The Dark Sonnets of the Lady

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f

Finalist! National Play Award
This funny drama takes place in Vienna, 1900. A beautiful and brilliant young girl enters the office of Sigmund Freud to begin the most famous and controversial encounter in psychoanalysis. The play becomes a war between Dora and Freud over the nature of truth and the uneasy truce between men and women - a tragic love story laced with haunting Strauss waltzes.

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The Dark Sonnets of the Lady

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This funny drama takes place in Vienna, 1900. A beautiful and brilliant young girl enters the office of Sigmund Freud to begin the most famous and controversial encounter in psychoanalysis. Dora is funny, suspicious, sarcastic and elusive. Freud becomes obsessed by her and he moves like a detective through the mystery of her mind, finding a lecherous father, an obsessed mother, an irritating brother, a sinister admirer with a seductive wife, and a lost little governess. Nightmares, fantasies, hallucinations and memories materialize on stage in a kaleidoscopic tapestry as Freud moves closer and closer to the truth about Dora's murky past. Is Dora sick or is the corrupt patriarchal society in which she and Freud are trapped the source of a complex group neurosis that binds the characters together in a web of desperate erotic relationships? The play becomes a war between Dora and Freud over the nature of truth and the uneasy truce between men and women. This tragic love story is laced with haunting Strauss waltzes.
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Accolades

  • Finalist! National Play Award

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Vienna in the fall and early winter of the year 1900, and other times and places, 1896 to 1902. Freud's office, Dora's house, a dining room at a hotel, Herr Klippstein's office, a street, a lake shore with a dock.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 4f
FREUD - mid-forties
FATHER - forties
MOTHER - forties
DORA - eighteen
WOLF - twenties
HERR KLIPPSTEIN - late thirties
FRAU KLIPPSTEIN - thirty
MARCY - twenty
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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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First produced at the Ohio State University Department of Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, in April 1985. It was directed by the author. It received its regional premiere at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, under artistic director Nagle Jackson, in 1988. It was directed by Robert Lanchester.

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