A Box of Puppies by Billy Houck - Theatrefolk

A Box of Puppies

Recommended for High Schools

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.

 14
2 M | 2 W | 10 Any Gender


Simple Set


 31 pages

Drama Character Study Issue-Based Monologues Student Directors

"What's wrong with me? What's wrong with me? Are you kidding, Mom? How about my whole freaking life? How about I have horrible nightmares every night, but the only thing that's scarier than my nightmares is the rest of my life when I'm awake?"

We can all relate to feeling small in a big world. The characters in A Box of Puppies share their insecurities, their frailties and their coping mechanisms with that big bad world.

This collection holds four short plays. Each are fresh, honest, and true. You know each of these characters. Perhaps they mirror your own insecurities and frailties.

Each play can be performed independently, or perform all four together for an outstanding competition piece.

This Book is a Collection of 4 Plays

Constantly, Incessantly, All The Time

A young girl examines the backpack of her life.

Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $9.95


 About 10 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks

 1
1 W

Simple Set

Diatom

Two friends without a car wait and talk. And wait and talk. And wait and talk…

Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $13.95


 About 10 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks

 2
2 Any Gender

Simple Set

Huge Hands

A scrawny teenaged boy envisions the perfect way to fight back.

Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $45.95


 About 10 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks

 10
1 M | 1 W | 8 Any Gender

Simple Set

One Beer Too Many

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

Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $9.95


 About 10 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks

 1
1 M

Simple Set

14 Characters
2 M, 2 W, 10 Any Gender

Characters in this play are currently identified as male or female. Directors are welcome to assign any gender (binary or non-binary) to any character and modify pronouns accordingly.


Constantly, Incessantly, All The Time:
Rikki [W]
A backpack wearing student, burdened in more ways than one. 1 extended monologue

Huge Hands:
Sparky [M] 29 lines
A small adolescent boy, several monologues
Sparky’s Mom [W] 5 lines
Considers putting Sparky on Ritalin.
Sparky’s Friend, but not really [A] 9 lines
They’re on speaking terms.
A Random Kid [A] 2 lines
Just a kid in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A Gang of Kids (6) who bully Sparky [A]
One line, laughter, pointing

Diatom:
Dale [A] 89 lines
Teenager with a curious mind.
Robin [A] 87 lines
Teenager. Friend to Dale. More grounded in reality.

One Beer Too Many:
Skip [M]
An average kid. Once wrote a play that earned them a world of hurt. 1 extended monologue

Prop List

Constantly, Incessantly, All The Time
Backpack, bathroom scale, three-ringed binder, notebook, calculator, Rubik’s cube, Red Bull, Twinkie, Huge Math Book, English lit Anthology, mechanical pencils, sharpies, smarties, can of spray paint, broken ipod, dirty PE clothes, sneakers, Green Eggs and Ham, padlock, party hat, toothbrush, tuning fork, sunglasses, towel, sweatshirt, Physics textbook, fluta, sunscreen, gum, second notebook, sandwich, highlighter, sketchpad, comic book, snickers, water bottle, History book, smaller backpack, series of self-help books (10), a sock, wireless phone, several bottles of pills (8)
Huge Hands
A pair of huge hands, backpack, t-shirt
Diatom
Water bottle
h One Beer Too Many
none

Production Photos

Multimedia

Talking with the cast and author.

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