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Minimal Set Requirements

Great theatre does not require elaborate sets. 

This collection of exciting plays for schools and theatres features plays that can be produced with little to no set.

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  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Actors - Stage Partners

    When Bad Things Happen to Good Actors

    Written by Jason Pizzarello and Ian McWethy
    Length: 25-30 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-30 actors (suggested casting: 5F, 3M, 10 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    A simple one-act production of The Wizard of Oz gets derailed by missed cues, forgotten lines, and a renegade sound board op who refuses to play anything but dinosaur noises. A comedy that proves, when it comes to live theatre, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and it will be hilarious.
  • Will You Be My Nemesis? - Kathryn Funkhouser - Stage Partners

    Will You Be My Nemesis?

    Written By: Kathryn Funkhouser
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 5-30 actors (suggested casting: 10 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    It's hard to find your perfect match, someone you really connect with; someone who will dedicate their life to destroying you at all costs. Yes, sometimes it feels like you'll NEVER meet your nemesis. But Captain Battle and Dr. Nightmare are willing to try out every hero and villain in town to find the enemy of their dreams. Of course, you're going to meet a few weirdos along the way... An ultra-f...
  • Masterclasses

    Masterclasses

    Written By: Patrick Greene
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 8-25 actors (suggested casting: 1F, 9 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Acting. Is. Life. If you are going to be a student at The Morley Buck School of Serious Acting for Extraordinary Actors, you need to commit to your craft. But acting isn't all soliloquies and dramatic scenes; to be a true Actor (with a capital "A") you need to perfect moments such as being Startled Awake, Underwater Thinking, or being hit by a laser B.E.A.M. These are just some of the hyper-specif...
  • I Quit! - A Guide To Leaving Your Job in Style

    I Quit! - A Guide To Leaving Your Job in Style

    Written By: Patrick Greene
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 5-30+ actors (suggested casting: 15 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Are you ready to leave that horrible job, but you want to go out in style? Well, you've come to the right place. Join Gayle Staverson and her group of players as they teach you a variety of fun ways to quit your job with a flourish. From bringing your own audience, to singing the perfect "I quit!" song, Gayle and company will show you how to leave your job and never be forgotten. So come on down t...
  • Win or Lose - Stage Partners

    Win or Lose

    Written By: Ian McWethy
    Length: 25-30 minutes
    Cast Size: 10-20 actors (suggested casting: 15 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Competition is all that matters, and these kids today have got to learn that...by being pitted against each other in an absurdly grueling four-part race. Winner gets a scholarship. Come in last? You're banned from prom. The parents love it! But when different groups at the beginning, middle, and end of the pack compare notes, commiserate and meet a local cautionary tale, they decide to play a diff...
  • Mascots, a one-act comedy play script by Ian McWethy and Carrie McCrossen

    Mascots

    Written By: Ian McWethy and Carrie McCrossen
    Length: 30-35 minutes
    Cast Size: 6-18 actors (suggested casting: 16 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Drysdale High School has a problem. For the first time in their fifty-year history, they need to replace their beloved (but also deeply problematic) school mascot, Cujo. So Principal Gurgins turns to the student body to submit and select a new mascot, one that can represent (and fire up!) Drysdale for the next fifty years. During the play, we’ll see new mascots ranging from an ordinary house cat...
  • 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...
  • Reel Times at Somerset High one-act comedy by TJ Young

    Reel Times at Somerset High

    Length: 35-45 minutes
    Cast Size: 8-20+ (suggested cast: 15 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    As President of the Film & TV Club, Parker prides themself on their knowledge of film and TV. They see the entire world as one big production: Math Class is a horror movie, the lunchroom is a cooking show, and Phys Ed is a war documentary. When a new student, Dallas, transfers to Somerset High, Parker discovers a new genre - romance. Soon a whole team of students with surprising talents are wo...
  • Don't Wake the Dragon

    Don't Wake the Dragon

    Length: 30-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 12-35 actors
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    When a fierce and deadly dragon flies over the school, everyone’s alarmed…until the internet weighs in. It’s not long before students and faculty alike are inspired to ignore the fire in the parking lot and join the movement. Soon, the only person not roaring, wearing a tail, and accepting a dragon-based curriculum is shy, awkward Stanley Berenger. But will anyone else join him in fighting b...
  • A Talkback by Patrick Greene, a ten-minute play, part of the short play collection Ten(ish): Comedies - Stage Partners

    A Talkback

    Written By: Patrick Greene
    Length: 10 minutes
    Cast Size: 6 actors (6 any)
    Genre: Comedy
    Synopsis:
    Once in a while, after the actors have taken their final bows, the audience of a play is given the opportunity to interact with an actual, living playwright. But talkbacks don't always go as planned, and sometimes a writer can face difficult questions, and hungry theatregoers that demand more than the playwright is willing to give. A Talkback is a comedy about the absurdity of facing your aud...
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