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Ravenscroft - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Ravenscroft

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

1m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573692741

This psychological drama is a thinking person's Gothic thriller, a dark comedy that is both funny and frightening. On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women. One of a series of Inspector Ruffing plays.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - A remote manor house in a rural English county in December of the year 1905.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

This psychological drama is a thinking person's Gothic thriller, a dark comedy that is both funny and frightening. On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women: Marcy, the beautiful Viennese governess with a past; Mrs. Ravenscroft, the flirtatious lady of the manor; Gillian, her charming but possibly demented daughter; Mrs. French, the formidable and passionate cook, and Dolly, a terrified maid. They lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick's demise and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft. There are ghosts on the staircase, skeletons in the closet, and much more than the Inspector bargained for. His investigation leads into own tortured soul and the nature of truth itself. You will not guess the ending, but you will be teased, seduced, bewildered, amused, frightened and led to a dark encounter with truth or something even stranger. One of a series of Inspector Ruffing plays that also includes Phantoms, Widdershins, Mephisto, The Rooky Wood, Creatures Lurking In The Churchyard and Demonology.
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CASTING

1m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

RUFFING - an Inspector, 40
MARCY - a governess, 25
MRS. RAVENSCROFT - 35
GILLIAN - her daughter, 17
DOLLY - the maid 20
MRS. FRENCH - the housekeeper (38)
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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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