Within the Ghostly Mansion’s Labyrinth
Nigro, Don (American playwright, 19__-____), “Within the Ghostly Mansion’s Labyrinth,”
a __-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in _____, ____,
© 1996 by Don Nigro;
• in Don Nigro’s Glamorgan and Other Plays (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1996), 163 pp., ISBN 0573695911, SF 25244, containing “Fair Rosamund and Her Murderer,” “Give Us a Kiss and Show Us Your Knickers,” “Glamorgan,” “Major Weir,” “Necropolis,” “Squirrels,” “The Weird Sisters,” “With the Ghostly Mansion’s Labyrinth”;
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 45 West 45th Street New York, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429, http://www.samuelfrench.com; Samuel French, Inc., 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Dept. W, Hollywood, California 90046-2785, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570; fax 323-876-6822; Samuel French, Inc. 11963 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, California 91604, U.S.A., telephone 818-762-0535; Samuel French (Canada) Ltd. 100 Lombard Street, Dept. W, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1M3, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416 363-1108; 52 Fitzroy Street-Dept. W, London W1P 6JR, England, telephone (44207) 387-9373, fax (44207) 387-2161, http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk/sf/Pages/acted/sfactingeds.html.
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“Lonely old Mrs. Winchester, having lost her family tragically, is advised by the spirits at a seance to build them a house. She spends the rest of her life constructing a bizarre labyrinthine mansion with stairs to nowhere, upside down stairways, doors that open onto brick walls or terrible drops, secret passages and rooms—labyrinth upon labyrinth. Trapped for years within this strange house onto which she is perpetually adding grotesque new rooms, she has now begun to wonder if the ghosts are her friends or if they are out to get her.”—1997 Basic Catalog of Plays and Musicals (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1996), p. 231.
• Research could include the Wincester Mystery House, San Jose, California, U.S.A. “In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House. Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.”—The Winchester Story, http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/story.html, accessed February 13, 2003.
• Nigro has written over 200 plays.
• Samuel French, Inc., has published twelve volumes of Don Nigro’s plays.
• “Don Nigro lives and writes near his birthplace in the rolling hill country southeast of Canton, Ohio. He received a B.A. degree in English from the Ohio State University and an M.F.A. in dramatic arts from Iowa University. His plays are published by Samuel French, Inc.”—Don Nigro Homepage, http://goose.ycp.edu/~jmcghee/, accessed February 7, 2003.
• “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.
ghost, Labyrinth, mansion.