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Snow in July – collection of one act plays

collection of one act plays

SNOW IN JULY – COLLECTION OF ONE ACT PLAYS

A collection of one act plays by American playwright James Campbell. From the comedic absurd to the dark and sinister, these plays are both thought provoking and enjoyable to stage.

Hossback: This satirical off the wall comedy rips off typical cowboys from the old west, or at least modern society’s idea of what cowboys actually were like by taking an over the top view of them. From the way they loved their hosses like real women, to their predilection for hanging ‘criminals’ of an description to their manner of speaking – all those cowboy traits we are so fond of are chewed up and spat out again.

Murder in the asylum: The patients and the staff in the local lunatic asylum are getting murdered one by one until there’s only two men standing. One of them’s the murderer…. But, since they’re mad as hatters, they both think it isn’t them.

Sunset on the Potomac: Under absurdia, but poignant comedy about a music teacher and her family, her loves, life and children at the end of which a dark twist is finally revealed.

Baboons: It’s the time of the Romans and those annoying Christians (sorry Baboons) keep getting in the way! Should they kill them like wild boars and baboons? Or do they put on a play?

First to see the lights go on: A drama about post natal depression and its consequences. When Frank meets Arlene at the bus stop and they strike up a conversation, Arlene seems both child like and innocent. But her innocence hides a deathly secret.

Jumping the league: A comedy for a small cast. A priest (who has a foul mouth) and his best friend in 1960’s Pre Vietnam have both decided, and chosen this day to tell each other that they are literally both ‘jumping the league’ and leaving their old lives behind forever.

The Restaurants are Screaming: In this period drama set at the end of the second world war, Ludwig has been living with his daughter, Marcia and his son in law, Joe for the past three months. The play focuses on an abusive father, who now he is old, struggles to understand the consequences of his actions as well as the effect he has on other people. The play draws parallels between his two adult children freeing themselves from their abusive father, the death of the old way of life and the rebirth of the new way of life as the allies win the war in 1945.

Style: A drama about a rough group of factory workers on the line and the day they get the news their factory is closing and their work is gone. It’s all they’ve ever known.

The Watch Below: A group of sailors on a boat in the war are isolated due to an outbreak of deadly meningitis. It’s a tension filled situation as the sick man is at first missing then aggressive and no one can get away.

Read other plays by American playwright James Campbell – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropsists – the musical.

Author: James Campbell

Type: Collection of one act plays

Genre: Comedy, theatre of the absurd, drama

Cast: Various from cast of 2 (First to see the lights go on) to 10 for Style.

Ages of the actors: All adult

Suitable for: Some of the plays are for adults only due to suggestions of sex and the occasional bad language.

Length: From ten minutes to forty minutes

Set: As per play

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – play dependent – plays tend to be character driven, and explore the human condition

Many of these plays are also available to purchase singly.

Read a Sample of the Script for Hossback

Read a Sample of the script for Murder in the Asylum

Read a sample of the script for Sunset on the Potomac

Read a Sample of the script for Baboons

Read a Sample of the Script for First to see the lights go on

Read a Sample of the script for Jumping the League

Read a sample of the script for The Restaurants are Screaming

Read a Sample of the script for Style

Read a Sample of the script for The Watch Below




Cost is $12 for the digital compilation.

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Copyright © 2015 James Campbell and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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The Vampire Drudgeries – teen comedy play about a rebellious vegetarian vampire

teen comedy play

THE VAMPIRE DRUDGERIES – TEEN COMEDY PLAY ABOUT A REBELLIOUS VEGETARIAN VAMPIRE

In this teen comedy play, Anton, the “son” of Count Dracula and his bride, is celebrating his birthday. Of sorts…

It’s not quite a birthday. It is, essentially, the day he died and was reborn a vampire. It’s known as his “Deathday”. In ‘The Vampire Drudgeries’, a comedy in one act, we see that for every growing teenage vampire their greatest wish on their “Deathday” is freedom!  This isn’t an uncommon wish, whether you’re a  ‘so called bloodsucking monster’ or an ordinary  human teen.   The freedom to go where he wants and do what he wants.  How about eat what he wants?  Well…..Anton is part of a  coven including; zombies, witches, werewolves and even the Frankenstein monster, that has to live by ‘vegetarian’ rules, thus the freedom to truly accept his true nature would be priceless.

Luckily for Anton, the omens may just be in his favour. Unfortunately, for the rest of us that is not a good sign.

The rules became as unreal as those whom they were imposed on. Unreal, unimaginable and undead.

Author: Sonja Staunton

Type: One act comedy about teen vampires.

Genre: Teen comedy play

Cast: Mains: 2M, 2F. General: 7M 4M plus iwitches, obsessed with their phones and a not very bright bunch of Zombies

Ages of the actors: Teens up

Suitable for: All teens

Length:  10-15 minutes

Set: Black box set or minimal set

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – fun easy script for teens

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Cost is $6.50 for this previously produced teen play

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Copyright © June 2018 Sonja Krohn and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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Stage performance of The Vampire Drudgeries

Jinxed – insane one act comedy script

insane one act comedy script

JINXED – INSANE ONE ACT COMEDY SCRIPT

It’s the usual group therapy session run by the Doc, as she is known to her patients. There’s the twins, charging round the room as usual, Val the angry girl (nobody seems to know why), Nic, the antisocial young man and a new guy, Ludovic who just wants his money back as he doesn’t really need therapy, despite being covered in blood and brandishing a knife. It’s also 50% off everything at the local mall and the masses are surging outside in this insane one act comedy script.

When an actor barges in with a clock strapped to his chest that’s ticking down to zero, the group has to decide what to do. Could it be a time bomb? Nobody wants to find out. Nobody wants to be trapped in the room with 5 other lunatics and ticking timebomb either. But do they have a choice?

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Somerset College, Queensland, Australia – 2018

Read a teen drama by Ash – Someone to Remember.

Author: Ash Crestfelt

Genre: Off The Wall insane one act comedy

Type: One act comedy

Cast: 4M, 7F, 5N (can vary – there are 4 listed nurses and citizens but can be accomplished with a smaller cast)

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: To watch: All ages To perform: Teens up

Length: 35 minutes

Set: A small psychologist’s office. There is a ring of chairs for a therapy session.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – portraying the more outlandish characters believably.

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Cost is $9.00 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © February 2017 Ash Crestfelt and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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Awaiting Patients – comedy for high school festivals

comedy for high school

AWAITING PATIENTS – COMEDY FOR HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVALS SET IN THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

It’s a typical evening in the local doctor’s office and the reception is packed full to the brim with the its share of typical (and atypical) patients. There’s the heavily pregnant lady, demanding Nutella and cantaloupes, her flustered fiance, the seventy seven year old guy who just wants to find the bathroom, the suburban housewife and off course, the local oddball, Tom, who has made it his duty to hit on the air headed receptionist.

There’s only one thing missing and that’s “Cartwright,” the next patient on the doctor’s list. Company policy dictates that the doctor has to wait for any patient that is running late for up to an hour. And so the doctor waits. As does everybody else stuck behind him in the queue.

Tensions and frustrations run high in this off beat comedy by Chris Cartwright. ‘Awaiting Patients’ first premiered at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN. It opened on May 23rd, 2014 and was directed by Christopher Cartwright.

Further Performance History

Socastee High School, SC, USA, 2016
Fulton High School, IL, USA – 2016
New Hampshire Festival – Kearsage Regional High School, USA – 2017
Holy Rosary Convent, Johannesburg, South Africa – 2017
Jefferson High School, OR, USA – 2017
Stagefright Drama Group, Jersey, United Kingdom – 2017
Hermitage High School, VA, USA – 2017
Simsbury High School, CT, USA – 2017
Golden Windmill Historical Society, IL, USA – 2018
St. Stephen High School, NB, Canada – 2018
British International College, Bryanston, South Africa – 2018
Little Rock Christian Academy, AR, USA – 2018

Author: Christopher Cartwright

Genre: Comedy for high school festivals

Type: One act play

Cast:  Cast of 8. 3F, 3M, 2N (one is a one liner part)

Suitable for: High school drama festivals

Length: 40 minutes

Set: A small waiting room in a doctor’s office. This is your typical
waiting room – chairs placed uncomfortably close together, end tables with obviously fake plants, etc. There is a receptionist’s desk upstage right and a door upstage center next to the desk.

Level of difficulty: 6/10

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Cost is $11.00 for this best selling digital play

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Arcanum – One Act Comedy about Friends and Love

one act comedy

 ARCANUM – one act comedy about friends and love

A group of friends that meet everyday for lunch in the park may prove to be a bit too much for the new guy at the office to handle, as they discuss everything from movies and food, to love and loss. This character driven comedy is sure to delight all those who enjoy good humor and wit in this one act comedy about friends and love.

Author: James Chisholm

Actors: 5M, 1F

Ages of Actors: Five in their 20s-30s, 1 older M tiny part few lines only

Genre: Comedy

Length: 20-25 minutes

Type: One Act Play

Difficulty: 6/10 – achieving a climax in the play

Suitable for: All Ages

Set: Simple – a park bench, dustbin, lamp post and a easel for ‘doc’

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Cost is $8

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