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Scream – one act suspense thriller

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SCREAM – ONE ACT SUSPENSE THRILLER

The power is out as Mary Jones enters her kitchen early one morning to prepare breakfast.  She and her husband will discover from their neighbors that what looks like a meteor shower has not only knocked out all electricity but batteries as well as cars and all electrical items.

How long this blackout will last is one of many terrifying realizations as the neighbors try to go about the task of maintaining order (protecting the neighborhood) and taking care of daily necessities (how will they cook, how long before the freezer contents go bad, how extensive is this power disabling celestial occurrence, what about the children away at school, what about world peace).

Doug Jones, seeking that all elusive Pulitizer winning story realizes that this is a golden opportunity.

There is nothing normal about the next few hours as the neighbors try to plan ahead.  The women are quick to want to share what they have with the others on the street; the men cautious about survival.

Herb Smith, the self appointed policeman, envisions robbers from a nearby housing complex about to descend upon them.  As he readies his guns to secure his property as well as his neighbors, a young man who has escaped from a gang related incident in the housing complex is desperately seeking a place to hide.  Mary Smith, alone and frightened, is his victim.

The true traits of the neighbors (Mary, Doug, Sally and Herb) not only come to the fore in this crisis but determine who will survive and who will not.

SCREAM was a finalist in the Tennessee Williams One Act Play Competition in 2014.

FURTHER PRODUCTION HISTORY

University of Urbana, OH, USA – 2017

Read about best selling playwright Jean Blasiar. Other plays (Am I good – giggly one act comedy) by Jean.

Author: Jean Blasiar

Genre: Suspense thriller play script

Type: One act play

Cast: 3M 2F actors

Ages of the actors: Four middle aged to older and one teenage boy

Suitable for: PG 8

Length: 45-50 minutes

Set: Home of Mary and Doug Jones, specifically the kitchen/office.
Office is set up with a FAX, computer, monitor, wireless phone, (2) lap tops, a partner’s desk, chairs with knee holes facing each other
Kitchen is very modern, all electric: stove, ovens, dishwasher, microwave, coffee pot, toaster. Small color TV on counter
Small round table and four chairs
Door stage left to rest of house
Door upstage center to driveway with window, top half
Window over sink looking out onto the driveway and house next door.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – building up to the climax in this suspense thriller

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Cost is $7 for this finalist digital script

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Copyright © November 2015 Jean Blasiar and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other suspense thrillers in stock:

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The Dark Chronicles of the Golden Raven Society – ghost story script

 

The Basement – One act comedy thriller

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THE BASEMENT – ONE ACT COMEDY THRILLER

Carol and Mark have a problem. Besides the fact that Mark has cheated on Carol, Carol is a raging alcoholic, Mark is wanted by the police, and they now have an even bigger problem – the body in the basement. It’s been about a week and the body is starting to smell. But will they get rid of the body before anyone finds out? A one act comedy thriller for three adults.

Performance History:

Edinboro University’s Diebold Center for the Performing Arts – 2015

Read more about award winning author Ashley Nader. Other adult plays by Ashley Nader.

Author: Ashley Nader

Genre: Thriller with funny lines

Type: One act play

Length: Twenty minutes

Number of actors: Three, 2M, 1F

Ages of actors: Adult, two middle aged, one slightly younger but can be varied

Suitable for: Adults only – graphic language

Set: The living room of an upmarket house

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – easy lines but creating tension and bringing it to a climax makes for an interesting piece.

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Cost is $9.00 for this digital script from an award winning author

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any questions about The Basement

Copyright January 2014 Ashley Nader and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like thrillers? Read some of our other thrillers:

You do love me, don’t you? A funny but scary psycho thriller in one act
The price of a Ghost – a ghost story in two acts
Abstinence only – a one act psychological thriller about two trysting students who get held hostage in their apartment