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Sindication – American one act play that breaks the fourth wall

American one act play

SINDICATION – AMERICAN ONE ACT PLAY THAT BREAKS THE FOURTH WALL

 

This experimental, short comic drama is a thought-provoking, Ionescu-like political play that mars the line between Man and Media. The fourth wall becomes especially dynamic in this amusing drama, in its role as a television screen, flashing across the eager, dumbed-down faces of a seemingly typical American family waiting for dinner, on a Sunday, after church in a small town we’re all somehow familiar with. Here they sit, this seemingly typical American family, each making wild accusations about the audience—who unwittingly takes on the role of the Media in all its forms—as this family tries, like they do every Sunday, to talk to each other by talking about everything else in this American one act play that breaks the fourth wall.

Sindication was an Official Finalist at the 2018 Manhattan Downtown Urban Arts Festival.

Author: T.K. Lee

Type: One act play

Genre: Drama, poignant comedy, satire depending on how it is played

Cast: 2M 2F and four voices 2F 1N

Ages of the actors: The four mains are middle aged and old and the voiced vary from a young girl’s to an adult reporter and an old woman

Suitable for: Older teens up to watch and perform. This play is an ideal play for drama students as it explores the concept of the Fourth Wall. 

Length: Fifteen to Twenty minutes

Set: A den with couch, recliner, and rocking chair. Dressed as any typical, southern, middle-class household might appear. Though we do not see an actual TV, the lighting should have the effect of a flashing TV screen of any nondescript channels across their faces.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – showing the detachment of the characters to the sometimes awful events they describe which mirror everyday life. 

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Cost is $7 for this finalist digital play script

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Copyright © March 2019 T.K. Lee and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays you may enjoy:


Shadow Government – American political drama/thriller
Dislocations – a drama about an African American man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Final Conversations – award winning drama about a mother and son’s final conversations

Dr. Reason – sci-fi play script about mental health and mind control

sci fi play script

DR REASON – SCI-FI PLAY SCRIPT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND MIND CONTROL

 

Dr. Rachel Junger, a psychologist is trying to find out why her former patients have devoted their lives to a revolutionary movement called ‘The Analog Underground’ when she’s called on to counsel a man with no past who believes he comes from a future where all of humanity shares a single consciousness. Is his vision a heaven or a hell? After the strange man makes an impossible escape, Dr. Junger has to find him to find out what happened that time long ago in the near future.

The man is Simon,  and it is he who tried to break into the Cybernetics Lab of the medical facility she works for. Little does Dr. Junger know that her interview with Simon (who thinks he is from the future) would be the catalyst to events that would change her life and the world, forever in this sci-fi play script about mental health and mind control.

Simon, a guinea pig, for some sinister testing within the Cybernetics Department, reveals his true nature as Dr Junger encourages him to do so. His current psyche is a result of a growth that’s being used to control his mind and rationale by an organisation known only as the Singularity. But then Simon disappears as it’s revealed that other very specific patients whom Dr Junger has encountered, have also been experimented on by the Singularity. Dr Junger gets closer to understanding why she must escape the Singularity’s clutches but initially, no less closer to understanding why the Analog Underground resistance movement has chosen her to be at the helm of a budding revolution. It’s a fight against time, for the future and for the people.

The heroes of the revolution never really know they are.

Read other plays by playwright – Sexbot – a female robot must be a spy for the enemy by David Philippe

Author: David Philippe

Type: Two-act play script

Genre: Sci-fi play, science fiction, play about mind control

Cast: 3M, 3F, 2N

Ages of the actors: Late twenties to middle aged

Suitable for: Adults to perform and watch.

Length: Two hours

Set: Various settings within an unnamed city; offices, holding cells, apartments, street scenes and warehouses.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – getting into the mindset of the paranoid schizophrenic and building tension

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

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Contact Off the Wall Plays with any queries about Dr Reason

Copyright © June 2018 David Philippe and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Others like it:

Boy-1 – science fiction play for teens
Where’s Mr M? – a world where you are controlled by the corporations, and you don’t know it
Lovely, dark and deep – sci fi play about a man’s journey to another world

The Back Seat – Drama play about rape

play about rape

THE BACK SEAT – DRAMA PLAY ABOUT RAPE

It’s easy, as life.

Doubt. It can be the smallest seed of the stuff but sometimes that is all it takes; the smallest seed sewn with the intent to do irreparable damage or unravel an inconvenient truth. In The Back Seat, a
two act drama play about rape, ‘inconvenience’ is the word as four young adults – Grace, Andy, Evan and Penny – face the callous truths about themselves and each other, on a planned weekend to Las Vegas that should have been fun.

Instead, a love quadrangle develops and to embellish it, Andy’s looming rape trial comes to light as the seriousness of what he faces casts an indubitable dark cloud over the planned getaway. Andy seems to believe the charges he faces will not stick. Penny is too high strung to think clearly enough, Evan believes Andy is guilty and Grace? Grace’s judgement is the most important to Andy, Evan and Penny but even she cannot deny how years of taking the easier path through life is more attractive, easy, clean, and … not inconvenient.

Author: Drew Moyer

Type: Two-act drama

Genre: Drama play about rape

Cast: Cast of four – 2M, 2F

Ages of the actors: Early twenties

Suitable for: Adults

Set: The interior of a rest stop, eastern Arizona, just west of Winslow. A
dusty Plexiglas display of Arizona wildlife, safety tips, etc. is mounted on one side; on the other, a frayed Arizona state flag. The rest of the wall space is taken up by brochure-sized travel maps, bulletin boards with local advertisements, etc. To either side, men’s and women’s restrooms, split by a water fountain, up-center. Center stage, a large wooden island, meant as a communal bench. As a whole, the room should look as though it hasn’t been tended to in some time—dusty, unkempt, abandoned. The action in the play may very well be the rest stop’s first visit in
several weeks.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – dealing with a sensitive subject

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Cost is $6.50 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © October 2016 Drew Moyer and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other dramas dealing with sensitive issues:

The happy Hornbill – play about domestic abuse
Ladykillers – three monologues by women who kill
Survivors include – one act teen drama about suicide

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