6 characters, 4 M, 2 F. (Mechanic could be female.) Approximately 7 minutes long. Best for ages 8-11. A funny play about a pizza man who cannot make pizza.

When his automatic pizza machine breaks down, the owner of a pizzeria must find the self-confidence to make his food from scratch. Luckily for him, a helpful family of customers gives him the encouragement he needs to complete the task. This play teaches children the importance of believing in oneself, and that sometimes hope can be found in the kindness of strangers.

This play was written based on stories submitted from elementary students to the playwright. It therefore has the flavor of a whimsical/non-sensical story that a child would tell! If you are working with students on any sort of devised work, this would be a great short script to introduce children to original works based on stories or prompts!

Evan Baughfman, the playwright, has had various written works published and/or performed. Many of his plays have been produced across the U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, his children’s play, “R.O.M.3.O. and Julia” (Romeo and Juliet with robots) has been published in PLAYS Magazine. His script, “Lipstick and Heroics,” is available through YouthPLAYS. In addition, his middle grade play, “Percy Pangolin Wants to Go Viral,” is published by Heuer Publishing. Heuer’s also published “A Taste of Amontillado” (an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”).

Excerpt from the play:

Pizza Man
Mom
Dad
Kids
Bryan
Mechanic:

At rise: The Pizza Man is in his pizzeria, scrubbing down a table.

Pizza Man
(to himself)
I am the Pizza Man, that’s who I am. I am the Pizza Man, that’s who I am…
(A family of four enters the Pizza Man’s shop.)

Dad
Hello, Mr. Pizza Man. We would like a large pizza, please.

Pizza man
Sure, my good senor! I will have your large pizza pie done right away, sir!

Dad
Great!

Pizza man
What kinds of toppings would you like on it?

Dad
What would you like, Maribel?

Maribel
Scrambled eggs!

Pizza man
Ah, yes! Scrambled eggs—a good choice!

Dad
Bryan, what’s your topping choice, son?

Bryan
I want Jolly Ranchers!

Pizza man
Of course! Scrambled eggs and Jolly Ranchers—a perfect combination!

Dad
My wife would also like to add a topping.

Pizza man
Not a problem!

Mom
Some pepperoni, too, please.

Pizza man
Pepperoni on a pizza? That is a strange request! But I will allow it! I’ll be back in a jiffy with your delicious pizza pie!
(The Pizza Man disappears into the back of his shop. The family waits, impatiently.)

Mom
That pizza sure is taking long.

Kids
(whiny)
We’re huuuuuuungry!

Dad
Let’s try to be patient. It said online that this is the best pizza place in town.

Mom
I think maybe we should leave.

Dad
(shouting into the back of the shop)
Hello? Excuse me? Mr. Pizza Man? What’s the hold-up?
(The Pizza Man appears, sad. He holds a pizza box and puts it on the table.)

Pizza man
(on the verge of tears)
I am afraid I have some very bad news.

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