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Two character plays by Janet S. Tiger

This website contains work by Janet S. Tiger.  This page has information about her two character plays.   If you need to contact Janet S. Tiger immediately, please call 858-274-9678 or e-mail tigerteam1@gmail.com.
                   Two Character Plays by Janet S. Tiger            

Welcome to this special page on my website.  If you need a two-character play, I designed this page for you.  There are six one-acts here, ranging from 8 minutes to 45 minutes, with male and female roles of varied ages, accents and ethnic possibilities. 

These plays are proven audience pleasers, have won multiple awards and been produced thousands of times.  In classes and reading groups, they provide great opportunities for discussion on many topics. 

All of the plays on this page are available via e-mail  as well as US Post Office.  And I have a special offer - if you buy a play here and choose to receive it via e-mail, I will send a free monologue as a thank you for helping to save a tree -and you'll get the play a lot faster!

Purchase of the plays here is for private reading only - please contact me for royalty and production information.    Coming soon - links to pages with production notes and samples from the plays

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    Running time – 15 minutes            $6.00/script
    Set – pawnshop 1940’s                                        
    2 characters   1 man – 40s
        1 woman – 25-35   

    A desperate woman brings a cherished family heirloom to a pawnbroker to try and get money to rescue her father from Nazi-occupied Austria.  Will she get the money?  And at what cost?  Fast-paced with a surprising end.

This play has won numerous awards including DFAS National 1-Act Playwriting contest –(First Place)and Gassner Memorial One-Act Playwriting Competition (Honorable Mention.)

THE AFFIDAVIT is published in ONE-ACT PLAYS FOR ACTING STUDENTS edited by Norman A. Bert  (Meriwether Publishing, Colorado)

The productions are too numerous to list at this point, but include New York (Off-off Broadway, New Zealand, Canada, Austria…..if you have had a production in another country and want it listed here, please e-mail tigerteam1@mail.com
    If you liked this play, and are interested in Holocaust-related topics, please check out the button for the page on Holocaust-related plays.  (It includes THE WAITING ROOM and RENNY'S STORY.)


Running time – 25 minutes            $8.00/script
    Set – living room, semi-rundown             
    2 characters   1 man – early 20s
        1 woman – late 60s

An old blind woman puts a classified ad in the paper and a young man answers the ad - but is he there to buy or to rip her off?  Quick, funny and a good showcase piece for actors.

Winner  DFAS National One-act Playwriting Contest 3rd Place
                 (HBJ, Canada -8th grade textbook)

Since its first publication, BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF has had numerous productions.  If you would like your production included in the upcoming page 'where in the world have I seen this play?', please e-mail the details to


Rolly Fanton, (left) and Susan Benninghoff rehearse for the San Diego production of DAY OF ATONMENT, December 2006, Swedenborg Hall.


Running time – 15 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –  kitchen, living area  middle-class New York late 1970s                             
    2 characters    2  women, both 60s, both with Polish accent

Finalist - Fritz Blitz Contest for One-Act Plays, San Diego, CA
Produced - San Diego, CA   Dec 2006    Swedenborg Hall
                     Dubuque, Iowa  August 2006  Winner DFAS National One-Act Playwriting Contest

Two women, lifelong friends, face Yom Kippur (the Jewish New Year also known as the Day of Atonement) with different ideas.  Great showpiece for two over-50 actresses. 



Running time – 8 minutes            $4.00/script
     Time- Now
     Set – Airport  waiting room                     
     Characters - 1 man, 1 woman
A man and woman meet again by accident in an airport -
Fast-paced showpiece for a couple - good audition, too.


Running time – 15 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set – Midwest middle-class living room                   
    2 characters   1 man – Russian accent, 70s
        1 woman- American, 70s

This play was completed with funds from a COMBO-NEA Grant.

Produced - Vintage Theatre, San Diego, CA  1993

Susannah returns from her husband's funeral to find a suitor at her doorstep.

–   This play is part of the TRANSFUSION trilogy.  (The other is OH, SUSANNAH) There is a discount if all three plays in the trilogy are purchased at the same time.


Running time – 45 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –  semi-rundown apartment                  
    Characters -  2 men, 50s, 60s
Winner - 1986 West Coast Ensemble Festival of One-Acts
Produced - Playbill Theatre, Los Angeles, CA  1986 (extended run)

Two brothers face serious problems in this play about siblings.   Funny and touching.  (Review will be listed)

   Strong language

  If strong language and mature topics aren't a problem for your group/class,  you might enjoy TRANSFUSION.- the full-length and the related one-act DON'T YOU CRY FOR ME.

 For more details, click on PRODUCTIONS button at the top of the page

Plays by Janet S. Tiger have been performed throughout the world including United States, Canada, England, Austria and New Zealand.  If your group has performed a play by Janet S. Tiger and would like to have it listed on the PRODUCTIONS page which will include international productions, please e-mail details of the production to

Unusual facts about some of Janet S. Tiger's productions-
1st Reading - UGANDA  at a Scripteasers meeting in....a long time ago.  (See info about the one-act SCRIPTEASE.)

1st production - SCRIPTEASE (one-act) in 1981 was directed by William Virchis

Janet S. Tiger's plays have won awards five times in the DFAS National One-Act Playwriting Contest -

THE WAITING ROOM -2nd place 1982
THE AFFIDAVIT - 1st place 1983
BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF - 3rd place 1984
SAVE A PLACE FOR ME - Honorable Mention 1989
CURSE OF THE DUCHESS-  2nd place 1990

The first three prizes were won by Janet Schechter (the 'S' in Janet S. Tiger), the others after she married Stanley Tiger.  Janet traveled to Dubuque, Iowa to watch  the productions in 1982, 1983 and 1984, and made many friends that she still is in touch with today.  For more info on the DFAS Contest, google Dubuque Fine Arts Players One-Act Playwriting Contest