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ONE ACT PLAYS

Ruby Of Elsinore  

 A slovenly and indecisive Hamlet, a marriage bent Ophelia, an oversexed Gertrude, a power hungry Claudius and a revenge seeking Ghost let their hair down to Ruby, Elsinore's hairdresser with attitude in this award winning one act play for three women and three men. Winner of the All-Ireland One Act Play Competition. Roles for three women and three men. Running time 20 minutes.

Caught In The Act

Two characters trapped in a one act play find it difficult to sort out their relationship when their lines keep getting re-written in this popular two person one act. Roles for one male and one female. Running time 25 minutes

The Real Problem 

In a comedy about love and men, Shakespeare's Juliet gets conflicting advice from "Othello's" Desdemona, “Taming of the Shrew’s” Kate and, finally, just the severed head of Anne Boleyn. This short play features roles for five women. Running time 15 minutes.

Bobby's Brain  

The most elemental parts of the human brain come to life and into conflict confounding a young man's search for the girl of his dreams or, at least, the one woman in the world who won't rip his throat out, in this modern one act comedy. Roles for six women and five men. Running time fifteen minutes.

Moments 

A bittersweet romantic comedy that moves back and forth in time as a couple accidentally reconnect ten years after sharing a passionate but shortlived relationship in this one act play for two men and two women. Parts for 2 females and 2 males. Twenty five minutes.

Opposites Attract 

A comedic look at all the things that make modern romance so much fun including infidelity, emotional masochism, envy, bad sex, letting go and getting caught in this well reviewed one act. Multiple roles for men and women. Part can be double and triples. Thirty minutes.


I, COLITUS

A freewheeling and bawdy farce about Julius Caesar,Cleopatra, Marc Anthony, Brutus, Cassius and all those other zanies who ran the Roman Empire... right into the ground. The story is seen through the eyes of Colitus Phlebitus, Caesar's number one slave and closest advisor who weaves his tale from first hand accounts, second hand accounts, third hand accounts, self serving accounts, rumors, half truths, scurrilous lies and the rest - and we quote the author himself - “I just made up.”

Main roles - 5 males, 2 females
Featured Roles - 9 males, 1 female
(plenty of room for double and triple casting)
Roman Chorus (may be used in other roles)
1 hour

Most recently performed by Shakespeare Orange County, CA starring Robert Hays (Airplane), Brent Spiner (Star Trek, Next Generation), David Denman, (13 Hours), Mercedes Mason (Fear The Walking Dead),, Jamie McShane (Bloodline), Gita Reddy (Zootopia), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), Matt Corboy (The Descendants), Eve Gordon (Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves)



TEN MINUTE PLAY SCRIPTS

Cindy & Julie  

Cinderella and Juliet commiserate about romantic love, happily ever after and what went wrong with their marriages in this popular ten minute play which features three women.



In The Beginning  

With a reptilian bartender acting as matchmaker, the future of the human race looks anything but promising when a sophisticated Eve meets the hunky but dim Adam over apple margaritas at the Garden of Eden Bar & Grill in this audience pleasing ten minute play. with roles for two men and one woman.



Mirror, Mirror

"Sleeping Beauty" gets a 90210 facelift as the jealous stepmother takes drastic action when she finds she's been surpassed in the looks department by her stepdaughter in this funny one act play. Imagine the Kardashians dropped into the middle of this popular fairy tale. Parts for three men and two women.




"GPS" - An Auto Erotic Comedy 

The sexy and suggestive computer voice of a high tech automobile becomes jealous of the new owner's girlfriend and threatens to destroy his life in this modern and very timely one act script. Imagine Amazon's Alexa run amock. Onstage role for one male. Two offstage roles for women.


 

Under The Balcony 

Shakespeare's famous balcony scene goes slightly askew when a fleeing Casanova shows up to turn Romeo from a lover to a seducer under Juliet's balcony. A ten minute play for two men and one (off stage) woman.


 

 

Hitting On Women 101 

A man who claims to be inept around women successfully hits on them by telling them why he doesn't find them attractive in this very funny ten minute play with parts for two women and one man.



Out Of His Mind  

This play takes place within the fevered imagination of a man in a romantic crisis as he chooses between marriage or retreating into a fantasy relationship with a wish fulfillment bimbo. With a conjured representation of his trouble making ex-wife acting as ringmaster and reluctant conscience he finds dealing with the truth much harder than the fictions he's created.. An unusual and fast paced ten minute play for one man and three women.

Ring Tone  

What happens when an angry but sexy actress uses all of her whiles to enlist a befuddled stranger as a go between with her ex boyfriend and then can't figure out why he won't go home with her in this modern and funny one act play for one man and one woman.



Out Of Therapy

A comedy about two people, fresh out of therapy, who believe they’ve gone through a life changing metamorphosis that has made them open to new worlds and new experiences. That is, until,  he makes an assumption about her willingness to take the relationship to the next level. Parts for one woman and one m



Monster Dating   

A woman relives her most disastrous post divorce dates, who turn out to be actual monsters, while lying to an on line dating service in a short play featuring one woman and three men. This unusual piece is a tour de force for an actress who has all the lines.

I Can Explain 

Four friends participate in a dance of shifting romances, friendships and betrayals in this modern one act play for two males and two females.

 

 

The Understudy 

A stage actress refuses to do a nude scene only to become insanely jealous when when the director continues the play with an imaginary and invisibile understudy who steals her thunder in this ten minute play for one female, two males and one role for either gender.

 

Masochism Tango 

Romance and commitment get turned inside out when two emotional masochists form a relationship based on mutual rejection featuring one man and one woman.

Open And Shut Marriage 

It's a matter of trust betrayed when an open marriage almost collapses over the husband's revelation that he's never been unfaithful in this topsy turvy ten minute play for one man and one woman.

Bedfellows  

A wife and a mistress want what the other has... until they get it, in this unusual and challenging contemporary ten minute play in which the characters only address the audience and not each other. Parts for two women and one man.

COMEDY-MYSTERY SCRIPTS

Featuring Justin Thyme - The hardboiled gumshoe who investigates the toughest, dirtiest cases in English literature.

"Alias Cinderella"

With a only a sexy, high heeled shoe to go by, hard boiled gumshoe Justin Thyme, goes in search of a mysterious girl who charmed a certain prince and then left him high and dry. In the course of his search Thyme encounters an egotistical Prince who ain't that charming, a tough talking shoe maker whose nose grows when he lies and an old flame by the name of Anna Reksic who Thyme suspects may be mixed up in a plot to scam the Prince and a lot more. Along the way our tough talking shamus suffers a crisis of confidence that threatens his career, his inflated sense of self importance and his well endowed ego. Roles for five males and three females. 45 minutes.



 

"The Case Of The Prince Formerly Known As Hamlet"  It's Hamlet as you've never seen it before, told through the eyes of one tough talking, hardboiled detective named Justin Thyme. Summoned to Elsinore by King Hamlet, Thyme finds the old man dying and promises to help Hamlet, the king's son, avenge his death. The problem is Thyme doesn't know who zotzed the old man. In his search for the killer Hamlet meets Gertrude, the King's widow, who can't wait to bury the old man and marry his brother Claudius who, in turn,  can't wait to bury Thyme. Then there's  Prince Hamlet who doesn't know what he wants as well a  dame named Ophelia who wants everything including Thyme..

Parts for fifteen men and three women. Approximately one hour./
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CASTING NOTE: While this plays seems to have a large cast, all, but the lead roles of Thyme, Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude, can be double or triple cast with actors playing multiple speaking roles as well as filling in as members of the royal court, the pirate crew and soldiers. Claudius, King Hamlet and the Ghost can, and probably, should be played by the same actor.



"The Case Of The Tale Told By An Idiot" 

Justin Thyme, the hard boiled fictional detective, gets burned by an old flame by the name of Lady MacBeth, when he's hired to find out who zotzed the King of Scotland in this hilarious one act send up of Shakespeare's famous play. Roles for 6 men and 6 women. 30 minutes.


"The Case Of The Count Formerly Known As Dracula"  

Thyme travels to Transylvania to find out why the country has experienced a sudden shortage of virgins. No sooner does he arrive then his old friend Igor tells him him that the man who summoned him is dead. That's when Thyme meets the delicious Molly, takes refuge in an eerie castle, meets its master Count Dracula, gets locked in a cell, loses Molly, goes on a bender, recovers only to find Molly has become an undead bride of Dracula. Will Thyme defeat the immortal vampire? Will he rescue Molly? And will our intrepid gumshoe escape a fate worse than death when Molly proposes they marry and move to the suburbs?

Parts for seven men and three women plus several undead women. Thirty five minutes

"The Case Of The Really Big Dog Of The Baskervilles"  

Justin Thyme, fictional detective, heads to Sherlock Holmes country to find his client frightened to death by a four hundred year old hound the size of a Buick and a list of suspects that includes the slow witted heir to the murdered man's fortune, his butler, a butterfly collecting twit and a beautiful woman who immediately casts her spell over our detective. Roles for 5 men and 2 women. Thirty minutes.

 

"The Big Snooze"  

Did Humpty Dumpty fall or was he pushed? Hardboiled gumshoe Justin Thyme travels to a Peppermint Bay, a fairy tale land that ain't what it seems to be. Where, a missing dame may or may not want to stay missing. Where a murder may or may not have been a murder. And, where the only possible suspects may or may not have committed a murder that may or may not have been a murder. Solving a murder is hard. Solving a murder that may not have been a murder is even harder.  Roles for five men and five women. 40 minutes.

 

 

SHORT PLAY SCRIPTS

Five Tables

A woman, who can't seem to get over the jerk she was once married to, is wooed by five perfect men with each romance coming to the same bizarre conclusion. (Play calls for five male roles which may doubled. Unless, of course, you can find an actor capable of playing all five males.)


Pitch And Catch

 A baseball/softball catcher uses the rules of grammar to drive opposing batters crazy in this funny short play.  Four characters either male or female. 3 minutes.

 

Jeff vs. Dolores 

A young couple try to explain where it all went wrong when she kept changing and he never did in this short play for two people. One man and one woman. 5 minutes.

 

MONOLOGUES

Instructions To The Audience  

A snippy stage manager gets carried away in his/her instructions to the audience regarding proper behaviour during the performance of the play to follow. This short monologue can precede any production. Male or female. 3 minutes.

Dating Hamlet 

Ophelia dishes on the royal family while explaining why she has to marry Hamlet or die. 5 minutes.

Prince Charming's Complaint

An agitated Prince Charming vents to an unseen therapist about the pressures of living up to his reputation as every woman's fantasy and how it destroyed his marriages to Rapunzel, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Ten minutes.