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The Love of the Nightingale

The Love of the Nightingale

By Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Product Code: L68000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama | Tragedy
  • Cast size: 7m., 7w. (two variable choruses.)

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: $100/perf

In stock

Synopsis

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."

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code L68000
  • Cast Size 14
  • Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 105 min

Categories

  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Drama | Tragedy
  • ISBN(13) 9780871290458
* 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.

Customer Reviews

"The Love of the Nightingale evokes powerful images of control, silence and freedom. Its message is as relevant today as it was in Ancient Greece."
Review by Christa Jones, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, VA

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Russell Hall Mainstage Theatre Gorham Maine 11/15/2019 11/24/2019
Mary Baldwin College Staunton Virginia 2/5/2020 2/9/2020
University of Massachusetts-Lowell: Comley-Lane Theatre Lowell Massachusetts 4/1/2020 4/5/2020
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film Winnipeg Manitoba 2/11/2020 2/15/2020