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10 Plays with Co-Curricular Content...that You Can Stream Online!

By On The Stage
Drama teacher planning an online production

With the pressure on to produce meaningful educational experiences in an online setting, it may seem that artistry is out the window. Not so! Check out these 10 titles and get inspired about planning your co-curricular production. 

And because every title is available from YouthPLAYS for online performance, your  transition from traditional production to video streaming for your school theatre is easy as done!

 

Children of Hooverville

Children of HoovervilleCategory: Play

Genre: Drama

Cast size: 10F, 3M (plus extras; 13-20 possible)

Other details: 45-55 minutes. Suitable for middle school and older. Premiered at M.S. 51 (Brooklyn, NY).

Playwright: Hollie Michaels

Synopsis: After 13-year-old Elsie Davis loses her family farm to the bank and her brother to the dust storms, she joins family and friends on a forced journey along Route 66 in search of a better life in California. Together they must survive unimaginable hardships and overcome theft, illness and unsympathetic authorities. But when at last they arrive in the Golden State, it may not be the promised land they had hoped for....

The Boston Massacre

The Boston MassacreCategory: Play

Genre: Drama

Cast size: 14-50 any gender

Other details: 45-50 minutes. Suitable for middle school and older actors, and audiences of all ages.

Playwright: Ed Shockley

Synopsis: A fast-paced ensemble work exploring the varied accounts of the historic events in Boston Commons that transformed a collection of colonies into a democratic nation.

The Grippe of October

The Grippe of OctoberCategory: Play

Genre: Drama

Cast size: 13-18F 5-12M (18-30 possible)

Other Details: 50-55 minutes. Premiered at William Alexander Middle School (Brooklyn, NY) and subsequently toured to the Gordonstoun School in Elgin, Scotland. 

Playwright: John P. McEneny

Synopsis: As the Spanish Flu epidemic carves its way through Albany, New York, teenage Alice McMahon's world will never be the same.

Xtigone

XtigoneCategory: Play

Genre: Drama

Cast Size: 5-15+F 4-15+M (9-30+ possible)

Other Details: 90-100 minutes. A contemporary lyrical re-imagining based on Sophocles' Antigone. Suitable for high school and older performers and middle school and older audiences. Premiered at African American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA), director Rhodessa Jones.

Playwright: Nambi E. Kelley

Synopsis: Using hip hop poetry, dance, and and dialogue that pulses with the voice of our cities, this reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone tells the story of the ill-fated Xtigone and her quest for her community's truth.

Enemy | Flint

Enemy FlintCategory: Play

Genre: Drama

Cast size: 5-17+F 3-15+M (10-20+ possible)

Other details: 70-80 minutes. Suitable for high school and older. Premiered at Rio Hondo College (Whittier, CA).

Playwright: Diana Burbano

Synopsis: Thia Stockmann, a bright young medical student, has discovered her hometown's water supply has been poisoned. Her data, her personality, and her determination offend first her family, then the town council. then the community. As her friends and allies buckle under pressure, Thia refuses to run from doing what It right, even It that means becoming "an enemy of the people." 

Heartland

HeartlandCategory: Play

Genre: Drama

Cast size: 4F, 4M, 2+ any gender (10-12+ performers possible)

Other details: 90-100 minutes. Suitable for high school and older performers, and middle school and older audiences. Heartland premiered at MiraCosta College Theatre (Oceanside, CA) on November 14, 2008. Winner, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest. Winner, Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival.

Playwrights: Lojo Simon & Anita Yellin Simons

Synopsis: Based on real stories, Heartland reveals the stunning truth about the internment of German Americans during World War II and the devastating effect American immigration policies had on their families.

A Girl of the Limberlost

A Girl of the LimberlostCategory: Play with Music

Genre: Drama

Cast size: 6F, 2M, 14+ any gender (8-20+ possible)

Other details: 95-105 min. Suitable for middle school and older performers, and audiences of all ages. Premiered at Children’s Theater of Madison (Madison, WI).

Playwright: Marie Kohler

Synopsis: In the once beautiful Limberlost Swamp, 14-year-old Elnora longs to attend high school, despite her mother's resistance. With the help of friends, Elnora collects butterflies and moths to work her way through school...but will she win her mother’s heart?

Isle of Marvels

Isle of MarvelsCategory: Play

Genre: Steampunk Fantasy

Cast Size: 6-11F, 9-11M, 3-20+ any gender (16-50+ performers possible)

Other Details: 70-80 minutes. Suitable for high school and older performers, and middle school and older audiences. Premiered at Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI).

Playwright: Randy Wyatt

Synopsis: Spies, pirates, bronze sentients, vampires, star-crossed lovers, intrigue and marvels abound in this free adaptation of twelve minor Jules Verne novels, dipped deep in gonzo steampunkery.

Elektra

ElektraCategory: Play

Genre: Drama

Cast Size: 5F, 4M, 1+ any gender (10-40+ performers possible)

Other Details: 30-40 minutes. Premiered at Timber Creek High School Thespians (Orlando, FL) in 2014. 

Playwright: Elizabeth Brendel Horn

Synopsis: Following the brutal murder of her father at the hands of her mother, Elektra is trapped, in body and mind, as she contemplates revenge and contends with the voices in her head.

Between Mars and Me

Between Mars and MeCategory: Play

Genre: Drama

Cast Size: 2 gender-flexible performers

Other Details: 30-40 minutes. Suitable for high school and older performers, and middle school and older audiences. Premiered at Boone High School Theatre (Orlando, FL).

Playwright: Rose Helsinger

Synopsis: After witnessing 9/11 from his window, a young man withdraws into his apartment, imagining an outside world ravaged by a Martian attack—can his sister bring him back before it's too late? 

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