Other Plays by Albert Bermel
Bermel, Albert (English-American playwright, critic, translator from French sources, b. London, England, December 20, 1927-____), “The Adjustment,”
a __- minute _____ in English, set in a flooded basement, 1982,
© 1982 by Albert Bermel;
• in Albert Bermel’s Six One-Act Farces (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.: Oracle Press, 1982), ISBN 0881270059, LCCN 82-81872, 75 pp., containing “The Workout,” “The Adjustment,” “The Recovery,” “The Mountain Chorus,” “The Imp or Imps,” “The Seizure”;
• scripts/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 45 West 25th Street, New York, New York 10010, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429, http://www.samuelfrench.com, SF 3615;
• contact agent Elaine Markson, 44 Greenwich Avenue, New York, New York, 10011, U.S.A.;
• contact Albert Bermal, 5 Pershing Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10801-2315, U.S.A.; or (office) Department of Speech and Theatre, Herbert H. Lehman College, Bronx, New York, 10468, U.S.A.
Mr. Fester (m), __, an insurance man; Belinda Groat (f), __, an attractive widow.
“Belinda Groat, an attractive widow who has had a flood in her basement, is determined to receive adequate compensation. When the adjuster arrives, she's busily adding to the damage and touching up the debris. But this particular insurance man, Mr. Fester, is hard to convince. And he has a way of asking unanswerable questions. Mr. Fester makes Belinda uneasy, then terrified, because she realizes she's going to get more compensation than she bargained for.”—Samuel French, Inc. The House of Plays & Musical Plays for Over 175 Years, http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/3228, accessed July 6, 2008.
• Simple interior.
• Premiered at the Spoleto Festival and performed by amateur and professional groups in the U.S., Britain, Canada, Germany.
• “Mr. Bermel came to the United States in 1955 and became a naturalized citizenin 1962 * "Every playwright yearns to be a critic. Every critic yearns to be a playwright. Every theatre teacher yearns to be a director. I am not a director, but have otherwise tried to satisfy my yearnings—without having quite succeeded." * Famous Works * Non-Theatrical Career * Advertising and publicity copywriter, London, Montreal, Toronto, New York, 1951-56; freelance writer, New York, 1956-58; magazine and book editor, NewYork, 1958-60, 1961-63; freelance writer, New York, 1963-66; associate professor of theatre, Columbia University, 1966-72; associate professor, Herbert H. Lehman College, C.U.N.Y., 1972-75, professor of theatre, 1972-date; visiting professor, Rutgers, 1966-67, Juilliard School, 1972-73, S.U.N.Y., Purchase,1974; Columbia seminars, 1981-84. * Plays, Published * Six One-Act Farces ('The Workout,' 1963, 'The Adjustment,' 1963, 'The Recovery,' 1965; 'The Mountain Chorus,' 'The Imp or Imps,' 1970, 'The Seizure,' 1970); One-Act Comedies of Moličre (translations of The Jealous Husband, The Flying Doctor, Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed, Sganarelle, or The Imaginary Cuckold, The Rehearsal at Versailles, The Forced Marriage, The Seductive Countess); Three Popular French Comedies (translations of Beaumarchais, The Barber of Seville, Labiche, Pots of Money, Courteline, The Commissioner Has a Big Heart); The Plays of Courteline (including: Boubouroche, Hold On, Hortense, Afraid to Fight, Badin the Bold). * Plays, Produced * One Leg Over the Wall, Royal Court, London, 1960; Herod First, Saville, London, 1965; Thrombo, Columbia Summer Theatre, NY, 1968; Family Weather (The Terror of Suspension), House Theatre, NY, 1975; Thank Harry Miner; Backyard Utopias; Up and Up; Thirty Million Dollars(musical); translator, Ubu Cocu (by Jarry), Horatius (by Corneille). * Books, Published * The Genius of the French Theatre; Contradictory Characters: An Interpretation of the Modern Theatre; Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty; Farce: A History from Aristophanes to Woody Allen; August Strindberg. * Article * 130 essays for The New Leader, 1964-68, 1973-74; major periodicals including: Harpers, The Nation, The New Republic, Shaw Review, Columbia Forum, N.Y. Times Book Review and Arts & Leisure Section, many others. * Film Debut * Screenplay, Run. * Television * Scenes and narrative, Shakespeare's Italy.”—Albert Bermel Biography (1927-), http://www.filmreference.com/film/80/Albert-Bermel.html, accessed July 6, 2008.
• Research could include Albert Bermel List of Works, http://www.amrep.org/people/bermel1.html, accessed January 7, 2006.
compensation, inspection, insurance, swindle, water damage, widowhood.