Colman, Richard (American playwright, 19__-____), “Third Street,”
a __-minute youth theatre drama in English, set in a graveyard at night, 1983,
© 1983 by Richard Colman;
• in Ten out of Ten: Ten Winning Plays Selected from the Young Playwrights Festival, 1982-1991: Produced by the Foundation of the Dramatists Guild, edited by Wendy Lamb, preface by Wendy Wasserstein, introduction by Nancy Quinn (New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1992) (New York: Delacorte Press, 1992), ISBN 0385308116, 296 pp., containing Charlie Schulman’s “The Birthday Present,” Richard Colman’s “Third Street,” Noble Mason Smith’s “Sparks in the Park,” Tish Durkin’s “Fixed Up,” Debra Neff ’s “Twice Shy,” Evan Smith’s “Remedial English,” Charlie Schulman’s “The Ground Zero Club,” Carla Debbie Alleyne’s “Hey Little Walter,” David Rodriguez’ “I’m Not Stupid,” Jonathan Marc Sherman’s “Women and Wallace”;
• also, in Meeting the Winter Bike Rider, and Other Prize Winning Plays; from the 1983 and 1984 Young Playwrights Festival, edited by Wendy Lamb, introduction by Gerald Chapman (New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1986), 251 pp., ISBN 0440955483, LCCN 90148414, OCLC 21518625, containing Charlie Schulman’s “The Birthday Present,” Joseph Yesutis’ “Liars,” Jason Brown’s “Tender Places,” Peter Getty’s “A New Approach to Human Sacrifice,” Juan Nunez’s “Meeting the Winter Bike Rider,” Tagore J. McIntyre’s “Scraps,” Patricia Durkin’s Fixed Up,” Richard Colman’s “Third Street”;
• script/rights probably available from source listed in Lamb anthologies above or through Bantam Doubleday Dell, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10103, U.S.A.
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
• Also, 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.
_____ (m), high school senior; _____ (m), high school senior; _____ (m), high school senior.
“Three high school students find friendship strained by differing goals of college, marriage and blue-collar work.”—Play Index, 1983-1987, Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 69, and Play Index, 1988-1992, Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 74.
“After intermission, one finds an absolute gem: Richard Colman’s ‘Third Street.’ Three working-class pals from Brooklyn are getting drunk and stoned at a graveyard at night, reliving their recent highschool [sic] salad days. While they once dreamed of running away together in ‘a customized van to points unknown,’ two of the boys are already trapped in menial jobs and time payments, sweating to support families. The third, a ‘brain,’ is on his way to Princeton, clearly never to return home. If the terrain is as familiar as ‘American Graffiti’ and ‘Diner,’ Mr. Colman's writing is full of understated surprises, right up to his delicate, unspoken ending: raucous humor erupts at the surface while real hurt and longing percolate inarticulately underneath. When one of the two losers boasts of his digital watch by saying, ‘It's got a lot of functions, but I don't use them,’ we see that the author can create laughter, pathos and an entire character in a single line. The performances . . . are flawless. So is Mr. Bennett's elegiac staging, which reminds us that this director can field a tender, intimate play as seamlessly as he does a Dreamgirls.” [Frank Rich, April 18, 1983]—Review - Theater - New York Times, http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=9B00EED91638F93BA25757C0A965948260, accessed November 31, 2006.
• The archive of Circle Repertory Company Records, 1965-1996 is in the New York Public Library Digital Library Collections, http://digilib.nypl.org/dynaweb/wilson/thecircl/@Generic__BookTextView/1859;pt=399/*, accessed December 2, 2006.
blue-collar work, college, friendship, high school, life goal, marriage.