Widdershins

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 6f

In a peaceful house near the Welsh border, an entire family has vanished suddenly without a trace one evening with supper on the table and no apparent violence. Inspector Ruffing's attempt to understand what's happened to a couple and their two daughters leads him deep into his own dark soul.

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Widdershins

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Inspector Ruffing, the troubled hero of Nigro's Ravenscroft, Demonology, Creatures Lurking In The Churchyard , The Rooky Wood, Phantoms and Mephisto returns in this baffling mystery that was an audience favorite at the First International Mystery Festival in 2007. In a peaceful house near the Welsh border, an entire family has vanished suddenly without a trace one evening with supper on the table and no apparent violence. Ruffing's attempt to understand what's happened to a couple and their two daughters leads him deep into his own dark soul. The only clue is a piece of paper left on a desk with the word 'Widdershins' written on it. Beautiful women, dark secrets, the Impressionists and the Druids all figure in this unusual and thought provoking play.
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Keywords

Betrayal, Love, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: An old house near the Welsh border in the autumn of the year 1902. The set should be open enough so that those characters who at certain points in the play seem to appear as dreams, hallucinations and/or memories may enter and exit at will, with maximum efficiency and minimum fuss.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 6f
MCGONIGLE
RUFFING
JENNY
ENGLISH
NED
ANN
MRS ENGLISH
FELICITY
CONSTANCE
OLD BETTY
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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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Widdershins was selected for the First International Mystery Writers Festival and had its fi rst professional production at RiverPark Center, Owensboro, Kentucky, in June 2007. It was directed by Wes Bartlett.

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