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Academy School for Gifted, Malevolently Impressive, Nefariously Awesome…Girls1. Academy School for Gifted, Malevolently Impressive, Nefariously Awesome…Girls by J. Patrick Moss
Cast: 3 M, 12 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 60-75 minutes, 62 pgs
FARCE. Due to budget cuts, the School for Impressively Awesome Girls must merge with the Academy of Gifted, Malevolent, and Nefarious Girls. Combining good students with evil students in a school wh... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Adapted, Adapted Version of "As You Like It," The2. Adapted, Adapted Version of "As You Like It," The by Emilio Regina
Cast: 6 M, 4 F, 1 flexible, opt. extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 33 pgs.
FARCE. When a dimwitted professional wrestler mistakenly ends up at a community theatre instead of a wrestling arena, he is mistaken as an understudy and quickly finds himself on stage performing the... READ MORE | BUY NOW
After the Battle3. After the Battle by Denis Emorine
Cast: 4 flexible, extras
Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes, 21 pgs
DRAMA. After a major battle, only three soldiers survive. To pass the time, one soldier proposes that they play “The Last Survivor Game” in which they all draw straws, and the one with the shortest ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
American Idle4. American Idle by Bradley Hayward
Cast: 10 M, 8 F, extras (Flexible cast 40+. With doubling: 3 M, 3 F)
Time: Approximately 60 minutes, 57 pgs.
SPOOF. It’s become the latest TV reality show craze! In “American Idle,” contestants vie for the honor of becoming America’s number-one high school slacker. Host Brian Seacrest takes us through rou... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Anti-Play5. Anti-Play by Forrest Musselman NEW!
Cast: 2 M, 7 F, 6 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 29 pgs.
FARCE/SPOOF. A pompous drama teacher obsessed with winning the state drama competition is forcing his students to perform a cutting from the trendy Broadway play Neck-wuss by Peter Scnauffner. Disgu... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Baby Who Came to Dinner, The6. Baby Who Came to Dinner, The by Greg Elsasser
Cast: 2 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 33 pgs.
COMEDY. Gina is afraid to tell her nagging, overbearing mother, Doris, that she is pregnant, married to a teacher, and lives in a dumpy one-bedroom apartment. With her mother 3,000 miles away, Gina ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Banana Nut Split7. Banana Nut Split by Wade Bradford
Cast: 1 M, 1 F, 2 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs.
FARCE. As Mona, a restaurant owner, nervously awaits the arrival of a famous food critic, she discovers that all of her waiters have called in sick, and the only employee she has on hand is Lisa, the... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Barber of Seville, The8. Barber of Seville, The by C. Edward Wheaton
Cast: 6 M, 4 F, 2 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling 5 M, 3 F, 2 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs.
COMEDY. Though The Barber of Seville is best known as a comic opera by Gioacchino Rossini (1816), the original play by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1775) is considered one of the greatest E... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Barry Botter and the Half-Eaten Bologna Sandwich9. Barry Botter and the Half-Eaten Bologna Sandwich by Clint Snyder
Cast: 10 M, 9 F, 6 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 30 pgs.
SPOOF. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this hilarious spoof of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. As Barry, a teenage wizard, anxiously waits for the Dark Lord to arrive and eat the other half of h... READ MORE | BUY NOW
BattleField10. BattleField by Richard Krawiec
Cast: 5 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs.
DRAMA. On the surface, Terry’s family appears quite ordinary, but underneath the small talk lies a fierce battle for control. Suffering from schizophrenia, Terry has been committed to a mental hospi... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Beasts of War, The11. Beasts of War, The by Rudyard Kipling NEW!
Cast: 12 flexible, extras
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 28 pgs.
CLASSIC. Adapted from The Jungle Book’s “Her Majesty’s Servants” by Rudyard Kipling. At a crowded military camp in northern India, a fearful baggage camel runs through the camp at night, knocking ov... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Birdgirl on Walkabout12. Birdgirl on Walkabout by James Armstrong
Cast: 1 M, 1 F
Time: Approximately 25 minutes, 24 pgs.
Drama. Winner of the Best Play Award, Boston Playwrights' Platform Annual Festival of New Plays. A brother and sister head west on a roadtrip to visit the Grand Canyon when their car breaks down in... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Black and White13. Black and White by Forrest Musselman
Cast: 3 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 25 pgs.
SPOOF. Chock full of the “latest” catchphrases like “spiffy,” “keen,” “neat-o,” and “gee willikers,” audiences will love this spoof of 1950s TV sitcoms like “Leave It to Beaver” and “Father Knows Bes... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Blind Date, The14. Blind Date, The by Forrest Musselman
Cast: 2 M, 6 F, 5 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 36 pgs.
FARCE. This fast-paced show has a host of off-the-wall characters and endless opportunities to showcase physical humor. Barney Bumblestoop, a shy and awkward copyeditor, nervously arrives at a fancy... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Bohemians, The15. Bohemians, The by C. Edward Wheaton
Cast: 13 M, 5 F, 5 flexible, optional extras
Time: Approximately 45-60 minutes, 43 pgs.
VICTORIAN MELODRAMA. This adaptation combines two well-known classic novels of French Bohemian life—Henri Du Maurier’s Tribly and Henri Murger’s The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter, which inspired Puc... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Boo Ha Ha16. Boo Ha Ha by Linda Aronoff and Darby Wills Chism
Cast: 6 M, 6 F, 9 flexible, opt. extras (Flexible cast. Doubling possible)
Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes, 19 pgs.
SKIT COLLECTION/COMEDY: There’s a trio of stand-up skeleton comedians, a band of pirates, the ghost of Elvis, a mad scientist, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and a host of other wacky charact... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Bottle Demon, The17. Bottle Demon, The by Odin Webster
Cast: 3 M, 1 F, 8 flexible, extras (With doubling: 3 M, 1 F, 4 flexible)
Time: Approximately 45 minutes, 38 pgs.
CLASSIC. Adapted from “The Bottle Imp” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Keawe, a poor sailor, buys a glass bottle with a demon living inside it that will grant its owner any wish. Of course, there is a c... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Box Office18. Box Office by Claudia Haas
Cast: 3 M, 4 F (With doubling: 2 M, 3 F)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 23 pgs
COMEDY. As the new box office manager for a small community theatre, Gayle soon discovers that there’s more drama in the theatre lobby than on stage! Chaos and confusion abound when Gayle encounters... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Bradley, the Last Dizz-Knee Princess19. Bradley, the Last Dizz-Knee Princess by Clint Snyder
Cast: 3 M, 12 F, 12 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 29 pgs.
FARCE/SPOOF. Bradley (her parents unfortunately gave her a boy’s name) dreams of becoming a Dizz-Knee princess and is visited by some of the Dizz-Knee Corporation’s movie princesses. Since the relea... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Breakfast with the Zombiesmiths20. Breakfast with the Zombiesmiths by Steve Lord
Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 3 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 30 pgs.
FARCE. With the help of a slick Realtor, a young couple thinks they have found the perfect home, even though it backs up to a spooky graveyard. But before they can sign on the dotted line, a bumblin... READ MORE | BUY NOW
BULL21. BULL by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 4 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs.
FARCE. Apple Award for best new play, University of Maine New Play Festival. In what may be the worst bully play ever written, actors provide “useful” solutions to prevent bullying like spraying the... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Bulletproof Heart, A22. Bulletproof Heart, A by Mark Dietrich Wyss
Cast: 1 M, 2 F, 2 flexible, opt. extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 31 pgs.
FARCE: Lois realizes that she and her boyfriend, Clark, are from two different worlds and that he’s not the man she thought he was. He’s Superman, and living with a superhero isn’t all it’s cracked ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Burgie Belter Breakdown23. Burgie Belter Breakdown by Steve Lord
Cast: 4 M, 3 F (With doubling: 3 M, 3 F)
Time: Approximately 30-40 minutes, 40 pgs.
COMEDY. Everything is going well at The Burgie Belter, a local fast-food restaurant, until Josh arrives for work and notifies his boss, Herb, that he will be quitting his job as a fry cook and moving... READ MORE | BUY NOW
By Zeus!  Olympus' Got Talent24. By Zeus! Olympus' Got Talent by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 6 M, 13 F, 6 flexible (Doubling possible.)
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 32 pgs
SPOOF. Good evening, satyrs and dryads, nymphs and centaurs. Live from Mount Olympus, home of the gods, welcome to the reality TV show, “Olympus’ Got Talent.” There’s more talent here than a Hydra ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Case of the Music Guild Murders, The25. Case of the Music Guild Murders, The by John Donald O'Shea
Cast: 2 M, 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 36 pgs.
FARCE/MURDER-MYSTERY. It’s been a tough year for the River City Music Guild. Two directors have been murdered and now the body of a third director has been found poisoned, stabbed, strangled, and sh... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Cheerfully Geeky, Dramatically Bullish, Talentless Talent Show, The26. Cheerfully Geeky, Dramatically Bullish, Talentless Talent Show, The by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 4 F, 13 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 25 pgs
COMEDY. To raise enough money to paint the kiwi-green gymnasium another color, students have organized a school talent show. The contestants include drama kids acting out the death scenes from every... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Coffee Buzz, The27. Coffee Buzz, The by Christian Kiley
Cast: 1 M, 3 F, 15 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 1 M, 3 F, 13 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 35 pgs
FARCE/SATIRE. When a big city coffee chain arrives bearing free samples of coffee topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, the tranquil citizens of Tepid Town are transformed into crazed coffee drink... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Critics, The28. Critics, The by Heather Lynn
Cast: 1 M, 4 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 25 pgs
COMEDY. Adapted from the play by St. John Greer Ervine. A local newspaper reporter, who usually covers city council but is filling in for the drama critic, arrives on the opening night of a new fore... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Darlin' Hero, The29. Darlin' Hero, The by Charles Kray
Cast: 7 M, 1 F, 2 flexible, extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 28 pgs.
FARCE. In a dilapidated funeral home in Dublin, Patrick and Mulligan sit beside the coffin of their dearly departed friend, Jake Kilrain, and drink to Jake’s final journey to the heavenly gates. Pa... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Dating for Dietrich30. Dating for Dietrich by Kory Howard
Cast: 4 M, 10 F, 2 flexible
Time: Approximately 60 minutes, 57 pgs.
COMEDY. “Committed man looking for a wife. Needs to be a little boring and willing to be engaged in one day.” Tired of his parents treating him like a loser because he isn’t married, Dietrich tells... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Day Black Bart and Dangerous Dan McGrew Went to Dueling at Miss Kitty's Golden Nugget Saloon, The31. Day Black Bart and Dangerous Dan McGrew Went to Dueling at Miss Kitty's Golden Nugget Saloon, The by John Donald O'Shea
Cast: 4 M, 4 F, 5 flexible, opt. extras
Time: Approximately 60 minutes, 42 pgs.
FARCE. When Black Bart accuses Dangerous Dan of cheating at cards, the two decide to duel it out at Miss Kitty’s Golden Nugget Saloon. It seems like a simple way to solve a dispute, but navigating t... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Day Ma's Boys Done Went to Town to Rob the Bank Again, The32. Day Ma's Boys Done Went to Town to Rob the Bank Again, The by John Donald O'Shea
Cast: 6 M, 6 F
Time: Approximately 60 minutes, 56 pgs.
MELODRAMA. High in the hills of Arkansas, Ma’s boys have hatched a plan to rob the Vulture Rock bank. The only problem is that there is no bank in the town of Vulture Rock! The last time Ma’s boys ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Death Warrant for Dracula33. Death Warrant for Dracula by John Donald O'Shea
Cast: 4 M, 5 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 60 minutes, 55 pgs.
FARCE. Disguised as Professor Alucard (Dracula spelled backwards), Count Dracula takes a teaching position at a small women’s college. But instead of preying upon hapless Victorian females, Dracul... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Diaries of Adam and Eve, The34. Diaries of Adam and Eve, The by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 1 F (With doubling: 1 M, 1 F)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs
CLASSIC/SATIRE. Adapted from Mark Twain’s comical short stories “Eve’s Diary” and “Extracts from Adam’s Diary.” In this hilarious retelling of the story of Adam and Eve, the new couple finds that do... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Director, The35. Director, The by Clint Snyder
Cast: 1 M, 3 F, 21 flexible (With doubling: 1 M, 3 F, 11 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs
FARCE. After recent budget cuts, a theater department is forced to combine three plays―A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Streetcar Named Desire, and an experimental freeform body piece―into one production... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Disappearing, A36. Disappearing, A by Mark Dietrich Wyss
Cast: 1 M, 1 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes, 22 pgs.
FARCE. A Craigslist magician who still lives in his parents’ basement accidentally makes a naughty kid disappear at a children’s birthday party. The magician has no idea where the boy is or how to m... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Don Juan (60 mins)37. Don Juan (60 mins) by Stella Chester NEW!
Cast: 8 M, 6 F, 5 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 5 M, 3 F, 4 flexible)
Time: Approximately 60 mins, 61 pgs.
CLASSIC FARCE. Adapted from the play by Molière. Notorious scoundrel and ladies’ man, Don Juan, marries Elvira and then abandons her. Enraged, Elvira’s brothers are determined to hunt Don Juan down... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Don't Cry for Me, Pasadena38. Don't Cry for Me, Pasadena by Michael Vukadinovich
Cast: 2 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 20-25 minutes, 20 pgs.
COMEDY. A neglected housewife, Irene Pasadena, calls the newspaper and reports that her husband, Jesus, has died just so that people will send her flowers. But the plan goes awry when Thomas, a rook... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Droit Du Seigneur39. Droit Du Seigneur by Charles Kray
Cast: 8 M, 1 F
Time: Approximately 35 minutes, 32 pgs.
FARCE. Ian, a simple Yorkshire country lad, hears of a law, the droit du seigneur, at a local pub. Though it is a medieval law that is no longer enforced, Ian thinks that he must offer up his fiancé... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Emperor's Hot New Duds!, The40. Emperor's Hot New Duds!, The by R. Eugene Jackson
Cast: 4 M, 8 F, 13 flexible
Time: Approximately 60 minutes, 61 pgs
FARCE. Inspired by “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen. After taking all the townfolks’ money, and even the shirts off their backs, the mayor (aka “The Emperor”) of Cactus Patch n... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Emperor's New Crème Brulee41. Emperor's New Crème Brulee by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 3 M, 6 F, 8 flexible, opt. extras (Doubling possible.)
Time: Approximately 45 minutes, 40 pgs
COMEDY. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” An English biscuit manufacturer has its sights set on stealing the dessert recipes of the most celebrated Pari... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Expedient Family42. Expedient Family by Ed Vela
Cast: 3 M, 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 31 pgs.
FARCE. When Dex’s boss, A.J., invites herself over to his house to meet his wife and daughter, Dex has just one small problem—he has no wife or daughter! Afraid he will be fired for lying on his emp... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Extra Ordinary43. Extra Ordinary by Clint Snyder
Cast: 1 M, 1 F, 21 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs.
FARCE. In this play within a play, extras try to convince their director that just because they’re extras doesn’t mean they’re not extra-ordinary. Tree 3 and Rock 2 try to upstage the Prince and Pri... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Fairy Fort44. Fairy Fort by Lavinia Roberts NEW!
Cast: 5 M, 6 F, 7 flexible, extras
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 27 pgs.
SPOOF. In this fairytale spoof of the reality TV show “Shark Tank,” fairytale characters present business proposals to judges with the hope of achieving happily ever after. Contestants include an ev... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Foolish Husband, The45. Foolish Husband, The by Stella Chester
Cast: 5 M, 3 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 33 pgs.
FARCE. Adapted from the play by Molière. Misunderstandings, mishaps, and misconceptions abound in this madcap play that has more love triangles than characters! Celia and Lelio are in love and wish... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Four Thieves, Three Assassins, One Idol, and a Ruby46. Four Thieves, Three Assassins, One Idol, and a Ruby by Felix Stripe
Cast: 8 flexible
Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes, 23 pgs.
CLASSIC HORROR. Adapted from the play “A Night at an Inn” by Lord Dunsany. In this horror classic, four thieves are hiding out at a remote inn after having stolen a priceless ruby from the eye socke... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Ghost of Jerry Bundler, The47. Ghost of Jerry Bundler, The by Heather Lynn
Cast: 3 M, 4 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs.
CLASSIC HORROR. Adapted from the short story by W.W. Jacobs. As guests at a small country inn pass the evening telling ghost stories, they discover that the inn has its own resident ghost, Jerry Bun... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Ginzberg's Irish Wake48. Ginzberg's Irish Wake by John Donald O'Shea
Cast: 3 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 17 pgs.
COMEDY WITH MUSIC. Bereaved widow Mary O’Malley hires David Cohen to play Irish music at her husband’s wake, but when David arrives and doesn’t know any Irish songs, Mary refuses to pay him. Enraged... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Gold Mine, The49. Gold Mine, The by Peter Campbell
Cast: 6 M, 4 F, 9 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 5 M, 3 F, 5 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 40 pgs.
FARCE. Yearning for adventure, Buzz and Hank are mysteriously transported to the Yukon town of Quagmire (pop. 57, temp. -40˚) where they join forces with two dance hall singers to locate a missing go... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Ha, Ha, Halloween50. Ha, Ha, Halloween by Darby Wills Chism
Cast: 6 M, 4 F, 21 flexible (Flexible cast. Doubling possible.)
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 32 pgs
HALLOWEEN SKIT COLLECTION: Why are pirates so funny? They just arrgh! In this hilarious Halloween show, the audience gets to help Captain Cackle choose which pirate has the best (and worst!) joke, ... READ MORE | BUY NOW

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