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Issue-Based Plays

Body image, bullying, and suicide are only a few of the teen-centred issues explored in this category.

Anonymous

by Allison Green

Anonymous is a story of every teenager: trying to fit in, trying to belong, trying to fall in love. It's hard to be an individual when you're trying to survive.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 1 M + 3 W + 15 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 32 pages

The Art of Rejection: Two One Act Plays

by Christian Kiley

R is the only letter in a sea of numbers. Potential sits in a chair. These two one acts - Art of Rejection and Chaired can be performed separately or together.

  • 1 M + 1 W + 27 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 39 pages
This collection contains The Art of Rejection and Chaired

Baalzebub

by Rachel Atkins

Will they establish civility or fall apart?

  • About 80 minutes
  • 1 M + 11 W, Easily expandable
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 71 pages

Baalzebub - One Act Version

by Rachel Atkins

Will they establish civility or fall apart?

  • About 35 minutes
  • 11 W, Easily expandable
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 34 pages

The Battle of Image vs Girl

by Johanna Skoreyko

One Girl. One Mirror. Against the world.

  • About 10 minutes
  • 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 15 pages

Boat

by Lindsay Price

In this one-act middle school vignette play, characters come face-to-face with the fact that there are other people in their boat. Some are different. Some only seem different.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 4 M + 7 W + 3 Any Gender, Expandable to 32
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for Middle Schools
  • 35 pages

Body Body

by Lindsay Price

Madeline has body issues. So much so that her different body parts are coming to life and talking back. But Madeline is tired of feeling bad about her body.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 2 M + 4 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 54 pages

Body Body: Competition Length Version

by Lindsay Price

Madeline has body issues. So much so that different body parts are coming to life and talking back. A shorter version of this body image play.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 2 M + 4 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 54 pages

Box

by Lindsay Price

A middle school vignette play about the boxes we find ourselves in.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 3 M + 6 W + 9 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for Middle Schools
  • 35 pages

A Box of Puppies

by Billy Houck

We can all relate to feeling small in a big world. The characters in A Box of Puppies share their insecurities, their frailties and how they cope.

  • 2 M + 2 W + 10 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 31 pages

The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note

by Lindsay Price

Jake finds a suicide note in his mailbox. Is it real? Is it a joke? Jake is determined to find out but instead learns a secret he didn't want to know.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 4 M + 5 W + 2 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 34 pages

The Burgundy Letter

by Kirk Shimano

Hester90 is publicly shamed and shunned for a racial slur against another student.

  • About 50 minutes
  • 1 M + 2 W + 6 Any Gender, plus 0-100 “The Anonymous” characters
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 39 pages

The Butterfly Queen

by Christian Kiley

A touching ensemble piece where sacrifice is as simple as a pair of wings.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 3 M + 4 W + 12 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 19 pages

Censorbleep

by Lindsay Price

The Bleep Bleep Girls know how teenagers are supposed to behave and how to deal with those who don't. An absurd look at censorship and independent thought.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 1 M + 5 W + 5 Any Gender, plus optional extras
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 36 pages

Characters Behaving Badly

by Lindsay Price

This vignette play asks students to look at the concept of what it means to be “good” and “bad.”

  • About 35 minutes
  • 2 M + 2 W + 5 Any Gender + 1 Trans W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 34 pages

Chemo Girl and Other Plays

by Christian Kiley

A collection of plays that examine the impact of cancer as seen through the eyes of teenagers. Can be performed as a full length or one acts.

  • About 90 minutes
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 70 pages
This collection contains Chemo Girl, The Other Room, Red Rover, and Waiting Room

Chicken. Road.

by Lindsay Price

A group of teenagers grapple with unanswered questions as they try to understand why someone who has it all would kill themselves. Powerful monologues.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 13 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 34 pages

Clowns with Guns (A Vaudeville)

by Christopher Evans

The question everyone’s asking is “Am I walking out alive today?”

  • About 25 minutes
  • 16 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 22 pages

Commence

by Christian Kiley

A group of students want to regain normalcy and recoup what they’ve lost as seniors: prom, school play, graduation. But nothing is normal.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 9 Any Gender
  • Online Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools

Completely, Absolutely Normal: Vignettes About LGBTQ+ Teens

by Bradley Walton

Ten interconnected vignettes with LGBTQ+ themes.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 1 M + 5 W + 8 M or W + 1 Trans M
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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