Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less

Recommended for High Schools

Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less

by Bradley Hayward

The lives of seven teenagers become intertwined in this humorous and oftentimes bittersweet collection of ten minute plays. Multiple lengths available.

 About 100 minutes

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


 12
4 M | 5 W | 3 Any Gender, Expandable to 13M+17W+3 Any Gender


Simple Set


 88 pages

Comedy Drama Dramedy Character Study Experimental Form Issue-Based

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The lives of seven teenagers become intertwined in this humorous and oftentimes bittersweet collection of ten minute plays. From extracting a gummy bear out of a new set of braces to coping with bullies, these characters share their innermost hopes and fears with each other, ten minutes at a time. As the audience drops in on these intimate moments, they will come to understand that being sixteen isn't always easy.

The plays herein may be licensed together or separately. The piece was conceived as a full length evening of entertainment, but each short stands perfectly well on its own without any prior knowledge of the characters.


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This Book is a Collection of 10 Plays

Bench Warrant
Three teenage girls have claimed a bench as their very own and routinely chase away all the "losers" who come near it.

4 W. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $18.95

Brace Yourself
A teenage brother and sister squabble as they try to extract a gummy bear that has lodged itself in a set of braces.

1 M 1 W. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $14.95

Double Click
Young love blossoms when two teenagers flip open their laptops and start chatting.

1 M 1 W. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $14.95

Fireworks
A couple of teenagers in love look up at the night sky and wait for colorful explosions to dance among the stars.

1 M 1 W. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $14.95

Friend Request
Thanks to a series of ill-fated friend requests, a doctored photo of a student spreads like wildfire among a group of teenagers.

3 M 4 W. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $24.95

Lazy Eye
Two eyeballs get bent out of shape while defending their half of a teenager's brain.

2 Any Gender. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $14.95

Pay Phone
When a teenager loses his cell phone, he has no choice but to use a pay phone. Things quickly take a turn for the worse when a mysterious operator starts telling him what to do.

2 M 1 W 1 Any Gender. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $18.95

Status Update: A Symphony
Seven teenagers express their hopes and fears online in a rousing symphony of status updates.

3 M 4 W. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $24.95

Tumblefur
A sweet teenage girl takes her dog for a walk in the park and discovers that there is something exciting around every corner.

1 W. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $12.95

Wheels
A teenage boy tries to repair a beat-up old truck so that he can get away from his parents and their broken down marriage.

2 M. Approx. 10 minutes long. Rights: $25.00, Script Distribution License: $14.95

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