Paolo and Francesca

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 5f

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Paolo and Francesca

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this powerful retelling of the story of the famous lovers in Dante's Inferno, the intimidating warrior Malatesta sends his younger brother Paolo to Ravenna to escort Malatesta's new young wife Francesca to Rimini. She stabs Malatesta with a letter opener on their wedding night and refuses to have relations with him, but soon after becomes Paolo's mistress. When she becomes pregnant, she's forced to finally sleep with her husband so as not to reveal their secret. This triangular relationship continues for years until Antonia, Paolo's daughter by his wife Bianca, discovers what's going on, tells Malatesta and precipitates the play's violent conclusion. Dark humor, passion and terror combine to make this one of Nigro's very best plays.
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


3m, 5f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast


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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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