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Nights at the Stray Dog Cafe - Full Length Play, Drama

Nights at the Stray Dog Cafe

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Drama

10m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573705281

In this funny, vibrant, epic tapestry, the world of pre-Revolutionary Russia comes alive again, with all its hope, and then the nightmare that followed.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - A September evening in 1941 in Leningrad, formerly and later again St. Petersburg, during the Nazi bombardment.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

During the German bombardment of Leningrad, earlier and now St. Petersburg, the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, struck on the head by a falling brick, stumbles into a basement for shelter and finds herself unexpectedly back at the long abandoned site of the Stray Dog Café, where in the second decade of the twentieth century the most famous Russian poets, artists, actors and dancers gathered to drink, sing, argue and make love, and gradually the Stray Dog comes to life again, with Mayakovsky, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Mandelstam, the ballerina Karsavina, the puppet loving and famously promiscuous Olga Sudeikina, the poet Blok and his beautiful actress wife Lyubov, the critic Brik, who became an informer for the secret police, and many others appear. In this funny, vibrant, epic tapestry, the world of pre-Revolutionary Russia comes alive again, with all its hope, and then the nightmare that followed, in which most of these amazingly talented and compelling people were one by one devoured by Stalin's Skeleton Clowns. Eerie, surreal, moving, funny, erotic, with occasional song and dance, a tribute to these remarkable ghosts. Part of Nigro's ongoing cycle of plays tracing the history of Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries that includes Pushkin, Gogol, An Angler In The Lake Of Darkness, Emotion Memory, Rasputin, A Russian Play, Marina, Mandelstam and others. 
Characters

CASTING

10m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

ANNA AKHMATOVA
ANDREY BELY/ FIFTH SKELETON CLOWN
ALEXANDER BLOK/ SECOND SKELETON CLOWN
LYUBOV BLOK
LILY BRIK
OSIP BRIK
NIKOLAI GUMILYOV/ THIRD SKELETON CLOWN
TAMARA KARSAVINA
VELIMIR KHLEBNIKOV/ WAITER/ BEAR/ FOURTH SKELETON CLOWN
VSEVOLOD KNYAZEV/ FIRST SKELETON CLOWN
OSIP MANDELSTAM
VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY
VEVOLOD MEYERHOLD
OLGA SUDEIKINA
BORIS TOMASHEVSKY/ KONSTANTIN STANISLAVSKY

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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