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Equus. Peter Shaffer.

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Equus
Peter Shaffer

Characters
MARTIN DYSART, a psychiatrist
ALAN STRANG
FRANK STRANG, his father
DORA STRANG, his mother
HESTHER SALOMON, a magistrate
JILL MASON
HARRY DALTON, a stable owner
A YOUNG DALTON
A NURSE
Six actors - including the Young Horseman, who also plays Nugget - appear
as Horses.
The main action of the play takes place in Rokeby Psychiatric Hospital in
Southern England.
The time is the present.
The play is divided into numbered scenes, indicating a change of time or locale
or mood: The action, however, is continuous.



Act One

1
Darkness.

Silence.
Dim light up on the square. In a spotlight stands Alan Strang, a lean boy of
seventeen, in sweater and jeans. In front of him, the horse Nugget. Alan's pose
represents a contour of great tenderness: his head is pressed against the shoulder
of the horse, his hands stretching up to fondle its head. The horse in turn
nuzzles his neck.
The flame of a cigarette lighter jumps in the dark. Lights come up slowly on the
circle. On the left bench, downstage, …