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On how to Accommodate Marlo’s Frying Pan – one act for a cast of 5

one act for a cast of five


Marlo has a problem with her frying pan. She can’t get rid of it. Worse, she never knows what to do with it or why she has it or how she even got it. Every day, it’s the same old, same old, and she feels like everyone else makes fun of her for it—her so-called friends—with all their ideas that also never work out. They have their issues, too! In fact, everyone has something they have to deal with on a daily basis. And in Marlo’s case, it’s a frying pan in this one act for a cast of 5.

Poor Marlo. She’s frustrated. She’s mad. And she can’t tell anymore if she needs to find out the How or the Why.  All she can come up with is a lot of Maybes. Of course, maybe it’s never been about Why she is where she is, but about What she is while she’s there. (Right? Maybe). Sigh. Then again, maybe what matters is simply knowing that there’s safety in numbers—even if, and maybe especially if, those numbers are all…odd.


Curro Rivonia, Sandton, South Africa – 2019
Sulphur Springs High School, TX, USA – 2021
Devenport Repertory Theatre, Tasmania, Australia – 2021


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Curro Rivonia, Sandton, South Africa – 2019


Author: T.K. Lee

Type: One act play

Genre: Comedy

Cast: One act for a cast of 5 characters,  Marlo and Seeda (F) and Riddy Pop, Boon and John (M)

Ages of the actors: Any age

Suitable for: All ages to watch and teens up to perform.

Length: Forty minutes

Set: A room.  Though other things may be added for effect or staging, at director discretion, please make sure the following items are present on stage, at the beginning, as they’re referenced directly by the characters:
A hat rack
A trunk large enough to fit BOON
A potted plastic plant with coffee grounds
A large box, raised, (they all stand on it) – though it could be done with lighting

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – this play has a philosophical off the wall feel. Getting the feeling of the play right is important.

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Like this play? Other plays with a similar feel:

A Puzzle for Two – a philosophical play
The Condition – one day in the loony bin
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