Tongue, Tied

by  M. Thomas Cooper

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Published in the collection Tongue, Tied and Other Short Plays.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Farce, Romantic Comedy
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A man and a woman fall in love through their hand puppets.

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“My favorite was M. Thomas Cooper’s Tongue, Tied. I even like the comma in the title. He & She have Problems in Relating. These are compounded by the Sock-Puppets on their hands. Beings who have Lives of Their Own!” - Glenn Loney’s Show Notes

“…the mesmerizing, very funny “Tongue, Tied”…” - The Courier-Journal

“This one’s definitely a comedy, and a bit raucous too.” - Reporter-Times




Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with companion piece



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: A psychiatrist's waiting room.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate


1m, 1f
TINA - A young woman with different colored socks on each hand. Her socks are JEAN-CLAUDE (left hand) and LATISHA (right hand)
TOM - A young man with different colored socks on each hand. His socks are MR. CHAN (left hand) and SVEN (right hand).
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast



M. Thomas Cooper

M. (Michael) Thomas Cooper studied literature and theatre at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, San Francisco State University, and Portland State University, where he received his degree. In 2008 his first novel, 42, was published by Ooligan Press. Also in 200 ...

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Tongue Tied was first produced by Artworks Enterprises at the 2006 Ashland 10-Minute Play Festival. It was directed by Amanda Long. It was subsequently produced at the 2008 Humana Festival at Actors theatre of Louisville, directed by Marc Masterson, and City Theatre of Miami's 2008 Summer Shorts Festival, directed by Stuart Meltzer.

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