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Need One Act Play Ideas!

  • 1.  Need One Act Play Ideas!

    Posted 03-13-2019 11:32
    Edited by Brady Zimmer 03-15-2019 14:48

    Hello! My name is Brady, I am a sophomore and I am excited to announce I am student directing my first one act show! As you all probably know, that first shows tend to be hectic. My group of actors has a mix of theater vets and newbies which makes it kind of difficult to choose a show. I have been searching for days and I haven't been able to find a show which piques my interest. This is possibly due to the fact that my cast is so small.

    I am looking for a show that is:

    1.) A show with 3-8 actors. 8 is the very max, preferably having 4-7.
    2.) A show which has 2-5 males and 1-3 females. As we have many more males than females which makes it fairly difficult.
    3.) We are open to any type of show however we are more looking for one that is a comedy or mystery. It's fine to have more mature concepts and language as long as it isn't discriminatory towards different minority groups (different races, religions, sexualities, genders etc.)
    4.) Lastly, a show that is preferably between 25-60 minutes long!

    Thank you so much for reading through all of this and if you are able to give some show ideas or some advice and tips, if would mean the world! Thank you guys so much and if you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel more than free to shoot me a message! I will respond as quickly as possible! Thanks again for all the help as it truly means a lot!

    Keep Calm & Theater On!
                                                 Brady Z.

    Brady Zimmer
    Marshfield MA

  • 2.  RE: Need One Act Play Ideas!

    Posted 03-13-2019 12:42

    Look at The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard.  It's quite funny and short.

    Joel King
    Atlanta GA

  • 3.  RE: Need One Act Play Ideas!

    Posted 03-14-2019 07:26
    This is only my second year back at directing theatrical productions after nearly 20 years of avoidance. But, I feel I can offer up a couple of suggestions.

    10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse / Playscripts (performed it a bit over a year ago, had a blast).
    Divided We Fall / Eldridge Plays and Musicals (performed earlier this year - incredibly meaningful & challenging - outstandingly received.)

    Keep checking back, there are a lot of wonderful people here that are willing to help, offer suggestions/etc.. This forum has been an absolutely awesome "re-energizer" for me & I'm sure that I speak for many.

    Drew Adametz
    Ravenna OH

  • 4.  RE: Need One Act Play Ideas!

    Posted 03-14-2019 12:06
    Hi @Brady Zimmer! What a great list of information you've given us to help you select your show. Would you consider cutting down a full-length show to achieve a one-act or are you looking for an already cut and scripted one-act?

    Some shows you can consider:
    Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play by Lauren Wilson (able to double parts)
    Check Please by Jonathan Rand (where your veterans can play multiple roles, and your newbies can have smaller roles)
    The Other Room by Ariadne Blayde

    Also, hello from MA Thespians! We'd love for you to come to our festival next year, let me know if you'd love more information.

    Jessica Harms
    Theatre Director
    Acton MA

  • 5.  RE: Need One Act Play Ideas!

    Posted 03-14-2019 12:27
    Check out the plays on the most produced list: along with Booby Trap (for something serious) and Brother's Grimm Spectacularthon. Many of these have flexible casting. Yes, they're are done a heck of a lot, but that's for a reason - actors and audiences like them.

    Also, make certain you take on a play you can handle - depending on your resources, and how involved your teacher will be, you might want to avoid plays with complicated sets or complicated, deep or hard to understand themes. It's your first show - it doesn't have to be a masterpiece of a script.

    Break a leg!

    Ken Buswell
    Drama Teacher
    Peachtree City, GA

    Theater kills ignorance

  • 6.  RE: Need One Act Play Ideas!

    Posted 03-14-2019 13:55
    Woohoo! A fellow MA theater director! That would be really cool, we are located in Norwell, so we are fairly far away. I would definitely be willing to cut down a full-length show, however, it needs to have 8 or fewer characters, which may be difficult to find, hence why I have been more looking at one acts. They did Check Please last year, but I will for sure check out the other two shows you recommended! I really appreciate the help! Thank you so much!



    Brady Zimmer
    Marshfield MA

  • 7.  RE: Need One Act Play Ideas!

    Posted 03-14-2019 13:00
    Throwing some titles at you:

    La Dispute, by Marivaux (translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker)
    Aria da Capo, by Edna St. Vincent Millay
    The Happy Journey to Camden and Trenton, by Thornton Wilder
    Sorry, Wrong Number, by Lucille Fletcher (you can combine roles)
    Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, by John Guare
    The American Dream, by Edward Albee