This site lists one-act plays for four or fewer actors, accessing worldwide over one thousand unpublished and published scripts in multiple languages in various media. Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online is a free resource for playwrights, actors, dramaturgs, agents, producers, publishers, students, and librarians. It encourages the production, publication, perusal, preservation of scripts.
Your visit is number since April, 1995.
Anyone e-mailing, telephoning, or writing a playwright or agent for permission to read or use plays should begin with a clear, adequate self-introduction and pertinent information about intentions.
Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online encourages paying living playwrights. Remuneration for script use enables them to continue their creative output. A handy chart explains free use of scripts through public domain. Another chart amplifies conditions.
Playwrights should read for addresses to send scripts for production or publication or competition.
Librarians have a special theatrical role: to keep scripts available for stage and study. For this, librarians can e-mail individual playwrights for archival copies.
cast size/gender index
are the best places to start your search.
To find plays with specific themes, use Google's site search capability to search within Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online. Enter the search terms you're looking for, followed by the word "site" and a colon followed by the domain name. For example, prison twin site:www.heniford.net/1234 would find scripts involving prison and twin. Or, "first encounter" 10-minute site:www.heniford.net/1234 would find 10-minute scripts involving first encounter.
The table of contents (10K) itemizes this Website's sections, as does the table of contents in the counterpart print volumes.
The acknowledgments (7K) list recognizes helpful persons and institutions.
The foreword (6K) presents a significant testimonial.
The preface (24K) explains purpose, perspective, scope, discoveries and possibilities, and origin of this site.
The introduction (15K) describes the parts of the site.
The author index (269K) lists authors' names with their plays cited here, giving genre and cast/gender identification, and the date the citation was posted online. Use this index if you want to see a list of all included plays by a given author. These playwrights are available almost always via e-mail connection from within the play descriptions. If not available through e-mail, they or their agents are available via the supplied telephone, fax, or postal addresses. Clicking alphabetical tabs at the top of the index can speed your search.
The cast size/gender index (297K) sorts all plays cited on this Website by number and gender of actors. Use this if you seek scripts of a particular cast size and gender. Clicking cast size/gender tabs at the top of the index can speed your search.
The title index (277K) names and links all plays cited here. Use this if you already know the title of a given play. Clicking letter tabs at the top of the index can speed your search.
The glossary (22K) explains common and uncommon terms used to classify plays by genre. The Webmaster invites expansions to these definitions and invites new terms.
The bibliography for playwrights (13K) provides helpful references for casual or serious authors.
The playbills by themes (37K) section offers programs built on themes. Sources for the plays named here are available in the complementary print volume or from the Webmaster.
The eighty script analyses (11K) section points to script analyses in the counterpart print volume.
The source directory for scripts (27K) names and annotates play publication houses, giving addresses.
The success stories (63K) of this site are growing. Mention your successes to the Webmaster.
The form for submitting a new citation (15K) handily allows playwrights, agents, and publishers to list here at no cost published/unpublished, produced/unproduced plays in any language. Indeed, non-English-language script citations are most welcome. Use this form to submit citations of one-act plays involving four or fewer actors (with possible extras), yours or anyone else's. Give complete information (with particular attention to the required e-mail address), as the Webmaster constructs the individual citations from your data, synopses and comments.
The form for ordering1/2/3/4 for the Show (9K) enables prompt purchase of the print guide, volumes 1 and 2.
The present Web links (57K) lead to extensive playwriting resources available elsewhere on the Internet. Most of these sites relate to the creation, production, and distribution of small-cast one-act scripts in all media. They include playwriting resources, production resources, publishers of print scripts, and publishers of electronic scripts. Other interesting links appear at the end.
The adding new Web links mechanism facilitates your sending suggestions to expand the present Web links.
The guest book (5K) invites you to register comments about the site.
The disclaimer (6K) addresses site reliability and pertinent legalities. The devil is in the details, as they say.
The general bibliography (42K) indicates the research upon which this site is founded.
Notes about the Webmaster (18K) add perspective.
Wordsss sponsors this site. Webmaster is Lewis W. Heniford, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last-modified: December 13, 2005, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.A.