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"Dance With Me, Please?"

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Gaffield-Knight, Richard (American playwright, teacher, director, 1940- ), "Dance With Me, Please?"

a 57-minute drama, set in an artists' loft in Tribecca, downtown of Greenwich Village, Borough of Manhattan, New York City, 8:00 p.m.,a Saturday, early January, 1982, just after the outbreak of the AIDS virus in the Gay community of Greenwich Village,

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© 1995, script/rights available from Richard Gaffield-Knight, e-mail, telephone (home) 212-662-2712. Cited by playwright via ftp, July 18, 1997; Gaffield-Knight says,

Dramatis Personae "Larry (m), 25, white, blind sculptor, host; Harry (m), 45, white, aristocrat, lover and live-in guest; Jill (f), 25, African American, advertising copywriter, virgin, in love with Larry; Bonaparte, (m), Jill's pit bull terrier

Synopsis "Harry wants a satisfying sexual relationship with Larry, but Larry is concerned about his gay lifestyle because his friends and ex-lovers are dying from a terrorizing virus. After fixing dinner Larry tells Harry he must move out, but instead of leaving Harry dances with Larry. Larry receives a series of telephone calls from Jill over his answering machine speaker. Jill, who has fallen madly in love with Larry and needs to terminate her physical state of virginity ASAP, has locked herself out of her apartment while walking her dog. After the second recorded message from Jill for the keys she loaned Larry that morning, Larry shows Harry an unsigned note that was left that afternoon and asks Harry to read it to him. It describes a sexual encounter between two men and Harry suspects one of them was Larry. Regardless, Harry, after confessing his involvement as a Captain in the "search and destroy" missions during the Vietnam war, begs to be held. Larry refuses until Harry tells him of his wife's homicide. While telling Larry what he wants to hear, and before being comforted by him, Harry removes a revolver and silencer from his attaché case. When Jill finally arrives at the building by cab Larry invites her upstairs. Harry in a moment of rage fed by jealousy decides to kill Larry, but is thwarted by Bonaparte and Jill entering the loft. Jill instantly recognizes Harry as the acquitted wife killer from Chicago. Tableau vivant segués to the sound of screaming children.

Comment "A sort-of period piece about finding love in Greenwich Village, 'Dance . . .' also explores homicidal rage. Driven by a desperate need to share an intimate relationship with someone, almost anyone, these characters are part of a generation (post-Vietnam-pre-AIDS) that accepts the simple fact that things will never be the same.

Themes "art, commitment, homicidal rage, immortality, love, male homosexuality, paranormal sexuality, parents without children, personal freedom, promiscuity, terrorism of AIDS."

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