A History of the Devil

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  1f

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A History of the Devil

by  Don Nigro

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    Cast Size

  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Maria, the second violin in an orchestra, is having an affair with the rather arrogant and controlling conductor, and keeps uncovering clues that convince her he's betraying her with someone. This series of ambiguous clues leads her step by step into an increasingly obsessive nightmare of jealousy, and she finds herself stalking a woman she discovers looks alarmingly like her. Spying outside the mysterious woman's house, following her to odd locations, she becomes even more obsessed by the woman than she is by her boyfriend, and slowly, inexorably, her personality begins to change, perhaps for the better, perhaps not. This intense, powerful and darkly funny roller coaster of a monologue takes us on a wild ride deep into the world of jealousy, passion, and nightmare. A wonderful showpiece for an actress of intelligence, humor and power. Published in Machiavelli & Other Plays.
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


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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 ...

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