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From intimate dramas for competition to large cast historical plays, Stage Partners has an award-winning collection of exciting dramatic play scripts for high schools, middle schools, and theatres from some of the most popular playwrights working today.

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  • #VIRAL - Stage Partners

    #VIRAL

    Written By: Maria McConville
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 7-30 actors (suggested casting: 7 F, 4+ chorus, any gender)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    In this ensemble-driven drama featuring an all-female cast, five high school girls recount a cruel locker room bullying incident that is initially cloaked in secrecy, but ultimately goes viral online. What happens next forces the students to question their respective roles in the events that unfolded in that fateful day.  A virtual version is also available upon request.
  • Soundscapes, a one-act drama play script by Claudia Haas and Sarah Kraning - Stage Partners

    Soundscapes (one-act version)

    Length: 35-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 9-30+ actors (suggested casting: 5F, 2M, 9 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Iris has synesthesia. She has no idea. At first, she simply thinks that everyone sees colors and shapes when music plays, but by the time she's a teenager, it's clear that others don't understand. Struggling to downplay the way she experiences the world, and worrying what it might mean to be different, the young artist is at war with herself until she meets a new friend - and he sees the colors to...
  • Antigone in Munich: The Sophie Scholl Story, one-act version - Stage Partners

    Antigone in Munich (one-act version)

    Written By: Claudia Haas
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 8-40 actors (suggested casting: 6F, 5M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose Society in Nazi Germany which encouraged passive resistance against the totalitarian government. Antigone in Munich chronicles her coming of age and development from bystander to witness to activist -- inspired by Sophocles' Greek tragedy Antigone which asks “What do you do when the laws of man contradict the laws of God?”  (A full-length vers...
  • #Censored - Stage Partners

    #Censored

    Written By: Maria McConville
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 7-30 actors (suggested casting: 12 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    In this ensemble-driven drama, a school art fair becomes embroiled in controversy when a student unveils a divisive painting. Students, parents, and teachers must ask themselves tough questions about freedom of speech, appropriateness, what art is supposed to do and "what is the cost of censorship?"
  • My First Lockdown - Stage Partners

    My First Lockdown

    Written By: Jason Pizzarello
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-20 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 5M, 5 any)
    Genre: Dramedy, Drama
    Synopsis:
    Inspired by true events, a group of theater students have just finished performing a play when the unthinkable happens - the school goes under lockdown. Caught in various rooms throughout the school, the students have to figure out what to do, who to trust, and if they're ever going to feel safe again. (There is a version with more roles available. Contact Stage Partners for details.)
  • Pushed

    Pushed

    Written By: Emily Hageman
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 10 actors (2M, 8 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    This play is coming soon. Contact Stage Partners to request a prepublication perusal script.  Rumor is that Mason Humphrey, a shy and quiet young man, pushed Travis O’Neill so hard into the lockers that he sprained his elbow. Nobody knows why. It shouldn’t be a big deal, right? But suddenly, it kind of is.
  • Antigone: 3021 (one-act version) - Stage Partners

    Antigone: 3021 (one-act version)

    Written By: Nina Mansfield
    Length: 35-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 14-24 actors (suggested casting: 2F, 1M, 20+ any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    It's the year 3021 and Thebes has just been through a bloody civil war. Chancellor Creah has decreed that anyone who buries the body of the traitor Polyneices will face the death, but Antigone is determined to bury her brother, no matter the penalty. She brazenly breaks Creah’s law and broadcasts her crime on the public cloud. Now Creah must decide if she will bend to the will of the people or p...
  • As If, Cassandra - Stage Partners

    As If, Cassandra

    Written By: Jason Pizzarello
    Length: 40-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 9-20 actors (suggested casting: 9F, 2M, 4+ any)
    Genre: Dramedy, Drama
    Synopsis:
    Everybody's whispering: Something's wrong with Cassie. She walked out on her squad mid-routine; won't help her mom put up Christmas decorations; suddenly wants to back out of prom plans. Well, Cassie hears taunts about how fate is inescapable in every cheer, her mom doesn't seem to notice it's February, and she's haunted by premonitions of something terrible that will happen if prom night continue...
  • Wild Waves Whist - Stage Partners

    Wild Waves Whist

    Written By: Patty MacMullen
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 10 actors (8F, 2M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    A young teacher hoping to be hired as a coach at a private boys' school is instead assigned as literature and theatre teacher at its sister school - a private school for girls. There he is charged with the task of directing Shakespeare's The Tempest with his motley crew of adolescent female scholars, a play that effectuates an inner storm for all involved with the production. Wild Waves Whist is a...
  • Ten(ish): Horror - Transfer by Elinor T Vanderburg. 10-minute horror play

    Transfer

    Written By: Elinor T Vanderburg
    Length: 10 - 20 minutes
    Cast Size: 5 actors (suggested casting: 4F, 1M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Bow returns to her senior year of high school after a personal tragedy that no one wants to discuss head-on. But coming back isn't easy – especially not with the presence of a transfer student who is all smiles, light, and brilliance – and taking over every relationship Bow holds dear. A little Black Swan, a little more Hitchcock, Transfer is a sparse, noir-inspired drama t...
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