Grim Lake

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Drama  /  6m, 3f

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration


    40 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this longer one act, set in east Ohio in 1805 and 1791, George Grim is haunted by fragmented memories of the reputed massacre that took the lives of his parents, grandparents and aunt fourteen years earlier. Nobody in the little settlement of Armitage seems to want to talk about it. Jonas Grey Wolf says something came up out of the lake and took them. Polly Crow says the Devil came and took them, in the guise of an old man with white hair and long arms. Others think it was the Wyandots. As George slowly pieces together the puzzle, we attempt to solve it with him. People are hearing voices, eating dangerous purple berries, and walking on their hands. An eerie and harrowing conundrum about what we can know about the past.

Published in Grim Lake & 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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: 18th Century, 19th Century
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


6m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast




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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