Paganini

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  7m, 5f

This wildly funny, demonic epic farce traces the bizarre career of virtuoso violinist Nicolo Paganini, a man so possessed during his performances that it was rumored he had sold his soul to the devil. Using Paganini's 24 Caprices for Violin as a haunting background, this nightmare play gallops through grotesque adventures as Paganini plays to spellbound audiences throughout Europe, the century's equivalent to a rock star.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This wildly funny, demonic epic farce traces the bizarre career of virtuoso violinist Nicolo Paganini, a man so possessed during his performances that it was rumored he had sold his soul to the devil. Using Paganini's 24 Caprices for Violin as a haunting background, this nightmare play gallops through grotesque adventures as Paganini plays to spellbound audiences throughout Europe, the century's equivalent to a rock star. He leaves a trail of seduced women, enraged fathers and creditors and reportedly evades responsibility for a murder. A clockworks girl, a horrifying jack in the box, a trumpet blowing gorilla, a cymbals-banging bear, a barbershop quartet of murderous doctors, dead bird soup, Beethoven's ghost, an earsplitting diva, the king of France and other delights and horrors are encountered as Paganini moves toward his terrible destination. This inventive play employs vivid theatrical conventions to tell the surreal story of a dark and twisted journey while probing the consequences of art and the nature of salvation for the artist.
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Keywords

Betrayal, Love, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various locations in Europe from 1782 to 1840, all represented on one flexible unit set: a street, a cart that wheels on and off, an abandoned schoolhouse, a clockmaker's chop, and several wooden cabinets that are big enough for people to come in and out of.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

7m, 5f
PAGANINI/ACHILLE
VIOLIN MERCHANT/SOLDIER/ANGEVMONK
CLOCKMAKER/RAPPACCINI/PAPA/BEETHOVEN
JACK-IN-THE-BOX/MAN IN THE IRON MASK/UGO/ DR. POLEMUS
BEAR/PANTALEONE/DR. PESTILENZA/WATSON
GORILLA/MURDERER/BOSCO/DR. HUNGERSNOT
CLOCKWORKS VIOLIN PLAYER/DEFLORES/METTERNICH/ DR. MORIBUNDI
APPLE WIFE/GUSSIE/MRS. TESTA/MAMA/MISS WELLS
BIRDY/SERVING GIRVMARINA
VIOLA/ CLOCKWORKS GIRL/ YOUNG COUNTESS/CHARLOTTE
ANGELINA
SIBYL/ ISABELLA/ ANTONIA
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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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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