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Ravenscroft

Ravenscroft
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Don Nigro
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 106
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0573692742
ISBN-13: 9780573692741
Cast Size: 5 female, 1 male

About the Play:

Ravenscroft is a full-length comedy murder mystery by Don Nigro. An unsuspecting detective arrives at an isolated mansion somewhere in England. He is confronted by five devious women prepared to guard each others secrets. As he attempts to investigate the suspicious death of the handyman his questions are met with conflicting accounts of what happened and misleading innuendos. Can he figure out what really happened or will the audience have to do it for themselves?

Ravenscroft is a locked-room mystery a la Agatha Christie with five female suspects. On a dark and stormy night, Police Inspector Ruffing is called to the country estate of Mrs. Ravenscroft, where the young, handsome handyman, Patrick, has died after falling down main staircase. The question facing Ruffing is whether one of the five alluring women living in the house pushed Patrick down the stairs, and if so, why? Ruffing finds all of them potentially capable of mayhem – and a host of questions where he had hoped to find answers: Marcy, the beautiful Viennese governess with a past; Mrs. Ravenscroft, the flirtatious lady of the manor; Gillian, her charming but possibly demented daughter; Mrs. French, the formidable and passionate cook, and Dolly, a terrified maid. They lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick's demise and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft. There are ghosts on the staircase, skeletons in the closet, and much more than the Inspector bargained for. His investigation leads into own tortured soul and the nature of truth itself. You will not guess the ending, but you will be teased, seduced, bewildered, amused, frightened and led to a dark encounter with truth or something even stranger.

Ravenscroft is a thinking person's Gothic thriller, a dark comedy that is both funny and frightening. This 1991 psychological drama was a hit when it premiered in London. The script was later adapted into the film The Manor, with Peter O'Toole.

Cast: 5 female, 1 male

What people say:

"...a real winner in Ravenscroft, Don Nigro's modern send-up of the British murder-mystery genre." — Palo Alto Weekly

"Nigro has fun spoofing our expectation that murder mysteries will clean up a crime with a neat and poetically just resolution. Full of crossed signals and missed messages, his dialogue is a sure sign the solution will be crazier than the crime." — Chicago Tribune

"Ravenscroft ... is a mystery offering a la Agatha Christie with a touch of Charlotte Bronte and a comic 1990s twist. Don't try to guess the ending--it comes out of the blue." — Los Angeles Times

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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