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Nights at the Stray Dog Cafe

Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5f, 10m

In this funny, vibrant, epic tapestry, the world of pre-Revolutionary Russia comes alive again, with all its hope, and then the nightmare that followed.

Nights at the Stray Dog Cafe

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 10m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
During the German bombardment of Leningrad, earlier and now St. Petersburg, the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, struck on the head by a falling brick, stumbles into a basement for shelter and finds herself unexpectedly back at the long abandoned site of the Stray Dog Café, where in the second decade of the twentieth century the most famous Russian poets, artists, actors and dancers gathered to drink, sing, argue and make love, and gradually the Stray Dog comes to life again, with Mayakovsky, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Mandelstam, the ballerina Karsavina, the puppet loving and famously promiscuous Olga Sudeikina, the poet Blok and his beautiful actress wife Lyubov, the critic Brik, who became an informer for the secret police, and many others appear. In this funny, vibrant, epic tapestry, the world of pre-Revolutionary Russia comes alive again, with all its hope, and then the nightmare that followed, in which most of these amazingly talented and compelling people were one by one devoured by Stalin's Skeleton Clowns. Eerie, surreal, moving, funny, erotic, with occasional song and dance, a tribute to these remarkable ghosts. Part of Nigro's ongoing cycle of plays tracing the history of Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries that includes Pushkin, Gogol, An Angler In The Lake Of Darkness, Emotion Memory, Rasputin, A Russian Play, Marina, Mandelstam and others. 

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Alcohol
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

A September evening in 1941 in Leningrad, formerly and later again St. Petersburg, during the Nazi bombardment.

Casting

5f, 10m
Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

ANNA AKHMATOVA
ANDREY BELY/ FIFTH SKELETON CLOWN
ALEXANDER BLOK/ SECOND SKELETON CLOWN
LYUBOV BLOK
LILY BRIK
OSIP BRIK
NIKOLAI GUMILYOV/ THIRD SKELETON CLOWN
TAMARA KARSAVINA
VELIMIR KHLEBNIKOV/ WAITER/ BEAR/ FOURTH SKELETON CLOWN
VSEVOLOD KNYAZEV/ FIRST SKELETON CLOWN
OSIP MANDELSTAM
VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY
VEVOLOD MEYERHOLD
OLGA SUDEIKINA
BORIS TOMASHEVSKY/ KONSTANTIN STANISLAVSKY

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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, sp ...

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