Right. The New, mostly fake, Swedish Screwball Comedy (Print)
Kingdom – children’s musical about a dragon who loses his flame


Lawyer Skit – short skit set in the courtroom
Learning to Fly – comedy about an unconventional grandma
Lemonade Gurus – comedy about two down and out clowns setting up a lemonade stand
Lies You Can’t Make up – American drama for 2-8 actors about the conspiracy surrounding JFK
Life on the Line – when an old T Shirt’s life is about to end, two shirts hatch a plan to help him escape the line!
Little Miss Muffet: The Official Skit
Losing an Angel – short supernatural drama about demons
Lord Watchout !
Love, Norman – drama about suicide, family and all that comes with it


Mack to the Past – 30 minutes ‘Shakespeare meets ‘Back to the Future’ comedy for teens
Magic, the Moon and a Pig named Dog – magical children’s play
Man Con. A comedy about Men. Real Men
MarriageSSSS – a comedy about just that
Marvin’s Fetish – gay drama for two actors
Mask of Thorns – teen drama about the effect of divorce on kids
Meeting Meryl –Off The Wall comedy about a girl who wants to audition for an acting part alongside Meryl Streep
Memory Palace – lovely script about the life of a typical family spanning generations
Merman on the Brink – dark comedy about having a mental breakdown
Midnight Infomercials – satire about late night TV
Moan Alone – A Zombie Comedy!
Mom! A comedy about when a mother in law moves in
Mom’s Kitchen – comedy set in a restaurant where they treat you like your mother does
Moonlight Preludes – spine tingling ghostly drama romance
More Pasta – ten minute comedy about veganism
Moose Tracks – a dark comedy about a series of missing boyfriends. And a fly, sorry moose on the wall…
Most Likely to… A Comedy Sketch about Expectations
Mother – a comedy about being politically (in)correct
Mr Fluffy is missing – short skit about a missing pet
Murder: The Final Frontier!An interactive sci-fi comedy


Nana and Paige – poignant comedy about escaping Lockdown
Nativity, news of Jesus – short nativity play
New Life – a Comedy about Reincarnation
Nest of Vipers – Film Noir Screenplay set in Tinseltowne
No-Thanks-Giving! Skit
North Fork – when two brothers love the same girl – it causes a rift in the family that may never heal
Not funny, people! Comedy about entering a competetion that you’ll win when you’re dead!
Now boarding – one act comedy for 3 women on a plane


Oh, Momma, OH! A comedy about retiring. When 65 is the new 35!
Oh My! Comedy about Retired Friends Moving in Together
Over my dead Body –  Dark comedy about two ghosts who refuse to be evicted


Parade day – drama about Roswell, years later
Parkside – Short Gay drama for two actors
Parlor City Noir – Classic film noir script
Parturition – a drama about doing just about anything to get a baby
Party – a play that celebrates life and death
Passing – poignant comedy about growing old together
People’s War – drama about the start of the Covid 19 Pandemic in Wuhan, China
Plain as Jane – a comedy where Jane Austen is brought to life to help a young writer

Pulling off petals -a short drama about waiting for a lost love
Puss in Boots in the Wild West – The Pantomine!


Rag-Na-Rock! Loki, at the local high school, is about to start a war to end all wars and it’s up to the kids and 1 teacher to stop him
Reverse Psychology – a comedy about being afraid of getting FIRED!
Riding a Peacock –  Family drama about the life of two African American families
Roxanne of the Islands. Or – They’re playing our Sarong! Two act comedy melodrama
Roots and wings –  Short two-hander about two men forgotten in the hole they were digging
Running of the Aaah!Comedy about the bulls trying to sabotage their own Running


Sassafras Cannon – Civil war black comedy
Satan Can’t have my fried chicken – dark comedy script about a funeral parlour and a fried chicken joint
Second Glance – one hour drama about estranged family
Second Time’s a Charm – senior romantic drama
Shady Ladies – a play about scriptwriting and the perfect con!
Shall we Dance? Award winning short comedy about learning to dance
She’s a Pill – ten minute dark comedy about a thirteen year old who tries to kill her mom’s boyfriend
Show and Smell – short skit set in the classroom
Shoot this Picture – A Guardian Angel Comedy Script (Part 3 of the Tales of the Cul De Sac)
Shut up and Sit Down! What if historical figures cut loose on a late night talk show?
Sindication – one act commentary on modern society that breaks the fourth wall

Skinned – award winning horror screenplay
Snow in July – a collection of one act plays
So…What do you think of the band? A Collection of ten light hearted short plays for teens and adults
Sock Hops, Recorders and Owl Pellets – Tips on Surviving the 4th Grade
Some Unfinished Chaos – poignant comedy about the relationship between a failing writer and his protege
Souvenir from Copenhagen – a LGBTQ love story
Static – short female monologue about working out
Stone Cold Sober – monologue by a child of an alcoholic
Straight to the top – Screenplay set in the Prohibition

Stairways to Heaven – a drama for three actors about a bedridden woman
Strange Bedfellows – a true story about a fateful night in the American war of independence
Stuffed Panda – monologue for 1F about alcoholism
Stumps – female driven dramatic LGBT play
Style – one act drama about factory workers on the line
Sunset on the Potomac – a contemporary tragedy showing the lives of closely interconnected people in an apartment building
Survivors include – Teen drama about suicide following the death of a beloved brother in Iraq


Tail End Charlie – family drama about PTSD and mental illness set in post WWII America
Take my wife, please! A funny and farcical sex comedy
Tales of Dark Imagination:The Many Ghosts of Dr. Lazarus – ghost story scripts – based on stories by Edgar Allen Poe
Taylor – Beautiful story about finding love again and accepting that love after your spouse has passed away

Teamwork – A Play for Teens (A Play of Perfection, Flipped Blankets and Janky Smiles 🙂 
Temp Work – ten minute comedy about a sleazy boss
Teru’ah – Jewish political drama script set in an alternate reality
The 7th Officer – large cast adventure play for high school
The 27 Club – one act drama for three women
The American Way – A Satire featuring American Right Wingers
The Any Key – Monologue for one male actor – drama.
The Apartment Sitter – one act comedy for 2M 2F about a missing cat
The Appointment with God –  A wealthy man receives a mysterious phone call announcing his appointment with his maker.
The Back Seat – drama about college rape
The Beach House – farcical comedy about a dead relative that everyone thinks is still alive and a Beach House
The Best Day of your Life – a very UNROMANTIC romantic comedy
The Best Policy –
when your spouse dies and you think he’s been having an affair

The Blueberry Balladeer – Zany adventure play for Youth Theatre
The Captain of a Creative Ship – psychological dramedy about an audition and what lengths people will go to for a part
The Chair – a short one act drama about an unexpected heirloom
The Cindy Variations – coming of age cabaret type comedy
The Circuitous Route an anthology of LGBTQ+ plays and a screenplay
The Comfort of Concrete – one act drama about a missing girl, presumed dead
The Cost of Love is not Immune to Inflation – a Snowman Comedy
The Day Trip – play for mature actors about two people who meet on a plane after thirty years
The Death of Donald Trump – Contemporary American one act drama
The Dummies Guide to saving the USA – CIA comedy script
The Easy Lovin’ Blues – award winning drama
The Exit Strategy Club – a dark comedy about planning your own death to find life is worth living

The First Thanksgiving –  a short Thanksgiving comedy sketch
The Franklin Franklin Show – comedy about a retired boxer turned talk show host
The Game of Life – one act comedy plays for 6 actors
The Ghost of Agnes Keller – a comedy set in the life after afterlife
The Great Bank Robbery Hostage Crisis two act comedy about a bank robbery gone wrong
The Group Session – play about multiple personality disorder
The Henderson Hall Horror – one act horror script
The Hopeful Diamond Caper – two act crime comedy about a huge diamond on a ship, a wealthy woman and a couple of bad guys….
The Idol Maker’s Son – A play about God
The Impostor – Comedy about an estate agent
The Interview – poignant comedy about getting older
The Invisible Creature – a Macabre Comedy Monologue
The Ladies Guild Annual Pre-Christmas Planning Session – Comedy about Women’s Groups
The Lads – Drama about Irish Americans – a modern folk tale
The Last Voyage of the Albatross – ghost story about an ill fated ship based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Legend of the Rogue OR Mask me no Questions! Comedy Melodrama set in the Old West

The Lie – short comedy about lying and then some for two actors
The M.A.D. – a comedy about getting out of high school tests, forever!
The Makeover – comedy about seeing an old flame again
The Mayhem Motel – Two-act American farce
The Memory Jar – American family drama play
The Mirror – a collection of ten minute plays by an award winning author
The Operation – short skit about Siamese (conjoined) twins
The Oracle (Digital) – dark comedy about office politics and the office GOD
The Oracle (PRINT) – dark comedy about office politics and the office GOD
The Outlaws – comedy about THE INLAWS…
The Passion of Mary – American historical play about the Quakers
The Pendragon Sacrifice – award winning play about Merlin and King Arthur
The Pied Piper of Hawaii (Trouble in the wild west)
The Pigeons in the Orchard – a Chekhov adaptation
The Playwright – satirical dramedy about what you’d do to get your play produced
The Real Housewives of Cape Coral – comedy about suspecting your spouse is cheating
The Real Lost Boys – ten minute comedy for teens about two stupid bullies
The Roses of Oshiro Village – fantasy adventure for teens
The Smith Mountain Hunting Club – when the new guy in your hunting club is not what he seems
The Storyteller – a play about forgetting your anniversary!

The Surprise – a short comedy play about a botched proposal
The Summoning – audience participation comedy horror sketch
THE ten minute Hamlet – large cast comedy about putting on Hamlet at the old folks home. In ten minutes
The Ten Minute Play that went Wrong – a very, very short farce
The Price of a Ghost – A man is haunted by a mysterious ghost bent on revenge.
The things that happen in New York – drama about a young couple losing their apartment
The Trail’s Creek – a drama  about mental disability in a young girl that isn’t quite what it seems
The Unbroken Chain – drama about war and its effect on families
The WAITING……………. room. Character based comedy about a doctor’s waiting room
The Welsh Matchstick – a biography of Johnny Owen’s last fight
The Wingman – comedy about a guy who’s hopeless with women
The Wings of Dracula – audio (radio) or zoom horror play script
Things that go by the Board – Comedy about Home Owner Associations
Thirds – suburban satire about 3 sisters dividing a house they’ve inherited. Literally.
Thirty Deep – American one act comedy about a taxidermist and an unusual request
Three months to the day – LGBTQ drama
Times change – A Satirical Drama Homage to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”
To be a tree – play for kids about the environment
Threes – a dark comedy set in an obituary office
Transcendental Exercises – drama about a marriage falling apart from a seed of doubt
Treasure Seekers – Children’s adventure based on stories by E.S. Nesbit
Trump: American Nightmare – short Donald Trump skit
Trump: I’m not a RACIST! skit
Trump: Wolf of Pennsylvania Avenue – Trump comedy sketch
Tumbleweed – large cast comedy set in the wild, wild west
Twas the day AFTER Christmas – Comedy about Santa at the Unemployment Office
Twelve Tulips of Tinseltowne – a satire about Hollywood
Twenty First Century Stomp –Rap drama about the recession
Twisted Lucy Fans – dark comedy about Lucille Ball fans
Two cousins and a Pizza – Italian American ten minute comedy play


Unbelievable – a play about having the gift of precognition
Uncovered – romantic drama script set in a Chicago apartment
Unlikely Hero – a comedy drama about firefighters


Vet Skit – short skit set at the vet
Villains Anonymous – a supervillain story
Villains incorporated – award winning Teen one act
Virtual Teacher – comedy sketch about online learning during lockdown


Waiting – short romantic comedy about a blind date
War Stories –  Three act cop drama about corrupt cops
Wedding Flour – skit about a homophone misunderstanding Welcome to Playwit – Children’s play – Izzy is swept off on an adventure by a magical Teddy
What could possibly go wrong? A stage manager’s worst nightmare
What happens in the sky – drama about suspected infidelity

What the old guy said – funny senior monologue
What was That? A Comedy about Camping
When Santa got caught – skit for the holidays
Who’s There? A poignant Comedy about Dementia
Woodstock Reunion – American family dramedy about following your dreams


X’s and O’s – five minute comedy sketch for seniors


Yasmina, Cloris and Gordafarid – three monologues by women in wars
Yellow Roses – ten minute romantic comedy script for two actors
Yoo Hoo, Mister Solomon –  Cute romantic comedy about an elderly Jewish man and his nosy neighbor.
You are your own worst enemy – American period comedy about a small town hotel
You can try it – comedy about a maybe murder, a seance and getting married
You’re never too old – Comedy about two brothers who hate each other but reluctantly go into business yet again.


5 eggs left – a Comedy about Menopause
30 Silly skits – a Month of Short Skits
343 Union Street – comedy about living in Brooklyn

Hope you enjoy these contemporary American plays.

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