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.

Thirteen is a scene about two thirteen-year-old girls. When Mallory and Regina find out that they haven’t been invited to Sally Anne’s slumber party they’ll have to decide how they feel about it. They’ll try indifference, relief, and all out judgment to get through the rejection! A great scene for tweens and teens about fitting in and making the best of a situation!

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 Scenes, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues, Chicken 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. Having lived around the world, he calls Chicago his hometown.

Excerpt from the play:

CAST OF CHARACTERS

MALLORY – 13, an eighth-grader
REGINA – 13, an eighth grader

TIME: A Wednesday afternoon. Present year.

SETTING: Anywhere on the campus of a middle school. A blank stage.

MALLORY:
You won’t believe this.

REGINA:
Tell me.

MALLORY:
Sally Anne is having a slumber party.

REGINA:
I don’t believe it. How come we didn’t hear about it?

MALLORY:
Because she didn’t invite us.

REGINA:
I’ve never really liked her.

MALLORY:
I’m glad she didn’t invite us.

REGINA:
Me, too. (Beat.) Wait…why are we glad we didn’t get invited?

MALLORY:
Because slumber parties are so immature.

REGINA:
Oh, yeah. They totally are.

MALLORY:
You and I are way too cool to spend the night at someone’s house.

REGINA:
Yeah, it’s so dumb.

MALLORY:
Really dumb.

REGINA:
Wait…why are slumber parties dumb?

MALLORY:
Um…hello. We’re thirteen now.

REGINA:
Right. Thirteen.

MALLORY:
Exactly.

REGINA:
Definitely. (Beat.) Can you tell me something? What does being thirteen have to do with slumber parties?

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