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The Door

The Door

By Paul Elliott.

Product Code: D99000

  • One-act Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 1m., 1w., 1 offstage voice.

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A grandmother in her late 50s sits in her darkened apartment and refuses to answer the insistent knocking at her front door. In fact, this woman has shut herself off from everything except the one person still capable of reaching her, her teenage grandson, Justin. Now, he sits with her in the darkness, trying every trick he knows to get her to respond, to turn on the lights, to answer the door and reclaim her life. He teases. He torments. He goads. He reminds her that never once would she have let him hide away like this and he's not about to let her get away with it either. He pushes every annoying button he can push to finally get her to face her worst nightmare and what lies outside that door. She has to do it for herself. She has to do it for him. It's only at the last moment we discover that what she must face when she opens that door is the night the police came to tell her that her grandson had been savagely beaten and brutally murdered because someone thought he might have been gay. There are some doors that must be opened if we're going to ever change the way things are. The Door is a play for the theater company that wants to make a difference in its community, that wants to open the door and shed light on a very frightening truth: each year hundreds of our nation's youth are violently abused and murdered simply because someone questions their sexuality.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show One-act Play
  • Product Code D99000
  • Cast Size 3
  • Min. Royalty Rate $50/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 20 min


  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583425923
* 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.

Customer Reviews

"Everything was great! This was our Community One Act entry, and it was easy to produce with social distancing."
Review by Rebecca Parker, Live Arts Theatre, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
"Beautifully written script about a very relevant topic for today's youth. It allowed for a lot of discussion, and the play became personal for my students. I also had a supportive administration who encourage us all along the production process. The playwright was also wonderful to work with. We performed the show for one act competition, so the language of the grandmother had to be adjusted. The playwright worked with us and allowed us to make the necessary changes to dialogue. You will leave changed from this production. One of the most meaningful shows we have ever produced!"
Review by Shonna Vandivort, McLoud High School, McLoud, Okla.
"I decided to read The Door because of its ambiguous title and I was not disappointed. It captivated me from the start, trying to guess the mystery. By the end I was in tears. I knew I wanted my students to perform this play because it is so relevant. We won a superior at One-Act festival performing this."
Review by Jessica Rivera, Lake Worth High School, Lake Worth, FL