Hold for Three

Sherry Kramer

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This play has had over a hundred productions worldwide. Three teenagers — Scottie, Bartey, and Ed — meet on a beach on a beautiful evening to watch the full moon come up. Scottie and Bartey coach Ed, telling him stories about moments of great historical courage to help him hold his breath while the moon rises.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (2 female, 1 male, or 3 female)
Short Comedy (about 10 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
About the Author


  • Sherry Kramer

    Sherry Kramer's work has been seen at theaters across the country and abroad, including the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York's Second Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and The Theater of the First Amendment. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and an MFA in Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She was the first national member of New Dramatists. She is also an affiliated writer at The Playwright's Center. She is a recipient of NEA, New York Foundation for the Arts and McKnight Fellowships, the Weissberger Playwriting Award, and a New York Drama League Award (WHAT A MAN WEIGHS), the LA Women in Theater New Play Award (THE WALL OF WATER), the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH), and commissions from The Moscow Arts Theatre/Iowa International Workshop (THE DREAM HOUSE) and the Audrey Skirball Kenis Foundation (THE MAD MASTER). Other plays include: WHEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL ENDS, HOW WATER BEHAVES, THINGS THAT BREAK, A THING OF BEAUTY, ABOUT SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION, NAPOLEON'S CHINA (music theatre piece with Ann Haskell and Rebecca Newton), THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (music theatre adaptation with composer Margaret Pine), THE RELEASE OF A LIVE PERFORMANCE, PARTIAL OBJECTS, THE WORLD AT ABSOLUTE ZERO, HOLD FOR THREE, CAKE, NANO AND NICKI IN BOCA RATON, IVANHOE, AMERICA, THE LONG ARMS OF JUPITER, THE RULING PASSION, THE END OF RADIO, THE LAW MAKES EVENING FALL, and THE BAY OF FUNDY: AN ADAPTATION OF ONE LINE FROM THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/19/2017
Pages 96
ISBN 9780881455502

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:
The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Hold for Three is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC

Production Notes

Production Notes

The author will allow the male role to be played by a female actor.


Upcoming and Recent Productions


3/21/2024 – 3/23/2024
The Potter's House
Wyoming, MI

5/3/2023 – 5/3/2023
University Of Northwestern St Paul
St Paul, MN

4/24/2021 – 4/24/2021
The Kinkaid School
Houston, TX

4/15/2021 – 4/18/2021
Castleton University
Castleton, VT

2/22/2020 – 2/22/2020
Frederick High School
Frederick, CO

5/30/2018 – 5/31/2018
Bhsec Queens
Long Island City, NY

4/5/2018 – 5/8/2018
Stephens College
Columbia, MO

2/2/2018 – 2/2/2018
Stevensville Schools
Missoula, MT