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Taikeff, Stanley (American playwright, resident New Dramatist playwright, 19__-____), “Ah, Eurydice!”
a __-minute lyrical fantasy in English, set before the gates of Pluto’s palace in the Underworld,
© 19__ by Stanley Taikeff;
• in Stanley Taikeff’s Ah, Eurydice! acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 19__), ISBN 0-8222-0012-0, DPS 645, DPS 645;
• script/rights formerly available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com.
• Cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail email@example.com, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
Pluto (m); Orpheus (m), from Yonkers; Eurydice (f), a bleached blonde.
“The place is the Underworld, and first characters we meet are Pluto, who is snoozing in a beach chair before the gates of his palace, and Orpheus, who has come in search of his lost bride, Eurydice. Orpheus, who happens to be a bit paunchy, and from Yonkers, has been told that Pluto will be able to restore Eurydice to him, despite the fact that she choked on a chicken bone at their wedding reception before they could even fly off on their Bermuda honeymoon. Pluto is glad to oblige, but makes the proviso that Orpheus must not look back at Eurydice as he leads her out of the Underworld. The condition is accepted, but Eurydice, a bleached blonde who is not amused by the situation, presses Orpheus so urgently to give her a kiss that at last he does with the results foretold in legend. In the end Pluto can only suggest that Orpheus find himself another bride after which he delivers an hilarious accounting of what really happened to Orpheus after his misadventures in the nether regions.
• “Produced off-off-Broadway, and also selected by Stanley Richards for his Best Short Plays series, this imaginative and very funny retelling of the Orpheus/Eurydice legend places modern characters in a classic setting, to great theatrical effect. Especially recommended for play contest and school use.”;
• Research could include Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, 21st Series (NewYork: Samuel French, Inc., ____), SF 17694 anthology, the most important plays of the Twenty-First Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival sponsored by Love Creek Productions, containing Marcus L. Steinour’s “At Land's End,” 1m1f, SF 3713; Sylvia Cahill’s “Ballycastle,” 1m1f, SF 4299; Stanley Taikeff’s “Dolorosa Sanchez,” 1m1f, SF 6577; Steven Packard’s In with Alama,” 4m1f, SF 11131; Scott C. Sickles’ Murmurs,” 2m, SF 15283; Le Wilhelm’s “Whoppers,” 1m1f, SF 25252; Luigi Jannuzzi’s “With or Without You,” 1m1f, SF 25256.
Greek mythology, marriage.