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Play Scripts for Schools suitable for Pre-teen

The Myths at the Edge of the World

by Matthew Webster

Four campers are not only lost in the wood, they are lost at the edge of the world with no land, water, stars or sun. The only way to bring life back is to ask the right questions that will release stories from the wind.

  • About 50 minutes
  • 2 M + 3 W + 2 Any Gender, Expandable to 30
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 42 pages

Nerd Herd

by Christian Kiley

A funny and endearing look at love, dreams, slushes, and the unexpected twists and turns that life takes when you’re saving the universe.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 3 M + 4 W + 1 Any Gender, Extras as needed
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 39 pages

No Horse Town

by Lindsay Price

For the young men of Heywood, crossing the street is as dangerous as going off to war. A highly stylized comedy.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 3 M + 7 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 23 pages

Not Going Anywhere

by Emma Fonseca Halverson

A Mexican family struggles to get by while ICE attempts to tear them apart.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 2 M + 3 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 25 pages

Oddball

by Lindsay Price

A vignette play that embraces the odd. Odd jobs, odd socks, odd one out, odd reactions and odd boyfriends.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 7 M + 20 W + 5 Any Gender, Doubling Possible
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 38 pages

One Beer Too Many

by Billy Houck

Skip writes from the heart, but uncovers something no one wants to read.

  • About 10 minutes
  • 1 M
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

The Other Room

by Christian Kiley

Dad is recovering from cancer and heavy chemotherapy treatments in the other room. It has become a dark corner of the house, especially for Mary, who rarely goes in there.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 4 M + 3 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

Pandemic Pancake

by Lindsay Price

How will you respond to this evolving new world?

  • About 35 minutes
  • 34 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

Pandora's Fire

by Judith White

Pandora's curiosity gets the better of her in this theatrical retelling of the Greek myth.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 3 M + 4 W + 3 Any Gender, Plus chorus
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 24 pages

Passing Period Purgatory

by Christian Kiley

Sometimes the hardest part of school is getting from one class to the next.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 13 Any Gender + 1 Non-Binary
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools

Patterns and Power: The Female Edison

by Lindsay Price

How did a 12 year old girl, with little education and no experience with mechanical engineering invent a safety part for a power loom?

  • About 30 minutes
  • 2 W + 17 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 37 pages

The Pauper Princess

by Holly Beardsley inspired by Mark Twain

A retelling of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper.

  • About 75 minutes
  • 10 M + 28 W + 34 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 71 pages

The Perils of Modern Education

by Matthew Webster

A comedic romp through the stresses and struggles of making it through the school day.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 3 M + 19 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 39 pages

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

adapted by Mrs. Evelyn Merritt from Robert Browning

There are consequences for the people of Hamelin when they refuse to pay the Piper. A theatricalization of the Robert Browning poem.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 6 M + 4 W + 13 Any Gender, Rats
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for Middle Schools
  • 23 pages

The Plucky Pie Murder

by Dara Murphy

The star quarterback has been charged with murdering the mascot and a farce of a trial ensues. The audience plays the jury in this black comedy.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 8 M + 4 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 30 pages

Postcards from Shakespeare

by Allison Williams

Shakespeare has writer’s block. Nothing inspires him. Queen Elizabeth sends him on a trip around the world to find inspiration.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 6 M + 4 W + 5 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 37 pages

The Pretty Princess Dollhouse for Pretty Princesses

by Emma Fonseca Halverson

Gabi is suffering from metaphoric asthma. The walls are closing in and she can’t breathe.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 16 pages

Rainbows vs. Bunnies: Annihilation

by Bradley Walton

A talking bunny. A talking rainbow. Plus annihilation.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 16 Any Gender, 8 actors possible with doubling
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 23 pages

Rebootilization

by Alan Haehnel

Stories are under attack. It's a pandemic so big, the government’s involved. The rebootilization plan is foolproof so long as pirates don't get loose....

  • About 120 minutes
  • 13 M + 15 W + 25 Any Gender, Expandable to 85+
  • Unit set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 82 pages

Red Rover

by Christian Kiley

A young girl is pulled out of her history class to go to the hospital where she discovers she has cancer. She befriends Lucy (who is chemotherapy personified) and she and Lucy prepare to take the disease.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 1 M + 3 W + 12 Any Gender, Doubling Possible
  • Recommended for High Schools

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