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One Act Plays

  • 1.  One Act Plays

    Posted 02-12-2018 09:34
    What are the best titles for fun fresh teen-friendly one act plays? One hour or less performance run times. 
    What resources yield your best scripts? 

    Kim Laguardia
    Millennium High School
    Drama Teacher; Auditorium Manager
    Senior Trips Coordinator

    "Drama is life with the dull parts left out." 
    ― Alfred Hitchcock

  • 2.  RE: One Act Plays

    Posted 02-12-2018 11:10
    I like to look on Playscripts. Being able to read portions of the scripts have really allowed me to use my funds to pick pieces that work for my department. They also have a nice variety to choose from.

    Other top favorites are YouthPlays and Pioneer Drama.

    Shira Schwartz
    Chandler Unified School District
    Chandler AZ

  • 3.  RE: One Act Plays

    Posted 02-12-2018 12:36
    We just did a production of The Rules of Comedy by Peter Bloedel from Playscripts to great response. 40-45 minute show depending upon how you stage it and the audience. We had a great time with it!

    I don't have a preference of one publishing house over another. I may choose to look beyond Playscripts next time.

    Jim DeVivo, Ph.D.
    Theatre Teacher/Director
    Lacey Township High School
    Lanoka Harbor NJ

  • 4.  RE: One Act Plays

    Posted 02-13-2018 17:14

    Theatrefolk also has a lot of teens geared to teens. We have done several One Acts from them.

    Amy Sando,
    Douglas High School Drama
    "You've got to paint the picture and then walk into it. And if you ever find you can't paint the picture, just don't walk."

  • 5.  RE: One Act Plays

    Posted 02-13-2018 08:30've got a play in this catalogue!!
    Dramatic Publishing
    Samuel French
    Dramatists Play Service

    Really, in that order for high school. Those are my go-tos.

    Andrea Rassler
    Concord NC

  • 6.  RE: One Act Plays

    Posted 02-13-2018 16:23
    Playscripts lets you read most of every script online for free, and you can search by your specific cast needs. There are a ton of good one-acts on there (some of them written by me!). A good place to start is on the "most popular" list, which tends to yield the easiest to produce plays, and then they get more complicated as you head down the list.

    Don Zolidis
    Cedar Park TX

  • 7.  RE: One Act Plays

    Posted 02-14-2018 15:24
    There are usual and generally reliable stand-bys: Playscripts and Youth Plays. Dramatic Publishing and Applause can yield hidden gems. The EdTA Store has good one-act collections. One of my absolute favorite collections of very intelligent, often edgy and occasionally, downright weird one-acts is RASH ACTS, by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller. My students consistently LOVED the plays.
    One of the better titles to come out of Youth Plays is a short, creepy piece entitled "Chairs." Can't remember the playwright's name.

    Hope this helps!

    Nancy L. Bernhard
    Salinas High School

  • 8.  RE: One Act Plays

    Posted 02-15-2018 11:52

    Thanks for the shoutout for YouthPLAYS, Nancy--Chairs is by Scott Mullen.


    Jonathan Dorf
    Playwright/ Co-founder of YouthPLAYS/ Co-chair of The Alliance Of Los Angeles Playwrights
    Los Angeles CA

  • 9.  RE: One Act Plays

    Posted 02-16-2018 06:47
    National Theatre Connections. Love love love!

    Victoria Chatfield
    Executive Director
    National Theatre for Student Artists