I need a suitable play for 9th Graders?

I need a very good play and anything that suits at least one of these categories is fine:

Genre: preferably Comedy, minimum romance, no sex, drugs, other forms of abuse.

Fit for audience of the age group: 13-16 years

Time limit: 30 minutes to 45 minutes

Author: Quite well-known- (Shakespeare-is a bit too long, George BS is bit too romantic...some other than these)

I would love to have a WWW link to these plays and the playwright.

Thank You.


Just 15-30 minutes would do.

@Edward Hughes: Thank You for your help! But I found the play a bit too long. Thank You,nonetheless!

Update 2:

OK, as an answer to your queries, I needed a suitable play for project- something that is short, not 30-50 pages long, that can be enacted in a 30 minute session, that also catches the audience's attention without having any romance, as per the criteria of the project (for amateur actors and an inexperienced audience.). So I do respect your suggestion and the play's beauty.

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    You should consider some of the classic plays of ancient Greek comedy - in translation if your pupils are not familiar with Greek.

    When I was that age, as one of our school trips we were taken to a performance of Aristophanes' play Lysistrata. We also performed Aristophanes in school.

    This rather makes me wonder why you have been forced to be so restrictive in the subject matter.

    Details on the play: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysistrata

    Details on the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristophanes

    A free text of the play: http://drama.eserver.org/plays/classical/aristopha...

    Additional details:

    I'm puzzled that your only concerns about this play relate to its length, not to the fact that it is "notable for its exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society and for its use of both double entendre and explicit obscenities." I'm still curious as to why you are so limited in what type of content is acceptable.

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