Horrid Massacre in Boston

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 4f

Jane Lamb, an orphan, finds a home at Mrs. Turley's Bunch of Grapes Inn in Boston during the Revolution. Jane learns a vivid lesson about the dark underside of patriotic mythology in this nightmarish world of murder, secrets, betrayal and lunacy. This savagely funny, robust and haunting play about the birth of America is part of the author's series Pendragon Plays.

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Horrid Massacre in Boston

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Jane Lamb, an orphan, finds a home at Mrs. Turley's Bunch of Grapes Inn in Boston during the Revolution. The colorful, eccentric and dangerous regulars she encounters there include Christopher Rumpley, a demonic roustabout who is a patriot, a traitor or a bit of both; Ophelia, a mad girl who talks to mice, and the Oyster Man, a street vendor obsessed with the Boston Massacre where he received a wound that has scrambled his brains to an alarming degree. Jane learns a vivid lesson about the dark underside of patriotic mythology in this nightmarish world of murder, secrets, betrayal and lunacy. This savagely funny, robust and haunting play about the birth of America is part of the author's series Pendragon Plays. See also Glamorgan and Tales From The Red Rose Inn.
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Keywords

Betrayal, Love, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Boston during the American Revolution. Mrs Turley's Bunch of Grapes Inn. Act I takes place in the spring of 1777. Act II is one year later.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 4f
JANE LAMB - 20
MEG SCARBOROUGH - 25
MRS. TURLEY - 65
OPHELIA - 24
THE OYSTER MAN - 50
TIMOTHY SWAN - 27
PETER MALONE - 26
CHRISTOPHER RUMPLEY - 33
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

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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