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Widdershins - Full Length Play, Drama

Widdershins

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573696381

In a peaceful house near the Welsh border, an entire family has vanished suddenly without a trace one evening with supper on the table and no apparent violence. Inspector Ruffing's attempt to understand what's happened to a couple and their two daughters leads him deep into his own dark soul.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - An old house near the Welsh border in the autumn of the year 1902. The set should be open enough so that those characters who at certain points in the play seem to appear as dreams, hallucinations and/or memories may enter and exit at will, with maximum efficiency and minimum fuss.

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, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Inspector Ruffing, the troubled hero of Nigro's Ravenscroft, Demonology, Creatures Lurking In The Churchyard , The Rooky Wood, Phantoms and Mephisto returns in this baffling mystery that was an audience favorite at the First International Mystery Festival in 2007. In a peaceful house near the Welsh border, an entire family has vanished suddenly without a trace one evening with supper on the table and no apparent violence. Ruffing's attempt to understand what's happened to a couple and their two daughters leads him deep into his own dark soul. The only clue is a piece of paper left on a desk with the word 'Widdershins' written on it. Beautiful women, dark secrets, the Impressionists and the Druids all figure in this unusual and thought provoking play.
Widdershins was selected for the First International Mystery Writers Festival and had its fi rst professional production at RiverPark Center, Owensboro, Kentucky, in June 2007. It was directed by Wes Bartlett.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

MCGONIGLE
RUFFING
JENNY
ENGLISH
NED
ANN
MRS ENGLISH
FELICITY
CONSTANCE
OLD BETTY
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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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Reviews
Colin Fletcher 11/22/2015 2:51 PM
As a group Widdershins has been a part of our life since last June and we have just completed our production of it last night. Our audiences have raved over it despite it being a complex plot.
We used different lighting to enhance the flashback sequences throughout the play and this enhanced the production.
I'm not sure but we maybe the first group to perform this play in the UK!!
Brad Lawryk 7/31/2015 2:40 PM
It took me a few of displays to get used to the writing style but this one hammered it home. Very well written and suspenseful from start to end. So many twists that you could never see them coming. I read so many plays that the story is very engaging and the end seems like the writer just wanted to end it. This is not one of them. The ending much like the many twists is a complete surprise. Don't even try to figure out the ending - because you won't. Just sit back and enjoy this gem of a play.
Glen Ellington 7/14/2014 9:44 PM
I was fortunate to play McGonigle in the very first staged production in 2006 at Pellissippi Community College , Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a great experience as  actors and director were both exploring unchartered territory. Charles Miller directed us with vision but gave us freedom to make bold choices with our characterizations.
Widdershins  would not be suitable for high school because of adult themes but college or community would be perfect venues.  After our run the show had to be transported for competition and the fragmentary set worked very well in conjunction with lighting effects to create the dream-like qualities of some scenes.( We even got to perform it in a theatre from 1900 complete with boxes.)
Widdershins is  at once dark and brooding yet  redemptive and hopeful. It was great fun for us and our audiences were entranced.
Read Widdershins and  let your mind paint the pictures. This is great theatre!

Glen Ellington
Theatre Department
Bearden High School
Knoxville,TN

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