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COMEDY FOR GIRLS … and a few guys

is a portfolio of 9 previously unpublished comedy sketches and short plays by Harry Michael Bagdasian. His published comedy material (written solo or in collaboration with Lisa Levin Itte' and others) for young performers has been used by thousands of schools around the world.

”Attention school theater departments: you always have more girls than boys auditioning for your plays. Get this book! It's filled with high-school appropriate skits and plays that have lots of roles for girls. All the skits are fun.”    JUDITH ARNOLD best-selling & award winning novelist

 

COMEDY FOR GIRLS … and a few guys

COMIC MATERIAL FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS (Mostly Girls)

 

A.D.D. FAMILY FEUD – a comedy sketch mocking a certain quiz show and asking, “can you have a game show where people pay next to no attention?”

 

PERCEPTIONS or CELEB-CRED – is something more important because it is touted by a TV or movie star? Here’s a funny news show parody that looks at the modern day celebrity as a “smee” (subject matter expert).

 

HOME INVASION ADVERTISING - if cigarette companies cannot advertise on TV, what’s their next option? … appeal directly to buyers?

 

ACADEMIC RIGOR – a short comedy exploring how one mother can go to extremes to ensure her children get into the magnet schools of her choice

 

TOUCHED BY AN ANGLE - a spoof of “Touched By An Angel” where advertising executives pitch the grim reaper with marketing possibilities

 

THE WWW DOT COM THING – tired of hearing “for more information go to www dot something or another?” This short comedy takes that annoying phenomenon to a comical extreme.

 

REAL TEENS OF THUNDER VALLEY  - a reality TV show parody featuring the lives and loves of teenagers in a small town

 

TELEBUDDIES FROM THE HOOD – a hilarious mash-up of two TV shows: a drama about Tony Alto (the head of a gangster family); and a kiddies’ show featuring plush little child-like characters

 

BURN(out) NOTICE - a comedy with a large cast that explores what could happen when a comedy writer’s characters escape her imagination and start interfering with her creative processes

 

 

“Sometimes ya just gotta make your play”

Five plays for young performers. These plays are perfect for young people who are actively interested in theatre. They give the actors an opportunity to investigate and portray events that have contributed to our present understanding of gender equality, race relations and what it takes to be an adult. A great resource for teachers who need well-defined characters in challenging situations.

 

 

THE ONE-ACTS PLAYS OF

“Sometimes ya just gotta make your play”

 

 

 
   

Sharon’s Play

“S’LIKE A FINISH LINE YA HAVE TO CROSS”

Young marrieds, Sharon and Jerry, both in their mid-twenties, see their relationship nearly crumble because of a miscarriage. Then, when going through a box of snapshots, they find a way to cope.

Drama - Cast: 2F / 1M

Patrick’s Play

“SOMETIMES YA JUST GOTTA MAKE YOUR PLAY.”

In this one-act comedy, teenager Patrick confronts the tangle of boy-girl relationships and their impact on the success on his bowling team.

Comedy - Cast: 4 teenage boys

Rick’s Play

“S’ALL PART A GROWIN’ UP”

Teen integrity vs. bullying and cheating? “It’s all part a growin’ up.”

Cast: 6 teenagers (1f / 5m)

Katie Binkmer’s Play

LIFE IN THE HALLWAYS

Thirteen-year-old Army brat Katie Binkmer is trying to find her way in a new school while reeling from the suicide of one of her best friends.  

Comedy - Cast: 6 teenagers, (6f / 1m)

Davey’s Play

CARRYING ON

It’s 1964 in this one-act comedy. Davy Woodfield’s family and neighbors in rural Edgewater, Maryland think of him as borderline retarded. However, he’s a genius with automobiles. Davey wants to move out on his own, but family politics and Davey’s oppressive guardian complicate the situation. Then a customer arrives at the shop. Who’d have thought that Davey’s savior would be a cosmetics saleswoman with a broken down VW Beetle?

Comedy - Cast: 3f / 3m

 

 

What is HeHEE!?

Picture “Breakfast Club” Meets “Glee”

Delete Songs, Insert Comedy Sketches

 

CASTING THE SKETCHES INCLUDED IN THIS OF THE PLAY

Writers and Participants listed with each sketch are

characters in the story

 

DROPPING THE F-BOMB Script by Byron Gallagher & Crissy Lasky

CAST (5) Students 1 (Crissy) Student2 (Lane) Mr. Lovecraft (Albert)

Principal Locnoar (Sky) “Beep”SFX Guy (Reese)

 

FNN REPORT: HOMEWORK EATING script by Crissy Lasky

CAST (4): Crissy, two news anchors Ginny Tonic (Terri) and

Jack Daniels (Reese) and a student Tim (Sky)

 

THE AP PROBLEM sketch by Byron Gallagher

CAST (2) Morgan, a student (Reese) and Ms. Lang, a counselor (Shelly)

 

THE AP PROBLEM (v2) script by Byron Gallagher

CAST (3): AP Man (a superhero) 2 Students, Morgan and Moira

 

HIGH SCHOOL FIGHT CLUB by Byron Gallagher

Cast (3) News Anchor (Byron), Network Exec Stevens (Albert) and

Principal Jenning (Lane)

 

SQUAWK THE MIME PENGUIN – a sketch by Crissy Lasky

CAST (2) Announcer (Albert) and Squawk The Penguin (Sky)

 

FIXED NEWS – a sketch by Crissy Lasky

CAST (3) Newsie 1 (Crissy), Newsie 2 (Byron) &

Economist Philomena Pherngreen (Shelly)

 

FRAT TALK an NPR Spoof by Byron Gallagher

CAST (4): Chaz (Albert), Chug (Sky) and Mary (Shelly)

 

EUCLID FUNNIES … Or “Postulates Rule” Sketches by Reese Allen

CAST (4) Archimedes (Terri), Euclid (Byron), 2 Students – (Reese & Lane)

 

THE DORK-O-RAMA VICTIM GPS

script by Crissy & Byron with help from everyone else

CAST: Two Students HIM (Byron) and HER (Lane)

 

LATE TO CLASS script by Byron Gallagher & Crissy Lasky

CAST (4): Principal (Albert), Students: Suzie (Lane), Jeri (Terri), Student 3 (Sky)

 

ADMINISTRATOR FOR A DAY – script by Laskey & Gallagher

Cast:(2) Milton Pharmen the host (Reese), and

Mrs. Henrietta Dawson the contestant (Shelly)

 

FIXED NEWS Lu Bobbs Show – An Interview With The Devil

Script by Byron Gallagher

CAST (2) Luanne Bobbs (Crissy), Scratch (Shelly)

 

DROPPING THE F-BOMB Script by Byron Gallagher & Crissy Lasky

CAST (5) Students 1 (Crissy) Student2 (Lane) Mr. Lovecraft (Albert)

Principal Locnoar (Sky) “Beep”SFX Guy (Reese)

 

SAMPLE SCRIPT FROM "HeHEE!" - THE VICTIM GPS

(an advertisement)

SKY:  Wait.  Mr. Snicker.  They have worked very hard.  You gotta see this.

 

SNICKER:  What have you got?

 

CRISSY:  Okay.  Let’s start off with “The Dork-O-Rama.” Places.  It’s a commercial.  Think Billy May with a sidekick.

 

SNICKER:  All right then, give it a whirl.  (takes a seat DSR on the bench)

 

            LIGHTS: “classroom lighting” x-fades to “sketch lighting”

Lane and Byron stand center and read the short scene

 

HER:  Hey!  Listen up.  You know sonar, radar, gaydar … now there’s a new “dar” no alpha of our species should be without.

 

HIM:  How do the most success mean girls identify their targets from day one of the school year?

 

HER:  How’s the alpha male know who to single out for covert intimidation or source of that needed dollar for the soda machine?

 

HIM: Don’t waste time picking through the herd.  Find your next victim almost instantly! … with this.

 

HER:  A graphing calculator?

 

HIM:  A graphing calculator with the new “Dork-O-Rama Victim GPS” from Ronko

 

HER:  This easy to install app will find your next victim.

 

HIM:  And don’t just ridicule or pummel and let ‘em go!  Tag ‘em with the new victim tracker patches.

 

HER:  Humiliate them then release them back into the wild. 

 

HIM:  That way you can always find one of the suckers whenever you just gotta punch someone in the face. 

 

CRISSY:  Scene!  (Lane and Byron turn to the class – they applaud)

 

 

BRIGID'S JOURNEY TO THE WORLD'S EDGE

a folktake in the Irish tradition

a prose adaptation of the play, JOURNEY TO THE WORLD'S EDGE

originally scripted by playwrights Harry Michael Bagdasian and WErnie oselovitz as commissioned by the Award-Winning Theatre for Youth Theatre Company, IMAGINATION STAGE in Bethesda, MD.

 

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