Twenty 10-Minute Plays for Teens (Volume II)

Twenty 10-Minute Plays for Teens (Volume II)

by Debbie Lamedman


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Immediate, active, and fun!

Perfect for high school students, these twenty plays provide humor, drama, and a wide variety of characters and situations. These original full-length plays can be performed in ten short minutes, with cast sizes ranging from three to eight actors. Included is a fascinating foreword by Earl D. Weaver, Assistant Professor of Theater, University of Central Florida. This is the must-have book for teachers and students looking for appropriate and interesting material for teens.

"Lamedman provides both boys and girls . . . with stories that allow them to use their acting abilities to the fullest." booklist, The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens Volume IV

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575254067
Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 740,154
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents


The Visitor (4F, 2M)
The Rumor Mill (2F, 3M)
Blink of an Eye (2F, 3M)
A Quiet Place (6F, 5M)
The Sarahs Three (4F)
The Arrangement (2F, 1M)
T.I.P.S. (2F, 3M)
Appointment Required (4F, 5M)
The Non-Loser's Club (5F, 2M)
Parking-Lot Hero (1F, 3M)
Controlling Destiny (3F)
No Entry (4F, 1M)
Barbie World (2F, 3M)
Alternate Plans (2F, 2M)
60471 (2F, 2M)
The Dating-Go-Round (2F, 2M)
Censored (4F, 4M)
Eating in the Dark (3F)
What Really Happened Was . . . (3F, 3M)
New Year's Resolutions (4F, 2M)

The Author


It has been noted, studied, and confirmed that the attention span of the average person is getting shorter and shorter. With all our modern conveniences and technological advances, it's no wonder we insist upon immediate gratification. We have come to expect it. That type of mentality is now upon us in the theater as well. The ten-minute play has become increasingly popular over the years and festivals have sprung up far and wide in order to showcase this format.

Short can be just as satisfying, and high school drama departments are the perfect venues for the ten-minute play. Easy and inexpensive to produce, they provide the student actor all the challenges of a full-length play wrapped up in a shorter, more concise package. The twenty short plays in this book range from the typical to the unusual and they offer the young actor not only diversity in both theme and character, but also an opportunity to play over 106 different types of roles.

I have written these plays keeping in mind the varied ages and experiences that occur during the teen years. Thus, the characters in this book range in age from thirteen to twenty, allowing teen actors the opportunity to play parts close to themselves as well as being able to stretch their range accordingly.

So go put on a play. Or two. Or six. Because they're only ten minutes long, so you'll have the time. And don't forget, it's called a play. Which means you have to have fun, and I hope you do! Enjoy!
-Debbie Lamedman

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Twenty 10-Minute Plays for Teens (Volume II) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cnolasco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really great collection of quick plays written specifically for teens.I enjoyed reading through all of the twenty plays in this book. All were different (some better than others) but I can see a lot of them appealing to high school students. This would be a great book to use in a drama class, but could also work well in an English classroom as a quick, fun activity or introduction to a drama unit.These plays are definitely written for high school students because of the issues dealt with such as, sexuality, college, dating, and family problems. It is sort of nice to have "fun" plays to read. Many high school students have a misconception that all plays are dramatic and boring, but this book shows them that plays can tell entertaining stories.