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Beast with Two Backs - Full Length Play, Drama

Beast with Two Backs

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573628115

In Greenwich Village in the late 1920s Al, an artist, moves into a rooming house on Macdougal Street and finds himself being pulled deeper and deeper into the lives of its inhabitants.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play - Two apartments in a house in Greenwich Village in the late 1920s, Al's below, Mary Margaret's above.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

In Greenwich Village in the late 1920s Al, an artist, moves into a rooming house on Macdougal Street and finds himself being pulled deeper and deeper into the lives of its inhabitants. Above him live Mary Margaret, a lost actress from Ohio, and her philandering poet boyfriend, Jem. Al meets Mary Margaret when she comes home drunk one night and blunders into his bed. He falls in love with her. The landlord, McLish, keeps bursting into Al's room to help him with his romance. McLish, a failed writer, has his own troubles: a beautiful but compulsively disloyal wife. And somebody keeps playing "The Saint James Infirmary Blues." Al's attempt to rescue Mary Margaret is the core of this richly atmospheric love story which vividly recreates the world of artists and writers in this era. (Mary Margaret also appears in his Anima Mundi, Laestrygonians and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.) This play is part of the author's long series of Pendragon Plays.
First produced at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1975, directed by Gary Stewart.
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CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

MCLISH - a man of about 40
AL - late 20s
MARY MARGARET - late 20s
JEM - late 20s
RACHEL - early 30s
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MUSICAL STYLE

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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