The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller

Author: Jeff Cohen

The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller

Description: In 1961, Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared among the cannibal Asmat tribe of Papua New Guinea; this is the story of what might have happened, as told by the Asmat.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 11/13/2011
Content Advisory: Adult themes and adult content. Some profanity. Simulated sex
1 Act, 65 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males, 6 Gender Neutral

NOTE: The English language stock and amateur stage performance rights in this Play are controlled exclusively by Ted Swindley Productions (TSP). No professional or nonprofessional performance of the Play may be given without obtaining, in advance, the written permission of TSP and paying the requisite fee. Inquiries concerning all rights should be addressed to Joan Kovats at

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Keywords: Adaptations · Biographies · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Comedy · Death and the Afterlife · Drama · Expressionism · Fantasy · Folklore and Legends · Gay and Lesbian · Historical · Large Cast Size · Many Locations · Mostly Male Characters · Naturalism/Realism · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Philosophy · Religion and Spirituality · Sex · Shakespeare · Single Set · Technology and the Internet

Original Production Information

The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller was first presented by Dog Run Rep as an AEA Showcase at the West End Theatre in September, 2010.

It was subsequently presented at the ArcLight Theater in February/March 2011, by Dog Run Rep in association with H!GHBROW, Fern R. Lopez, Michael Gavronsky, Elizabeth I. McCann and Jonathan Bourne, with the following cast and credits. (The following is the Opening Night credits at the ArcLight Theatre. Names in parentheses denote West End Theatre production only.)

Designing Man: Daniel Morgan Shelley
Half Moon Terror: David King
Bringing Man: David Brown, Jr.
Michael Rockefeller: Aaron Strand
Breezy: Ayesha Ngaujah (Shannon A.L. Dorsey)
Governor/Musician: Shayshahn MacPherson (Rawle “Fitz” Williams)
Plentiful Bliss: Tracy Jack
Featured Dancers: Tracy Jack, Ayesha Ngaujah (Tyshawna Maddox)

Director: Alfred Preisser
General Manager: The Production Group
Associate GM: Hannah Mason