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"Counting Ninas"

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Hellesen, Richard (American playwright, 1956- ), "Counting Ninas,"

a 20-minute drama in English set in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan, 1:30 a.m., 1996,


© 1996, script/rights available from Richard Hellesen, e-mail, telephone (home) 916-965-4048. Cited by playwright to present author via ftp June 17, 1997; Hellesen says,

Dramatis Personae Peter (m), Michael (m)

Synopsis "Following the opening of their first New York musical, Peter visits Michael in his hotel room. Michael, very ill, barely made it through rehearsals, much less to the opening or party afterward. What he wants is news that the reviews will net him his most desired tribute: an Al Hirschfeld sketch in the Times. Peter, meanwhile-who has the first notices in his bag-is aware, and angrily so, that he will lose not only the creative partner vital to his success, but a kind of mentor, and the better writer of the two. Counting the "Ninas" in your sketch is less important to him than figuring out how to go on, and whether to go on. Which is the lesson Michael ultimately provides."

Themes AIDS, art, friendship, illness, survival.

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