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From riveting one-act plays for school competitions to full-length dramas for the mainstage, Stage Partners has an exciting collection of plays that illuminate history.

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Founding Daughters - Stage Partners

    Founding Daughters

    Written By: Claudia Haas
    Length: 30-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 9-25 actors possible (suggested casting: 5F, 4M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    An episodic look at the heroic deeds of young women during the Revolutionary War that would be long forgotten if not for oral history. Had these women not been so brave and cunning, would the war have ended the same way? There is Sybil Ludington's overnight ride to gather the militia, Kate, an African Princess, forced into slavery, who saved her master from the British and more. Students and audie...
  • 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...
  • Little Women - Stage Partners

    Little Women

    Adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Louisa May Alcott
    Length: 80-90 minutes
    Cast Size: 9-10 actors (suggested casting: 6F, 4M)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    Jon Jory brings his theatrical magic to this spirited adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age drama. The American Civil War is underway, and four sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy -- must hold the family together as Christmas draws near. A timeless and sentimental testament to the endurance of family, the power of love, and what it means to stay true to oneself. (A one-act version...
  • The Chips are Down - Stage Partners

    The Chips are Down

    Written By: Don Zolidis
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-30 actors (suggested casting: 8F, 3M, 5 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Synopsis:
    In 1951, the Red Scare is in full swing, and it migrates to a private girls’ school in New Hampshire when one teacher is suspected of being a Communist. Charged by the administration to find out the truth, Rachel, the daughter of the cafeteria manager, must challenge her own beliefs to figure  out the meaning of justice.
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