Thursday, November 27, 2014

"El Taco Feo Lives!" comedy scene for 3 males from upcoming play (free humorous stage play script)

"El Taco Feo Lives!" is comedy scene for 3 males from an upcoming play called "A Thing for Nerds".

For permission to use this scene, email doug@freedrama.net and include the title "El Taco Feo Lives" in the request.

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"El Taco Feo Lives!" by D. M. Larson

RANDY

I wonder how long you have to work at KFC to become a colonel?

TONY

Uh... you have to avoid any Major Messups?

RANDY

Yeah... and enjoy corporal punishment?

TONY

And be a Captain of Industry.

FRANK

How goes the job hunting?

RANDY

Hey! They need someone to dress up as a vegetable for a kid show.

FRANK

You know how to be a vegetable.

TONY

I thought you weren't allowed near children.

RANDY

What I really want to do is be one of those knights at that dinner show where they do jousting and such.  That would be awesome.

FRANK

You with sharp pointy things?  Is that wise?

RANDY

Or a personal assistant for some famous actor.

FRANK

I think your past history of stalking celebrities might be a problem.

RANDY

I wonder if William Shatner is hiring.

TONY

Captain Kirk?

RANDY

That guy is awesome. I think he's immortal or something. I don't think he's aged since the 80's.  I can figure out his secret and write a book about it or something.

TONY

Or something.

FRANK

Have you ever written anything in your life?  I thought you always copied your reports in school.

RANDY

I'm good at copying.  Xerox is hiring.

TONY

I'm not sure that's the kind of copying they specialize in.

FRANK

Maybe you should go back to school.

RANDY

I thought the principal said I couldn't come back... ever.

FRANK

No... I mean college.

RANDY

I heard Harvard was good.

TONY

Um... maybe something a bit more... local... like a community college.

RANDY

I'm tired of school.  I did the 8th grade like 10 times.  I'm so done with that.

(RANDY finds something on his computer)

RANDY (CONT.)

Look!  Work from home.  Be your own boss.  This is perfect!  Where's my phone?

FRANK

That's a scam, Randy.

RANDY

It says right here at the end. This is not a scam. I'm calling. 1-900... I hate when they do words instead of numbers.

TONY

1-900-trick me?

FRANK

Really?

RANDY

Got it.  It's ringing.  Hello?  Yeah, I want to do a home business and be my own boss.  What?  A book?  How much?  No thanks... I don't read.

TONY

At least he's honest.

RANDY

I can read... I just don't like to.

FRANK

So we need to find you a job that doesn't involve reading and that you can do from home.

TONY

A professional TV watcher?

RANDY

Yeah!  They have that?

TONY

No.

RANDY

Way to get my hopes up.

FRANK

We have to find you something. Rent is due...

TONY

His rent has been due for a few months now.

FRANK

But he's working so hard with all the chores he has been doing.

RANDY

What chores was I supposed to do again?

TONY

All of them.

RANDY

Yes, master.

FRANK

His lips say yes, but his butt says no.

RANDY

Hey! Maybe I could do one of them fast food diets like Jared and the sandwiches... I'll do an all taco diet or something and then I can be in commercials and such.

TONY

I don't think you'll lose weight eating tacos all the time.

RANDY

I have to lose weight?

FRANK

I'm thinking he didn't get the point of the whole Jared diet plan.

RANDY

Why is everything so hard?

TONY

Because you aren't able to live in your mom's basement like most guys in your situation.

RANDY

What situation?

TONY

Hmm... how do I say this nicely?

FRANK

How do you tell someone they are a lazy bum without hurting their feelings?

RANDY

Are you guys talking about me again?

TONY

Maybe.

FRANK

Yes.

RANDY

Fine. You know what. I'm going to prove to you that I'm not lazy or a bum or a... no chore doer... don't-er or whatever. I'm gonna go out there and make something of myself.

(RANDY exits.  FRANK and TONY go to the window)

TONY

What's he doing?

FRANK

When is the last time he went outside?  I think the sun blinded him.  He's waiting for his eyes to adjust.

TONY

Does he even have a clue what he's doing out there?

FRANK

I would bet money he forgot already.

TONY

No... he's going... he took a few steps.

FRANK

This is amazing... I'm getting all choked up.  Our little boy is finally leaving the nest and going out in to the world all on his own.

Tony

Nope... he's coming back.

(RANDY returns)

RANDY

I forgot some stuff.

FRANK

Like a resume?

TONY

A plan?

Randy

My pro-wrestling mask.

FRANK

Of course.

TONY

Oh dear.

RANDY

El Taco Feo lives!

(He puts on his wrestling mask and exits to fake cheering that he produces)

FRANK

Off to tackle the world.

TONY

Or at least put it in a strangle hold.

END OF SCENE


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Free fun games to play with your family on Thanksgiving (improv theatre drama games)

Need something fun to do for Thanksgiving with your family? This is great for students in a classroom or for actors in a workshop or even for a family Thanksgiving dinner party. Improv games are interactive and fun for everyone and totally free!

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Preparing for a Thanksgiving Dinner (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly): You must decide who is giving the best advice for preparing for a Thanksgiving Dinner. 3 players (experts) form a line upstage. The audience provides questions or problems for which they need advice. Actor #1 always provide good advice, actors #2 always gives bad advice , and actors #3 gives really bad advice. Good advice should be good, bad should be opposite of the good and ugly should be an even worse version of bad.

Action Figures: 1-2 actors are getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner. They must prepare an imaginary dinner but none of them can move on their own. They can only speak. 1-2 audience members must move them in all the actions they say they want to do.

Guess Who is Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner? (Party Quirks and Dating Game): In all three of these games, three actors become famous people or characters suggested by the audience.  Then you have one person who tries to guess who they are.  You can have the audience write suggestions on pieces of paper before the show or you can the person guessing step outside and the audience can make suggestions.

  • Party Quirks: The person guessing is the host of a Thanksgiving party and the other actors ring the doorbell and enter one at a time as their characters creating problems at the party.  The person guess must say who they are to get rid of them.
  • Dating Game: The person guessing is a bachelor or bachelorette who needs a date for Thanksgiving dinner with the family.  He/she interviews the three famous people (real or fictional) with dating type questions (i.e. what's your ideal date? what would be a perfect place to go for a romantic vacation?).  The date must give answers that reveal who they are without saying their names.

Documentary or Slide Show: A leader pretends to be a narrator of a documentary and the actors must act out the documentary the leader describes (do theme such as the history of Thanksgiving or the history of your family). They can do it as a slideshow/powerpoint with still picture poses or actually act out what is being narrated.

Gibberish: A group of actors (group #1) are foreign guests at a Thanksgiving dinner and act out a scene speaking in a weird language. They are thankful for the nice dinner and try to tell their hosts all the things they are thankful for. The other group of actors (group #2) act out the same scene and translate what was said in English.
  • Variation 1: have actors translate what was said by the foreign guests as they act
  • Variation 2: have a actor play a long lost foreigner relative who speaks gibberish and have the other actors try to figure out what he/she is saying in a scene where he/she shows up at their door unexpectedly
Cooking Dinner in a Minute: The actors do a scene where they prepare Thanksgiving dinner and then act out the story in one minute. Then they must act out the same thing in 30 seconds. THEN they must act it out in 10 seconds.

Stunt Doubles: 2 Actors are acting a scene such as dealing with a turkey who doesn't want to be cooked for dinner. When it comes time to do a "dangerous" step (such as grabbing the turkey or plucking him) they call in their stunt doubles. The easier the "dangerous" task is, the funnier it can be (such as picking up litter).

Questions Only: Actors get in two lines (one line is parents and the other is kids). They talk in the form of a question. If they make a statement or don't use a question, then they must go to the back of the line or the audience can shout DIE and they must do a dramatic death scene. The line with the most left at the end wins.  The topic is... you guessed it... Thanksgiving (maybe more specifically - what are you thankful for).

Stand Sit Slump: A pilgrim meets two Native Americans for the first time (or two pilgrams meet one Native American). One must be standing, one must be sitting and one must slump down on the ground. After each actor says one thing, the last actor to speak must pick a new position (stand) and the others must adjust and pick the two remaining positions (sit and slump). This can continue until a high moment of humor or until one actor majorly messes up.


Share your ideas for games in the discussion below!

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Free short dramatic monologue for male called "Back to Work" from Death of an Insurance Salesman

Free short dramatic solo male monologue named "Back to Work" from upcoming play Death of an Insurance Salesman.

For permission to use this monologue, email doug@freedrama.net and include the title "Back to Work" in your request.  Thank you!


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"Back to Work" by D. M. Larson

RALPH

Can we all please get back to work?!  We have a lot of clients who need us and we have tons of claims to file. While you all joke around, I have Ms. Amy Long who lost her husband in an accident and will lose her home if we don't fill this claim.  Or what about Roger Thomason... he's in the hospital right now and is slipping deeper and deeper in debt until he hears from us and gets the financial help he desperately needs during his medical crisis.  Care to make jokes about that everyone?

(Looks around. Silence)

I didn't think so.  Back to work.

END OF MONOLOGUE

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Guardians of the Wallet" monologue for male actor Death of an Insurance Salesman (free solo stage play script)

This monologue is for a male actor from the upcoming play "Death of an Insurance Salesman" by D. M. Larson

For permission to use this monologue, contact doug@freedrama.net (include the title "Guardians of the Wallet").

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"GUARDIANS OF THE WALLET" by D. M. Larson

RALPH
An ambulance is coming for you now.  And the policy will cover that ride so you're in luck.

(Ralph waves good-bye and watches person go)

He's lucky.  Most people wait until it's too late. Last minute is always better than never. Sometimes I think I should set up my office in the lobby of the hospital emergency room. I could probably sign up half the room as they are waiting... what else are they going to do while they wait for help?  Come on.  What's the number one thing on their minds?  They worry about how they'll pay for the hospital.  That's where I come in.  I kind of see myself as a hero... swooping in to save the day... can't pay your medical bill?  Let me do it for you.  I know no one sees an insurance salesman as a hero but we really are.  You know how much that heart attack would have cost him without me?  You know how much a car accident would cost without insurance?  We're not the bad guys... we're your knight in shining armor, protecting you from going bankrupt.  We are the guardians of the wallet.  Don't let them suck you dry.  Insurance will protect you... save you... rescue you... and that's what I wanted to always do with my life.  Be a hero.

END OF MONOLOGUE

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History lesson plan with improv games from classroom teacher - Colonial America #1 (drama, theatre, schools, k12)

Thank you to my HOL.edu Drama Games student Denise for this awesome series of lesson plans that use improv games.

Subject: History

Topic: Colonial America #1

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Lesson 1
The Exaggeration Games (British Accents)
The first lesson begins with the discussion of what a colony is and that they were ruled by a faraway government, most of the American colonies were ruled from afar by England. The exaggeration game could be played using a common theme of speaking with a British accent. A student could locate England on a map and using a British accent explain where England is located in relation to America. The students could place and record their guess on how long it would take to get from England to America back then. Continuing the discussion with reasons that a country (in this case England) would want to establish a colony so far away (in this case in order to procure new land as well as to take advantage of the natural resources located in the new land). Next, the students are asked why they think the people would want to leave their country and go to a far away and unfamiliar place (in this case things such as more opportunity to make a better living, to make a new start, etc). To further explore the reasons why people wanted to come to America economic rights and human rights is written on a whiteboard. The students are asked for reasons that are recorded on the board that would fall into either category (for example, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, more job opportunities). Explanations should be further discussed regarding that each colonist viewed coming to the new world as a way to make a new start and each group had their own reasons for leaving Europe. 

Explain the following reasons to the students and ask the students to identify each as an economic or human rights problem:
They could not find work in Europe.
They did not have the opportunity to practice their chosen religion.
They could not afford to own land in Europe.

Further explain that moving to the New World provided solutions to each problem:

There was work for every trade in the New World.
In the New World the colonists were able to practice whatever religion they chose.
Land was offered for free or at a very low cost to the colonists. 


Finally, have the group select a spokesperson with the best British accent to present their final findings to the class.

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History lesson plan with improv games from classroom teacher - Colonial America #1 (drama, theatre, schools, k12)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Thank You, Star" monologue for children from Christmas play (free kids monologue for stage)

"Thank You, Star" is a monologue for a child actor adapted from the play "The Star" by D. M. Larson http://freedrama.net/star.html

For permission to use this monologue, email doug@freedrama.net and include the name "Thank You, Star" in the request.


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"Thank You, Star" by D. M. Larson

PETER
(Carrying lantern, goes to star and looks up to it)
Hello, Star.
(Slight pause)
Nice evening.
(Pause)
You're quite beautiful tonight.
(Pause)
Snowy asked me to come here to see you. I must admit, I feel a little strange... being here alone... without her.
(Feeling angry)
Why did they have to take her from me? 
(Pause. Looks at star. Calms down)
You do make me feel at peace.
(Looks down)
I felt so bad all day.
(Looks up)
But now I'm okay.
(Pause)
There are some new lambs in the stable. I'll have to bring them here tomorrow night. I bet they'll really like seeing you. And hearing Snowy's stories. She had the most amazing stories. I'll never forget them. I don't want anyone to forget them... or her... ever.
(Pause. Waves)
Well, I guess I'll see you later. I know where to find you if I need anything.
(Starts to exit. Stops)
And thank you, star, for everything.
(Exits R)

END OF SCENE

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