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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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  • In the Forests of the Night - Stage Partners

    In the Forests of the Night

    Written By: Del Martin
    Length: 25-30 minutes
    Cast Size: 13 actors (suggested casting: 13 any)
    Genre: Drama
    Thirteen students are compelled by their dreams to play a game in the woods to keep a mysterious monster at bay. Not everyone gets to play it again. (If you like The Giver consider In the Forests of the Night.)
  • 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
    Competition is all that matters, and these kids today have got to learn 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...
  • Elephant/Man - Del Martin - Stage Partners


    Adapted by Del Martin
    Length: 100 minutes
    Cast Size: 8-30+ actors (suggested casting: 2F, 2M, 8 any)
    Genre: Drama
    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
    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...
  • Eating Crayons by Ryan M. Bultrowicz, a ten-minute play, part of the short play collection Ten(ish): Comedies - Stage Partners

    Eating Crayons

    Written By: Ryan M. Bultrowicz
    Length: 10 minutes
    Cast Size: 3 actors (2F, 1M)
    Genre: Comedy
    Growing up, we shared their classrooms. We may have even judged them. Now it's their turn to speak. Eating Crayons is a delightful ode to the beautiful misfits who dared to taste the many colors of  every kid's world. This play is part of the short play collection Ten(ish): Comedies.
  • 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
    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.
  • The Jungle Book - Stage Partners

    The Jungle Book

    Adapted by Jon Jory from the stories by Rudyard Kipling
    Length: 35-40 minutes
    Cast Size: 15-30 actors (suggested casting: 20 any)
    Genre: Drama
    This thrilling and fun-filled adventure is brought to the stage by the theatrical master Jon Jory who has crafted an accessible, flexible, and easily-staged version for all ages! When a human child named Mowgli is taken and raised by a family of wolves, he must learn the ways of the jungle. Fortunately he has the wise panther Bagheera and friendly Baloo the bear by his side. But soon Mowgli finds...
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