by  Jason Milligan

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  1m, 2f

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    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • SubGenre


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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Originally commissioned and produced by New York’s prestigious Primary Stages Company as a response to the events of 9/11, Rituals is the heart-wrenching tale of Dave and Janie, an upwardly-mobile couple whose lives have been shattered by the death of their young son. Dave brings Pat, his therapist, to their high-rise condo – hoping that Pat can help put a stop to Janie’s compulsive rituals, which Dave fears are causing her to retreat from reality. What begins as an intervention quickly escalates into a heated confrontation…and Dave realizes that rituals may actually represent a valid way to survive in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy.

Published in 5 Easy Pieces: More One-Act Plays.

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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: An upscale condo in New York City; 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)


1m, 2f
DAVE - Early 40s.
PAT - 40s.
JANIE - Late 30s.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)




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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RITUALS was originally commissioned by Primary Stages Company in New York City as part of their 2002 Short Play Festival, “A Moment of Bliss.” The play was first performed on March 4, 2002 and was directed by Marvin Einhorn.

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