Competition

Competition Plays for High School

There are over 20 plays suitable for Competition Pieces. Written by award-winning authors. Winning one-act plays that fit the competition rules. Take them to your next competition with confidence. Clever comedies, winning adaptations, comic takes on Cinderella, a pact with the devil, romantic couples, monologues, duologues,  award-winning comedies – and more.

AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL — IRENE RYAN COMPETITION

Students do not need to apply for permission to present monologues/scenes as audition pieces in the American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan Competition. You may perform monologues/scenes from any of our plays without written permission or paying a royalty fee.

Performance rights only need to be applied for and secured if a student progresses to the final round, where the monologues/scenes are presented at the Kennedy Center. 

Do not send us an application for the earlier rounds of the competition. If you have further questions go to The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival site and contact the representative in your district.

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  • Drake Disappears

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 10 minutes
    • 2F2M

    Simple Set

    Playroom is a series of comedies created by the author as a way to explore the short play and “one act” format, one setting (and one evening) at a time.
    An otherwise ordinary family, the characters of Hinton’s Playroom are thrust into extraordinary, supernatural, and preternatural circumstances. Each work in the series is set in a different room of their house, and serves as an exploration into the very rooms and spaces that we all inhabit: the kitchen, the bathroom, the attic, the bedroom, the garage, the back yard, the dining room, and finally, the living room. Along the way, the settings themselves complicate matters in strange and inexplicable ways – the fridge turns out to be a time machine, ghosts and zombies inhabit the attic and garage, demons and misguided hippies and a clairvoyant become interlopers.
    As they discover the ups and downs of their home, the family must also confront themselves and each other. Like most families, they learn each other’s secrets and fears, habits and pet-peeves, problems and joys. Sometimes their encounters are as fragmented and twisted as the room they are in, and sometimes they manage to put pieces of their lives back together. More often, they take the time to offer each other hope and love in the face of uncertain circumstances.
    At its heart, Playroom is a series about exploring the hidden value of everyday spaces, as well as connecting (and reconnecting) with loved ones. Playroom is a theatrical experiment that examines the relationships of the nuclear family against the backdrops of a seemingly normal home.

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    $8.00$35.00
  • Dinner With Osmina

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 2-3F, 2-4M

    Simple Set

    “Dinner with Osmina” is the seventh installment in the Playroom series, and it finally features the whole family in one place! The anticipation of a nice family dinner bringing everyone together explodes because of an unexpected guest.

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    $8.00$35.00
  • The Straight Dope

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 2F2M

    Simple Set

    Jeff, a college student who, in his words, “has honorable intentions, a good future, and works out 3 times a week” asks his friend Bob for advice on women after he learns that Veronica can’t stomach him. He wonders if he’s asked the right person when he discovers that Bob doesn’t even know how Marvin Gaye died. Alicia puts it all into perspective.

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    $8.00$35.00
  • The Cat in the Hat Takes Flak

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 1F3M

    Simple Set

    A tribute to Dr. Seuss and a parody of “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”, where Nick & Sally are savvy enough to call Social Services to deal with both The Cat and the pink snow that he created.

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    $8.00$35.00
  • RTFM by Jack Berry

    RTFM

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 0F2M

    Simple Set

    A lighter & comedic version of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, where Major Tom is not as prepared as he should be because he doesn’t Read The Freakin’ Manual (RTFM), as Ground Control nags him to do.

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    $8.00$35.00
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    Not Your Fairy Godmother

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 1F4M

    Simple Set

    A comedy that actually DEFENDS insurance companies because everyone just assumes that insurance companies have an unlimited amount of money to hand out.

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    $8.00$45.00
  • Employee of the Month

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 1F3M

    Simple Set

    Randy works at a large department store but is very creative in generating sales. Just when he thinks that he’ll win “Employee of the Month” for the 2nd time in a row (and impress Mary in the process), he learns that his winning would not fit with the company goals.

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    $8.00$35.00
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    A Dark Day for Hinkley, J.

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 2F1M

    Simple Set

    John Hinkley Jr. (attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan) must use his newly-learned coping skills to deal with the news that the “love of his life”, Jodie Foster, is not “playing on the same team” that he’d always assumed she was.

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    $8.00$35.00
  • anecdotal evidence play script cover

    Anecdotal Evidence

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 3M 0F

    Simple Set

    A comedic look at how, as a society, we have become so dependent on double-blind studies that we can no longer make simple decisions. A quick journey thru history!

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    $8.00$55.00
  • broken dolls play script book cover

    Broken Dolls

    by June Prager
    • 60 - 90 minutes
    • 5 F

    Edgy Play, Minimal Set, Simple Set

    Broken Dolls tells the fictional stories of women- both international and domestic- who have been trafficked for sex work, domestic labor, hotel work, and agricultural work. Taking place in a waiting room at a social service facility, the play revolves around five female survivors of human trafficking who cross paths. Entrapped and isolated, five women come together to weave their narratives in a mix of monologue and dialogue, merging reality and memories of coping and longing.

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    $11.79$85.00
  • Off Our Rockers

    by Pamela Munson Steadman
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1 - 9 M / 1 - 9 F/ Doubling Possible

    Seniors, Variable Length, Collection, Colleges, Comedy, Flexible Casting, Small Cast

    This collection of madcap 10-minute comedies appeals to everyone from teens to seniors. Casts include elves, grumpy homophobic neighbors, and a troupe of historical characters come to life.

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    $10.98$75.00
  • MONOLOGUE

    This’ll Only Take a Second

    by Zach Davis
    • 30-45 minutes
    • 1 F

    Classroom Use, Competitions, Depression, Simple Set

    As Miranda prepares to go to sleep, she recounts the events of her day—and her life—through a series of imagined and surreal interactions with her parents and psychiatrist.

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    $7.97$40.00
  • PTSD

    PTSD & Me

    by Erika Renee Land
    • 60 - 90 minutes
    • 1 F

    Monologue, Poetic Drama, Bare Stage, Community

    one-woman play script consisting of a collection of poetic monologues, that is irresistibly lined with head-bopping rhythms and palpable poetry, is Spoken Word Poetry at its best. Lays bare the horror and humor of war.

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    $9.97$85.00
  • Drowning Ophelia

    by Rachel Luann Strayer
    • 60 - 90 minutes
    • 2 Male, 2 Female, Max 4/Min4

    Dramedy, Poetic Drama, sexual abuse, Comedy, Edgy Play, Highly Theatrrical, Trust

    The set of this one-act comedy for four actors is Jane’s bathtub. She finds it inhabited by a strange, Shakespearean woman whose enigmatic commentary intrudes on Jane’s thoughts and her new romantic relationship. This dark comedy is about the long-term consequences of childhood abuse and a love letter to those who have suffered. There is always hope.

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    $11.97$125.00
  • ABC's of Memory-lenny Lianne

    ABC’s of Memory

    by Lenny Lianne
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1 - 50 M or F

    Auditions, Monologue, spoken word, Spoken Word Theatre, Variable Length, Reader's Theater

    Lianne’s ABCs of Memory touch on cultural milestones such as Elvis, Nancy Drew, Wonder Bread, 9-11, and Ty Cobb, as well as personal memories of family life. These poems both celebrate and mourn America’s past and present.

    These are dramatic poems. Life happens. Events occur. Here is an elegy for our American Dream. As such. these poems are naturals for forensics, scene study, and spoken word events.

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    $12.95$75.00
  • Monsters

    by Chris Bullard
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1-6M; 1F; Min 1, Max 7

    Auditions, Monologue, Poetic Drama, Variable Length, Bare Stage, Collection, Highly Theatrrical, Reader's Theater

    Seven contemporary monologues that take the audience into a roller coaster ride of the psyche from predators to bizarre takes on the afterlife. Featuring an electric chair experiment, missing body parts and a weird scientific experiment to name a few. Great solo performance ideas.

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    $10.80$79.98

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