Great Slave Lake

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Two women, Gretchen and Margaret, sit on their next door front porches in a small Ohio town in the autumn of 1938 and talk about their husbands, both named Clyde, each a brother of the other woman, who have mysteriously disappeared on a fishing trip to Canada a few months earlier.

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Great Slave Lake

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Two women, Gretchen and Margaret, sit on their next door front porches in a small Ohio town in the autumn of 1938 and talk about their husbands, both named Clyde, each a brother of the other woman, who have mysteriously disappeared on a fishing trip to Canada a few months earlier. As we listen to their funny, sad conversation, we see upstage the two Clydes in a row boat on Great Slave Lake, and as the play progresses, moving from one conversation to the other, we are invited to gradually put together the mystery of what happened to the men. Meanwhile, Margaret and Gretchen are visited by a pretty 19 year-old blind girl named Betty who may have been impregnated by one of the Clydes. Mysterious, complex, frightening, and funny. In Banana Man & Other Plays.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: The front porches of two houses next to each other in the small town of Armitage, in east Ohio, in the autumn of 1938, Margaret’s down right and Gretchen’s down left, with just a bit of yard in the middle, and up center on a small platform two men fishing in a small boat on Great Slave Lake in Canada, a few months earlier. The set should be as simple as possible. Porch swings would be good, but chairs will do just as well.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 2f
MARGARET QUILLER ASTOR - age 43
GRETCHEN ASTOR QUILLE - age 43
CLYDE QUILLER - Margaret’s brother, Gretchen’s husband, age 44
CLYDE ASTOR - Gretchen’s brother, Margaret’s husband, age 44
BETTY - age 19
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

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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