Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas-Themed Short Play: A Rum Cake for Rita

Looking for a dramatic short play with a powerful message? A Rum Cake for Rita by David-Matthew Barnes is a festival favorite and a proven crowd-pleaser. This award-winning script features roles for two women and explores a timely and relevant topic. Set on a Christmas Eve in the 1960's in the shadow of the Vietnam War, the play delves deep into grief and sorrow by examining racial tensions within a broken family.

A RUM CAKE FOR RITA - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Monday, December 2, 2019

New Release! Pensacola by David-Matthew Barnes

We are thrilled to announce the publication of the critically acclaimed stage play Pensacola, written by David-Matthew Barnes. This crowd-pleasing script has been produced on stages around the world including a recent performance at the 2018 UAE Theatre Fest in Dubai.

PENSACOLA - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Watch a monologue performance from the play.

"Pensacola depicts the lives of an eclectic collection of Southerners in the tradition of Tennessee Williams... humorous and witty dialogue...the authentic portrayal of human nature...the poignant depiction of people reacting to crushed dreams..."  
The California Aggie

"Pensacola, both touching and humorous, explores the lives of four eclectic Southern women as they discover their personal strengths and destinies...think Steel Magnolias by way of Tennessee Williams, with a detour through the mind of Elmore Leonard..."  
Charlotte Theatre Magazine

"Local yokels who haven't stepped foot out of P'cola may not have heard the buzz surrounding this eclectic collection of Southerners in the tradition of Tennessee Williams. Or, that the play, written by up-and-coming phenom David-Matthew Barnes, is set in our sleepy 'lil community. Performed in theatres across the country, Pensacola chronicles the lives of four Steel Magnolia-type women and has become one of the prolific writer's signature pieces."  
Sam Baltrusis, Independent News

"It is to the playwright's credit that Pensacola doesn't become melodramatic...recent events add poignancy to its message about the randomness of violence and the fragility of love..."  
The Sacramento Bee

"The reaction of some of the women to an immigrant as a love interest gives Pensacola a social slant that the all-white small-town characters of Steel Magnolias lacked...Barnes has engineered some amusing dialogue..." 
The Sacramento News & Review 

"At turns comedic and dramatic (but always impressive), the Southern-flavored dialogue of Pensacola brought readily to mind the works of Tennessee Williams...warm-hearted and heart-warming..."
The Night Cap

"Pensacola is the Steel Magnolias of the 21st Century. Robert Harling and David-Matthew Barnes have created idyllic lives for all classes of Southern women."  
Dianne Parker 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Stage Plays: 10-Minutes or Less

Looking for a short play that audiences will love? Below are some scripts we publish, all are under 10-minutes in performance time. Each script is available to download in a printable PDF. Information about how to produce one of these plays is available here.

Also, check out our free scenes and our monologues - all from plays that we publish.

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STAGE PLAYS: 10-MINUTES OR LESS 


AWAKE - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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BOXCAR - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays

THE CLUTCH - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays


DEFENSELESS - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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JUST BEFORE THE DROP - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays

LAST DANCE - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays



LET'S NOT CONFUSE THE SITUATION - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays

NUMBER 76 - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays


PUNCH BOWL - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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A RUM CAKE FOR RITA - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays

SYRUP - WHERE TO PURCHASE
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays

TAKING OFF - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays


TROPHY - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays

VIXEN - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
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Featured in PLAY Noir 2017
Featured in Limelight: A Collection of Short Plays

Monday, September 30, 2019

Free Scenes for Actors

Please enjoy these complimentary scenes, all from plays we publish. We add new scenes often, so please check back frequently. Each scene is available to download in a printable PDF.

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Better Places to Go: Scene One
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in their 20's; the role of Ricardo is written for a Latin actor to perform.)
Scene Summary: Rosie, an embittered waitress, confronts her co-worker, a busboy named Ricardo. This scene contains adult language and subject matter.
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Better Places to Go: Scene Two
Cast: 2 men (both characters are in their 20's; the role of Ricardo is written for a Latin actor to perform.)
Scene Summary: Tired of keeping their relationship a secret, manic Derek tries to convince Ricardo they should run away together. This scene contains adult language and subject matter.
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Frozen Stars: Scene One
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in high school)
Scene Summary: Moments before she leaves to embark on a new life, high school student Patti is shocked when the guy she's had a crush on announces he wants to go with her.
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Frozen Stars: Scene Two
Cast: 2 men (both characters are in high school; the role of Javier is written for a Latin actor to perform.)
Scene Summary: High school student Manny admits his feelings for Javier, a young aspiring artist.
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Sky Lines: Scene One
Cast: 2 women (both characters are in their late 20's/early 30's; the role of Venita is written for a black actress to perform)
Scene Summary: In the year 1972, neighbors Venita and Maggie compare notes on their marriages.
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Sky Lines: Scene Two
Cast: 2 women (both characters are in their 50's; the role of Venita is written for a black actress to perform).
Scene Summary: In this scene set in 1999, Maggie reveals to her best friend that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Somebody's Baby: Scene One
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in their late teens)
Scene Summary: After escaping a near date-rape situation, Tabitha stumbled into a coffee shop in Chicago where she meets William, a young man who is dying of AIDS. This award-winning play for young people is set in the year 1997.
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Stay: Scene One
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in their late teens)
Scene Summary: Moments after he arrives home from serving a sentence at a work camp, Jessie realizes the girlfriend he left behind has changed.
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Threnody: Scene One 
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in their 20's)
Scene Summary: Dana and Jake are a young couple who suffer from a horrible drug addiction and a volatile love affair. Threnody is an in-depth and frightening exploration of the disintegration of two people, grasping for any signs of hope or human compassion in a world where none exists. This scene contains adult language and subject matter.
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The Truants: Scene One
Cast: 2 women (both characters are in high school)
Scene Summary: Best friends Sandi and Jana talk about what it's like to be a teenage girl. The year is 1989.
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The Truants: Scene Two
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in high school)
Scene Summary: Chad's best friend Jana reveals to him that the boy he has a crush on has mutual feelings. The year is 1989.
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The Truants: Scene Three
Cast: 2 men (both characters are in high school)
Scene Summary: Ethan's best friend Marc confronts him about his sexuality. The year is 1989.
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