A Lecture by Monsieur Artaud

by  Don Nigro

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

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A Lecture by Monsieur Artaud

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this seriously demented experimental piece ten actors play a remarkable variety of characters, including Gide, Camus, Brecht, Napoleon, a Surrealist Banana, Toulouse-Lautrec, Anais Nin, a homicidal doll, nuns, Hitler and many others. Antonin Artaud, near the end of his life, is invited to speak before the cream of the French artistic and intellectual community, but his increasingly incoherent groans and shrieks unfold into a surreal history of his life and struggles that is both moving and funny. The artist's nightmare given flesh and animal noises. Spooky and madcap. Dark, sad, and absurd. A play about the holiness of the theatre and the price one pays for it.
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


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  • Ensemble cast




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 Indiana State University in 1982.

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