Guides

24 Hour Play Project

How to create and perform a play with your students in one day! Great spring performance idea or fundraiser.

How to Put on a Show

Have you been asked to put on a play at your school or with your group, and find it a daunting task? Or have you been doing plays for years and are looking for an easier or less expensive alternative?

Plays with Flexible Casting

(These plays contain characters which can be played by either male or female actors.)

Catch the Waves

18-26 characters. Flexible Cast; 46 pages in length. Approximately 45-50 minutes running time. A space comedy for teens written by Patti Veconi. (10 credits)

A Midsummer Camp’s Dream

19 characters. 10M, 9F, Flexible cast; 47 pages in length. Approximately 45-50 minutes running time. A modern Shakespeare comedy for teens written by Terence Patrick Hughes. (10 credits)

The Magic Lunch Box

18 characters. Flexible casting. 14 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A magical Australian tale written by Lexi Sekuless.

Three Tragedies

17 characters. Flexible cast; 43 pages in length. Approximately 45-60 minutes running time. A collection of short plays about Shakespeare’s minor characters written by Martin Keady. (10 credits)

Romayo and Julie

17 characters. 11F, 6M, Flexible cast; 23 pages long. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A comedy for teens written by Quinn Baldwin.

The Prophecy of Calypsae

15+ characters; Flexible cast; 34 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A Greek tragedy best suited for older students written by Sandy Barker.

Poulter Guise

15+ characters. 3-6M, 12-14F; Flexible cast; 28 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A supernatural comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

The News Done Spread

13+ characters; Flexible cast.12 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy for teens about gossip written by Jonathan Joy.

Paper Bags

12 characters. 7M, 5F, Flexible Cast; 49 pages in length. Approximately 45-60 minutes running time. A dramedy for teens about identity written by Abbey Khan. (10 credits)

Cards On The Table

11 characters. Flexible casting. 12 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. An Agatha Christie murder mystery written by Lexi Sekuless.

The Burglar Alarm

4-10 characters, flexible casting. Approximately ten-minutes running time. Comedy based on a Mark Twain story.

School Work

9 characters. 5M, 4F; Flexible cast; 19 pages in length. Approximately 20-25 minutes running time. An extraterrestrial comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Almost Fairy Time

4 characters. Flexible cast. 8 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A Shakespearean fairy play for children and teens written by Diana Burbano.

Niseag

3 characters. 2M, 1F; Flexible casting; 15 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A Loch Ness comedy for teens written by Donald W. Falconer. Some strong language.

Full-Length Plays

Spoon River Anthology

Over 200 characters play townspeople who speak from the grave in this classic piece by Edgar Lee Masters. Here is the entire play set up on the pages so that individual monologues are easy to print out and cut apart into individual monologues.

DN 50 Skits for Kids

50+ royalty-free scripts for kids and teens!

Catch the Waves

18-26 characters. Flexible Cast; 46 pages in length. Approximately 45-50 minutes running time. A space comedy for teens written by Patti Veconi. (10 credits)

Surviving Braces

24 characters. 85 pages in length. Approximately 90 minutes running time. A hilarious and heartfelt play for teens written by Richard Broadhurst. (10 credits)

The Tempest

19 characters. 11M, 6F, 2Either; 53 pages in length. Approximately 45-60 minutes running time. A comic Shakespeare adaptation written by Terence Patrick Hughes. (10 credits)

A Midsummer Camp’s Dream

19 characters. 10M, 9F, Flexible cast; 47 pages in length. Approximately 45-50 minutes running time. A modern Shakespeare comedy for teens written by Terence Patrick Hughes. (10 credits)

Three Tragedies

17 characters. Flexible cast; 43 pages in length. Approximately 45-60 minutes running time. A collection of short plays about Shakespeare’s minor characters written by Martin Keady. (10 credits)

Ahead of the Game

16 characters. 65 pages long. Approximately 60 minutes running time. A play that encourages kindness, positivity, and respect written by Catherine Davis. (10 credits)

The Prophecy of Calypsae

15+ characters; Flexible cast; 34 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A Greek tragedy best suited for older students written by Sandy Barker.

Miss Hollywood

7-12 characters. 65 pages long. Approximately 90 minutes running time.A play that deals with first love, class conflict, and racism in the sixties. Ages 14 and up. (10 credits)

Paper Bags

12 characters. 7M, 5F, Flexible Cast; 49 pages in length. Approximately 45-60 minutes running time. A dramedy for teens about identity written by Abbey Khan. (10 credits)

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

12 characters. 4 F, 8 M. Approximately 50 minutes running time. Full-length play based on a Mark Twain story. (5 credits)

Barnyard

9 characters. 40 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A play for older teens written by Richard Broadhurst.(5 credits)

A New Truck For Paulie

6 characters. 4 M, 2 F. 92 pages in length. Approximately 90 minutes running time. A powerful family drama set during the Vietnam War written by Sean O’Connor. (10 credits)

Making the Grade

2 characters. 2F; 34 pages in length. Approximately 30-40 minutes running time. An engrossing drama about two sisters written by Pete Hartley. (5 credits)

One Act Plays

Four Square

28 characters. 11F, 10M, 7 Either; 35 pages long. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A drama for teens written by Quinn Baldwin.

Conversation Club

23 characters. 13F, 6M, 4 Either; 27 pages long. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A drama for teens about bullying written by Quinn Baldwin.(3 credits)

The Magic Lunch Box

18 characters. Flexible casting. 14 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A magical Australian tale written by Lexi Sekuless.

Romayo and Julie

17 characters. 11F, 6M, Flexible cast; 23 pages long. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A comedy for teens written by Quinn Baldwin.

Split Decision

16 characters. 9F, 5M, 2 Either; 30 pages long. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A comedy for teens written by Quinn Baldwin.

The Case of the Lost Lavakian Princess

16 characters. 11F, 5M; 28 pages in length. Approximately 25-30 minutes running time. A kidnapping mystery for teens written by Carolyn Nur Wistrand.

Poulter Guise

15+ characters. 3-6M, 12-14F; Flexible cast; 28 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A supernatural comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus and Juliet

15 characters; 7M, 8F; 36 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A comedy for teens written by Ryan Bultrowicz.

The Little Known Voyage of Christina Columbus

15 characters. 7M, 8F; 11 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A semi-historical comedy for children written by Terence Patrick Hughes.

The Adventures of Christina and Viperina

14+ characters; 5M, 4F; 5 Either; 39 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A comedy for children and teens written by Carlos Perez.

Afternoon at the Improv

14 characters. 8F, 6M; 13 pages long. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Snowbound

8-14 characters, 2 F, 6-12 M. Approximately 12-15 minutes running time. Dark comedy based on a Mark Twain tale.

The News Done Spread

13+ characters; Flexible cast.12 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy for teens about gossip written by Jonathan Joy.

Princess Alexandria Isn’t Very Happy

13 characters; 4M, 6F, 3 Either; 32 pages in length plus a 9 page study guide. Approximately 35 minutes running time. A a spoof on traditional fairy tales written by Sandy Barker. (3 credits)

The Secret Life of Catarina Brown

12+ characters; 4M, 7F, 2+ Either; 42 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A contemporary comedy for teens with study guide written by Sandy Barker.(3 credits)

The New Boy

12 characters; 12M. 23 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A ghost story written by Andrew Beattie.

Idols

11+ characters. 6F, 5M, 2+ Either; 13 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A one-act comedy for teens about obsession written by Donald Arneson.

NC's Big Night

11 characters. 9F, 2M; 20 pages in length. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Cards On The Table

11 characters. Flexible casting. 12 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. An Agatha Christie murder mystery written by Lexi Sekuless.

Dream Train

10+ characters; 6F, 3M, 1+ Either; 28 pages in length. Approximately 30-45 minutes running time. A drama for teens written by Starry Krueger.

A Very Odd Harvest Play

10 characters. 5F, 3M, 2 Either; 22 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A mythological/intergalactic comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

It’s All In Your Head

10 characters; 1M, 1F, 8 Either; 14 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy for teens written by Frannie Dove.

The Burglar Alarm

4-10 characters, flexible casting. Approximately ten-minutes running time. Comedy based on a Mark Twain story.

School Work

9 characters. 5M, 4F; Flexible cast; 19 pages in length. Approximately 20-25 minutes running time. An extraterrestrial comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

The Misadventures of Frog Girl

8 characters; 2F, 6 Either; 20 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time.A comedy for children written by Carlos Perez.

The Hollow

8 characters. 3M, 5F. 13 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. An adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery written by Lexi Sekuless.

Test Ride

8 characters. 3F, 3M, 2 Either; 13 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A sci-fi comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Go Back For Murder

6-8 characters. 11 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. An Agatha Christie murder mystery written by Lexi Sekuless.

Pool Party

7 characters. 7F; 27 pages in length. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A party planning dramedy for teens written by Patti Veconi.

Curious Case of Benjamin Button

7 characters; 5M; 2F; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedic adaptation about aging written by Andy Pavey.

KAOS-TV

6 characters; 3F, 2M, 1 Either; 26 pages in length. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A one-act comedy for teens written by James Rayfield.

Felix

6 characters. 1F, 1M, 4 Either. 16 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A funny, warm comedy for teens and adults written by Corrina Bryant.

Learn German with Ollendorff!

6 characters, 3F, 3M. Approximately 12 minutes running time. Ages 12 and up. Short version of a full-length Mark Twain play.

Tony's Chums

5 characters. 1F, 4M. 15 pages in length. Approximately 10-20 minutes running time. A tale of adventure for children written by Graham Knapman.

The Liberty Well

5 characters; 3M; 2F. 14 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A historical ghost story written by Anthony L. Mariani.

Camp Soggy Lake

5 characters. 2M, 3F; 12 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A nature comedy for teens written by Thomas J. Misuraca.

He Who Speaks

5 characters; 1F, 1M, 3 Either; 12 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A drama for children and teens written by Starry Krueger.

Inside

4 male characters. Ages 14 and up. 36 pages in length. Approximately 40 minutes running time. (5 credits)

Mama Threw Me So High

4 characters; 3F, 1M; 17 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A drama for teens written by Starry Krueger.

Stinky Bird

4 characters; 3M; 1F. 10 pages in length. Approximately 10-20 minutes running time. A comedy for young performers written by Seth Freeman.

The Golden Goose

4 characters. 8 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A drama for teens written by Scot Walker.

Almost Fairy Time

4 characters. Flexible cast. 8 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A Shakespearean fairy play for children and teens written by Diana Burbano.

Tsetse Valley

4 characters; 4M; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. Additional 7 page study guide included. A drama for teens and adults written by Tsungayi Hatitye.(3 credits)

The Circus Still Comes To Town

3 characters. 1M, 2F; 22 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A drama for teens about romance and family written by Tom Cavanaugh.

Detention is Detention is Detention

3 characters. 1M, 2F; 18 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A comedy about male/female relationships written by Suzanne Dottino. Strong language.

Niseag

3 characters. 2M, 1F; Flexible casting; 15 pages in length. Approximately 15-20 minutes running time. A Loch Ness comedy for teens written by Donald W. Falconer. Some strong language.

Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral

3 characters. 1F, 2M. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Comedic short play based on a Mark Twain tale. Very funny use of language!

The Human Room

3 characters. 2M, 1F; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. An existential drama for teens written by Corey Pajka.

Bella Napoli

2 characters. 1M, 1F; 13 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy set in 1930’s Italy written by Steve Gold.

Confession

2 (M) characters. 11 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A hilarious, one-act play for teens and adults written by Cameron Corcoran.(Contains strong language.)

The Gospel of Mom

2 characters, both female. Approximately 7 minutes running time. Based on the philosophical writings of Mark Twain.

Visiting

2 characters. 1 M, 1 F. 9 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A short drama about teen parents and crime written by Alan Stolzer.

Alzheimer’s Diary

2 characters. 2M, 1F; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. An existential drama for teens written by Corey Pajka.

Scenes

20 Practice Scenes for Pairs

Twenty, one-page scenes that can be acted out immediately!

Roll of the Dice

20 characters. 6 pages long. Approximately 7 minutes running time. A short comedy by playwright, Barbara Henderson.

Dare to Remember

19+ characters. 8 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A teenage ghost story written by award-winning playwright, Barbara Henderson.

Here We come

18 characters. 6 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A short comedy by playwright, Barbara Henderson.

Read Me

15 characters. 8 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time.A mystical action – adventure story written by award-winning playwright, Barbara Henderson.

A Trip to the Forest

9+ characters. 3M, 3F, 3+ Either; 4 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A short, family play for kids and teens by Jasmine Rodgers’s Class.

The Search for a Director

8 parts, 9 pages. Short script for use in a directing class. Best suited for ages 10-13.

6+ characters. Flexible cast. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A rapping comedy for teens written by Germaine Shames.

4 characters. 3F, 1M. 9 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A competitive comedy for teens written by Diana Burbano.

4 characters. 4F. 9 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A dramedy for teens about religious tolerance written by Marj O’Neill-Butler.

The Spook In My Tent

4 characters. 4F; 9 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A ghost story for teens written by Elizabeth Rapoza.

4 characters. 4F. 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedy for teens and adults written by Corrina Bryant.

Transmorpher

4 characters. 4M; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A science fair comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

4 characters. 2F, 2M. 3 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short, selfie-absorbed comedy for children and teens written by Donna Latham

3 characters, (2M 1F). 21 pages in length. Approximately 20 minutes running time. A one-act comedy for teens written by Robin Rice.

Masks

3 characters. 2M, 1F. 11 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A comedy for teens about social anxiety written by Scott Mullen.

3 characters. 2M, 1F. 9 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedic, one-act play for older teens and adults written by Cameron Corcoran.

Hungry, Hungry Hippo Burgers

3 characters. 7 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A fast food comedy for teens and adults by playwright, Scot Walker.

Saying Goodbye

3 characters. 2F, 1M. 7 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A funny, warm comedy for teens and adults written by Corrina Bryant.

You Oughta Be In Pictures

3 characters. 2F,1M; 7 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A science fiction comedy for kids by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Kidnapped by Pirates

3 characters. 3F; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A Renaissance comedy for teens or adults by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

The Music of Love

3 characters; 1M, 2F; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A romantic comedy for teens written by Robin Blasberg.

Battle of What Bridge

3 characters. 3M; 5 pages in length. Approximately 3-5 minutes running time. A Renaissance comedy for teens or adults by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Bitter Cherries

2 characters, (1M; 1F). 12 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A short drama for teens written by Robin Rice.

2 characters. 1M, 1F. 10 pages long. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A comedy adventure for teens by Evan Baughfman.

Bequest

2 characters. 1M, 1F; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A touching drama for children and teens written by Jon Bromfield.

Puppy Love

2 characters. 2F. 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A funny, warm comedy for teens and adults written by Corrina Bryant.

2 characters. 2M. 7 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A short play about an imaginary friendship by Martha Patterson.

2 characters. Flexible cast. 7 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedy about a meltdown for teens and adults by playwright, Scot Walker.(Language)

2 characters. 1M, 1F; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A futuristic tale for teens with Charles Dickens written by Steven Lancefield.

2 characters. 2F. 5 pages long. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play about creating real friendship by Martha Patterson.

The Abduction of Don Vito

2 characters. 2M; 3 pages in length. Approximately 2-5 minutes running time. A crime drama for teens and adults written by Aaron Sampson.

The Clubhouse

2 characters. 2M; 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A scene for boys about keeping a promise written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Leaving the Cave

2M characters. 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A classical drama for teens and adults written by Cameron Corcoran.

My Lips Are Sealed

2 characters. 2F; 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A scene for teens about gossiping written by David-Matthew Barnes.

One Stupid Moment

2 characters. 2F; 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A scene for teens about a humiliating encounter written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Thirteen

2 characters. 2F; 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A scene for young girls about studying written by David-Matthew Barnes.