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Paul's Ghost

  • Jason Milligan
  • Short Play, Dramatic Comedy, 1960s, 1970s
  • 1M, 3F
  • ISBN: 9780573633898

Published in 5 Easy Pieces: More One-Act Plays

  • Short Play
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 30 minutes

  • Time Period: 1960s, 1970s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Appropriate for all audiences, Adult
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
  • Cautions: Open Flame

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
Late one night in an Oakland kitchen, in December of 1969, three teenage girls sift through their Beatles albums for "clues" to the supposed death of Paul McCartney. Adopting "witchy" sounding names and lighting candles to create a mystical mood, they stage their own impromptu séance.

With trembling voices and a homemade Ouija board, the girls attempt to contact Paul from beyond the grave -- which yields surprising results! As it turns out, an unexpected visitor brings insight and healing to at least one girl's life, restoring a fractured family in the process.

Published in 5 Easy Pieces: More One-Act Plays.

Premiere Production: Paul's Ghost was originally presented as a staged reading at the George Street Playhouse on October 28, 1985, as part of the author’s larger work, Beatleplays. The performance was directed by Casey Childs.
  • Casting: 1M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Flexible casting, Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

  • MAGGIE - teens; eldest of the three teenage girls
    ANNE - teens; Maggie's best friend; naïve and trusting
    SHERRY - teens; friend of Anne and Maggie; the skeptic
    HAL - Maggie's older stepbrother; the bully