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Degas in New Orleans - Full Length Play, Drama

Degas in New Orleans

Rosary Hartel O'Neill

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573697623

Heralded by Southern Repertory Theatre as a star of their 25 year season, Degas in New Orleans explores the inner turmoil and conflict of Edgar Degas, the great French Impressionist painter, as he visits his New Orleans family to pursue painting but tumbles into bankruptcy and adultery.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Biography, Period

90 minutes

Time Period - American Civil War Era, Victorian (British and American), 19th Century

Settings Of Play -

We are in a two-story rental house on 2306 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. It is 1872. A double parlor with the remnants of grandeur: a glittering chandelier, an elegant tattered sofa, a mahogany desk, and a high-back chair. To the right, two floor-to ceiling windows open onto a galley; to the left, a door to the pantry. Upstage two matching parlor doors lead offstage to an unseen staircased grand hallway that connects the upstairs, and the front and rear of the house. Outside we hear the clanging of a random mule-drawn streetcar. One possibility, throughout the play is to have Degas’ paintings or the rapturous colors within them projected onto the rear wall, enriching the bleak setting with their transparent blues, pinks, and violets.

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Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre

Winner! VCCA Award to Au Vilar France
Winner! Sewannee Writers Fellowship
Winner! Squaw Valley Fellowship
Winner! Invitation to Contemporary Theatre, London
Finalist! University Interscholastic League Texas competition for new plays

Heralded by Southern Repertory Theatre as a star of their 25 year season, Degas in New Orleans explores the inner turmoil and conflict of Edgar Degas, the great French Impressionist painter, as he visits his New Orleans family to pursue painting but tumbles into bankruptcy and adultery. Edgar Degas must choose between passion and painting. This riveting play is inspired by true events in the life of Edgar Degas and is set in scandalous post Civil War Louisiana. Parlor/gallery of the old Civil War house provides poetic staging opportunities.

REVIEWS 

"Intriguing and memorable...Degas in New Orleans creates a new vista for understanding Edgar Degas’s life and work." - Carole Di Tosti, All Along the NYC Skyline, Read More 

Check out Rosary's interview with the Consulate General of France in Lousiana on Degas in New Orleans here.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

EDGAR DEGAS - 38; the famous painter.
RENE DEGAS - 27; Edgar’s brother.
ESTELLE MUSSON BALFOUR DEGAS (TELL) - 29; René’s wife.
DESIREE MUSSON (DIDI) - 34; Tell’s sister.
MATHILDE MUSSON BELL - 31; Tell’s sister.
MICHEL MUSSON - 60; Tell’s father.
JOSEPHINE BALFOUR (JO) - 10; Tell’s daughter.
AMERICA DURRIVE OLIVIER - 24; a neighbor.
EMILY CUCKOW RILLIEUX - 45; a cousin; of mixed race; brown skin.
MAN #1 (WILL BELL) - Husband of Mathilde; funeral collector; soldier.
MAN #2 - Mendicant; servant; soldier.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Rosary Hartel O’Neill is the author of 25 plays, 18 published by Samuel French, Inc., and three books of nonfiction. The fourth edition of her text The Actor’s Checklist, is used in schools nationwide. Her book The Director As Artist will be published in a second edition in 2018. Her book New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit and Secrets of Mardi Gras by the History press (2014) had ... view full profile

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