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Two for the Seesaw

Two for the Seesaw
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: William Gibson
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 114
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0573617074
ISBN-13: 9780573617072
Cast Size: 1 woman, 1 man

About the Play:

Two for the Seesaw is a full-length drama by William Gibson. A straight-laced Nebraska lawyer moves to New York to escape an unhappy marriage and teams up with an eccentric dancer from the Bronx whose life is drifting after a number of failed relationships. The two carry on a rollercoaster ride of a relationship, leaving audiences rooting for them until the final curtain in William Gibson's timeless comedy drama.

Two for the Seesaw is a quirky, comic love story about two broken souls who reach out to each other in an attempt to stick themselves back together again. This is the long-run Broadway hit that gained stardom for Anne Bancroft in the role of girl from the Bronx whose love for a lonesome lawyer brings a few months of happiness into their lives. The lawyer is married to a beautiful, well-to-do girl in the Midwest whose family sets the pace in local society and intends to run his marriage and his career as well. He has rebelled, come to New York, and taken up residence with this intriguing young woman. Despite their very different backgrounds and personalities, this unlikely couple embark on a bittersweet and tempestuous love affair which forces them to confront, with heartfelt honesty, the very nature of who they are and want they want from love and life. He is lonely and in need of consolation; she is one of those rare women whose only purpose seems to be making others happy. Their briefly fulfilling relationship is unhappily destined to failure: he is a cultured gentile with a wife and painful memories while she is a plain Jewish girl with little education and a horrible Bronx accent. They share happy and humorous moments together, but they both see with sadness the utter hopelessness of the affair.

Two for the Seesaw premiered in 1962 at Booth Theatre, won a Tony Award for Best Play, and ran over two years on Broadway. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man

What people say:

"It's a whale of a hit, a bittersweet joy ride." — The New York Mirror

"An absorbing, affectionate, and funny delight." — The New York Daily News

About the Playwright:

William Gibson (1914-2008) was a Tony-award winning American playwright. Over the course of a writing career that lasted seven decades, he wrote many poems, short stories and plays, but had his greatest success with The Miracle Worker. The story of Helen Keller – who could not see, hear or speak – is one of the world's most frequently performed plays.

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