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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  • Talk the Night

    • 20 Minutes
    • 1F3M

    Simple Set

    Together, Drake and his grandfather, the dynamic vocal duo, broadcast call-in segments about aliens, werewolves, and all things crypto-zoological, but this particular show is about “time”: lost time, time outs, moments that feel like years, and eons that go by in the blink of an eye. When Rich becomes an unexpected special guest, the conversation […]

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    $8.00$35.00
  • Out Out

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 1 Male 1 Female Max/Min 2

    Simple Set

    “Out, Out” is the fourth installment in the Playroom series, and it may be set in the master bedroom. It seems like an ordinary end to an ordinary day when Rich and Carol retire for the night–until

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    $8.00$35.00
  • Oil Pandango

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 0-4M, 2-5F

    Simple Set

    “Oil Pandango” is the fifth installment in the Playroom series, and it’s set in the garage. A lot of teens take over the garage with dreams of starting a band, but Marla isn’t a lot of teens.

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    $8.00$35.00
  • Drake Disappears

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 1 Female Max/Min 3

    Simple Set

    “Drake Disappears” set in the kitchen, is the first installment in the Playroom series. When Drake goes missing during an everyday game of hide-and-seek, his older sister Marla discovers that he has slipped from our timeline and probably discovering the bay of San Francisco. Is he inadvertently today’s answer to Sir Francis Drake?

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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

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