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A diverse selection of offerings from the Stage Rights catalog edited by the playwrights themselves specifically for use in school competition and adjudication. Featuring everything from small cast family dramas to epic adaptations of classic literature, this collection is sure to include a script that meets your program’s needs.

Be sure to write the title you wish to license for competition in the special requests section of your application!


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Application Pending by Andy Sandberg and Greg Edwards | Multi/Felxible Kindergarten admissions go hysterically awry in this uproarious Off-Broadway hit! 

The Bottle Tree by Beth Kander | 5F, 3M, Flexible A heartfelt and heartbreaking exploration of American gun culture.  

A Breath of Dusty Air by Perry Steele Patton | 3F, 1M Southern charm is cast aside when rivals compete in a local talent contest. 

 The Grimm World by Adam Neubauer & Samantha Levenshus | 6F, 6M, Ensemble A demented mash-up of the wonderful world of the Brothers Grimm! 

The Island of Dr. Moreau adapted by Mark Scharf | 7-11F, 4-6M (Flexible) The horrific creations of Dr. Moreau come to life in H.G. Wells’ haunting classic.

The Jungle Book by Briandaniel Oglesby | 5F, 6M Ensemble (Flexible) Mowgli’s search for home takes the spotlight in this modern look at a classic tale.  

UMW: University of Mostly Whites by Rob Urbinati | 7F, 5M Diversity becomes a hot-button topic when an anti-Asian YouTube rant goes viral.

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Application Pending by Andy Sandberg and Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards (Playwright) wrote the scripts for Application Pending and Craving for Travel (Off-Broadway, co-written with Andy Sandberg), lyrics for Neurosis: A New Musical (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, SALT Award for Best New Musical), and book and lyrics for Taking the Plunge (NYMF, Samuel French OOB Festival) and Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime (Samuel French OOB Festival).  He has collaborated with Marvin Hamlisch (White House Governors’ Dinner, Mr. Hamlisch’s holiday tour) and Arthur Laurents (Love Affair).  Greg’s essays are published in Avidly (Los Angeles Review of Books) and McSweeney’s, and his game Jessica Plunkenstein and the Dusseldorf Conspiracy (NYT “Best Adventure Game of the Year”) was published by PC Gamer UK.  Honors and approximations thereof include the BMI Harrington Award, Fred Ebb Award (two-time finalist), and Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship (top-12 semifinalist).  Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, belongs to the BMI Workshop, and can be stalked most effectively at GregEd.com.

Andy Sandberg (Playwright) is a writer, director, actor, and Tony Award-winning producer. He has written the scripts for Application Pending and Craving for Travel (co-authored with Greg Edwards), and he directed their world premieres off-Broadway.  Application Pending received the BroadwayWorld Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Show. Other directing credits include the world premieres of Operation Epsilon (Four IRNE Awards, including Best Play, Best Director), Shida (AUDELCO nominations, Best Director and Best Musical) The Last Smoker in America, Zelda at the Oasis, R.R.R.E.D. and Bernice Bobs Her Mullet. He has been represented on Broadway as a producer of HAIR (2009 Tony Award; also London), The Best Man (2012 Tony nomination), and The Realistic Joneses. Also as producer: A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane); Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London; dir. Hal Prince/Susan Stroman); Pageant (Drama Desk nomination - Best Revival), and Vigil. B.A. Yale University. AndySandberg.com


The Bottle Tree by Beth Kander

Beth Kander is a Chicago-based writer with Southern and Midwestern roots whose scripts have been produced far and wide. Recent playwriting awards and activities include the Ashland New Plays Festival (2016 & 2015), The Ruckus’ 2016 new works festival, BechdelFest 2016, The Kilroys List (Honorable Mentions 2016 & 2015), The New Colony Writers Room, Leapfest 2015, Downstage Left Residency, Charles M. Getchell Award, three Eudora Welty New Play awards, and more. In addition to plays, Kander writes novels, screenplays, and children's literature. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women, and has degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Michigan. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two geriatric rescue dogs.


A Breath of Dusty Air by Perry Steele Patton

Perry Steele Patton (Playwright) Plays include: A Breath of Dusty Air, The Barbie Play, Minding Ms. Mina and Grace Meet Paula. His work has received readings at Fountain Theater in Los Angeles. A Breath of Dusty Air had its Los Angeles reading with a cast that included Swoosie Kurtz, Beth Grant and Cathy Lynd Hayes. He has studied with Leon Martell, Hindi Brooks and Simon Levy in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.


The Grimm World by Adam Neubauer & Samantha Levenshus

Samantha Levenshus writes for theater, film, and television in Los Angeles. Her spec pilot, The Third Party was in the final round of consideration for the 2015 Sundance Episodic Lab and was a Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival. New York credits include Life Could Be A Dream at the Signature Theater (Line Producer), Never The Sinner at Center Stage, NY (Producer), and The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Westside Theatre (Production Assistant). Samantha holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Adam Neubauer is an accomplished playwright living in Los Angeles. In his 10 years in Los Angeles, he has had fourteen plays produced and directed six others. His day job consists of working at an international sales agency, proving himself to be one of the few college graduates that has actually used both of his liberal arts degrees. He is currently in the midst of writing two plays and a screenplay based on the life of Robert Capa. 


The Island of Dr. Moreau by Mark Scharf

Mark Scharf is an award winning American playwright living in Baltimore, MD whose plays have been produced and published widely in the United States and internationally. Scharf has served as Playwright-in-Residence for Theatre Virginia’s New Voices Program and taught Playwriting at the University of Mary Washington and at Howard Community College. He has also presented Playwriting seminars for the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The University of Mary Washington, The University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and the Maryland Writer’s Alliance. Scharf served three terms as Chairman of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and is currently Playwright-in-Residence for the Twin Beach Players of North Beach, MD. He has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Dramatists Guild For more information, visit www.markscharf.com


The Jungle Book by Briandaniel Oglesby

Briandaniel Oglesby writes some plays for All Audiences, some plays for high schoolers, and some plays for adults. He is a three-time National Finalist to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, winning the Latinidad Award for his play She Gets Naked in the End. His play Halfway, Nebraska was developed at Playwrights’ Week at the Lark, and went on to win the Outstanding Playwriting Award from the New York International Fringe Festival. He has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Steven Dietz, Suzan Zeder, and Kirk Lynn. A native of Sacramento, California, he now resides in Austin, Texas. www.briandanieloglesby.com

 

UMW: University of Mostly Whites by Rob Urbinati

Rob Urbinati is a freelance director and playwright based in New York City. He has directed at the Public Theater, Culture Project, Abingdon Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Pearl Theatre, Queens Theatre, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, New York Music Theatre Festival, New York University and theatres and universities across the country. He is Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre.

Rob’s first plays as a writer include, Hazelwood Jr. High, West Moon Street and Death by Design, all published by Samuel French.  Cole Porter's Nymph Errant, The Queen Bees and UMW: University of Mostly Whites, are published by Stage Rights. Other plays include Miss Julie in Hollywood, Cruel & Barbarous Treatment and Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack. His plays have received over one hundred productions world-wide. His book, “Play Readings: A Complete Guide for Theatre Practitioners” was published by Focal Press/Routledge.

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Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes.