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Dramatic Publishing Top 25 One Acts

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This Is a Test playbookThis Is a Test by Stephen Gregg.

Comedy. Cast 13 to 15 actors, either gender. Target Audience All Ages

"This is a fabulous script to use with a high-school cast. They can expand upon the ideas provided in order to make it their own." -Judine Brey, Colby High School, Colby, Wis.

The Lottery playbookThe Lottery Adapted by Brainerd Duffield from the story by Shirley Jackson.

Drama. Cast 8m., 5w., extras Target Audience High School · College and Adult · Senior Adults

"From a casual beginning that is lighthearted to a very dramatic and intense ending, The Lottery has it all." -Neil Witte, RTR High School, Russell, Minn.

"This play is an excellent selection for a student directing project: the pervasive mood and challenging theme provide the perfect forum for exploring beats, characters, and clear climax of a dramatic piece. -Lauren Tobiason, Hammond High School, Columbia, Md.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly playbookI Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti.

Drama. Cast 2m., 2w., extras Target Audience Middle School · High School · College and Adult · Senior Adults

"An outstanding presentation of a very difficult subject matter. Both uplifting and heart wrenching. Kudos to novice youth players for the vision of simplicity and depth." -Diane Dorbin, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

"What a wonderful show! My students will never forget the lessons learned from this production. Definitely worth doing."-Christie Jeppson, Valley View High School, Valley View, Texas

Louder I Can't Hear You playbookLouder, I Can't Hear You by William Gleason.

Comedy. Cast 3m., 3w. Target Audience High School · College and Adult · Senior Adults

"This is a tremendous comedy with an underlying message ... The opportunities for physical comedy are unlimited." -Louise Brazier, William Mason School, Choiceland, Sask., Canada

"A very funny show that received a lot of laughs ... Fun characters for the students." - Kenn Miller, Nicolet High School, Glendale, Wis.

Why Do We Laugh· playbookWhy Do We Laugh· by Stephen Gregg.

Drama/Comedy. Cast 4m., 4w. Target Audience Middle School · High School · College and Adult · Senior Adults

"The minute we read it we knew this play was for us. It was easy to stage and costume. Stephen Gregg is a great playwright for high school and any actor who loves a fun, thoughtful and thought-provoking show." -Alecia Day, Duncan High School, Duncan, Okla.

The Girl Who Was Asked to Turn Blue playbookThe Girl Who Was Asked to Turn Blue by Ev Miller.

Drama. Cast large and flexible, minum of 10 actors. Target Audience Middle School · High School

"An excellent piece for adolescents, this play examines prejudice, peer pressure, fundamentalism, chauvinism, and ostracism. Science fiction is a great genre for issue-based plots." -Kate Olena, Nichols Middle School, Buffalo, N.Y.

The Diary of Adam and Eve playbookThe Diary of Adam and Eve dramatized by Marc Bucci from Mark Twain's story.

Comedy. Cast 1m., 1w., 3m. or w., optional extras. Target Audience Middle School · High School · College and Adult · Senior Adults

"A great script and easy show to produce with thousands of possibilities. A sure win with any age audience." -Bob Silton, Encore Theatre, Libertyville, Ill.


Cagebirds playbookCagebirds by David Campton.

Drama. Cast 8w. Target Audience High School · College and Adult · Senior Adults

"This play gave my talented cast the challenge they needed to go above and beyond. No one steals the showthey equally shine. A colleague said, 'This is the best play you've ever done'." -Linda Schroeder, Lisbon School District #19, Lisbon, N.D.

Flowers for Algernon playbookFlowers for Algernon adapted by David Rogers from the novel by Daniel Keyes.

Drama. Cast 4m., 1w. (one of the male roles may be played by a woman). Target AudienceMiddle School · High School · College and Adult · Senior Adults

"This play is a slam dunk. we performed it for our winter one-acts. It was the most popular play of the evening. Skillfully condensed, all the key steps in Charlie's ordeal were hit upon for maximum emotional impact. I am impressed with the script. They should all be this good." -Kyle Elsbernd, Craig High School, Janesville, Wis.