Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1920s, 1910s / WWI
Settings Of Play - In and
around the old Pendragon house in Armitage, Ohio, at various times
between 1908 and 1927; Mary Margaret's Hollywood bungalow in
1929; a series of inns, boarding houses and backstage dressing rooms
frequented by McDuffy's theatrical company over the years.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Monologues, Scene work
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Intense Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Silent film starlet Mary Margaret is alone in her Hollywood bungalow,
about to kill herself. John Rose, a former Shakespearean stage actor,
now a drunken silent movie leading man with a bad reputation, calls on
her and tries to convince her to face life. In the course of their
hilarious conflict, images of the actor's past emerge. His efforts to
help Mary Margaret live force him to deal with his own demons and find a
way to cope with the terrible secret that eats away at him like the
cannibal Laestrygonians in Homer's Odyssey. Funny and rich in character and language, this powerful and unusual love story is central to the Pendragon series of plays.
Laestrygonians was first produced by The Actors Co-op in Knoxville, Tennessee in the autumn of 2000. It was directed by Brian Prather.