Grotesque Lovesongs

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

A quirky comedy about a family in Indiana. Pete and John live with their mother and father, a horticulturist. Everyone but Johnny is haunted by a traumatic past experience. Finally, Johnny realizes that what he wants is to go to Nashville to be a singer of sad love songs.

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Grotesque Lovesongs

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Written by the author of The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, and other plays, this quirky comedy about a family in Indiana enchanted audiences at New York's WPA Theatre. Pete and John live with their mother and father, a horticulturist. A pretty young woman named Romy is engaged to Johnny, who has just inherited a ton of money from a family friend, Mr. Agajanian. Pete pesters his mother about why Johnny received the entire inheritance until she admits that Mr. Agajanian was Johnny's father. Stunned, Johnny retreats to the greenhouse and finds Pete and Romy making love. Everyone but Johnny is haunted by a traumatic past experience: the mother by her affair with Agajanian; the father by the memory of his first true love, a Terre Haute whore; Pete by his failed marriage to a circus con artist, and Romy by her two failed marriages. All of the characters but Johnny also know what they want: Louise and Dan want the contentment of their marriage; Romy wants to bake bread in a big old house, and she wants Pete, who finally admits that he wants her, too. Finally, Johnny realizes that what he wants is to go to Nashville to be a singer of sad love songs.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • 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: 1980s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Terre Haute, Indiana. Summer, 1980. An old house to which a greenhouse is attached. Various locations in and outside the house and greenhouse all visible at once in one open unit set.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Song Samples

Romance (Ben)
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Without You (Sarah)
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Carpe Diem (Roy)
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I'm Old (Rose)
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Silly Me (Jeremy)
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Love Me (Sarah)
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Pitter-Patter (Ben)
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Sweet Tomorrow (Gaby)
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Alone (Saran, Ben)
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Only You (Ben)
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Always and Ever (Jeremy, Gaby, Ensemble)
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State of the Union (Ensemble)
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Casting

3m, 2f
LOUISE - 46, looks younger
DAN - her husband,59
PETE - her older son, 27
JOHN - her younger son, 22
ROMY - John's girl friend, 22
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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 WPA Theatre in New York City, under artistic director Kyle Renick, in the autumn of 1990. It was directed by Kenneth Elliott. Originally commissioned by producer Saint Subber.

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