The Vigil or The Guided Cradle

Author: Crystal Skillman

The Vigil or The Guided Cradle

Description: Linked tales of a young American woman on vacation in contemporary Prague and the creation of a legendary torture device in Prague 500 years ago; both contemplate the nature of control over another human, for good and evil.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 10/4/2013
Content Advisory: Frank depictions of torture, rape, and other brutality
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 6 Males

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Keywords: Action/Adventure · Drama · Historical · Large Cast Size · Mostly Male Characters · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Rape · Social Issues · True Stories

This play is in the following collections: New York Innovative Theatre Awards

Original Production Information

The Vigil or The Guided Cradle was first presented by the Impetuous Theater Group in April 2010 at the Brick Theatre, New York City, with the following cast and credits:

Foreigner/Girl: Susan Louise O'Connor
Aldo: Travis York
Ippolito: Christian Rummel
Translator: Dion Mucciacito
Balto: Vinnie Penna
Prime: Alex Pappas
Jan: Joseph Mathers

Producer: James David Jackson
Director: John Hurley
Sets: Sylviane Jacobson
Costumes: Meryl Pressman and Holly Rihn.
Lighting: Olivia Harris
Sound: Anthony Mattana

Cover design: James David Jackson