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.

 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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 The Magic Hour
Dramedy. 30-35 minutes. 3+ males, 3+ females (6-30+ performers possible).
High school and older.

A world full of teen characters, ranging from a lonely internet radio DJ to a modern Romeo and Juliet to a serial letter writer who's never sent a single letter, navigate that magical hour between night and morning as they wrestle with the changes in their lives. Order it now from Playscripts!

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 Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Comedy. 35-40 minutes. 4-20+ males, 4-20+ females (10-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older.

Everyone's favorite vampires, wizards and werewolves battle lots and lots of evil in this crazed mash-up parody of the two biggest megahits of recent years, Harry Potter and TwilightOrder it now from Playscripts!

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Recent News
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Two New Plays Now Available
Check out the latest additions to my catalogue! There's a new short play, Dolphin, about the aftermath of a cyberbullying incident, and The Magic Hour, which is the stand-alone follow/up/sequel to my widely produced one-act, 4 A.M. Both are now published by Playscripts!
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
4 A.M.
Youth Arts Committee (Dauphin, MB, Canada), March 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Scarborough High School (Gorham, ME), March 2017
 
4 A.M.
The Math Science and Arts Academy (Lake Charles, LA), March 2017
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Hinsdale Middle School (Hinsdale, IL), March 2017
 
After Math
Thomas Jefferson Middle School (Winston-Salem, NC), March 2017
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
PA Drama (Pasadena, NF, Canada), March 2017
 
4 A.M.
Olathe South High School (Olathe, KS), April 2017
 
After Math
Olathe South High School (Olathe, KS), April 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Olathe South High School (Olathe, KS), April 2017
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
The Berkeley School (Berkeley, CA), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
Quabbin Regional High School (Leominster, MA), April 2017
 
The Magic Hour
Kanab High School (Kanab, UT), April 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Lincoln Junior High (Ellwood, PA), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD), April 2017
 
The Magic Hour
Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
Papillion Lavista South High School (Papillion, NE), April 2017
 
After Math
Penn Players (York, PA), April 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight
Kammerer Middle School (Radcliff, KY), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
Northern Guilford High School (Greensboro, NC), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
El Cerrito High School (El Cerrito, CA), April 2017
 
Dear Chuck
Garage Theatre (Monaghan, Ireland), May 2017
 
Dear Chuck
East Stroudsburg Area High School South (East Stroudsburg, PA), May 2017
 
Vital Organs
Mount St Bernard College (Herberton, QLD, Australia), June 2017
 
4 A.M.
North Mecklenburg High School (Huntersville, NC), June 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
The Valley School of Southern Oregon (Medford, OR), June 2017
 
 
Me, My Selfie and I: Through scenes and monologues, an exploration of the selfie: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Midnight Club: Five teen monsters serve midnight detention in an homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film in this 10-15 minute comedy.
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