Archive for One-Act Plays


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One-act drama / 3 men, 3 women

CHANABAIS by Gary Young

France, 1890. The nightlife and absinthe. Based on the photographic essays of Brassai.

Excerpt from CHANABAIS

One-act version / Comedy / 3 men, 2 women (1 of the men and 1 of the women can be done as off-stage voices)

I’M A SHOE by Gary Young (one-act version)

On a cruise ship, the wrong person dies, the wrong person takes charge, the wrong jewels are stolen, and the wrong person has to disappear. A family business – stealing from the rich and, well, keeping it. Dad is the brains behind the schemes, and this one is a dilly.  The family boards a cruise ship prior to its departure, while many of the staterooms are more vulnerable.  Not without its dangers, the scheme could be brilliant, since the family would be ashore and the boat would sail before any real loss could be perceived, and after the time when anything could be done about it…in theory.  A scheme is only as good as the schemer and the ones carrying out the scheme, plus the unforeseen variables – such as the sudden death of the brains of the outfit.  Dad dies after the plunder and before the get-away.  The problem becomes: what to do with dad and how to figure out what to do with the goods that the family has stolen from a Mafia Kingpin in the stateroom adjacent to their staging area. And just what is in that steamer chest?

Excerpt from I’M A SHOE

One-act comedy-drama / 1 man, 3 women


It’s not the ledge that’s the problem. It’s the housekeeping service.

Excerpt from JUMPING JIMMY

One-act dramedy / 2 men, one woman



Super? Real? Imagined? Where does our real strength come from?


One-act comedy / 3 men, one woman


It’s just your typical octogenarian serial killer comedy. Rose and Jake annoy each other terribly, but Jake would kill for Rose and Rose would kill for Jake.  In fact, they do. But it’s for a reason.  Their daughter has been abducted by a cult and they are seeking revenge.  They are more than a little confused, so the revenge gets a little strange.  But they mean well…


~~~~~in the works~~~~~

The Embalmerby Gary Young

The History and Future of the Universe by Gary Young


Within these pages, you will find a true example of  a person with ADD.

This is an eclectic mix of original plays, short stories, novels,
monologues, and self-help books.

The plays and monologues are available for perusal and rent,
for regional theatre, community theatre, or schools.
The monologues are especially good for schools.

I am also an actor, director, and teacher, so you can
contact me if you need a little help or counseling with the plays.

The books and stories are available for perusal and purchase.

I am also available to help you with writing and publishing questions.

The one-person show, ON HOLD: The MYTH of Male Maturity
will have its west coast premier soon –
the word “soon” being a relative term, maybe “soonish” is a better word.

I hope you find something here that touches you.


Gary Young

Executive Director, Lifetime Achievement Foundation (
President, Publishers Association of Los Angeles (
Director of Professional Development, Independent Writers of Southern California (
Vice-Chair, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (
Member: Dramatists Guild of America (
Member: Book Publicists of Southern California (
Member: Theatre Communications Group (
Member: Independent Book Publishers Association (

If you have any questions,
please contact me at info@garyyoungunlimited dot com
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