Laestrygonians

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 3f

Silent film starlet Mary Margaret is alone in her Hollywood bungalow, about to kill herself. John Rose, a former Shakespearean stage actor, now a drunken silent movie leading man with a bad reputation, calls on her and tries to convince her to face life. Funny and rich in character and language, this powerful and unusual love story is central to the Pendragon series of plays.

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Laestrygonians

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Silent film starlet Mary Margaret is alone in her Hollywood bungalow, about to kill herself. John Rose, a former Shakespearean stage actor, now a drunken silent movie leading man with a bad reputation, calls on her and tries to convince her to face life. In the course of their hilarious conflict, images of the actor's past emerge. His efforts to help Mary Margaret live force him to deal with his own demons and find a way to cope with the terrible secret that eats away at him like the cannibal Laestrygonians in Homer's Odyssey. Funny and rich in character and language, this powerful and unusual love story is central to the Pendragon series of plays.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s, 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: In and around the old Pendragon house in Armitage, Ohio, at various times between 1908 and 1927; Mary Margaret's Hollywood bungalow in 1929; a series of inns, boarding houses and backstage dressing rooms frequented by McDuffy's theatrical company over the years.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 3f
JESSICA ARTMITAGE
JOHN ROSE
MARY MARGARET DUNCAN
ANDREW MCDUFFY
MARINA MCDUFFY
JAMES MAHONEY
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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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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Laestrygonians was first produced by The Actors Co-op in Knoxville, Tennessee in the autumn of 2000. It was directed by Brian Prather.

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