Reichenbach Falls

by  Don Nigro

10 Minute Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m

Published in the collection The Chaplin Plays and Others

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Reichenbach Falls

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In this powerful, dark, densely packed ten minute play set in 1974, the President sits drinking in the White House on the night before his resignation, talking to a Secret Service Man. The President has had too much to drink, is in great distress, and is near suicidal. He strikes up a conversation, reveals things about his life, asks increasingly disturbing, even insulting questions, and tries to convince the Secret Service Man to give him his gun. All the repressed frustration and rage in the President begins to pour out—his hatred of the Kennedys, and the secrets he seems to know about their murders, his hate and fear of J. Edgar Hoover, his indignation that he should be held accountable for something as trivial as covering up evidence in a burglary. And in their intense, darkly funny and frightening encounter, we learn that it was not Holmes who survived the plunge over Reichenbach Falls, but Moriarty, and not the people who run America, but the murderers, and not God who runs the world, but the Devil. See also Nigro's Traitors, and his Grand Cayman for another view of the President and of the dark underside of history.

Published in the collection The Chaplin Plays and Others

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Keywords

Betrayal, Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The White House, 1974
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

2m
THE PRESIDENT
SECRET SERVICE MAN
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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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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