Shore Leave

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Drama  /  4m

Published in Cross Country: Seven More One Act Plays.

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    30 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Riley, a young sailor, is harassed by two shipmates in a Hong Kong bar the morning after a wild night. Riley's shipmates got him drunk and forced him to visit a prostitute. His wife, waiting for him stateside, is disturbed by the moral consequences of this behavior and angry that his comrades repeatedly do this and laugh it off. Riley whips out his service pistol and threatens to kill himself to prove how upset he is and to take a stand for all young, impressionable servicemen. In a gripping conclusion, Riley forces the two wild men to reexamine themselves and their moral outlook.

Published in Cross Country: Seven More One Act Plays.

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Betrayal, Friendship


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The bar of a luxury hotel in Hong Kong. 11:00 a.m. The present.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


RILEY - 20s; Ensign, USN; the sensitive one.
LOOMIS - 20s; Ensign, USN; the boss.
STAN - Loomis' buddy; thinks of himself as a poet.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male



Jason Milligan

Jason Milligan's many stage plays have been performed in numerous productions across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Thirty-seven of his plays are now published by Samuel French Inc., including ...And Then the Rain Came to Mayfield; Cross Country; New York Stories; Southern Exposures; The Prettiest ...

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SHORE LEAVE was originally presented by the Metropolitan Players, Anita Adsit, artistic director, at the Producer's Club Theatre in New York City on September 10, 1999 under the direction of Steve Terry.

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