Jeffrey Harr

Jeffrey Harr teaches English at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio, and served as the assistant drama director for 14 years.  

He is a proud member of ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE) and a staunch advocate for young adult literature as well as a teaching consultant for the National Writing Project, an organization dedicated to helping teachers find the writers within themselves so that they can better reach their students.

He has published several poems, his favorite being “Peace,” a part of the speakpeace project, a touring exhibition of art created by Vietnamese children with accompanying poetry written by Americans spreading a message of peace.  

Several of his one-act plays have been produced at his high school to rave reviews, one of them having starred his daughter who went on the most awkward date of her life with the guy of her dreams—on stage for about a thousand people to see. His plays reveal truths about kids—their awkwardness and despair, hope and helplessness—with a comedic sensitivity that pays tribute to how utterly special they are.

Plays by Jeffrey Harr

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Bad Taste in Boys

by Jeffrey Harr

Rachel has bad taste in boys: Jerry with the forehead tattoos, Nicky with the prison sentence, and Ed with the "being a zombie" thing.

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

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Beggar's Night

by Jeffrey Harr

Claire thinks Halloween is going to be humdrum as usual... until a vampire shows up and asks to be invited in.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 2 M + 3 W + 2 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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Better Than The Movie

by Jeffrey Harr

First dates can be the worst or the best. Especially when you're on a date with the guy or girl of your dreams.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 1 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 12 pages

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Better Than The Movie - Socially Distanced Version

by Jeffrey Harr

A socially-distanced version of Better Than the Movie.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 1 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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Building Blocks

by Jeffrey Harr

A boy and a girl share words of wisdom straight from their parents' mouths.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 2 M + 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 11 pages

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Building Blocks, Virtually

by Jeffrey Harr

A boy and a girl share words of wisdom straight from their parents' mouths.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 2 M + 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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C'mon And Dance

by Jeffrey Harr

Dancer loves to dance. But she is shy and a little insecure. How does she work past her feelings and let go? How does she dance like no one’s watching?

  • About 15 minutes
  • 7 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 8 pages

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Close Encounters of the Undead Kind

by Jeffrey Harr

Three ghoulishly delightful plays.

  • About 60 minutes
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 59 pages

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If You Can't Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Cry

by Jeffrey Harr

Annarosarosemarie is ready and raring to go for her first play audition. Miss Johnson is not ready to see what Annarosarosemarie has prepared. Not ready at all.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 11 pages

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If You Can't Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Cry - Virtual Version

by Jeffrey Harr

Annarosarosemarie is ready and raring to go for her first virtual play audition. Miss Johnson is not ready to see what Annarosarosemarie has prepared. Not ready at all.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 2 W
  • Virtual Production
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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Master of Puppets

by Jeffrey Harr

The guidance counsellors of Ambrose High have decided to speak to senior class couples about the power of communication.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 1 M + 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 17 pages

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Stereotype High

by Jeffrey Harr

High school is full of stereotypes – or is it?

  • About 105 minutes
  • 9 M + 9 W + 4 Any Gender, Plus onstage crew
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 107 pages

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The Support Group from Hell

by Jeffrey Harr

Wendy walks into a typical teen support group but quickly discovers that that the others are anything but typical.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 3 M + 5 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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The Virtual Support Group from Hell

by Jeffrey Harr

Wendy joins an online teen support group. However, she quickly discovers that the others are anything but typical.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 3 M + 5 W
  • Virtual Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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You're Cosplaying My Song

by Jeffrey Harr

Love conquers all, even for a Queen Elf and a Jedi in Omega Six.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 9 pages

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