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Kraar, Adam (American playwright, 19__-____), “The Last Fig,”

a 20-minute comedy, set on a roof-top in Brooklyn,

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script/rights available from Adam Kraar, 507 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York 11231, U.S.A. Cited by Adam Kraar via postal mail; Krarr says,

Dramatis Personae Naomi Weinstock (f), 40-something, passionate; Rachel (f), 25, Naomi’s no-nonsense daughter; Larry Duberman (m), 28, needy, intense mensch.

Synopsis “Naomi is determined to fix her daughter, Rachel, up with Larry, the perfect young man. Rachel balks at the idea, suggests that Naomi herself is attracted to Larry, and leaves. Naomi is appalled at the suggestion that she’d desire a 28 year old man; she’s stubbornly certain that her love life ended with the death of her late husband. Larry arrives. When he learns that Rachel bolted, we see that he is desperate to meet a nice woman before his impending departure for a permanent job in a distant cultural backwater. Naomi struggles to comfort the nervous young man, and spills out her own angst about her daughter’s dysfunctional relationships. Larry ingenuously consoles and flatters her. Naomi discovers that she is indeed attracted to this sensitive guy. She puts herself through comical hoops trying to deny her feelings, but finally gives in to them and finds happiness.

Comment “Minimal set representing backyard of suburban house.” Items from résumé follow.  •  The Spirit House, Missoula Colony at Montana Rep (staged reading)  •  The Goddess Cure, PACT at Phil Bosakowski Theatre, Palmetto Play Service (Publisher), The Lark Theatre (workshop, staged reading)  •  The Princess of President Street, Jewish Ensemble Theatre (staged reading), April 1997, Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat at LaMama (reading), September, 1996  •  Meisel Offset, Aspen Playwrights Competition (Second Prize), Theatre Americana (Altadena, California), Dakin Fellowship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference  •  Laundry and Lies, Company One, Alice’s Fourth Floor  •  The Infant Society, Abingdon Theatre Company  •  Our Lady of Perpetual Dancer, The Drama Center (Florida), Judith Anderson Theatre  •  Storm in the Iron Box, Mt. Seauoyah New Play Retreat (workshop)  •  Lean Into the Imagination, Sundance Publishers (commission - children’s plays)  •  A Twist of Faith, Finalist, Weissberger Competition, Fellowship, Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat, Southeastern Theatre Conference New Play Award  •  Warehouse Moon, Ryan Repertory Company, Raleigh Ensemble Players, Victory Gardens Theater (reading)  •  Office Misheqoss, Ensemble Studio Theatre (reading), New York Shakespeare Festival (staged reading), Quaigh Theatre  •  Sing Out for Freedom, Theatreworks, USA commission  •  M.F.A., Columbia University.
 
Themes dysfunctional relationship, family, generation gap, matchmaking, May-December relationship, mother-daughter relationship.
 
 
 

 

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