An Angler in the Lake of Darkness

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 6f

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An Angler in the Lake of Darkness

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this funny and moving play about Leo Tolstoy and his struggles with his wife, we see the Tolstoys in their old age, when Tolstoy is attempting to renounce both art and all worldly goods, while his wife, the Countess, is desperately trying to preserve her husband's manuscripts and diaries for the benefit of her family. In counterpoint to this life or death conflict is the parallel story of the couple in their youth, when they were first married and deeply in love, Tolstoy writing one masterpiece after another but also consumed by lust and unhappy about himself, and Sonya horrified to learn about her husband's carnal desires. Their three remarkable daughters, the writers Turgenev and Chekhov, and others help tell this darkly funny love story. Part of Nigro's ongoing investigation of Russian history as reflected in the lives of its writers and mystics that also includes the plays Gogol, A Russian Play, Emotion Memory, Rasputin, and Mandelstam.
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1900-1910, 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


4m, 6f
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Cast Attributes

  • 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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