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One-Acts (20-40 mins) One-Acts

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Jigsaw Puddle, The51. Jigsaw Puddle, The by Bradley Hayward
Cast: 1 M, 5 F, opt. extras
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 36 pgs.
COMEDY. Annie and Cindy have sprung Grandma Puddle from the old-folks home for a lovely spring walk through the park. Suddenly, the sisters realize that they are missing something…Grandma Puddle! Af... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Last Transport, The52. Last Transport, The by Ivan Borodin
Cast: 1 M, 1 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 32 pgs.
SCIENCE FICTION/DRAMA. Tired of living on earth, Maya Avedon boards a space transport that will take her to the planet Alpha. Maya no longer wants to live with humans, who she describes as, “A bunch... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Legitimate Hooey53. Legitimate Hooey by Bradley Hayward
Cast: 1 M, 1 F
Time: Approximately 35 minutes, 39 pgs.
COMEDY. When Todd and Jenny manage to escape their annoying roommate and get their own apartment, the couple is overjoyed. But they soon find their bliss is short-lived. This hilarious play examine... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Lord Feathertop54. Lord Feathertop by Albert T. Viola
Cast: 3 M, 4 F, 1 flexible, opt. extras
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 34 pgs.
CLASSIC. Adapted from the short story “Feathertop” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Determined to save her corn crop, Mother Rigby, a witch, constructs a human-looking scarecrow and becomes so impressed with... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Love in a Kitchen in the Middle Ages55. Love in a Kitchen in the Middle Ages by Heather Lynn
Cast: 1 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 15-20 minutes, 16 pgs
FARCE. Adapted from a medieval French farce. Jack, a henpecked husband, laments the day he married his overbearing wife, who nags him morning, noon, and night. One morning, Jack’s wife forces him t... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Mad Tea Party, The56. Mad Tea Party, The by Clint Snyder
Cast: 1 F, 3 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs
FARCE. Audiences will love this witty, modern sequel to the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Like the infamous Alice, Allie follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit h... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Maladroit Romeo, The57. Maladroit Romeo, The by Len Cuthbert
Cast: 1 M, 1 F
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 36 pgs.
COMEDY. Bob loves Angelina but when it comes to romance, he can be a little inept. Bob’s plan to propose to Angelina in the college library where they first met studying “Romeo and Juliet” goes awry... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Match (dot) Comedy58. Match (dot) Comedy by Bradley Hayward
Cast: 1 M, 6 F
Time: Approximately 20-25 minutes, 24 pgs.
COMEDY. Trevor has finally decided to tie the knot with his girlfriend, so he invites her to a swanky restaurant to propose. But just ten minutes after she accepts, Trevor gets cold feet and decides... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Monkey's Paw, The59. Monkey's Paw, The by Heather Lynn
Cast: 2 M, 1 F, 2 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 23 pgs
CLASSIC HORROR. Adapted from the short story by W. W. Jacobs. The White family is transformed into a family plagued with only death and misery after a family friend, Sergeant-Major Morris, gives the... READ MORE | BUY NOW
My Fair Dragon60. My Fair Dragon by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 4 M, 7 F, 4 flexible, extras
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 33 pgs.
FARCE. King Cuthbert and Queen Priscilla have to break the bad news to Princess Poppy: She can’t keep her pet dragon Dimpleton in the castle anymore. The monster just isn’t fit for palace life. He... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Nightmare Campout, The61. Nightmare Campout, The by Geff Moyer
Cast: 5 F (With doubling: 4 F)
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 30 pgs.
COMEDY. It’s getting dark, and four Girl Scouts are lost in a wooded area. Their imaginations run wild as they think they hear growling grizzly bears, screeching vampires, hissing snakes, and the hu... READ MORE | BUY NOW
North of Pelican Rapids62. North of Pelican Rapids by Greg Elsasser
Cast: 3 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 29 pgs.
FARCE. Winner of the East Repertory Theatre’s Annual Playwriting Competition. When Aaron arrives to pick up his prom date, he gets to meet her “parents” for the first time. While his girlfriend is ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Ogre Etiquette63. Ogre Etiquette by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 3 M, 9 F, 6 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 31 pgs.
FARCE. Fairy Godmother is at wit’s end with her class of unruly, misbehaved princes and princesses and all their fighting, dueling, and combative behavior. To teach her students that their behavior ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
On Guard64. On Guard by John Tissot
Cast: 9 M, 4 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs.
FARCE/SATIRE. This wry, sardonic play offers a humorous and chilling look at war. A lonely, bored young soldier stands guard at a military hospital. There, he encounters wounded soldiers coming in ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Open Boat, The65. Open Boat, The by Arthur Reel
Cast: 4 M
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs.
DRAMA. Adapted from Stephen Crane's classic short story, this play chronicles the harrowing events of four men shipwrecked off the coast of Florida. Trapped at sea in a small lifeboat, the men take ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Pan Handled66. Pan Handled by Clint Snyder
Cast: 4 M, 10 F, 16 flexible (With doubling: 4 M, 10 F, 10 flexible)
Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes, 23 pgs.
FARCE. Easy to stage, audiences of all ages will enjoy this hilarious sequel to Peter Pan. Captain Hook has fallen on hard times and has been forced to downsize. His hook hand has been replaced wit... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Pied Piper of Hamelin, The67. Pied Piper of Hamelin, The by William Kilborne and Al Viola
Cast: 12 flexible, extras (Doubing possible.)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 35 pgs.
CHILDREN’S CLASSIC. This play preserves much of the original verse of Robert Browning’s poem but has been modified so that it can be performed by young actors. Hamelin is suffering a horrible rat in... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Please Hold68. Please Hold by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 13 F or 15 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 25 pgs
COMEDY. Five employees with major personality flaws have been hired to “help” customers at a cable company call center. There’s an overly peppy agent, an agent with anger issues, a rude southern bel... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Please Hold 2:  The Trainees69. Please Hold 2: The Trainees by Clint Snyder
Cast: 4 M, 8 F, 10 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs.
FARCE. In this uproarious sequel to Please Hold, we’re back at the Blueberry Tree Cable Company call center with new customer service agents, their trainees, and a mob of angry customers. Since trai... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Please, No Flowers70. Please, No Flowers by Joel Ensana
Cast: 2 M, 6 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs
DRAMEDY. In this poignant, bittersweet play, two female ghosts, their bodies laid out in coffins at a funeral home, reflect on their lives and life choices as they watch as mourners pay their respect... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Quiet on the Set!71. Quiet on the Set! by Mitchell Roush
Cast: 4 M, 2 F, 3 flexible, opt. extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 23 pgs
FARCE. At this low-budget film shoot, the director has no vision for the film, the boom-mic guy keeps falling asleep, the assistant has a tendency to panic, and the script is absolutely horrible. Th... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Red Devil72. Red Devil by Arthur Reel
Cast: 1 M, 4 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 28 pgs.
DRAMA. This adaptation captures Maxim Gorky’s stark, naturalistic rendering of five people locked in a dehumanizing system of oppression and violence. Set in a house of prostitution, three women suf... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Robin Hood and the Peddler73. Robin Hood and the Peddler by Clint Snyder
Cast: 3 M, 1 F, 17 flexible (With doubling: 2 M, 1 F, 10 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 25 pgs.
FARCE. Inspired by the 1500 ballad “Robin Hood and the Potter.” Robin Hood and his Merry Men (or in this case, “Serious Women”) stop a peddler traveling through Sherwood Forest and demand that she p... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern74. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern by Heather Lynn
Cast: 5 M, 2 F, 1 flexible, extras
Time: Approximately 20 minutes, 22 pgs
CLASSIC. Adapted for young actors from the play by W.S. Gilbert. To prevent Hamlet from soliloquizing, Queen Gertrude has summoned two merry knaves, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to provide court re... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Sacred Dance of Yellow Thunder, The75. Sacred Dance of Yellow Thunder, The by Joel Ensana
Cast: 5 M, 2 F (With doubling: 4 M, 1 F)
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 28 pgs
DRAMA. Inspired by a 1972 incident that occurred in Gordon, Nebraska. Disappointed that no one is showing up to the American Legion dance, Legion members amuse themselves by humiliating a Native-Ame... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Shakespearean Dating Show, A76. Shakespearean Dating Show, A by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 13 M, 13 F, 1 flexible, extras (With doubling: 8 M, 8 F, 1 flexible. Tripling possible.)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 31 pgs.
FARCE. In this reality-TV show, characters from Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "The Taming of the Shrew," "King Lear," and "Romeo and Juliet" compete to find true love. Bachelors battle ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Shakespeare's Mid-Winter's Nightmare77. Shakespeare's Mid-Winter's Nightmare by Darby Wills Chism
Cast: 6 M, 10 F, 1 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 4 M, 8 F)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs
COMEDY. What starts as a dream quickly turns into a nightmare when Shakespeare, sick in bed and suffering from writer’s block, is visited by some of his most famous characters including Hamlet, Ophel... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Shakespeare's Next Top Fool78. Shakespeare's Next Top Fool by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 7 M, 12 F, 8 flexible (Doubling possible.)
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 38 pgs.
FARCE. In this reality-TV show, fools compete for the title of Shakespeare’s Next Top Fool. Contestants include the clown from "Othello," King Lear’s fool, and the gravediggers from "Hamlet." With ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Shakespeare's Next Top Model79. Shakespeare's Next Top Model by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 6 M, 18 F, 10 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: Minimum cast of 15.)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 32 pgs
SPOOF. Greetings and welcome to “Shakespeare’s Next Top Model,” the TV-reality show where the lovely ladies of Shakespeare compete for a modeling contract and the chance to be Shakespeare’s next top ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Sham!80. Sham! by Stella Chester
Cast: 1 M, 2 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs
COMEDY. Looking to steal fine art and other valuables, a cultured thief with impeccable taste breaks into the suburban home of a wealthy couple. When the couple arrives home, the thief berates the c... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Shoe Booties81. Shoe Booties by Greg Elsasser
Cast: 2 M, 3 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 32 pgs.
FARCE. Ian, an actor, has made it “big” in his first movie. To celebrate, he has flown his brother and friends from Pelican Rapids, MN, to visit him in Los Angeles. Ian has even purchased $150 tick... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Soapy and the Island82. Soapy and the Island by R. Eugene Jackson
Cast: 12 flexible (With doubling: 10 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 26 pgs.
CLASSIC. Adapted from the O. Henry short story, “The Cop and the Anthem.” Soapy, a New York City hobo, longs to spend the winter months at his favorite island “paradise”―the jail on Rikers Island! ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Sound Cues83. Sound Cues by Michael Vukadinovich
Cast: 3 M or 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 52 pgs.
COMEDY. When a community theatre soundboard operator breaks the stereo during a show, he/she and two other sound techs are forced to create the sound effects themselves. They manage to pull off the ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Spooney and Mooney84. Spooney and Mooney by Heather Lynn
Cast: 1 M, 2 F, 6 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 1 M, 2 F, 4 flexible)
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 34 pgs.
FARCE WITH MUSIC. Based on the comic opera/puppet play La Guida di Bragia by Lewis Carroll. After losing their jobs as courtiers to King John, Spooney and Mooney are hired as railway officials. At ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Suddenly, a Shot Rang Out…85. Suddenly, a Shot Rang Out… by Peter Campbell
Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 28 pgs.
SPOOF. Audiences will love this hilarious film noir spoof. Lola Dusseldorf, a mysterious femme fatale, arrives in Chinatown at the office of Jack Fargo, a bumbling private investigator on the verge ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Tale of a Cat, A86. Tale of a Cat, A by Charles Kray EDITORíS PICK
Cast: 4 M, 1 F
Time: Approximately 40 minutes, 35 pgs.
FARCE. Set in the remote area of Ireland’s heath country, several villagers try to persuade schoolteacher, Michael McDermott, to stop drinking. With teachers’ wages so low, they are afraid McDermott... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Taming of Sue, The87. Taming of Sue, The by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 7 F, extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 28 pgs.
SPOOF/FARCE. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. When her favorite TV show is canceled, a spoiled, rich girl tries to direct a play within a play but faces numerous obstacles includin... READ MORE | BUY NOW
They Say…88. They Say… by Bradley Hayward
Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 31 pgs
COMEDY. They say you should never swim on a full stomach. They say you should never talk to strangers. They say you should never say never. Who exactly are “they”? And who do they think they are?... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Till Emojis Do Us Part89. Till Emojis Do Us Part by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 1 M, 1 F, 11 flexible
Time: Approximately 20-30 mins, 21 pgs.
COMEDY. Two tweens, Piper and Liam, rarely take breaks from texting each other long enough to eat, sleep, or hang out with their friends. Their entire relationship consists of texting emojis to each... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Traffic Jelly90. Traffic Jelly by R. Eugene Jackson
Cast: 1 M, 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 30 pgs
FARCE/SATIRE. It’s the near future and the streets are so clogged with vehicles that traffic has only moved three inches in three days. As Portia gets ready for her big date, she realizes she is out... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Trial of the Mad Hatter, The91. Trial of the Mad Hatter, The by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 5 flexible, extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 24 pgs.
FARCE. At the Wonderland “courthouse” everyone is assembling for the Mad Hatter’s trial. The Cheshire Cat is the prosecutor, Alice and the Caterpillar are witnesses, and the White Rabbit is supposed... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Trifles92. Trifles by Odin Webster
Cast: 3 M, 2 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs.
CLASSIC/MYSTERY. Adapted from the play by Susan Glaspell. In this captivating mystery, the murderer and victim are never seen. Instead, their lives unfold through clues left behind in a farmhouse k... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Trifling with Trifles93. Trifling with Trifles by R. Eugene Jackson
Cast: 3 M, 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 mins, 31 pgs.
SPOOF/FARCE. Audiences will love this over-the-top spoof of Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles. The Sheriff and District Attorney arrive at the Wright homestead after a neighbor finds John Hale dead with... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Twelve Pound Look, The94. Twelve Pound Look, The by Heather Lynn
Cast: 1 M, 2 F, 1 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs.
CLASSIC COMEDY. Adapted from the play by J.M. Barrie. The wealthy Harry Sims is to be knighted in a few days and is flooded with congratulatory letters. He hires a typist to reply to the letters bu... READ MORE | BUY NOW
V.I.L.L.A.I.N.S.95. V.I.L.L.A.I.N.S. by Lavinia Roberts
Cast: 5 M, 8 F, 7 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 36 pgs
FARCE. V.I.L.L.A.I.N.S. is a support group for recovering villains who realize their lives have become unmanageable and that they won’t live happily ever after unless they change their ways. Gisela,... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Well-Digger's Daughter, The96. Well-Digger's Daughter, The by Carl L. Williams and Eddie Cope
Cast: 3 M, 3 F
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs.
MELODRAMA. Caution: The humor in this play may be a bit dry. Set in Tarantula, TX at the turn of the century, a humble well-digger, Hardrock Flint, and his soon-to-be son-in-law, Gus, have set out ... READ MORE | BUY NOW
World's Best Teacher97. World's Best Teacher by Clint Snyder
Cast: 2 M, 4 F, opt. extras
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs
COMEDY. It’s the first day of school and rumor has it that the new teacher from Russia, Ms. Porschtov, is a real pushover. But when Ms. Porschtov arrives, the students quickly meet her assistant, Co... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Young Goodman Brown98. Young Goodman Brown by Jack Skeeter Dennis
Cast: 6 M, 5 F, extras (With doubling: 5 M, 5 F)
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 26 pgs.
CLASSIC/HORROR. This adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic horror classic is true to the original story and provides a stunning stage experience. Goodman Brown, a Puritan who takes pride in his... READ MORE | BUY NOW
Zombie Gunslingers99. Zombie Gunslingers by Geff Moyer
Cast: 2 M, 4 F, 4 flexible
Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs
FARCE/WESTERN WITH SONG. It’s as dead as a June bug in January at the Wet Yer Whistle Saloon after the temperance ladies smashed all the bottles of Red Eye, confiscated the bullets, and burned the po... READ MORE | BUY NOW

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