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Still Life With Iris Cover SG2000

Still Life with Iris

By Steven Dietz.

Product Code: SG2000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 5m., 4w. (flexible/doubling.)

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* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $100/perf

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This piece is the first play for young audiences to receive the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award. Still Life with Iris is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl's search for the simplest of things: home. Iris lives with her mom in the land of Nocturno—a magical place in which the workers make, by night, all of the things we see in the world by day. Also, in Nocturno, memories do not reside in people's minds but instead are kept in their coats (called "Past Coats"). The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, are determined to have the "best" of everything on their island—and therefore take Iris away from her home and bring her to Great Island to be their daughter. To ease the pain of this separation, they remove her Past Coat, leaving her with no memory of her home or her family. All that remains of Iris' past is a single button from her coat. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey—Annabel Lee (a young woman from the sea) and Mozart (the composer, age 11)—and frees herself from the Great Goods. She returns to Nocturno, having found her past, and her home.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code SG2000
  • Cast Size 9
  • Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 60 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583426791
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"Still Life With Iris is a magical and fantastical play filled with imaginative and allegorical elements. Appealing to children and adults, Dietz takes us into the contrasting spheres of Nocturno and Great Island as Iris adventurously explores her place in the world."
Review by Nancy Vitulli, Cranston High School West, Cranston, R.I.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"Keep the set simple to allow for easy and fluid transitions from one setting to another. Allow time to develop the soundscape of the production that is driven by Mozart music."
Tip by Nancy Vitulli, Cranston High School West, Cranston, R.I.

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Allen Academy Bryan Texas 3/6/2020 4/26/2020
Hines Black Box Theatre Austin Texas 4/30/2020 5/2/2020
Rupert A Nock Middle Newburyport Massachusetts 11/21/2019 11/23/2019
Dowling Catholic High School West Des Moines Iowa 12/6/2019 12/7/2019
NCTC North Central Texas College - Gainesville Campus Gainesville Texas 12/11/2019 12/11/2019
Academic Rodeo Tyler Texas 1/13/2020 1/29/2020
Rivercrest J H Bogata Texas 12/9/2019 12/9/2019
Burleson High School Burleson Texas 12/12/2019 12/12/2019


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