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Strick, Joseph (American playwright, director, writer, adapter, 1923-____), and Cary Hollinshead (American playwright, writer-adapter, 1974-____), “Two Can Play,”

a 15-minute Renaissance play in English, adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s The Decameron staged in public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Sixteenth Century A.D.

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  •  © 2000 by Joseph Strick and Cary Hollinshead,  29 rue de Tournon, 75006 Paris, France, telephone 331-4354-2712, fax 331-4051-7927, strick@noos.fr;  •  script/rights available from Richard Hatton Ltd, Agent, 29 Roehampton Gate, London SW15, England, e-mail richardhatton99@hotmail.com.  •  Cited by Joseph Strick via ftp September 25, 2001; Strick says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Pietro (m), the gay groom; Excello (m), a young man willing to be used; Magma (f), a pretty bride; Fortune Teller (f), whose advice is needed.

  §  Synopsis “On her wedding night Magma finds that her husband is gay. Both try to adjust, but a fortune teller advises Magma that she must make use of her youth while she has it. Excello satisfies both the bride and the groom.

  §  Comment “How can couples adjust to differences in sexual orientation?”  •  Research could include Oscar Mandel’s Five Comedies of Medieval France (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1970), ISBN 0-525-47276-2.  •  Also, research could include The Decameron.”

  §  Themes homosexuality, marriage, ménage à trois, nature of love.
 

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