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Meiselman, Arthur (American playwright, 19__-____), “Hello and . . . Goodbye,”

a 75-minute drama in English set simultaneously in two apartments, 2:00 a.m., 1995,

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© 1995 by A. Meiselman, script/rights available from D'Arcy-Kane Agency, 3463 State St., Suite 415, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Found by Webmaster at http://www.dramex.org/plays/sifs/hello.sif, April 19, 1997; Meiselman says,

Dramatis Personae “Danny (m), 28; Sandra (f), 32

Synopsis “Danny is a young man with AIDS. He refuses to bend to the obvious depression accompanying his illness. Instead, he is enraged, defiant, acidly humorous. He spends his days sleeping and his nights drinking and calling everyone he knows in a lonely desperate effort to keep himself focused. He is in the process of overusing his friends and family, and reduced to talking to long distance services for companionship. One day, he receives a call from Sandra. She is a straight, narrow-viewed, homophobic, suburban-type who has been traumatized when diagnosed HIV positive, a ‘gift’ from her husband. She calls Danny as part of an outreach program to help her cope. They clash immediately. A blizzard of telephone conversations becomes a kiln in which an unusual and rich relationship forges. Each is defiant while at the same time reaching for nurture and healing.

Comment “We see Danny and Sandra both on stage at the same time, each in his/her respective room. The setting is a split interior. Can be very minimalist, with or without lighting. This unlikely duet creates a portrait of human weakness and strength, of passion and hope. This is not a play about the politics of social issues. It is a portrait of a relationship. The entire two-character confrontation occurs over the telephone except for the very end. The ending surprises, uplifts, and sings with the curative power of reconciliation. Along with the listed ascii version, the play is also available in Word6 from dka@aviar.com.” Currently under limited options. Arthur Meiselman, writer, playwright and director, has worked in most of the major venues as well as Europe. An incorrigible iconoclast, he spends his precious spare time roaming land's end.
 
 

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