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The Spoon River Project

The former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama
  • 95 minutes

  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Appropriate for all audiences, Adult
  • Set Requirements: Exterior Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, High School/Secondary
In this beautifully haunting play based on Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as all of their pasts are illuminated.

For more information, visit the playwright's page for The Spoon River Project.

Note: There is a shorter version of this play available, ideal for competition use. Please contact our office for details.


REVIEWS:

"We may live in a very different world than that of Spoon Rover, but Masters' truths about the human condition are eternal. The Spoon River Project delivers them with love, care, and rich, enveloping atmosphere. To paraphrase Sally Durant Plummer, I'm so glad I went."

 Erik Haagensen, Backstage (Critic's Pick)

"I have a long and storied English class history with Edgar Lee Masters' 1915 cycle of 246 free-verse epitaph poems, Spoon River Anthology. So I didn't expect to like it when Tom Andolora brought his edited and staged version, titled The Spoon River Project, to my new hometown in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. What a pleasant surprise! Masters' text is a series of challenging but worthwhile cameos about the emotionally crippling social hierarchy of small town America. This show really got it right [...] I was riveted all over again and would say that it was one of those theater-going experiences that will stick with me long after this season."

 HIllary Cohen, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation

"For a show about the dead, The Spoon River Project is very much alive. It's a strong play. In a span of 80 minutes, passion, joy, regret, sorrow, rage and love are expressed by the play's nearly 50 characters... all of whom have come back from the dead to share the secrets they've taken with them to the grave."

 Meredith Deliso, The Brooklyn Paper

"Those whose lives could benefit from an hour of beauty, thought and song will find all three, beautifully presented, in The Spoon River Project. It is a truly beautiful experience."

 Robert Plyler, Jamestown Post Journal (Jamestown, NY)

  • Casting: 6M, 5F

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In this beautifully haunting play based on Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as all of their pasts are illuminated. 

$10.00