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Sketches / Scenes

Dramatic Comedy

Looking for the perfect scene? Actor's Choice: Scenes for Teens is just what you need. From hilarious comedy to cutting-edge drama, this collection offers 40 exciting 2-person scenes with plenty of fascinating characters for young actors. Unlike other scene books, the source of every scene is easily accessible -- each play is available through one website (www.playscripts.com), where you can read nearly the entire published script online for free. From classwork to competitions to auditions, this book has you covered!
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Kathryn Walat

Kathryn Walat

Kathryn Walat’s plays include Creation (Theatre @ Boston Court; Ovation Award for Playwriting nomination), Ancient Gods of the Backwoods (New George’s Germ Project), Bleeding Kansas (Hangar Theatre; Francesca Primus Citation; published by Samuel French), Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen (Women’s Project; published by Samuel French and in Best Plays of 2007), Know Dog (Salvage Vanguard Theater), ... view full profile

Janet Allard

Janet Allard

Janet Allard’s plays include: Vrooommm! A NAScomedy (Signature Theater commission), Incognito (Guthrie commission), Loyal (Guthrie and Children’s Theatre Company joint commission), The Unknown: a silent musical (awarded Jonathan Larson Fellowship), and Untold Crimes of Insomniacs (Guthrie Lab 2004). Producing Theatres: Mixed Blood, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, The Yale ... view full profile

Liz Flahive

Liz Flahive

Liz Flahive is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dramatic Writing. Her first play, From Up Here (Manhattan Theater Club in association with Ars Nova) was nominated for both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play and won the John Gassner Award for Playwriting. Her plays have been produced and developed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Naked Angels, ... view full profile

Allison Moore

Allison Moore

Allison Moore is a displaced Texan based in Minneapolis. Her play, Slasher, premiered at the 2009 Humana Festival and has been produced at theaters around the country. Other plays include: My Antonia (2010 Illusion Theater), End Times (Kitchen Dog Theater), American Klepto (2006 Illusion Theater), Hazard County (2005 Humana Festival), Split (2005 Guthrie Theater commission), Urgent Fury (2003 ... view full profile

Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back, and Completeness, the musicals Nobody Loves You (with Gaby Alter), and Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman), and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to It). His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at ... view full profile

Jon Jory

Jon Jory

Jon Jory. As the Producing Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Jon Jory directed over 125 plays and produced over 1,000 during his 32-year tenure. He conceived the internationally lauded Humana Festival of New American Plays, the SHORTS Festival, and the Brown-Forman Classics-in-Context Festival. He was also the Artistic Founding Director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, and ... view full profile

Alan Haehnel

Alan Haehnel

Alan Haehnel teaches high school English and Theater at Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He has been involved in theater since college as an actor, director, and writer. His credits include numerous published plays and monologues that have been performed worldwide, the Vermont Playwright's Award in 1993, and several Vermont State Championships for his original one-acts entered in the ... view full profile

Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, and librettist. His play The Body of an American received the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and was shortlisted for an Evening Standard Drama Award in the UK. The Body of an American premiered at Portland Center Stage, directed by ... view full profile

David Lindsay-Abaire

David Lindsay-Abaire

David Lindsay-Abaire was most recently awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. Prior to that, he received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway at MTC's Biltmore Theatre. Rabbit Hole also received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and the Spirit of America Award. His newest show, Shrek ... view full profile

Don Zolidis

Don Zolidis is a former high school and middle school theatre teacher and is currently a professor of creative writing at Ursinus College. Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mr. Zolidis received his B.A. in English from Carleton College and an MFA in Playwriting from the Actor's Studio Program at the New School. He has received numerous honors, including the 2004 Princess Grace Award for ... view full profile

Sam Wolfson

Sam Wolfson is the co-writer of Jewtopia, the longest running Off-Broadway comedy of all time, and the longest running original comedy in Los Angeles theater history. He starred in the productions as well. The play has gone on to be a huge international hit with hundreds of productions in the United States and across the globe. He is also co-author of the best selling book Jewtopia: The Chosen ... view full profile

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Courtney Baron

Courtney Baron

COURTNEY BARON Plays include: Consumption, commissioned by and produced at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis; Not Our Last Hurrah, produced as part of the Australia Project at the Kraine Theatre, NYC; These Three Here, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and as part of the 24-Hour Plays, NYC; Earlstreetman as part of the Larson Project at New York Theatre Workshop and at the 2003 O'Neill ... view full profile

Anton Dudley

Anton Dudley

Anton Dudley's Off-Broadway credits include Substitution (Playwrights Realm/Soho Playhouse), Getting Home (Second Stage Uptown), Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theater), and Honor and the River (SPF/Theater Row).  Regionally, his plays and musicals have been presented at La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Walnut Street Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, City Theater, Luna Stage, ... view full profile

Eric Lane

Eric Lane

Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and China. Plays include Heart of the City and Dancing on Checkers' Grave, which starred Jennifer Aniston. Additional plays: Ride, Times of War, Filming O'Keeffe, Lady Liberty and the Donut Girl, and Floating. His works are published by Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, and Applause ... view full profile

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Liz Duffy Adams

Liz Duffy Adams is a New Dramatists alumna (2001-2008) and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award, a Will Glickman Playwright Award, a Frederick Loewe Award in Music Theatre, a Weston Playhouse Music Theater Award, and a commission from Children's Theater Company, Minneapolis. Her work has been written, produced, or developed at the Humana Festival, The Women's Project, ... view full profile

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Melanie Marnich

Melanie Marnich

Melanie Marnich's plays include Quake, Blur, Tallgrass Gothic, Calling All, Cradle of Man, Beautiful Again, The Sparrow Project, A Sleeping Country and These Shining Lives. Her newest play, Calling All, will be produced by the Guthrie Theater in April 2006. Cradle of Man, was developed at the 2005 O'Neill Theatre Conference, Hartford Stage's Brand: NEW Festival, the Women's Project's Women's ... view full profile

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Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason wrote the book and lyrics for the seasonal Broadway hit, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. His novel, The Last Synapsid, an adventure-fantasy for kids, is being published by Delacorte Press (2009). Mr. Mason was a company playwright with Circle Rep in New York City, which produced his plays Levitation, Only You, Babylon Gardens (with Timothy Hutton and ... view full profile

Wendy MacLeod

Wendy MacLeod

Wendy MacLeod's plays Juvenilia and The Water Children premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York. The Water Children was subsequently produced at L.A.'s Matrix Theater where it was cited as "the most challenging political play of 1998" by LA Weekly and earned six L.A. Drama Critics Circle nominations. Her plays Sin and Schoolgirl Figure both premiered at The Goodman in Chicago. Her play The ... view full profile

Mark D. Kaufmann

Mark D. Kaufmann is the author of a number of plays which have had premieres in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Included among them: Backbone of America, Scenic Route, The Labors of Hercules Fitch, and Evil Little Thoughts, which won the Denver Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play. He has been associated with the Educational Theatre Association for several years, regularly teaching at ... view full profile

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Naomi Iizuka

Naomi Iizuka

Naomi Iizuka's most recent play, 17 Reasons (Why), was produced at Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts and published by Stage and Screen in the anthology Breaking Ground: Adventurous Plays By Adventurous Theatres, edited by Kent Nicholson. Her other plays include 36 Views; Polaroid Stories; Language of Angels; War of the Worlds (written in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company); ... view full profile

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Yuri Baranovsky

Yuri Baranovsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, which he left at the age of five as a Jewish refugee. A busy kind of bee, he was the co-creator and co-writer of the critically-acclaimed (Wall Street Journal, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times) and award-winning web series, Break a Leg (www.breakaleg.tv), which, during its run, garnered nearly five million views and was considered one ... view full profile

Burgess Clark

Burgess Clark's work has been produced both nationally and internationally. Productions of Purple Hearts have been produced in San Francisco and toured to the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Scotland where it placed in the top five "Best of Fest" which also received a special award from the U.S. Army and garnered him several other playwriting awards including "Best Play" from the National ... view full profile

Melissa Cooper

Melissa Cooper

Melissa Cooper is an award-winning playwright whose plays and adaptations have been commissioned and produced at theaters around the country, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company, East Los Angeles Classic Theater, San Diego Repertory, Echo Theater (Dallas), Asolo Theater and Coterie Theatre (Kansas City). Plays include Red Badge Variations; NYC ... view full profile

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Douglas Craven

Douglas Craven

Like tobacco and (more recently) ginseng, Douglas Craven grew from the sandy loam soil of Southwestern Ontario. His writing was encouraged by two inspired and inspiring English teachers, who had no idea what they were loosing on the world. Mr. Craven has earned several degrees in English Literature and Dramatic Arts from the University of Western Ontario. He is an actor, director, teacher, and ... view full profile

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger is a Barrymore Award-winning Philadelphia playwright and the Director of Education at PlayPenn. She also co-founded The Foundry and is the Playwright-in-Residence at Azuka Theatre. Her new play Skin & Bone will be published in New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2014 and she is currently working on a commission for the 2015 Women's Voices Festival in Washington DC. Her recent ... view full profile

Patrick Greene

Patrick Greene

Patrick Greene lives in New York City with his wife and their cat. view full profile

Tim Kochenderfer

Tim Kochenderfer

Tim Kochenderfer is a playwright, comedy writer, and television producer. His plays have been performed across the United States and around the world. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Kochenderfer's work is featured in The Best Stage Scenes of 2006 (Smith & Kraus), Cracked Magazine, various newspapers, and he is published by Playscripts, Inc. Currently, he is a producer for WXYZ, ... view full profile

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Carl Martin

Carl Martin

Carl Martin spends most of his time teaching and performing Shakespeare. He has worked in the literary departments of the Old Globe Theatre and the Virginia Stage Company, and he spent several years touring as an actor with Shenandoah Shakespeare, playing roles ranging from Julius Caesar to Sir John Falstaff to Petruchio. He is also the inventor and editor of the parlor game Shakespeare in a Box. ... view full profile

Ian McWethy

Ian McWethy

Ian McWethy's plays include Moral Values..., Actors are Stupid, Bad Auditions by Bad Actors, and 12 Incompetent Men (And Women!). Fifteen of his one-act plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc. and have been performed in all fifty states as well as Canada, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, England, Cambodia, Philippines, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Pakistan, the Marshall Islands, Qatar, ... view full profile

Winter Miller

Winter Miller

Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright and founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights. She is best known for her drama In Darfur which premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. In Darfur won the “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie and ... view full profile

Ed Monk

Ed Monk

Ed Monk teaches theatre at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia. He is also an alumnus of Chantilly, where he studied theatre under Elaine Wilson. He is the author of eighteen plays that have been published by Playscripts, Inc. He has been married to his perfect wife Grace for 27 years. Together they have produced 4 perfect children, Marley, Eddie, Maggie and Kelsey. He has recently ... view full profile

Shawn Northrip

Shawn Northrip received a BA in Theatre Education from Catholic University of America and a MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. Plays include: Titus X (Page to Stage, Sept. 2002, CUA Workshop, Dec. 2002, 23rd Annual Washington New Play Festival, July 2003, Source Theatre, Sept. 2003, New York Musical Festival, Sept. 2004, Chashama, Oct. 2004, the Tank, August 2006, Black Cat, ... view full profile

Ryan Pavelchik

Ryan Pavelchik has published fiction, poetry and plays in Mused, Rant, Spectrum, The Catalyst, and Ploughshares. His photography has appeared in Mused and American Theatre magazine. His play Al Jolsen's Nursery was produced at the Studio Theatre at UCSB. A Wake for an Hour was produced at the Studio Theatre at UCSB and The Actor's Gang in Los Angeles. The Match was commissioned by Austin ... view full profile

Jason Pizzarello

Jason Pizzarello. Select plays include After People Like You (Blue Riders at Classic Stage Company), Half Right (Fordham Alumni Company), All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie (Irondale Ensemble), When I Had Three Sisters (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), Once There Was a Boy, (Semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award, O'Neill Playwrights Conference); InsideOut, (HERE Arts Center, ... view full profile

Maria Pizzarello

Maria Pizzarello is an actress and teaching artist in New York City. Favorite Shakespearean acting experiences have been performing Viola in Twelfth Night and Phoebe in As You Like It. Both productions were part of New York's Shakespeare in the Park-ing Lot. As a teaching artist, Mrs. Pizzarello participates in the World Theatre Project with Theatre for a New Audience. This is her first adventure ... view full profile

Robert Pridham

Robert Pridham is a writer, teacher and director. He was the founding artistic director of the acclaimed professional theater company Stageworks/Summit, and has served as the head of Kent Place School's award-winning theater program for the past 33 years. His plays and theatrical adaptations -- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Freud in Vienna, The Graduate, among others -- received their professional ... view full profile

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Doug Rand

Doug Rand is an entrepreneur, playwright, and public policy advisor. He currently serves as Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to working at the White House, Doug served as co-founder and CEO of the innovative publishing company Playscripts, Inc., as well as a co-founder of the review aggregator StageGrade. He is a graduate of ... view full profile

Jonathan Rand

Jonathan Rand is one of the most popular living playwrights, his plays having been performed over 15,000 times in all 50 states and in 52 countries.According to an independent annual survey, Mr. Rand's plays are among the most produced in American high schools, including his comedy Check Please as the #1 most-produced play every season for the last ten years.A three-time Heideman Award finalist, ... view full profile

Jane Steiner

Jane Steiner is the Theater Arts teacher and Drama Club adviser at Mt. Healthy High School, Ohio. For over three years, she has been writing scenes and monologues for her classes. Ms. Steiner wrote Prom Perfection to accommodate the needs of her students, who are her biggest critics and devoted performers. She plans to continue writing plays, in addition to directing and producing a musical and a ... view full profile

Victoria Stewart

Victoria Stewart. Before concentrating on her writing, Ms. Stewart was a professional stage manager, working with David Rabe, Anne Bogart and Peter Sellars, among others. She has received the Francesca Primus Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, the Jerome Fellowship, as well as residencies at the Donmar Warehouse, Hedgebrook, and Ucross/Sundance. Her work has been performed ... view full profile

C. Denby Swanson

C. Denby Swanson

C. Denby Swanson graduated from Smith College, the National Theatre Institute, and the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers, where she was a fellow in playwriting and screenwriting. She has been a Jerome Fellow, a William Inge Playwright in Residence, and a McKnight Advancement Grant recipient. Her work has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, 15 Head a Theatre Lab, Macalester ... view full profile

Daryl Watson

Daryl Watson

Daryl Watson is the author of Prime Time (Stella Adler Studios, Abingdon Theater and Lincoln Center Theater as part of the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Playwrights Program), Snap (Judges Panel Award and Audience Award Winner of the 2005 Battle of the Bards in New York City), The Blueberry Hill Accord (published in the Vintage play anthology Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays), Idle Gods (Access Theater) and ... view full profile

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