Posts Tagged one-act plays
A few years ago, I read a book about Antarctica, which inspired several pieces — a one-act called “Lionized,” and three short pieces called “Countdown to 2041” (when the treaty governing the continent is set to expire), “Fairweather at the Pole” and “Choose Your Companions Carefully.”
Most of those pieces (“Countdown to 2041″ is the exception”) deal with the same uncomfortable topic — explorers forced to resort to cannibalism to stay alive.
On January 27, the Liminal gallery had one of its regular readings, with the theme “A Midwinter’s Night Dream.” I didn’t really have any odes to winter, but I did have “Choose Your Companions Carefully.” If Antarctic exploration isn’t winter, what is?
Mike Allen read the piece for me — putting on a full-fledged shivering act. Weeks later, I still have people who were there talking about it. As for the people who were there, you’ll notice an empty auditorium in the video. That’s because the audience was on the stage, and this video was shot from a side view.
The radio station at Seattle Pacific University produced my one-act “Catch of the Day” as a radio play on April 23, 2013.
The audio is just now becoming available.
On that same show, Falcon Radio Theatre also produced one of my five-minute scripts, “Zucchini Are Planning to Take Over the World.”
CATCH OF THE DAY
A nervous mother is preparing to entertain her daughter and the daughter’s new boyfriend. She’s eager for the match to succeed. She’s instructed her husband to pick up some fish on the way home for dinner; he mistakenly acquires a fugu, a type of fish prized as a delicacy in Japan — but which is also highly poisonous, if improperly prepared. Naturally, the woman succeeds in poisoning the daughter and her boyfriend — sending them into a trance. Comedy ensues, while the pair are frozen in position through part of the play. Cast: Two males, two females. Running time: 30 minutes.
Here’s a list of audio to some of the other pieces I had on Falcon Radio Theatre:
* “God and the Devil Meet for a Business Lunch” (ten-minute script)
* “Somewhere Tonight, the Washington Senators’ Last Game Plays On” (ten-minute script)
* “Cat and Dog” (five-minute script)
* “If Cats Had Lawyers” (five-minute script)
* “The Last Day of School” (five-minute script)
* “The Liberal Arts Pirates” (five-minute script)
* “The Secret Lives of Goldfish: Breakout!” (five-minute script)
* “The Secret Lives of Goldfish: Pirates!” (five minute script)
* “The Viking Funeral of Harold Olafson” (five-minute script)
Falcon Radio Theatre also did my one-act, “Occupations,” but there doesn’t seem to be audio available of it.
My one-act about a kid who kidnaps the tooth fairy to find out where the money comes from — “Follow the Money: A Modern-Day Fairy Tale” — took first place in the New Voice Play Festival in Charles Town, West Virginia. (More on that here.)
The entire festival got nice press coverage from the local daily newspaper, the Journal in Martinsburg.
When I was in Charles Town for the festival, I saw some copies lying around but they were no longer available on the newsstand, so I ordered some — and here they are.
You’ll see it was a photo from my play that graced the cover of the paper’s weekly entertainment tab (above.)
And below is the two-page spread (a doubletruck, in newspaper language) on the festival: Read the rest of this entry »
My one-act “Follow the Money: A Modern-Day Fairy Tale” won first place on June 23 in the 13th annual New Voice Play Festival at the Old Opera House Theatre in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Four scripts out of 85 were chosen for production; then the audience voted each night on their favorites, with the winner announced after Sunday’s finale.
Here’s some information on the script and how it came to be entered in the festival here.
The Journal, the daily newspaper in Martinsburg, W.Va., made the festival the cover story of its weekly entertainment section.
More photos below: Read the rest of this entry »
“My Girlfriend’s Stupid Talking Parrot” is a one-act published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.
This photo gallery is from its second production, at Verona High School in Verona, Missouri in October 2007.
“Hamlet on Spring Break” — published by Playscripts — is one of my most frequently-produced one-acts.
The plot is pretty much what you think it is; Hamlet goes to the beach instead of Elsinore. Comedy ensues.
These photos are from the show’s third production, at Highland Park High School in St. Paul, Minnesota in November 2004:
Yes, you read that right: Most of my scripts are royalty-free.
Why is that?, you might wonder.
Glad you asked!
Here’s why: First, being a playwright isn’t a paying gig. Fortunately, I do have a day job (which sometimes is a night job, too, but that’s another story.) So I’m not trying to make a living at this.
My psychic payment comes from seeing my work performed (or at least knowing it’s performed, in the case of distant venues.) And I know most theatres don’t have piles of cash sitting around.
But also . . . My ultimate goal is to see my scripts published (which means they’ll get performed more often, and publishers do want to be paid, which means I get royalties there.) But most publishers won’t consider work unless it’s been produced (sometimes more than once.)
So it’s in my interest to get scripts produced — royalty-free — so I can more quickly get them in front of publishers.
If you’re a high school or community theatre looking for scripts but dreading royalty payments, this is your lucky day!
I invite you, of course, to patronize my publishers. I’ll even include a list of my published scripts. But all the rest — and believe me, I have many more — are available royalty-free. So browse through the “scripts” category to see if there’s something that strikes your fancy. If so, let me know, and we’ll see if we can do business, without any money changing hands.
* Big Dog Plays: The one-acts “Red, Ripe and Round” and “Santa Claustrophobia.”
* Brooklyn Publishers: The one-acts “The Fruitcake,” “The Kissing Consultant,” “Mac and Beth” and “The Weird Sisters Go On Holiday.”
* Eldridge Plays and Musicals: The full-length “Fairweather Friends,” the one-acts “Code 40 Verona,” “Hit the Books,” “Macbeth Goes Hollywood,” “My Girlfriend’s Stupid Talking Parrot,” and the collections “24/7” and “Animal Instinct,” the latter of which includes the one-act “Spiders.”
* Heuer Publishing: The one-act “The Fruitcake” (in conjunction with Brooklyn Publishing, a corporate cousin.
* Playscripts:The one-acts “Hamlet on Spring Break” and “Jenna and Her Prize-winning Pig Change the Course of History.”
Here’s my complete list of one-acts. Most are suitable for high schools and community theatres; a few would not be. To weed those out, see the post “one-acts for high schools.”
Almost all run about 25-30 minutes; designed to fit within the time limits of most one-act contests.
A few run longer, a few run shorter, as noted.
All can be produced with minimal staging.
All are available directly from me, except those that have been published, which are noted — and are available from their respective publishers.