One Way Street

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m

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

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One Way Street

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Originally staged at the Egyptian Arena Theater in Hollywood, this darkly comic piece (reminiscent of the style of David Mamet) takes place in the back room of a Long Island coffee shop as three cops covertly cook up the “perfect crime.” Their scheming is at turns edgy, pointed and hilarious. But can they trust each other? – that’s the question. What begins as a simple burglary plot escalates into a cat-and-mouse game – and finally into a dramatic confrontation, forcing each of the men to come to grips with the fact that trust is a two-way street. And, once it’s broken, there’s no turning back.

Published in 5 Easy Pieces: 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 Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A booth in the back of a coffee shop in Queens. Ten o'clock at night. 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)


TERRY - 40; a veteran cop.
ARCH - 36; Terry's partner.
JOHN - 20s; a young cop.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (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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ONE WAY STREET was originally presented by The Grace Players at the Egyptian Arena Theatre in Hollywood as part of their “Acts of Grace” one-act play festival. The play was directed by Natalija Nogulich.

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