by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is being made available now in manuscript form prior to its publication.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Shakespeare)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this powerful and disturbing modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece, Tarquin and Coll, Lucrece's lover, are employees of a private company that is under contract with the government in a murky foreign war. Tarquin shows up on Lucrece's doorstep and says he's promised his friend Coll to come and see her when he returns home. What does or does not happen when Lucrece and Tarquin meet is a matter of some dispute between them, and trying to get to the bottom of it threatens to drive the already shell shocked Coll nearly out of his mind. A dark play about the nature of truth between men and women. In Emotion Memory & Other Plays.
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Betrayal, Love, Memory, War


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 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)


2m, 1f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast



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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