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Lost Generation - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Lost Generation

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 1f

ISBN: MS00000000264

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is being made available now in manuscript form prior to its publication.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1920s


Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

The complex and dangerous friendship of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald with Ernest Hemingway is traced in this funny, surreal and dark play which presents their evolving attractions, entanglements, jealousies, conflicts, and madness. Scott worships Ernest and wishes he could be as strong a man and pure an artist as he imagines Ernest to be, but also tries to justify his sense that he has prostituted his talent to cheap popular magazines so he can finance the expensive life style Zelda needs. Ernest has some grudging respect for Scott's talent, but only contempt for the way Scott conducts his career and his life, and tries to convince Scott that Zelda is jealous of Scott's talent and secretly is trying to destroy him. Zelda loves Scott but thinks he behaves like a fool, and sees Ernest as a fake who is himself trying to destroy Scott. There is repressed sexual tension flying around in all directions, as the three of them work their way through an increasingly disturbing series of triangular struggles. Zelda's French lover keeps buzzing the house in his airplane. Ernest tries to convince Scott that Zelda should be put in a madhouse. Zelda makes fun of Ernest's exaggeratedly masculine pose, his passions for guns and bullfights, and his desperate ambition. They are strong and weak in turn, liars and truth tellers, mad and brilliant, each in their own way, and each is moving towards an inevitable self destruction that the others both facilitate and try to prevent. The play moves like an intense dream, a struggle over art, sex, fame, power and madness.


2m, 1f


Ensemble cast

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)

Don Nigro

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas and surreal homicidal puppet farces, plays with music and verse plays. He ... view full profile

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Andrea Holliday 12/5/2015 11:49 AM
F.Scott, Zelda, and Ernest Hemingway tease and seduce and torture each other through 15 scenes of  wonderfully clever, biting dialog. The characters are complex and devious enough that your actors will love this. The sets are simple enough- no blackouts or set changes per playwright's instructions.The character's relationships are not so simple.  They are so competitive and mean to each other, I felt exhausted at play's end. The challenge would be to play the witty, carefree  trio, and keep the pain and brooding just under the surface, and to find a way to reveal the affection hidden within the "shallow" personas. This is an actors play. Literary patrons will appreciate it most.  Right now, it is not a candidate for our community theatre's season, where comedies are in greater demand.
Meg Wallace 5/20/2015 7:33 PM

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