One-Act

One Act Play Scripts & Musicals

One act plays less than 60 minutes running time.  A 1 act play script is written to be performed without an intermission. You will find one-act plays for middle school, high school. Discover one act comedies, one-act dramas, one-act dramedies, one-act Fables, one-act Fairytales, one-act Farces, one-act Satires, one-act Plays with Music. Find one act play scripts suitable for college, community groups, seniors groups, spiritual communities, professional theatres and touring theater companies.

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  • 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
  • Digital Disturbances-Three 10-Minute Comedies of Modern Technology

    by Bonnie Culver
    • 10 - 30 minutes
    • 3M/2F Max 5/Min 3

    Farce, Aging, Bare Stage, Collection, Colleges, Comedy, Community, Doubling Possible, High School

    Who hasn’t struggled with expanding technology? In these three 10-minute comedies, cell phones disrupt lives to uncover a serial philander, a GPS unit miraculously provides comfort to a widower, and Everyman seeks, in vain, a Representative!

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    $9.97$60.00
  • Dreams of Glass

    by Margaret McSeveney
    • 40 Minutes
    • 1 F

    Monologue, Colleges, Community, Competitions, Teens

    A one-woman short play with comedic and dramatic elements. Daisi Dickie, a young woman with dreams of becoming a clairvoyant and a changer of lives discovers her power to influence her own life.

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    $9.97$50.00
  • The Yellow Brick Road Trip

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 1M / 3F 4 Max/Min

    Fable, Fairy Tale, Farce, Community

    A very different Dorothy lands in Oz to find some romantic interest from one of the Munchkins and a conflict over language and meaning from the Good Witch.

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    $6.97$30.00
  • 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
  • Doctoring Justice

    by Jack J. Berry
    • 10 minutes
    • 2M/1F/1M or F

    Comedy, High School, Simple Set, Small Cast

    A man commits triple murder and his lawyer is stricken with guilt at the realization that “success” means his client will get three meals a day and cable TV for the rest of his life.

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    $6.97$29.45
  • 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
  • A Pastor’s Tale – The True Story of Silent Night

    by Todd Conner
    • 15 minutes
    • 1 - 5F; 2-7M; Max 7; Min 7

    Comedy, Simple Props, Teens

    A one-act Christmas comedy – a play with live music for young actors, telling the story of how the Christmas song “Silent Night” came to be written. Set in Oberndorf, Austria in 1818, the play is staged with live guitar in a Readers Theatre format. Memorized historical vignettes are combined with a straight-forward Christmas reading. But it soon goes “off-book” as student readers question the truth of the text they’re reading, and they end up squabbling on stage among themselves. Just when their performance seems doomed, Josef Mohr remembers a short poem he had been writing—Silent Night.

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    $7.97$55.98
  • The Trunk

    by L. Elizabeth Powers
    • 15 minutes
    • 2 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    Competitions, Fantasy, Simple Set, Small Cast

    A man is about to board a mysterious train when he is stopped because of the size of his luggage. What is in his trunk that he is so reluctant to part with? And where is the train going? In this 15-minute play, L. Elizabeth Powers bears witness to the fact that it’s never too late to take a different path.

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    $6.97$48.00
  • Short Plays for Long Lives

    by Ed Friedman
    • 10 - 60 minutes

    Collection, Doubling Possible, Flexible Casting

    A collection of six 10-minute plays for seniors and senior theater groups. With mostly senior cast members, these short comedies plays about old people play well for senior groups and senior actors.  They may be produced as Readers Theater, or on stage individually or as a group.  These are good plays for amdram groups and community theater.

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    $7.95$40.00
  • 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
  • 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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    $5.00$20.00
  • A Slippery Slope

    by P. A. Wray
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 2 Females, Max/Min cast 3

    Simple Set

    A middle-school teacher is in a war zone between two students when both their reports turn out to be about the Layson Albatross. Does she side with Davy whose report says that Layson couples raising their chicks are sometimes both female? Or does she come to Beth’s defense when Beth wants to silence Davy’s report as “fake news.”

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    $6.95$30.00
  • Cell

    by Bonnie Culver
    • 15 minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females

    Bare Stage, Comedy

    Cell, a 10-minute comedy for 4 actors, takes us inside connecting and disconnecting calls among 4 different cell phone users. Each looking for answers to the central problems in their lives with hilarious results.

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    $5.00$15.00
  • Group S.O.S.: Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

    by Bonnie Culver
    • 50 - 60 minutes

    In GROUP S.O.S. by Bonnie Culver, the S.O.S stands for Survivors Of Sexual abuse.  In two separate 1-hour plays, male or female survivors both confront and comfort one another as they begin their processes of healing. Appropriate for a teen or adult audience, previous productions of these plays have led to audience members seeking help as they begin to recognize themselves among the characters.

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    $13.95
  • 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

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