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The Best Policy – one act drama about the death of a spouse

drama about death of a spouse

 THE BEST POLICY – ONE ACT DRAMA ABOUT THE DEATH OF A SPOUSE

Death sets the tone for a chain of events that Penny DuPont did not
see coming when her husband, Bob, dies suddenly, leaving Penny,
their two boys and secrets behind. When she finds a ring hidden in his clothing, her suspicions come to a head in this drama about the death of a spouse. As Penny’s suspicions of Bob’s unlived life make her more uneasy by the minute, she tries to glue the pieces of what’s been broken back together and at the same time has to find a way to honour Bob’s memory for the sake of the boys and her own good sense. This one act drama explores the loss of a loved-one and the pursuit of contentment.

…and in death, life’s secrets are revealed.

Other plays – a Man’s home – family drama about a wife’s death by Donna

Author:  Donna Hopkins

Genre:  Family Drama about the death of a spouse

Type: One act play

Cast: 4M, 2F

Ages of the actors: Four adult, 2M boys/teens, any age

Suitable for: Actors of all ages and to perform to a cast of all ages but aimed at an adult audience.

Length: Twenty five to thirty minutes

Set: The living room of a middle-class home in a mid-sized town in
the Midwest, maybe Wisconsin. It’s decorated in shades
of brown with blue accents. Early dusk. A jack-o-lantern is
grinning eerily in the picture window. And in another scene:  an office with desk and chair. 

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – a character based play.  Good for drama college/school

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Cost is $5.50 for this digital play script

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Copyright © March 2017 Donna Hopkins and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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

The appointment with God – one act family drama
The things that happen in new York – a young couple loses their apartment in this one act drama
Mateo Falcone – classic tale of a father taking his own son’s life

The things that happen in New York – drama set in New York

drama set in New York

THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN NEW YORK – DRAMA SET IN NEW YORK

In this drama set in New York, a young couple, Hank and Sarah struggling to make ends meet, lose their apartment and end up moving in temporarily with Hank’s brother Ted, his wife Joyce and their two babies. All in a one bedroom apartment. The stress brought on by losing their apartment after months of trying comes to a head as Hank and Sarah very naturally compare their situation to that of Ted and Joyce. When Sarah reveals that she has done something that in Hank’s eyes is an ultimate betrayal of trust, but in her eyes is something to bring them together, the couple is forced to confront that what they both want from life is ultimately very different.

The title of the play really reflects what happens in New York! The story is very realistic – it has been said that New York is the city where it is so easy to fall off (become homeless) because you give as much as much as you get. The story is an interesting and enlightening account of how a couple can suffer in the city, get a helping hand but still be at its mercy. The powerful way in which Sarah is revealed to be so patient with Hank who is somewhat foul to her and everyone around him is thanks to the writer’s smooth writing.

Author: James Hanson

Genre: One act American drama set in New York

Type: One act play

Cast: Cast of four. 2M 2F

Ages of the actors: All late twenties to early thirties

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Thirty five to Forty five minutes

Set: Ted’s living room

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – challenging piece but with easy dialogue great for one act festivals and drama school

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Cost is $6.50 for this new digital script

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any questions about Things that Happen in New York

Copyright © August 2016 James Hanson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other great American plays for you to enjoy:

A Man’s home – one act American drama about a typical family
Dislocations – one act African American drama about a man lost in the wrong place at the wrong time
Early Liberty – two act American drama about a failing hotel