Friends of the Deceased

by  Jane Shepard

10 Minute Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2f

An embittered widow lies in wait at her husband's grave for the appearance his mistress, and encounters a soulful teen. 

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Friends of the Deceased

by  Jane Shepard

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An embittered widow lies in wait at her husband's grave for the appearance his mistress, and encounters a soulful teen. Unable to extract a confession from the girl, the widow offers to buy one, and finds that she has purchased a deeper truth. Published in KickAss Plays For Women.
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: In a cemetery, where a funeral has just been completed. Can be achieved with a few folding chairs and something to mark the border of a grave.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus


LANIE - a teenage runaway, smart and senstive, has street smarts and naivette
VI - a wealthy matron and embittered widow; cruelty and sardonic wit mask deep loss
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Features Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

This cast includes one role for a younger woman, in the role of a teen runaway, and one older woman, can be 50s to senior, as a rich, bitter society widow.




Jane Shepard

Jane Shepard's works have been produced in New York, around the U.S. and in five nations. During 25 years in New York City she recieved numerous productions and worked in association with some of the city's most revered companies, among them Circle Rep, The Public, New York Stage & Film, and Ensem ...

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Friends of the Deceased was originally produced at Vital Theater in New York City. It was directed by Andrea 'Spook' Testani.

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