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“Room for Alice”

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Robins, Cris J. (American playwright, literary agent/business consultant, 1958-____), “Room for Alice,”

a 45-minute community theater comedy-drama in English, set in a large living room, New York City, morning, weekday, 1990s,


; • © 2001 by Cris J. Robins; • in Cris J. Robins’ Room for Alice (St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.: Author, 2001); • script/rights available from Cris J. Robins, 1001 Craig Road, Suite 260, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., e-mail cris_robins@sbcglobal.net, (work) 314-569-9838, fax 314-569-9424. • Cited by Cris J. Robins via ftp May 17, 2002; Robins says,

§ Dramatis Personae Brian (m), a middle-aged man; Jerry (m), effeminate partner; Alice (f), middle aged, loved by Brian; Sara (f), 35, Brian’s live-in Jewish housekeeper, loves Brian.

§ Synopsis “Having loved Alice since he was ten years old and now seeing she is a ghost, Brian dies of a broken heart.

§ Comment “This whole production is basically a conversational interaction and reminiscence of the characters’ lives up to the present. They have taken chances and made choices: the couple chose their individual careers over the love they shared. Ultimately, true love wins. • Brian is moody and confused, tall, dark-haired, distinguished looking but presently ragged, hair combed straight back, starts out excited, slowly turns to heartbroken, spends most of the production in a robe and pajamas. Jerry is a housewife-type, shy, uncertain, stays as faraway from conflict as possible, dresses in soft warm colors, stereotype gay with a sharp twang to his voice. Alice looks thirty despite being middle aged, rather tall, and slim, nice looking with long hair, dressed in jeans or khakis, long sleeve shirt, multi-pocketed camera vest, soft spoken, kind, the outdoorsy type, all monochromatic (gray base); Sara, a well mannered typical good Jewish girl, has loved Brian for several years. • The large living room features two large windows covered with heavy drapes, preferably dark red, with white shears (using a curtain which looks like a window can create the illusion of a window; this is where Alice enters and exits.) Bookcase stage left, sofa center stage, entrances on both stage left and right, oval coffee table in front of sofa, two small arm chairs—one on each side of the sofa, rag rug in front, side table. This work was designed to be performed in a community theatre with limited production facilities. Without scene changes, the show has a low complexity factor. This is a fun play to produce, and audiences get very involved in the work. • Premiered by the Babylon Theatre Players, Saint Charles, Missouri, U.S.A., summer, 2001; performed four times to strong seatings.”

§ Themes career, choice, death, gay, ghost, taking chances, true love.

See also Cris J. Robins’

  • "Marshall's Choice," a 30-minute community theater comedy-drama in English, set in a darkened room, any day, 2001, 2m1f or 1m2f
  • "Sealed Forever," a 30-minute community theater comedy-drama in English, set in the St. Louis Street Cemetery, New Orleans, U.S.A., 2002, 2m1f or 1m2f

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Page mounted May 17, 2002, and updated May 20, June 20, 2002, March 2, May 12, 2004, February 25, September 19, 2005, 2005, by the Webmaster.

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