Anima Mundi

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  8m, 5f

A young American poet arrives in London at the turn of the century, falls in love with a troubled dancer and has his fortune told by Madame Blavatsky. Each tarot card triggers a vivid scene from his turbulent future. This poetic play traces the young American's search for his elusive love, God, and the meaning of art in a stunning tapestry of memories and nightmares.

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Anima Mundi

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A young American poet arrives in London at the turn of the century, falls in love with a troubled dancer and has his fortune told by Madame Blavatsky. Each tarot card triggers a vivid scene from his turbulent future. Yeats in the tower, the Satanist Alister Crowley, and cranky Ezra Pound in the mad house are there; as well as Oscar Wilde among some French ladies of easy virtue, a shell shocked Everett in no man's land, the bitter ballplayer Rex, and the manic Captain Blood. At a wild seance, Wilde's ghost is summoned to discuss God and chocolate eclairs. This poetic play traces the young American's search for his elusive love, God, and the meaning of art in a stunning tapestry of memories and nightmares. This play is part of the author's series Pendragon Plays.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • 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: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: England and France at the turn of the century and shortly thereafter, during the First World War, Ireland after the war, and America in the twenties and the fifties. All times and places coexist on the stage.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

8m, 5f
MADAME BLAVATSKY
DAVID ARMITAGE
ELIZABETH CARROLLTON
MR. YEATS
ANGELIQUE/MARY MARGARET/SATANIST
REX/SATANIST
EVERETT/SATANIST
MR. DOWSON/CORPORAL DUCK/SATANIST
MR. WILDE/CAPTAIN BLOOD/SATANIST
SUZANNE/FRENCH GIRL/SATANIST
JULIE/MRS. CROWLEY/DULCY
MR. POUND/BEGGAR/CURATE
BLIND SOLDIER/MR. CROWLEY
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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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Anima Mundi was first produced on January 29, 1992, by the Village Theatre Company in New York City. The production was directed by Henry Fonte and made possible by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts.

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