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“Men and Puppets”

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Atlas, Yonah Yon (Israeli playwright, 19__-____), “Men and Puppets,”

a __-minute drama in Hebrew, translated into English by Miriam Pincus (Israeli translator from Hebrew into English, 19__-____), set in a puppet theatre, 2003,

2m (+ 2 puppets)

; • © 2003 by Yonah Yon Atlas; • in Yonah Yon Atlas’ Men and Puppets (Tel Aviv, Israel: The Author, 2003) ; • script/rights available from Yonah Yon Atlas, Dizengof Street 50 Tel Aviv 64332 Israel, e-mail atlasy@netvision.net.il, telephone (home) 972/3/5280310. • Cited by Yonah Yon Atlas via ftp May 4, 2003; Atlas says,

§ Dramatis Personae Marco (m), __, puppeteer, manager of the theatre; _____ (m), __, _____; Gogo (m puppet), a charmer, the star of the theatre; _____ (m puppet), __, _____.

§ Synopsis “So, Gogo, a charming puppet, is the star of the theatre with a big [success] to the [public]. The people like him very much but his popularity [incites] the grudge , even the hate of Marco, the puppeteer, also manager of the theatre, [who feels] himself in a position of inferiority opposite Gogo’s [everyday] ascent. He, Marco, [does]n’t agree to be in the shade of Gogo, just a coloured piece [of] wood, [whom] Marco [handles and gives] life. The strife between the two [partners becomes] harder and harder from day to day and [turns into] a [terrible] enmity. Marco, the [manager], the boss, [ being convinced] that Gogo, the star, [is trying] to interfere in his theatre and to take his job [wants] to destroy the puppet and the theatre. But Gogo [doesn’t] give up. He will fight for his theatre till [the curtain falls]. P.S. In the fantastic world of puppets and puppeteers [this] incredible story is possible.

§ Comment “Dear Sirs, My name is Yonah (Ion) Atlas, playwright, member of the Israelis Writers Union and I submit to you my new drama play entitled “Men and puppets”, [a] theatrical phantasy for 2 actors and 2 puppets. The play [occurs] inside . . . a [puppet theatre] and describe[s] the atmosphere and the rel[a]tionship between the puppeteers, [human beings,], and the puppets, from affection and love [to] hostility and even hate.. . . . If you would like to be convince[d,] you have tu read my play. Please contact me and I will send the full text by e-mail or by [airmail]. Please note the play is for adults only. Sincerely yours, Y.I.Atlas.”

§ Themes dominance-submission, enmity, hate, partnership, popularity, puppetry, stardom.

See also Yonah Yon Atlas’

  • "The Revenge," a 55-minute drama in Hebrew, translated into English by Miriam Pincus (Israeli translator from Hebrew into English, 19__-____), set simultaneously in Jerusalem and in the concentration camp Birkenau (Auschwitz II camp), Tel Aviv, Israel, during the Holocaust, 1m

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