The Devil

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  1m, 2f

Suggested by Guy de Maupassant's dark and funny story, this parable about greed introduces the Devil in its own strange way.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An old woman is hired to sit with a peasant's dying mother, agreeing to take a lump sum and stay as long as the mother lives. Perversely, the mother refuses to die until the old woman, losing money by the minute, employs a strategy to ease her along to heaven. Suggested by Guy de Maupassant's dark and funny story, this parable about greed introduces the Devil in its own strange way.

Published in Something In The Basement & Other Plays.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

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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First produced at the University of Iowa.

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