The official website of professional playwright Jonathan Dorf, co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, resident playwriting expert for Final Draft, resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store and creator of Playwriting101.com, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

 

Welcome!  Looking for a play to produce?  You've come to the right place.  Visit my Play Catalogue to read synopses and excerpts of my plays available for production, or go to Teen Favorites to find plays that are great choices for youth theatres and schools.  There's even a rotating play listing below, Hot Script Picks for Schools, to highlight some of my most popular works for young people.  You'll also find free monologues for use in class and for auditions, free playwriting tips, information on guest artist visits, classes I teach, and much more.  So come in and stay a while!

 
Hot Scripts Picks for Schools

"Jon Dorf is the voice of this generation's high school student. He has captured the inner and outward struggles that confront today’s youth and brings light to those issues that we deem important but are too afraid to broach. The significance of his work is far beyond that of his writing genius. It speaks to everyone on a personal level and gives a voice to a growing population that has so much to say. His plays have proven vital, not only to the growth of our young actors but also to the development of their young minds. We continue to use Jon’s works here at Choate Rosemary Hall and look forward to his next creation."

Paul Tines, former Executive Director of the Paul Mellon Arts Center and Head of the Choate Rosemary Hall Arts Department.

 Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Comedy. 35-40 minutes. 4-20+ males, 4-20+ females (10-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Everyone's favorite vampires, wizards and werewolves battle lots and lots of evil in this crazed mash-up parody of the two biggest megahits of recent years, Harry Potter and TwilightOrder it now from Playscripts!

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 Run Like the Dickens (one-act version)
Comedy. 40-50 minutes. 3 males, 10 females, 4+ either (9-30+ performers possible).
Suitable for high school (or possibly advanced middle school actors) and older.

When Tiny Tim throws away his crutches and declares his intention to run the marathon, he could inspire millions--but with big business behind Oliver Twist as their inspirational figure of choice, Tiny Tim may never make it to the starting line...

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 Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. Flexible cast of 8-30+.
Middle school and older.

Using scenes and monologues and a combination of wild theatricality and quiet, thoughtful moments, the play explores one of the toughest issues facing teens today: bullying. As two bullied students try to survive their daily lives, they wrestle with a terrible question: is the only way out to become the people they hate?  Order it now from Playscripts!

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Recent News
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Three New Plays Now Available
Check out the latest additions to my catalogue!  There's a crazed one-act comedy Run Like the Dickens (the younger, shorter sibling of the full-length version), and two new ten-minute dramedies, perfect for competition and short play fests.  Straight Eye for the Gay Guy is about a gay kid who turns to his straight friend for help, and in Closeted, two teens are trapped in the closet during a game of the infamous teen rite of passage Seven Minutes in Heaven.
Playwriting Webinar!
I recently taught my first webinar:  Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play.  While the live presentation has come and gone, you can still purchase this 90-minute presentation, which includes me answering audience questions, here:  http://www.writersstore.com/playwriting-101-everything-you-need-to-know-to-write-a-play.
Upcoming Guest Artist Visits

I'm looking forward to offering workshops at the Florida Thespian Festival in March!  Stay tuned for more guest artist news!
 

Upcoming Productions
4 A.M.
Smoky Hill High School (Aurora, CO), April 2014

Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Washougal High School (Washougal, WA), April 2014

4 A.M.
Kamiakin High School (Kennewick, WA), April 2014

Just Add Zombies
Osceola High School (Osceola, NE), April 2014

4 A.M.
Lake Central High School (St. John, IN), April 2014

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
The Mighty Middle Players (Farmington, ME), May 2014

4 A.M.
St. Michael-Albertville School District 885 (St. Michael, MN), May 2014

4 A.M.
Fairhope High School (Fairhope, AL), May 2014

Rumors of Polar Bears (full-length)
Capital High School (Helena, MT), May 2014

Just Add Zombies
North Valley High School (Grants Pass, OR), May 2014

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Lakota West High School (West Chester, OH), May 2014

After Math
Cherokee Trail High School (Aurora, CO), May 2014

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Ionia High School (Ionia, MI), May 2014

4 A.M.
Ferris High School (Spokane, WA), May 2014

After Math
Pembroke High School (Pembroke, MA), May 2014

Dear Chuck (one-act version)
West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts (West Chester, PA), May 2014

Just Add Zombies
Edward A Hall Middle School (Watsonville, CA), May 2014

Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Washington Park High School (Racine, WI), May 2014

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Senator Drama Club (Little Rock, AR), May 2014

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Bay Theatrix: Dover Bay Secondary (Nanaimo, BC, Canada), May 2014

The Locker Next 2 Mine (one-act version)
Bay Theatrix: Dover Bay Secondary (Nanaimo, BC, Canada), May 2014

4 A.M.
Cairine Wilson Drama (Orleans, ON, Canada), May 2014

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Cherry Creek Academy (Englewood, CO), May 2014

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Papillion La Vista Public Schools (Papillion, NE), June 2014

After Math
Tyler Civic Theatre Center (Tyler, TX), June 2014

From Shakespeare with Love?
Trinity College South (Evanston, SA, Australia), June 2014

Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Spotlight Players (Canton, MI), October 2014

 
My Rock Star Can Beat Up Your Boy Band: Look for this one-act comic whodunit in 2014...

Man's Best Friend: Two college acting students confront family expectations, the threat of alien invasion and the accidental vaporizing of a beloved pet in this futuristic short dramedy.

Thicker: Two brothers, one a twentysomething slacker and the other a high school honor student with a penchant for theft, try to get by on their own in this short play that's also in development as a short film...

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