Fourteen Lines

by  Alan Haehnel

Short Play, Drama  /  6m, 6f

This challenging acting piece--praised in competition for "treating student characters with respect and affection and lack of stereotyping"-- features the character of Carly, a teen-aged girl whose desires to achieve goals for herself constantly battle her impulse to help others.

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Fourteen Lines

by  Alan Haehnel

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Suggested Use

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    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material

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This challenging acting piece--praised in competition for "treating student characters with respect and affection and lack of stereotyping"-- features the character of Carly, a teen-aged girl whose desires to achieve goals for herself constantly battle her impulse to help others. Carly and her friends are all in danger of failing Senior English--and not graduating--if they don't do well on the final exam. And the exam is a killer. Ms. Drew, their teacher, has decided that the final grade exam grade will be based on one task alone: the memorization and recitation of a Shakespearean sonnet. The pressures of the assignment cause a range of character reactions, from Phil's "I've got it knocked" nonchalance to Chris's virtually paralyzing anxiety. In the midst of it all, Carly desperately tries to keep everyone else on track without losing sight of her own goal. While liberally spiced with many comic moments, Fourteen Lines manages to smuggle in Shakespeare and challenge both actors and audience alike with the crucial question, "What does love require?".

From the author of the popular one act play Making Nice

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: An abandoned pile of tires in the woods; an outside wall of a high school.

Casting

6m, 6f
CARLY
CARRIE
STEWART
PHIL
CHRIS
MS. DREW
ROBERT
SAMANTHA
ANDREW
DONNA
JESSICA
STUDENT
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Authors

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' ...

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