Praying Mantis

by  Don Nigro

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

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Praying Mantis

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A swing on a back porch on a late summer night. Laura, a girl of 17, has been abandoned first by her father, then by her mother, and left in the care of her stepfather, Stephen, 38. They sit on the swing on the back porch on a late summer night, each struggling to come to terms with the growing but unspoken sexual tension between them. A terse, understated little ticking time bomb of a play, in which most of what is going on lies just under the surface of the dialogue. Meant to be done on its own, or in a trilogy with Night and Hologram, or as part of a group of six interrelated one acts that also includes Entanglement, Telepathy and Uncertainty.

Published in Grim Lake & Other Plays.

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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: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


1m, 1f
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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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