Two high school students confront each other – and their respective issues – during a history exam.
Sometimes – after reading a number of scripts – one wonders just how many of us writers were “losers” in school. No matter the generation, you’ll find cinematic or television stories about kids that just don’t fit in. Breakfast Club, Glee and everything in between – the concept is basically timeless. And for most of us, it hits a chord… because we know what it’s like to be in those character’s shoes, and would like to see our team come out victorious, at least in some small way.
The protagonists in Cheater are exactly those kinds of kids. Martha – the smart nerd that gets teased as ugly by the “cool girls.” And Tyrone – the awkward slacker failing class who’s an artistic whiz in his spare time (and when he’s supposed to be studying.) The two aren’t friends… but they take a history class together. And today’s the day for the big test. Needless to say, Tyrone’s unprepared. And Martha? Well, let’s just say she is, too – for what she’s about to find out.
With scripts like this, the audience bonds immediately with the characters – so you almost can’t go wrong making it. Add the fact that it’s limited location and six minutes long… looks like you do have a winner on your hands.
About the writer: Pete Barry is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, actor, director and musician. His short plays have been published in numerous collections. He’s also a cofounder of the Porch Room, a film and theater production company, website available at http://www.porchroom.com/. Please feel free to reach out to him with script requests at petebarry27 “AT” Hotmail.
Budget: Very low. You’ll need access to a school hallway and room, and two bedrooms for the kids. No FX worries here; just make sure your actors can do the script justice.
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