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Don Nigro
Don Nigro

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 and surreal homicidal puppet farces, plays with music and verse plays. He continues to build the long cycle of Pendragon County plays, which traces the history of America through the lives of several related east Ohio families from the eighteenth century to the present, and features many characters whose lives are traced from youth through middle age to old age in a number of plays that may be presented in a variety of combinations.

Mr. Nigro has won a Playwriting Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (for Fisher King), twice been a finalist for the National Repertory Theatre Foundation's National Play Award (for Anima Mundi and for The Dark Sonnets of the Lady), has won grants from the Mary Roberts Reinhart Foundation (for Terre Haute) and the Ohio Arts Council, and twice been James Thurber Writer in Residence at the Thurber House in Columbus. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Polish, Greek, Russian, Dutch, Lithuanian and Chinese.

Grotesque Lovesongs was commissioned by producer Saint Subber, and first produced at the WPA Theatre in New York. Martian Gothic was commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Cincinnati, directed by John Clancy and featuring Nancy Walsh, won Fringe First and Spirit of the Fringe awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Best of Fringe at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Seascape With Sharks And Dancer has been produced by Teatr Syrena in Warsaw, Lucia Mad by Teatr Julius Slowakie in Krakow, and Grotesque Lovesongs for Polish television's theatre series. The Teatro del Fantasma has produced The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines in Mexico City and elsewhere, and his plays have also been produced in London, Vienna, Moscow, Prague, Tehran, Hong Kong and Beijing, and in Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Wales, Slovenia, Estonia, Kazakhstan and South Africa, and toured in India. The German experimental company SpielArt, based in Munich, has translated and toured two productions of his work in Germany.

His plays have been produced in countless experimental venues in New York, and have been done at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Capital Repertory Company, the Hypothetical Theatre, the Berkeley Stage Company, Manhattan Class Company, the People's Light and Theatre Company, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Theatre X, Shadowbox Cabaret, the Hudson Guild Theatre, Inertia Productions, Gravity & Glass, Renaissance Theatreworks, Look At The Fish Theatre Company, the Apothecary Theatre Company, the Strain Theatre Company, and many others.

In November of 2012, a Spanish version of Seascape With Sharks And Dancer, translated by Tato Alexander, and featuring her and Bruno Bichir, was produced at Teatro El Granero in Mexico City. This production was revived in Mexico City in 2013 and then toured in Mexico. In June of 2013, Marina and Mata Hari were produced in New York by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company, both plays featuring actress Tatyana Kot and directed by Ivette Dumeng. In the autumn of 2015, Gorgons was produced by the Drama Theatre of Petrozavodsk and the Drama Theatre of Yelets, in Russia. In 2016, Gorgons was produced by Aggelon Vima Theatre in Athens, Greece. Also in 2016, Don Giovanni was produced by the Yermolova Drama Theatre in Moscow, and Nebuchadnezzar was produced at Vene Theatre in Taillin, Estonia. In November of 2017 Mandelstam was produced at the Roman Victyuk Theatre in Moscow, directed by Mr Victyuk. The Russian and Estonian productions were translated into Russian by Victor Weber.

A graduate of the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, Mr. Nigro has also taught there, as well as at Ohio State, Kent State, Indiana State, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The film The Manor, with Peter O'Toole, is based on his play Ravenscroft. Samuel French has published 187 of his plays in 54 volumes, and his entire collected works, published and unpublished, now over four hundred plays, is available on the Concord Theatricals website.

Labyrinth: The Plays of Don Nigro, and Labyrinth II, Plays of Don Nigro 2001-2011, both by Jim McGhee, provide a road map and review of Nigro's collected works. donnigro.com. Mr. Nigro's works include:

Full-Length Plays: Anarchy (June 2017); Anatomies (June 2012); Animal Tales (2008); Botticelli Venus (March 2017); City of Dreadful Night (November 2005); The Count of Monte Cristo in the Chateau D’If (June 2010); Dreams of a Sinister Castle (July 2005); Dostoyevsky (April 2016); The Greek Trilogy (September 2011); The Goddess of Murderous Rain (September 2015); Jules Verne Eats a Rhinoceros (July 2005); The Lorelei (May 5, 2015); Lost Generation (April 2009); Mysteries in Prague (October 2018); Nights at the Stray Dog Café (November 2014); The Ogre (January 2008); Onegin and Tatyana in Odessa (February 2016); Phantoms (May 2011); Phoenix (July 2005); Pushkin (October 2007); Runes (April 2008); Seduction (May 2011); The Shadows (July 2005); A Snowfall in Berlin (September 2013); Strange Case (July 2010); Surrealists (May 2019); Traitors (May 2006); Vienna Blood (September 2019); Wasteland (August 2016); The Winkleigh Murders (July 2005).

Short(er) Plays: Andromeda Chained Naked to Her Rock (January 2009); Annabel Lee (April 2014); Appledorn (August 2011); The Art of the Fugue (June 2017); Babylon (July 2009); The Baltic Sea; Barbary Fox (July 2009); Borneo (May 2011); Captain Rockets versus the Intergalactic Brain-eaters (June 2012); Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess (May 2015); Creatrix (October 2007); Curse of the Wolf Man (May 2015); Darkpool (May 2011); Don Giovanni (June 2010); Draw a Face, Win a Pig (May 2011); Drury Lane (October 2007); Emotion Memory (January 2009); The Empress Dowager at the Flop House (June 2017); Exposition (June 2010); A Fellow of Infinite Jest (June 2010); Film Noir (November 2006); Front Porch (May 2015); Fundevogel (November 2006); Funhouse (December 2011); Further Adventures of Tom and Huck (October 2007); The Gatekeeper (May 2011); Gazebo (November 2006); Goat (November 2008); Grand Cayman (July 2009); Ghostland (July 2009); Glockenspiel (April 2014); Gorgons (November 2006); Grand Central Station (May 2015); Grim Lake (August 2011); Hagridden (November 2006); Hallucination (May 2015); Hologram (August 2011); Humpty Dumpty (February 2018); In the Forest of Gone (May 2015); Lamp Post (January 2014); The Last of the Dutch Hotel (November 2006); Landru (April 2014); Le Fanu’s Dream (December 2011); A Legacy for the Mad (July 2008); Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain (July 2008); Lightning Rods (November 2006); Loopy Rye (June 2010); Machiavelli (June 2012); Marilyn Gets Ice Cream (November 2008); Mata Hari (September 2013); Midsummer (December 2011); Mind the Gap (June 2010); The Mulberry Tree Variations (November 2008); Murder in the Red Barn (May 2011); Mysterium (June 2010); New Year’s Eve at the Flowers Boarding Hotel (June 2010); Nictzin Dyalhis (February 2018); Night (August 2011); Orchard Hill (December 2011); The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter (July 2009); The Passion of Merlin and Vivien in the Forest of Broceliande (July 2008); Pentecost (January 2014); Pianos (May 2011); Pinocchio (February 2018); Pirandello (February 2018); Plum Pudding (July 2009); Popcorn at the Odessa (July 2017); Praying Mantis (August 2011); Rainy Night at Lindy’s (November 2008); Rasputin (November 2005); Ravished (January 2009); The Recollection of Green Rain (February 2018); The Red Ettin (December 2011); Relativity (May 2011); Rusalka (February 2018); Rwanda (November 2006); Sleigh Ride (June 2012); So This Is The Elephants’ Burial Ground (November 2008); Traven (April 2014); Under the Pomegranate Trees (November 2008); Verona (May 2015); The Watchers (November 2006); What Shall I Do for Pretty Girls? (July 2008); William Roach at Valley Forge (January 2009); The Wind Among the Reeds (November 2006); Wraith (June 2010); Zombie Radio (January 2014).

Monologues: Anais in the House of Mirrors (June 2017); Apologia (May 2014); Beavers on Uranus (May 2011); Blavatsky; Blitz (December 2011); Bogle; Brimstone Run (February 2018); Child’s Garden of Flesh-eating Plants; Croatoan; Crocodile (July 2012); The Descent of Man; Devoured; Doctor Sinistrari on Zombie Island; Drones (December 2011); Entanglement; Evenings Near Kiev; Event Horizon; Face in the Window; Fragments; Furnace (July 2012); The Ghost Fragments; The Girl and The Crows; Gringonneur (October 2012); Henry Miller Explains Women (June 2017); A History of the Devil (July 2012); Hitchcock Blonde; Humpty Dumpty (October 2018); Just Out the Corner of her Eye (October 2012); Lagoon (October 2012); Lamentations of the Bogeyman; Lighthouse; The Little People; Loop (May 2011); Listening (October 2012); Marina (January 2014); Mabel in the Woods; The Madness of King Ubu (June 2017); Mermaid (October 2012); Miss Havisham’s Wedding Cake; The Mother Hubbard Enigmas (June 2017); The Mountains of the Moon (May 2011); Mulberry Street; Muse (October 2012); Nick Lucifer at Club Hell (December 2011); Nothingness (October 2012); Old Woman on the Subway (June 2017); One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji; Palmpsest; Panther; The Pine Barrens; Portal (October 2012); Pomerene Hall; Psalms of Scattered Bones; Queens (January 2014); The Rat-Catcher’s Tale; Scarborough Fair; The Sheep of Agzi; Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening (October 2012); Sycorax; The Tale of Mr. McGregor; Telepathy (May 2011); Tramp on Tightrope with Monkeys; Uncertainty (May 2011); Web (December 2011); The Woods Where Things Have No Names (January 2014); Yeti.

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