The Eternal Husband

Author: Nat Cassidy

The Eternal Husband

Description: A modern-day noir thriller, loosely based on the Dostoevsky novella of the same name, about a flailing private detective whose life is turned upside-down during a brutal summer heatwave when he receives a visit from an erratic, unpredictable old man in a heavy black coat.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 10/7/2011
Content Advisory: Strong language, disturbing moments, adult situations, some violence
1 Act, 72 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males

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Keywords: Characters are Mostly Married/With Families · Crime · Drama · Dysfunctional Families · Grief and Mourning · Horror · Mystery/Suspense/Noir · Naturalism/Realism · Sex · Shakespeare · Small Cast Size · Technology and the Internet

This play is in the following collections: FringeNYC 2011

Original Production Information

The Eternal Husband was originally produced in March 2008 by Fine Feathered Friends Productions,  along with an adaptation of A Nasty Story, by Sara Jeanne Asselin, as part of Dostoevsky in Workshop, at the FAR Space in New York City, with the following cast and credits:

YOUNGER MAN: David Ian Lee
OLDER MAN: Arthur Aulisi
CLAUDUA: Sara Jeanne Asselin
NATALYA: Kristin Kos

Director: Nat Cassidy

The Eternal Husband was subsequently produced by Sid and Nancy Productions and Triumvirate Productions as part of the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival at La MaMa ETC in New York City, with the following cast and credits:

YOUNGER MAN: Arthur Aulisi
OLDER MAN: Charles E. Gerber
CLAUDUA: Karen Sternberg
NATALYA: Elyse Mirto

Director: Nat Cassidy
Stage Manager: Laura Schlachtmeyer
Lighting Design: Greg Solomon
Sound Design: Nat Cassidy
Costume Pieces Donated by: Jennifer Anderson

The production received an extension at the Manhattan Theatre Source with the following change of crew:

Stage Manager: Olivia Edery