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The Love of the Nightingale
The Love of the Nightingale
By Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Cast: 7m., 7w. (two variable choruses.) Timberlake Wertenbaker, celebrated for her play Our Country's Good, which was showered with awards, turns her talent to a Greek myth. As a London critic describes it, "With wit, economy, and a powerful theatricality she offers us a rich retelling of the Philomele story. Her play passionately demonstrates the violence that stems from enforced silence: the dumb Philomele kills her rapist's son in an awful act of violence." The core of the story concerns Tereus, King of Thrace, who marries Procne, daughter of the King of Athens. Procne pines in her Thracian exile and sends for her beloved sister, Philomele. Her husband Tereus is to escort the sister to Thrace, but enroute he rapes her and when she threatens to talk, he cuts out her tongue. It's powerful theatre and told with devastating vitality. Then, as the critic for the Daily Telegraph sums up, "A cycle of retribution begins which only ends when the gods transform Philomele into a nightingale...classical austerity and great verbal elegance." Another critic described it as "...that rare thing, a compelling piece of theatre which may indeed rivet you to your seat...a raw piece of myth making for a violated age." Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  L68
Cast Size:  14
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  57
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Categories
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871290456
Biographies
Timberlake Wertenbaker's plays include Our Country's Good; The Grace of Mary Traverse (Royal Court, 1985); The Love of the Nightingale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989), which won the Eileen Anderson Central TV drama award; Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Royal Court, 1991), which won the Writers' Guild and Drama Circle Best West End Play Award 1991 and the Susan Smith ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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