Competition

Competition Plays for High School

There are over 20 plays suitable for Competition Pieces. Winning one-act plays that fit the competition rules. Take them to your next competition with confidence. Clever comedies, winning adaptations of James Joyce stories, 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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  • alice in wonderland play script cover

    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 play script cover

    A Touch of Frost

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

    School Touring, Simple Set, Touring

    Three short 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
  • book cover Voices from the Bible - Monologues for Women

    Voices from the Bible: Monologues for Women

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

    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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    $1.00$65.00
  • Play Script front cover - Inside and Out

    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 by Jean Klein 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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    $5.00$20.00
  • play script front cover - Going to the Dogs

    Going to the Dogs

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

    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.

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

    Monologues for Men: Voices from the Old Testament

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 10 - 60 minutes

    In these voices from the Old Testament, prolific Christian writer Gillette Elvgren brings to live both characters from the Bible, but also voices of contemporary men of faith, struggling or affirming their beliefs. Perfect not only for inclusion in religious services and programs, but also as audition pieces.

    For performance rights for individual monologues, please contact HaveScripts/Blue Moon Plays for information at [email protected].

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    $9.95$50.00
  • Front cover Shorts for All Seasons America Revisited - 6 Satirical short Plays

    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 Play Script Book cover

    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 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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    $13.95
  • Fron Cover Shakespeare On-The-Go Shakespeare Adapted For Young Audiences

    Shakespeare-On-The-Go: 4 Touring Plays For Young Audiences

    by Gillette Elvgren

    Collection, Touring

    These 4 adapatations of Shakespeare plays are skilfully adapted for young audiences and include: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Plays are each approximately 45 to 50 minutes. They are all fast paced, engaging, and include both Shakespeare’s original language as well as theatrical devices that make the language more accessible to young audiences. As exciting participatory theater they appeal to elementary school students. With the participatory elements removed, each play’s frame story is producible as a play for teens or for teen drama groups to perform for a younger audience.

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    $13.95$60.00
  • Fron Cover A Mirror in Time reflections on Love, Relationships and Marriage

    A Mirror in Time

    by Doris Gwaltney
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 2-6 M. 2-6 F, Max 12, Min 2

    The monologues in A Mirror in Time: History in First Person–Reflections on Love, Relationships & Marriage by Doris Gwaltney focus on how love and marriage may have changed course of history. Tense and revealing, sometimes comic, selected monologues have created successful evenings of Readers Theater for community theaters and schools. They are also ideal for use in English and history courses in middle school and high school.

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    $11.95$75.00
  • Monologues for Men New Testament Voices from the Bible

    Monologues for Men: Voices from the New Testament

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 5 - 60 minutes
    • 1 - 12 Males

    In these voices from the New Testament, prolific Christian writer Gillette Elvgren portrays not only the Biblical characters one might expect but also contemporary voices struggling with religious issues. A collection of monologues based around characters from the Bible – New Testament. Perfect not only for inclusion in religious services and programs, but also as audition pieces.

    For performance of individual monologues, please Contact Us for information

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    $9.95$50.00
  • Play Script An Evening With Joyce's Women Cover Image

    An Evening With Joyce’s Women

    by David H. Klein
    • 100 minutes
    • 3 Males 4 Females Max 12 Min 4

    Community, Flexible Casting, Fundraiser, High School, Middle School

    A trilogy of one-act plays, An Evening With Joyce’s Women allows us to enter the lives of three women from Dubliners by James Joyce. The frustrations, fantasies, and follies of Irish women who are also victims and victimizers of their mates and their society come to life in this trilogy of The Boarding HouseEveline and The Dead.

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    $9.95$90.00
  • Play Script Campers One Act Comedy Cover Image

    Campers

    by B.A. Hite
    • 20 Minutes
    • 1 Male 1 Female Max/Min 2

    An “outdoorsy” couple on their honeymoon discover what it means to be caught, or bound together in love. This award-winning one-act comedy by B. A. Hite was a First Place winner, Actor’s Theatre; produced by Theatre Wagon of Virginia and Tidewater Community College. Simple set. Easy to stage.

    Great fit for community theaters and high school competitions. Downloadable, printable PDF available.

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    $5.75$45.00
  • Captures high and low points of a 30-year marriage.

    Snapshots

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 45 Minutes
    • 2 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    Snapshots is a three-actor touching comedy that captures the high and low points of a 30-year marriage. Maggie ages from 27 to 60’s and Sy, her husband, ages 32 to 60’s. The Man represents various pivotal figures in their lives. Great for competitions, high schools, community theaters. Simple set: 3 cubes and a coat rack.

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    $7.00$50.00
  • behind closed doors monologues collection cover image

    Behind Closed Doors

    by Doris Gwaltney
    • 15 - 90 Minutes
    • 1+ Male 1+ Female Max 16 Min 2

    The monologues and dialogues in “Behind Closed Doors” are gripping fictional insights into the psyches of historical married couples. They are  set in prisons, bedrooms, palaces, gardens and Hitler’s bunker.  These scenes reveal dark, tense moments in famous, tormented lives.  Great acting scripts for auditions and competitions.

    NOTE: The performance fee is applicable to a production of the complete script. Prices for performance of individual monologues may be obtained by emailing HaveScripts/Blue Moon Plays at [email protected].

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    $9.95$75.00
  • Front Cover Nat Turner's Last Struggle - Finding His Way Home A Play in One Act

    Nat Turner’s Last Struggle: Finding His Way Home

    by P. A. Wray
    • 50 - 60 minutes
    • 1 Male 1 Female Max/Min 2

    This one-act, two character play opens during the pre-dawn hours of November 5, 1831. It is the day that Nat Turner, leader of a bloody slave rebellion, will be tried, convicted and sentenced to death. In the predawn hours before the trial a mysterious woman enters to purify the courtroom. Seven days later she is there by the hanging tree when Turner is executed and thrown into the darkness of death – where he fears he has been eternally abandoned. When Nat is finally given light he struggles to make his case – taking us on a journey where we see a bright, enslaved boy grow into a divinely-inspired freedom fighter. And the mysterious woman is there – stealthily guiding Nat and us to our long-forgotten home.

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    $9.00$60.00

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