roofus and ryan

Join Now Button

5 characters, any gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play about resilience.

Everyone knows that one kid who always makes good choices, and everyone also knows that one kid who always makes bad choices. Which one has the greatest resilience when life is tough? Audiences may be surprised by the answer.

This play teaches students that no one is perfect, and that making mistakes are okay. They are part of learning and part of growing up.

The play also includes discussion questions and director’s notes on casting and set design.

Excerpt from the play:

CHARACTERS

RYAN— (M/F) always does the right thing, an adult favorite
ROOFUS— (M/F) always makes the wrong choice, scolded by adults
KID #1— (M/F) there to speak his/her mind, strong, and kind
KID #2— (M/F) there to speak his/her mind, strong, and kind
NARRATOR— (M/F) professional, dramatic, and cheesy

(The action takes place in modern times on an empty stage.)

(Lights come up on three actors on stage. Narrator stands confidently in the middle with Ryan a bit away from him/her stage left, and Roofus a bit away from him/her stage right. Ryan stands with a smirk on his/her face, and Roofus is slouched and looking all around in a distracted manner.)

NARRATOR
This is Ryan (pointing at Ryan), and this is Roofus (pointing at Roofus). Ryan makes always makes good choices.

RYAN
(proudly) I do.

NARRATOR
Roofus always makes bad choices.

ROOFUS
(smirking) It’s true.

NARRATOR
This is the story of Roofus and Ryan.

ROOFUS
(irritated) Well, let’s get this started so I can just go ahead a fail.

RYAN
Don’t be so pushy, Roofus.

ROOFUS
Oh, Ryan the perfect has spoken, and Ryan is always right.

RYAN
(smugly) Why thank you.

ROOFUS
(irritated) Can you honestly tell me you NEVER make mistakes?

RYAN
(proudly) Never.

ROOFUS
Never?

RYAN
Never. Only fools make mistakes.

ROOFUS
That’s it, (stamps foot and starts to head aggressively toward Ryan) it’s time.

RYAN
(smugly) What’s the term all the kids are using?  “Come at me, bro?”

ROOFUS
Oh, it’s on.

NARRATOR
(jumps in the middle of the two) Easy, friends. Let me tell the story.

RYAN
Correct. He’s/she’s the narrator. Let him/her tell the story.

ROOFUS
Fine.

NARRATOR
To your corners, friends. Our story begins.

(Ryan and Roofus move further apart of stage staring at one another in anger. Narrator addresses the audience.)

Like I was saying, Ryan makes always makes good choices, and Roofus always makes bad choices. Perhaps inviting other kids onto the stage will help illustrate this point. (searches the first row of the audience as if looking for kids. Kid #1 and Kid #2 are sitting in the front row and raising their hands to be chosen) These two looks like healthy, All-American kids. Come on up here.

(Kid #1 and Kid #2 jump up enthusiastically and dramatically onto to stage.)

Join Risk Free
Follow Us…

Follow us on social media

Testimonials
Member of…
Member of ASCD
Member of National After School Association

Why Subscribe?

DN Why Subscribe to Drama NotebookInside Drama Notebook, you will find a huge collection of well-organized lesson plans, scripts for kids, drama activities, 50 drama games on video and more! Join today and dramatically reduce your planning time while delivering fresh, innovative drama lessons to your students!If you are new to teaching drama, this site will be a Godsend!You will immediately feel confident about teaching drama like an expert. The site guides you step-by-step and provides you with materials that you can use right away with your students.

If you have been teaching for years, Drama Notebook will inspire you with a fresh new approach and innovative ideas!

The site is packed with original, innovative lessons and activities that you will not find anywhere else—and new materials are added monthly.

DN Explore Button
DN Join Now Button