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  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Stage Partners

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    Adapted by Hans Bloedel & Peter Bloedel from the tale by Washington Irving
    Length: 90-100 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-30 actors (suggested casting: 7F, 8M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    America’s first great ghost story, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow follows the quirky and superstitious antics of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, who is haunted by the dreaded Headless Horseman. This imaginative adaptation stays true to the world that Irving creates in this American gothic tale, but adds a lyrical quality that further enhances the humor, the magic, and the ter...
  • Night of the Macabre by Tracy Wells

    Night of the Macabre

    Written By: Tracy Wells
    Length: 90-100 minutes (but can be shortened - see description)
    Cast Size: 11-36 actors (suggested casting: 9M, 11F, 14 any gender)
    Genre: Comedy, Drama
    Synopsis:
    A hunt for horror finds four friends at the Museum of the Macabre…a wax museum displaying scenes from short stories by  great authors of Gothic Horror like Poe, Hawthorne, and Irving. But as unnerving as the exhibits - and the stories behind them - are…the real terror for the fearless four comes when the exhibits start to come to life! This easy-to-stage play celebrates great short stori...
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow one-act adaptation by Peter Bloedel and Hans Bloedel, play script cover

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (one-act)

    Adapted by Hans Bloedel & Peter Bloedel from the tale by Washington Irving
    Length: 40-50 minutes (the playwrights also allow additional cuts for time, competitions)
    Cast Size: 8-30 actors (suggested casting: 7F, 8M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    America’s first great ghost story, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow follows the quirky and superstitious antics of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, who is haunted by the dreaded Headless Horseman. This imaginative adaptation stays true to the world that Irving creates in this American gothic tale, but adds a lyrical quality that further enhances the humor, the magic, and th...
  • You Cannot Undo This Action - Conor Eifler - Stage Partners

    You Cannot Undo This Action

    Written By: Conor Eifler
    Length: 100-120 minutes
    Cast Size: 16-30+ actors (suggested casting: 7F, 5M, 10 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    The populations of two high schools are thrown into disarray after a careless social media post leads to real life tragedy. Some of the students are jolted into fear as they reckon with how deep and wide their vulnerabilities have become in our hyper-connected world, while others wrestle with their culpability in the incident. Meanwhile those most affected seek a path toward justice, but how far w...
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (one-act) - Stage Partners

    The Hound of the Baskervilles (one-act)

    Adapted by Jon Jory from the story by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 7-11 actors, gender flexible
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    The game is afoot in this swift one-act adaptation of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most beloved novels. When the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the moors, surrounded by the footprints of a gigantic hound, his friend Dr. Jenna Mortimer fears an old family legend has returned to terrorize the countryside. Concerned for the safety of the heir to the Baskerville estate, Mortimer...
  • Sherlock's Best: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons - Stage Partners

    Sherlock's Best: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

    Adapted by Jon Jory from the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 7-13 actors (suggested casting: 8F, 5M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Join famous sleuths Holmes and Watson as they uncover the truth behind London's most recent unsolved mysteries. In The Adventure of the Six Napoleons case, they must catch a murderer who may be a lunatic, a thief, or really just hate Napoleon. In Sherlock is Dead, Holmes himself is at the center of a poisonous crime and must rely on a trusted doctor...as long as it's not Watson. Performed together...
  • Sherlock's Best: Sherlock is Dead - Stage Partners

    Sherlock's Best: Sherlock is Dead

    Adapted by Jon Jory from the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 7-10 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 2M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Join famous sleuths Holmes and Watson as they uncover the truth behind London's most recent unsolved mysteries. In The Adventure of the Six Napoleons case, they must catch a murderer who may be a lunatic, a thief, or really just hate Napoleon. In Sherlock is Dead, Holmes himself is at the center of a poisonous crime and must rely on a trusted doctor...as long as it's not Watson. Performed together...
  • Sherlock's Best - Stage Partners

    Sherlock's Best

    Adapted by Jon Jory from the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Length: 70-85 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-20 actors (suggested casting: 7F, 3M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Join famous sleuths Holmes and Watson as they uncover the truth behind London's most recent unsolved mysteries. In The Adventure of the Six Napoleons case, they must catch a murderer who may be a lunatic, a thief, or really just hate Napoleon. In Sherlock is Dead, Holmes himself is at the center of a poisonous crime and must rely on a trusted doctor...as long as it's not Watson. Performed together...
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