The Refrigerator


For humans or puppets, when Phil’s old rusty refrigerator breaks, his daughter Dorothy persuades him to look for a new one. His surprising decision is funny, endearing, and sweet!

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  • Darlene Thompson
    1 man, 1 woman, 2 either
    12 minute comedy 

    About the play: For humans or puppets, Phil is an active, sprightly 81-year old man who lives with his dog Bounder. When Phil’s old rusty refrigerator breaks, his daughter Dorothy persuades him to look for a new one. Phil makes a surprising decision at the appliance store. The play ends with father and daughter singing a duet, “You Never Know.” Funny, endearing, and sweet!

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    If you’re going to use puppets: Darlene recommends human-arm and mouth puppets but you can use whichever technique you wish.

    Listen to the song, “You Never Know” which is an optional ending to the play:

    About the playwright:
    Darlene Thompson has an MFA in Playwriting from Hollins University. Three of her murder mysteries have been produced by the Little Dinner Theater Players in Lynchburg, VA. She has 18 years’ experience as a puppeteer, and has performed hundreds of times in 12 states. Her hour-long puppet musical, Penelope’s Dragon, won an award for Best Children’s Show at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, 2017.


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    Darlene Thompson


    Comedy, Musical

    Running Time

    11-19 Minute Play







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    E-script, Hard Copy, Cast e-copies, Cast Hard Copies, Royalty Per Performance

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