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Paganini - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Paganini

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

7m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573695469

This wildly funny, demonic epic farce traces the bizarre career of virtuoso violinist Nicolo Paganini, a man so possessed during his performances that it was rumored he had sold his soul to the devil. Using Paganini's 24 Caprices for Violin as a haunting background, this nightmare play gallops through grotesque adventures as Paganini plays to spellbound audiences throughout Europe, the century's equivalent to a rock star.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 18th Century

Settings Of Play - Various locations in Europe from 1782 to 1840, all represented on one flexible unit set: a street, a cart that wheels on and off, an abandoned schoolhouse, a clockmaker's chop, and several wooden cabinets that are big enough for people to come in and out of.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

This wildly funny, demonic epic farce traces the bizarre career of virtuoso violinist Nicolo Paganini, a man so possessed during his performances that it was rumored he had sold his soul to the devil. Using Paganini's 24 Caprices for Violin as a haunting background, this nightmare play gallops through grotesque adventures as Paganini plays to spellbound audiences throughout Europe, the century's equivalent to a rock star. He leaves a trail of seduced women, enraged fathers and creditors and reportedly evades responsibility for a murder. A clockworks girl, a horrifying jack in the box, a trumpet blowing gorilla, a cymbals-banging bear, a barbershop quartet of murderous doctors, dead bird soup, Beethoven's ghost, an earsplitting diva, the king of France and other delights and horrors are encountered as Paganini moves toward his terrible destination. This inventive play employs vivid theatrical conventions to tell the surreal story of a dark and twisted journey while probing the consequences of art and the nature of salvation for the artist.
Characters

CASTING

7m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

PAGANINI/ACHILLE
VIOLIN MERCHANT/SOLDIER/ANGEVMONK
CLOCKMAKER/RAPPACCINI/PAPA/BEETHOVEN
JACK-IN-THE-BOX/MAN IN THE IRON MASK/UGO/ DR. POLEMUS
BEAR/PANTALEONE/DR. PESTILENZA/WATSON
GORILLA/MURDERER/BOSCO/DR. HUNGERSNOT
CLOCKWORKS VIOLIN PLAYER/DEFLORES/METTERNICH/ DR. MORIBUNDI
APPLE WIFE/GUSSIE/MRS. TESTA/MAMA/MISS WELLS
BIRDY/SERVING GIRVMARINA
VIOLA/ CLOCKWORKS GIRL/ YOUNG COUNTESS/CHARLOTTE
ANGELINA
SIBYL/ ISABELLA/ ANTONIA
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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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John Tatum 5/7/2015 11:47 AM
One of my favorites by Don Nigro.  It is funny, dark and has so many possibilities.  Can not wait to produce it!

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