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Plays for Advanced Actors

For school drama programs that are looking for more ambitious plays, Stage Partners has an exciting collection of one-act and full-length plays for advanced actors.

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  • Antigone in Munich: The Sophie Scholl Story - Stage Partners

    Antigone in Munich

    Written By: Claudia Haas
    Length: 85-95 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 one-act version...
  • The Book Women - Stage Partners

    The Book Women

    Written By: Rachel Bublitz
    Length: 75-90 minutes
    Cast Size: 7-30 actors (suggested casting: 10F, 4M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    In the midst of the Great Depression, in a community crushed by the collapse of coal, and isolated by the very mountains they call home, a group of determined librarians take to their horses to reach the people of Eastern Kentucky. With a dedication equal to the US Postal Service, these “Book Women'' deliver more than the books and magazines they carry in their saddlebags. They bring hope. They...
  • Lawbreakers - A Fast and Furious History of Women's Suffrage - Diana Grisanti

    Lawbreakers! (a fast and furious history of women’s suffrage)

    Written By: Diana Grisanti
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cast Size: 6-19 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 1M)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    A pair of feuding modern-day stepsisters wake up at the Akron Women's Rights Convention of 1851, and find themselves on a whirlwind journey through US history. As they face the challenges of each time with fascinating suffragists, abolitionists, and freedom fighters like Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells, the young women must decide what they really believe and what kind of world they want to stand...
  • Elephant/Man - Del Martin - Stage Partners

    Elephant/Man

    Adapted by Del Martin
    Length: 100 minutes
    Cast Size: 8-30+ actors (suggested casting: 2F, 2M, 8 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    The story of Joseph Merrick (a.k.a. The Elephant Man) comes to life in this highly theatrical retelling featuring an ensemble of performers that share the role of Merrick. Whether on a bare stage or with an elaborate set, this adaptable play shines the spotlight on the vivid inner life of Joseph Merrick, and his relationship with the good Dr. Treves. This classic story of the ultimate outcast feel...
  • Persephone - a new myth for a hotter world - Stage Partners

    Persephone (a new myth for a hotter world)

    Written By: Kristen Palmer
    Length: 90 minutes
    Cast Size: 6-20 actors (suggested casting: 6F, 6M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    The goddess Demeter refuses to be satisfied with winters without her daughter. Why should Persephone spend half her time in the underworld with Hades? She enlists Jane, a sacrificed human caught between the whims of gods, to drill down to the underworld. But what does Persephone herself want? What happens to the humans if their own technology destroys the balance between seasons? Who will be sacri...
  • Rocky Road - Stage Partners

    Rocky Road

    Written By: Danielle Mohlman
    Length: 90-100 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-20+ actors (suggested casting: 8F, 1M, 4 any)
    Genre: Dramedy, Comedy, Drama
    Synopsis:
     Hannah and Molly have been best friends for as long as they can remember, so they always knew this day would come. Hannah’s about to head off to college while Molly still has one year left of high school. And on top of all that, it’s their last summer working together at Rocky Road, the only independently owned ice cream shop in the Del Rey neighborhood of Alexandria — a workplace where th...
  • My Brother's Gift - Stage Partners

    My Brother's Gift

    Written By: Claudia Haas
    Length: 75-90 minutes
    Cast Size: 5-15 actors (suggested casting: 6F, 4M, 2 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Based on the remarkable true story of Heinz Geiringer -- neighbor and friend of Anne Frank -- we follow the story of a young artist and loving brother living in unconscionable circumstances. A trained musician at only 15 and now forced to live in hiding and silence, Heintz turns to painting and poetry to express his everyday terror but hope of the future. Through Heinz's inspired paintings, nostal...
  • 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...
  • Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? - a historical mystery play script by Katherine Vondy - Stage Partners

    Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?

    Written By: Katherine Vondy
    Length: 80-90 minutes
    Cast Size: 9-25 actors (suggested casting: 8F, 8M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    While wandering Worcester, England in 1943, a teenage boy happened upon the skeleton of an unidentified woman inside the trunk of a large tree. An investigation commenced to determine who the woman was and how she died, but it raised more questions than it answered. Was she a spy? Was she a prostitute? Had she been part of an occult ritual? Theories abounded, but no definitive answers emerged. The...
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