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Sexaholics and Other Plays

Sexaholics and Other Plays
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Murray Schisgal
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 109
Pub. Date: 1995
ISBN-10: 0822214385
ISBN-13: 9780822214380

About the Play:

Sexaholics and Other Plays is a short play collection by Murray Schisgal. A collection of five one-act plays all dealing with desire in our apocalyptic times.

Sexaholics finds Tony and Juliet, in Scene One, driven obsessively, pathologically and hilariously by sexual desire. This, prior to the advent of AIDS. Scene Two occurs after 1981 and reveals how they try to cope, control, humanize their sexual drives. The results mirror our sexual lives in the 1990s. (Cast: 1 woman, 1 man.)

The Artist and The Model finds an aging male Artist sketching a young, female nude Model. Her youth and desirability provoke him to reflect on his life and the abyss that lies between age and youth, between desire and fulfilment. (Cast: 1 woman, 1 man.)

The Artist and The Model/2 brings onstage a female Artist and her young, male nude Model. He is the son of her best friend who gave up the idea of being a painter to raise a family. Who made the wiser choice haunts the Artist as she sketches. (Cast: 1 woman, 1 man.)

The Cowboy, The Indian and The Fervent Feminist: After being fired from his job as a highly paid advertising executive, our hero seeks refuge in the fantasy that he is a cowboy in the Old West. His wife seeks to bring him back to reality with humorous unforeseen consequences. (Cast: 1 woman, 2 men.)

In Extensions, a vaudeville team, waiting to hear from its agent, are subjected to a relentless barrage of supernatural telephone calls that encapsulate all of life's random vicissitudes. Song, dance and comic patter intertwine with the absurdist dramatization of their isolation and desperate need for each other. (Cast: 1 woman, 1 man.)

About the Playwright:

Murray Schisgal (1926-2020) was a Tony and Academy Award nominated American playwright and screenwriter best known for co-writing the screenplay for Tootsie. He attended Brooklyn Law School from which he graduated in 1953. He practised law until 1956 and then taught English for three years. He had an extensive career spanning writing plays, novels, anthologies, science fiction, and play producing. He has a star on the Playwrights Sidewalk for Off-Broadway Achievement in New York. He has also produced several films and television programs.

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