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Chicken Salad – one act drama for two women

one act drama for two women


Chicken Salad depicts a difficult confrontation between a woman and her mother following the woman’s husband’s funeral. People grieve in different ways. The bonds that exists in families is more fragile than people think, possibly because the deep bonds between family makes them assume that other family members think the same way they do. At the same time, when a wound is incurred, it goes a lot deeper. And it makes forgiveness a lot harder.

Chicken Salad was produced originally as part of the Source Washington Theatre Festival. It has been produced professionally by Tavern Stage (Washington DC) and the Potomac Theatre Company (Potomac MD), as well as at a community theater, Cedar Lane Stage (Bethesda, MD), by The Command Performers (UK) – 2018, at Mary Washington College (Staunton VA) and by Harding University, AZ, USA in 2020.
Friends University, KS, USA – 2022

Read about playwright Paul Donnelly. Other dramas (Survivors include) by Paul Donnelly.

Author: Paul Donnelly

Genre: Drama for two women

Type: One act play

Cast: 2F

Ages of the actors: Drama for one older woman and one young to early middle aged

Suitable for: Adults

Length: Twenty five to thirty minutes

Set: A small galley-type kitchen UR, a dining area C
and an entrance hallway UL. There is lots of counter space
between the kitchen and dining area. The furnishngs are
HUB/Marlow Dutch Colonial.

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 – challenging play for two women which should reflect the complexity of their mother daughter relationship.

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Copyright December 2015 Paul Donnelly and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this drama for two women? Other two handers for women:

My child – drama about a teenage unwanted pregnancy
My middle name is angry – award winning comedy script
Nights – funny musical Arabian Nights


Check Off in the Sun – family drama script


family drama script

Victoria is terminally ill. She arranges for a villa in the southwest and has her closest friends and family join her for what is assumed to be a final meeting among them. Two generations attend. It is a farewell but none can figure out how to say farewell. Each comes with a personal history, each with a personal need to assert what Victoria means to him or her, the part she played in his or her life, and even expectations for what Victoria should feel about them. Least of all can they figure out how to handle the impending death.

Traditional arguments among them resume, but now highly tense in the context of a life viewed as an entirety. Each questions his or her own and each other’s accomplishments to the extent their personalities permit. Each questions even more the roles others played in Victoria’s life. And Victoria concludes they came for no reason but to check her off. She herself is not sure why she called them.

There is a frightening police marijuana raid and a steak missing at the dinner table; but they learn how to give comfort and some about life and death, their own as well as Victoria’s.

This play has been previously workshopped. Read about playwright Leonard Goodisman. Comedies by Leonard.

Author: Leonard Goodisman

Genre: Family drama script

Type: Two-act drama script

Cast: 4M, 5F

Length: 120 minutes

Ages of the actors: One teen, rest twenties to late fifties.

Suitable for: All ages

Set: Minimum. No lighting changes.A table, a chair or two, some suitcases, paper documents.

Level of Difficulty:  8/10 – building tension and climax

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Cost is $5 for this workshopped script

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Copyright July 2014 Leonard Goodisman and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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