Full Length Play
Time Period - Present Day, 1990s
Settings Of Play - The action moves between the present and the last 15 years. The Cheltenham Women's Institute and The Memory.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
This work by a pre-eminent dramatist begins as a lecture being delivered by Mark Melon to an English women's club wherein he recounts how he took over a respected but financially shaky publishing house and ruthlessly streamlined by firing everyone in sight. The events described then come to life. Melon, who appears at first to be just another ruthless businessman, is actually insane. He has a breakdown and is committed to an institution where he undergoes shock and other therapies. He loses his stature in publishing and his wife and family, but he may have found some shred of his soul.
"A humorous and harrowing depiction of an emotional breakdown." - Arizona Daily Star
"Filled with such wit, irony and wonderful lines that, although the play is a frightening tale of sexual obsession and madness, the audience will find itself laughing its way through hell." - Arizona Republic
The world premiere of The Holy Terror was produced at the Arizona Theatre Company in 1991. It was directed by Simon Gray.