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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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  • 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...
  • The Blue Hour - Stage Partners

    The Blue Hour

    Written By: Emily Hageman
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 5-8 actors (suggested casting: 2F, 2M, 1 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Theo's grandpa has died, and he would give anything to see him one more time. A remarkable miracle sends him back in time to meet his grandpa while he was serving in the Korean War. A powerful and poetic play about grief, and what we can do with it.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Visitors - Stage Partners

    The Visitors

    Written By: Del Martin
    Length: 25-30 minutes
    Cast Size: 7-14 actors (suggested casting: 7F, 4M, 3 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    KB is in a coma. How she got there, no one knows. As she lies unconscious on a hospital bed, family, friends, and other well-wishers reflect on KB and how she has affected their lives. But as KB's physical condition worsens and her visitors struggle with their grief, KB embarks on a mysterious journey that will change her forever. (If you like The Lottery consider The Visitors.)
  • Spoon River - Stage Partners

    Spoon River

    Adapted by Jason Pizzarello from The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
    Length: 75-90 minutes
    Cast Size: 8-50 actors (suggested casting: 17F, 23M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Former citizens of a mythical Midwestern town speak from the grave of the day-to-day hopes and dreams of their lives. Touching, anguished, and contemptuous, their voices and stories weave together in this fresh new take on a modern American classic. You won't forget what you've heard from these distinctively small-town folk as they evoke universal themes of hope, despair, and love. (A one-act ver...
  • My Brother's Gift (one-act version) - Stage Partners

    My Brother's Gift (one-act version)

    Written By: Claudia Haas
    Length: 40-50 minutes
    Cast Size: 5-15 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 3M, 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...
  • Happy Birthday To Me by Alle Mims, a ten-minute play, part of the short play collection Ten(ish): Comedies - Stage Partners

    Happy Birthday To Me

    Written By: Alle Mims
    Length: 10
    Cast Size: 2 actors (2F)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    It's Chelsea's 14th birthday at midnight tonight - but until then, her older sister, Andrea is in charge. The sleepover guests are due any minute... aren't they? Unless something else is going on... This play is part of the short play collection Ten(ish): Comedies.
  • Ten(ish): Horror - A Place to Rest Your Head by Ruben Carbajal. 10-minute horror play.

    A Place to Rest Your Head

    Written By: Ruben Carbajal
    Length: 10 minutes
    Cast Size: 4 actors (3M, 1F)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    The residents of a run-down flophouse are transients, haunted in more ways than one. But a deeper mystery unfolds: who are the ghosts, and who are the haunted? This play is part of the short play collection Ten(ish): Horror.
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