Free Short Play Scripts
Short plays (also known as skits) are an excellent way for new actors start out. Rather than giving them a full play, give them something short to work with and "play" with theatre before jumping into something big. These skits may also be used for Reader's Theatre in the classroom as a quick and easy lesson. Use the short play as an introduction to get students interested in a topic or as a fun way to get students up and moving. Or you can create an entire evening of entertainment in the style of Saturday Night Live by using several sketches (another was of saying a short play or scene). Shorts are a wonderful tool for actors, directors, teacher and students. Check out some of the recommended scripts below or if you want to find a funny skit go to Short Comedy Scripts.
Featured Plays and Skits
"Cell Phone Zombies" Short sketch comedy skit about cell phones and time travel. Written for 4 actors of either gender and options for several extra actors. From the published play "Control the Future" ISBN-13: 978-1540666581
"Hipster Hobos" Short sketch comedy skit about when being too cool is too annoying. 1+ m 1+ w (3-6+ total). From the published play “When Mel Fell for Nell“ (ISBN-13: 978-1512007183). The script is a short comedy play about the funny side to people who hang out in restaurants looking cool, using the latest gadgets with the free wifi, but not ordering anything. This is a fun way to take a look at our modern society's obsession with new technology. The scene is written for 6 actors but can be done with more or less. There needs to be at least 1 male and 1 female. The Hipsters can be any gender and any number.
"Superhero Support Group" is a comedy stage play script in one act about superheroes who decide to give up their powers and be normal again. The play is for 7 actors of either gender.
"Gingerbread Girl" This play continues where the tale of the Gingerbread Man left off but adds some new comedy twists. The story ends up being more Frankenstein than fairy tale but promises a happy ending. This is a stage play script for children of all ages. The play has a flexible cast of around 20 roles.
"Death Takes the Train"A short play for four actors about Death's new mode of transportation. Readers will have fun with the humor but there are many serious questions about death and an afterlife for discussion.
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"Grace" Short drama of an angel who has fallen in love with a mortal. 2w 1m
"The Last Can" A short play about two people in love... at the end of the world... with only one can of food left. (for 1 male and 1 female)
"A Hysterical History of the American Revolution" Short comedy for ten+ actors.
"Hippies, Housewives, and Watering Holes" - 10 minute play - 2 w 1 m
"Chile Pepper Chicks" Short comedy about a couple of guys who meet their favorite country singer. 3m 3w
"Looks Get in the Way" Short comedy about finding the perfect person. 2-3 m 1-2 w (4 total).
"Signs of the Times" Short sketch comedy skit about money, taxes, politics and homelessness. Written for 3 males and 1 female but works for 4 actors of either gender. (link goes to Freedrama blog)
"Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate"
A play for all ages about a little pirate with big dreams
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*Freedrama scripts are FREE to use in a classroom, audition, competition, or workshop. But ALL mentions and printouts of the script should include the author (D. M. Larson) and the source (Freedrama.net). You may add links to the scripts on your website, but do NOT repost the text of this script online, even for educational use. For more information, please see my blog post “How Plagiarism Hurts Authors.”