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One Way Street

  • Jason Milligan
  • Short Play, Dramatic Comedy, Present Day, Contemporary
  • 3M
  • ISBN: 9780573633898

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

  • Short Play
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 30 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day, Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
  • Cautions: Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
Originally staged at the Egyptian Arena Theater in Hollywood, this darkly comic piece (reminiscent of the style of David Mamet) takes place in the back room of a Long Island coffee shop as three cops covertly cook up the "perfect crime." Their scheming is at turns edgy, pointed and hilarious. But can they trust each other? -- that's the question. What begins as a simple burglary plot escalates into a cat-and-mouse game -- and finally into a dramatic confrontation, forcing each of the men to come to grips with the fact that trust is a two-way street. And, once it's broken, there's no turning back.

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

Premiere Production: One Way Street was originally presented by The Grace Players at the Egyptian Arena Theatre in Hollywood as part of their "Acts of Grace" one-act play festival. The play was directed by Natalija Nogulich.
  • Casting: 3M
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Color blind casting, Room for Extras

  • TERRY - 40; a veteran cop
    ARCH - 36; Terry's partner
    JOHN - 20s; a young cop