The Hope and Heartache Diner - One Act Version by Lin... - Theatrefolk

The Hope and Heartache Diner - One Act Version

Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

The Hope and Heartache Diner - One Act Version

by Lindsay Price

A One Act version of The Hope and Heartache Diner

 About 35 minutes

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

4 M | 5 W | 7 Any Gender

Unit set

 31 pages


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Reviews from Past Producers

Diners are a special place. You can get your coffee, fall in love, and find light when the world is dark. Duke’s is a family business - four generations strong.

Felix wants one last hurrah before leaving for college. She’s doing the full run - open to close - just like her grandpa did when he was a teenager. But why? Everyone knows Felix can barely wipe tables. Why is she trying so hard to connect? And what happens when Felix’s parents announce they’re selling the diner?

A wonderful character piece with parts for everyone.

16 Characters
4 M, 5 W, 7 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.

FELIX BROWN [A] 125 lines
(17) A teen with a big imagination, a big heart, but also a little self-centred.
SAM BROWN [M] 34 lines
(53) Felix’ dad. Loves to feed people. He solves problems with food. Married to…
NELL BROWN [W] 45 lines
(45) (Nelka Rolek) Nell is practical, stern but filled with love.
LOO BROWN [A] 40 lines
(19) Lucja (Lubomir if male). Loo is confident and knows what she wants. Can be male or female.
WIKI BROWN [W] 8 lines
(15) Wikoria. Timid. Loud places scare her. She bakes and is home schooled.
RAT [A] 49 lines
(19) Rat is rough around the edges, to the point that violence is always just under the surface. But she’s working on it. She has plans for the future. Can be male or female.
MISSION [W] 38 lines
(17) Mission is a southern belle with an unstable past. In the present she is bright and bubbly. But don’t cross her.
Earl [M] 26 lines
Felix’s Great-grandfather. A jokester. A ghost who purposefully looks as he did as a teenager.
Betty [W] 34 lines
Felix’s Great-grandmother. A sweetheart with smarts. A ghost who purposefully looks as she did as a teenager.
Felix Sr. [M] 30 lines
Felix’ grandfather. A ladies’ man s a teen, married once and never again after his wife died young. He and Felix were together every day of Felix’ life. He is the source for all of Felix’ stories. A ghost.

DINERS - also play:
HAMIL [A] 4 lines
MS. BRONSTEIN [A] 3 lines
ERIC [A] 10 lines
MAUDE [A] 11 lines
DONNIE [M] 32 lines
REBECCA [W] 19 lines

Prop List

frying pan, pie plate, pen and pad, name tag, cup, carafe of coffee, bow

Production Photos


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