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Answers (Topor)

Answers (Topor)
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Tom Topor
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 23
Pub. Date: 1973
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822200554
ISBN-13: 9780822200550
Cast Size: 3 male

About the Play:

Answers is a one-act drama by Tom Topor. Set in an interrogation room in South Manhattan, two hardened detectives interview someone suspected of a brutal crime. Right or wrong, questions need Answers. Answers is a gripping and powerful play that probes into the helpless terror experienced by a suspect undergoing a relentless police interrogation.

Answers is about a man detained for questioning, for a crime about which he claims to know nothing. He is grilled by two persistent police officers. They call him "Byron" (although he insists this is not his name) and their initially bantering attitude turns steadily more ominous as they attempt to force a confession. Ultimately, in a scene of shattering intensity, they succeed – but disturbing questions linger. Have justice and truth indeed been served? Or has another hapless victim been sacrificed to society's inexorable need for retribution at any cost? Answers is a gritty and fast paced play that confronts socio-economics, pressures on policing and if wrongs can make a right.

Answers was produced in 1972 at the Workshop of the Players Art (WPA) Theater off-off Broadway. It remains a popular choice for college and fringe theatre productions and is an ideal choice for one-act festivals.

Cast: 3 male

What people say:

"…a compelling, contemporary comment on society." — Show Business

"Mr. Topor as a dramatist writes cleanly, with flair for sharp dialogue." — New York Post

About the Playwright:

Tom Topor is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His plays include Nuts, Answers, and Romance: Here to Stay, But Not For Me. His work in film began after Nuts had a successful run on Broadway. He adapted the play for the screen. His other screenplays and teleplays include The Accused, Judgment (WGA Award), World of Honor and Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. His first career was as a reporter on the crime beat mainly for the New York Post.

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