The Rip Off

by  Anthony Booth

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

A play in one act

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The Rip Off

by  Anthony Booth

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Rip Off, originally titles 'Geez It's Hot', is already an established festival winner. A very human, albeit savage story of the plight of Puerto Ricans in New York.

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    Harlem, New York

    O'Hara's office, outside a disco, Maria's apartment


2m, 2f

O'Hara - a plain clothes police office, about 50. He is slow speaking, callous and utterly ruthless. His programme for life is sex, booze and bribes.

Ricky - a young Puerto Rican boy of around 22. he is wearing the typical uniform of his age, a bright shirt and jeans. Underlying his tremendous fight for survival he has an undying pride and a need to prove himself to his two sisters.

Maria - his elder sister, she is about 28. Fiery and emotional she is the kingpin of the family. Her only ambition being to hold them together, no matter the cost to herself.

Connie - the younger sister, about 19 or 20, she is treated as being very much younger probably due to her illness. She is a pale version of Maria. We see the occasional spark of the fighting spirit but this is dimmed by the fact she is already dying of TB.

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