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Dark Sonnets of the Lady, The (Nigro) - Full Length Play, Drama

Dark Sonnets of the Lady, The (Nigro)

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573693120

Finalist! National Play Award
This funny drama takes place in Vienna, 1900. A beautiful and brilliant young girl enters the office of Sigmund Freud to begin the most famous and controversial encounter in psychoanalysis. The play becomes a war between Dora and Freud over the nature of truth and the uneasy truce between men and women - a tragic love story laced with haunting Strauss waltzes.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - Vienna in the fall and early winter of the year 1900, and other times and places, 1896 to 1902. Freud's office, Dora's house, a dining room at a hotel, Herr Klippstein's office, a street, a lake shore with a dock.

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Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Finalist! National Play Award
This funny drama takes place in Vienna, 1900. A beautiful and brilliant young girl enters the office of Sigmund Freud to begin the most famous and controversial encounter in psychoanalysis. Dora is funny, suspicious, sarcastic and elusive. Freud becomes obsessed by her and he moves like a detective through the mystery of her mind, finding a lecherous father, an obsessed mother, an irritating brother, a sinister admirer with a seductive wife, and a lost little governess. Nightmares, fantasies, hallucinations and memories materialize on stage in a kaleidoscopic tapestry as Freud moves closer and closer to the truth about Dora's murky past. Is Dora sick or is the corrupt patriarchal society in which she and Freud are trapped the source of a complex group neurosis that binds the characters together in a web of desperate erotic relationships? The play becomes a war between Dora and Freud over the nature of truth and the uneasy truce between men and women. This tragic love story is laced with haunting Strauss waltzes.
First produced at the Ohio State University Department of Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, in April 1985. It was directed by the author. It received its regional premiere at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, under artistic director Nagle Jackson, in 1988. It was directed by Robert Lanchester.
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CASTING

4m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

FREUD - mid-forties
FATHER - forties
MOTHER - forties
DORA - eighteen
WOLF - twenties
HERR KLIPPSTEIN - late thirties
FRAU KLIPPSTEIN - thirty
MARCY - twenty
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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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