Strange Case

by  Don Nigro

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

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Strange Case

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Robert Louis Stevenson has a terrible nightmare one night about a man who looks in the mirror and sees somebody else looking back at him. He wakes up screaming, decides it will make an excellent bogey tale, and begins work on the manuscript that will eventually be published as Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. But his wife, Fanny, hates it from the beginning, thinks it's evil, and convinces Stevenson to burn the first draft. But he can't stop thinking about it, and as he begins work on it again, the tale slowly begins to take over his life and transform it into a labyrinth of nightmares in which reality and fantasy blur. Hyde begins talking to him from in the mirror, then moves out into the world, and soon the fictional monster is interacting with people in Stevenson's life in a most alarming way. The Stevensons flee to Samoa, but make the fatal mistake of bringing along the mirror. In this funny and terrifying play about the nature of identity and the relationship of dream and reality to art, the famous actor Richard Mansfield tries to turn the tale to melodrama, Long John Silver appears to warn Stevenson about cellars and mayonnaise, and poor Jenny is pulled screaming into the mirror.
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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: Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 2f
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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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