Armitage

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 6f

Zachary Pendragon rages among the tombstones of the family burial plot. Filled with hatred and waiting for him to die, his stepdaughter Margaret watches from their Gothic mansion in the east Ohio woods. So begins the dark and labyrinthine tale of a family with a complex and terrible history. Perhaps the most haunting of the author's cycle of Pendragon Plays, this mystery is both funny and grotesque, moving and hypnotic.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Zachary Pendragon rages among the tombstones of the family burial plot. Filled with hatred and waiting for him to die, his stepdaughter Margaret watches from their Gothic mansion in the east Ohio woods. So begins the dark and labyrinthine tale of a family with a complex and terrible history. Through Margaret's journal, Zach's memories, the batty poetry of Margaret's mother, and the memories of Zach's tormented son John, a Gothic tale woven back and forth in time and space emerges. It is a tale of desperate love and suspicious deaths, of desire, murder, madness, grief and terror. Having the richness and beauty of a complex Gothic novel or a Jacobean nightmare, this remarkable saga of happenings in the Pendragon mansion builds to a stunning conclusion that is guaranteed to surprise. Perhaps the most haunting of the author's cycle of Pendragon Plays, this mystery is both funny and grotesque, moving and hypnotic.
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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: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: One unit set like an opened up haunted house will represent all locations at once: the Pendragon house in Armitage, Ohio, and other locations in New York, Maryland and elsewhere, in various years from 1804 to 1863.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 6f
ZACHARY PENDRAGON
JANE LAMB - his mother
CHRISTOPHER RUMPLEY - his father
EVA TRELAWNY - wife of James, then Zach
JAMES CORNISH - his friend
MARGARET CORNISH - elder daughter of James and Eva
ELAINE CORNISH - younger daughter of James and Eva
JOHN PENDRAGON - son of Zach and Eva
ROSANNA ROSE - Zach's housekeeper
FAY MORGAN - a servant girl
NICHOLAS ROBEY - a horse thief
JASON LAKE - carpenter and hangman
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The people are different ages in different scenes, moving back and forth in time, this to be indicated entirely by their manner, never by frantic attempts to change costumes or makeup. Each character has a base persona which does not alter enormously from age to age.

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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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