by  Nathan Metcalf

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f, 8m or f

Winner! 2005 Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award for Excellence.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f, 8m or f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades


    Winner! 2005 Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award for Excellence.
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A young artist embarks on a journey to discover her one great masterpiece. On the way she learns about life, love, money, Georgia O'Keefe, tubas, really fat ducks, monkeys wearing roller skate, and the joy of coloring outside the lines.

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  • Winner! 2005 Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award for Excellence.



"Just a lovely piece of theatre...We would be remiss if we didn't mention the visual elements, which were just stunning...There are just so many wonderful things about this, but the thing that overrode all the beautiful stuff was its innocence and whimsy." - Minnesota State High School League


Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    Flexible. No one location should be dominant. In fact, if the furniture looks like oversized art supplies, so much the better.

  • Additional Features: Mime, No intermission, Special Effects, Multimedia


1m, 1f, 8m or f

THE ARTIST - A young girl who graduates from college and sets forth on her journey to create her one great masterpiece.
ENSEMBLE - Flexible genders, ethnicities or abilities. They play everyone The Artist meets along the way.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Flexible roles. Adding or subtracting narrator roles is perfectly acceptable. As is the addition of live musicians to play background or non-copyrighted music.



Nathan Metcalf

Nathan Metcalf

First performed in 2005 by St. Michael Albertville High School (Albertville, MN) for the Minnesota State High School League one-act play tournament, where it received numerous awards.

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