by  Don Nigro

Monologues, Drama  /  1f

A part of the collection Mata Hari and Other Plays.

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In this longer monologue, the great Russian poet, Marina Tsvetayeva, attempts to make sense of her complex and tragic life, which is woven deeply into the tragic history of Russia in the first half of the twentieth century. An immensely gifted writer, she has lived in exile, and then come home to Stalin's Russia in a terrible time of war. Emotionally complex, she has been much in love, betrayed her husband, and crafted amazing poetry from her sufferings. Brilliant, original and contrary, she finds it impossible to write the sort of propaganda the Soviets demand of her. She has failed her children, lost her husband, and discovers that she has perhaps misunderstood everything in her life. Her courageous attempts to understand herself and her country are inspiring, funny, and tragic. 
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  • WINNER! 2013 Outstanding Overall evening of an Entire Evening of One Acts/Paired Productions


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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • 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: 1940s / WWII
  • Setting: Elabuga, a town in Russia, on August 31, 1941.


MARINA TSVETAYEVA - a Russian poet in her forties
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  • All Female
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)




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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Marina premiered at the Planet Theatre Connections Theatre Festival produced by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company in June 2013 under the direction of Ivette Dumeng.

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