In an alternate London of 1820, Elinor and Marianne Wood (the illegitimate daughters of Sir Henry Dashwood and his cook), have become Nell Dash and Nance. Their vile half-sister-in-law Lady Fanny Dashwood stops at nothing to keep them from getting a single penny of the annuity they have inherited, whilst at the same time trying to attain the two strands of pearls given the girls when they fled Devonshire, pearls which have mysteriously disappeared and have a strange history of their own.
"A delightful mashup of all your favorite 19th century characters in one play! The dialog is sparkling and the plot dances along. ... And especially great for theaters looking for large casts."
– Kate Danley | Playwright / Author
'We had our annual Playwrights Retreat where we read ...NELL DASH... It was the highlight of the weekend. ... there is a great deal of comedy coming from every corner of the dingy world it so effectively creates."
– Kim T. Sharp | [Former] Associate Artistic Director, Abingdon Theatre Company
"Did I mention how much I enjoyed Doug DeVita's Nell Dash? Great fun script... The whole cast was spectacular, direction was solid and I am so glad I got to see it!"
– Melissa Skirboll | Director
"Amazing! The cast was as light on their feet as comets, hysterically funny, endlessly versatile. Dennis Corsi's direction – impeccable and wildly inventive. And then there's that dog..."– Robin Rice | Playwright
"The best showcase production I've seen in years! Doug is a playwright to be reckoned with."
– Bara Swain | Creative Consultant , Urban Stages
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COMEDY / SATIRE / FARCE
RUNNING TIME: 2hrs, with intermission
CAST: 4W, 4M, W/DOUBLING, TRIPLING, QUADRUPLING...
INCLUSIVE CASTING POSSIBLE
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS / CAN BE PERFORMED ON A UNIT SET
Nell Dash | Jessica Vera
Lady Fanny Dashwood | Erika Amato
Muzzle, et al | Rob Maitner
Polly Peachum, et al | Sean Barry Parsons
Celia Peachum, et al | Carole Monferdini
The Artful Dodger, et al | Eric Percival
Nance, et al | Billie Aken-Tyers
Fagin, et al | Doug Rossi
Costumes designed by Tony Johnson
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