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The Beautiful Dark

The Beautiful Dark

By Erik Gernand.

Product Code: BL8000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 4m., 2w.

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout Canada, the United States.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $90/perf

In stock


In a small town in the Midwest, high-school principal Nancy Weller's life is turned upside down when her 18-year-old son, Jacob, fails out of college and returns home. He's angry, moody and unwilling to do anything except sleep. A past suicide attempt has Nancy on edge that Jacob might try to hurt himself again. She's devastated to learn that Jacob, living on his own at college, stopped taking his psychiatric medication and now refuses to go to therapy. Enlisting the help of her ex-husband, Tom, and her younger son, Charlie, she's determined to get Jacob back on track, whether he likes it or not. Nancy bargains, coerces, pleads, even tears down his bedroom door to get his attention. She finally convinces Jacob to enroll in community college and do something productive with his life. From this deceitful calm, however, Jacob's former girlfriend from college shows up, and Nancy makes a startling discovery: Jacob didn't fail out of college; he was kicked out for writing a graphic play about an on-campus killing spree, carried out by a young man who sounds eerily like her son. As the evidence mounts against Jacob, Nancy is forced to confront her darkest fear: Is her son capable of the unthinkable? And can she stop him before it's too late?


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code BL8000
  • Cast Size 6
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 90 min


  • Target Audience College and Adult | Senior Adults
  • Performing Group College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781619590038
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Media Reviews

"Affecting, thought-provoking. … Mr. Gernand has created complicated, recognizable people who are, like most of us, victims of their own flaws." -The New York Times

"An untenable situation, spiraling out of control. This is what it looks like from the inside, when a family is coming apart at the seams." -Chicago Tribune

"Thoroughly harrowing in all the best ways." -Chicago Reader

"A powerful new drama." -Examiner.com

"A psychologically manipulative piece of storytelling. … A brief but life-changing hour and a half." -Chicago Critic


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