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Cancelled – award winning one act farce

Cancelled - off the wall plays one act farce

In this one act farce, set in a studio in a radio station in the 1940’s, the cast of a popular radio show are held hostage by one of the show’s sponsors, Monty Navoli, who is furious that the show has been cancelled, and who also, unfortunately, appears to be a member of the mob.  When it is discovered that the producer of the show, Walter St. Paul, has taken Monty Navoli’s money and spent it himself, Monty threatens to shoot him unless the show goes on air one last time. It all falls hilariously apart as the actors struggle to produce a whole show with only a few pages of script, no sound man and a gun pointed at their heads.

The play was selected as a finalist in Riant Theatre’s 2008 Strawberry One-Act Festival, and placed second in the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s 2009 one-act playwriting competition.

Performance history:

Meadville Community Theatre – 2015
Great River School, MN, USA – 2017
Iver Heath Drama Club, Buckinghamshire, UK – 2018
The Fenn School, MA, USA – 2019
Moruya Red Door Theatre Company Inc, NSW, Australia – 2019
Mississippi School for Mathematics & Science – MS, USA – 2019
Buck’s Rock Camp, CT, USA – 2019
IMCOM G9 Army Entertainment, Bavaria US Army Base – 2019
Salterton Drama Club, Exeter, United Kingdom – 2020
Bow Valley High School, Alberta, Canada – 2020
St Francis de Sales College, SA, Australia – 2020
Pulaski County High School Drama Club, KY – USA – 2021
Diva Las Vegas & Company, NV, USA – 2022
Rightway Club, WI, USA – 2022
Plymouth Congregational Church, KS, USA – 2022
Port Huron Civic Theatre. MI, USA – 2022
Rocky Hill Country Day School, RI, USA – 2023
Sherborne School, Dorset – United Kingdom – 2023

Author: M. Robert Grunwald

Genre: Comedy, farce

Type: One act farce

Length:  Fifty minutes 50 min

Suitable for: All ages

Number of actors:  Eleven actors and 4 non speaking policemen. 9M 2F as the main characters

Ages of the actors:  Various – twenties to seventies, 20s-70s

Level of Difficulty:  6/10 – acting one part in real life and another ‘on the air’

Set: The Los Angeles studio of a radio show, 1940. Six microphones stand at front stage right, a sound effects station is at stage left. The walls are soundproofed appropriately, and an ON-AIR light hangs above a door at the back of the studio. There is a long table at the back.

The author states that the play should be produced unaltered.  Read more about playwright M. Robert Grunwald

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A Cut Above the Rest – one act farce for stage

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In this one act farce for stage, Snake and Harry, con artists, have the steal of a lifetime – the famous Devonport diamonds, owned by the late Amelia Devonport. All they have to do is discover where they are hidden, when they attend her funeral. The only problem is – where the hell are they? And who else is in on the deal?

Read more about playwright Claire Linda Demmer.

Performance History of A Cut Above the Rest

Franklin Players, Roosevelt Park, South Africa – 2011
Center Players – New York,  USA – 2016
Redhill High School, Sandton, South Africa – 2016
National University of Singapore, Singapore – 2016
Avon, CT, USA – 2017
Haven Theatre Company, West Sussex, UK – 2018
Catalina Players Inc, New South Wales, Australia – 2018
Clifton College, Bristol, United Kingdom – 2019
Westville Theatre, Durban, South Africa – 2019
Watertown High School, SD, USA – 2020
Whitefield Academy, GA, USA – 2021
Holy Rosary Convent, Edenvale, South Africa – 2022
Canyon Ridge High School, ID, USA – 2022
Clifton College, Bristol, United Kingdom – 2022
Performing arts lifestyle institute, Pretoria, South Africa – 2022
Great River School – MN, USA – 2023


Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Characters: 5M, 3F and guests.

Length: Script: 40 minutes length 

Genre: Comedy,  One act Farce

Suitable for: Suitable for all ages

Ages of Actors: 20 and up

Difficulty: 9/10 – farce, timing, crowd control

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Copyright July 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

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