Eleanora Duse Dies in Pittsburgh

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 5f

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Eleanora Duse Dies in Pittsburgh

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In a room in a hotel in Pittsburgh, on the last night of her life, Eleanora Duse is tormented by her ex-lover, the insufferable but charming Italian playwright D'Annunzio, who appears from behind the cupboard, her great rival Sarah Bernhardt, who comes out of a trunk, Henrik Ibsen, who is hiding under the bed, and Mussolini, who comes in the window, and her angry and neglected daughter. A very funny and moving play about the terror and holiness of the theatre.

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • 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: 1920s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



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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