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By: Jennifer McVettyAdd to Wish List
Script: $6.50
Notebook Script: $12.75
   (8.5 x 11 3-ring binder with large margins for notes)
First Performance Royalty: $35.00
Each Additional Performance: $35.00
Limited Video Rights: $30.00
Limited Streaming/Broadcast Rights: $30.00
Extra Streams: $0.30
Type: Short Play
Genre: Comedy
Themes: School Life & College, Love & Romance, Dating
Running Time: 30 minutes
Speaking Cast: 6 females, 2 males, 3 either, 11 total cast
ISBN: 978-1-61588-364-6
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Fred and Sally, two middle school students, are interested in dating each other but must play “the game” to find out if they are “dating material.” An overbearing game show host, Barb (or Bob if this part is played by a male), runs the game, and Janie (or Johnny) is Barb’s faithful—if overworked and unappreciated—game show announcer. Nana White, the game show’s co-host, is an extremely old and often grumpy has-been game show girl.
The cast is rounded out by Cue Card Girl, who never speaks but often gets into the action and Sally and Fred’s friends, who make up the studio audience and play the games—often to the detriment of the “show.” Frank, Fred’s best friend, is more interested in finding a girlfriend for himself than in helping Frank. Judy, Fred’s obnoxious, gum-chewing ex-girlfriend, is there to sabotage the blossoming romance between Fred and Sally, and Sally’s friend, Anna, has such a bad case of stage fright that she can barely speak. Finally, there is Liz (or Kyle if played by a male) who wants everyone to stop playing games and to leave Fred and Sally alone. Barb and Nana White spend much of their time forcefully stifling Liz’s protests.
The game starts with a “history” of the relationship between boys and girls, starting with the kindergarten fear of cooties and ending with boys and girls needing a telephone chain of friends to try to express their feelings for one another. The game then moves on to a series of challenges that spoof many modern game shows such as “The Time Is Right,” “Dating Survivor,” “Perfect Match” and “Date Him or Hate Him.” The show culminates in a huge chase scene as Liz ultimately succeeds in undermining Barb’s efforts and finally gets Fred and Sally alone to discover the possibilities of dating without playing games.

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