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Comedic Plays and Farce (full length)
IN-SECURITY: An Alarmingly Romantic Comedy, by Todd McGinnis & T. Gregory Argall
2 Acts – Cast: 2 Female / 4 Male (possible gender flip 1 male to female)
Nothing seems to go as planned for Linda, a small-town girl who has moved to the city. She arrives for her first day of work at a Security Response Company only to learn that her job position might have been cut thanks to a corporate takeover by a policy-obsessed conglomerate!
Fortunately, Linda finds an unlikely knight in shining armour in Ted, a charmingly wise-cracking and mischievous co-worker.
But when life with her dreamy musician-boyfriend turns out to be not quite so dreamy after all, and Ted offers Linda a place to stay both of their lives become suddenly more complicated.
by Dummiez, by Todd McGinnis & T. Gregory Argall
2 Acts – Cast: 3 Female / 4 Male
When a psychologist is late for work, the growing collection of mixed nuts in his waiting room are left to fend for themselves... with hilariously unexpected results.
Point of Viewing, by Todd McGinnis
2 Acts – Cast 3 Female / 2 Male
1 Live Broadcast, 3 Female Co-hosts, 10 Years of Baggage Let the Games Begin.
When a technical mishap destroys their pre-taped prime-time, 10th Anniversary special, the three female hosts of TV’s most popular daytime talk show are forced to go live-to-air to replace it.
But behind-the-scenes politics, tell-all tabloid stories and rumours about the show's fate have lit the fuse on an emotional powder-keg.
Now, with no chance for edits or retakes, 10 years of off-camera differences are about to explode…on the air!
Gone Fishin', by Todd McGinnis
2 Acts – Cast: 3 Male
When three estranged brothers are forced to spend the day fishing together as a condition of their late father's will, they start to learn more about each other than any of them ever wanted to know.
Thunderbolts and Dunderheads, by Todd McGinnis
2 Acts – Cast: 3 Female / 4 Male
Iris, the Goddess of Rainbows goes to Mount Olympus looking for a promotion and ends up getting "downsized".
If she wants to survive, she's going to have to help Zeus make a "love connection" with a visiting Nordic Goddess. Unfortunately for Iris, Zeus's wife, Hera, Queen of the Gods has other ideas.
Can Iris find a way survive by somehow keeping everyone happy? Find out in this hilarious comedy that breathes new life into the old gods.
OTHER GENRE PLAYS (full length)
Horror / Comedy
Stage Fright (aka "LAUGH?" I Thought I'd DIE!), by Todd McGinnis
2 Acts – Cast: (minimum) 2 Female / 5 Male*
A tale told in four vignettes, Stage Fright is an alternately terrifying, hilarious and always intriguing journey across the decades. The theatre-venue itself becomes a character in this tale that allows the audience to experience the history of a haunted playhouse from the inside.
Written with two endings—one scary, one comedic—giving producers complete control over the kind of experience they want to give their audience.
*cast is expandable up to 25 total performers. Many options for doubling / tripling and gender flipping roles. A great piece for community / amateur theatre groups & companies looking to provide as many onstage opportunities as possible.
ONE ACT PLAYS
Suspense / Thriller
Trammel the Cull, by Todd McGinnis
1 Act – Cast: 2 Female / 2 Male
A deadly game of cat and mouse is about to begin. But in this dance of sexual predator and prey Who is the cat? And who is the mouse? Find out in this play full of wicked twists and shocking turns, where nothing is what it seems and the ending is a killer.
Black Comedy Plays
Everybody Dies, by Todd McGinnis
1 Act – Cast: 2 Female / 3 Male
A group of sitcom writers pulling an all-nighter find themselves living out one of their co-workers nightmares A nightmare in which everybody dies!
THAT'S WHAT And Other Hilarious Exercises In Subtext For Actors, Directors, Teachers, & Students by Todd McGinnis & T. Gregory Argall
THAT’S WHAT by Todd McGinnis, 3 Actors. 12 HILARIOUS minutes. 2 words of dialogue .
McGinnis’s now-legendary, hilarious and brain-busting exercise in subtext is finally available to the wider acting public.
PLUS two more companion pieces in the same volume: Yes No Maybe by T. Gregory Argall & Hey! by Todd McGinnis & T. Gregory Argall