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Special Occasions

Special Occasions
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Bernard Slade
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 119
Pub. Date: 1982
ISBN-10: 0573618739
ISBN-13: 9780573618734
Cast Size: 1 woman, 1 man

About the Play:

Special Occasions is a full-length romantic comedy by Bernard Slade. The play is about Amy and Michael, who are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary and upcoming divorce. But that's not the end of their relationship, it's just the beginning. But even though separated, they keep meeting each other over the next 10 years as they come together for the various "special occasions" – new marriages, divorces, and family births and deaths – that make up their relationship.

Special Occasions follows the arc of a couple's relationship and is at times funny, thought-provoking and touching. Amy and Michael Ruskin are celebrating their fifteenth wedding anniversary and their upcoming divorce. Michael is a reformed television writer turned playwright. Amy is competitive but inwardly insecure. The play is structured as a series of flashbacks. After the opening scene, the play goes back in time ten years and recreates the various special occasions which make up marriages: anniversaries, weddings, funerals, play openings and other catastrophes. And, after all is said and done, the couple ends as they began on their fifteenth anniversary, dancing to a recording of "Love Is Here to Stay".

Special Occasions premiered in 1981 at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in New York City, and later in London directed by the author. It has proved very popular with community theatres.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man

What people say:

"Mixes the conventions of the situation comedy and soap opera." — The New York Times

"Slade's best play to date." — The New York Post

About the Playwright:

Bernard Slade Newbound (1930-2019), known professionally as Bernard Slade, was a Canadian playwright and long-time Hollywood TV-sitcom writer. He began his career as an actor performing in over 200 plays on stage, radio and television in regional theatres around Toronto and on camera for the CBC. He moved to Hollywood in the mid-1960s, and was soon writing episodes of such classics-to-be as Bewitched. Credited as creator, writer, story editor and producer of eight series, including The Flying Nun and The Partridge Family, he was considered one of the true heavyweights in Hollywood. By the mid-1970s, he turned his comedic genius to the stage writing more than a dozen plays, including three Broadway hit shows like his phenomenally successful Same Time Next Year, Tribute and Romantic Comedy, which were all turned into Hollywood features.

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