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Sindication – American one act play that breaks the fourth wall

American one act play



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.


Canby High School, Troupe 632, OR, USA – 2021


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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Cost is $7 for this finalist digital play script

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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

Nothing personal, just business – funny one act script

funny one act script


In this funny one act script for eight actors, Reginald Forester, billionaire lives the life others only dream about. He has a faithful wife, a beautiful young daughter, an affair on the side and a house boy who works for him without having to pay him a cent because of a debt his father owed him. He seems to have it all. Except for the fact that his wife is actually a raving alcoholic, his affair is in reality a paid hooker and his daughter is having an illicit affair with the house boy and plans to spend the rest of her life with him, instead of the very wealthy man her father has chosen for her.

Things all start to unravel after a seemingly innocent poker game in which Reginald lets a secret slip out – the fact that he has lied to his houseboy for years about the debt and that he owes him nothing, and has in fact been ripping him off for years. His reason – it’s nothing personal of course, just business.

Production History:

The Little Seed Theatre Company, Queensland, Australia – 2016

Read other one act comedies (The Mayhem Motel) by Landen Swain.

Author: Landen Swain

Genre: Funny one act script

Type: One act play

Length: 30-40 minutes

Cast: Eight actors, 5M 3F

Ages of the actors: Two in their twenties, parents middle aged, small parts any adult age

Suitable for: All ages

Set: The sitting room in an elegant house

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – timing

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Cost is $7.50 for this previously performed digital play script. Just Click Shakespeare!

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Nothing Personal, Just Business

Copyright © March 2016 Landen Swain and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other funny one act comedies for a medium cast:

A cut above the rest – farce in one act
Over my dead body – award winner about two ghosts who won’t be evicted
You do what you can – parody on Macbeth