The Sexton

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f

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The Sexton

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In this compact full length, Nigro returns to his favorite territory, the bloodstained hilly country of east Ohio, to tell the story of an odd young man named Frank Roosevelt, an orphan who comes to Armitage, Ohio to find his mother. He's befriended there by the local priest, Father Wiggley, and given the job of taking care of the church cemetery. But the private and inarticulate Frank turns out not to be the simple minded innocent that Father Wiggley has first thought he is. Frank beats him at chess and then begins spending far too much time with Annabella Tosca, Father Wiggley's very young and attractive new housekeeper. As Father Wiggley's concern grows, the ghostlike Lilias Walesiak wanders the cemetery at night, looking in the windows of the rectory while her sister Sadie Prikosovits tries to cover up long buried secrets that threaten to bring Father Wiggley's world crashing down around him. This is a funny, eerie, mysterious, and powerful investigation of repressed emotion, sin, and the possibility of redemption, told in a fluid back and forth tapestry that builds to a powerful and shocking climax. In The Sexton & 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: 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


2m, 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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