The Descent of Man

by  Don Nigro

Monologues, Dark Comedy  /  1m

A part of the collection Mabel in the Woods and Other Plays.

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The Descent of Man

by  Don Nigro

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    • Adult

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In this very funny monologue, a middle aged teacher, forced by his school board to teach Creationism in his science class, tries to swallow his contempt for what he considers idiotic superstition masquerading as science because he needs to pay alimony. His increasingly bitter, revealing and wildly inappropriate lecture to his class becomes a dark investigation of what science is, of the relationship of science to belief, the existence of God, man's place in the world, and how closely related the school board is to monkeys. This darkly sardonic monologue is a great showcase for an actor in his prime.
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  • College Theatre / Student
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  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection



  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Setting: An American classroom in the first decade of the twenty-first century.


MALONEY - A man of forty.
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  • All Male



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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