One Act Play Scripts & Musicals
One act plays less than 60 minutes running time. You will find 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 and one-act Plays with Music. Find one-act play scripts suitable for elementary school, middle school, high school, college, community groups, seniors groups, spiritual communities, professional theatres and touring theater companies.
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Inside and Out
- 10 minutes
- 1 Male, 1 Female. 1 M or F. Max 3, Min 3
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. This 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.Read More
- 15 minutes
- 2 Males, 2 Females
Cell, a 10-minute play by Bonnie Culver, takes us inside connecting and disconnecting calls among 4 different cell phone users attempting to find answers to the central problems in their lives with sometimes odd results.Read More
Group S.O.S.: Survivors Of Sexual Abuse
- 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.Read More
Shorts for All Seasons: America Revisited
Shorts for All Seasons: America Revisited – a collection of six 10-minute plays written by the Virginia Playwrights Forum, skewers the American political and social landscape. From taxes and lotteries, to classrooms and talk show hosts, the foibles of present-day America are revealed.Read More
Short Skits for Long Lives
- 10 - 60 minutes
Short Skits for Long Lives by Ed Friedman, contains six 10-minute plays for seniors. With mostly senior cast members, these short comedies play well for senior groups and senior actors. They may be produced as Readers Theater, or on stage individually or as a group. A downloadable PDF is available.
Should children interfere in the romantic lives of their parents? What happens when a son discovers that there’s more to his mother then he realized? How does an aging parent know when it’s time to give up the car key? These issues and more are explored in this collection of 10-minute plays written to spark conversations between the generations.Read More
Spread Your Garment Over Me
- 10 - 60 minutes
- 1 - 12 Females
A monologue collection by Gillette Elvgren, based on women from the Bible, presents issues of faith, religion, and contemporary challenges. SPREAD YOUR GARMENT OVER ME (Ruth, 3:9) is written as a series of monologues and songs which capture the spirit and character of several women revealed to us in the Bible. Monologues may be used separately as part of a church service or be performed by 1 or more actors an a production. For use of individual monologues, email email@example.comRead More
Short Shorts for Seniors
- 5 - 60 minutes
- 1+Females 2+Males Max 12 Min 3 (Doubling Possible)
French fries are outlawed? Animals invade a retirement community? Did we hear polka music? This collection of five short plays for seniors is funny and touching at the same time. These plays by prize-winning playwright and award-winning actress Ludmilla Bollow, illustrate the drama that touches our everyday lives.Read More
Friends and Relations
- 30 - 90 minutes
- 3+ Males 3+ Females Max 10 Min 5
A collection of short comedies for seniors by Evan Guilford-Blake. The short comedies may be performed separately or together by a cast of as few as five or as many as 10.
Contains these titles:
Old Friends -Two strangers meet on a park bench,
The Baby – A pregnancy brings new challenges into old relationships
Strangers in the Night – An older woman meets a younger man on the deck of the SS Sinatra, a recreational cruise ship, somewhere in the Caribbean
- 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.
The Quest of the Yellow Pearl
- 50 Minutes
- 12 Male, 5 Female, Min/Max 17
In ancient times, Eldad, a gem merchant hears rumors of a magnificent pearl. He spends his life seeking for this marvelous jewel. Throughout his travels——and travails——he encounters both the splendor and the baseness of humanity. When his riches and health, and even his sight are finally gone, he discovers that the rumored pearl is, in fact, a man named Jesus, the true pearl beyond price.
The Tempest for Youth
- 45 Minutes
- 4 Male, 2 Female, 6 Min, 12 Max
This appealing version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, by Gillette Elvgren has all the exciting elements: shipwrecks, a love story, an evil plot, and the fun exploits of the spirits Ariel and her adversary, the rebellious fish-man, Caliban. A must-see for young audiences.Read More
- 45 Minutes
- 2 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2
Snapshots by Jean Klein 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.