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Ardy Fafirsin - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Ardy Fafirsin

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

8m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573694950

Based on lurid accounts of one of the most sensational murders in English history, this wild and dark mock Elizabethan farce tells the twisted and strangely compelling story of Alice Ard. A play with eccentric, melancholy poetry hidden in  the contradictory wonder of Elizabethan drama as if seen through a series of nightmarish fun house mirrors. This play will make you laugh, will haunt you, and make you swear off blue porridge forever.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - Mythological Tudor England. A set of broken Elizabethan architecture, suggesting the fragmented insides and outsides of houses, town, woods, fields and fences, a graveyard, rooms, and benches.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

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, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Based on lurid accounts of one of the most sensational murders in English history, this wild and dark mock Elizabethan farce tells the twisted and strangely compelling story of Alice Ard. This young wife was repeatedly thwarted in her attempts to murder her devoted and unsuspecting older husband with the help of her reluctant lover, her bumbling servants, a lecherous grocer, and two gluttonous murderers, Black Will, and Shakebag. These two find themselves lost in fog, locked out of gates, drenched by chamber pots and tormented by flatulent mice. The language is richly beautiful, complex, and often wildly funny. There is an eccentric, melancholy poetry hidden in the play which captures the contradictory wonder of Elizabethan drama as if through a series of nightmarish fun house mirrors. This play will make you laugh, will haunt you, and make you swear off blue porridge forever.

On February 15, 1551, more-or-less, Thomas Arden was brutally murdered by his young wife and others, an event subsequently immortalized in Holinshed's Chronicle and later in an anonymous play once attributed to Shakespeare. This play is about someone else.

Produced at York University.
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CASTING

8m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

ARDY FAFIRSIN - a wealthy landlord
ALICE FAFIRSIN - his young wife
THOMAS MOSBY - her lover
CECILY MOSBY - his sister, maid to Alice
SHERIFF GODOLPHIN
CURATE PRUNE/A FERRYMAN
SEXTON CULLEN/GREENE - a grocer
BLACK WILL - a fearsome murtherer
SHAKEBAG - his accomplice
MICHAEL - servant to Ard
MAG McREAD - tenant to Ard
SUE McREAD - her sister
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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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