Pals

by  David L. Perkins

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 2f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

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

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

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

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f

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.

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Cast 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.

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Authors

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 a ...

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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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