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Spoon River - Stage Partners

Spoon River

adapted from The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters


  Full-length. 75-90 minutes

 8-50 actors, gender flexible

 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.

Royalty fee per performance: $75. Script fee for Printable PDF: $150 (print/copy as many times as you need for your production)Virtual Performance and Live-streaming rights are available. Contact us at with the details of your request.

There is also a one-act version specifically created for virtual performance, which you can read here.

Read the full play below - for free!

Also read plays by Jason Pizzarello and M.G. Davidson...

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  • Will you allow my high school to record it for competition? We are doing a virtual contest this year in Minnesota.

    Hi Margaret, Yes recording to use for competition would be permitted. Every day/time the recording is streamed and/or available would be equal to one stage performance royalty. Please let us know if you have any other questions at Thanks!

  • Can you edit this work for a one act 35 minutes?

    Hello! Thanks for your interest. Your request would be approved to cut for time - and we can set you up with a one-act royalty rate. Please let us know when you're ready to move forward at Thanks!