I’m compiling a book-length collection of very short plays—from one minute to 10 minutes long. They are mostly—though not exclusively—comedies.
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Dark comedy 1 m, 2 f 9 pages
Jack wants to apologize for a minor sin of his youth. He hears a grim depiction from his victim’s mother of the consequences of what he did.
Dark comedy 1 m or f (onstage); 1 m or f (voice) 2.5 pages
A person in dire medical distress tries to cope with a telephone robot.
Here are two performances:
At the License Plate Bureau
Farce 2 m, 2 f 3 pages
People want their terrible names on their license plates. Will the manager allow it?
Do It Yourself
Comic monolog 1 m 4 pages
A young man conducts his own psychotherapy using a cut-out of a therapist and a manual.
Reno West of Los Angeles
Comedy 1 m, 1 f 2.5 pages
In a coffee shop, a talkative woman tells all about a troubled relationship.
The Captain & the Cabin Boy
Farce 1 m, 1 f 4.5 pages
The cabin boy is not what he seems to be. The captain is profoundly disappointed.
Incident at Intake
Dark comedy 1 m, 1 f, 1 m (or f) 6 pages
A burned-out case is turned away by a social worker. Will she relent—or is revenge too sweet?
The Princess & the Unicorn
Fractured fairy tale 2 m, 2 f 8 pages
The princess doesn’t have the standard qualification for taming a unicorn. But there may be another way to keep him from destroying the kingdom . . . .
Comedy 2 m 6 pages
He’s not the kind of prospect that the student caller can easily convince to donate. But the two can begin to understand each other.
Comedy 1 m (non-speaking), 1 f 1.5 pages
In Central Park, a woman tells her story to a stranger.
Comedy 1 m, 1 f (adults portraying young children) 2 pages
Children pretend to act like the adults in their lives.
Comedy 1 m, 1 f 2 pages
Two people in a bar find common ground in their minimal scruples.
Mother Warned Me
Comic Monolog 1 m 1 page
All those maternal warnings have come true.
Comedy. 1 m, 1 f ; 2 m; or 2 f 2 pages
One member of a couple cooks rich foods for the other. Is it loving indulgence or something worse?
(Can be paired with No. 2 “Emergency!”)
Farce 1 m, 1 f 4 pages
The story of the ballet—with a bizarre twist—is told in wildly fractured English.
Dramatic monolog 1 m 1 page
A man recalls a 6th-grade incident involving the teacher’s assignment and a classmate.
Dramatic monolog 1 f 1 page
A woman describes waiting for her late husband’s nightly home coming. (Originally written to portray the aftermath of a large-scale tragedy.)
The Middle-Aged Mariner
Comedy 2 m 7.5 pages
A man tells a stranger about his life experiences and his philosophy. The stranger appears to be a good listener.
Grace Under Pressure
Dark-comic monolog 1 f 4.5 pages
Grace makes a holiday video for her supposed loved ones. This year she is holding nothing back.
Pete & Joe at the Dew Drop Inn
Comedy 2 m 11 pages
In a local bar, two friends share guy talk on a variety of topics.