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“Up on the Roof”

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Kleiman, Sheilah (American playwright, 1943-____), “Up on the Roof,”

a 50-minute play in English, on a rooftop in Manhattan, New York City, June-August, the present [2002],


;© 2002 by Sheilah Kleiman; • in Sheilah Kleiman's Up on the Roof (Owings Mills, Maryland, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from from Sheilah Kleiman, sheilah.kleiman3@verizon.net.

  §  Dramatis Personae Benjamin Rabinowitz, (m), 80s, depressed, angry old man; Molly Bloodworth (f), streetwise teenager; Frannie Rabinowitz (f), 40s, Benjamin’s daughter.

  §  Synopsis“Old man full of self-pity about his age and loss of his independence meets young streetwise girl who is losing her life.  He dreams of what he had, she dreams of what she will never have. All the while, his daughter strives to get him to move closer to her and her children.” —Playwrights Forum, http://users.erols.com/pforum/oneact.html, accessed June 4, 2001.

  §  Comment“Public reading at The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A. (1999); performed in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Maryland, U.S.A. (2000); performed in the Cedar Lane Stage Summer Sampler, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A. (2000); finalist in the one-act competition by The Little Theatre of Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. (2000); finalist in the one-act competition held by the Dubuque Fine Arts Players, Iowa, U.S.A. (2000) This "play is an expanded version of The Crown Of Ariadne - when selected for the Baltimore Playwrights Festival they wanted a longer play - so I expanded it to 50 minutes and added a character."—e-mail from playwright to present author, October 17, 2005.

  §  Themesfamily, generation gap, old age, rejection, self-pity, street smarts, teenage.

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