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Cincinnati And Other Plays

Cincinnati And Other Plays
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Don Nigro
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 111
Pub. Date: 1989
ISBN-10: 0573621055
ISBN-13: 9780573621055
Cast Size: 1 female

About the Play:

Cincinnati is a full-length drama by Don Nigro. A lecture on the philosophy of literature quickly becomes a woman's brave and desperate battle against the demons only she can see. Compelling heartbreaking and courageous. Cincinnati by Don Nigro is a brilliant examination of a woman struggling to control her own mind.

Cincinnati is a complex and terrifying play about a woman who has embraced the illusion of central position. Susan is a university professor in philosophy of literature. The audience is her university class. Cincinnati explores the lecturer's increasing inability to differentiate between her theories and the reality she's trying to escape. She believes she is the centre of the universe, that when she moves from one location it is disassembled by evil demons and reassembled elsewhere, and that the universe exists simply to torment her, distract her from the true nature of things, and give her as much pain as possible. Powerful, funny, disturbing and disorienting, this monologue stretches one actress to the limit of her abilities and takes theatre to the edge of madness.

Cincinnati premiered in 1981 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. The play subsequently won Fringe First and Spirit of the Fringe awards at the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Best of Fringe at the 2004 Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia, and later toured in England and Wales.

Cast: 1 female

What people say:

"...a frighteningly powerful monologue... As a portrait of madness, this show is as heartbreakingly convincing as any I have ever seen... energizing, pulsating with life, and often very, very funny...." — The Scotsman

"A beautifully structured poetic exploration of madness." — The List

"In turns heartbreaking and hilarious...a superbly written tragic-comic one-hander...a viciously witty existential fugue..." — The Adelaide Advertiser

The collection Cincinnati and other plays also includes four more monologues by Don Nigro. The plays include:

Nightmare with Clocks: An antique dealer has a haunting series erotic dreams which begin to intrude into his daily life. He finds the clock filled mansion that haunts his nightmares and makes a desperate attempt to get to the girl in his dream. This funny, frightening and strangely romantic play was produced by the Triangle Theatre Company in New York. (Cast: 1 male)

Captain Cook: The young widow of Captain Cook, the famous explorer who was murdered on a beach in Hawaii, goes through a trunk of her husband's possessions and relives his life through them. Mrs. Cook tells us what happened to her eccentric explorer-husband, up to and including his cannibalization in Hawaii. A play about outer and inner investigations into truth, love and betrayal. (Cast: 1 female)

The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines is a series of monologues that offer funny and compelling investigations into how to survive as a minor character. They may be done separately as a solo show by 1 female or together by a 5 female ensemble:
• In Dead Men's Fingers Ophelia talks about what was really going on at Elsinor and about her impossible position as the smartest person in a world of passion driven characters.
Axis Sally finds an unhappily married woman playing Ophelia in a workshop. Her identification with the character's frustration is intensified by her friendship with an old woman playing Lady Macbeth and with a caged animal, Martin Fisher Martin.
• In How Many Children Had Lady Macbeth? an actress tells of her obsessive quest to play Lady Mac, of the disastrous productions she's starred in, and how being an actress has made her desperate to play her favourite role for the children she will never have.
• Notes from the Moated Grange finds a minor character from an obscure Shakespearean play awaiting her beloved. She speculates on the nature of obsessive love and the difficulties of playing one's assigned role.
Full Fathom Five proves that Prospero's captivating daughter is much livelier than we have been led to believe.

What people say about The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines:

"Funny.... Plays delightful games with language.... A great showcase for young talent." — Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This is theatre of ideas that assume flesh and blood because the characters are so strong, so indelible and filled with sly humor." — Akron Beacon Journal

About the Playwright:

Don Nigro is a prolific American playwright with over 400 works touching on a wide variety of themes including murder mysteries (the Inspector Ruffing series), American history (the Pendragon County plays), Russian life and culture, art and artists, and more. His work has been produced around the world and translated into ten languages. He has twice been a finalist for the National Repertory Theatre Foundation's National Play Award, and has won a Playwriting Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as grants from the Ohio Arts Council.

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