Chateau Rene

by  Sam Ingraffia

Short Play, Drama  /  2m

In the crumbling relic of a once famous chateau live a has been mobster and his lieutenant. Like the dreamers waiting for the iceman to cometh, the has been is waiting for a drug king to bring the cash he owes. The lieutenant knows the truth: the has been is permanently down and out and about to be …

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  • Duration


    40 minutes
  • Accolades


    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Johnnie Vaugh, (60s,)  an aging mobster, rages at his own deterioration, in a shell of an apartment at the Chateau Rene -- a crumbling relic that used to be "the finest address in town."   Accompanied only by his trusted bodyguard, Phil, (60s,)  Johnnie takes a sad, funny and touching look back at the flickering memories from their past.  Two great roles for mature actors.

Published in Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, 15th Series.

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  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival


"...A touching look at the flickering of the high life and the dawn of old age.  Johnnie, an aging tough guy playing Sinatra records in a shell of an apartment and raging at his own deterioration, is a truly memorable character." - Los Angeles Times, Best Bets 


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Interior of a sparsely furnished apartment.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)



JOHNNY VAUGHN - a small, pale man in his late sixties. His suit, once the height of fashion, hangs on his slender frame, almost like it was tailored for another person.  The collar and cuffs of his monogrammed shirt are slightly frayed.  His eyesight is fading, but his eyes still sparkle with a mischievous glint.
PHIL DEJULIO, a bulky man in his mid-sixties.  His face bears the scars of many years in the ring as a boxer.    Phil doesn't talk much, but when he does, you had better listen.


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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

Casting Notes

Chateau Rene provides two great roles for actors in the 60-70s age range.  

The character are mean, funny and touching.  



Sam Ingraffia

Sam Ingraffia is an award-winning writer/producer. His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles and in numerous regional theaters.  After a very successful run in Los Angeles, his play Chateau Rene moved to New York Ci ...

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First production in Los Angeles, California, at Theatre 40, in 1994.

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