Chronicles

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 5f

In 1920 the Pendragons gather for the first time in years at the crumbling family mansion in Ohio where Matt Armitage lies dying. Trapped in the labyrinth of a darkly cruel history, these people nevertheless love each other and make each other laugh. Richly textured and intricately woven through time and space, a funny and moving addition to the author's series the Pendragon Plays.

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Chronicles

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In 1920 the Pendragons gather for the first time in years at the crumbling family mansion in Ohio where Matt Armitage lies dying. As his daughter Dorothy, who can neither hear nor speak, provides a running commentary which is heard only by the audience, her wild sister Jessie chases their half brother John Rose from room to room and tries to fathom what betrayal is behind her father's refusal to speak to her mother. Uncle David, an eccentric poet, is back from scouring Europe for a lost girl. John Rhys Pendragon, the journalist, broods over his wife's death and the loss of his beloved daughter. Sister Lizzy bustles around trying to feed everybody while enduring her own grief as Sarah, the housekeeper, is being driven mad by the confusion. Trapped in the labyrinth of a darkly cruel history, these people nevertheless love each other and make each other laugh. Richly textured and intricately woven through time and space, a funny and moving addition to the author's series the Pendragon 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: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Pendragon house, an ancient Gothic monstrosity in the country outside of Armitage, a small town in the hilly part of east Ohio, just before Christmas in the year 1920, 1892, 1894 and 1901. It is a comfortable house to live in during this period, but it is also haunted.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 5f
DOROTHY ARMITAGE
JESSIE ARMITAGE - her younger sister
ALISON ROSE ARMITAGE - their mother
MATTHEW ARMITAGE - their father
SARAH PRITCHARD - the housekeeper
LIZZY HOPKINS - eldest daughter of Matt and Alison
DAVID ARMITAGE - Matt's son
JOHN ROSE - Alison's son
JOHN RHYS PENDRAGON
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Cast Attributes

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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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