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Flames

Stephen Dolginoff

Full Length Musical, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573702891

In this original, suspense-filled musical thriller by the author/composer of Thrill Me, there are enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the audience guessing up until the final shocking moments.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A cemetery (and various flashback locales). The present. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Stage Combat

Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

ASCAP Music Award

One year ago, Edmond died in horrible fire. He took with him the dreams of his fiancée, Meredith, the trust of his best friend, Eric, and the answers to the burning questions that still linger about his death and the terrible crime he committed. But on a stormy night at the cemetery where he rests, the secrets from his past will finally refuse to stay buried; and those he left behind will finally refuse to stay silent.

In this original, suspense-filled musical thriller by the author/composer of Thrill Me, there are enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the audience guessing up until the final shocking moments.

“Stephen Dolginoff plays with the audience’s mind and perception from the first minute. As the story unfolds and reality becomes fiction while fiction becomes reality, the audience is left dumfounded as they try, and fail spectacularly, to guess the next twist. I have to say that Flames was a really great show. From the opening thunderstorm, through the various plot twists, blowing away my perceptions of my skills to anticipate theatrical writing, Flames kept me spellbound all the way.” -Londontheatre1.com

“Very sophisticated and skillful. The dialogue, is pithy, tight and witty but also plausibly naturalistic and affectionate when it needs to be. Dolginoff is adept at setting up the emotional conflicts in a way that makes the transition from words to music entirely natural.  The lyrics are always plot-driven, taking the action forward ... The music is generally propulsive, showcasing the words above all rather than overwhelming them, but with pools of quieter repose to crystallise a point and emphasise an emotional nuance... Arresting chord sequences and interesting harmonic smudges that signal changes of mood and floated melodic phrases that capture the emotional and lyrical aspirations of the characters powerfully.” - Britishtheatre.com

"Four Stars! A thrilling psychological drama! Flames is a heart wrenching, gripping exploration of love, friendship, betrayal, trust and revenge.” - International Theatre Review

"A twisty plot that is partly Pinter and partly Pirandello as it flirts endlessly with menace and a final graveyard reckoning. Provokes smouldering embers of passion and interest. Suffice it to say all is not what it seems!”  - The Stage, UK

“It’s like Alfred Hitchcock meets Edgar Allan Poe!” – Sioux City Journal

“I gasped out loud!” – Sioux City Online



Flames was originally produced at LAMB Arts Regional Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa (Russell Wooley, Managing/Artistic Director/Producer; Diana Wooley, Producer), opening on October 17, 2013, under the direction of Russell Wooley.

The London production of Flames opened at the Waterloo East Theatre (Gerald Armin, Artistic Director) on May 12, 2015, under the direction of Garry Noakes.

 

 

Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

MEREDITH - Female, 20s-Early 30s
Range: Mezzo -Soprano, F3-D5
A beautiful woman. Still grappling with the death of her fiancé, Edmond. She eventually proves to be quite strong.

ERIC- Male, 30s
Range: Baritone, Bb2-F4
A handsome man. Edmond’s best friend a source of comfort for Meredith. There is more to him than meets the eye.

EDMOND - Male, 30s
Range: Baritone, G2-E4
A non-descript man. Claims to be “Edmond,” having escaped death. But it is unclear if he can be trusted.  

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Piano/Vocal Score
3 Vocal Chorus Books
Song Samples

Prelude/He Can Still Hear You

You're Different

Identified the Body

Jealousy

Night of the Fire (Eric's Version)

Night of the Fire (Edmond's Version)

The Right Choice

Never Let Him Hurt You

Edmond's Eyes

Finale

Videos
  • FLAMES - A Musical Thriller

Author
Stephen Dolginoff

Stephen Dolginoff

Stephen Dolginoff is an award-winning, New York based writer/composer. He received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical & Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for his musical THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY. Over 100 productions in 15 countries and 10 languages have followed, including a run on London's West ... view full profile

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