The Magic Diary of Mozambique by Chris Stiles - Theatrefolk

The Magic Diary of Mozambique

Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

The Magic Diary of Mozambique

by Chris Stiles

A magic diary grants wishes: Good grades, popular friends, lavish gifts. But there are consequences to these wishes.

 About 60 minutes

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

2 M | 8 W

Unit Set

 42 pages


"A diary? What kind of present is that? I can get a diary at Wal-Mart."

Darla feels invisible and that nothing goes her way. She wishes she had a better life. When her globetrotting sister gives her a diary, Darla thinks it's just another dumb present. Then, bizarre things start happening and suddenly EVERYTHING'S going Darla's way.

The diary, she discovers, gives her everything she wishes for: good grades, popular friends, lavish gifts from her parents… She's the top dog!

But there are consequences to being on top. Killer roses, an out-of-control golf game and a raccoon invasion send Darla into a tizzy. How will she make it right? Be careful what you wish for.

10 Characters
2 M, 8 W
Darla [W] 255 lines
A girl of 13. Several Monologues.
Mom [W] 84 lines
Darla’s mother
Dad [M] 127 lines
Darla’s father.
Margaret [W] 67 lines
A young woman of 22; Darla’s sister.
David [M] 9 lines
An autistic boy of 14.
Becky [W] 68 lines
A girl of 13; Darla’s best friend.
Jill [W] 21 lines
An upper-class popular girl of 13.
Jill’s “Posse [W]
Three girls who always hover around Jill.
Extra students
To mill around the hallway.
The Raccoons
An unlimited number of offstage varmints.

Prop List

big bag, present for mom containing Algerian Head Wrap, present for dad containing Kofi hat, package for David containing stuffed lemur, package for Darla containing leather-bound book, note taped to locker, pen, stick of gum, golf putter, phone, birthday cake, candles, card from mom, card from dad, hundred dollar bill, putting green, golf ball, gardening gloves, plastic trowel, bandages for hands and arms, small bandages for face and legs, two cups of coffee, raccoon, can of pace, piece of paper


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