At age 6, Meredith Wilfred loves to tell people that she hates her neighbor, Andrew Powers. At age 16, she tells Andrew the same thing but goes to the dance with him anyway. At 45, Meredith and Andy have a great deal to tell each other: most married couples do. And, even at 66, Meredith is still learning about, and from, Andrew. This is a fine contest play because it is both easy to stage and a challenge. All eight characters—two people at four different times in their lives—are onstage at the same time. The result is a play about love (and hate) and the way people change each other.
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- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code W58000
- Cast Size 8
- Min. Royalty Rate $55/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 30 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Touring Group
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871292827
- "This is a wonderful play! The kids can easily become the characters. We have performed it at both junior high and high school levels, advancing through regional competition."
- Review by Tacy L Ellis, Woodson ISD, Woodson, Texas
- "Great competition piece for students ready to challenge themselves with character development."
- Review by Corrine Reed, Prairie Heights High School, Lagrange, Ind.
- "Perfect for social distancing and small cast! Great challenge for young actors to portray 2 characters with consistent mannerisms, speech patterns and movement. Loved by our audience and students alike!"
- Review by Darlene Shaw, Lafayette Christian School, LaGrange, Ga.
- "A sweet one-act about relationships and growth. "
- Review by Heather Cribbs, New Smyrna Beach High School, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
- "Why Do We Laugh is a great play for developing character, as the same characters move through four different stages of their lives together. It is both moving and funny. "
- Review by Lorie Harkins, One Act Play, Paradise, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Small quirks that all 4 Merediths/Andrews have help the audience realize that they're the same people. Each couple have their own relationship and think differently of each other. LOTS of lighting cues if isolating each "time period"."
- Tip by Heather Cribbs, New Smyrna Beach High School, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
- "Consider showing a distinct character trait that stays with each character throughout each stage. "
- Tip by Lorie Harkins, One Act Play, Paradise, Texas