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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 way 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 (humorous) skit, go to Short Comedy Scripts.

Or if you need a script for two performers, try our
Duologues (2 Actor Scripts).

Or use this link for some school friendly plays:
Short Scripts for Actors of All Ages

Featured Scene from "Big Nose (A Modern Cyrano)"

(Lights come up the curtain. ROXY enters in a Shakespearean type dress. CYRIL sees her and approaches [CYRIL has an unusually large nose])

RoxyÖ you look amazing.

Oh, this old thing?

You ready?

Iím really nervous. Iíve acted before but not with so little time to prepare.

Youíll do great.

And Iím very tired. Someone kept me up all night.

Not too loud. Someone might get the wrong idea.

Youíre great to talk to. Iíve never opened up like that to anyone before.

I really enjoyed talking with you too. We must be kindred spirits or something.

So many guys are creeps. They clearly could care less about what I have to say. Especially that creepy actor running this show. You know what he did? Thatís probably why Iím so nervous.

What did he do?

He walked in on me while I was getting dressed.

Iím going to kill him.

I think Iíll bite his ear off instead of kiss him at the end.

Please do.

Or at least push him down the ladder.

I canít believe this guy. You can quit right now. Iíll talk to Kelly. You shouldnít have to go through with this.

Itís okay. Iíll do it. I want to help Kelly.

But after the showÖ

Heís all yours.

Your honor will be avenged my lady.

(CYRIL bows and kisses her hand)

You know what? Can I tell you something?


Itís embarrassing.

Even better.

I hope you wonít be offended.

I have a thick skin.

I think you have an amazing nose.


I know itísÖ unique. But I think itís amazing. So many guys have such boring faces, but youÖ youíre a work of art.

Modern art.

Wonderful classic art. One of a kind.

I am an original.

I just wanted you to know, I think your nose is really cool. I like you and your nose.

We both thank you.

Looks like it is time for my big scene.

Thanks, Roxy. What you said means a lot to me.

And you mean a lot to me too. Youíre one of the best people Iíve ever met.

(ROXY exits. CYRIL does a happy dance)

I think this might be the best day of my life.

(CYRIL exits)


From "Big Nose (A Modern Cyrano)" by D. M. Larson SBN-13: 978-1542471077

NEW in 2017! "Make Me A Vampire" short comedy play for 4 actors about a human who wants to be a vampire

NEW IN 2017! "Waiting for Gal Gadot" a short one act duologue stage play script for one male and one female actor about meeting your hero.

NEW in 2017! "Our Big Break" short comedy play for 6 actors about two women who want to get their big break into show business. And the story continues with "Dotty's New Show"

"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 ďWhen Mel Fell for Nellď ISBN-13: 978-1512007183

"Monster Survival Skills During A Gremlin Outbreak" - Short comedy stage play script for 3 or more actors. From the published play "Control the Future" ISBN-13: 978-1540666581

"Worrying About the Future (A Comedy)" is a scene from the published play "Control the Future" ISBN-13: 978-1540666581. This is a short play script for two either (male or female - one child actor and one adult character - or it could be two siblings - one older and one younger).

"Pain Scale" A wacky comedy scene for two actors any gender but written for 2 men. From the published play "Control the Future" ISBN-13: 978-1540666581

"The Waiting Room" A short dramatic scene for 3 actors (written for 3 men but can be done by any gender) from the published play "Death of an Insurance Salesman" ISBN-13: 978-1518665547

"Death Takes the Train"A short play for four actors about Death's new mode of transportation.

"Touched by an Alien" Short comedy about space explorers that discover a new kind of alien. 5 actors of any gender (plus possible non-speaking roles).

"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)

"Fart-Zen" - very short comedy for three or more actors (any gender)

"Rock, Sword, Firecracker!" Short comedy about the legend behind the game of Rock, Scissors, Paper. 3+ actors (any gender)

"PokyMonster Murders" short dramatic play for 4 or more actors about the darkside of Pokemon Go

"Polly Wants a Cracker" A short play for two actors (one man, one woman, optional non-speaking extras)

"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

"Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate"
A play for all ages about a little pirate with big dreams

"Dragon Trouble"

Children's Play: Susie Sally Sassafras and her fairy friends like to make a lot of trouble. They decide to create problems in the peaceful kingdom of Chalupa. The play has a flexible cast with anywhere from 8 characters to dozens of parts. This is a short, one act play.

"The Gingerbread Girl"

This wacky play takes place after the story of the Gingerbread Man. It's a mix of the fairy tales and the story of Frankenstein!

"Metropolis Man" Short romantic comedy play for 2 m 1 f about finding a super man and falling in love

"Stung" A short comedy about someone who wants to be one with nature but nature doesn't like her. (4 speaking parts with possible extras)

"Looks Get in the Way" Short comedy about finding the perfect person. 2-3 m 1-2 w (4 total).

"The Hysterical History of Cleopatra" - short comedy play about the famous Egyptian Queen - for 9 or more actors (as few as 7 with doubling) 2-4 females and 4-6 of any gender

"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)

snow white child children stage play short

"Snow White and the 7 Kachus"
short comedy play for kids

This play features our website mascot the Kachu! Kachus can been found all over the website... on the Freedrama title... acting out some of the plays in pictures... but now you can see these cute little birds in action in a quest for their favorite food... cupcakes! They make friends with Snow White (who makes the best cupcakes ever) and help save her from the evil Queen who wants to stop her from making these treats which give her a tummy ache.

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