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Meeting Meryl – Short comedy plays – theatre of the absurd

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Once upon a time, there lived a typical self obsessed family – dad, Jim, now dead, Barbara, the mother, slightly alcoholic and Emma,  their daughter, obsessed with film stars, and especially Meryl Streep, to the extent that she has gone into acting herself.   A terrifying audition for Emma looms in the future, for a part in the latest Meryl Streep production. However, Emma is so frightened of the idea that she has made up her mind not to go.   In this one act comedy,  Emma is surprised by her dad, Jim’s apparent return from the dead on their living room couch.  Jim’s purpose in returning from the dead is to get her to actually go to that audition. Linda, an invisible angel also joins forces with the other characters. In the end, one sees that, despite their glaring self obsessive behavior, they care about Emma’s future happiness.

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Author: Jim Curtis

Genre: Short Comedy Plays, theatre of the absurd

Type: One act play

Length: Fifteen to twenty minutes

Number of Actors:  Five,  2M, 3F

Ages of the actors:  Two in their twenties,  one thirties to forties F,  one middle aged to older couple

Suitable for: All ages

Set: The living room of a typical upper middle class house

Level of Difficulty: The script appears nonsensical – making it understandable for the audience

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Anna, alone – a one act drama script about a girl dealing with multiple personality disorder

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ANNA ALONE –  a one act drama script about a girl dealing with multiple personality disorder

Set in a psychologist’s office, Anna alone is a drama about a girl who has multiple personality disorder caused by physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her mother. The play deals with her confronting the issue of her mother’s death so that she can come to terms with who she is.

All the different ‘sides’ of Anna’s personality can be played by various different actresses – the interplay between them is the fascinating part of this one act drama script.

Anna alone performance history:

The Roial players, USA, 2016
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland,2016
Cedar Falls High School, USA, 2017
The Gregory School, AZ, USA, 2017
Lakewood High School, FL, USA, 2017
Pearland High School, TX, USA – 2018
Holy Rosary School, Edenvale, South Africa – 2018
Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa – 2018
Independent Production, Victoria, Australia – 2018
John Hopkins Middle School, FL, USA – 2018
LA Matheson Secondary, British Columbia, Canada – 2018
Wilson High School, PA, USA – 2019
Santa Barbara City College Theatre Arts Dept., CA, USA – 2019
West Delaware Schools, IA, USA – 2020
Westville Theatre, KZN, South Africa – 2020
Alabama State University, AL, USA – 2020
St Francis de Sales College, South Australia, Australia – 2020
Crystal River High School, FL, USA – 2020
Cabaret Theatre at Rutgers University, NJ, USA – 2021
Erie High School, CO, USA – 2022
Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts Theatre Department, LA, USA – 2022
Friends University, KS, USA – 2022
St. Roch Catholic Secondary School, ON, Canada – 2022
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, VA, USA – 2022
Oct14entertainment.com, PA, USA – 2023
Winthrop University Theatre and Dance, SC, USA – 2023


Author: Cat Coxon

Genre: Drama

Type: One 1 act play

Length of Play: Twenty to twenty five minutes

Characters: 4F 1M

Ages of actors: 1 middle aged M, 2 young (teens to twenties), 2 any age.

Suitable for: 12 up

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – keeping the tension

Set: Simple – a psychologist’s office with a couch big enough for 3 people and a desk and chair for the doctor.

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Copyright Cat Coxon Off The Wall Plays April 2012

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