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Deflores and Other Plays

Deflores and Other Plays
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Don Nigro
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 132
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 0573629943
ISBN-13: 9780573629945

About the Play:

Deflores is a long one-act comedy by Don Nigro. Demands for blood vengeance follow in this addition to the Pendragon plays that is ideal for presentation with The Green Man.

In Deflores, the DeFlores family runs a bizarre ragtag travelling carnival that includes Uncle Robespierre, who makes pigs disappear and likes dressing rats in doll cloths, Belladonna, who reads fortunes and dreams of yodelling men in short pants, and King George, who believes the rooks are out to kill him for eating their sister. When the cow dies during a sawing in half trick gone awry, young Bartolomeo borrows a bucket of milk and falls in love with a young lady who just wants her bucket back. (Cast: 3 women, 4 men).

The collection Deflores and other plays also includes six short plays and monologues by Don Nigro. The plays include:

Broadway Macabre: The old producer, a skeletal, dying gentleman from the old days on Broadway, tries to convince a young playwright not to give up his big chance because he won't let anyone tamper with his script. During his increasingly impassioned diatribe, he relates his checkered and bloody history in the American theatre. This outrageous, moving, sometimes obscene play is weirdly uplifting (Cast: 1 male).

Creatures Lurking in the Churchyard: It's 1901 and Inspector John Ruffing is sitting with his gun beside him. His young wife is dead and there are creatures lurking in the darkness: two small red eyes look at him. He has no beliefs. He loves his daughter desperately, but he is suffering horribly. He tries to decide if suicide is a solution or only another chapter in the hideous demonic nightmare his life has become (Cast: 1 male).

Doctor Faustus: In this long one act, Doctor Faustus is bored with life so, as a joke, he conjures up the devil. He is shocked when a devil his own personal Mephistopheles actually appears. She is a young, beautiful, elusive, reserved and melancholy. As they bargain for his soul, Faustus becomes obsessed with her. Their oddly compelling love story forms an unusual and haunting version of the Faust legend (Cast: 2 female, 4 male).

Gogol: The great Russian writer is going mad and is also constipated in this surreal investigation of artistic creation, sex, noses and other things. He puts a devil puppet on one hand and a gypsy girl puppet on the other and has violent three way arguments with himself. A beautiful drowned maiden appears from under his bed clothing, a giant nose runs out of the closet, and pandemonium ensues. Gogol burns his masterpiece and disappears up a ladder to nowhere (Cast: 1 female, 2 male).

The Irish Girl Kissed in the Rain: A young Irish actress speaks about the fascination she finds in tormenting her lover. When she looks in the mirror, she sees someone else. Escape from what frightens her is impossible; there is something missing inside of her and she doesn't know what it is (Cast: 1 female).

Wolfsbane: Uncle Fritz sits on the verandah of a restaurant in a tropical country, sipping a blood red drink and planning the seduction of his waitress. He speaks about the nature of love, his war memories and the relationship of God to werewolves. He sees the world as a grand opera and his experiments on humans as his own works of art. This is a dark mediation on the nature of evil delivered by an old man who has been to its core and found much satisfaction (Cast: 1 male).

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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