Touch of Evil

by  Cynthia Mercati

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 6f

To Winton, life is stale, soggy and lumpy, like leftover fries without ketchup, and what does he have to show for four years of high school? A perfect attendance record! He wants more from life, he wants to be a winner; in fact, he'd sell his soul for a little success. He's scarely explanined thiā€¦

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 6f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A Touch of Evil is a humorous one-act play, that gives us a double twist at the end.

Our hero is Winton, a High School senior who'd like to be a winner. He compares his life to french fries, stale and soggy, and his claim to fame is a perfect attendance record.  Angie, his girlfriend, is smart and spirited, trying to cheer him up by reminding him that he did win the potato sack race at the last school picnic.  Then he utters the immortal words: "I'd sell my soul for a little success!"

At that moment Mona Mephistopheles appears and the battle between good and evil is on.

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Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance



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

    The setting is a small restaurant -- The Salem Inn. The time is nearing midnight.

    The set is very simple

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


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


2m, 6f
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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Teens

Casting Notes

Angie and Winton are your everyday high school seniors, although Winton is a whiner, Angie is full of spirit and spice. Elwood Wormsley and his girlfriend, Jezebel are great comedic roles, while, Lucretia, Cleopatra, Pandora, and Mona Mephistopheles provide some over the top evil -- and fun.


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Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional childre ...

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