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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Mystery/Thriller Play Scripts for Schools

Ashland Falls

by Steven Stack

Who will pay the price when the real world and the play collide?

  • About 90 minutes
  • 3 M + 11 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 82 pages

The Bottom of the Lake

by Steven Stack

Who lies at the bottom of the lake? An awesome combination of ghost stories, urban legends, teen issues, absurd comedy, and film noir, all in a single play!

  • About 70 minutes
  • 2 M + 12 W + 2 Any Gender
  • Multiple Locations
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 39 pages

Camel Dung and Cloves

by Dara Murphy

Sara enjoys tea parties. But camel dung and cloves are two things that should never end up on the table. The twists never stop coming in this play.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 4 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 15 pages

The Date

by Steven Stack

Demons on a date are never good.

  • About 10 minutes
  • 2 M + 2 W
  • Virtual Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools

David and Delaney's Guide to the Perfectly Nifty Prom

by Steven Stack

David and Delaney have been planning for the perfectly nifty prom since they were 6, and everything was going according to plan... until Delaney died. Will the day be saved by a well-manicured ancient burial ground?

  • About 13 minutes
  • 1 M + 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

Dead Men Don't Carry Handbags

by Allison Williams

Real life and fiction collide as radio show detective Steve Powell finds himself in the middle of a hot handbag case in cold blood. Will his fake detective skills win the day?

  • About 25 minutes
  • 9 M + 5 W, Doubling Possible
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

Dead Men Don't Do Radio Plays

by Allison Williams

Put together a SFX crew and bring the radio sounds to life.

  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 59 pages

Dead Men Don't Jaywalk

by Allison Williams

A dead body jaywalks in front of radio-star-turned-movie-star detective Steve Powell. When a lady friend gets the blame, Steve puts himself on the case.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 4 M + 5 W, Doubling Possible
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

Dracula

adapted by Laramie Dean from Bram Stoker

A highly theatrical exploration of the evil that lurks inside all of us…

  • About 100 minutes
  • 5 M + 5 W + 3 Any Gender, plus Nosferatu and Assorted Monsters
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 100 pages

Frankenstein Among the Dead

adapted by Laramie Dean from the novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Thunder and lightning tear apart the night sky while two young women explore the story of Frankenstein

  • About 95 minutes
  • 8 M + 7 W + 8 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 81 pages

Free - Version 1

by Lindsay Price

A free picnic forces a struggling town to reconcile their belief systems with their greed.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 6 M + 10 W + 3 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 40 pages

Free - Version 2

by Lindsay Price

A free picnic forces a struggling town to reconcile their belief systems with their greed. More parts for girls in Version 2.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 4 M + 12 W + 2 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 40 pages

The Fried Kobassa

by J. Robert Wilkins

A girl-heavy wacky camp comedy that centres on some missing luncheon meat.

  • About 40 minutes
  • 2 M + 9 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 30 pages

The Girl on the Side of the Road

by Steven Stack

Cal and Jane end up stranded on a dark and lonely road. They make the unfortunate decision of helping a girl who only wants to get home to Mother.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 1 M + 3 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

Grim and Gruesome Grimm

adapted by Mrs. Evelyn Merritt from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

A playful and theatrical adaptation of Grimm's grimmest tales.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 8 M + 12 W + 21 Any Gender, Doubling Options
  • Unit set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 57 pages

The Haunting of Chip Lake Lodge

by J. Robert Wilkins

Things start to go awry when four teens show up at a haunted lodge for their prom. A determined ghost could make this the most bizarre night ever.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 2 M + 4 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 39 pages

Heirlooms

by Steven Stack

Tara and Dane find themselves in possession of the legendary “hook hand” and learn that “finders keepers” is not always what it’s cracked up to be.

  • About 10 minutes
  • 1 M + 2 W
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

Horror Movie 101: Failing Can Be Deadly

by Steven Stack

A collection of five hauntingly humorous tales.

  • About 55 minutes
  • 5 M + 16 W, double and triple casting possible
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 53 pages

The House

by Lindsay Price

Based on four creepy stories about haunted houses.

  • About 75 minutes
  • 5 M + 9 W + 14 Any Gender
  • Unit set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 85 pages

The House - Competition Length Version

by Lindsay Price

A competition-length cutting of The House

  • About 35 minutes
  • 25 Any Gender, 19 with doubling
  • Unit set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 32 pages

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