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Community Theatre Plays is proud to share these royalty-free play scripts and are looking forward to more entries in the near future. The first is Chris McKerracher's The Last Comedienne.
Special thanks to playwright Sharon Reichert who has generously agreed to add her one act piece, "Inaccurate Conceptions" which is found below.
The Last Comedienne is a one act play for four actors (3F, 1M) with an approximate running time of 35 minutes.
Three female comics vie for the $100,000 prize in the National Comedienne Joke-Off. Between their 5 minute gigs they share why they do comedy and what the prize would mean to their lives.
Brock Benton - Master of Ceremonies
Fanny "Granny" Foote - A beloved, long time comic on "the circuit".
Mercedes Ellington - Bitter veteran of the circuit wanting to escape it.
Eleanor Brown - Newcomer to the circuit hoping to jumpstart her comedy career.
Perfect for The Fringe or other festivals, the set consists of just three chairs. The only props needed are a mic and a slice of pizza (optional).
The play is set in modern times somewhere in North America.
Link to The Last Comedienne
Prim PTA secretary-treasurer Lisa and her BFF Carol, out clubbing, get arrested over an altercation and encounter a "lady of the evening" while in jail awaiting bail.
A female holding cell in the local police station
Rose: Bitter lady of the evening
Lisa: Housewife out on the town and a wee bit tipsy
Carol: Friend of Lisa. Also tipsy.
Jailer: A bland employee of the jail.
A mysterious elderly woman holds a garage sale which changes the lives of everyone who visits.
The story takes place in the modern era. The stage has tables set up on either side piled with garage sale items. The play begins with an older woman, Nan, walking up to the garage. She is wearing very old fashioned clothing.
Nan: An extremely sweet, elderly woman in vintage clothing.
Keith: Rough-hewn. Desperate.
Sally: A young university student
Tessa: Middle-aged woman. Preoccupied.
Peg: Suburban housewife wanting more from her marriage
ary: Peg’s husband trying to do better
Great laughs galore in this look at gossip. As four women come and go in a doctor's waiting room, they each talk about the others who are absent.
All four roles, Pat, Karen, Fran and Alexa are for older adult women.
The set can be as simple as a few chairs and a coffee table or end tables with magazines or as elaborate as a full doctor's waiting room.
You can change the names of the characters in your production if it will appeal more to your target audience for any reason, poling fun at friends, for example!
Ms. Reichert is an Alberta-based playwright who loves all thngs theatre including writing, acting and directing. She is the recipient of the Best Director award in the 2018 Alberta Drama Festival Association provincial competition.
Four friends (three females and one male) discuss romance, break up and honesty in the new millennium.
Approximate run time is 20 minutes.
Joanne - Neatral friend
Angela - Owen's girlfriend
Lisa - Interested in Owen
Owen - Wants to dump Angela for Lisa... or does he?
The play is set in a modern living room in the afternoon.
Gretchen Elhassani is a stay-at-home mom of two teenagers living in North Carolina. For most of her life she has been a secretary for non profit education oriented organizations. She is currently helping many wonderful non profits secure grant funding, and helping others achieve their dreams of publication through ghostwriting services.
Her favourite saying, "If I'm not writing, I'm cooking!"
yanna has a side hustle, she tries to rescue suicidal teens she meets online. Her first week at a new school, Ryanna falls for a girl who is being bullied by an ex-boyfriend. Without hesitation, Ryanna goes all in to rescue Ava from herself."
The play is written for high school, but could comfortably be produced by young adult actors. There are 7 female and two male roles.
Themes being explored include LGBTQ issues, teen suicide, and family drama.
A US citizen, with a degree from the University of Pisa, Olivia lives in Torre del Lago Puccini, Italy, with her family. Her plays have been published by Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, Desert Road Publishing, JAC Publishing & Promotions, Independent Playwrights, Green Room Scripts, Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, Drama Note Book, Lazy Bee Scripts, Smith Scripts, Off The Wall Plays. FLIGHT ATP12 was produced by Gulfport Community Players, FL, JUST FOR YOU, by Blue Box Productions, NYC, CONTEMPTUOUSLY IN LOVE, by Ciona Taylor Productions, NYC; her one minute works by Gi60 Screaming Media Productions NYC, UK, Spare Change Theatre, NYC and Eclectic Theatre Company, FL. UP NORTE and NIGHT INTRUDERS, finalists in the R.J. Flores Short Play Reading Series had staged readings in NYC. THE TEACHER, an adaptation of A. Chekhov’s story, “The Teacher of Literature”, was produced at the Viaduct Theatre, Chicago, for the Neapolitans’ Off-Chekhov Festival. SOMETHING IN COMMON was produced by Spokane Radio Theatre, WA. UBU EMPEROR appeared in mgv2_78/ubu/10_14, AWOL, Soldiers Art Academy, London, 2021.
Her poems and short stories have appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies in the USA,UK, AU.
The Crimson Cap Ladies are shaking up their Official Outings with their first Men's Night.
This play is available in two versions. The first features four male and four female roles while the second offers roles for 6 women and four men.