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“The Tally”

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Cohen, Paul (British playwright, writer, editor, reviewer, 1964-____), “The Tally,”

a 35-minute drama in English set in the Warsaw Ghetto, one morning in March, 1943,


script/rights available from Paul Cohen, 1138 S. Bedford Street #5, Los Angeles CA 90035, telephone 310-278-9617, fax 213-462-6731, e-mail paul.cohen@juno.com. Cited to present author by Paul Cohen via e-mail, May 6, 1997; Cohen says,

Synopsis “In the dying days of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, two Jewish survivors huddle in a cellar. One is Ruti, a defiant 20 year old, and the other is Weiss, a man of 48. Weiss is deeply religious; Ruti believes only in revenge. After a raid outside, a triumphant Ruti drags in a wounded German soldier, wishing to execute him in front of Weiss as a lesson in retribution. The two Jews battle over the hapless young man who represents the enemy, but who, in himself, is something of an innocent.

Comment “‘The Tally’ takes an original look at one of the most scorching and tragic periods in 20th century history, and asks the question: Can you shoot your enemy in cold blood when he lies wounded on the floor at your feet?  •  ‘The Tally’ was a finalist in Wharf Rat
Productions’ ‘Crossing Borders’ Play Competition.”  •  See also Paul Cohen’s ‘The F. F. Club,’ 1m1f.

Themes assassination, cellar, generation gap, Jewish, religion, revenge, Warsaw Ghetto.

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