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Post by ToddHW » July 15th, 2021, 4:20 pm

One Act Play Collection 016, by Various
Here, in our 16th collection, are 10 One Act Plays for your enjoyment. They range from the .... to the ... , from ... to ..., all short gems to make you laugh, cry, think, or all three. NOTE: Although the plays here were all published before 1923 and hence are in the Public Domain in the U.S., .... died in .... Their plays may not yet be in the Public Domain in some countries. (Summary by ToddHW)
This collection will be limited to 10 plays. Once we have 10 this will be closed to further additions.

I expect all these plays to be Gender Neutral so as to avoid casting problems.

Please see the posted list below in the thread for previous plays. It would be nice to have new ones to add to the collection.

Please Note: Some plays are not PD for readers in Europe and/or Australia, and other countries which observe copyright of author's death +70 years. These are identified below and in the MW.

1. Hyacinth Halvey by Lady Augusta Gregory. BC for this play is wib66
Text Link:
Publication Date: 1906
Author dates: 1852 to 1932
Gender Neutral Casting

2. FULL Barbara by Kenneth Sawyer Goodman. BC for this play is jennlea
Text link:
Author info:
Publication Date: 1914
Author dates: 1883 to 1918
Gender Neutral Casting

3. Which is The King? by Walter Watts. BC for this play is ktaylor07
Script Link:
Author info:
Play info:
Publication Date: 1848
Author dates: 1817 to 1850
Gender Neutral Casting

4. FULL Cocaine by Pendleton King (died c.1919). BC for this play is jakemalizia
PD link:
Year: 1916
Gender Neutral Casting

5. Freezing a Mother-in-Law by Thomas Pemberton (1849 - 1905). BC for this play is Rapunzelina
PD text link:
Link to author:
Original publication date: 1879
Gender Neutral Casting






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This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and reader (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.
  • Project Code: l8047pdH
  • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available):
  • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available):
  • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 50
  • Does the project have an introduction or preface: No
  • Original publication date (if known):
  • If you are a new volunteer, how would you like your name (or pseudonym) credited in the catalog?
  • Do you have a URL you would like associated with your name?:

Genres for the project: Plays

Keywords that describe the book: one act plays


How to volunteer to BC a play
This is a great opportunity for anyone who's always wanted to BC a dramatic reading but isn't quite ready to do a full-length play. (Of course it's open to experienced BCs as well!) Please note that if you propose a play for inclusion in the collection, you are responsible either for editing, proof-listening and coordinating it yourself, or for finding other volunteers to fill these roles. Volunteers outside the USA: Be aware that some of the plays are still protected by copyright law some places, like Europe, where copyright is author's death plus 70 years, Australia (author's death plus 70 years for authors who died after 1955) or Canada (author's death plus 50 years).

Please look at the list of plays that have previously been submitted before choosing a play to co-ordinate. Please claim your play in the thread; You will be the BC for your play. I will put files in the MW and keep that up to date but you are expected to Proof Listen submitted parts and then edit the play together when all parts are submitted. This collection is capped at 10 plays. Each BC needs to provide the following information about each play:

* Title and author
* PD text link
* Link to author on Wikipedia, and death date, if known
* Link to title on Wikipedia
* Number of roles (including narrator) this project will have
* Original publication date
* The list of characters in your plays so when we have a MW I can set up your sections properly!

If you would like to claim a role yourself please do so. Below are some resources you can use to find a play, but don't feel limited to these. Also, remember to check what has already been recorded in the previous One-Act Play Collections (see next post in this thread)

Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays:

The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays:

Washington Square Plays:

Comtemporary One Act Plays

Voces Populi by F Anstey

King Arthur's Socks and Other Plays by Floyd Dell Not PD for Europe/Australia

Project Gutenberg also has a list of many authors who have written one-act plays:

LibriVox recording settings: mono (1 channel), 44100 Hz sample rate, 128 kbps constant bit rate MP3. See the Tech Specs

For individual roles:
Submit one file per act. At the beginning of the first file, say:
"Character, read by your name."
Leave 3-5 seconds of space between your lines (room noise, not generated silence).

For narration/stage directions:
Leave 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning.

"Act # of One Act Play Collection 016, by Various. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit"
At the end of each file say:
"End of Act #."
If you are recording the final section of the book, add:
"End of One Act Play Collection 016, by Various."
Leave 5 seconds of silence at the end.

For individual roles: titleinoneword_charactername_aurthorsurname.mp3 (all lower-case)
e.g. punchandgo_electrics_galsworthy.mp3
For final files: oneactplays016_##_various_128kb.mp3 where ## is the play number. (e.g. oneactplays016_01_various_128kb.mp3)

Upload to the LibriVox Uploader:
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MC to select: toddhw

Copy and paste the file link generated by the uploader into a new post in this thread along with the file duration (mm:ss). Watch this thread for prooflistening notes.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Just post in this thread.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ToddHW » July 15th, 2021, 4:27 pm

Previous Collections

Plays already recorded in previous collections

One Act Play Collection 001 Author
The First and the Last- John Galsworthy
A Marriage has been Arranged- Alfred Sutro
The Swan Song- Anton Chekhov
Trifles- Susan Glaspell
War Brides- Marion Craig Wentworth
Wurzel Flummery- A.A. Milne

One Act Play Collection 002 Author
Before Breakfast- Eugene O'Neill
The Buller Podington Compact- Frank Richard Stockton
The Dark Lady of the Sonnets- George Bernard Shaw
The First and the Last- John Galsworthy
How he Lied to her Husband- George Bernard Shaw
The Outside- Susan Glaspell
The Parlor Car- William D Howells
Riders to the Sea- John Millington Synge

One Act Play Collection 003 Author
Eugenically Speaking- Edward Goodman
The Pot Boiler- Alice Gerstenberg
A Good Woman- Arnold Bennet
The Sun- John Galsworthy
The Bear- Anton Chekov
The Tenor- Frank Wedekind
The Pretentious Young Ladies- Moliere
Lonesome Like- Harolod Brighouse
Enter the Hero- Theresa Helburn
A Proposal Under Difficulties- John Kendrick Bangs

One Act Play Collection 004 Author
The Bicyclers- John Kendrick Bangs
The Dark Lady of Sonnets- George Bernard Shaw
Eolaus, A Dramatic Poem- James Allen
Fame and the Poet- Lord Dunsany
Is She His Wife- Charles Dickens
King Lear's Wife- Gordon bottomley
The Land of Heart's Desire- William butler Yeats
Mr Nightingale's Diary- Charles Dickens
The Stronger- August Strindberg
Trifles- Susan Glaspell
War Brides- Marion Craig Wentworth
Woman's Honor- Susan Glaspell

One Act Play Collection 005 Author
Abstraction- Basil Hall Chamberlain
The Constant Lover- St John Hankin
The Day of the Boomer Dukes- Frederik Pohl
Forgotten Souls- David Pinski
Overtones- Alice Gerstenberg
Supressed Desires- Susan Glaspell and George Cram
Tides- George Middleton
The Twelve Pound Look- J.M. Barrie
When Shades Assemble- Marjory Benton Cooke
Zenobia- Hereward Carrington

One Act Play Collection 006 Author
Madame Butterfly- David Belasco
The Hunting of the Snark- Lewis Carroll
Something to Vote For- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Sightless- Maurice Maeterlinck
Punch and Go- John Galsworthy
The Falcon- Alfred Lord Tennyson
Night At The Inn- Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Dunsany
A Midsummer Dance Dream- Anna Bird Stewart
Zenobia- Hereward Carrington
A Question of Sex- Arnold Bennett

One Act Play Collection 007 Author
The Stepmother- Arnold Bennett
The Woman Tamer Louis Esson
Dead Timber - Louis Esson
The Wedding - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
The Anniversary - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Grotesques- Cloyd Head
A Tragedian in Spite of Himself - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
The Slave With Two Faces - Mary Carolyn Davies
The Masque of the Two Strangers - Lady Alix Egerton
Fourteen - Alice Gerstenberg
Moonshine - Arthur Hopkins

One Act Play Collection 008 Author
The Hour Glass - WB Yeats
Human Nature - Floyd Dell
At a Garden Party- F Anstey
Not Smart - Wilbur Daniel Steele
Cinderella - Florence Bell
The Sacred Place - Louis Esson
The Second Story Man - Upton Sinclair
Daniel and the Devil - Eugene Field
The Pierrot of the Minute - Ernest Dowson
The Exchange - Althea Thurston

One Act Play Collection 009 Author
Phipps - Stanley Houghton
Fancy Free - Stanley Houghton
Attuned- Alice Gerstenberg
Where But in America - Oscar M Wolff
The Good Samaritan - Rita Benton
In 1999 - William C Demille
The Story of Rachel - Lady Florence Bell
The Dance of Death - Gustave Flaubert
Answering the Phone - Elizabeth Guptill
A Dramatic Evening - John Kendrick Bangs
The Fatal Message - John Kendrick Bangs

One Act Play Collection 010 Author
Mosada - William Butler
The Belles of Canterbury - Anna Bird Stewart
The People- Susan Glaspell
Close the Book - Susan Glaspell
Cathleen Ni Houlihan - WB Yeats and Lady Gregory
The Proving of Abraham - Rita Benton
Household Gods - Aleister Crowley
Box and Cox - Maddison Morton
What Christmas did for Jerusha Grumble - John D Macdonald
The Fourth Act - Basil MacDonald Hastings

One Act Play Collection 011 Author
Chitra - Rabindranath Tagore
The Vampire Cat - Gerard Van Etten
The Countess of Escarbagnas - Moliere
Playgoers - Arthur Wing Pinero
The Far-Away Princess - Hermann Sudermann
Food A Tragedy of the Future - William C. de Mille
A Day Well Spent (the play that became Hello Dolly) - John Oxenford
Bridges - Clare Kummer
Efficiency - Perley Poore Sheehan and Robert H. [Hobart] Davis
Biscuits and Bills - O.B. DuBois

One Act Play Collection 012 Author
The Flying Doctor by Moliere
At Saint Judas' by Henry Blake Fuller
The Grandmother by Lajos Biro
Everybody's Husband by Richard Ryan
A DOLLAR by David Pinski
Why the Chimes Rang by Elizabeth Apthorp McFadden
The Line of No Resistance by Percival Wilde
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern by W. S. Gilbert
First Come, First Served by John Maddison Morton
Wanted, A Male Cook by George Melville Baker

One Act Play Collection 013 Author
Love Magic by Gregorio Martinez Sierra
He Said and She Said: A One-Act Play by Alice Gerstenberg
DONE The Hartleys, a Play in One Act by Arthur Eckersley
The Sicilian, or Love Makes the Painter, by Moliere
When Witches Ride - A Play of Folk-Superstition, by Elizabeth Lay (Greene)
The Woman Tamer, by Louis Esson
The Cyclops, by Euripides
"Dod Gast Ye Both!" a Comedy of Mountain Moonshiners, by Hubert Heffner
An Irish Engagement, by Walter Watts
Damon, or True Friendship, by G E Lessing

One Act Collection 014 Author

The Lover by Gregorio Martinez Sierra
England's Easter by George Logan
“The Bloomer Costume; or The Figure of Fun” by Edward Stirling
"Short and Sweet" by Adolphus Charles Troughton
"Hester's Mystery" by Arthur Wing Pinero
"Sweet and Twenty" by Floyd Dell
Heirs of Slavery: A Little Drama of Today by Katherine D. Tillman
In 1999; a problem play of the future by William Churchill De Mille
Retained for the Defence by John Oxenford.
Lady Geraldine's Speech by Beatrice Harraden

One Act Collection 015 Author

Re-Taming of the Shrew: A Shakespearean Travesty in One Act by John W. Postgate
The Jealousy of Le Barbouille by Moliere
A Photographic Fix by Frederic Hay
Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady by J.R. Planch
The Roadhouse in Arden by Philip Moeller
In the Shadow of the Glen by John Millington Synge
The Last Rehearsal by Irene Jean Crandall
The Trysting Place: A Farce in One Act by Booth Tarkington
The Diabolical Circle by Beulah Bornstead
Spreading the News by Augusta Gregory

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Post by wib66 » July 15th, 2021, 4:47 pm

Hi Todd a new collection how exciting

I would like to offer the following one act

Hyacinth Halvey by Lady Augusta Gregory 1852 to 1932

Link to text :

Original publication date : 1906

PERSONS of the play

Hyacinth Halvey
James Quirke, a butcher
Fardy Farrel, a telegraph boy
Sergeant Carden
Mrs. Delane, postmistress at Cloon
Miss Joyce, the priest's housekeeper
Stage Directions

I am going to play the part of Hyacinth

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Post by ToddHW » July 15th, 2021, 4:54 pm

Thank you.


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Post by JHedrick » July 15th, 2021, 5:59 pm

May I claim Eccles, please.
Last edited by JHedrick on July 15th, 2021, 8:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Post by jennlea » July 15th, 2021, 7:38 pm

Yay! Another One Act Collection!

I would like to offer the following-

* Title and author: Barbara by Kenneth Sawyer Goodman
* PD text link:
* Death Date: 1918 (no wiki page found)
* Number of roles (including narrator): 4
* Original publication date: 1914
* The list of characters:
Eccles (Archie's Man Servant)

*I'll claim Barbara*
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Post by GregGiordano » July 15th, 2021, 8:45 pm

May I claim Mr. Quirke?

Thank you!


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Post by ToddHW » July 16th, 2021, 5:26 am

Thank you all.

I found out more about Goodman at

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Post by ktaylor07 » July 16th, 2021, 7:27 am

I'd like to BC this one-act:

“Which is The King?” by Walter Watts

Walter Watts (1817-1850) biography

Some supplemental info for anyone who's interested: “Which is The King?” (1848)

Ten Characters (including stage directions)

Cast List

Henry IV
Baron Ratsdorf
M. de Branville
La Fleur
Timothy Woodenhead
1st Courtier
2nd Courtier
Amelia Branville
Jenny Softheart
Stage Directions

I want to play King Henry IV (another Victorian Breeches Role!)

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Post by alanmapstone » July 16th, 2021, 7:53 am

Can I be Timothy Woodenhead?
Sounds just my sort of a role :lol:
(I think in the commedia del arte tradition this would have been Pagliaccio)
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Post by ToddHW » July 16th, 2021, 9:47 am

Thank you both.

Woodenhead sounds more like a puppet, suitable for Act 3 of the Author's Farce which I am working on now.


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Post by ktaylor07 » July 16th, 2021, 10:40 am

alanmapstone wrote:
July 16th, 2021, 7:53 am
Can I be Timothy Woodenhead?
Sounds just my sort of a role :lol:
(I think in the commedia del arte tradition this would have been Pagliaccio)
Yes! He's that sort of fellow -- Welcome to the cast!

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Post by JoannaHoyt » July 16th, 2021, 5:55 pm

May I read the stage directions for Hyacinth Halvey?

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Post by ToddHW » July 16th, 2021, 6:21 pm

Thank you.


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Post by JHedrick » July 20th, 2021, 4:41 pm

At the risk of type-casting myself, I would like to claim Sergeant Camden, please. :cop:
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