Other Plays by Alan Bowne
Bowne, Alan (American playwright, 19__-____), “Beirut,”
a 60-minute drama in English, set in a dump of a room on the Lower East Side, in the near future,
© 1988 by Alan Bowne
• in Alan Bowne’s Beirut (New York: Broadway Play Publishing, Inc., 1988), ISBN 088145057X;
• also, in Alan Bowne’s Plays by Alan Bowne (New York: Broadway Play Publishing, Inc., 1988), ISBN 0881451428, containing Beirut, Forty-Deuce, Sharon and Billy;
• script/rights available from Broadway Play Publishing, 56 East 81st Street, New York City, New York 10028-0202, telephone 212-772-8334.
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
Torch (m), a confined suspect; Guard (m), a thug; Blue (f), Torch’s old girlfriend.
“Near future Lower East Side basement apartment setting for exploration of love and sex in light of AIDS-like plague.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 45.
• First produced in New York by the Manhattan Class Company, 1987, and then in a commercial production at the Westside Arts Theater and subsequently in scores of theatres worldwide.
• Raunchy, crude, scatological, lyrical language.
• “. . . Alan Bowne makes a statement about sexually transmitted disease that is more powerful than all the soapbox orations which have been attempted theatrically to explore the subject. He deals with the human spirit as it faces the inevitable, and it is a spirit of hope and love, of logic and of empathy . . . .”—T. H. McCulloh, Drama-Logue.
• Can pair with Harvey Fierstein’s “Safe Sex,” Patricia Loughrey’s “The Inner Circle,” Robert Patrick’s “Pouf Positive,” or Lanford Wilson’s “A Poster of the Cosmos.”
AIDS, carrier, commitment, empathy, male homosexuality, hope, incarceration, journey, logic, love, masturbation, nudity, plague, quarantine, raunchy language, scatology, STD, totalitarian future, voyeurism.