Archive for Full-length plays by Gary Young


~~Renting monologues and plays~~

There is a delicate balance between community theatre, school, semi- professional, and professional.  It often pays to read a portion of the play to see if it fits into your needs.  After doing so, it is customary, and even legally required to honor copyright laws and pay the author a royalty for the use of his material.

Sometimes the line is a little blurry, and that might necessitate a conversation between the author and the theatre.  You’ll find that we’re very good at listening, and that we do not “hard-line” anything.  Our royalty rates are completely in keeping with the accepted norm, no more.

Occasionally a theatre or school invites the playwright to attend the opening performance or even lend his thoughts during rehearsal.  We are open to this, if schedules and budgets allow.

Royalty rates for monologues, ten-minute plays, one-act plays, and full-length plays will vary according to use, venue and the length of the play.

If you have further questions, I recommend emailing me specifically, and I’ll respond asap.  Please put PLAY INQUIRY in the subject line, so that my mail program does not think your note is spam.

Please email me at:  info@garyyoungunlimited dot com

For your convenience, I have a toll-free phone number as well, but it is hard to catch me:  866-238-2840.


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INTERRUPTIONSa life, a death, pizza, dancing and Murphy’s Law


A serio-comic look at the plight of Bob, a recent young widower, dealing with the death and celestial presence of his beloved wife, Linda. He is aided unexpectedly by Zolton, a loony pizza salesman (or is he?) and Nancy, his amorous and concerned sister-in-law. Further attempts to advance his road to recovery are offered by the slightly askew chums at his weekly support group. Bob is given “permission” to grieve, and therefore, get well, as he maneuvers through a succession of “Murphy’s Laws.”

(Full-length: 2:15 with intermission)

Comic drama

3 men, 6 women (with doubling)



ON HOLD: The MYTH of Male Maturity


A new one-person play, written and originally performed by Gary Young.

Is there such a thing as male maturity? Can you sum up a life and fix everything with one phone call to a pop psychologist? Five characters tackle this while on the telephone, on hold, waiting to speak to a radio pop-psychologist. We gather a bit of insight and have some fun as we nurture this man through his own “stuff.”

Full length (75 minutes)

One-person (solo) show

1 man

Excerpt from ON HOLD




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 trunk?



4 men, 4 women (2 of the men and 2 of the women can be done as off-stage voices)

Excerpt from I’M A SHOE


HOLDING ON: the Mythology and Impossibility of Death


A new work in progress, not to be confused with the one-person show, ON HOLD. Physics, quantum physics, metaphysics, spirituality, hope, the unknown, religion, and snow cones.


90 minutes


Gary Young’s theatrical plays deal with social issues and  have been produced and performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and venues throughout the US and Europe.

In the 1980’s, he worked with Jean Kennedy Smith as one of the coordinators for the National Very Special Arts Festival, and with his own company, he has produced festivals and written successful grant proposals to fund programs for, by, and with disabled populations and the underprivileged.

His touring programs throughout the United States have been co-supported by the former HEW (now HHS), National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mobil Oil, US Airways, and private foundations.

Gary and his wife, Kathy, have co-authored Loss and Found: Surviving the Loss of a Young Partner, also presenting seminars and support groups throughout the United States.

His play, Interruptions – A life, a death, pizza, dancing and Murphy’s Law, premiered at the Kennedy Center, with its West Coast premier in Los Angeles, June through September, 2000, at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.

His ON HOLD: The MYTH of Male Maturity, premiered in England, and will have its Los Angeles premier in the near future.

Gary serves as President of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Lifetime Achievement Foundation, President of the Independent Writers of Southern California, and Vice-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

He is a member of the Book Publicists of Southern California, the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Dramatists Guild, and Theatre Communcations Group.


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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