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MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS
MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS freely adapts Daniel Defoe's classic eighteenth-century novel. Moll is a larger-than-life woman whose spirited drive for love and survival led her to sexual adventures, multiple marriages and a career as an infamous thief. The play explores the influence of birth, free will, sex and circumstance in an era as fiercely entrepreneurial as our own.

MIDNIGHT begins the night before Moll is to be hanged at Newgate Prison. There she tells the story of her life to a Puritan bent on offering her a last, unlikely chance at salvation. A series of flashbacks punctuated by debates with the minister culminate in a courtroom scene -- where he unexpectedly pleads for her life. The play tracks a double journey of transformation for Moll and the minister who, despite himself, listens to her mythic, free-wheeling tale.




SET AND CAST
Due to the play's fluid and episodic nature, set designs should be simple, versatile and non-naturalistic. Imaginative—not necessarily elaborate—costumes, lights and sound best tell the story.

The first production ran about two hours plus an intermission.

The play lends itself to flexible casting of between ten and eighteen actors.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
After a series of workshops over a four-year period (at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), the piece culminated in a successful full-scale production directed by Norma Saldivar in February, 2000 (see reviews). The production was a collaboration between the Professional Theatre Training Program and Renaissance Theaterworks. It received strong audience and critical response and was called "Best New Play of the Year" in the "Best Picks of 2000" issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
  • Production: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000
  • Staged Reading: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre/Marquette University 1998
  • Workshops: Milwaukee Repertory Theater 1996; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1997, 1999
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Best of Year - Milwaukee Magazine 2000

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