Scene for Teens about embarrasment-Right Foot, Wrong Shoe

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2 characters. 2F. 2 pages. A scene for teens about potential humiliation written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Right Foot, Wrong Shoe is a hilarious scene about a tween girl named Stacey. It’s the day of her important speech at school. Unfortunately, Stacey has accidentally put on mismatched shoes! Will her best friend, Rachel, save the day before she suffers the greatest humiliation? This comedic scene for teens emphasizes the importance of friendship and paying attention while you are dressing!

David-Matthew Barnes is a best-selling author, playwright, poet, and screenwriter. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for inclusivity in young adult literature. To date, he has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in ten countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications, including The Best Stage ScenesThe Best Women’s Stage MonologuesThe Best Men’s Stage MonologuesChicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. He has also served as the guest editor of dramatic literature for The Louisville Review and as a judge for the Oregon Literary Fellowships in the category of Young Readers. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He has been an arts educator for over a decade.

Excerpt from the play:


STACEY – Twelve, a seventh-grader who is suffering from embarrassment
RACHEL – Twelve, a seventh-grader who is trying to comfort her best friend

TIME: A Thursday afternoon. Present year.
SETTING: Anywhere on the campus of a middle school. A blank stage.

Rachel, you have to help me.

Why? What happened?

Be really careful and don’t let anyone see you do it. Look at my feet.

(She does.) Stacey, what’s going on with your shoes?

I don’t know what happened. I must have grabbed two different shoes this morning.

Did you get dressed in the dark?

No, but I was so nervous about my speech, that I wasn’t paying attention.

Oh, no. I forgot about the speech. Is that today?

In fifteen minutes. If I go out on stage, the entire school will laugh me right out of the auditorium.

We’ll think of something.

Maybe I could tell everyone I’m starting a new trend. That everyone in Paris is wearing too different shoes and it’s a new, cool thing to do. Do you think they’ll believe me?

Wait. What’s the topic of your speech?

Why fashion is important part of my life. Rachel, every teacher in this school knows how much I want to become a fashion designer.

As long as you never design shoes, I think you’ll have a wonderful career.
But my career will end before it begins. Maybe it’s not too late to pretend like I’m sick. I could walk out on stage barefoot and pretend to collapse.


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