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The Bowl of Soup – award winning ten minute drama plays

one act drama PLAYS


She’s leaving him. She’s met a man and has been seeing him for a while now. She anxiously awaits a man coming to pick her up. He blandly eats a bowl of soup. Her life is packed in a suitcase beside her chair as she waits and waits and waits as he continues to eat as if nothing has happened.

Sometimes when a traumatic event occurs in our lives, we resort to etiquette to cope with the here and now. Although he seems strangely at ease with what’s happening to him. Much to her discomfort.

The Bowl Of Soup also was a winner for the Longwood Theatre’s 0 to 60: Longwood Ten-Minute Play Festival
 and took second place in the 2012 Porter Fleming Literary Competition.


Independent production, Naples, FL, USA – 2018
Samford College, AL, USA – 2019
Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO, USA – 2019

Read about playwright Terry Roueche. Other ten minute dramas (The associate) by Terry Roueche.

Author: Terry Roueche

Type: One act play, ten minute drama plays

Length: Ten minutes

Cast: 1M 1F

Ages of the actors: Married couple any age

Suitable for: All ages

Set: A kitchen table

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – achieving tension in a very commonplace scene

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $10 for this award winning digital play script

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Bowl of Soup

Copyright © January 2016 Terry Roueche and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other ten minute dramas for your perusal:

Why shoot your husband? – drama in ten minutes
The Investigation – ten minute drama scripts
Becoming disappeared – eerie sci fi script


The Encounter – romantic drama for two actors

romantic drama for two actors


Paul encounters Laura, or rather a slightly tipsy and thus rather bold (or forward) Laura accosts Paul at an art gallery. They’re both met briefly at a dinner in the past and both remember each other. Paul is slightly shy at first, but Laura is so unconventionally forward that he soon warms up to her advances and starts to flirt back. But what will become of their evening?

The Encounter is one of the short plays which form a collection known as Ugly art, many of which have been published by Off The Wall plays.

Production History

THE ENCOUNTER was selected for the 2003 Third Annual Pregnant Chad New Plays Festival, Stormy Weather Players in New Windsor, New York and was produced off off Broadway. It was also produced in Los Angeles by Drama West.

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA – 2016
Melfort Amateur Dramatics – SK, Canada – 2018
The Old Nick theatre, Gainsborough, UK – 2019
Nirak Films, Warwichshire, UK – 2020


‘Sumter Item, Sumter, South Carolina
Produced by Urban Theater of Sumter 2004
“Three large canvases (blue, yellow and green) one bench and a small table displaying several wine glasses set the stage for “Ugly Art,” written by last year’s South Carolina playwright’s winner Terry Roueche… The play itself is sophisticated dialogue, evoking laughter through seven vignettes that explore a variety of topics – marriage, control, snobbery, fidelity and artistic talk…

Redditch Advertiser, Worcesterhire, England
Produce by Mouthpiece Theatre, Worcestershire, England 2004
“Putting on a theatre performance is always a risky business. You don’t know whether the audience will turn off he telly and risk the chance of a waster evening. Mouthpiece Productions remedies this by taking theatre to the people. And if has certainly deliver the goods with its latest festival offering – Ugly Art… The show was a treat – a performance of this quality is worth traveling to watch. The show was light accessible and above all, very entertaining.’

Read more about playwright Terry Roueche. Other plays (Wilson) by Terry.

Author: Terry Roueche

Type: One act play, ten minute romantic drama

Genre: Romantic drama script

Cast: 1M 1F in cast

Ages of the actors: Cast should be over thirty years old

Suitable for: All ages

Set: Blank stage or stage with a painting on it. Wine glasses needed as props.

Length: Ten to fifteen minutes long

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – actors should be able to show the subtle nuances involved when a man and woman intially flirt and then get more serious.

Read a Sample of the Script

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Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about The Encounter

Copyright © November 2015 Terry Roueche and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other romantic plays for two actors:

Uncovered – romantic drama for 1 M 1F set in Chicago
Wallflower house – play about conquering agoraphobia
Naked – one act romantic comedy about internet dating

Roots and Wings – Award winning two-hander drama for men

two-hander drama


Two day laborers for a construction company dig a hole in the earth 13 feet deep. When the work crew leaves at the day’s end they are simply forgotten, abandoned, with no way out. Their struggle plays out beyond just learning to work together to escape, for both men are trapped by, and come to face, their own choices in life and what makes each of them feel powerless.

Joey, in his mid to late 20s, is angry at the world, but doesn’t know where to direct his rage. He wants nothing more than to prove his worth as a man, but in a much deeper philosophical sense, he feels the need to reason his existence but doesn’t understand his life beyond a primitive turmoil. Life has not taught him how to grapple with the meaning of his feelings.

Billy, in his 40s or 50s, wants only to be left alone. He was no different than Joey when he was younger, but life has brought him defeat, hopelessness, and the feeling of impotence against the world which holds a strong power over him. He has given up and knows each of his tomorrows will be no different than the day before. He fears and placates authority and hates this about himself.

As the story unfolds the men move through a series of personal crises. First, they come to accept that they are trapped. Then, blame heightens the tension as Joey becomes more and more frustrated and dangerous. Because he is primitive and inarticulate he knows no other way to solve his problems than using his fist. But as the two men begin to learn about one another, the tension eases. At this point Joey gains an understanding which opens a door for him to attempt to reason his existence.

The play reveals a single yet significant difference in their lives: one man had a father and one did not. Both characters gain a moral strength and attempt one possibility to escape which fails quickly. Billy gives up and begins digging furiously into the side of the pit. Since this would cause the earth to collapse on top of them and bury them alive Joey roughly stops him. Billy, emotionally broken, collapses and begins to weep. This enrages Joey and once again he reverts to using his fist. But his anger turns as he begins to understand his existence for the first time in his life; in order to survive, both physically and psychologically, it is vital that they each stand up for themselves.

Roots & Wings won 1st place in the 2012 Porter Fleming Literary Competition. Other dramas (The Associate) by Terry Roeuche. Read about playwright Terry Roueche.

Performance History:

Actors Theatre Workshop – Canada, 2016
North Hawaii Players, Hawaii, USA – 2018
Teaterverket – Netherlands – 2019
Silliman University Philippines – 2021


Author: Terry Roueche

Genre: Two-hander drama, Award winning plays

Type: One act play

Cast: Cast of 2M

Ages of the actors: One younger, one older actor

Suitable for: Play suitable for all ages

Length: 20-30 minutes long

Set: The bottom of a thirteen foot hole the two men have dug. Shovels etc. lying round.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – character driven play, award wining, nice play to get your teeth into

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $10 for this award winning digital script

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Roots and Wings

Copyright © September 2015 Terry Roeche and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other one act dramas to peruse:

Survivors include – one act teen drama about preventing a teen committing suicide
Behind the Nets – 1930’s period drama about homosexuality in a staid community
When summer dies of shame – one act drama for 2F 1M