My Sweetheart's The Man in the Moon

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Literate but quirky... non-realistic theatricality... smartly ironic " - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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My Sweetheart's The Man in the Moon

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In the first years of the twentieth century, Evelyn Nesbit, the beautiful, teen-age pin up and chorus girl, was the entrancing center of an explosive and deadly love triangle involving Stanford White, her married lover and the architect of many of the most famous buildings in New York, who liked to push her naked on a red velvet swing, and Harry K. Thaw, the wealthy, manic and demented roller-skating Pittsburgh playboy who married her, beat her with a horse whip, and eventually shot White through the eye socket during a musical performance at the rooftop theatre at White's Madison Square Garden. This wickedly funny play chronicles the grotesque events leading up to and after this notorious murder and Evelyn's wild, strange journey through her American tabloid nightmare as she is hounded by carnivorous reporters, threatened, used, betrayed, bribed, stalked and nearly destroyed by the rich, the corrupt, the violent and the insane. Part of Nigro's ongoing dramatic saga of America in the 20th century that continues with Jules Verne Eats a Rhinoceros, City of Dreadful Night and Traitors.
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"Literate but quirky... non-realistic theatricality... smartly ironic." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"There was a bit of everything: wealth, fame, insanity, genius, and, in the middle of it all, a beautiful chorus girl... The sensational story has been adapted for screen and stage... but the latest play, Don Nigro's My Sweetheart's The Man In The Moon, might be its most faithful version. It demonstrates admirable nuance and an impressive amount of research." - The New York Times

"People who think Evelyn Nesbit is only a fictional character from Ragtime may find some surprises in Don Nigro's play, which chronicles the tawdry, twisted love triangle that "the girl in the red velvet swing" shared with master architect (and seducer) Stanford White and millionaire psychopath Harry K. Thaw." - Village Voice


Betrayal, Love, Memory


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: New York in the early twentieth century, and elsewhere.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


2m, 3f
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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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My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon was first produced by the Open Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 6, 2005. It was directed by Ruth Willis. The play received its New York premiere later that spring, produced by the Hypothetical Theatre Company. It was directed by Hypothetical producing artistic director Amy Feinberg.

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