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Anatomies - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Anatomies

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

7m, 5f

ISBN: MS00000000250

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

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$19.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 19th Century

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

In haunted Edinburgh, in the 1820s, Dr. Robert Knox, of Surgeons Square, needs fresh corpses to dissect in his anatomy demonstrations, and these are scarce, because the law forbids dissection of anyone but an executed criminal. So the profitable business of Resurrectionism is born: enterprising fellows referred to in local legend as Body Snatchers who sneak into cemeteries late at night and steal corpses to sell to the doctors. Enter the infamous Burke and Hare, who stumble upon a more lucrative business model: since the fresher the corpse, the more money they get, why not murder the residents of their lodging house and haul them off to Dr Knox in a tea chest? The pay is good, and Dr Knox wants the corpses enough to not ask any questions. But when a beautiful young prostitute, the lover of one of Knox's young assistants, is hauled in, the interns can no longer hide from themselves what's going on. But to reveal the truth could destroy their careers and ruin their hero, the celebrated and charismatic Dr Knox. Meanwhile, Burke and Hare, and their accomplices, Helen Macdonald and Mrs Hare, are murdering more and more people, drinking too much, and getting careless, and Mr Burke seems to be losing his mind. Laced with eerie and haunting ballads sung by the old street singer McGonigle, this very dark and very funny play raises some grave and troubling questions about the relationship of science to morality, and of free enterprise to murder.
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CASTING

7m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

Folk

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Author
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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Reviews
Nathan Autrey 2/3/2014 8:28 AM
Amazing script! Dark, thought provoking and leaves the characters with the ulitmate consequences for their actions. Highly recommend!

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