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Pals - Short Play, Dark Comedy

Pals

David L. Perkins

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Short Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573701610

This play for young actors, winner of several play contests, deals frankly, yet entertainingly, with one of today's most sensitive and compelling issues. Steve tells his friend Jack that he no longer wants to go on living. Suicide would make him just another statistic. So the two banter about the al…

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Description

Short Play

Dark Comedy

Theatre for Young Audiences

30 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Flexible. The original production was a somewhat remote, outdoor location, but it is not a requirement.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy, Special Effects

Interior Set, Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Youth/Camp Programs

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Baker's High School Contest, Numerous High School Drama festivals/competitions

This play for young actors, winner of several play contests, deals frankly, yet entertainingly, with one of today's most sensitive and compelling issues. Steve tells his friend Jack that he no longer wants to go on living. Suicide would make him just another statistic. So the two banter about the alternatives -- until in an awful moment of horseplay and confrontation, the playwright brings us to a stunning climax of shock and introspection.

Pals was first produced at Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, Maine. It won the state's play competition festival and went on to the New England Drama Festival.

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CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), All Male, All Female, Features Teens, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

The script calls for two young male and two young female players.  However, with minor scripting alterations, it is entirely possible to switch the male and female roles, as well as change cast to meet nearly any production requirement.

JACK
STUDENT
STEVE
WENDY

The play has three major, strong roles for young male and female actors, requiring comedic and dramatic performances. However, the play has been very successfully produced with all-male and all-female casts.  Casting is open to any and all ethnic composition.

Author
David L. Perkins

David L. Perkins

David Perkins enjoyed a nearly 40-year writing career, starting as a journalist and culminating as a television writer, director and producer. He worked off-Broadway in New York in various capacities, served as a volunteer director for youth group and high school productions, and won more than 75 awards for creative advertising writing. His play 'Pals' was written at a time when there were ... view full profile

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