STAGE PLAYS

You can read any of our non-published stage plays for free. Look through our list of titles to find a play of the right length, cast, and genre. If after reading a script, you are interested in performing it, please visit our licensing page.

Plays published by Samuel French, Inc or Vintage Press must be purchased through the links provided.  Licensing terms for published work are printed in the books and must be complied.

Accidents Happen by Pete Barry & J. Michael DeAngelis & John P. Dowgin
Comedy/Drama
2 Acts (120 minutes) Large cast, variable.
Seven of The Porch Room’s best short plays collected together into an evening of comedy that proves that no matter what you plan for – accidents happen. Shorts include Accidents Happen, Nine Point Eight Meters Per Second Per Second, Reunion Special, The Clive Way, Hangman, Tricks of the Trade and The Banderscott.

Recognition: Received the Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play in 2009.
Availability: Currently under license to Samuel French.  Click here visit their website for information regarding licensing and to order copies.

 

Agoraphobia by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (20 minutes) 2 men, 1 woman
After Perry brings the wrong girl home, Tom tries to help him keep a positive attitude about succumbing to vampirism.
Availability: Read Agoraphobia. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives by Pete Barry & J. Michael DeAngelis. Music by Rebecca Kotcher
Drama
2 Acts (120 minutes) 7 men, 8 women.
An Egyptian expatriate gets caught between two revolutionaries – her fiancee, an activist director who tries to upend his commissioned Shakespeare production, and her brother, a nationalist fresh from the violence of Tahrir Square.

Recognition: Official selection of the 2012 Philly Fringe and 2013 New York Fringe.
Availability: Read Infinite Lives . If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page. There may be restrictions on this title, you may wish to contact us before applying for a license.

 

The Banderscott by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (20 minutes) 4 men, 1 woman, 1+ unspecified
An infomercial marketer is pitched an astonishing product. Recognition: Received the Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play as a part of the evening of one-acts Accidents Happen.

Recognition: Official selection of the 2007 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.
Availability: Currently under license to Samuel French.  Click here visit their website for information regarding licensing and to order copies.

 

Black Friday at the Pepper Spray Shoppe by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (5 minutes) 1 woman
Marigold tries to maintain order at the cash register on the busiest day of the year.
Availability: Read Black Friday at the Pepper Spray Shoppe. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

The Canaan Wedding by John Dowgin
Comedy
1 Act (20 minutes) 7 men, 2 woman
Judas and Mary convince Jesus to keep the bar open.
Availability: Read The Canaan Wedding. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

The Clive Way by John Dowgin
Comedy
1 Act (20 minutes) 5 men
A motivational speaker mistakenly tries to empower a group of newly rehabilitated anger-management patients.

Recognition: Received the Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play as a part of the evening of one-acts Accidents Happen.
Availability: Currently under license to Samuel French.  Click here visit their website for information regarding licensing and to order copies.

 

Coffee Break by John Dowgin
Comedy/Drama
1 Act (15 minutes) 2 men
Jesus gripes to Satan about business in the company break room.

Availability:
Read Coffee Break. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Don’t Touch the Table by J. Michael DeAngelis
Comedy
1 Act (10 minutes) 3 men
A man awakes to find himself in the near future. Star Trek-like technology is a reality and time travel is possible. But…please don’t touch the table.

Availability: Read Don’t Touch the Table.  If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Drop by J. Michael DeAngelis and Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (20 minutes) 3 men
Mike attempts to conquer his fear of death while stuck at the top of a roller coaster.

Recognition: Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival.
Availability: Currently published and licensed by Samuel French.  Click here to order or receive a licensing quote.

 

Dupe by John Dowgin
Comedy
1 Act (40 minutes) 8 men, 4 woman
The operator of a boardwalk carnival wheel and a fortune-teller determine whether their lots in life are based on luck or fate.
Availability: Read Dupe. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Early Morning in the Tenement by Pete Barry
Drama
1 Act (10 minutes) 3 men
Two Irish youths attempt to stand and understand each other at three in the morning.

Recognition: Official selection of the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival as a part of the evening of one-acts Burt Reynolds’ Amazing Napalm-Powered Oven and Other Paid Programming.
Availability: Read Early Morning in the Tenement . If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

The Fruppum, Alabama Chamber of Commerce by John Dowgin
Comedy
1 Act (25 minutes) 3 to 6 men
A gas station owner defends his business model against all out-of-towners and the competition across the street.

Recognition: Official selection in the 2006 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival.
Availability: Read Fruppum  If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Ghost of Make-Believe by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (10 minutes) 1 woman
Madge tries to wrangle a licensing agreement out of a dead man’s puppet.
Availability: Read Ghost of Make-Believe. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Hangman by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (10 minutes) 5 men
A budding teenage philosopher-scientist searches for the truth by experimenting on his friend with a hallucinogenic cocktail.

Recognition: Received the Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play as a part of the evening of one-acts Accidents Happen.
Availability: Currently under license to Samuel French.  Click here visit their website for information regarding its availability.

 

Hearing Aid by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (10 minutes) 1 man, 1 woman
After all the years together, communication seems to be breaking down.  But some things you don’t need words for.

Availability: Exclusively available from Vintage Press in “Plays for Two”.  Click here to purchase the script.

 

Life Lessons by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (15 minutes) 3 actors, any gender
A father tries to instill his daughter with a moral compass – if only reality would cooperate.
Availability: Read Life Lessons. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

The Luckiest Democrat by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (40 minutes) 2 women, 4 men, 2 unspecified
Jess gets drafted by the Democrats for a top-secret job on the night of a too-close-to-call Presidential election.
Availability: Read The Luckiest Democrat. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

A Man of Cortés by Pete Barry
Drama
1 Act (5 minutes) 1 woman
A Spanish conquistador discovers the positive and negative effects of a native Mesoamerican chocolate drink.

Recognition: Based on an award-winning story written for NYC Midnight’s Short Story Challenge 2007.
Availability: Read A Man of Cortes  If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Nine Point Eight Meters Per Second Per Second by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (20 minutes) 1 man
Balthazar Kent, ejected from an airplane, tries to regain control of his life through his cellphone.

Recognition: Finalist in the 2009 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Received the Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play as a part of the evening of one-acts Accidents Happen.
Availability: Currently under license to Samuel French.  Click here visit their website for information regarding its availability.  Also available from Vintage Press.

 

Reunion Special by J. Michael DeAngelis
Comedy/Drama
1 Act (20 minutes) 3 men, 3 women
A desperate former child actor reunites with his now adult co-stars at a funeral.

Recognition: Received the Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play as a part of the evening of one-acts Accidents Happen.
Availability: Currently under license to Samuel French.  Click here visit their website for information regarding its availability.

 

Roast by Pete Barry
Comedy
1 Act (15 minutes) 2 men
The disembodied ego of a germophobic stand-up comedian gives himself a verbal lashing as he struggles to stay alive.
Availability: Read Roast. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Signs From God by J. Michael DeAngelis & Pete Barry
Comedy/Drama
2 Acts (120 minutes) 5 men, 2 women
A frustrated satellite TV salesman discovers a revolutionary business in a sign maker who can deliver personalized messages from God.

Recognition:
Official selection in the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival.
Availability:
Read Signs From God.  If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.  Please note: The Porch Room offers interested parties the chance to rent the complicated props called for in this production. Please contact us for more information.

 

Some Colors on a Wall by John Dowgin
Drama
1 Act (15 minutes) 9 men
The members of a chain gang argue the merits of whitewashing an inspiring mural.

Recognition:
Official selection in the 2006 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival.
Availability:
Read Some Colors on a Wall. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Tricks of the Trade by John Dowgin
Drama
1 Act (25 minutes) 3 men
Ralph teaches Eddie how to sell your soul for success.

Recognition: Received the Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play as a part of the evening of one-acts Accidents Happen.
Availability: Currently under license to Samuel French.  Click here visit their website for information regarding its availability.

 

X/Y by Pete Barry and J. Michael DeAngelis
Comedy
Full Length (90 minutes) 1 man, 2 women
Three actors: HIM, HER and THE OTHER WOMAN appear in three different scenarios about male-female relationships. In Sex with a Mathematician, two totally mismatched people try and figure out how the computer dating service decided they were perfect together.  Dog People finds a perfect couple who may be more in love with their dogs than with themselves.  Finally, a blind date takes a surprising turn when the couple begins reading some Fan Fiction.

Recognition: A sell-out hit at the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Availability: Read X/Y. If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.

 

Zebulon Calling by John Dowgin
Comedy
1 Act (5 minutes) 2 men
One man’s garbage is another man’s proof that the aliens are among us.

Availability: Read Zebulon Calling  If you are interested in performing this piece, you may visit our licensing page.