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The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Adapted by Christopher Sergel. From the book by S.E. Hinton.

Product Code: O41000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 10m., 8w., extras as desired.

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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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Some variations possible. S.E. Hinton, who wrote this modern classic when she was 16 years old, comments: "The Outsiders, like most things I write, is written from a boy's point of view. That's why I'm listed as S.E. Hinton rather than Susan. (I figured most boys would look at the book and think 'What can a chick know about stuff like that!') None of the events are taken from life, but the rest—how kids think and live and feel—is for real. The characters—Dallas, who wasn't tough enough; Sodapop, the happy-go-lucky dropout; Bob, the rich kid whose arrogance cost him his life; Ponyboy, the sensitive, green-eyed Greaser who didn't want to be a hood—they're all real to me. Many of my friends are Greasers, but I'm not. I have friends who are rich, too, but nobody will ever call me a Soc—I've seen what money and too much idle time and parental approval can do to people. Cool people mean nothing to me—they're living behind masks and I'm always wondering "Is there a real person underneath?" This entirely practical stage adaptation deals with real people, seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life, caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids—the Socs—and his tough, underprivileged "greaser" family and friends. In the midst of urban warfare, somehow Ponyboy can't forget a short poem that speaks of their fragile young lives:

Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief,
so dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.

"Robert Frost wrote it," Ponyboy tells Johnny. "I always remembered it because I never quite got what he meant by it." Cherry, a beautiful Soc, comes to share a special sensitivity with Ponyboy as she discovers that he remembers poems and needs to watch sunsets. At the same time, Cherry's attracted to the older, tougher Dallas, and in a sense she's caught in the violent space between the Greasers and the Socs. While the Socs appear to have everything, the only thing a Greaser has is his friends. As these young people try to find themselves and each other, as the sadness of sophistication begins to reach them and their battles and relationships reach a resolution, Ponyboy's dying friend, Johnny, sends him a last message … I've been thinking about the poem that guy wrote. He meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep it that way. It's a good way to be. This is a play about young people who are not yet hopeless about latent decency in the midst of struggle.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code O41000
  • Cast Size 18
  • Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 120 min


  • Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780871292773
* 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

"The Outsiders was a versatile and well-written script for my students to perform. They had not performed a stage play in years at my school, and these students were able to learn so much of the basic acting skills from the versatility of the script."
Review by Alissa Vogelgesang, Carroll County High School, Carrollton, Ky.
"This piece was beautiful -- in the last days of production and the first time I read it, it brought tears to my eyes. The students enjoyed a story with which they were familiar and a script to which they could truly connect."
Review by Shannon Mallrich, Triad High School, Troy, IL
"It went over very well. The drama played well to a wide age range and we had many positive comments. This adaptation represented Hinton's work very well and the action moved quickly."
Review by Greg Holt, Black Hawk Children's Theatre, Waterloo, IA
"A beautiful coming of age story that any generation can relate to."
Review by Laura LaChappelle, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Humboldt, Ariz.
"I saw the play performed years ago in Texas and knew I'd like to direct it someday. It is faithful to the novel and was written for high school students to be performed in a high school setting. Our school had never done a drama beforeÑour audiences loved it!"
Review by Jamie Miller, Byng Schools, Ada, Okla.
"The Outsiders is a great adaptation of S. E. Hinton's novel. It is told through the eyes of Ponyboy, who moves the story along at a good pace. The show moves quickly and is very easy to stage. It is a great show for your young men with a variety of experience!"
Review by Chris Murphy, Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne, Ind.
"Big hit. Our middle school enjoyed it as they were studying the novel. Great opportunity for getting boys interested in theatre."
Review by Susan Kahn, Norwell High School, Ossian, Ind.
"Well written and relatable to students. My students loved these roles and were very sad when the production closed. The audience reaction was amazing! A standing ovation at each performance."
Review by Vance Hays, Pike Central High School, Petersburg, Ind.
"Excellent choice for middle-school audiences; great show to feature talented young performers, particularly males. Material is easy to relate to and show is relatively easy to produce."
Review by Wayne Marek, Eau Claire Children's Theatre, Eau Claire, Wis.
"The Outsiders is a classic yet contemporary story. This adaptation allows for a simple set and can accommodate a large cast. Audiences love the characters and so did the actors! I felt the cast really understood the message and brought it to life in this play."
Review by Rebecca Coons, Dallas Center-Grimes High School, Grimes, Iowa
"This is a very powerful and timely piece. The characters are clear and believable. The use of memory adds an interesting element to the production. Many of our audience were in tears at the end. It contains a message that is important for our times."
Review by Rebecca Sartor, Rutland High School, Rutland, Vt.
"The script is smart, fast-paced and faithful to the original novel. What a wonderful way to introduce a timeless piece of Americana to a new generation."
Review by Debbie Ragonese, The SEEALL Academy, Brooklyn, N.Y.
"The Outsiders is very well written and young people just love itÑboth those in the cast and those in the audience. Many good roles to create an excellent ensemble."
Review by Lorna Stratton, ICHTYHYS, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
"This is an extremely popular novel studied in many English classes, so performing the play at our school was a great experience for the cast and student audience. It was perfect for schoolwide observance of "Bullying Prevention Week" November 15-19."
Review by Margo Benedetto, Centralia High School, Centralia, Wash.
"The Outsiders powerfully presents the problems and issues faced by young people. Kaukauna High School's production with simple area staging and stark lighting focused on the feelings and emotions of the characters."
Review by Brenda Hostettler, Kaukauna High School, Kaukauna, Wis.
"The Outsiders is a great play for middle school or high-school students to perform. The kids really care about the characters and the situations in the show."
Review by Ava Grimm, Molina High School, Dallas, Texas

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"We were able to use a very basic stage set & only 2 spot lights with this show easily. Considering that is all we have in this program, we were very thankful."
Tip by Alissa Vogelgesang, Carroll County High School, Carrollton, Ky.
"Creative lighting is a godsend for this show, making scenes that challenge "realistic" staging into something artful and riveting."
Tip by Joshua Kauffman, Winfield City High School, Winfield, Ala.
"Use a real fence to crawl under for the drive-in. Also, when Ponyboy goes into soliloquy, we recorded those at a studio and played them as voice overs."
Tip by Jamie Miller, Byng Schools, Ada, Okla.
"Keep the set as simple as possible. Lighting makes this show... use "specials" to focus on the different areas of action."
Tip by Mike Chappell, Huntsville High School, Huntsville, Ala.
"It takes imagination and work, but adapt the staging for surround-theatre. Seat the audience facing a wide centre aisle and stage the rumble right there. Wow! Create a "cheer" for Greasers and Socs and get the audience to participate."
Tip by Lorna Stratton, ICHTHYS Theatre Productions, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
"For the fire scene, you can accomplish a lot with very little. Blackout completely with the exception of red, yellow and orange lights filtering offstage. Add a fog machine and a few crackling sound effects and you are in great shape!"
Tip by Crystal Braeuner, Gibbs High School, Corryton, Tenn.
"Everyone on stage froze while Pony was speaking."
Tip by Rebecca Sartor, Rutland High School, Rutland, Vt.

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts La Mirada California 2/20/2019 2/21/2019
Richmond Civic Theatre (RCT) Richmond Indiana 11/9/2018 11/11/2018
Stafford Township Arts Center Stafford Township New Jersey 11/1/2018 11/3/2018
Northglenn High School Northglenn Colorado 10/26/2018 10/27/2018
Duluth High School Duluth Georgia 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Massac County High School Metropolis Illinois 10/26/2018 10/27/2018
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Miami Oklahoma 11/29/2018 12/2/2018
Foote School New Haven Connecticut 2/26/2019 3/1/2019
New Horizon Community Theatre West Point Georgia 2/28/2019 3/2/2019
Cape Breton University Sydney Nova Scotia 11/20/2018 11/25/2018
Tewksbury Memorial High Tewksbury Massachusetts 12/6/2018 12/8/2018
West Orange High School West Orange New Jersey 11/1/2018 11/3/2018
Suwannee High School Live Oak Florida 11/8/2018 11/10/2018
Cambridge High School Milton Georgia 5/2/2019 5/4/2019
St. Michael's College School Toronto Ontario 11/14/2018 11/17/2018
A G West Black Hills High School Tumwater Washington 12/8/2018 12/9/2018
Belmont Hill School Belmont Massachusetts 11/9/2018 11/10/2018
Computech cafeteria Fresno California 11/14/2018 11/15/2018
Lincoln Cultural Center Lincolnton North Carolina 4/5/2019 4/14/2019
Shore Regional High School West Long Branch New Jersey 12/6/2018 12/9/2018
Walden Grove High School Sahuarita Arizona 11/9/2018 11/10/2018
Seneca High School Auditorium Wattsburg Pennsylvania 11/16/2018 11/17/2018
Ascension Academy Amarillo Texas 11/8/2018 11/10/2018
Kingsway Regional High School - Eitel Theater Woolwich Twp New Jersey 12/6/2018 12/8/2018
Little Miami High School Morrow Ohio 10/25/2018 10/28/2018
Lincoln-Way West High School New Lenox Illinois 10/18/2018 10/20/2018
Chippewa Valley High School Clinton Township Michigan 3/22/2019 3/23/2019
Gainesboro Elementary Gainesboro Tennessee 3/14/2019 3/15/2019
The Fair Theater Somerville Tennessee 2/15/2019 2/24/2019
St. John's High School Winnipeg Manitoba 12/11/2018 12/14/2018
University City High San Diego California 11/27/2018 11/30/2018
Pleasant Grove High Sch Pleasant Grove Alabama 11/8/2018 11/8/2018
Passaic Preparatory Acaemy Passaic New Jersey 11/2/2018 11/4/2018
Hillsboro High School Hillsboro Oregon 11/14/2018 11/17/2018
Washington MS La Habra California 4/11/2019 4/11/2019
Washington MS La Habra California 4/10/2019 4/10/2019
Performing Arts Room Tehachapi California 12/6/2018 12/18/2018
Gibbs High School Corryton Tennessee 11/9/2018 11/11/2018
Grapevine High School Grapevine Texas 11/8/2018 11/10/2018
Thornton Wilder Auditorium, Hamden, CT 06514 Hamden Connecticut 3/1/2019 3/3/2019
Rundle College Junior Senior High School Calgary Alberta 5/8/2019 5/11/2019


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