ONE ACT PLAYS

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Caught In The Act

Two characters trapped in a one act play find it difficult to sort out their relationship when their lines keep getting re-written in this two person one act.

1 male, 1 female
25 minutues

"Moments"  

A bittersweet story that moves back and forth in time as a couple accidentally reconnect ten years after sharing a passionate but shortlived relationship in this one act play for two men and two women.

2 Male, 2 Females
25 Minutes

Ruby Of Elsinore  

 A slovenly and indecisive Hamlet, a marriage bent Ophelia, an oversexed Gertrude, a power hungry Claudius and a revenge seeking Ghost let their hair down to Ruby, Elsinore's hairdresser with attitude in this award winning one act play for three women and three men.

3 Females, 3 Males
20 Minutes

Opposites Attract 

 A comedic look at all the things that make modern romance so much fun including infidelity, emotional masochism, envy, bad sex, letting go and getting caught in this well reviewed one act.

7 Females, 9 Males (roles can be double and triple cast)
40 Minutes

The Real Problem 

 In a comedy about love and men, Shakespeare's Juliet gets conflicting advice from "Othello's" Desdemona, “Taming of the Shrew’s” Kate and, finally, just the severed head of Anne Boleyn. This short play features roles for five women.

5 Females
15 Minutes

Bobby's Brain  

The most elemental parts of the human brain come to life and into conflict confounding a young man's search for the girl of his dreams or, at least, the one women in the world who won't rip his throat out, in this modern one act comedy.

6 Females, 5 Males
15 Minutes

I, COLITUS

A freewheeling and bawdy farce about Julius Caesar,Cleopatra, Marc Anthony, Brutus, Cassius and all those other zanies who ran the Roman Empire... right into the ground. The story is seen through the eyes of Colitus Phlebitus, Caesar's number one slave and closest advisor who weaves his tale from first hand accounts, second hand accounts, third hand accounts, self serving accounts, rumors, half truths, scurrilous lies and the rest - and we quote the author himself - “I just made up.”

Main roles - 5 males, 2 females
Featured Roles - 9 males, 1 female
(plenty of room for double and triple casting)
Roman Chorus (may be used in other roles)
1 hour

Most recently performed by Shakespeare Orange County, CA starring Robert Hays (Airplane), Brent Spiner (Star Trek, Next Generation), David Denman, (13 Hours), Mercedes Mason (Fear The Walking Dead),, Jamie McShane (Bloodline), Gita Reddy (Zootopia), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), Matt Corboy (The Descendants), Eve Gordon (Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves)

Cindy & Julie  

Cinderella and Juliet commiserate about romantic love, happily ever after and what went wrong with their marriages in this popular ten minute play which features three women.

3 Females
10 Minutes

In The Beginning  

With a reptilian bartender acting as matchmaker, the future of the human race looks anything but promising when a sophisticated Eve meets the hunky but dim Adam over apple margaritas at the Garden of Eden Bar & Grill in this audience pleasing ten minute play. with roles for two men and one woman.

1 Female, 2 Mails
10 Minutes

Mirror, Mirror

"Sleeping Beauty" gets a 90210 facelift as the jealous stepmother takes drastic action when she finds she's been surpassed in the looks department by her stepdaughter in this funny one act play. Imagine the Kardashians dropped into the middle of this popular fairy tale.

2 Females, 3 Male
10 Minutes

"GPS" - An Auto Erotic Comedy 

 The sexy and suggestive computer voice of a high tech automobile becomes jealous of the new owner's girlfriend and threatens to destroy his life in this modern one act script.

1 Male, 2 Females (off stage voices)

Under The Balcony  

Shakespeare's famous balcony scene goes slightly askew when a fleeing Casanova shows up to turn Romeo from a lover to a seducer under Juliet's balcony. A ten minute play for two men and one woman.

2 Males, 1 Female (off stage voice)

Hitting On Women 101 

A man who claims to be inept around women successfully hits on them by telling them why he doesn't find them attractive in this very funny ten minute play with parts for two women and one man.

1 Male, 2 Females
10 minutes

Out Of His Mind  

Set within the the fevered mind of a man in a romantic crisis. A divorced man conjures up images of three women, as he tries to figure out if he really wants to get married again or retreat into a fantasy relationship with a wish fulfillment bimbo. With his trouble making ex-wife acting as ringmaster and reluctant conscience he finds dealing with the truth is much harder than fiction.. An unusual and fast paced ten minute play for one man and three women.

1 Male, 2 Females
10 Minutes

Ring Tone  

What happens between the moment a sexy actress asks a befuddled stranger to answer a cell phone call from her ex and the moment she invites him home in this modern and funny one act play for one man and one woman.

1 Male, 1 Female
10 Minutes

Out Of Therapy

This comedy is about two people, fresh out of therapy, who believe they’ve gone through a life changing metamorphosis that has made them open to new worlds and new experiences until, of course, he makes an assumption about her willingness to take the relationship to the next level and everything dissolves into recrimination and hostility.

1 Female, 1 Male
10 minutes

The Further Adventures Of Waspwoman 

Ever wonder how those super hero movies make it to the big screen? This hilarious short play takes you behind the scenes as a sexy, tough talking female superhero with a chip on her shoulder negotiates the sale of her life story to the movies. A two character play.

1 Female, 1 Male
10 Minutes

Monster Dating   

A woman relives her most disastrous post divorce dates, who turn out to be actual monsters, while lying to an on line dating service in a short play featuring one woman and three men. This unusual piece is a tour do force for an actress who has all the lines.

1 Female, 3 Males
10 Minutes

Wham! Bam!  

An egotistical super hero has difficulty consummating a liaison with the sexy and eager wife of his super hero rival until he reveals his true identity in this laugh filled ten minute play with parts for one man and one woman.

1 Female, 1 Male
10 Minutes

I Can Explain 

 Four friends participate in a dance of shifting romances, friendships and betrayals in this modern one act play for two  women and two men.

2 Females, 2 Males
10 Minutes

The Understudy 

 A stage actress refuses to do a nude scene only to become insanely jealous when when an imaginary actress steals her thunder in this ten minute play for four characters.

1 Female, Two Males, One role either male or female.

"Alias Cinderella"

With a only a sexy, high heeled shoe to go by, hard boiled gumshoe Justin Thyme, goes in search of a mysterious girl who charmed a certain prince and then left him high and dry. In the course of his search Thyme encounters an egotistical Prince who ain't that charming, a tough talking shoe maker whose nose grows when he lies and an old flame by the name of Anna Reksic who Thyme suspects may be mixed up in a plot to scam the Prince and a lot more. Along the way our tough talking shamus suffers a crisis of confidence that threatens his career, his inflated sense of self importance and his well endowed ego.

5 Males, 3 Females
45 minutes

"The Case Of The Prince Formerly Known As Hamlet"  It's Hamlet as you've never seen it before, told through the eyes of one tough talking, hardboiled detective named Justin Thyme. Summoned to Elsinore by King Hamlet,, Thyme finds the old man dying and promises to help the king's son avenge his death. The problem is Thyme doesn't know who zotzed the old man. In his attempt to identify the killer and help Hamlet avenge the murder, Hamlet meets the King's widow who can't wait to bury the old man and marry his brother Claudius who, it turns out, wants Thyme dead; Prince Hamlet who doesn't know what he wants and a dame named Ophelia who wants everything including Thyme in this send up of both Hamlet and the hard boiled detective genre
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CASTING NOTE: While this plays seems to have a large cast, all, but the lead roles of Thyme, Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude, can be double or triple cast with actors playing multiple speaking roles as well as filling in as members of the royal court, the pirate crew and soldiers. Claudius, King Hamlet and the Ghost can, and probably, should be played by the same actor.

15 Men, 3 Women
Many males roles can be doubled and tripled
One hour or more depending on the staging

"The Case Of The Tale Told By An Idiot" 

Justin Thyme, the hard boiled fictional detective, gets burned by an old flame by the name of Lady MacBeth, when he's hired to find out who zotzed the King of Scotland in this hilarious one act send up of Shakespeare's famous play.

6 Men, 6 Women
30 minutes

"The Case Of The Count Formerly Known As Dracula"  

Thyme travels to Transylvania to find out why the country has experienced a sudden shortage of virgins. No sooner does he arrive then his old friend Igor tells him him that the man who summoned him is dead. That's when Thyme meets the delicious Molly, takes refuge in an eerie castle, meets its master Count Dracula, gets locked in a cell, loses Molly, goes on a bender, recovers only to find Molly has become an undead bride of Dracula. Will Thyme defeat the immortal vampire? Will he rescue Molly? And will our intrepid gumshoe escape a fate worse than death when Molly proposes they marry and move to the suburbs?

7 Males, 3 Females + several undead women (flexible)
35 minutes

"The Case Of The Really Big Dog Of The Baskervilles"  

Justin Thyme, fictional detective, heads to Sherlock Holmes country to find his client frightened to death by a four hundred year old hound the size of a Buick and a list of suspects that includes the slow witted heir to the murdered man's fortune, his butler, a butterfly collecting twit and a beautiful woman who immediately casts her spell over our detective.

5 Males, 2 Females
30 minutes

"The Big Snooze"  

Did Humpty Dumpty fall or was he pushed? Hardboiled gumshoe Justin Thyme travels to a Peppermint Bay, a fairy tale land that ain't what it seems to be. Where, a missing dame may or may not want to stay missing. Where a murder may or may not have been a murder. And, where the only possible suspects may or may not have committed a murder that may or may not have been a murder. Solving a murder is hard. Solving a murder that may not have been a murder is even harder.

5 Males, 5 Females
40 minutes

Bruce Kane Productions
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