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Clytemnestra - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy


Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: MS00000000255

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

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Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1910s / WWI


Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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

In Armitage, a small town in Pendragon County, Ohio, site of many of Nigro's plays, it's 1919. The World War is over, but Michael Ryan and his son Thomas have not been heard from. Michael's wife, Carolyn, convinced that her husband is dead, has begun an affair with her daughter Jenna's husband Nick while Jenna is in the madhouse, where Carolyn put her after Jenna stabbed Nick on their wedding night. Nick wants Carolyn's sardonic other daughter, Lexie, who won't let him touch her, but sits on the porch with him every night driving him crazy. The family continues to conceal a dark secret: that Michael is in fact the son of Greek immigrants to New York who got his original stake by murdering an old man in a pawn shop there. Nick, the brother of Michael's dead accomplice in this crime, has found Michael in Ohio and blackmailed him into a good job under him at the bank and marriage with his daughter. But with Michael gone to war, Jenna in the madhouse, Lexie driving him crazy, and Carolyn insatiable in her loneliness, Nick is slowly drinking himself to death. When Michael returns, having brought Jenna with him from the madhouse, a sequence of events is set in motion which leads them all inexorably towards the dark events of Greek tragedy. Confused, lonely, upset and angry, Carolyn feels guilty about her affair, hurt by her husband's coldness, and is further driven round the bend by her dying father's revelation that she is in fact the daughter of the village idiot. Her attempts to unravel the mystery of her origins while somehow putting her family back together are pushing her further and further towards the edge of an abyss. May be done on its own or as the middle pay of Nigro's Greek Trilogy, which also includes Iphigenia and Electra.


4m, 3f


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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