Shakespeare has writer’s block. Nothing inspires him. The best he can come up with is “Now is the winter of our irritation!” Postcards from Shakespeare by Allison Williams is so much more than your typical Shakespeare spoof.

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One Act

One-Act Plays

Through the Looking-Glass

adapted by Lindsay Price from Lewis Carroll

Alice is back in Wonderland and looking to become Queen. This adaptation is a fantastical physical journey for both actor and audience.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 3 M + 3 F + 7 Any Gender, + Wonderland Ensemble
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 38 pages

ths phne 2.0: the next generation

by Lindsay Price

A vignette play that looks at 21st century communication. Blog your innermost thoughts. Break up by text. Express your deepest emotions through LOL's and smilies.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 2 M + 3 F, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 27 pages

Tick Talk

by Lindsay Price

The teenagers in Tick Talk have much to say, but no way to say it. Characters are limited to only ONE WORD for the whole play. A great challenge for actors.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 2 M + 6 F + 5 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 31 pages

To Kill a Mocking Birdie

by Clint Snyder

Birdie would like you to meet her parents: a goldfish and a moldy piece of bread. It's a perfectly crazy dinner party. Consider this your invitation.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 1 M + 4 F + 4 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 23 pages

Treasure Island (One Act Version)

adapted by Todd Espeland from Robert Louis Stevenson

A one act cutting of Treasure Island

  • About 35 minutes
  • 12 M + 8 F, Plus patrons & pirates, gender flexible
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 39 pages

Tuna Fish Eulogy

by Lindsay Price

The tragedy of a young boy's death is examined. Written in the Ladder play format the text runs in vertical columns for fuller choral work.

  • About 40 minutes
  • 1 M + 2 F + 1 Any Gender, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 40 pages

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

cutting and notes by John Minigan from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's comedy filled with unrequited love, disguises, and a shipwreck.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 6 M + 3 F + 6 Any Gender, Doubling Possible
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 33 pages

Typecast

by Amanda Murray Cutalo

Students have all mysteriously been cast in the “wrong” roles.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 7 F + 2 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 42 pages

Upon A Sea of Dreams: A Journey on the Titanic

by Kathleen Donnelly

In a tiny third class cabin Emma dreams of a new life in America. But when the Titanic hits an iceberg, that dream becomes a nightmare.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 1 M + 4 F
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 42 pages

Virtual Family

by Christian Kiley

A look at a soothing world where complete dependency on technology takes away all ills. But is everything really perfect?

  • About 30 minutes
  • 5 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 28 pages

Virtual Platform

by Claire Broome

How can anyone make sense of a virtual platform?

  • About 25 minutes
  • 8 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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 F
  • Virtual Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

Wait Wait Bo Bait

by Lindsay Price

A vignette play all about waiting. Great scenes, great characters, flexible casting, easy staging.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 2 M + 4 F, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 22 pages

Wait Wait Bo Bait (Middle School Edition)

by Lindsay Price

A middle school vignette play about waiting. Great scenes, great characters, flexible casting, easy to stage.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 2 M + 4 F, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for Middle Schools
  • 22 pages

The Waking Moment

by Bradley Hayward

Julie would do anything to be just like her best friend Rhonda. But she soon finds out Rhonda's perfect world is a nightmare. Deals with sexual abuse.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 3 M + 4 F
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 27 pages

Water. Gun. Argument.

by Alan Haehnel

A squirt gun would never be mistaken for a real gun, right?

  • About 40 minutes
  • 4 M + 8 F + 37 Any Gender, Using doubling, the play could be performed with as few as 18 actors
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 30 pages

We Are Masks

by Lindsay Price

We all wear a mask. What will happen when the world sees who you really are?

  • About 35 minutes
  • 4 M + 8 F + 5 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 35 pages

We Open Tomorrow Night?!

by Michael Wehrli

A scripted talent show where YOU are the stars!

  • About 90 minutes
  • 4 M + 6 F + 4 Any Gender, Plus Acts
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 47 pages

We Open Tomorrow Night?! (One Act Version)

by Michael Wehrli

A competition-length version of We Open Tomorrow Night?!

  • About 35 minutes
  • 4 M + 6 F + 4 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 31 pages

Wellness Check

by Christian Kiley

Three characters struggle with wellness in uncertain times.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 3 Any Gender
  • Online Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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