Barefoot in Nightgown by Candlelight
Nigro, Don (American playwright, 19__-____), “Barefoot in Nightgown by Candlelight,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in a boarding school, ____,
© 19__ by Don Nigro;
• in Don Nigro’s Barefoot in Nightgown by Candlelight (New York: Samuel French Inc., 19__), SF 4259;
• script/rights available in typescript from Don Nigro, according to a longtime friend of Nigro, Dr. James McGhee, Associate Professor, English & Humanities, director of theatre, Room A-104, York College of Pennsylvania, York, Pennsylvania 17405-7199, U.S.A., telephone 717-846-7788x1401, e-mail email@example.com, http://goose.ycp.edu/~jmcghee.
Cath (f), an orphan, young, boarding school pupil; Alicia (f), young, boarding school pupil; Belle (f), young, boarding school pupil.
“A dim circle of light surrounded by darkness. Three young girls, barefoot in nightgown, speak in a glow like candlelight. Cath is an orphan, sent to a girls' boarding school in the country, a big old house where she is very lonely until two of the other girls, Alicia and Belle, creep into her room one night, blow on her face to awaken her, and initiate her into a dangerous midnight game of Mistress and Slave. They deal out cards, and the one who gets the Queen of Spades is the Mistress, the Queen of Hearts the Slave, and the third girl is the Witness. The Mistress gets to demand one action of the Slave, and it can be anything. The Slave must obey. Once a month, at full moon, they play this game. At first Cath is happy, to have friends and be part of the game, which is exciting. But over time the dares gradually become more dangerous, more erotic, more cruel, more sinister. Eerie, complex and frightening. An excellent Halloween play. First produced at Shadowbox Cabaret in Columbus and by the Grey Wing Stage Company in New York.”
Samuel French, Inc., has published twelve volumes of Don Nigro’s plays. “His plays have been produced at the McCarter Theatre, the WPA Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Berkeley Stage Company, Manhattan Class Company and in many other theatres all over the United States and in Canada, England and Hungary. Nigro has twice been James Thurber Writer in Residence at Thurber House in Columbus, won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and twice been a finalist for the National Repertory Foundation’s National Play Award. His work has been commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville, optioned by the American Place Theatre in New York, and published by Theatre Communications Group in their Plays in Process series.”—Cincinnati Biographies, http://www.theatretoursinternational.com/Biographies/CNBiogs.html, accessed February 13, 2003.
adolescence, cards, cruelty, eroticism, game, midnight, sinisterness.