Shreds and Patches is an imagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet like no other! An excellent easy-to-stage competition piece that fuses Shakespearean speech with modern dialogue - a super fun way to bring Shakespeare into the classroom!

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Absurd Play Scripts for Schools

The Art of Rejection: Two One Act Plays

by Christian Kiley

R is the only letter in a sea of numbers. Potential sits in a chair. These two one acts - Art of Rejection and Chaired can be performed separately or together.

  • 1 M + 1 W + 27 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 39 pages
This collection contains The Art of Rejection and Chaired

The Art of Rejection

by Christian Kiley

An avant-garde look at the price of popularity.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 14 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

Chaired

by Christian Kiley

Potential sits centre stage in a chair. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is just stand up...

  • About 20 minutes
  • 13 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

Chicken. Road.

by Lindsay Price

A group of teenagers grapple with unanswered questions as they try to understand why someone who has it all would kill themselves. Powerful monologues.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 13 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 34 pages

Claque Attack: a clapping contemplation on the nature of applause

by Lindsay Price

Do you control the audience or does the audience control you?

  • About 35 minutes
  • 37 Any Gender, Doubling Possible
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 33 pages

Clowns with Guns (A Vaudeville)

by Christopher Evans

The question everyone’s asking is “Am I walking out alive today?”

  • About 25 minutes
  • 16 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 22 pages

darklight

by Lindsay Price

An examination of depression and anxiety in teens.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 2 M + 4 W + 10 Any Gender, Plus THOUGHTS (10 to 20 actors)
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 38 pages

Franz Kafka Cancels His Cell Phone Plan

by Kirk Shimano

A modern absurdist play that puts elements from three of Franz Kafka’s works into the context of the everyday absurdities of our 21st century lives.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 5 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 17 pages

Lord of the Pies

by Clint Snyder

A pie shop erupts into panic after Franny, a brash cat-lady, announces the arrival of the apocalypse. A Lord of the Flies parody.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 2 M + 10 W + 7 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 20 pages

Malled: Two One Act Plays for Young Women

by Colleen Neuman

Many things happen in a mall. Heartbreak, Uncomfortable truths,True friendship, Cosmic questions with your french fries. Two plays. Great parts for girls.

  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 38 pages

No Horse Town

by Lindsay Price

For the young men of Heywood, crossing the street is as dangerous as going off to war. A highly stylized comedy.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 3 M + 7 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 23 pages

The Pretty Princess Dollhouse for Pretty Princesses

by Emma Fonseca Halverson

Gabi is suffering from metaphoric asthma. The walls are closing in and she can’t breathe.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 16 pages

To Kill a Mocking Birdie

by Clint Snyder

Birdie would like you to meet her parents: a goldfish and a moldy piece of bread. It's a perfectly crazy dinner party. Consider this your invitation.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 1 M + 4 W + 4 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 23 pages

Virtual Platform

by Claire Broome

How can anyone make sense of a virtual platform?

  • About 25 minutes
  • 8 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools

Yes, Virginia, There is a Virginia

by Colleen Neuman

An ordinary shopper survey takes absurd twists and turns for Virginia as she struggles to answer the surprisingly cosmic question: Is Ann Landers real?

  • About 25 minutes
  • 15 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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