This is Not a Drill

by Laurie Allen

“Lockdown!  Lockdown!  This is not a drill.”  When the announcement is made over the speaker, several high school students rush into an empty classroom and lock the door.  There is no teacher – just them.  Students who previously ignored each other in the hallways are now forced to communicate and band together to survive.  Personalities clash and tensions rise as they deal with the unknown.  Will they open the door when someone knocks and pleads to come inside?  And most importantly, will they come out alive?

  • Cast Size: 9 M/F (Roles can be either gender)
  • Running Time: Under an Hour
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

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About the Playwright

Laurie Allen is a West Texas playwright with 9 books of plays and scenes published for young adults.  Book titles include Power PlaysActing Duets for Young Women22 Comedy Ten-Minute Plays, and Comedy Scenes for Student Actors.  Her powerful collection of monologues, Quaran-teens, Dramatic Teen Perspectives On The Pandemic was released in 2021 by Pioneer Drama Service.  Also, her ten-minute play, Go to the Light, was published in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. Laurie’s works include a wide spectrum of interests from comedy to intense drama with noted popularity for teens and young adults. For more information, visit

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