Satire

Satire Play Scripts

Satire uses comic exaggeration to ridicule human behaviour, insitiutions, religious zealotry and cultural norms, in the hope of creating change. Here you find adaptations of satirical works such as Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, stories from James Joyce’s Dubliners “The Boarding House”, an adaptation of Moliere’s “The Hypochondriac” and original scripts that parody voices from a home for disturbed elderly patients and a radio-noir play packed with puns, play on words, oodles of absurdity about a freelance secret agent.

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  • an enemy of the people adapted for stage

    An Enemy of the People

    by David H. Klein
    • 100 minutes
    • 8 Males 4 Females Max 15+ Min 12 (Doubling Possible)

    Community, environmental satire, Flexible Casting

    Cut but uncensored! This full-length, 90-minute version of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People by Jean Klein is faithful to the original text which savages corrupt institutions, greedy businessmen, arrogant politicians, and our disdain for protecting the environment. This large-cast play can be performed with 10+ actors and plays well for high school, colleges, universities, community and professional theaters.

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    $11.00$95.00
  • The Boarding House - Adapted from James Joyce

    The Boarding House

    by David H. Klein
    • 40 Minutes
    • 1 Male, 3 Females

    Colleges, Community, Fundraiser, High School

    A one-act play, The Boarding House is a dramatic satire, by David.H. Klein, of the story by James Joyce. Mrs. Mooney, the owner of a boarding house of questionable reputation, uses the wiles of her daughter Polly and the power of the Church to snare one of her more respectable boarders as her potential son-in-law.

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    $7.95$50.00
  • The Hypochondriac - Moliere Adapted by George Freek

    The Hypochondriac

    by George Freek
    • 45 to 60 minutes
    • 7 Males. 4 Females Max 11 Min 11 (Doubling Possible)

    Simple Props, Simple Set

    A one-act, satirical caricature on the practice of medicine, Human nature is revealed and pilloried in this comedy which skillfully skewers the medical profession, a narcissistic patient, and his conniving wife. The Hypochondriac (also known as The Imaginary Invalid) is as germane today as it was in Moliere’s France.

    Easy to produce on stage or in a classroom as reader’s theater. (We have special copying rates for classroom use.)

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    $7.97$75.00
  • Bertha Doesn't Live Here Any More

    Bertha Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

    by D.D. Delaney
    • 40 Minutes
    • 1 Male, 0 Female, Max/Min 1

    Competitions, Flexible Casting, Simple Set

    A monologue by D.D. Delaney. The driver of a van for a retirement community takes us into the eerie world of possible illusion or delusion when Bertha, a passenger on his van, begins to describe some disturbing events.  The van driver is also a journalist for an alternative press in this small town.  Of course, he has to investigate, even knowing that most of his patients are mentally disturbed. The voices are narrated by the van driver, but may also be read by other actors. Great for seniors, middle school and high school competitions, and auditions.

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    $7.00$40.00

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