Libretto

by  Robin Rothstein

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

In this tender drama about the transportive and unifying power of art, Douglas and Claire, two strangers from very different social backgrounds, meet at a performance of Verdi's Rigoletto. Winner of the 2006 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In this tender drama about the transportive and unifying power of art, Douglas and Claire, two strangers from very different social backgrounds, meet at a performance of Verdi's Rigoletto. As the story of the opera progresses and the beauty of the music overwhelms them, Douglas and Claire soon become the main characters in their own poignant love story, which, like the story of the opera before them, crescendos to a heartbreaking conclusion. Published in Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, 31st series.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2006 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The Metropolitan Opera, in the audience.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 1f
CLAIRE
DOUGLAS
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The characters may range anywhere from late 20’s to early 50’s, but both characters should appear to be about the same age. There should never be more than a ten-year difference between them.

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Authors

Robin Rothstein

Robin Rothstein is the author of the original children’s musical, The Game Boy, which received its world premiere at Vital Theatre Company. Her plays and monologues have been performed in New York City as well as across the country, and can be found in various collections. Several of her short plays have been ...

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Libretto was presented in New York City by Algonquin Productions, Tony Sportiello, Artistic Director, in June 2006 as part of the Thirty-First Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival.

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