Alan, Betty and Riva
Other Plays by Joseph Bologna
Other Plays by Renee Taylor
Bologna, Joseph, and Renée Taylor, “Alan, Betty and Riva,”
a__-minute comedy in English, set in _____, ____,
© 1986 by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna;
• in Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna’s Bedrooms: Five Comedies (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1986), ISBN 0573620660, SF 244, containing Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna’s “Nick and Wendy,” a comedy, 2m1f;
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York City, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd., 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England.
Alan (m), __, sex experimenter; Betty (f), __, Alan’s mistress; Riva (f), __, a hooker.
“Alan gets his mistress Betty to agree to join him in a ménage à trois with Riva, a hooker who calls herself a sex therapist. Betty gets cold feet and acquiesces only when Alan convinces her it will help him make the decision to finally leave his wife. Afterward, Betty is depressed and, when she realizes Alan still isn't going to leave his wife, she threatens suicide.”—Samuel French, Inc. The House of Plays & Musical Plays for Over 175 Years, http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/5872?osCsid=undefined, accessed July 28, 2008.
• “In 1965, she [Taylor ] married actor/writer Joseph Bologna, becoming his partner both professionally and in life.”—Renée Taylor - Blockbuster.com, http://www.omega13.com/bb/person/details/0,7621,BIO-P+70084,00.html, accessed May 7, 2003.
• Bologna is a “character player of the 1970s and 80s, usually in comic roles . . . . Bologna writes for theater and TV with his wife, Renee Taylor; the duo co-adapted (from their own plays) "Lovers and Other Strangers" (1970) and the 1989 feature, "It Had to Be You", which they co-directed. Taylor and Bologna also co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in "Love Is All There Is" (1995), a feature inspired by Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" about two feuding families whose children fall in love.”—Hollywood.com Celebrity Biography - Joseph Bologna, http://www.hollywood.com/celebs/bio/celeb/1677837, accessed May 7, 2003.
• “Together as lovers, actors, writers, and touring stars since 1965 and jointly responsible for film, television and stage efforts . . . . Mrs. Bologna had early stage successes after discovery by Elaine May and casting by Mike Nichols in the off Broadway review The Third Ear and as understudy to Anne Jackson in Luv. George Abbot discovered her and asked her to join his Agatha Sue, I Love You and from there she went on to The Rehearsal. She then appeared in Three Sisters and Machinal before moving on to starring roles in the national companies of Annie Get Your Gun, L’il Abner and Wish You Were Here. Renee made her movie debut in Jerry Lewis’ The Errand Boy and followed that by collaborating with her husband Joseph Bologna developing the films Lovers and Other Strangers and Made for Each Other. They followed that by co-writing and co-directing their third movie It Had To Be You. She has had starring roles . . . . Renee also penned the best selling satire My Life On A Diet published by Putnam. Renee’s most recent television tour de force was co-starring in the hit series The Nanny. Up next for Renee is the highly anticipated remake of Alfie in which she will co-star with Jude Law. Joe Bologna attended Brown University, did a tour in the Marines and began directing documentaries and commercials, which led him to writing comedy material by 1965 when he met and married the love of his charmed life, Renee Taylor. He made his acting debut with his bride in the play they co-wrote, Lovers and Other Strangers. Together they wrote the screen version of their first collaboration that earned them their first Oscar nomination. Bologna and Taylor won an Emmy for co-writing Acts of Love and Other Comedies. They received a Writers Guild award for their television special Bedrooms and created the CBS series Calucci’s Department and followed that with the original feature film Love is All There Is starring Angelina Jolie. Joe’s film credits include My Favorite Year, The Woman in Red, Blame it On Rio, Chapter Two, Honor Thy Father, Coupe de Ville, Cops and Robbers, Mixed Company and The Big Bus. . . . Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna are stars in the traditional time honored sense simply because they bring integrity, honesty, craftsmanship and artistry to stage and screen that is their own experience and they share that experience with clarity and intellectual freedom. It’s almost impossible to imagine another couple that has made more significant contributions to the performing arts than these two charming and estimable ‘lovers.’ Both Joe and Renee have experienced great success in their individual projects, but they will be most remembered for their collaborations on stage, screen and television. It is this partnership that celebrates their lives and careers by using vignettes from some of their best known works, such as the film Lovers and Other Strangers and the play Bermuda Avenue Triangle, as well as video clips of their Merv Griffin televised wedding. Renee Taylor is part Gracie Allen and part Mae West. She is sexy, savvy, and terribly funny. Joe Bologna plays the Ricky to her Lucy . . . . It is this camaraderie from two acting and life partners that makes each one of their offerings better than the last. Joe and Renee have one son, Gabriel, who has followed in their footsteps and gone into show business. They live in Beverly Hills with two dogs, a cat and a bird and are still in love and working together for more than 35 years. [Stu Smith]”—Baghdad By The Bay, http://www.bagdadbythebay.com, accessed June 26, 2006.
ménage à trois, prostitution, sexual experimentation, suicide.