Tick Talk by Lindsay Price - Theatrefolk

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Tick Talk

Recommended for High Schools

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

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


 13
2M | 6W | 5 Any Gender


Simple Set


 31 pages

Dramedy Character Study Choral Work Experimental Form

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The teenagers in Tick Talk have a lot to say, but no way to say it. Most characters are limited to only ONE WORD for the whole play.

A fascinating challenge for actors: What happens when a character has just one word to express hopes, fears, and frustrations? What if they have something terribly important to say but can't? They'd better find a way soon: Time is running out.

Awards and Accolades

  • Arnprior DHS at the 2006 Sears Drama Festival All Ontario Showcase
  • Outstanding Production, Arnprior DHS, 2006 Sears Drama Festival Eastern Regional Showcase
  • F. A. Middle School received a Gold Medal at the 2007 Mass Middle School Drama Festival
  • Outstanding Production for Bear Creek S.S. at the 2009 Regional Sears Drama Festival
  • 2010 Outstanding Production for Woodhaven Middle School in the Alberta Zone ll West Festival
  • Hazen High School won a superior ranking and best Ensemble Award at the 2011 North Dakota One Act Festival
13 Characters
2M, 6W, 5 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.

Hey There [M] 15 lines
Goofy and often foolish.
Dunno [M] 47 lines
Sullen and almost silent.
Hi [W] 15 lines
Very self-conscious.
Fine [W] 50 lines
Life is far from perfect but problems don't weigh as heavily on her as they do on others.
Nothing [W] 10 lines
Younger sister to What. Seen as annoying.
What [W] 10 lines
Older sister to Nothing. Snobbish and self-centered.
Great Dance [W] 14 lines
Hiding a horrible secret.
Gabby [W] 7 lines
Sweet but shallow.
Uh [A] 15 lines
Member of the cynic quartet.
Yeah [A] 15 lines
Member of the cynic quartet.
Well [A] 1 line
Member of the cynic quartet.
So [A] 10 lines
Member of the cynic quartet.
The Vice Principal (Offstage Voice) [A] 13 lines
Stern. Does not like or understand teenagers.

Prop List

Cell phone, Hairbrush

Production Photos

Multimedia

Opening Montage (p. 5)

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