10-Minute Plays by Tara Meddaugh

Tara's ten-minute plays are excellent choices for festivals, theatre contests, forensics competitions ("duo interp"), for schools, colleges, and studies. If you have an interest in using one of her short plays, please contact her for permission. You can find excerpts below and links to purchase full copies.


ALFRED AND LILY AND THEIR MARVELOUS TANK IN THE FOREST
When Alfred and Lily are transplanted to a mysterious tank in the forest, they must decide if they will trust their new benefactors or find a way to escape.

DETAILS
Genre: Dark comedy/absurd
Cast: 1 male, 1 female
Set: Minimal, a tank in a forest (may be impressionistic)
Running time: 10 minutes

CLICK for a free excerpt of Alfred and Lily and Their Marvelous Tank in the Forest.
CLICK below for a complete digital copy of Alfred and Lily and Their Marvelous Tank in the Forest.


A LIFE SPURRED INTO MEANINGFUL ADVENTURE
When Goldilocks and Little Bear find themselves alone in the forest, they must decide if they will embark on a new future together.

DETAILS
Cast: 1 f/1 m, or 2 females
Set: A forest, minimal
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Children/Teen
Running time: 10-minute play

CLICK for a free excerpt of A Life Spurred into Meaningful Adventure.
CLICK below for a complete digital copy of A Life Spurred into Meaningful Adventure (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):


RUTH AND HARRY & THE DINNER PARY
While preparing for a dinner party, Ruth reveals a well-kept secret to her husband, which jeopardizes their future as a family.

DETAILS
Cast: 1 f/1 m
Set: A dining room, 1940s
Genre: Drama, Comedy, 1940s

CLICK for a free excerpt to Ruth and Harry & The Dinner Party

CLICK below for a complete digital copy of Ruth and Harry & The Dinner Party

This ten-minute play is part of a selection of short plays which comprises The Victory Garden Plays. It may be performed within the Victory Garden Plays production, or it may stand alone, as a 10-minute play, as featured here. CLICK below for a complete digital copy of the production, The Victory Garden Plays (which includes this 10-minute play, as well as 4 other 10-minute plays, and 2 monologue plays)


KNOCKING LOUDER
Carol adores, but neglects, the newborn baby placed in her custody. When her sister, Lilah, insists the baby be returned to his mother, Carol takes extreme measures to ensure she keep the infant.

DETAILS
Cast: 3 female (all female cast)
Genre: Dark comedy/absurd comedy
Set: a living room and doorway, minimalist
Length: 10-minute play

CLICK for a free EXCERPT OF TEN MINUTE PLAY, KNOCKING LOUDER.
CLICK below for a complete digital copy of Knocking Louder (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):


UNDER THE ASHES
Emmett frantically searches for keys to his private office which he thinks his wife has hidden. But before Lorna will answer his questions about the keys, she insists on telling him about her day, including the mysterious trinket she says her lost son has sent her.

DETAILS
Cast: 1 male, 1 female
Genre: Absurd drama
Set: a living room
Length: 10-minute play

CLICK to read a free excerpt of the ten minute play, FREE EXCERPT OF THE 10-MINUTE PLAY, UNDER THE ASHES ASHES.
CLICK below for a complete digital copy of Under the Ashes (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):


THE BEANSTALK
Jack didn’t give it much thought when he climbed up the 15,000 foot beanstalk. But now that he has reached the clouds, he is starting to miss his mother, his turkey, and even his fence post. Unfortunately, he appears to be stuck and unable to climb back down the slippery stalk which was so easy to climb up. When a roving black bird passes by, Jack solicits his company and aid in figuring out how on earth he should now get down the beanstalk he has carelessly climbed up. Unless, of course, he is not meant to climb down.

DETAILS
Cast: 2 male, or 1 m/1 f
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Set: On a tall beanstalk, up near the clouds
Length: Ten-minute play

CLICK FOR A FREE EXCERPT TO THE 10-MINUTE PLAY, THE BEANSTALK
CLICK below for a complete digital copy of The Beanstalk (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):

The Beanstalk
4.49
Add To Cart

JUMPING THE WIND
Two pieces of pollen must make the daring jump from a dying flower to a fresh one.

DETAILS
Cast: 1 male, 1 female (2 females, OR 2 males)
Genre: Absurd, Dark comedy, Comedy
Set: A dying flower
Length: Ten-minute play

CLICK for a free  EXCERPT OF TEN MINUTE PLAY, JUMPING THE WIND.
Click below to purchase the entire 10-minute play, Jumping the Wind (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):


THE SCENT OF COCONUT HAD HAUNTED HER FOR DAYS
A newlywed Woman chooses unusual methods to communicate to her husband that she is not happy she might be pregnant. Her husband, in turn, finds ways to ignore the situation he does not wish to address. As the Woman becomes increasingly obsessed with a backyard weed garden growing in her picnic table, the dissonance in their marriage escalates.

DETAILS
Cast: 1 male, 1 female
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Set: minimalist, impressions of rooms in a house
Length: 10-minute play

Click for a free EXCERPT OF TEN MINUTE PLAY, THE SCENT OF COCONUT HAD HAUNTED HER FOR DAYS.
Click below for a complete digital copy of The Scent of Coconut Had Haunted Her for Days (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):


HOLDING GINGER
When Jenna breaks a special gift a boy gave her older sister, they are not only faced with broken glass to clean up, but they are also faced with the changing dynamics of their family.

DETAILS
Cast: 2 female (1 teen & 1 child, or 1 young adult & 1 teen)
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Teen
Set: Minimal, a house
Length: 10-minute play

CLICK for a free EXCERPT OF TEN MINUTE PLAY, HOLDING GINGER.
CLICK below for a complete digital copy of Holding Ginger (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):)

Holding Ginger
4.49
Add To Cart

THE TENTH OAK TREE
Carrot and Potato, lifelong friends despite the opposing nature of their heritage, try to get an important letter to Carrot's lost children.

DETAILS
Cast: 2 females (or 1 m/1f, or 2 m)
Genre: Comedy/drama, 10 minute play
Set: a garden
Running time: 10-minute play

Click for a free excerpt to the ten-minute play, The Tenth Oak Tree.

Click below for a complete digital copy of The Tenth Oak Tree (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):

The Tenth Oak Tree
4.49
Add To Cart

SHARING SOIL
When mean vegetables draw Carrot and Potato together, they must decide if their new friendship is worth risking their safety.

DETAILS
Cast: 2 females (or 2 males, or 1 female/1 male)
Age range: Characters are children, so they may be played by child actors, teens or adults
Genre: Comedy/Drama 10-minute play, teen play, children's play
Set: A garden
Running time: 10-minute play

Click for an excerpt to the ten-minute play, Sharing Soil.

CLICK below for a complete digital copy of Sharing Soil (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):


GREENHOUSE LIVING
When a new tulip arrives in the greenhouse, the long-time residents (a hyacinth, a fern, a poinsettia) make him pay for the fresh air and space he takes up.

DETAILS
Cast: 5 actors (any role may be male or female)
Genre: Absurd, comedy, drama
Set: A greenhouse
Length: 10-minute play

Click for a free excerpt to the 10-minute play, Greenhouse Living Excerpt

Click below for the complete digital copy of Greenhouse Living (once purchased, you will be given a link to download the script):