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One-Act Comedies

From large cast original play scripts to adaptations of classic works, Stage Partners has an exciting collection of one-act comedies by some of the funniest playwrights working today. These plays are perfect for high schools, middle schools, and theatres. 

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  • The Day The Internet Died - Stage Partners

    The Day the Internet Died

    Written By: Ian McWethy and Jason Pizzarello
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-50 actors (suggested casting: 10F, 10M, 5 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    On a sunny day in the town of Bloomington, a devastating occurrence happens. No, it’s not famine, or floods, or loss of your basic rights. The internet has gone down! And it will continue to be down! For a week! A whole week! Pandemonium! In a world that is so dependent on the internet for shopping, mailing, and posting pictures of cute babies, how will society function? Not well as it turns out...
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Actors - Stage Partners

    When Bad Things Happen to Good Actors

    Written by Jason Pizzarello and Ian McWethy
    Length: 25-30 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-30 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 3M, 10 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    A simple one-act production of The Wizard of Oz gets derailed by missed cues, forgotten lines, and a renegade sound board op who refuses to play anything but dinosaur noises. A comedy that proves, when it comes to live theatre, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and it will be hilarious.
  • Knock Knock - Stage Partners

    Knock Knock

    Length: 30-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 4-23 actors (suggested casting: 8 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    When you deliver packages, anyone might be behind your next door, from your elementary school teacher to a burglar on the job. Jaded veteran Logan thinks she's seen it all, while newbie Sam is convinced attitude is everything.  The only sure thing in this job? They're both going to be surprised. Knock Knock is a rapid-fire comedy that delivers.
  • How to Survive Being in a Shakespeare Play - Stage Partners

    How to Survive Being in a Shakespeare Play

    Written By: Don Zolidis
    Length: 30-60 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-50 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 5M, 10 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Some day it’s going to happen: You’re going to find yourself on stage, wearing tights, and saying things in iambic pentameter. Face it, you’re in a Shakespeare play, and that means it’s a pretty good bet you’re going to DIE. The Bard is out for blood, but this play is here to stop him! How could Romeo and Juliet survive? Julius Caesar? A nameless soldier in Henry the Fifth? What if King...
  • 12 Angry Villains - Stage Partners

    12 Angry Villains

    Written By: Jason Pizzarello
    Length: 25-30 minutes
    Cast Size: 12-14 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 7M, 2 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    The one that debates Peter Pan's alleged murder of an innocent pirate named Captain Hook. A jury of twelve of the most famous villains will decide Pan's fate, if only they could stop arguing long enough to take a vote. (​If you like The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, consider 12 Angry Villains.)
  • Wild Strawberries - Stage Partners

    Wild Strawberries

    Written By: Jerry Ayers
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 11-20 actors (suggested casting: 8F, 3M, 4 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    “My brother has been shot dead!” And so begins our tale of lies, love, and lunch. It’s a bright morning on the di Nikoli estates and the loyal maid Truffledina just wants to eat breakfast. But her mistress, Nikolette di Nikoli, wants to disguise herself as her supposedly dead brother and go into the city to take care of his will and her inheritance. Nikolette and Truffledina head off to the...
  • Will You Be My Nemesis? - Kathryn Funkhouser - Stage Partners

    Will You Be My Nemesis?

    Written By: Kathryn Funkhouser
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 5-30 actors (suggested casting: 10 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    It's hard to find your perfect match, someone you really connect with; someone who will dedicate their life to destroying you at all costs. Yes, sometimes it feels like you'll NEVER meet your nemesis. But Captain Battle and Dr. Nightmare are willing to try out every hero and villain in town to find the enemy of their dreams. Of course, you're going to meet a few weirdos along the way... An ultra-f...
  • The Elf on a Shelf Must Die - a short Christmas play by Don Zolidis

    The Elf on a Shelf Must Die

    Written By: Don Zolidis
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 12-20 actors (suggested casting: 17 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    When Sammy and Mook's parents present them with Pip, an Elf of a Shelf, they are less than happy. This little snitch is going to be reporting all their activities to Santa, so their hopes to get an Xbox look doomed. And that's before Sammy accidentally murders Pip. What follows is a Tarantinoesque Christmas caper as the two kids race against the clock to bring their elf back to life before Santa...
  • Too Many Detectives at the Murder Mansion one-act murder mystery comedy play script by Ian McWethy - Stage Partners

    Too Many Detectives at the Murder Mansion

    Length: 30-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 14-24 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 7M, 5 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Sure, you think you've seen this type of murder mystery before. A cast of eccentric characters meet at a mansion, only to become suspects of a murder that a singular genius detective will eventually solve. But what happens when all the suspects are the detectives? Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Miss Marple, and Batman are just a few of the guests. Too Many Detectives at the Murder Mansion is a...
  • Princess Party Smackdown - Stage Partners

    Princess Party Smackdown

    Written By: Don Zolidis
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 9-30 actors (suggested casting: 6F, 1M, 5 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Olivia's seventh birthday party is going to be amazing. Her mother is going to make sure of it. That's why she's hired five different princesses and a weird alien thing to show up. But Olivia's outrageous demands lead to an improv-ed princess show that ends in bloody noses, animal sacrifice, and probably an alien takeover of the planet. 
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