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Eisegesis - Short Play, Drama

Eisegesis

Nick Mecikalski

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Short Play, Drama

2m, 1f, 1m or f

ISBN: 9780573700156

Mr. Arnold Halsworth wakes to find himself trapped alone in a mysterious prison cell, enclosed not by walls and doors but by a bizarre, otherworldly void. While he attempts to reason through his situation, two strange Men enter from the nothingness and overpower Mr. Halsworth, presenting him with a staggering accusation: that he alone is humanity's most heinous criminal.

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$9.95
: Thespian Playworks 2011

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Drama

Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction

30 minutes

Time Period - Present Day, The Future

Settings Of Play - A bizarre, dark prison cell with only a single white bed;  A restaurant table;  A messy bedroom.  

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Death, Love, Memory

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Selected play from the Eduational Theatre Association's 2010 Thespian Playworks program. Published in the collection Thespian Playworks 2011.

Mr. Arnold Halsworth wakes to find himself trapped alone in a mysterious prison cell, enclosed not by walls and doors but by a bizarre, otherworldly void. As he attempts to reason through his situation, two strange Men enter from the nothingness and overpower him, presenting him with a staggering accusation: that he alone is humanity's most heinous criminal. Astounded and utterly confused at such a monstrous allegation, Mr. Halsworth must search his past, recounting memories of his collegiate life and his girlfriend Danielle, to uncover the reasons for his imprisonment. Little by little, Mr. Halsworth pieces together the actions that led him there, arriving, ultimately, at mankind's greatest crime.

Eisegesis was originally produced in The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival (Daniel Henning, Artistic Director; Noah Wyle, Artistic Producer) in Hollywood, California, on June 9, 2011. It was directed by Warren Davis.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f, 1m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

MAN 2 may be played by a male or a female.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

ARNOLD HALSWORTH - A twenty-something physicist and intellectual; usually a normal, amiable college student, his given circumstances make him very defensive.
MAN 1 - One of Halsworth's mysterious interrogators; authoritative and intimidating but never violent; measured and in control.
MAN 2 - Halsworth's other interrogator, of similar demeanor; may be a female role.
DANIELLE RITTMAN - Halsworth's wife, a smart woman with a dry and sarcastic sense of humor.

 
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Nick Mecikalski

Nick Mecikalski

Nick Mecikalski is a Senior at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Theatre and minoring in Computer Science. He is an alumnus of two programs with the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center--the Advanced Playwriting Semester and the Theatermakers Summer Intensive. As a playwright he has had productions and staged readings of his work with The Blank Theatre’s Young ... view full profile

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