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The Search for Delicious (one-act version) - Stage Partners

The Search for Delicious (one-act version)

adapted from the novel by Natalie Babbitt

 Play with music

  One-act. 45-55 minutes.

 10-25+ actors possible

 In this magical adaptation of Natalie Babbitt’s classic tale, a troupe of actors recreate a mythical medieval kingdom in the midst of a fierce disagreement over the most “delicious” food. To avoid a civil war, the kingdom sends 12-year-old Gaylen (and his loyal horse, Marrow) on a journey to settle the definition once and for all. On their quest, Gaylen and Marrow must face the evil Hemlock who wants to overthrow the King and Queen, seek the help of enchanted characters (a mermaid, dwarfs, and the 900-year-old woldweller), and calm the increasingly scared villagers of the kingdom. Defining a word has never had higher stakes. Music, comedy, and a look at human foolishness come together in a joyous conclusion.

A full-length version is also available here.

Royalty fee per stage or virtual performance: $60. A virtual performance is a performance on a platform like Zoom with no audience members physically present. A royalty must be ordered for each time the play is performed and streamed. The performance of this play can also be pre-recorded and streamed at a later date.

Script fee for Printable PDF: $150 (for cast and crew)

Archival Video License: $75. This license/fee is for archival purposes and distribution for the cast and crew only. 

Live-streaming rights are also available. Contact us at with the details of your request.

Read the full play below - for free!

Also check out this FREE RESOURCE: Lesson Plan for The Search for Delicious!


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