Juris Prudence

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

Published in Here, There, and Everywhere.

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Juris Prudence

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Originally commissioned by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, this courtroom farce premiered in an actual county courthouse. A gullible young woman has been bamboozled by a shifty attorney into pressing a suit for restitution against the National Weather Service. The claim? She has been disabled by an unpredicted weather phenomenon: a bathroom tornado. In a pretrial meeting, wacky witnesses chip away at the injured party's promised windfall.

Published in Here, There, and Everywhere.

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A deserted Jury Room. The present, just moments before a highly-publicized trial begins.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


3m, 2f
BARNEY - 30s-40s; a lawyer of dubious ethics.
PRUDENCE - 20s; Barney's client; a stunning young woman.
SUN DOWNE - the weather reporter for Channel 31; a local celebrity.
GLUM CRANSTON - Prudence’s ex-husband.
ARCHIBALD STOKES - a homeless man and exact lookalike of Glum, played by the same actor.
THE BOY - 10-12; a child.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • 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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JURIS PRUDENCE was originally commissioned by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and performed in the jury selection room of the Morris County Courthouse on December 31, 1997 as part of Morristown, New Jersey's First Night Celebration. The play was directed by John Pietrowski.

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