Sparks in the Park

by  Noble Mason Smith

Short Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"Outlandishly funny" - New York Magazine
"A delight from beginning." - The New Yorker

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Sparks in the Park

by  Noble Mason Smith

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration


    40 minutes
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Sparks in the Park is about a neurotic teenager trying to write a play for The New York Young Playwrights Festival. The young writer can't see that his own relationships are far more interesting than his lame efforts at stagecraft: ridiculous attempts to emulate talented writers like Woody Allen, Sam Shepherd and, alas!, Shakespeare. The play was, in fact, written by a neurotic teenager and entered in the New York Young Playwrights Festival (which it won).

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  • Winner! Young Playwrights Festival sponsored by the Dramatists Guild



"Outlandishly funny" - New York Magazine

"A delight from beginning." - The New Yorker

"An imaginative picaresque adventure." - The New York Times


Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary


  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus


5m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting



Noble Mason Smith

Noble Mason Smith is the author of the upcoming book The Wisdom of the Shire from St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books (translated into 7 languages and simultaneously published in the United Kingdom from Hodder & Stoughton). Sons of Zeus—the first book in his epic action-adventure series ...

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Sparks in the Park premiered at Playwrights Horizons theatre on September 15th, 1987 and ran for 30 performances as part of the New York Young Playwrights Festival.

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