One Act Play Project

Literary Writing Quarter 3 Project

One Act Play Assignment

Final Draft Due Monday, April 7, 2014


  • 25 pts. One Act Play Synopsis: Due, Monday, March 17, 2014

    • approximately 500 words and 5 paragraphs. Provide details about your play’s plot, characters, setting, rising action, conflict and resolution. See an example of a synopsis/summary of Proof HERE.

  • 50 pts. Draft #1: Due Friday, March 28th, 2014

  • 25pts. Participation in Writing Workshops during the week of March 31, 2014

  • 100 pts. Final Draft: Due April 7, 2014

  • 50pts. Presenting your play to the class.  Week of April 7th, 2014:

  • Using very simple props and costume items, you will direct your peers in a staged, dramatic reading of your play.

    • (Because time in class will be given to rehearse, the standards for a successful dramatic reading will be high)


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You are going to write a one act play. The style is up to you. But whatever style you pick must be evident in your writing, i.e. a comedy must be funny, a drama must be dramatic, etc..


Your one act play must consist of 5 scenes (SEE FREYTAG’S TRIANGLE). By the end of scene 5 the whole story must be told. Your play must also have a clear story line that contains the following:


  • Introduction of characters and situation (setting and conflict)

  • Triggering action, where main character has decided that s/he wants something and goes after it. The main conflict should be clear from this point on.

  • Obstacles the main character must overcome to reach goal. Three complications that lead to a crisis from which there is no turning back.

  • Climax where the main character succeeds or fails.

  • Falling action or denouement (French word meaning “unraveling”)

  • Resolution – problem is solved. Play ends.


Your play will be evaluated according to the following questions:

  • If the play begins with a situation, is it introduced effectively?

  • If the play begins with a single character, is the beginning sufficiently dramatic?

  • Is the conflict in the play clearly established at the beginning?

  • Is the plot believable?

  • Is the setting adequately established through set instructions  and dialogue?

  • Are the characters’ names, diction, and appearance consistent throughout the play?

  • Is the dialog realistic but appropriate for the classroom?

  • Does the dialogue reveal what is important to the characters?

  • Does the dialogue effectively contrast the differences between characters?

  • Are the actions that take place offstage adequately summarized through dialogue?

  • Is there a balance of favorable and unfavorable incidents so that suspense is created?

  • Are all scenes included important to the outcome or resolution of the conflict?

  • Is the play well structured—that is, complete, compact, and well proportioned?

  • Are the scene descriptions adequate for a set designer and director?

  • Do the stage directions give adequate instructions to the director and the actors?

  • Does the play end at the right place?

  • Is the script prepared and presented in a professional manner?


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