by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m

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    60 minutes (1 hour)
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    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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In the last years of his life, the aging American writer Ambrose Bierce became an obsessive collector of anecdotes about people who inexplicably vanish. In the year 1903, Bierce himself disappeared, most likely in Mexico, and was never heard from again. In this mysterious and funny long one act, we find Mr Bierce on a mysterious train to an obscure location, where he will encounter Pancho Villa, Mark Twain, William Randolph Hearst, Jack London, H. L. Mencken, and the bones of a critic in a satchel. He also encounters one Dr Hern, who offers to him a terrifying theory about where people go when they vanish inexplicably, and Bierce moves through a journey of increasingly bizarre nightmares towards his ultimate destiny.

Published in Ghostland & Other Plays.

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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

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


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Cast Attributes

  • All Male




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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