Degas in New Orleans
Full Length Play, Drama / 5m, 6f
Heralded by Southern Repertory Theatre as a star of their 25 year season, Degas in New Orleans explores the inner turmoil and conflict of Edgar Degas, the great French Impressionist painter, as he visits his New Orleans family to pursue painting but tumbles into bankruptcy and adultery.
Heralded by Southern Repertory Theatre as a star of their 25 year season, Degas in New Orleans explores the inner turmoil and conflict of Edgar Degas, the great French Impressionist painter, as he visits his New Orleans family to pursue painting but tumbles into bankruptcy and adultery. Edgar Degas must choose between passion and painting. This riveting play is inspired by true events in the life of Edgar Degas and is set in scandalous post Civil War Louisiana. Parlor/gallery of the old Civil War house provides poetic staging opportunities.
- Winner! VCCA Award to Au Vilar France
Winner! Sewannee Writers Fellowship
Winner! Squaw Valley Fellowship
Winner! Invitation to Contemporary Theatre, London
Finalist! University Interscholastic League Texas competition for new plays
"Intriguing and memorable...Degas in New Orleans creates a new vista for understanding Edgar Degas’s life and work." - Carole Di Tosti, All Along the NYC Skyline, Read More
'Read more about the developments of Degas in New Orleans in the November 2016 posting of All Along the NYC Skyline here.
Check out Rosary's interview with the Consulate General of France in Lousiana on Degas in New Orleans here.
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KeywordsBetrayal, Illness/Health, Love, Parenting/Family, Politics, War, Black/African-American Interest, Women's Interest
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: American Civil War Era, Victorian (British and American), 19th Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
We are in a two-story rental house on 2306 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. It is 1872. A double parlor with the remnants of grandeur: a glittering chandelier, an elegant tattered sofa, a mahogany desk, and a high-back chair. To the right, two floor-to ceiling windows open onto a galley; to the left, a door to the pantry. Upstage two matching parlor doors lead offstage to an unseen staircased grand hallway that connects the upstairs, and the front and rear of the house. Outside we hear the clanging of a random mule-drawn streetcar. One possibility, throughout the play is to have Degas’ paintings or the rapturous colors within them projected onto the rear wall, enriching the bleak setting with their transparent blues, pinks, and violets.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
RENE DEGAS - 27; Edgar’s brother.
ESTELLE MUSSON BALFOUR DEGAS (TELL) - 29; René’s wife.
DESIREE MUSSON (DIDI) - 34; Tell’s sister.
MATHILDE MUSSON BELL - 31; Tell’s sister.
MICHEL MUSSON - 60; Tell’s father.
JOSEPHINE BALFOUR (JO) - 10; Tell’s daughter.
AMERICA DURRIVE OLIVIER - 24; a neighbor.
EMILY CUCKOW RILLIEUX - 45; a cousin; of mixed race; brown skin.
MAN #1 (WILL BELL) - Husband of Mathilde; funeral collector; soldier.
MAN #2 - Mendicant; servant; soldier.
- Flexible casting
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors