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A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney 4 (3m, 1f) View Details Compare
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Tonight, Walt is going to read you a screenplay he wrote. It's about his last days on earth. It's about a city he's going to build that's going to change the world. And it's about his brother. It's about everyone who loves him so much, and it's about how sad they're going to be when he's gone. Right? I mean, how can they live without him? How can anyone live without him?

"…a blackly comic inversion of the public Disney persona, in the form of a stylized screenplay being read in an anonymous-looking corporate conference room…Walt would be doing cartoonish gyrations in his grave if he were to see how thoroughly Mr. Hnath (pronounced nayth) has subverted the popular image of Disney." —NY Times. "Minutes into the darkly humorous play it's clear that for the famous man who made Mickey Mouse, movies and the Magic Kingdom, everything was about him. Always. Especially during his last days on earth."—NY Daily News. "…a devastating portrait of a man for whom make-believe was more real than reality itself." —NY Post. "A blood-pumping and often hilarious evening of theater." —TheaterMania.com. "Enjoyably weird and hermetic…Nothing that ever came out of the Magic Kingdom was ever this animated." —Time Out NY.

A.M.L. 5 (0m, 5f) View Details Compare
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The five characters in A.M.L. represent the thoughts and feelings of a single woman who is trying to cope with her boyfriend's Leukemia. Each of the women depicts a different stage of the illness and the relationship. By the end we realize that the boyfriend has survived, the woman is stronger, but the relationship is over; and her five separate parts have grown into one.

"…A.M.L. has unsettling power" —Variety. 

Abandon All Hope 2 (2m, 0f) View Details Compare
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Al and Benny stand before a giant portal. A sign above the portal reads, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Benny is more than a little frightened, but Al has no intention of abandoning his hope, as the two debate the precise meaning of the sign.

     

Abe Lincoln in Illinois Drama 32 (25m, 7f) View Details Compare
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The play shows in a series of scenes the critical years of Lincoln's early manhood up to the moment of his election as president. We see the backwoodsman, a failure at shopkeeping, but a great favorite with friends and neighbors, slowly groping forward through the troubled years in Springfield, at last beginning to realize the great destiny before him.

Pulitzer Prize-winning play, and one of the most famous plays in American theatre. 

Abigail/1702 Drama 5 (3m, 2f) View Details Compare
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In this tale of New England witchery, it is ten years after the harrowing and tragic events of the Salem witch trials. Abigail Williams—the lead accuser who sent twenty people to their doom as a young girl—now lives under an assumed name on the outskirts of Boston, quietly striving to atone for her sins. When a handsome stranger arrives claiming to be a sailor in need, Abigail takes him in, and long-dormant passions awaken within her. Love starts to grow between the two—an unlikely flower cracking through salty earth. But their contentment is short-lived, for someone else is coming for Abigail, someone who has been looking for her since she danced in the weird woods of Salem. The Devil is demanding Abigail's soul, and a debt will be paid—but first, Abigail must make peace with the woman she most wronged…

About Time Comedy/Satire; Drama 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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ABOUT TIME takes place in the condominium kitchen of an old married couple. Over the course of the day from breakfast and lunch to dinner and a late snack, the couple talk about everything under the sun, especially food, sex, children and aging. She is getting slower than she used to be; in fact, it takes all morning to chop vegetables. He cannot move around quite as fast as he once did. Neither see their children as much as they would like. Yet both certainly have their wits about them as the dialogue snaps and crackles its way through the four scenes. Faced with the thought of mortality, they grapple with what it means to share—and to come to the end of—a life together.

This moving and compassionate comedy-drama examines food, sex and aging from the perspective of a couple who have spent a lifetime together and who know their time is coming to an end. "There is fun to be had with Tom Cole's ABOUT TIME." —NY Magazine. "Humor is one of the essential factors in survival during the aging process, and I have just had several comforting and fortifying hours of laughter." —NY Newsday. "ABOUT TIME has an edge of stylization reminiscent of Beckett's minimalism and astutely depicts the concerns of the aged." —BackStage.     

Abraham Lincoln Dies at Versailles 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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The sixteen-year-old grandson of the late President Lincoln, named after his grandfather, meets a girl in the gardens of Versailles. But it is her mother, who, upon discovering the young man's identity, relates the story of her being at Gettysburg as a young girl on the day the president delivered his famous speech. She has never forgotten that moment when he kissed her lightly on the forehead, as she now does to the young man, passing his grandfather's kiss on to him. What she doesn't know is that the boy with the famous name and such promise will die in France within a few days.

     

Absalom Drama 6 (4m, 2f) View Details Compare
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On a warm June afternoon in the Berkshires, siblings Adam, Teddy and Sophia prepare their family's summer house for a party and anxiously await the arrival of their father, celebrated author and publisher Solomon Weber. Not only is today his birthday, but a celebration has been planned for the release of his autobiography, which details his rise from ambitious orphan to publishing magnate and lauded author. But to what extent, Adam wonders, does his father's book betray or invent family secrets among this thoroughly artistic clan? And when an estranged member of the family arrives at the party to challenge Saul about the authorship of an earlier book, his reappearance sets in motion confrontations and shifting allegiances.

"Ms. Kazan writes lively, speakable dialogue [and] possesses an instinctive feel for mining drama from the neuroses, insecurities and obsessions of the creative classes." —NY Times. "Astounding…the themes and complexity of Zoe Kazan's debut play, ABSALOM, reveal an author whose insights into human nature have an unexpected maturity…ABSALOM has admirable moments of surprise, juicy deceit and wit, as well as a layered story that unfolds with revelations." —Louisville Courier-Journal.  

Absence of a Cello, The Comedy/Satire 7 (3m, 4f) View Details Compare
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As Martin Gottfried describes: "It is about a physicist who needs money so badly he turns to the $60,000-a-year job offered by a big corporation. He wants the job, but does the company want him? Mr. Personnel is sent to find out. What seems to be starting out as a shopworn target—individuality versus conformity—turns out to be an ingeniously conceived comical discussion of honesty and truth. After being coached by a gray-flanneled collegiate on how to be what every company wants, the scientist is prepared to confront the enemy (after quickly trading in his rolled-up trousers and flapping shirt for a neat brown suit)…He hides the cello he plays with pick-up quartets, he hides the medieval history books his wife writes, he hides all but the acceptable three liquor bottles. He hides, in fact, everything that he and his wife are. And hauls out the television set…What follows is a literately comical playaround with industrial conformity that for sheer humor is, well, wonderfully adult."

A Broadway hit, this refreshingly literate comedy is concerned with the hilarious lengths gone to by a brilliant (but broke) scientist to land a much-needed job with a large corporation. "…a cheerfully venomous comedy about the mysterious monster called the Corporate Image." —NY Daily News. "…a comedy that compliments your intelligence." —Women's Wear Daily. "…right, impertinent comedy…" —NY Times. 

Abstinence Drama 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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The place is the front hall of a very chic Manhattan apartment, where the hostess, Winnie, is giving a party for one of her pet charities—in this case, Liars Anonymous. A late arrival, who is intercepted by the worldly wise maid, Martha, is one Danna—who claims to be both on the wagon and a very dear friend of Winnie. She is also, as it develops, rather close to Winnie's husband, Lon, as well (they claim to have shared a wild night of passion involving the bizarre use of vegetables). But if Lon is a philanderer, Winnie, according to Danna, is worse; and then there is Joe, a handsome rogue who informs the others that he is an incredibly rich physicist, has climbed Mount Everest solo, has a titled wife, and who sweeps Danna off her feet. As the conversation grows more dazzling (and the lies more extravagant) only Martha, the maid, remains unfazed by the whole mad scene—after all, she has seen it all many times before, and who cares what these crazy people do or say anyway?

Written for the twentieth anniversary gala honoring New York's famed Circle Repertory Company (of which the author is a founding member) this witty, clever and very funny short piece pokes wicked fun at Manhattan's self-impressed "smart set."

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