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  • Queens - one-act version - Stage Partners.

    Queens (one-act)

    Written By: Kristen Doherty
    Length: 40-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 9-35 actors (suggested casting: 6F, 2M, 7 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    King Henry VIII is trapped in purgatory, bound to his throne by a sinister Fool and the ghostly Women in White. Here in his gilded cage, he is forced to relive the sins he committed against his queens, mistresses and people of the court, over and over again, for an eternity. (A full-length version of this play is also available.)
  • Wild Strawberries - Stage Partners

    Wild Strawberries

    Written By: Jerry Ayers
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 11-20 actors (suggested casting: 8F, 3M, 4 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    “My brother has been shot dead!” And so begins our tale of lies, love, and lunch. It’s a bright morning on the di Nikoli estates and the loyal maid Truffledina just wants to eat breakfast. But her mistress, Nikolette di Nikoli, wants to disguise herself as her supposedly dead brother and go into the city to take care of his will and her inheritance. Nikolette and Truffledina head off to the...
  • Monster - Stage Partners

    Monster

    Written by Don Zolidis
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-25 actors (suggested casting: 4F, 3M, 6 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    A reimagining of the lives of some of the greatest literary masters in history and the inspiration behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Brought to you by veteran playwright Don Zolidis, experience a monster story like you never have before.
  • A Night Under the Stars (one-act) - Stage Partners

    A Night Under the Stars (one-act)

    Written By: Tracy Wells
    Length: 40-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 8-17 actors (suggested casting: 17 any)
    Genre: Dramedy, Comedy
    Synopsis:
    The great outdoors…for some this is a place of peace and tranquility and for others it’s…well…a little messy. A Night Under the Stars is a story about people—people looking to get away from it all, people looking to connect…with nature, with one another, and with the undeniable human spirit that overcomes obstacles, no matter what is thrown our way. And whether it’s attempting to mak...
  • Brian the Comet - Stage Partners

    Brian the Comet

    Written By: Emily Hageman
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 8-20+ actors (suggested casting: 2F, 2M, 4+ expandable ensemble, any gender)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Jude's mom is an astronaut, 254 miles away on the International Space Station, so when her father is diagnosed with lung cancer, Jude is the only one who can take care of him. In the hospital, she meets a boy named Brian who suffers from aneurysms and together, they learn about what they fear, what they know, what they believe, and what they hope for.
  • I, Chorus - Stage Partners

    I, Chorus

    Written By: Ian McWethy
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 18-30 actors (suggested casting 2F, 1M, 15 any)
    Genre: Dramedy, Comedy
    Synopsis:
    College-drop out Elle is lost and trying to find her place in the world until she meets a Greek Chorus completely devoted to each other and speaking in unison. And doing other things in unison. Like getting a job a Walmart and going on a date. To join them, Elle has to give up everything and everyone she knows, but maybe this is exactly what she has been looking for...
  • Back Cover - Stage Partners

    Back Cover

    Written By: Emily Hageman
    Length: 40-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 10 actors (7F, 3M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    The unexpected divorce of Madison’s parents relocated her to New York City—a place that she has vowed to loathe. Through incredible coincidence, Madison finds a shoebox full of letters belonging to a young woman named Jessica. A connection is formed that will forever change the course of Madison’s life. Narrated by Madison’s older self, Back Cover is a story of loss, courage, humanity, and...
  • Game Night (Humans Only, Please)

    Game Night (Humans Only, Please)

    Written By: Laura Neill
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 9 actors (9 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    It's game night at the end of the world. The library is one of the only places still above the water line, and the nerds are living it up while they can. But when the soccer team shows up because their field went underwater, they begin a more dangerous game. A high-stakes dark comedy about mutant lizards, climate change, and being the generation born to watch the water level rise.
  • Holiday Party

    Holiday Party

    Written By: A.M. Dittman
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 3-15 actors (suggested cast size: 3F, 3M, 3 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Make yourself at home—Evelyn’s annual holiday party is always warm, welcoming, and full of surprises. You might meet a pair of wallflowers finding connection in the corner, a pair of elves whose friendship is devolving into bitter rivalry, or a couple sharing a guest room with their host’s improbable menagerie of pets. A sweet one-act treat for the holidays.
  • Zombie Boyfriend - A.M. Dittman - Stage Partners

    Zombie Boyfriend

    Written By: A.M. Dittman
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 6-30 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 5M, 5 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Melissa's best friend has a crush on the new guy, but Melissa's not so sure about Arghn. Maybe it's the grunting, or the insatiable desire for brains. Nobody but Melissa seems to notice as the horde of zombies starts to spread through the school - or if they do, they don't want to rock the boat. Can a zombie hunter and an awkward doctor help Melissa save the staggering population from themselves?...
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