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Adaptation Play Scripts for Schools

Football Romeo (Ten Minute Version)

by Lindsay Price

A football player tries to tackle Shakespeare.

  • About 10 minutes
  • 2 M + 2 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

Frankenstein Among the Dead

adapted by Laramie Dean from the novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Thunder and lightning tear apart the night sky while two young women explore the story of Frankenstein

  • About 95 minutes
  • 8 M + 7 W + 8 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 81 pages

Franz Kafka Cancels His Cell Phone Plan

by Kirk Shimano

A modern absurdist play that puts elements from three of Franz Kafka’s works into the context of the everyday absurdities of our 21st century lives.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 5 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 17 pages

The Gift

by Lindsay Price inspired by O. Henry

A teen transforms from shallow and selfish to giving and selfless. How did it happen? A wonderful holiday play inspired by The Gift of the Magi.

  • About 90 minutes
  • 4 M + 13 W + 5 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 96 pages

The Gorgon Sisters

by Laramie Dean

Can Stheno bring her sister Medusa back to life?

  • About 50 minutes
  • 8 M + 10 W + 1 Any Gender, plus Harpies and Creatures, doubling possible
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 43 pages

Gothic Ghost Stories

by Lindsay Price

A modern adaptation of Victorian ghost stories.

  • About 75 minutes
  • 17 M + 25 W + 7 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 66 pages

Grim and Gruesome Grimm

adapted by Mrs. Evelyn Merritt from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

A playful and theatrical adaptation of Grimm's grimmest tales.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 8 M + 12 W + 21 Any Gender, Doubling Options
  • Unit set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 57 pages

Hamlet, Zombie Killer of Denmark

by Chris Stiles

Denmark is plagued with zombies in this gruesomely comic adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 4 M + 2 W + 11 Any Gender, Plus Extras
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 36 pages

Hamlette

by Allison Williams

Hamlet is played by a girl in this twisty-turny comedic interpretation of the classic Danish tale.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 3 Any Gender, Expandable to 13
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 20 pages

Hansel and Gretel

by Shirley Barrie

An inventive re-telling of the Grimms' fairy tale. Puppetry, percussive rhythms, twists in language, and unique characterizations.

  • About 56 minutes
  • 2 M + 3 W + 2 Any Gender, Percussionists and Puppeteers
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 56 pages

Humbug High: A Contemporary Christmas Carol

adapted by Lindsay Price from Charles Dickens

A modern take on the classic Dickens tale. Eddie Scrooge is a 17-year-old Bah Humbug of a guy. Till one Christmas Eve when three ghosts change his life.

  • About 70 minutes
  • 6 M + 13 W, Expandable to 11M 20W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 63 pages

Jane Austen, Completely Zoomed

by Treanor Baring

A fast-paced, witty modern take on Austen’s six classic masterpieces.

  • About 60 minutes
  • Virtual Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

A Kidnapped Santa Claus

adapted by Mrs. Evelyn Merritt from L. Frank Baum

Plots and schemes are being hatched to kidnap Santa! That means no toys for good little girls and boys. Adapted from the story by L. Frank Baum.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 3 M + 5 W + 5 Any Gender, plus Ensemble
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools, Middle Schools, and Elementary Schools
  • 44 pages

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

adapted by Lindsay Price from Washington Irving

What will happen when Icabod Crane comes face to face with the headless horseman? An adaptation of the Washington Irving story.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 5 M + 7 W, Plus Ensemble
  • Simple Set.
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 31 pages

Lord of the Pies

by Clint Snyder

A pie shop erupts into panic after Franny, a brash cat-lady, announces the arrival of the apocalypse. A Lord of the Flies parody.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 2 M + 10 W + 7 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 20 pages

A Midsummer Night's Dream

cutting and notes by Lindsay Price from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's magical tale of mischievous fairies, and love potions.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 6 M + 8 W + 7 Any Gender
  • Interior and Exterior
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 40 pages

Mmmbeth

by Allison Williams

An hilarious gender-bending take on the Scottish play! Updated Version.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 5 W + 5 Any Gender, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 43 pages

Mmmbeth: Competition Length Version

by Allison Williams

A shorter version of our hilarious gender-bending take on the Scottish play. Updated version.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 5 W + 5 Any Gender, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 28 pages

Moonbow Miraculous

by Kirk Shimano

If someone has a secret they’ve been clutching to their heart, the moonbow’s glow will give them the courage to share their true selves

  • About 40 minutes
  • 14 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 33 pages

Moonbow Miraculous: Competition-Length Version

by Kirk Shimano

If someone has a secret they’ve been clutching to their heart, the moonbow’s glow will give them the courage to share their true selves

  • About 20 minutes
  • 8 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 21 pages

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