Archive for Ten-Minute Plays

TEN-MINUTE PLAYS

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SAY GOODNIGHT

Dramedy / two men

A father and son come to grips with father/son communication, emotional conflicts, mortality, and messy eating.  Dad has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, inoperable, and has lost the power to speak.  He and his son journey, with permission, to a park bench across from the hospital.  With Dad in his robe, his son hands him one of his favorite cigars, which he never lights. Upon receiving the cigar, he suddenly becomes loquacious, and delivers what he expects will be his last, or one of his last opportunities to make things right between the two, and impart a little mature perspective to his genetically immature son.  He dons the personality of a Borsht Belt comedian after receiving the cigar, and launches the diatribe.  His son reacts minimally, and we see at the end that he has not understood anything that Dad has said, although he does not tell Dad.  But he understands Dad’s situation and body language, and a few words here and there, plus Dad’s difficulty with emotion and the effort and love that went into this, and gets the gist.

Excerpt from SAY GOODNIGHT


REHEARSING DUTCHMAN

Comedy / 2 men, 2 women

A rehearsal of a play within a rehearsal of a play, within a rehearsal of a play, within a rehearsal of a play, oh yes, and one more rehearsal…or more.  Four people stuck in a never-ending sequence of perpetual rehearsals.  Many of us can identify with this feeling…

Excerpt from REHEARSING DUTCHMAN


YOU NEVER FINISH ANYTHING…

Excerpt from YOU NEVER FINISH ANYTHING


LEFTOVERS

Comedy-drama / 1 man, 1 woman

Michael Corleone, Sollozzo, and the Police Captain McCluskey…well, actually the waiter that served them that night; he’s a person too!  The waiter is actually co-owner of a “Ma ‘n Pa” Italian restaurant, frequented by underworld types, as well as neighborhood folk. Giuseppi has witnessed the killing (as was presented in the movie, Godfather). He stumbles his way into the Kitchen to find ——, the other co-owner.  She has not heard the commotion because of the noise in the kitchen.  She sees Guiseppi’s face and immediately knows that something is terribly wrong.  As they cower together, not knowing what to do, when to do it, how to do it, if the coast is clear, if they are in danger, they make a decision about the rest of their lives.

Excerpt from LEFTOVERS


SIG ALERT

Comedy-Mysery / 2 men, 2 women

On the highway to Las Vegas. An unusual roadblock, causes surprising interactions.


LEAP

Comedy  /  2 women, 1 man

Comedy-drama / 1 man, 2 women

Many of us know a person who was born on Leap Day, February 29.  Technically, this person only ages one year for every four.  Well, usually it’s only technical.  In this case, it’s literal, and she has had to make some unusual adjustments because of that.  She is celebrating her 21st birthday, which normally would be her 84th. And she looks young for her age – young for 21, that is.


THE TENOR

Drama  /  2 men

Drama / 2 men

A wasteland full of riches just out of reach.

Excerpt from THE TENOR


TIME’S UP

Comedy / 2 women, 1 man

 

In an Egyptian tomb. Whom do you expect to meet in such a place? Think again.


LEFT FIELD

Comedy / 2 men, or 1 man and 1 woman

 

The Cubs and the Red Socks pair off in the ultimate world series. What could go wrong? It does.

Excerpt from LEFT FIELD


RED HEAD

Comedy / 1 man, 1 woman

 

He wants to tell her.  She wants to know. Allergies aside, will they ever communicate?  It’s all about men and women and how it is so hard to communicate.  This particular couple find their common ground, however, and it becomes possible by embracing their immaturity.

Excerpt from RED HEAD


SO WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?

Dramedy / 2 people, any gender

 

Telling it all.  Maybe more than all.  Maybe nothing at all.  It’s analysis, after all…


SATIRA

Drama / 1 man, 1 woman

 

~~~Other ten-minute and one-act plays, in the works~~~

Dreams


Antiques


Excerpt from ANTIQUES

Ram

Excerpt from RAM by Gary Young


The Rose Garden


I See Living People


Collectables


The Herbalist


Stroke of Midnight

Excerpt from STROKE OF MIDNIGHT


Don’t Ask your Mother; She Doesn’t Know a Damn Thing

Assignment: Methusela

The Dismissal

Please Captain, Not in Front of the Klingons

They

But…

Bolivian Highway



WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

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.

Cheers,

Gary Young

Executive Director, Lifetime Achievement Foundation (http://lifetimeachievement.org)
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