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Ghosts in the Machine GD8000

Ghosts in the Machine

By Eric Coble.

Product Code: GD8000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 8 either gender.

    Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $90/perf

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It begins after lunch on Melissa’s phone. Someone she doesn’t know is texting her looking for a drug hook-up. Soon, eight very different high-school kids are getting bizarre texts from numbers they don’t recognize—budding romances, bitter rivalries, even violent threats. What’s going on? And what if it’s not people connecting with other people via their phones … but phones trying to connect with other phones via their people? A digital mystery for the mind and heart of the savvy texter.


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Director's Notes for Performing Online
Ghosts in the Machine was written to be performed live (like, you know, we used to). However, due to the monologue and tech-nature of the show, it can work well in Zoom or other online formats. If performing it online, just assume everyone is speaking into their phones (video) either to each other or the audience. Feel free to adjust dialogue as needed to accommodate the idea of everyone connecting online instead of in person, including making the final “showdown” at the school take place in the past tense (i.e., before COVID-19), if desired. Have fun! Make some magic!


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code GD8000
  • Cast Size 8
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 70 min


  • Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781619592018
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"The show runs really well with a static set. You can do it with an almost bare stage or you can spice it up with a couple of quality set pieces. The trick is to have good projectors to handle the "texting" in the show. If that tech piece is handled well the show runs really smooth."
Tip by Nathan Weaver, Central Crossing High School, Grove City, Ohio

Media Reviews

“Funny and mysterious.” —OnMilwaukee

“Incredibly funny [and] thought provoking.” —OnMilwaukee

“A multi-tiered look that manages to walk right down the middle of the gulf between texters and texting-haters.” —OnMilwaukee

Clue meets The Breakfast Club, with a little bit of Horton Hears a Who, for good measure.” —Ozaukee Living Local

“Fast-paced, funny, mystery.” —Ozaukee Living Local


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