Without Bathrobes

by  Jack Kurtz

Collection / Anthology, Comedy  /  5m, 6f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s), 4m or f, 3boy(s) or girl(s)

Three one act plays for production by young people in churches and schools, including: The Return of the Unicorn, The Complaint Booth, and The Holiday.

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Without Bathrobes

by  Jack Kurtz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 6f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s), 4m or f, 3boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday, Fables/Folktales, Chancel Drama / Pageant, Faith-based
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A collection of three one-act chancel/barestage comedies written for production by young people in churches and schools; however, adults could also be cast.

Plays include:
The Holiday, a satirical fantasy about the birth of a Baby under mysterious circumstances, and how this birth changes attitudes.

The Complaint Booth, in which the World Chamber of Commerce decrees that Christmas will be celebrated 365 days a year, and must set up a complaint department for the non-enthusiasts.

The Return of the Unicorn, which tells of a girl who discovers a unicorn, but can't find a person to share her discovery with.  Consequently, she must tell the unicorn it does not exist.

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Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance



  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: All the plays can be performed on a bare stage or chancel of a church.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes


5m, 6f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s), 4m or f, 3boy(s) or girl(s)

The Holiday - 6m, 8f, plus flexible crowd, tourists

The Complaint Booth -  20-40 persons, flexible

The Return of the Unicorn - 10m, 10f, 1 child, flexible casting


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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Each of the three Readers' Theatre Scripts requires a different number of readers. Ages and genders are suggested in the character descriptions below.




Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz has been a Presbyterian pastor for 37 years, PC(USA), in Missouri and Northern Virginia. Educational degrees include: Doctor of Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary; and Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary. Mr. Kurtz has created a theatre company, Fools for Christ Par ...

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