Ida Lupino in the Dark

by  Don Nigro

10 Minute Play, Dark Comedy  /  3f

A sofa in a darkened room. In this very funny ten minute play, Minnie sits in a darkened room, her face illuminated by the eerie glow of snow on an unseen downstage television set, surrounded by junk assembled by her philandering artist husband, creating in her head a bizarre imaginary film. Minnie's sisters, Sherry and Caitlin, attempting to understand the reasons for Minnie's apparent nervous breakdown, are pulled into her demented old imaginary movie, and discover what finally pushed her over the edge.

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Ida Lupino in the Dark

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A sofa in a darkened room. In this very funny ten minute play, Minnie sits in a darkened room, her face illuminated by the eerie glow of snow on an unseen downstage television set, surrounded by junk assembled by her philandering artist husband, creating in her head a bizarre imaginary film, a combination of many old black and white movies with Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and believes that she herself is the film's heroine, Ida Lupino. Minnie's sisters, Sherry and Caitlin, attempting to understand the reasons for Minnie's apparent nervous breakdown, are pulled into her demented old imaginary movie, and discover what finally pushed her over the edge. A densely packed and funny ten minutes or so of nostalgic movie lunacy and betrayal. Includes dramaturgical note. In Banana Man & Other Plays.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • 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: 1970s
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: A sofa in a darkened room. An overturned bicycle with horn, an old keyboard, a tape player, a trumpet, a fog horn, a train whistle, various pieces of bizarre junk scattered about.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

3f
MINNIE - a young woman
SHERRY - her younger sister
CAITLIN - her older sister
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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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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