Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1900-1910
Settings Of Play - New York in the early twentieth century, and elsewhere.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
In the first years of the twentieth century, Evelyn Nesbit, the beautiful, teen-age pin up and chorus girl, was the entrancing center of an explosive and deadly love triangle involving Stanford White, her married lover and the architect of many of the most famous buildings in New York, who liked to push her naked on a red velvet swing, and Harry K. Thaw, the wealthy, manic and demented roller-skating Pittsburgh playboy who married her, beat her with a horse whip, and eventually shot White through the eye socket during a musical performance at the rooftop theatre at White's Madison Square Garden. This wickedly funny play chronicles the grotesque events leading up to and after this notorious murder and Evelyn's wild, strange journey through her American tabloid nightmare as she is hounded by carnivorous reporters, threatened, used, betrayed, bribed, stalked and nearly destroyed by the rich, the corrupt, the violent and the insane. Part of Nigro's ongoing dramatic saga of America in the 20th century that continues with Jules Verne Eats a Rhinoceros, City of Dreadful Night and Traitors.
"Literate but quirky... non-realistic theatricality... smartly ironic." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"There was a bit of everything: wealth, fame, insanity, genius, and, in the middle of it all, a beautiful chorus girl... The sensational story has been adapted for screen and stage... but the latest play, Don Nigro's My Sweetheart's The Man In The Moon, might be its most faithful version. It demonstrates admirable nuance and an impressive amount of research." - The New York Times
"People who think Evelyn Nesbit is only a fictional character from Ragtime may find some surprises in Don Nigro's play, which chronicles the tawdry, twisted love triangle that "the girl in the red velvet swing" shared with master architect (and seducer) Stanford White and millionaire psychopath Harry K. Thaw." - Village Voice
My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon was first produced by the
Open Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 6, 2005. It was
directed by Ruth Willis. The play received its New York premiere later that spring, produced by the Hypothetical Theatre Company. It was directed by Hypothetical producing artistic director Amy Feinberg.