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The Dane – ten minute comedy plays

ten minute comedy plays


Two stuck up veteran actors are waiting for the final audition for the part of Hamlet. They are waiting on a third actor, who just happens to be the young handsome lead for a well known local medical drama. When he arrives, it becomes apparent that the young actor actually knows very little about Shakespeare (But he did some in high school.) At first, the the two veterans are not amused, but then they decide to mess with him, thinking that he would never get the part, being so unskilled. However, their plans go awry when it turns out that the director plans to give the part to the handsome young actor in spite of all that, because he thinks it will attract an audience. And that on top of that, he wants them to help the young actor get the part.


Reading School, Reading, United Kingdom – 2017
Massanutten Military Academy, VA, USA – 2017
Waukee High School, Friday Night Live, IA, USA – 2017
Green Place Theatre Company, Glasgow, Scotland, UK – 2018
The College of William and Mary, VA, USA – 2019
JFed Players Community Theatre Ensemble, CA, USA – 2021

Author: James O’Sullivan

Type: Ten minute comedy plays

Genre: One act comedy script

Cast: Written for 4M but can be 3M 1F

Ages of the actors: 2 middle aged, one young, 1 any age

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Ten minutes

Set: Three chairs are required

Level of difficulty: 5/10 – a funny, easy play that plays on characterization

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