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Zimmer 1 (1m, 0f) View Details Compare
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We meet ZIMMER in the record store where he advises young buyers about the real rock and roll, before their time. He knows it all, and imparts his storehouse of knowledge while relating his experiences growing up: the expectations, his family, the friends who freaked out, the expectations, where he was when Kennedy died, his Bar Mitzvah, his girlfriend, and maybe a few more expectations. Always there is the music to tie it together, and tide him over.

     

Zoo Story, The Drama 2 (2m, 0f) View Details Compare
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A man sits peacefully reading in the sunlight in Central Park. There enters a second man. He is a young, unkempt and undisciplined vagrant where the first is neat, ordered, well-to-do and conventional. The vagrant is a soul in torture and rebellion. He longs to communicate so fiercely that he frightens and repels his listener. He is a man drained of all hope who, in his passion for company, seeks to drain his companion. With provocative humour and unrelenting suspense, the young savage slowly, but relentlessly, brings his victim down to his own atavistic level as he relates a story about his visit to the zoo. Now part of the full length play At Home at the Zoo, THE ZOO STORY may continue to be performed independently.

¡Cuba Si! Comedy/Satire; Drama 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Waiting for the revolution that she feels certain is near at hand, Cuba, a supporter of Fidel Castro, has set up camp in New York's Central Park. Having become something of a tourist attraction, she is interviewed by a reporter from the New York Times—who shudders apprehensively as Cuba shoots down the series of "spies" who approach her bastion, and harangues a watching crowd through a bullhorn. Inevitably the interview becomes a confrontation between her left-wing views and his right-wing reactions, with the end result an uneasy standoff. As he leaves the reporter remarks that she has given him no real story to file, as a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. "But I have indeed given you a beginning," replies Cuba, "and I may yet give you a middle—and perhaps," she adds ominously, "an end as well."

Presented by New York's renowned ANTA Matinee Series, this timely and provocative fantasy makes an amusing, yet disturbing, statement on the nature of revolution. "Bitingly original a chilling comment on the inhumanity of war." —NY Times. "A perfect gem." —Village Voice.  

¿De Donde? Drama 13 (8m, 5f) View Details Compare
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Freely translated as "Where are you from?" the title of the play refers to the increasing tide of illegal aliens who flee north to the United States from the economically and politically oppressed countries of Latin America. Seeking jobs and freedom from persecution, the refugees are, more often than not, met with indifference and even hostility, regardless of their circumstances, and deported back to their home countries—which can often mean certain death. In a series of sharply drawn scenes and monologues, with thirteen actors portraying more than forty characters, the author explores the individual stories of a cross section of refugees and those with whom they come in contact: overworked and increasingly cynical lawyers who try to win amnesty for them; a group of Catholic nuns who risk imprisonment to provide sanctuary; judges and immigration officials who must enforce often antiquated and even inhuman laws; and U.S. citizens of Hispanic descent who are torn between allegiance to their new country and compassion for those fleeing persecution and poverty in their old. A moving plea for understanding and forbearance, the play also becomes, in the end, a searing indictment of this nation's immigration policies and a disturbing reminder of the terrible toll which these can exact, whether intentionally or not.

Comprised of a panoramic series of short scenes and monologues, with thirteen actors playing some forty-three characters, this powerful, moving play examines the plight of illegal aliens fleeing poverty and oppression in Latin America—only to run afoul of hostility and bureaucratic rigidity on the U.S. side of the border. Winner of the Rosenthal New Play Prize in its initial production by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. "…powerful and articulate…ideal fare for colleges and regional groups looking to fill intimate second stages with innovative new writing." —Variety. "…visceral theater…should have a special appeal to other institutional theaters equally interested in provoking audiences into political awareness." —NY Times. 

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