by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 2f

This twisted love story about how desire subverts understanding is based on a true story.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Sir William Crookes, a respected physicist in 1875, is investigating a beautiful young medium. He becomes convinced that her alter ego from the spirit world is real, and she, seeing the great man falling under her spell, confesses that the vision emerging from the cabinet during seances in merely her in her underwear. Crookes refuses to believe she is a fraud until the spirit appears to settle the argument. This twisted love story about how desire subverts understanding is based on a true story.

Published in The Great Gromboolian Plain & Other Plays.

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Betrayal, Death, Love, Memory


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: 19th Century
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


1m, 2f
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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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