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Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess

Don Nigro

Short Play, Drama  /  2f

Published in the collection The Chaplin Plays and Others

Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f
  • Duration
    Duration
    40 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description

In this provocative and very funny two character play, a person who is firmly convinced they are Charlie Chaplin is confronted by a person who may be a psychiatrist or may be the Siberian Monkey Goddess, beautiful and terrible in her wrath, who is determined to convince him he's not Charlie Chaplin, but just a very disturbed individual who has taken on the identity of Charlie to escape from her own unhappiness, and that perhaps Charlie is not even a man. The play becomes an increasingly desperate struggle over the nature of identity that neither party can afford to lose. A powerful exploration of the nature of reality, dream, art and identity, with elements of dark Chaplinesque farce mixed in. A great showcase for two strong actresses. 

Published in the collection The Chaplin Plays and Others and a part of the grouping The Chaplin Plays: A Double Feature

History

The Chaplin Plays: A Double Feature was first presented in June of 2016 by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company at The Paradise Factory in New York City as part of the Planet Connections Festivity under the direction of Lori Kee.

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Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Setting:

One's first impression should be that we are in an office somewhere in some sort of old building. There's an old desk with a chair, an old leather sofa with a coffee table in front of it, another chair. But for all we know, we could be looking at the prop room of an old theatre, or the set of an old movie.

Casting

2f
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
CHARLIE - a person in a rather familiar tramp outfit, with derby and mustache. It will perhaps not be immediately clear that this person is a young woman.
ANASTASIA - a well dressed, rather stunning Russian woman.

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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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