Seniors Still Acting Up: Short Comedies


The Young at Heartland playwrights wrote this vibrant collection of 16 short comedies and monologues, each usually 4-6 minutes long with 1-3 actors.

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  • The Young at Heartland playwrights, an outreach program of the Heartland Theatre, wrote this vibrant collection of 16 short plays and monologues. You’ll find comedies, usually 4-6 minutes long with 1-3 actors. Use the pieces as readings, memorized shows, or in class. The collection is one that you’ll turn to often for fun and useful scripts.

    The book includes:

    • A Promise Kept
      3 women
      A trip to Niagara Falls could be just the start.
    • Afternoon Antiquing
      2 women
      A cranky sales clerk deals with a finicky shopper.
    • The Car and the Garage Door
      1 man, 1 woman
      He just wants to read his morning paper. She has to give him bad news.
    • What Emergency?
      1 man, 1 woman
      A husband’s birthday cake leads to much more than a woman bargained for.
    • Two of a Kind
      1 man, 1 woman
      Twin sisters and a long delayed confession.
    • Lend Me Your Ear–Puhleese
      2 women
      Can anyone hear me?
    • Gadgetry
      1 woman
      The do-dads of our modern world can get a woman down.
    • First Time
      2 women
      Mismatched strangers meet on a plane.
    • Lemme See
      1 man, 2 women
      In a restaurant, be careful what you order. Your server may have to ask about it.
    • For Better or Worse–But Not for Lunch
      1 man, 1 woman
      He thinks retirement is time to relax. She thinks it’s time for fun.
    • Doctor’s Office
      2 women
      Right idea, wrong doctor, oddball discussion.
    • Fire
      Coping with a smoke-filled house in a small town.
      1 woman
    • Ladies Who Lunch
      Sustaining life isn’t always delicious.
      3 women
    • Pink
      1 man, 1 woman
      Things are changing at home, beginning with a pink shirt.
    • Good Grief 
      3 women
      Commiseration leads to finding new hope and a new café.
      3 women
    • Storm
      1 man, 1 woman
      Sometimes leaving the past behind is easier said than done.

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    The Young at Heartland Playwrights began crafting plays for their many senior audiences then taking the shows on the road wherever seniors gather in the community. Now, several years later, the company has grown to 30 members. Their performances are so popular that they are often scheduled a year in advance!



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    If you want to read the complete script, order a hard copy or e-script for perusal.

    If you want to perform or rehearse, order cast copies. Select either e-cast copies, which you will be able to download, or hard cast copies. Hard cast copies are printed in black and white on 3-hole punched paper so it’s easy to put them into notebooks.

    Play collections are copyright protected and can’t be copied. When you decide which plays you want to use, contact us for e-scripts which you can copy.

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    The Young at Heartland Players


    Comedy, Non Royalty, Play Collections

    Running Time

    Less Than 10 Minutes








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