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Harris, Larry (aka Lawrence R. Harris, American playwright, screenwriter, 1960-____), “Grey-Beard Loon,"

a 20-minute lyrical drama in English, set on the deck of the sailing vessel The Splintered Cross, the present time with flashbacks to the Eighteenth Century,


; • © 1994 by Larry Harris; • in Larry Harris’ Grey-Beard Loon (New York: The Author, 1994); • script/rights available from Larry Harris, 15 West 11th Street #4-D, New York City, New York 10011-8607, U.S.A., e-mail Lharris.nyc@verizon.net, telephone (home) 212-645-4834, fax 212-645-9714. • Cited by playwright via ftp, June 30, 1997; Harris says,

§ Dramatis Persona “Ancient Mariner (m), 200-year-old spirit of the former Captain of the four-masted barquentine The Splintered Cross.

§ Synopsis “An Ancient Mariner survives a harrowing journey sailing to the South Pole and back despite the brutal elements and his superstitious crew.

§ Comment “One scene, no changes, simple set, no props. Premiered at the Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, U.S.A., May 1994.” • “Larry Harris has worked in the literary offices of the Guthrie Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and McCarter Theatre. He earned his MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University. Larry’s full-length, The Kitchen of Heaven, was produced by EAT at NY’s Mint Theatre in 1999. Larry co-wrote and associate produced the PBS documentary series Black and White in Exile. His one-act sex farce “Answering the Echo” won four awards in the 9th Annual New York City 15-Minute Play Festival, including Honorable Mention for Best Play. This play was the inspiration for Larry’s spec screenplay Trick of the Eye. His other screenplays include Tools of Ignorance (about baseball player-turned-spy Moe Berg) and Collector’s Item (a romance for the aged).”—e-mail from the playwright, June 1, 2004.

§ Themes leadership, lyrical romantic poetry, nonconformity, ocean, poetic drama, responsibility, sailing, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, sea, water.

See also Larry Harris'

  • "Answering the Echo," a 12-minute sex farce in English, set no particular place, no particular time, 1m1f
  • "Daily Bread," a 7-minute absurdist drama in English, set on a street, dusk, the present, 2m or 2f
  • "Down Deep," a 20-minute drama in English, set in the backyard of a handsome, old-style house, an autumn night, 2000, 2f
  • "Playing with the Queen of Hearts," a 60-minute New Age thriller in English, set in the sitting room of Claire Leridon's ground floor Tarot Parlor that doubles as her apartment, a hot summer evening, the present, 2m2f
  • "Thicker Than Water," a 10-minute drama in English, set in a small den in a large house, Friday night, the present, 3m
  • "The Twain Shall Meet," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a psychologist's office, 3:00 p.m. on a weekday, the present, 2m2f

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