WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Eleanora Duse Dies in Pittsburgh is a short dark comedy written by Don Nigro about the terror and holiness of theater. Famous Italian actress Eleanora Duse finds herself regretful of her past actions and attempts to find some sort of relief, only to be pestered by the comedic interactions of other famous characters around her, leaving her more uncertain of her eventual fate. The actress would like to mend affairs with her daughter, Enrichetta, whom she abandoned for a career upon the stage. But the chaos of the unwelcome intruders frightens and confuses Enrichetta, prompting her to leave her mother once again. Just as all looks lost and unresolved, Duse's companion Desiree introduces her to an aspiring actress named Eva (based on Eva Le Gallienne), who is terrified and nervous about "telling lies" and desecrating the holiness of the theater. Duse realizes then that despite being unworthy of the holy theater stage, it is all she truly has. And that is the paradoxical nature of life and death, light and dark.