ISBN: 978-1-60003-557-9
Type: One Act
Genre: Comedy
Themes: Social Issues, Courtroom, Jury & Trial, Deception
Duration: 30 minutes
Speaking Cast: 14 females, 6 males (20 total cast)
SYNOPSIS: Dennis, an average guy, is caught littering by Dana, a “concerned citizen” who places him under Citizen's Arrest. While Dennis attempts to keep friendly about the situation, Dana stops every passerby to play a part in her "citizen's trial." Before he even knows what's happening, Dennis finds himself facing an out-of-work actress District Attorney, an ornery office temp Judge, a Jane Austen-obsessed construction worker Bailiff, and his own coffee shop employee Defense Attorney. As the "trial" progresses, a disgruntled tour group becomes the jury. Will Dennis be found not guilty at his "citizen's trial," or will he become victim to the will of the people? With plenty of laughs, mild social commentary, and a surprise ending, "Citizen's Arrest" is a perfect competition piece for high schools, and yet is simple enough to delight even at the middle school level. With twenty lively characters and one simple set, “Citizen's Arrest” is easy to stage and a hoot to perform!
River Bend Middle School
Sterling, VA
Carthage Jr. High Theatre
Carthage, MO
Pinecrest High School
Southern Pines, NC
Axtell Community School
Axtell, NE
Teurlings Catholic High School
Lafayette, LA
Eagle Ridge Academy
Minnetonka, MN
"Very easy to produce and a lot of fun for the kids and the audience!"
By Patrick Myers - Executive Director - Center Theatre, Inc.
"Fun play for a large, diverse cast. It provided enough opportunities for everyone to feel they had a chance to shine through their characterizations. Minimal technical demands made this an ideal choice for pulling together in a short amount of time."
By Michael Alper - Faculty advisor - South Kingstown High School
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