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Jonathan Rand

JONATHAN RAND

  (1980 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    n/a

Jonathan Rand has written three of the top ten most-produced plays in North American high schools, according to the annual survey conducted by the Educational Theatre Association. In the 2007-2008 season,Check Please: Take 2 ranked 5, Hard CAndy ranked 2, and Check Pleasetopped the list as the 1 most-produced short play for the fourth consecutive season. Since writing his first play in 1997, Mr. Rand's work has been produced by over 3,800 Theaters in 34 countries. Mr. Rand's writing is featured in the Best Stage Scenes 2004, the Best Men's Stage Monologues 2005, the Best Women's Stage Monologues 2006, the Best Stage Scenes 2007, the Best Stage Scenes 2009 (Smith & Kraus), Dramatics magazine, and Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (Random House). His comedy Drugs Are Bad was selected by the Actors Theatre of Louisville as a Heideman Award finalist in the 2003 National Ten-Minute Play Contest. Mr. Rand is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in New York City. NOTE: If you are trying to reach the children's book author Johnathan Rand, you've got the wrong guy. Please visit the American Chillers website to reach him.

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        Action News: Now With 10% More Action!         Check Please         Check Please: Take 2         Check Please: Take 3         Crazytown         Drugs Are Bad         Future Is In Your Tiny Hands, The         Hard Candy         How To Succeed in High School Without Really Trying         Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit         Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World, The         May The Best Fan Win         Meet the Roommates         Murder in the Knife Room (full-length version)         Murder in the Knife Room (one-act version)         No More Mister Nice Guy         People vs Spam, The         Romeo To Go



Action News: Now With 10% More Action!

Synopsis:
Welcome to WOMG Action News, the most trusted news program since the invention of trust, news, and programs. Join lead anchors Babs Buttlebee and Jim Pickles as they usher us through tonight's top stories -- from adorable killer puppies, to Apocalypse status updates, to an old man grumbling about Email YouTubes. Tune in to WOMG Action News! Or don't and suffer the consequences. . .

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1st Produced:
Golden West High School, Visalia, CA    03 Nov 2010

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Genre:
short comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  9            Other:  7

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Check Please

Check Please
Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime.Check Pleasefollows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse -- until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel? (See alsoCheck Please: Take 2andCheck Please: Take 3.)

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1st Produced:
Barrington Community Theatre (Barrington, RI, United States)    02 Aug 2003

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York    978-0-9819099-7-4

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Genre:
25-35 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Check Please: Take 2

Synopsis:
Soon after their relationship ends, Guy and Girl are forced by their well-intentioned best friends to plunge back into the dating pool. Unfortunately that pool is filled with foot-reading psychics, frustrated polygamists, and extreme accountants. And pirates. But are the blind dates really that unbearable? Yes. Yes they are. (See alsoCheck PleaseandCheck Please: Take 3. This play can be read or performed without any knowledge of the other two versions.)

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1st Produced:
Lake Braddock Theatre / International thespian Festival (staged reading) (Lincoln, NE, United States)    2006

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
25-35 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Check Please: Take 3

Synopsis:
Best friends Guy and Girl used to be a couple. Desperate to buck singlehood, they decide that even considering their atrocious blind dating track record, it's worth another shot. But after struggling through dates with a wannabe rock star, a vote-starved politician, and the guy who does those intense movie trailer voice-overs, there's the inevitable question: Which is better -- staying single the rest of your life, or suffering through a series of the worst dates in history? (See alsoCheck PleaseandCheck Please: Take 2. This play can be read or performed without any knowledge of the other two versions.)

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1st Produced:
Theatre Odyssey/ Spartanburg School District 7 (Spartanburg, SC, United States)    2008

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
25-35 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Crazytown

Synopsis:
Crazytown is a low-tech evening of comedy designed to be performed by a cast of four, but expandable to over 70 actors. Take a tour of the most messed up town in America, from the police interrogation room where the nicest guy in town is issued a strange ultimatum, to the elementary school for a heated political debate on critical issues like tater tots. Welcome to Crazytown, where our motto is: Welcome to Crazytown.

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1st Produced:
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Sarasota, FL    03 Oct 2013

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  4-71 possible: 2-64 f, 2-67 m

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Drugs Are Bad

Synopsis:
Brad comes home from school one day to find his parents waiting for him, deeply concerned. they have found a secret that Brad stashed away in his underwear drawer: an algebra book. That's right -- Brad has been studying behind their backs, instead of following his parents' strict insistence on sex, drugs, and rock & roll. What unfolds is a parody of all those insufferable after-school specials that made us who we are today.

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1st Produced:
Golden West High School Theater Arts (Visalia, CA, United States)    2003

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
10-15 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Future Is In Your Tiny Hands, The

Synopsis:
Political debate ranging from to cootie prevention to is Santa real

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1st Published:
Playscript Inc   -

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Hard Candy

Synopsis:
Job applicants at Banff Enterprises will do anything to claw their way up the corporate ladder. In a fast-paced series of hilarious interviews, the new recruits try every trick in the book -- from bribery, nepotism, and the Old Boy Network to blackmail, seduction, and mind control.

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1st Produced:
Stanton College Preparatory School (Jacksonville, FL, United States)    1997

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
30-40 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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How To Succeed in High School Without Really Trying

Synopsis:
Want to know the easiest way to make it through the grueling abyss known as high school? A group of student agents infiltrate an assembly to demonstrate their secret tips and tricks, ranging from legally changing your name to get around roll call, to using Tom Cruise to help memorize science terms. High school will never be the same.

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1st Produced:
Lincoln High School (Manitowoc, WI, United States)    2009

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
20-30 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit

Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit
In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. these are their stories.

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1st Produced:
Altaloma High School (Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States)    2007

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Genre:
35-45 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  13            Other:  27 either (12-60 actors possible: 0-60 females, 0-60 males)

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Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World, The

Synopsis:
Want to perform a classic play too offensive for your high school? then the ScriptCleaner5000 is the product for you! Sit back and relax as Cynocorp representatives Shelly and Tom present sample scenes from plays that have been treated with this exciting new technology. Wipe away that dirty David Mamet profanity! Violence in Shakespeare? Gone. And what about those pesky sex scenes? the ScriptCleaner5000 has got you covered!

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1st Produced:
Northridge High School (Dayton, OH, United States)    2004

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
15-25 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  5            Other:  -

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May The Best Fan Win

Synopsis:
Watching couch potatoes watching television has become a national sport

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1st Published:
Playscript Inc   -

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Meet the Roommates

Synopsis:
Two friends discover an incredible online simulator that shows them exactly what their future college roommate experiences will look like. Yet after a few minutes with a raging narcoleptic, a world-class procrastinator, and a children's party clown, it may be time to seriously consider living alone.

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1st Produced:
Golden West High School, Visalia, CA    08 Nov 2012

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
20-30 min comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Murder in the Knife Room (full-length version)

Synopsis:
One murder, twenty suspects. Who killed Mysterious Host? Could it be Respected General? What about Wealthy Dowager? Or maybe it was Santa Claus. the mystery unfolds as Inexplicably Omniscient Inspector takes on the most thrilling and baffling murder case in the history of thrilling and baffling murder cases. (Aone-act versionof this play is also available.)

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1st Produced:
McDonough High School (Charles County, MD, United States)    2007

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
80-90 min Murder mystery parody

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Murder in the Knife Room (one-act version)

Synopsis:
One murder, ten suspects. Who killed Mysterious Host? Could it be Respected General? What about Wealthy Dowager? Or maybe it was Santa Claus. the mystery unfolds as Inexplicably Omniscient Inspector takes on the most thrilling and baffling murder case in the history of thrilling and baffling murder cases. (Afull-length versionof this play is also available.)

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1st Produced:
Kents Hill School (Kents Hill, ME, United States)    2008

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
40-50 min Murder mystery parody

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  7            Other:  -

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No More Mister Nice Guy

Synopsis:
Sheldon is the nicest guy in town. Unfortunately in this town being a nice guy is illegal

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1st Published:
Playscript Inc   -

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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People vs Spam, The

Synopsis:
Today you will be one of many star witnesses in the most controversial trial the world has ever seen: America sues the entire concept of unsolicited junk email. Tension mounts as we hear testimonies from a Nigerian prince, a debt reducer, and a purveyor of life-changing, body-enhancing pills. the fate of America's inboxes lies in the hands of a single jury. . .

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1st Produced:
Cibola High School - Drama (Yuma, AZ, United States)    2005

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
15-20 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Romeo To Go

Synopsis:
Due to budget cuts there will only be a single session of Drama One for the entire school year -- and the class will only last 20 minutes. To make matters worse, the students are required to perform an entire Shakespeare play for a schoolwide assembly during a time slot of only 10 minutes. Under the direction of the egomaniacal Mrs. Gunnysack, the beginner students must pull together for the fastest, cleanest, lowest-budget rendition ofRomeo and Julietthe world has ever seen, complete with a makeshift balcony, interpretive dance fight sequences, and an Elizabethan hip-hop dance party that would even make P. Diddy shake his tailfeather with Shakespearean pride.

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1st Produced:
Lake Braddock Theatre / International thespian Festival (reading) (Lincoln, NE, United States)    2005

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

Music:
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To Buy This Play:
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Genre:
35-45 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  18            Other:  -

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