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Postal Man Joey by Cal Growney (7-10 min.) M, Dramatic$7.00
Postal Man Joey is a story about friendship and acceptance of past trauma. By sharing his story with Vincent, Joey finds his peace during the anniversary of his son’s death, and both gain a close friend in the process. Joey can only begin healing when he recalls the story out loud, and thereby rationalizing it and forgiving himself as well.
Removing the Hat by Luke Morgan (12-15 min. Cut as needed 1M) Humorous$10.00
Throughout human history, people with red hair have been looked down upon, teased, and persecuted. “Removing the Hat” is a hyperbolic look at that tribulation through the eyes of Luke, told in a series of vignettes with doctors, bullies, inept school counselors, and unforgiving parents. At the end of the day, is being an endangered species all it’s cracked up to be? This piece is most effective if the performing actor has red hair, poor thing.
Rescuing Chili by Stephanie Christensen ( 10-12 min. Cut as needed, 1F) Humorous or Duo$12.00
When teenager Laura loses her brother in a car crash, she returns to his crash site every day for a month in his memory. Until one day, a rambunctious floating ghost named Jim speaks to her and asks her to help rescue his alone and forgotten puppy dog, Chili. Although Laura has trouble adjusting to Jim’s ghosty-ness, she agrees to help save the innocent pup, and along the way, finds some much-needed distraction and closure. While rescuing Chili, she may also be rescuing herself.
Rock Bottom by Adam Brandner (7-10 min. Cut as needed. M) Dramatic$7.00
TITUS is a young man who has been going through hard times. He finds himself on a park bench trying to drink his troubles away when the ANGEL OF DEATH appears before him. In this monologue, TITUS speaks to the ANGEL trying to convince him that he is not yet ready for death. In doing so, TITUS realizes just how awful his behavior has been. Will the ANGEL take Titus? Or will a second chance be given?
Running from the Cops by Debbie Cavanaugh (7-10 min, F) Dramatic$7.00
They say that people have to learn by experience. It happened on one sluggish night, when temperatures were hot, and boredom ran high. Publishers note- This would be a good D.A.R.E. piece.
Second Chances by Stephanie Christensen (10-12 min Cut as needed) F, Dramatic (Copy)$7.00
Many parents will say that their child means everything in the world to them. Therefore, the loss of a child can cripple a parent for years. After losing her adopted child during a trauma-inducing plane crash, Teresa wrestles with the process of attempting adoption again. She faces pressure from her wife, survivor’s guilt, and the implication that she is sullying the reputation of prospective parents from the LGBTQ community. In the end, she must decide if she’s ready to raise another child after losing her first one.
Second-Rate Superheroes by Stephanie Christensen (10-12 min.), F, Humorous$10.00
Have you ever felt like a sub-par, second-rate version of someone else? Fallon, Cibby, and Gertrude–an unlikely superhero girl squad– feel exactly this way when they audition to work for a big-time superhero firm similar to the CIA, but for heroes. With ridiculous powers like mad rapping skills and mediocre ninja moves, these girls are looking for someone to give them a chance to do good, and today happens to be their day. This piece can be performed as a humorous, duet, or readers theatre.
She Looks Good by Charlotte Jones (10-12 min. Cut as needed, F) Dramatic$7.00
In this dramatic monologue, a teen recounts how her obsession with her looks develops into a struggle with anorexia.
Shitake (shi-tah-key) Mushrooms by Marla Crowe (10-12 min. Cut as needed. Cut as needed, M or F) Humorous$7.00
There is no crime in being sensitive. The only problem is that sensitivity occurs in strange places and can make even the most common of occurrences, such as, grocery shopping, a true challenge.
Sig Omega Lost a Pledge by Cal Growney (10-12 min, 1 M or 2M) Dramatic$12.00
Through Chad’s account of his relationship with Tyler, the pros and cons of the fraternity lifestyle are laid out during Chad’s interrogation while in custody. While Greek life allows for such a close bond of friendship, the lack of control over alcohol and hazing eventually leads to Tyler’s death, calling into question the validity of the system as a whole.
Special Request by Patrick Bates (10-12 min. Cut as needed. F) Humorous$7.00
A young performer uses her acting skills while waiting tables to land a role of a lifetime.
Speech Practice by Matt Mills – (10-12 min. Cut as needed, M/F)$12.00
A first-year Speech student tries to survive practice with the world’s most pretentious yet clueless Speech coach. (4 characters)
Survivor Kid by Abram Sand (10-12 min. Cut as needed, M or F) Humorous or Duo$12.00
It all started with a regular old trip to the supermarket with dad, but then calamity struck! Or at least that’s what Charlie thought…We follow the survival struggle of 6-year-old Charlie Macfarlane as he gets separated from his dad and faces the nightmare scenario that every six-year-old dreads: getting lost in the supermarket! As he scans the aisles for his father, he runs into some, er, interesting characters.
Swim or Drown: Two High School BFFs by Stephanie Christensen. (10-12 min., Cut as needed. FF Duo or HI), Humorous$12.00
High school can be the trickiest time of an adolescent’s life, between role identity, social status, maintaining good grades, and many other obstacles. While all teens face this tumultuous period, not everyone’s high school experience is equivalent in difficulty. This FF duo follows Jess and Lizzy, two high school best friends, tackling a crisis together: Jess’s first “real job” interview. When Lizzy finds out about Jess’s goal to become a Santa Monica lifeguard, she devises the most absurd mock interview scenarios possible to prepare Jess for any challenge. Through this heartwarming glimpse into these BFFs’ lives, the audience sees the true value of loyal, golden I’ll-do-anything-for-you friendship. And we are also poignantly reminded that you never know what’s going on in a person’s, or adolescent’s, home life until you take the time to ask.
The Big Pig by Cal Growney. (7-10 min. Cut as needed.) M or F, Dramatic$7.00
The Big Pig follows the perspective of Peter in a world that has been ravaged by “The Big Pig,” which represents greed. By giving into greed, by “drinking the green milk,” you hurt those around you and are left alone with only greed, as illustrated by Claudia. This post-apocalyptic landscape is only countered by one’s ability to care for their neighbors. Though, as Peter puts it, Bryce is weak and worthless, John still wants to help him, and thus does not end up giving into the Big Pig. Peter, however, abandons them to fulfill his own desires, and thus eventually gives up his life for greed.
The Class Reunion by Stephanie Christensen (12-15 min. Cut as Needed) 7, M or F, HI$10.00
Were you ever the outcast of the high school “scene”? Have you ever been forced to go to a class reunion that you know will go so terribly wrong? Jonathan Dunsky finds himself dealing with exactly that, attending a 15 year reunion dance that drudges up more awkward memories than he would like to remember. Yearning all his life for a place to belong and friends to trust, Jonathan must face the challenges of looking his past straight in the eye, in order to move on. However, he finds that this 15 year class reunion is even wackier than he could ever imagine. To his surprise, a place to belong could lie in the hands of the crazy weird kid Gilbert. When the two outcasts meet, Jonathan finds that they’re not so different after all.