The official website of professional playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf, co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, resident playwriting expert for Final Draft, resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store and creator of Playwriting101.com, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

 

Welcome!  Looking for a play to produce?  You've come to the right place.  Visit my Play Catalogue to read synopses and excerpts of my plays available for production, or go to Teen Favorites to find plays that are great choices for youth theatres and schools.  There's even a rotating play listing below, Hot Script Picks for Schools, to highlight some of my most popular works for young people.  You'll also find free monologues for use in class and for auditions, free playwriting tips, information on guest artist visits, classes I teach, and much more.  So come in and stay a while!

 
Hot Scripts Picks for Schools

"Jon Dorf is the voice of this generation's high school student. He has captured the inner and outward struggles that confront today’s youth and brings light to those issues that we deem important but are too afraid to broach. The significance of his work is far beyond that of his writing genius. It speaks to everyone on a personal level and gives a voice to a growing population that has so much to say. His plays have proven vital, not only to the growth of our young actors but also to the development of their young minds. We continue to use Jon’s works here at Choate Rosemary Hall and look forward to his next creation."

Paul Tines, former Executive Director of the Paul Mellon Arts Center and Head of the Choate Rosemary Hall Arts Department.

 After Math
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. 2+ males, 3+ females (8-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

A student mysteriously disappears in the middle of math class. What happened? Why? In a series of scenes and monologues, those left behind try to find some answers. Did anyone really know who he was? And why is it they've only noticed him now that he's gone? Order it from Playscripts now!

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 Run Like the Dickens (one-act version)
Comedy. 40-50 minutes. 3 males, 10 females, 4+ either (9-30+ performers possible).
Suitable for high school (or possibly advanced middle school actors) and older.

When Tiny Tim throws away his crutches and declares his intention to run the marathon, he could inspire millions--but with big business behind Oliver Twist as their inspirational figure of choice, Tiny Tim may never make it to the starting line... Order it now from Playscripts!

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 Dear Chuck
Dramedy. 80-90 minutes. 8-50+ performers (gender flexible).
Suitable for middle school and older.

Through scenes and monologuesfrom finding the right words to say to that wannabe special someone to dealing with parents who want to run their lives to carving out calm amidst the chaos of technologythe play's eclectic assortment of teen characters, caught between being children and adults, search for their "Chuck," that elusive moment of knowing who you are. Order it now from YouthPLAYS!

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Recent News
World Premiere!!!
Me, My Selfie & I co-premiered at Lompoc High School (Lompoc, CA) and Westmont High School (Campbell, CA) at the end of September. This one-act with a flexible cast introduces us to a group of teens as they struggle to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them. 
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The Midnight Club is Now Published!
Read a sample of my latest play, the short comedy The Midnight Club, my teen monster-themed homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film. It's now published by Playscripts as part of a new collection, Scared Silly!
Playwriting Webinars!
Now available for purchase, two great webinars from yours truly! Each is nearly 90 minutes and packed with info (with a PowerPoint too!):
Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play
Writing Plays for Young People: How to Write for the Biggest Market Nobody Knows About

Upcoming Productions
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Munford Middle School (Munford, AL), November 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
KVCS Winslow Public School (Waterville, ME), November 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Nadia's Performance Studio (Wetherill Park, NSW, Australia), December 2017
 
After Math
Philip Barbour High School (Philippi, WV), December 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Hillard City School District (Columbus, OH), January 2018
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Hillard City School District (Columbus, OH), January 2018
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Trinity Episcopal (Austin, TX), January 2018
 
 
Stay Tuned...: Several new plays are in the works... 
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Starting out as a writer? Get help by clicking here. You'll find playwriting instructional tips, links to young playwrights contests, sample query and cover letters and even a suggested reading list!
 
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