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TEN SECONDS is available for production through Yes Plays. Click on the logo for information



Ray is a star softball player who (dimly aware of the boy's condition) mocks and strikes his team's autistic scorekeeper Skeet during an argument. Facing jail-time and the loss of his marriage, daughter and livelihood, Ray meets with Skeet and his mother Mrs. Holt. Skeet has forgotten the incident and wants to deliver a statistical award to Ray, in keeping with Skeet's obsession with numbers. Mrs. Holt, however, remembers all too well. Ray wants Skeet to remember to assuage his own guilt, but Skeet cannot. Ray turns instead to Mrs. Holt, who excoriates Ray for his inability to understand the pain he caused. Ray tells a story about his overweight daughter, who joins soccer to please him. Although he thought she was enjoying it, he finds out she was enduring put-downs about her weight. Mrs. Holt is touched by the story and says she no longer bears Ray ill will.


Character Breakdown: (4M, 1F)


Ray Walsh (30-40) Athletic, fiery, angry softball star and devoted father. Acts impulsively and violently due to family issues not revealed until the end of the play.


Skeet (early 20s) Autistic scorekeeper who is obsessed with statistics and numbers. He inadvertently sets off Ray, but cannot remember the incident. Has mannerisms and speech patterns indicative of his condition.


Mrs. Holt (late 40s, early 50s) Reserved mother of Skeet who agrees to meet with Ray for her son's sake. Devoted, defensive mother, who is capable of both anger and compassion.


Mazz (30-40) Ray's teammate and lawyer. Straight-shooter.


Brady (30s) Another teammate. (Small role—can be eliminated if necessary.)

“Ten Seconds is a powerful play which illustrates the negative effects of our perceptions of, and actions toward, people with challenges,” Anita Tecce, HGGMT Artistic Director

TEN SECONDS was the winner of the Carlton E. Spitzer Excellence in Writing Award from the Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre. They raise public awareness of disability issues and discrimination--click on the flyer below for more information about their work.

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CENTRAL (m or f), 40-50, an official

in the mythical “Office of Absolution,”

officious, precise, unerringly pleasant

and solicitous


CITIZEN (m or f), 35, confused, nervous,

guilty, seeking absolution for an unnamed



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Hollie Rosenberg (director), Laura Mae Baker (Representative) and George Tsalikis (Colonel) from Thespian Production's "Imperial Garden of Disillusion" production.

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