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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  • PTSD

    PTSD & Me

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

    Abuse, Monologue, Poetic Drama, Veterans, War, Bare Stage, Community, Drama, Theatrical Staging Possible, Touring

    PTSD and ME, a 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. This series of autobiographical poems lays bare the horror and humor of war, based on the anguish and survivors guilt in the aftermath of Land’s m\ilitary service in Mosul, Iraq.

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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
  • Original Relocation

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    Fable, Farce, 2-Character, Bare Stage, Comedy

    Adam and Eve start the first world war as they negotiate an uneasy peace when they are banished from Paradise. A funny take on the likely conversation after being ejected from Paradise. And of course, there are rules about Apples.

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    $6.97$29.95
  • The Don

    by William Heyen
    • 1 - 60 min
    • 1 - 50 M or F

    Fable, Farce, Bare Stage, Collection, Community, Doubling Possible

    41 Plays-On-A-Page convey slices of sometimes fantastical life. Sometimes biting social commentary, sometimes whimsical asides. These short dramas and comedies leave the audience guessing about their own lives and the world around them. William Heyen, National Book Award Finalist and major American poet, has turned his pen to the stage, with stellar results.

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    $11.95$89.87
  • Silver Beach Road

    by Robert P. Arthur
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1 - 7 M or F

    Spoken Word Theatre, High School, Reader's Theater, Theatrical Staging Possible, Touring

    This collection of over 50 poems has all of Robert P. Arthur’s skill and lovely, rhythmical language, but also a sense of loss of both life and love, the former viewed with both curiosity and indifference, the latter producing some of the author’s most moving love poems. The sea is. however, ever-present, just like in his other works.

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    $14.97
  • Christmas in Montana

    by Nikos Vlachos
    • 15 minutes
    • 1 M/2F/1 M or F Max 4/Min 4

    Comedy, Simple Set, Small Cast

    Students in a small one-room school try to sing Christmas carols in their classroom. Quickly, one of the students interrupts the singing with a thought about political correctness. Mayhem breaks out, with hilarious results, as they try to change the lyrics of the traditional Christmas songs to match contemporary standards.

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    $6.97$45.00
  • Alice in Wonderland

    by Robyn Hilt
    • 30-45 minutes
    • 4 Male 5 Female Min 9/ Max 15+

    Children's Theatre, Comedy, Community, Doubling Possible, Large Cast

    A delightful, one-act play script adapted from the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Staying true to the original, this adaptation for the stage brings all the characters of the original Wonderland to life. Great for classrooms with a diverse student body, for children’s theater, competitions and for reader’s theater.

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    $8.99$125.00
  • A Touch of Frost

    by Jan Quackenbush
    • 20 - 60 minutes
    • 2 Males, 1 Female Max/Min 3

    School Touring, Simple Set, Touring

    Three 20-minute comedies in one act.  Wilford, from New York, has just bought and moved to a new homestead in Vermont, but he realizes that his new neighbors may not be from this planet! Mila, her son Klig, and husband Kulerie Klee, live on a farm next to Wilford’s and their adjoining farms are separated only by a stone wall which is beginning to fall apart. What to do? Knock it down? Build it back? – and what are they walling in and walling out? Can be performed by high school, college, university students or groups.

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    $9.95$50.00
  • Voices from the Bible: Monologues for Women

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1 - 12 Females

    Bare Stage, Flexible Casting, Simple Set

    These 16 fictional monologues by Gillette Elvgren are based on women in the Bible. They range from the profound and moving to the comic and even sassy. Find the biblical characters you would expect: Mary, Mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and Martha. Add to that the Witch of Endor and Claudia, the wife of Pilate and you have a vibrant mix of voices, both serious and comic. This collection of monologues can be performed as an evening or individually as a portion of a church or school event.
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    $9.97$65.00
  • Inside and Out

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female. 1 M or F. Max 3, Min 3

    Competitions, Fantasy, Simple Set

    This 10-minute poetic play dramatizes a mother’s attempt to reach inside the autistic mind of her young son. Characters include Jonah, the boy, his mother, Jonah’s mind. The play is a great change of pace in an evening of short plays and as an introduction to discussion groups and classes in social work and mental health settings.

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    $7.99$30.00
  • Going to the Dogs

    by Pamela Munson Steadman
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 2 Females, Max/Min cast 3

    Competitions, Simple Set

    In this 10-Minute original farce, a free-thinking retired woman, Sylvia, discovers that her deceased husband has been reincarnated as her dog. A surreal and hilarious Fantasy/Comedy by Pamela Steadman. Acting script.

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    $5.00$14.99
  • Monologues for Men: Voices from the Old Testament

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 10 - 60 minutes

    Bare Stage, Flexible Casting, Simple Set

    These voices from the Old Testament are perfect for Christian solo drama performances. Also with voices of contemporary men of faith, struggling or affirming their beliefs bring modern issues to life. Perfect for inclusion in virtual church services and programs, and also as audition pieces. For performance rights for individual monologues, please contact us.

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    $9.95$50.00
  • Shorts for All Seasons: America Revisited

    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 1 Male 1 Female Max 6 Min 2

    Flexible Casting, Simple Set

    A collection of six 10-minute satires – plays written by the renowned Virginia Playwrights Forum, lampoons the American political and social landscape. From taxes and lotteries, to classroom education and TV talk show hosts, the foibles of present-day America are revealed.

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    $13.95
  • I Am The Brother of Dragons

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 50 - 60 minutes
    • 3 Males, 2 Females, Max/Min Cast 5

    Collection, Simple Set, Touring

    collection of 50-minute plays for teens

    Original plays by Gillette Elvgren.  Teen suicide, drug abuse, school drop out, and peer pressure are among the teen challenges that form the substance of the dramas in these 50-minute plays. With simple sets, props, and masks, these teen plays provide a springboard for meaningful discussion.

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    $16.95

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