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STUFF! A Curious Collection
A fantasia for young actors and audiences by Sandra Fenichel Asher
Type of Show
Short Play
Performance Type
Live
Digital
Acts
1 act
Duration
50 min
Performing Groups
High School/Secondary
Theatre for Young Audiences
Movement Requirements
Minimal, flexible, with strong opportunity for robust movement work.
Tech Requirements
Minimal, flexible
Cast Summary
7 to 20+, m/f
Overview
STUFF! A Curious Collection playfully explores the power of stuff to inspire story creation, and the power of story to heal broken spirits and build community. Born from a collaboration between at-risk teens and theatre professionals, this theatrical fantasia features deeply flexible casting, and fantastic opportunity for robust and playful physical theatre.

Five young people who have lost their zest for life, for a variety of genuine and recognizable reasons, are called into an imagined world where a blank book awaits their individual and group stories.  As they share the stories that have frozen each of them in an unhappy state, they begin to appreciate one another and understand themselves.  Soon, they are combining their real-life odds and ends into a gloriously silly -- and restorative -- group story.  Having arrived alone, the five young people depart together, no longer imprisoned by their stories but owning them.

*It has been found that a really gifted, trained, adult physical theatre actor in the role of Stuff inspires both the cast and audiences to new heights of creativity and enjoyment.  However, young people can also thrive in the role.*
Casting
7 to 20+, m/f
A NOTE ON CASTING:
May be played by actors representing whatever variations of human being are locally available. All are welcome. Cast size is flexible. For a larger cast, STORY CHARACTERS may be played by additional actors, with or without use of puppets, all imagined into being by the ONES as they create their group story. STUFF's role can be divided among additional actors, all non-speaking, either as equals or as assistants to a single leading STUFF.
M.C. (Master of Creativity)
The embodiment of the human drive to find purpose, community and healing through shared stories. Upbeat, confident, and welcoming.
STUFF
A non-speaking personification of odds and ends of absolutely no significance except when paired with human creativity. In this play, as in life, STUFF calls to us, teases us, tickles us, troubles us, inspires us – and, in so doing, evokes the human creativity required to realize its own potential.
SOME ONE
Upper teens, loves to read and write stories. Also plays story characters MINEY, TRAVEL AGENT, LARRY, PUPPET CURLY, and PUPPET MOE.
ANY ONE
Early teens, a visual artist who loves to play dress-up and finds costume pieces for others as indicated. Also plays story character MOTHER.
EACH ONE
A drummer who loves to play with all kinds of sound and helps to create sound effects as indicated. Also plays story characters FATHER, LION, and PUPPET WHALE.
EVERY ONE
Upper teens, born to dance. Also plays the story characters MEENY and TOUR GUIDE.
OTHER ONE
The youngest of the ONES, grieving for a beloved pet. Also plays story character EENY and shares operation of PUPPET MOE.
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