The Spoon River Project

The Spoon River Project
based on Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
adapted by Tom Andolora

Productions (45)
  • Play with Music
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 5 f, 6 m (10-18 actors possible: 5-10 f, 5-10 m)
  • Set: The setting is a cemetery. It can be elaborate or as simple as you like.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-138-6

The Spoon River Project
based on Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
adapted by Tom Andolora

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Productions (45)
  • Play with Music
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 5 f, 6 m (10-18 actors possible: 5-10 f, 5-10 m)
  • Set: The setting is a cemetery. It can be elaborate or as simple as you like.

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. Read More

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Libretto $9.99
piano/vocal/violin score $12.99

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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.

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 Playscripts for details.

  • Play with Music
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 5 f, 6 m (10-18 actors possible: 5-10 f, 5-10 m)
  • Set: The setting is a cemetery. It can be elaborate or as simple as you like.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-138-6
Production Packages Include

  • 11 librettos (the book and lyrics)
  • 3 piano/vocal/violin score

Pricing and other details are provided during the order process. Higher quantities of some items may be purchased.

Published Reviews

"We may live in a very different world than that of Spoon River, 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 (Critics' 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)

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NOV 01, 2017 - NOV 01, 2017
Boyle County High School
Danville, KY United States
Boyle County High School Danville, KY United States
MAY 05, 2017 - MAY 06, 2017
Winfield High School Drama Club
Winfield, MO United States
Winfield High School Drama Club Winfield, MO United States
FEB 09, 2017 - FEB 10, 2017
Wichita High School South
Wichita, KS United States
Wichita High School South Wichita, KS United States
DEC 09, 2016 - DEC 10, 2016
Centennial High School Drama Club
Pueblo, CO United States
Centennial High School Drama Club Pueblo, CO United States
DEC 08, 2016 - DEC 12, 2016
Olean Theatre Workshop
Olean, NY United States
Olean Theatre Workshop Olean, NY United States
NOV 17, 2016 - NOV 19, 2016
Las Vegas High School
Las Vegas, NV United States
Las Vegas High School Las Vegas, NV United States
NOV 16, 2016 - NOV 19, 2016
Roanoke College
Salem, VA United States
Roanoke College Salem, VA United States
OCT 21, 2016 - OCT 22, 2016
Corbin Theatre
Liberty, MO United States
Corbin Theatre Liberty, MO United States
OCT 19, 2016 - OCT 24, 2016
Lake Travis High School
Austin, TX United States
Lake Travis High School Austin, TX United States
OCT 08, 2016 - OCT 08, 2016
Live Arts Theatre
Buford, GA United States
Live Arts Theatre Buford, GA United States
OCT 07, 2016 - OCT 09, 2016
Live Arts Theatre
Buford, GA United States
Live Arts Theatre Buford, GA United States
MAR 18, 2016 - MAR 19, 2016
Clarinda High School
Clarinda, IA United States
Clarinda High School Clarinda, IA United States
MAR 06, 2016 - MAR 12, 2016
Cherry On Top Theater
CAMINO, CA United States
Cherry On Top Theater CAMINO, CA United States
DEC 03, 2015 - DEC 03, 2015
Independence High School
Charlotte, NC United States
Independence High School Charlotte, NC United States
OCT 28, 2015 - OCT 31, 2015
Delton Kellogg Theatre Arts Company
Delton, MI United States
Delton Kellogg Theatre Arts Company Delton, MI United States
OCT 16, 2015 - OCT 18, 2015
Theatre Guild Valdosta
Lake Park, GA United States
Theatre Guild Valdosta Lake Park, GA United States
SEP 17, 2015 - SEP 19, 2015
Creekview High School
Carrollton, TX United States
Creekview High School Carrollton, TX United States
JUN 23, 2015 - JUN 23, 2015
Sock 'n' Buskin Theatre
Lincoln, NE United States
Sock 'n' Buskin Theatre Lincoln, NE United States
APR 17, 2015 - APR 18, 2015
Portage Area School District
Portage, PA United States
Portage Area School District Portage, PA United States
MAR 26, 2015 - MAR 29, 2015
West Chester University
West Chester, PA United States
West Chester University West Chester, PA United States
MAR 19, 2015 - MAR 21, 2015
McKinney North High School
McKinney, TX United States
McKinney North High School McKinney, TX United States
FEB 13, 2015 - FEB 15, 2015
The Gunston School
Church Hill, MD United States
The Gunston School Church Hill, MD United States
DEC 04, 2014 - DEC 13, 2014
Mt. Carmel High School
San Diego, CA United States
Mt. Carmel High School San Diego, CA United States
NOV 20, 2014 - NOV 22, 2014
Trinity Christian Academy
Lexington, KY United States
Trinity Christian Academy Lexington, KY United States
NOV 08, 2014 - DEC 13, 2014
Louisville High School
Louisville, NE United States
Louisville High School Louisville, NE United States
NOV 07, 2014 - NOV 22, 2014
Footlight Players
Coshocton, OH United States
Footlight Players Coshocton, OH United States
OCT 25, 2014 - OCT 25, 2014
Woodgrove High School
Winchester, VA United States
Woodgrove High School Winchester, VA United States
OCT 10, 2014 - OCT 26, 2014
Fircrest Presbyterian Church
Tacoma, WA United States
Fircrest Presbyterian Church Tacoma, WA United States
SEP 29, 2014 - OCT 31, 2014
Ocala Civic Theatre
Ocala, FL United States
Ocala Civic Theatre Ocala, FL United States
MAR 12, 2014 - MAR 15, 2014
Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, MO United States
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO United States
MAR 07, 2014 - MAR 16, 2014
Portland Community College
Portland, OR United States
Portland Community College Portland, OR United States
FEB 21, 2014 - FEB 23, 2014
Stow-Munroe Falls High School
Stow, OH United States
Stow-Munroe Falls High School Stow, OH United States
JAN 04, 2014 - JAN 04, 2014
SMS Players
Stephenville, NL Canada
SMS Players Stephenville, NL Canada
NOV 07, 2013 - NOV 10, 2013
University Of Hawaii At Hilo
Hilo, HI United States
University Of Hawaii At Hilo Hilo, HI United States
SEP 27, 2013 - SEP 28, 2013
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY United States
SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY United States
AUG 02, 2013 - AUG 03, 2013
St. John's Players
Manitowoc, WI United States
St. John's Players Manitowoc, WI United States
MAY 18, 2013 - MAY 18, 2013
Allentown High School
Allentown, NJ United States
Allentown High School Allentown, NJ United States
MAY 17, 2013 - MAY 17, 2013
Rosman Amateur Theatrical Society
Rosman, NC United States
Rosman Amateur Theatrical Society Rosman, NC United States
FEB 01, 2013 - FEB 28, 2013
South San Antonio High School Drama
San Antonio, TX United States
South San Antonio High School Drama San Antonio, TX United States
FEB 01, 2012 - FEB 29, 2012
California State University - Fullerton
Fullerton, CA United States
California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA United States
OCT 01, 2011 - OCT 31, 2011
James Caldwell High School
West Caldwell, NJ United States
James Caldwell High School West Caldwell, NJ United States
JUL 01, 2011 - JUL 31, 2011
Lake View Cemetery
Jamestown, NY United States
Lake View Cemetery Jamestown, NY United States
JUN 01, 2011 - JUN 30, 2011
Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn, NY United States
Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn, NY United States
JUL 01, 2010 - JUL 31, 2010
Lake View Cemetery
Jamestown, NY United States
Lake View Cemetery Jamestown, NY United States
JUL 01, 2009 - JUL 31, 2009
Lake View Cemetery
Jamestown, NY United States
Lake View Cemetery Jamestown, NY United States
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