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Illustration by Annika Linde

Stay Awake

Mary Hall Surface, playwright
Élise Cuffy, composer


25 pgs. 2 Actors

Originally produced by Atlas Performing Arts Center in 2015

Run Time: 40 minutes

Audience Recommendation: All Ages (best for ages 0-5)


Imagine an upside down lullaby! Rather than lulling you to sleep, this enchanting play sends you to a Dreamland of another sort. Discover the fantastical journey that awaits a child and her dog when their familiar bedtime ritual is thrown delightfully off-balance. Combining live music, movement, puppets, and visual art, Stay Awake invites young children and their grown-up friends into a theatrical world where anything is possible.


“Stay Awake captivated my two year old who reenacted the events of the show for days afterward. Mary Hall Surface invites children on an entirely original adventure whose final kinetic climax mesmerizes adults and children alike.” –Elizabeth Andrews Zitelli, parent and teacher


Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

*Stay Awake is not a musical, but there is a CD available for underscoring. Additional fees apply.

Photo Credit: Tamieka Chavis and Kashayna Johnson in Stay Awake at Altas Performing Arts Center in 2015.

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